Rae Dunn Lemon Summer Kitchen Decor

Hey friends!

How are y’all doing today? Today I’m sharing my summer kitchen decor. I’m seeing so many fall decorate with me on YouTube lately, however I’m still enjoying my summer decor . If you have been following me for awhile you know summer is my favorite season.

However while it’s still officially summer I want to show y’all what my summer decor looks like. I recorded a vlog showing y’all my summer decor and my thought process as I’m decorating. I also show y’all my updated Rae Dunn collection. I don’t go hunting for Rae Dunn everyday or go to store openings. I’m a busy mom of a toddler so my Rae Dunn hunting is very limited. This past Mother’s day Ken was very sweet and bought me some Rae Dunn pieces.

I have a list below of the various decor items that I can find links for. All of the Rae Dunn items were found at Marshalls or Homegoods. I get my decorative lemon platters from Homegoods. Let me know if you see something in the vlog that I forgot to link.

Wire Glass Drying Rack

Glass Mason Jars

Ice Bucket

*I couldn’t find the exact one I have but this one is similar.

Greyson Dinning Chair

Dinning Table

*They no longer sell the Greyson table that I currently have. This table from World Market is a close match to the one that I have.

Rustic Wooden Mug Rack

What do y’all think? I love how my kitchen looks. I ended adding some lemons to my decor and I also found the Happy Rae Dunn mug with the yellow interior after I filmed that vlog. I have some pictures below to show y’all. How things are looking now.

I will be taking a short break from the blog while we go on vacation to Jamaica!!!! When I come back I will continue my 2019 Back to School Series.

xo,

Marion

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Affordable Toddler Curriculm Resources

Hey friends!

Today I want to share affordable resources that you can use to help start your own homeschool journey. I like to primary use play learning activities with my son.

My favorite places to shop for fun learning activities would be

*Target Bullseye Spot

It’s best to go in the beginning of August when the back to school stuff gets put out.

*Teachers Pay teachers website

If you type toddler activities a bunch of affordable activities that you can download for your toddler. I like to print activities out and laminate them, so we can use them multiple times.

*Etsy

Etsy has a lot of educational shops with beautiful curriculum painted pictures. Below are a list of my favorite educational budget friendly shops to get things from.

StephHathawayDesigns

LetsPlaySchool

*This Reading Mama blog

She has amazing FREE printables that you can use with your toddler.

I hope y’all like my list of affordable toddler learning activities that you can use in your home. If you know of different blogs or other resources please leave them in the comments below. I recorded a vlog this morning showing y’all some of the resources that I use with Tripp.

Thank you again for visiting my blog.

xo,

Marion

Why I am Homeschooling my Son

Hey Friends!

I am so happy that y’all came back to visit me here at my blog today. We currently overcoming a stomach bug in our home, so I have be preoccupied with my family. Now that sickness is over with I can get back focus on my 2019 Back to School Series| Tot- Homeschool Edition on my blog.

Today I wanted to chat with y’all about why I decided to start early learning with my toddler instead of waiting until he is ‘typical school age’. To some people it may seem silly to even think about my son’s education sense he is not even two years old. Ken and I believe in early learning and want him to be prepared to be successfully in life when he becomes an adult. I do plan on homeschooling my son for preschool and elementary grades. After he graduates 5th grade Ken and I will evaluate our options and see if we will continue or not.

I do want to clarify that I do not have my son sitting at the table for hours during the day or expect him to be reading chapter books by the end of the year. Tripp’s learning activities are all play lead and age appropriate. I will share our school curriculum that we picked, and what we do during our school days in another blog.

This probably doesn’t apply to most of my subscribers, but for the few that are African Americans raising (or adopting) little African American boys(s) to be men in the United States can relate to my next reason. I would consider myself fairly young (I will be 32 on Friday) and I remember seeing white men dressed up in KKK attire walking around the mall spreading their message of hate. It is a know fact that African American boys are more likely to get in trouble in school, to get labeled, stopped by the police, and not given the same resources that fellow white students are given even if they go to the same school. I know I cannot shield my son from every hateful person in the world, but I can protect his education and give him a head start.

That’s the main reason why I want to start educating my son now. I want to give him a head start. I want him to have all of the resources, and to get the one on one attention that he needs to eventually become the independent man that’s ready to conquer the world.

