Monday, April 11, 2022

Wonderland Math

I have shared our love of Wonderland Math on my instagram a few times before and I always get so many questions about it. I am finally sitting down and going to answer the most asked questions and give as much info about it here.  Before I start I'll give you a little background about Jules. She is 9 years old and started Wonderland Math when she was 8. Her favorite subject is  math and she is pretty good at it. She easily picks up concepts and understands how and why things are done but she needed to build her confidence. During second grade, when she was doing virtual school from home, I noticed that she was always questioning herself and getting stressed when her teacher was asking her questions, especially when she was testing. As a mom, I wished I could help her but I sat back and tried my best to encourage her and calm her down. After a few months of doing school from home I realized the problem was not only the confidence but she needed to be quicker with simple math facts. 


When I was introduced to Wonderland Math I knew this tutoring program would be the perfect fit for Jules. Wonderland Math is an interactive learning activity that combines live tutoring with an engaging, story-based curriculum. It is made for 2nd-5th graders. We were in the market for a program and loved that this was the only program that offered an online experience where kids get to learn with friends. I also loved that the classes were small and Jules got lots of time with her teacher.  The teacher is the same each week  which helps determine your child’s progress and areas for improvement. One thing I was really impressed with was the personalized email that you receive each week from their teacher with a quick brief on what they learned, what your child might need more help with and always a little something encouraging. Those emails have been helpful for not only me but for Jules too. I can see that the extra motivation and kind words help boost her confidence.


Jules is currently on month 5 of tutoring and loves everything about it. I love seeing her have fun, get excited to see her new friends each week and she has the sweetest teacher that is always encouraging her. Jules thrives in smaller groups just like this and looks forward to her class each week. 







some commonly ask questions

What day and time is class? It varies for everyone depending on what works best for you and your schedule. They'll also factor in what grade level your going do. We do Tuesdays and 5pm. 

How much does it cost? The monthly fee is $99 but you can try the first month for only $1 and can cancel anytime.

How long is the class?
Each class runs for an hour.  

Do they need a laptop? nope, Jules does her class on her iPad. The program is run through zoom so it's super user friendly and southing most kids know how to use already since they did virtual last year. 

You can find more information here 



Sunday, November 15, 2020

3 Year old boy Christmas gift guide


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Jacks is so easy, give him some superheroes and giant monster trucks and he's happy. That is literally all he asked me for. He wanted Super Wing toys, a Spiderman, superheroes, and more superheroes. 

VANS- love this color combo so much. Also like these Nikes and these Adidas

WALKIE TALKIES- I ordered him this exact pair to put in his stocking. They have a super fun flashlight built in. Jason was pretty excited about these. 

GUITAR- We have two of these and love them! They are the perfect size for little hands and such a great starter guitar if your little one is wanting to learn. Plus they come in a ton of different colors. 

STRETCHY SPIDERMAN- Jacks loves these things. They are like the new version of a stretch Armstrong. Do you remember this? Another good stocking stuffer. 

WOODEN BATMAN AND ROBIN- I love these peg dolls. All my kids really enjoy playing with these. 

JACKET- Had to include Jacks so he can match his sisters. I will be coordinating them until they don't allow me to anymore. I got this this jacket and these patches. You can see the ones I go the girls here and here. 

SOFTEE DOUGH- Dough and Toys Story? Major win!

PENNANT- I have a thing for pennants in a boys room. We started his little collection last year and can't wait to add this custom one to it. Love how simple and clean this one looks. 

SHARK ROBE- His sisters love walking around the house in their unicorn robes and he is always feeling left out, little brother problems. So he is going to love this!

SLIPPERS- He is still obsessed with all things Toy Story. I came across these on an ad a few days ago and ordered them asap. They have a ton of different Disney characters from princess Belle to a few Monsters Inc. characters. I had the hardest time picking between the Woody and Buzz. 

MONSTER TRUCK- He saw this at Target the other day and cried because I wouldn't but it for him. He loves the Monster truck show, Blaze and the Monster Machines. 

MOUSE- If you follow us on instagram you know all about our mouse dollhouse adventures. I basically re-decorated a dollhouse for the girls and bought all these little mice for the girls. He LOVES this house just as much as the girls so I wanted to surprise him with his very own little super hero mouse! 

TREE HOUSE- I am so excited about this! Call me crazy but I am going to give this cute little tree house a mini superhero makeover, so he can have his very own house to play with. I plan on painting the inside all white and adding a skyscraper scene. I even found this mini bat signal that lights up. I went back and forth on what superheroes he should use. I was set on getting all the little peg dolls that I linked above but he is starting to really love LEGO's. Then I found this set and it kind of just spiraled from there. I loved that these LEGO sets come with mini pieces of "furniture" that I can put inside the treehouse. I got this Batman set, and his grandma ordered this Spiderman set to go with it too. I AM SO EXCITED!!! This Target treehouse is also an option. This was my first pick but it was sold out and I thought it was sold out for good. I ended up finding the Crate & Kids one and fell in love with it. It is bigger so there's more play space for his guys and the lego sets. I also like that the roof comes off.  Plus it reminds me more of a Little Rascals treehouse that I think just screams rugged, wild, boy. Which is so Jacks. 

