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

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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

Toddler Toy Storage Solutions

Happy Thursday friends!

This week have been super busy for me but I was able to film my very first collab vlog with another YouTube Mama Brittany Lynn! I found her on YouTube through searching for homeschool vlogs and ended subscribering to her channel as well as following her on Instagram. She is such a fun person to watch and her to girls are really adorable. I’m so excited to call her my friend and hope that one day in the near future we could meet in person.

We decided to collab on a organize playroom/ play space idea vlog for y’all. We thought it would be fun to share our toy organization in hopes that it would give you guys ideas if you feel your self at lost on what to do with all your kid(s) toys.

I like to keep this cube self that I got from Target in my son’s room to help hold his extra toys that are not currently in rotation (inside the grey bins). I’ll talked about toy rotation in another blog post but for more you can see how I easily store them away. The top shelves are reserved and quiet play toys in his bedroom.

I love using this toy organizer to hold all of his toys in our living room that he is currently playing with. I like that it’s super easy to clean up and easy for my son to pull toys out without my help. This also encourages independent play.

What child doesn’t like throwing things? Having balls are a must have in our house. My son loves to throw everything! I’ve been encouraging him to throw balls and not his hard cars 🙄. I currently keep his balls in this basket out of the way in the corner.

This is what is currently working for my family in our home. I do like to change things up as I see fit, and as my son gets older his interests changes.

Please watch my vlog to see my toy storage tips and also check out Brittany’s vlog too. I have a bunch of links down below for y’all to check out. I couldn’t find the exact ones that I have but these are close to it.

Book rack

Toy storage organizer

Toddler saucer chair

6 cube shelf

Fabric bin (for cube shelf)

xo,

Marion

PE800 Brother Embroidery Machine my NEW love 😍

Hi friends!

I got a new toy this past Christmas and I’m finally able to share it with y’all. Its the PE800 embroidery machine by Brother!!! Oh my goodness!!!! I can’t believe I got this for Christmas! I have the best man EVER (love you Ken)!!! I’ve been practicing sewing names on t-shirts for awhile now. I think I got a handle on how to use the embroidery machine.

In a previous vlog I did a very detailed walk through the entire machine. I showed you all the pieces it came with, all the embroidery designs that is on the machine, and I showed how the machine works.

Below I included a few links to some items that have been helpful to me. If you have this embroidery machine please leave me a comment below on your opinion of this machine and any machine embroidery tips that you find could helpful.

Brother pe800 embroidery machine

Tear away stabilizer

Machine embroidery thread

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Please come back and join me next week for another blog post. I would love for you to subscribe to my email list (its FREE) so you will get notified when I upload another blog post.

xo,

Marion

Spring & Summer Budget Friendly Outdoor Activities for Toddlers

Happy Spring friends!

This is such an exciting time in the year. If you are a stay at home mama or papa, preschool teacher, or even a nanny and you are looking for fun outdoor activities for little ones this is the blog post for you!

Tripp and I LOVE being outside and I love being able to incorporate learning through play. I think its important to get your kids outside and moving. Why have them watch kids on TV playing when they can have fun outdoors themselves.

Today Tripp I went to the park and had a picnic under the trees. I along with plenty of snacks, I brought a ball, books, stickers, and crayons to keep him busy before heading to the playground area.

I record a quick vlog showing y’all our set up at the park. Check out my vlog and continue to read, to find a list of more outdoor activities that you can do with your toddler(s).

Budget Friendly Toddler Activities:

1.) Park

Bring toys from home such as a ball or bubbles to play with in an open field. Remember to pack plenty of water and snacks!

2.) Kiddie Pool

I got my pool that Tripp uses for really cheap at Walmart. I even seen the blow up kind at the dollar store if you don’t have the space to store the hard plastic kind.

3.) Backyard Camping

Our backyard is super small and is not suited for this. However if you have a larger backyard you could eat dinner outside like you are camping. You don’t have to sleep outside all night but wouldn’t it fun to show your little one the stars and let them explore their surroundings with a flashlight?

4.) Fly a Kite

It’s such an easy art activity and its inexpensive to make your own kite. This is a fun activity that could be made and played with outside.

5.) Farm

Its strawberry 🍓 picking seasoning and what toddler wouldn’t love picking their own snack to eat. There are other fruits that y’all can pick together at the farm too as well. This it s a great opportunity for them to see how food grow. Not only can you pick your own food but you can look at all the fun farm animals that live at the farm.

6.) Side Walk Chalk

There are so many things you can do with chalk out side, you can draw shapes and talk about colors. I’ve seen people create a life size board game using chalk for the whole family to enjoy. You can create a car track for his/ cars.

Chalk is super easy for your little ones to hold in their fingers. I like to let Tripp get use to making strokes on the ground. This is also great fine motor skills and eye hand condition practice.

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I hope you enjoyed my blog post and consider coming back again. I enjoy spending extra time with my little guy and hope you find this blog post helpful. I’ll see y’all here again soon!

Xo,

Marion

2019 Easter Celebration 🐰

Happy Monday Morning y’all!

How was your Easter weekend? We had so much fun this past weekend and my 17 month old son. He got to experience his 1st Easter egg hunt on Saturday! I also put together his 1st Easter basket this year!

My son really enjoyed picking up the eggs and putting them in his basket. I purchased his bunny ears and basket from Target.

I recorded a vlog (I have the video link at the bottom of this blog post) on my YouTube channel of me putting Tripp’s Easter basket together. I also showed y’all what we wore for Easter Sunday.

I love how both of my boys had vests on for Easter Sunday 😍 they looked so handsome! I got my super comfortable dress and shoes from Old Navy. They were having a 50% sale on EVERYTHING this past weekend. I got my son’s outfit and shoes from Buy Buy Baby.
We tried to get a picture of him but he kept running in the church parking lot 😂!

We had a large crowd over for Easter dinner and I didn’t get to take to many pictures but I did record a quick video clip showing y’all most of the food that we serve before or friends, neighbors, and family came over.

Three generations 🤗

Thank you so much for coming by my little corner of the internet. Leave me a comment below telling me about your Easter weekend.

Xo,

Marion

Sewing Corner Tour| Marie Kondo method| Spring 2019

Hey y’all! Today I have uploaded a new vlog on my YouTube channel showing my new sewing corner. I no longer have a sewing room (#momlife). I have struggled in the past on how to incorporate my sewing space in my kitchen. Well I have finally figured it out and decided to record a vlog showing y’all how I did it.

I went through a good majority of my craft supplies and only kept the things that I love and will actually use. The only thing I bought was the wooden thread rack for my machine embroidery threads.

I’ll list some links below if you are looking for similar items. I’ll also add pictures of my set up.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section. Also give me your recommendations on what I should put on my walls.

*sewing cabinet

*ladder bookshelf

*wooden spool rack

My new sewing corner🤗 @marionlovenotes
I love being able to see all the pretty colors that I have @marionlovenotes
Look how clean and organize everything is! @marionlovenotes
I love having all my needles, pins, etc. in one basket. @marionlovenotes

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope y’all have a great day.

Xo,

Marion