I have nothing against the public school system and I do believe it could work for most children. If you decide to put your child in public school that is YOUR choice, however Ken and I strongly believe that the school system in our location is not what we want for our son. Private schools is a great option, but it also is a very expensive option that we are not ready for.  My son deserves more and I plan on giving him more. When this country starts to treat teachers like they do NFL players or doctors then my faith can start to be renewed in the public schools.

I hope this answers your questions on why I am homeschooling my son, and why I want to start early learning with my son now. Please check out my other blog posts in my 2019 Back to School Series| Tot- Homeschool Edition series to see more homeschool related content.

xo,
Marion

2019 Back to School| Homeschool Learning Room Set up| Tot School Edition

Hey friends!

Today I’m sharing my long awaited homeschool room tour. This was put together for under $200 dollars!!! Please don’t go broke designing a homeschool space for your child. I have a list of the items that you see in this blog post at the end.

The chair is from IKEA and the bookshelf I found on Amazon.

I cannot find the exact plastic storage bin that I have to link for y’all. If you go to Target or Walmart you will probably find something similar in the college dorm section. I was able to link a similar bin down below.

Below is a list of links to everything that I could find that I mentioned in this blog post.

IKEA table & two chairs

IKEA paint easel

IKEA arm chair

Dorm Storage Bin

Amerzon Bookshelf

2019 Back to School Series| Tot- Homeschool Edition

Good afternoon friends! I am so excited to share my very 1st back to school series!!

Below are a list of homeschool related blog posts that I have already written that you are welcome to check out. Come back throughout this week to see other blog posts that has been added to this list.

Homeschool Mamas that Inspire Me

Back to School Haul & Tips

Shapes and Colors Flashcard Photobook

Why I am Homeschooling my Son

Homeschool Room Tour

Morning basket

Toddler Curriculum Choices

Click on the link below to check out my other homeschool related content.

Fun Educational Activities & Homeschool ideas

I also want to let you know that I save all of my toddler homeschool related content in my Instagram highlights called Tot- School. I post on Instagram almost daily. If you want to get a sneak peek in what we are doing follow me @marionlovenotes.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Please feel free to ask any questions and leave any suggestions of what you like to do with your toddlers in the comments down below.

xo,

Marion

Homeschool Mamas that Inspire Me

Hey friends! Today I want to share with y’all some homeschool mamas that inspire me and bring me joy. I have a variety of different types of Mamas from podcasts, blogs, Instagram, and YouTube to share with y’all. I find it helpful to get encouragement from these mamas and wanted to share them with you.

Homeschool Sisters Podcast

I really enjoy listening to their podcasts about homeschool and motherhood. They are real women going through this homeschool journey and sharing their stories with the world. I hope they continue to upload more podcasts about homeschool topics because I have learned so much from them.

Jady A

I absolutely love how simple and affordable she has made homeschooling for her viewers. She amazing YouTube vlogs about homeschool and motherhood. She also has a teachers pay teachers store for those of you who want affordable preschool printables to use with your child.

Syreena

Syreena has amazing vlogs on her YouTube channel showing her viewers how she homeschool her 3 children. I wish she had a podcast so I could just listen to her talk all day. 🤣 She has such a calming spirit and a positive attitude.

Erica

Erica from my busy bees is full of knowledge! She is another mama that I need to have her own podcast. Erica talks about a lot of different homeschool curriculums and how she homeschools her large family. I cannot say enough positive things about her. I also think Erica would have a great podcast too. Please follow her on all of her social media things that she has you will not be disappointed.

Marketa

Marketa has an inspiring Instagram account showing her followers how she uses the Montessori learning style in her homeschool. She is a mom of two (boy and girl) and they are always doing hands on learning activities.

Christina

Christina from the purple alphabet has a ton of hands on activities that you can use rather you are homeschooling or needing something to do with the kids when they are home from school. She has a bunch of videos on her YouTube channel for all to watch.

Brittany Lynn

She was homeschooled herself and is now homeschooling her two girls. Even though she is new to homeschooling she has homeschool vlogs on YouTube that I think you will enjoy. She has introduced me to different blogs where I found some really great free printables that I use with my son.

