Whatever Friday

TGIF people. It’s Friday, yay!

Do you have any fun plans this weekend? We have our last (regular season) softball game. And Mel’s truck is making a “funny noise” so I’ll be spending Jordan’s summer camp money at an auto shop, I’m sure. Aren’t cars fun??

1. I had fun this week, did you? I made you lots of goodies.

I made you think about what you can do with all your spare time.

I made you a new version of one of my favorite brownies.

And I even made you a new version of one of my favorite cupcakes. Aren’t I super nice?

2. Read Crank by Ellen Hopkins. It’s unbelievably good. I read over 300 pages in one day. (I mean, sure, it’s written in verse so it’s a quick read, but still.) Read it, you won’t be sorry. And you’ll never be tempted to take meth, if you were ever tempted in the first place.

3. Summer is fast approaching. As happy as I am that school is almost out and there will be no more homework fights, I know that I need to keep up the reading and math practice over the summer. Jordan’s a good student, but she struggles a lot with reading and math. Last summer was a huge blow to her progress and we’ve come so far this year that I don’t want to lose the momentum. I can’t really afford to send her to a tutoring center, so I’m going to attempt to do it at home (no small feat since she refuses to be helped by anyone but her teacher). I need advice on workbooks or apps that would be a great bridge to 2nd grade. Especially apps (or even websites). There are so many out there it’s hard to weed through the good and bad. So if you have any ideas for me, please leave a comment or email me!

4. Speaking of homework, I posted this photo last week and got lots of tweets and comments about it, so I thought I’d share it here.

Jordan’s normally really good at practicing her spelling words verbally. She usually does it while swinging on the pull-up bar she got for her birthday (because my child cannot sit still even for one second). But sometimes, if the words are hard or if she’s having trouble focusing, she gets frustrated. So last week I pulled out an idea I remembered from a long-ago issue of (I think) Family Fun magazine. I put all the letters on post-its and had her spell them on the back door. Totally worked like a charm; she practiced her words, then wrote sentences for another half hour (on her own, no prodding from me). AND she got a perfect score on her test. So, score one for me.

5. It’s Flashback Friday, y’all! This weeks flashback is from last Spring.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes. A chocolate cupcake with Peanut Butter Oreos inside, a peanut butter frosting, and chocolate drizzle. These are stick-to-your-ribs milk-is-a-must cupcakes. Sooo good. (What’s funny? Same liner packet for these and those Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. I’m a hoarder.)

Thanks for always reading, I love you guys. :) Next week I’m doing a theme week. The ingredient is one of my absolute favorites, and it’s not peanut butter. I hope you’ll stop by to drool with me.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo,








Comments

  1. Too bad my kids are all out of the spelling test years. That would have been a wonderful trick to use. So glad it worked well for your daughter!

  2. You’re killing me with suspense!! You know how I love a good theme…

  3. oh I hate cars, mine is costing a fortune this week, but I found a new bigger kitchen aid for like half price so I am thinking about keeping it and selling the car, that makes total sense right? And the post it idea is amazing, I have hidden them all over the house before and my kid loves finding them and making words. So ready for the summer to be here.

  4. Theme weeks are always so much fun!!! I am actually planning one too…I have 7 different cupcakes to share so I figured why not make a week out of it:-) Peanut butter oreo cupcakes? Oh my…now that is pure awesomeness!!!!

  5. Stop tempting me with Oreos!

    And props to you for helping your kid with her spelling words. Spelling is the subject that I’ve noticed parents taking the most seriously. However, at my school anyway, it virtually counts for nothing. The only reason I push Spelling homework/tests every week is because I was forced to endure it in school and the parents expect it. No one at my school cares about Spelling (which is kinda sad).

  6. Ugh, cars are a necessary evil. Mine has fancied turning on the brake light randomly while driving, causing me to break out into a nervous sweat since last time lights randomly came on, nothing happened for a week and then BAM, my entire engine died while driving it. Dude, let’s win the mega millions so we can buy limos to drive us around :)
    Tell Jordan good job on her spelling test! Spelling can be tricky but I’m so glad you’re pushing her; obviously being a grammar nazi, I’m constantly noticing poor spelling and wish people would have pushed their kids to be better spellers early on. It’s takes practice (obviously) but it’s worth it! And I love the Post-It note idea; genius! Also, I think there’s a small fee for it (though I dunno how $) but there’s this awesome website my dad uses in class called BrainPop! and it helps kids learn a variety of subjects from elementary through high school with interactive, fun videos and activities and quizzes. I love BrainPop and I’m sure Jordan would too!

  7. I struggled, probably still do, as a reader. If only we had stickies! And, I especially love these strawberry cupcakes. Me thinks perhaps a blueberry version with some gin? I made blueberry-infused gin this AM before starting work. It should be ready in a few weeks. Blueberry Cocktails and Cupcakes? :) Looking forward to your next week theme! I’ll have to catch up, though, as I’ll be gone all week. And, no I don’t have a fancy phone. Have fun! :)

  8. be tricky but I’m so glad you’re pushing her; obviously being a grammar nazi, I’m constantly noticing poor spelling and wish people would have pushed their kids to be better spellers early on. It’s takes practice (obviously) but it’s worth it! And I love the Post-It note idea; genius! Also, I think there’s a small fee for it (though I dunno how $) but there’s this awesome website my dad uses in class called BrainPop! and it helps kids learn a variety of subjects from elementary through high school with interactive, fun videos and activities and quizzes. I love BrainPop and I’m sure Jordan would too!

  9. Man, I missed out on a ton of goodies while I was gone! I’m LOVING those softball cookies–I bet the kiddos will eat those up at the t-ball games. Brilliant!!

  10. I love your speeling test trick! I can’t wait to try it! Have a great week sweetie!
    P.S. Everything else looks delish!

  11. Normally I read every post once it gets sent to my email but I’ve been without internet for awhile so I can officially say that I am thankful for your Friday wrap ups of the week. :)

  12. Congratulations to the mini-you on her test! Thank you for making me drool…

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