Today’s post is all about potty training! I meant to post this a while ago but life has been busy! I can officially say my kids are potty trained and have been for a while! Read more
Camden and Ella are 3! Today’s post is all about their adorable party! The theme this year was “Young, Wild, and Three”! I’ll share the details above or below each picture and again toward the bottom of this post.Read more
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Ella’s dollhouse that she received for her 3rd birthday so I thought I’d share the information!Read more
Every year I email Camden and Ella a letter on their birthday (plus other random ones throughout the year). Read more
Oh goodness, friends…it was a process picking a preschool for Camden and Ella! I thought I’d share about my experience in case it might help someone. If you’re local to Charleston, I’m sorry but I will not be naming the schools I toured or the school we selected. This is for my kids’ own safety and because it’s just my opinion and I don’t want to hurt another schools’ reputation.
First things first, I toured 10 schools and they were all very different! My first tip is to have all your questions printed out ahead of time so that you can make sure all of your questions are answered. Here is a list of questions or topics to look into:
- What is the cost?
- What are the days/hours?
- Will my kids be in the same class?
- Are meals or snacks provided?
- Teacher/child ratio
- Class size
- Staff experience, education, background checks
- What does a normal day look like?
- Will they be going outside every day to play?
- Sick child policy
- Do we have top priority to return the following year or how does re-enrollment works?
- How is discipline handled?
- Security (doors locked, open door policy)
- Are there ever students left alone with teachers or is it always a 2:1 ratio?
- Do you use an app to track check in/check out, send messages, post pictures?
- Is it ok if we miss class occasionally?
I toured 10 schools, yes 10! I am that crazy mom! While some of them had a lot of similarities, they were all pretty different. I could see my kids at only 3 of them though! We have ours ranked and I’m hoping we get into our first choice but if not, I know my kids will be in good hands at the next two on our list as well.
Here is a list of things I liked about the preschools:
- Had large classrooms with a lot of natural light
- Teachers and staff were friendly
- 2-3 teachers per classroom!
- Nice playground
- Very clean facility
- I loved the curriculum (all 3 schools we’re down to, have very similar curriculums)
- Hosts fun events like Grandparents Day or holiday shows
- Security was top notch
Having toured 7 preschools that I couldn’t even picture my kids at, I have quite a long list of things I didn’t like:
- Small rooms with not much natural light
- Parents rotate bringing snacks for the class, I’m sorry but this is not for me! I like knowing for now what is going in my toddler’s bodies.
- We want part time preschool and while one offered it, they charge the same price for part time and full time. This seemed ridiculous to me!
- One preschool kept the nap mats in the bathroom- eww!
- No security cameras in the building
- Old/small playground
- Only 1 teacher per class
- Not every teacher was CPR certified
- Now the one that made me really angry stated that they would place my twins in separate classrooms. I know in the future we will be separating Camden and Ella, what year that is I’m not sure but it won’t be their first year. I did not appreciate a preschool telling me what’s best for my children when they haven’t even met them or know anything about them. #endrant 😉
I am so excited for my two kiddos to start preschool next year! I know they are going to love it.
I hope this helps someone in selecting the perfect preschool for their child or children! It’s not always a fun process but it’s so important! Good luck, mamas!!
Being healthy is my main goal for 2020! However, sometimes being healthy comes with a lot of inconvenience, which I don’t have time for…to make something work for us it needs to be both healthy and convenient. When I heard about Perdue Farms’ new direct-to-consumer website, I was sold! We’ve been buying Perdue products for years but now you can get directly on their new website, order exactly what you need, and they will ship it to you! I wanted to share more about this with you and also my favorite chicken dish that I make using Perdue Harvestland Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast.
More about Perdue Farms
Something I learned fairly recently is Perdue Farms is not just a business selling chicken (they are the #1 supplier in the U.S. for organic chicken though) but they are also a leader in premium beef, pork, and lamb. All of their products are pasture raised, grass fed- Heritage Breed, antibiotic free, non-GMO, they are Certified Humane, and much more! They also have many brands including Niman Ranch, Perdue Chicken, Coleman Natural, Perdue Harvestland, Spot Farms, Full Moon, and many more.
My First Order
In my first order (Family Bundle-Medium) where everything arrived frozen directly to my door, I received:
- One 13-oz. package Niman Ranch Bacon-Wrapped Pork Chop with Rosemary (contains 2 chops)
- One 2.25-lb. box Perdue Harvestland Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins (contains 4 to 5 packs, each filled with 4 wrapped tenders)
- One 12-oz. package Niman Ranch Applewood Uncured Bacon
- One 1.68-lb. bag Perdue Panko-Breaded Dino Nuggets
- One 12-oz. package Niman Ranch Breakfast Sausage (contains 12 fully cooked sausages)
I also received a box of Perdue Harvestland Diced Chicken Breasts (this is free with your first order), these are awesome because they are already cut and ready to go!
Now to my favorite chicken recipe, “Stuffing Jack Chicken”! It’s easy, it’s tasty, it’s perfect…
-Chicken tenderloins (enough to fill the bottom of the pan or 4-5 chicken breasts)
-6 Slices Pepper Jack Cheese (it is not spicy at all, I promise!)
-1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup (you can get healthier versions)
– ¼ cup milk
-1 box of Stuffing (chicken flavor)
-1/3 cup butter
- Cover bottom of pan with chicken
- Lay cheese on top of chicken
- Mix 1 can cream of chicken soup and ¼ cup milk
- Pour over chicken
- Top with bag of Chicken Stuffing
- Drizzle 1/3 cup butter on top
- Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes
This was plenty of food for us but this dish over rice would be delicious too!
This post was sponsored by Perdue Farms but all opinions and the recipe are my own.