Hello November + 2018 Printable Calendar


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Welcome, November! The month of changing the clocks, running to the polls (please get out to vote this November 6th!) and gathering to give thanks with family and friends. NYC is really beautiful this time of year and I’m looking forward to all of the simple things that mark this time of year.

Grab this free pretty printable watercolor calendar sheet to help keep track of all those special dates.  Just click on the below image to download and print.

 

Wishing you a beautiful new month.

xo,

M

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Remembering the Songs of My Childhood

This post is in partnership with Nick Jr.

Some of my earliest memories are of my darling mother singing to me while wrapped in the security of her arms. The sweet nursery rhyme “Los Pollitos” always reminds me of the feeling of being cocooned in her love. Now that she’s gone back to her country in South America (perhaps as a snowbird, or perhaps long-term) – it’s crucial for me to look for avenues to celebrate and keep her culture and influence present in the lives of my own kiddos – especially when our communication is via a phone or a screen.

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It’s been such a joy to explore Canticos’ bilingual nursery rhymes through Nick Jr. on YouTube and on the (free!) Nick Jr. App. When I spotted an image of three delightful little chicks on the Canticos’ app, I just knew that it had to be “Los Pollitos”! I love how Canticos first presents nursery rhymes in Spanish (with the lyrics displayed at the bottom of the screen) and then in English too. Would you believe this was the first time that I heard the English version of this special song from my childhood? It is so beyond beautiful (and fun!) to get to share it all with my children. A few of our other Canticos’ current favorites are “Estrellita”, “Elefantitos” and “Sol Solecito”.

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I can’t tell you how excited it makes me to see Nickelodeon’s commitment to providing, culturally relevant, engaging and educational content in a bilingual format – especially during Hispanic Heritage month. Canticos delightfully pairs classic nursery rhymes from all over the Spanish-speaking world with adorable animal characters to create educational music videos. The team behind Canticos is dedicated to telling authentic stories pulled directly from their own personal experiences growing up with these songs and characters. As a mom, Canticos lets me access tangible ties to my past through memories treasured in songs to share with my children. And I love how their mission is to ignite and advance creative thinking in kids everywhere through storytelling and the power of play. Canticos is also a fantastic way for all kids to learn and practice simple vocabulary words, numbers, days of the week, and more – both in English and Spanish.

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Sing With Us! Vamos A Cantar! And put a little song in your heart by watching Canticos’ bilingual classic nursery rhymes with your little ones! View my favorite episode below:

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On Gun Violence in America

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Thank you Amnesty International for sponsoring this post. Between the four walls of a classroom, the sanctuary of a church, a concert, a movie theater, an airport, a post office, a gaming event, a home, a military base, a neighborhood, a grandmother’s porch. And, and, and, and. Phones go unanswered. Children don’t return home from […]

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Sony’s New WH-1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling Headphones Will Let You Block Out ALL The Outside Sound

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This post is sponsored by Best Buy.  September brought a needed and welcomed return to a routine. Although I love the summer months, it feels great to have much more designated work time now that the kids back in school. I’ve also been carving out ways to give back to myself – while diving head […]

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September 2018 Printable Calendar

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Does the month of September feel like a heart-stretch for you? I think that a lot of parents can relate to the feeling of excitement mixed with the range of emotions that come with watching your baby birds fly. I imagine that I’ll always crave the pace of summer and the peace of the ocean […]

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I Tested a Zinus Mattress, and Here’s What Happened (+ Mattress & Platform Bed Giveaway!)

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After sleeping on the same mattress for over a decade and consistently waking up when my husband gets into bed during my sacred REM cycle, I knew we were overdue for a new mattress. I’ve been curious about the “bed-in-a-box” concept, the idea of avoiding a showroom, and the prospect of saving some cash with […]

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