Sesame Street's Debut

45 years ago, today, Sesame Street made it's debut.  It's a wonderful show that teaches kids to be the best person they can be, as well as teaching them their numbers and letters, just to name a few.  How can you not love those memorable characters like, Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and of course--Oscar the grouch.  My kids LOVE Sesame Street and it's nice to know that there are good shows out there to educate our kids and help them to learn!  So in honor of Sesame Street enjoy this uplifting treat :)

What I Am!


I won't really have to write much...the pictures will explain it all.  All I have to say is this... It is such a blessing when you come across people in your life, that once you meet you know that you are going to be friends forever.  That is how I feel about Jenn and her wonderful family!  Our families are so blessed to have found each other and for one short year were able to make so many wonderful memories.  

Even though we don't live close anymore I am still so grateful that we are able to work together as partners in Kinder Keepsakes.  Cheers to many wonderful adventures we have ahead!  It's going to be a wild ride!

We just love our kids!  (In case you couldn't tell)

Cherish those special friendships.  They don't come along every day!

Sight Word Ninja!

My son is responsible for memorizing at least 50 words for his Kindergarten class. Every day after he completes his normal homework we review his sight words and add a word or two every few days.  This means that every day after his main homework is done, we move on to the flashcards.

Well... now that we are several weeks into school he is bored. Do I blame him?  Ummm... No!

This past week I was so frustrated with his attitude that it made our homework time just dreadful!

I want  learning to be fun!

So while I know it is annoying him to see the same words every day I also know it is imperative that he has the repetition so that he is able to learn, and retain these words.  These are his building blocks to reading.

Yesterday it was a new day... a Monday... a new week... a new start... so we would try a new thing.

I decided to play to my son's strengths. He is best when he is engaged. He can be active, moving, and learning at the same time. So my answer to our flashcard blues.... we shall play SIGHT WORD NINJA!

What do you need?

Sight word flashcards (CHECK !)
Nerf gun  (CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!)

How do you play?

You pick walls that do not have anything breakable on them ;) and you tape the sight words all over the house.  Slightly dangerous but it adds to the fun !
This is our family motto.  Fitting right?!

I had a trusty assistant for this process which got her involved and we were able to talk about the letters we were using in the words. The great part is that this activity can be done with any subject. Learning your numbers? Letters? Addition? Subtraction?  If you can put it on a flashcard you can be a ninja!

Then you ask the beginning reader to arm himself (or herself) with his Nerf gun of choice.

The shooter is to name the sight word and then shoot it. Simple.  Yet Oh SO Satisfying.

We made the game that we would time how long it took him to make his rounds and then next time we would see if he could beat his time. Repetition people... repetition.

The best part of this whole exercise ... He said..." MOM??  You did this for me?  This is awesome... this makes my words go by so fast!!!! "

Oh yes son... I did it for you... but your smile just did it for me =)

Until Next Time,

Pumpkin Dump Cake

I found this recipe from and it looked so good!  And it is fast and easy.  As a mom with three kids--I am all about easy and quick, and YUMMY too!  So try this yummy Pumpkin Dump Cake, it's perfect for fall!  Let me know how you like it!

Pumpkin Dump Cake
by Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
Yield: (12 servings)

  • 1 can (29 oz.) pure pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 box (15.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ¾ cup melted butter


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, salt and cinnamon until well mixed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the batter. Sprinkle with pecans. Pour the melted butter over the top. Bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.


Here Comes Trouble!!

We have big news for the Kinder Keepsakes LLC Family!  We are expecting a new member.  In honor of Halloween we decided to make a themed announcement to let our friends in on the fun!

First off we have been singing the 5 little pumpkin rhyme for weeks now so we figured we would just roll with that!

5 Smith pumpkins sitting on a gate.
Mama pumpkin says 'oh my I think I'm late!'
Daddy pumpkin says 'there are babies in the air.'
Jacob pumpkin says' but we already have a spare'
Emma pumpkin says' this sure will be fun'
Baby boy pumpkin says 'in March I will be done'
Ooooo went the wind and out went the lights and our fifth little pumpkin came rolling into sight.

So how did you make your announcement?

Was it a surprise to your friends?

Until Next Time,

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