Becky

Becky better know as “This Reading Mama” has a fabulous website and blog. I love her website! She has so many FREE resources on her website. She also have different bundles that you can buy and use in your homeschool. I love that she have activities that my little one can take part too as well.

There are so many other resources for homeschool moms out there and it can become overwhelming at times. If you know any other mamas that have great content rather it’s a blog, podcast, teacher pay teachers store, or YouTube channel please leave there information in the comments section below. I’m always on the hunt for more and want this blog post to become a great resource for others.

xo,

Marion

My Lifestyle Vlog Channel is back!| MarionLovelyVlogs

Good morning and happy Saturday friends!

Today I just want to pop on here really quickly and let y’all know that my lifestyle vlog channel is back!!! I miss recording random vlogs where I’m just talking to y’all. I also wanted to be able to look back and see how much my baby and family has grown. This vlog channel is my very public online diary that I’m sharing with y’all.

I recently recorded a vlog of us going to Ikea, shopping for homeschool furniture. Let me know what you think about my family vlog channel in the comments below.

Love,

Marion

Toddler Diaper bag Must Haves| Everyday Essentials|Summer Edition

Good morning friends!

Happy Saturday to everyone, how have your week been so far? This has been a laid back week (I’m NOT complaining) for me here at the house.

Not to long ago I uploaded a vlog showing y’all what I keep in my toddler’s diaper bag. Today I thought I would write a list and provide links to almost every mentioned in that vlog.

Before we get into what I keep in my son’s diaper bag, let’s have a little chat about the bag itself. I was gifted this diaper book bag from my Nana during my baby shower. I have used this bag every day sense I’ve had my son. It’s just a basic diaper book bag that allows me to be hands free while I chase my son around in the stores. Ken loves this diaper bag just as much as I do. It’s not too big, so I don’t over pack it. Its the perfect size for everyday trips. We have taken this bag on the plane with us as a carry on and it fits just fine under the seat in front of us. Keep in mind that I only have one son and if you have multiple children under the age of 3 this probably won’t work for you.

Here is a list of what I keep in my in my Toddler’s diaper bag;

Diaper book bag

Extra change of clothes

Sun hat

Cloth diaper

Wipes

Changing pad

Change of clothes

Sunscreen

Bug spray

Thermometer

Nose Freida

Hair Brush

Snacks

Water cup

Bib

Chap stick

Travel size body wash

Hand sanitizer

Lotion

5 Indoor Activities that You Can do With Your Toddler on a Rainy Day

Good morning friends!

How are y’all doing today? I’m feeling really productive today which makes me super excited for this weekend! Today we are going to talk about screen free rainy day activities that you can do with your toddler.

I honestly love staying home on a rainy day. My perfect rainy day agenda would include me sleeping in, sewing, binge watching YouTube, taking a long hot bath while reading a book, etc.. however that doesn’t work for a part- time stay at home mom with a toddler.

Below is a list of my favorite top 5 rainy day screen free toddler activities;

1.)Indoor Trampoline park

*In the vlog below you will see me taking my son to Sky Zone which is a indoor trampoline park in my area. We like to go during Toddler time so he didn’t have to worry about the big kids running into him. He loves running around and jumping on the trampoline. I get to jump on the trampoline too and get some exercising in while my son plays.

2.)Library

*Most libraries have some sort of story time and they also have a play space that’s appropriate for toddler age children. I love that the play space at my local library is close in so the kids can’t run off. I like to bring a book and read a couple chapters while my son plays.

3.)Mall Play Yard

*Best invention ever! My son loves to run around and climb on all the fun things that they have in the play space. I like to treat myself to almond pretzel and green tea before we go inside to play.

4.) Chick fila

*Do I really need to describe how awesome this place is? Nope I think y’all already know where I’m going with on this one.

5.) Dance Party

*To be completely honest we do this All of the time. We love using Alexa or our record player to play music and DANCE! Its good for you and your toddler to move around and its always fun to be silly. We like to dance with scarves in our home.

I hope y’all enjoyed watching us have fun at the trampoline park. I hope those 5 tips were helpful to y’all too as well. Let me know in the comments what do you do with your kids on a rainy day.

xo,

Marion