LEGO SUPERHEROES- Here are the lego guys I ordered him, Spider man, Flash, Superman, and this Batman set comes with Batman, his boat, and the Penguin. I also ordered this Duplo set that comes with Robin, The Joker, and a Lego Bat mobile. The Duplo sets are perfect for three year olds. It some with less pieces to assemble and pieces are larger and easier for little hands to put together. 

Here are a few more savories

Thursday, November 12, 2020

little girl Christmas gift guide


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Kourtney is five and this is the first year that she actually gave me a real list of things that she wanted. She is a little sassy, super girly and things she is a teenager. She of course asked for things that she heard Jules asking for because she always likes to be like her big sister. 

BLIND BAGS- By far my kids favorite kinda gifts. Jules bought a mix of these for Kourt's birthday and the look on her face when she opened a box full of blind bags was the best thing ever. Really excited to do this again for both girls this time. The 5 surprise ones are actually super cool. They are mini versions of real foods and treats, like tiny spam boxes and soy sauce. Jules uses these in the dollhouse as the mice food. The color reveal Barbies are probably their most favorite. They collected all the little mermaids and want some Chelsea dolls this time. LOL' s are still a big hit around here and so are the cute  little Doorables.

HOVERBOARD- Only Kourt would ask for this. Her cousins have one and she absolutely loves it! We got her this helmet to go with it. 

PURSE - I found this purse on amazon and think she is going to love it. She is really into pay money right now and loves pretending she is a mommy.  It comes with some cute accessories like, play makeup, keys, a credit card, and a pretend phone. 

NECK PILLOW- unicorn neck pillow. One of the things on Jules list that she also had to have, except she really wants a rainbow unicorn one. 

FLYING FAIRY- This fairy is something she saw on a commercial and she really loved it. It's actually super fun and I think all kids of all ages would have fun playing with it. 

BALLERINA- This ballerina! I love a good heirloom doll. The quality and details on these are even better in person. I got them a few weeks ago when they were on sale and they are so pretty and such a good size. Fyi, just checked and they are still on sale! Jules is getting the red head.

HIGH HEELS- This girl loves her high heels. She wears a variation of these every single day. She loves to get herself ready and pick out a pair of heels to match her outfit. This time she is asking for some else ones that she can use with her Elsa dress. 

JACKET- I have been wanting to make my kids one of these for a while just haven't gotten around to it. I am getting the girls these jean jackets in a size or two up so they can get good wear out of them. These Jackets are my favorite. They are super comfy and not too stiff/thick. There are quite a few places to get patches for them and I am still unsure where I am getting theirs. I really love these Stoney Clover Lane ones but they're a bit pricy when add up 10 of them. I really love their color variety and the quality of their patches. Their sparkling cider color is my favorite.  I also found these on Etsy but they don't have all the letters I need. I can always go with good old Amazon for these classic ones that I have used in the past many times and they hold up very well. 

MATCHING DOLL AND ME PAJAMAS I shared these in my stories a few days ago. The star pjs are so soft and cute. they come in toddler and big girl sizes so I grabbed them for both girls. then I found these doll pjs , or their American Girl dolls, that come in a set with a few different fun accessories. She also asked for this doll vanity which is so adorable and looks like a mini version of hers. 

UNICORN- Jules got this unicorn in a rainbow version for her birthday. Ireally love this rainbow purse one with the little tiny unicorn babies and this light up one to sleep with at night. Too many cute options. 
 
SNACKEEZ- Have you heard of these? My kids saw these advertised on a commercial once and tell me how cool they are because they can have snacks and a drink at the same time. It's a cup that has a little compartment on the top that you can fill with snacks. I was surprised at how hard these were to get a hold of in the colors I wanted. I was able to find the pink and the blue here.

BEAN BAG-  So fun! I think I am just as excited about these as my girls. Both girls asked for one. I  Snagged these super fluffy ones. I grabbed then the second I saw them go on sale. 

PRINCESS LAPTOP- She got this for her birthday and loves it so much! Highy recommend We like to use it for homeschool too for letter recognition which also helps her learn the keyboard as well. 

DINKUM DOLL- another birthday gift that was the biggest hit! Both girls absolutely love this doll and fight over her all day long. She's just too adorable and comes with a ton of really cute accessories. Kourt got the brush and bottle plus this mini suitcase for her birthday and will be getting this tutu dress for Christmas. 

UGG SLIPPERS- Jules and Kourt both asked for slippers like mine because they are always walking around trying to steal mine. I have these exact ones in a leopard version. I got both girls a size up so they can last them a little longer.

BARBIE CAMPER- My girls love playing Barbies together. I think they have every Barbie available but really wanted to add this to their collection. 


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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

big girl Christmas gift guide

  


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Eight is proving to be so fun to shop for. Most of the things on Jules' list are things I wanted as a kid. I still tried to get similar or the same things for both girls because umm, sisters! I just switched up a few things to suit what each girl is really into. Jules loves dolls still but is super into doing arts and crafts and really expressing her creativity which I love! She is just like I was as a kid. 

