Story Starters/ Writing Prompts for Kids

I operate very well on a schedule.  I like routine and knowing what the plan is; I’m not great with change, or “flying by the seat of my pants”.  Over the years, I’ve realized that my Isabella is the same way.  She does great in school and loves the daily routine of it.  Knowing that about the two of us, I was determined to be prepared going in to summer.


I started by creating a weekly schedule for Isabella.  It was really important to me that she learn responsibility, do something to help others and, of course, have fun this summer.  It was also really important that she realize she was going to have to do a lot of entertaining herself, and that I wasn’t going to be playing with her every minute of every day. …

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Game Day Snacks: Baseball Tags Printable

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

Isabella has been playing team sports for almost five years now. We’ve tried our hand at soccer, kickball, and T-ball. She loves to play and get to be with other kids her age, and I love what organized sports is teaching her about life. Some of my favorite memories growing up were playing sports, and it’s even more fun to get to watch her experience it now.  Little sister isn’t enjoying watching her as much as we are though, she would much rather be out there getting in on the action!  Sophia is just sure that she is big enough to play too.


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Earth Day Cookies and Word Search Printable

 Earth Day Cookies and Free Word Search Printable

These Earth Day Cookies didn’t turn out exactly like I envisioned them but they’re still pretty cute!  And they would be a fun project to do with the kids while talking about Earth Day next week.   Isabella is my little champion for the planet.  She is always reminding her sister to turn off the water while they are brushing their teeth before bed and she loves to help me separate the recycling.  She still really enjoys to do word searches, so I created this Free Earth Day Word Search Printable as well. …

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Gumball Machine Do-A-Dot Free Printable

Do A Dot Free Printable: Gumball Machine

We took a trip yesterday to Michaels Stores to pick up some jumbo Popsicle sticks for another project I’m working on.  Of course, when I go in there I tend to get crafting ADD and always walk out with a few extra supplies that I didn’t originally come for.  Sophia found a set of Do-A-Dot Art Markers (and a cars and trucks book to go along with) and I knew they were coming home with us. …

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Weekly Schedule Free Printable

Free Printable Weekly Schedule- perfect for kid's activities or as a menu planner #printable

Every year since Isabella has started school I tell myself that I will get organized and plan a fun, productive summer.  But every year time gets away from me and before I know it I’m picking her up from her last day of school.  Well, not this year!  I refuse to be a victim to the “I’m bored!” and “What can I do?” and “Can I play on the i-Pad???” every five minutes come summer….

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Cleaning Without Chemicals: Thieves Household Cleaner

Over the past year, my family and I have been trying to live a healthier lifestyle.  We pay attention to what we are eating by reading labels, limiting sugar, and striving to eat more “real foods”.  The mantra that “you are what you eat” has been around forever, but it wasn’t until I really started using essential oils that I realized you’re also what you put on your skin.

It only takes 26 seconds for chemicals you put on your skin to enter your bloodstream.  If we are trying to reduce toxins in our diet, why not pay just as much attention to what we put on our skin?  We are now making necessary changes to our personal care and household cleaning routines.

Free Printable: Top 12 Uses for Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner

We still want our home to be clean and free of pests and harmful germs; but I’ve found that many ingredients found in popular household cleaning products are harmful to our health.  In fact, manufacturers don’t even have to reveal to us everything that is included in these products.  (Much like our food supply!)…

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Play-Doh Valentine Free Printable

"Valentine, I think you are a'doh'able" Free Printable #valentine

We’re big fans of Play-Doh at our house.  It’s minimally messy and usually keeps the kiddos entertained long enough for me to make dinner or get some laundry done.  I’m also a fan of giving it in favor bags at birthday parties or on Valentine’s Day, instead of the usual candy and sugar.  Not that there’s anything wrong with treats, but sometimes it’s nice to have other options. …

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Holiday Cookies eBook: Free Download

FREE DOWNLOAD: Holiday Cookies- 10 delicious cookie recipes for the holidays and beyond

Today is the big day!  I switched my site over from my previous to Grace and Good Eats.  This change was a long time coming and I am so excited to begin 2015 with my new site.  When I started Sweet Bella Roos it was a semi-private blog, affectionately nicknamed after my daughter, and my Mom was my only reader.  I never imagined it would grow to what it is today or that I would still get so much joy from sharing a little piece of my life with all of you.  I struggled with a bit of an identity crisis, afraid to commit to being a “food blog”, but as my recipe development and food photography skills have (immensely) improved over the past five years, I’m finally ready to wear the title proudly. …

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Giftable Single Serving Hot Cocoa

Single Serving Hot Cocoa- perfect to gift in little containers filled with marshmallows, peppermint, etc

 I found these little plastic ornaments at Michael’s (orig. $1.99, sale $.99) a few days ago and thought they would be PERFECT to fill with something.  I love that they are square, and are able to sit up nicely, as opposed to the round ones you usually find.  The lids popped out no problem and they were super easy to assemble. …

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Spooky Halloween Bingo- Free Printable

Spooky Halloween Bingo- free printable! (10 different cards)

I am the queen of procrastination.  I should have shared these Spooky Halloween Bingo Cards last week, but seeing as I just made them 5 minutes ago, that would have required me to not do something at the last minute.  At least it’s not October 31 right?

These bingo cards would be a fun addition to your Halloween party.  I’ve created 10 different cards for you to print and you can use candy corn or individually wrapped candies as the markers.  We will be using these to keep the kiddos busy while we wait for Dad to get home so we can go trick-or-treating! …

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