Nikes- aren't these the cutest? She has grown so much the past few months and is in need of shoes. These are similar to a pair of Nikes that I have that she loves and has been asking for. 

rainbow lights- Jules' big cousin has these lights in her room and Jules has been hooked since their last dance party. I think these attached to the top of her bunk are going to be so fun and make such a cool night light. At least that's what I am telling myself. Im trying so hard to be a cool mom with these.  They come on an adhesive strip so setting up is super easy. Plus you can control them through the app, Alexa and the remote it comes with. You can also sync the lights to music (so fun), there's a timer where you can set them to turn off at a specified bedtime and you can set a timer to turn them on as "wake up" call.

Jacket- I have been wanting to make my kids one of these for a while just haven't gotten around to it. I am getting the girls these jean jackets in a size or two up so they can get good wear out of them. These Jackets are my favorite. They are super comfy and not too stiff/thick. There are quite a few places to get patches for them and I am still unsure where I am getting theirs. I really love these Stoney Clover Lane ones but they're a bit pricy when add up 10 of them. I really love their color variety and the quality of their patches. Their sparkling cider color is my favorite.  I also found these on Etsy but they don't have all the letters I need. I can always go with good old Amazon for these classic ones that I have used in the past many times and they hold up very well. 

Princess LEGOS- These are so adorable and one of Jules favorite lego sets. I love how they are similar to a Polly Pocket and you can keep all the pieces in one place. She is also very into the LEGO friends collection. She put the rv and the hospital on her list. 

Electronic piggy bank- Jules is my little saver and has officially filled her very first, very big, biggie bank. She's been saving her money in a little baggie and is in need of something bigger. This unicorn one is also really adorable! 

Ballerina doll- I love a good heirloom doll. The quality and details on these are even better in person. I got them a few weeks ago when they were on sale and they are so pretty and such a good size. Jules is getting the red head and I got Kourt the brunette one. 

Video camera- Both my girls (5&8) love recording fake videos tutorials. I had a few other moms recommend this and said it's super user friendly and something that kids in this age group can easily navigate. I really love that their fake videos can turn into real videos that I can easily save on my laptop. I think both girls will have lots of fun using this. I got her an extra memory card and this cute pink case

neck pillow- I will probably regret this one but Jules has been begging for one of these for the longest time. She really loves pillows and has a whole bunch of different ones from, cookies to unicorns. 

Blind bags- By far my kids favorite kinda gifts. Jules bought a mix of these for Kourt's birthday and the look on her face when she opened a box full of blind bags was the best thing ever. Really excited to do this again for both girls this time. The 5 surprise ones are actually super cool. They are mini versions of real foods and treats, like tiny spam boxes and soy sauce. Jules uses these in the dollhouse as the mice food. The color reveal Barbies are probably their most favorite. They collected all the little mermaids and want some Chelsea dolls this time. LOL' s are still a big hit around here and so are the cute  little Doorables.

Snackeez- Have you heard of these? My kids saw these advertised on a commercial once and tell me how cool they are because they can have snacks and a drink at the same time. It's a cup that has a little compartment on the top that you can fill with snacks. I was surprised at how hard these were to get a hold of in the colors I wanted. I was able to find the pink and the blue here. 

Arts and crafts box- There are a few of these around but I loved this one because of the amount of tings you get in it. Theres little wooden pieces they can use to paint, all the pipe cleaners in every color and so much more. Perfect addition to her art cart. You can see the art cart here.

Ugg slippers- Jules and Kourt both asked for slippers like mine because they are always walking around trying to steal mine. I have these exact ones in a leopard version. I got both girls a size up so they can last them a little longer.

Just Dance- Jules got the Nintendo switch for her birthday last year. We all love it. We have some serious Mario Kart races around here. The kids have played this with their cousins and really had a good time. This version comes with some frozen 2 songs. 

Doll Jeep- My girls favorite things to play together is house, Barbies and American girl dolls. I love that Jules is really into this kind of stuff still. They have both asked for this for the past three Christmas but we had no room for this. We recently donated so many toys and I promised them a new car for their dolls. 

Paris house coloring book This Paris house is a coloring/sticker book. Each page is Paris themed and looks like the inside of a house, or library, and it comes with stickers that you can use to decorate the space. 

rhinestone headphones- these are so fun. Love that they're wireless and have bluetooth. Jules' cousins have these air pod dupes that are so cool but Jules doesn't like things in her ears. She is so sensitive to that Kida stuff and quickly said no when I asked her if she'd like something like that. When I showed her these she was all in! Perfect for virtual school.

Bean bag- So fun! I think I am just as excited about these as my girls. Both girls asked for one. I  Snagged these super fluffy ones. I grabbed then the second I saw them go on sale. 

Matching doll and me pajamas - I shared these in my stories a few days ago. The star pjs are so soft and cute. they come in toddler and big girl sizes so I grabbed them for both girls. then I found these doll pjs , or their American Girl dolls, that come in a set with a few different fun accessories. 

Here are a few things that Jules already owns and loves plus a few other options to the things I listed above.