Hey there! I'm excited to be co-hosting the Instagram Hope this week with Liz, Emily & Bre! I'm a tad bit obsessed with Instagram and am always looking for new people to stalk follow. I love being able to get a glimpse into the lives of others around the world - it somehow makes the world seem a bit smaller.
You can link up your instagram profile using Instagram.com/yourusername
With this option you will have to upload a photo from your computer:
Or.. you can use web.stagram.com which will allow you to use a photo directly from your instagram.
This option is easier! Simply go to web.stagram.com click “login” then click “my photos” & copy and paste
that url like shown & choose a photo and you are done…
3.) Hop around! Browse other Instagram profiles and meet some new friends!
4.) Spread the word! Feel free to share the hop on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, ect!
I'm not ashamed to admit that my daughter is a tad bit attached to the iPad (understatement? - don't hate). It may or may not be the first thing she asks for when she wakes up some mornings (and if not the first - right after she asks for a peanut butter and jelly with sprinkles sandwich). What can I say, she likes her routine! I would be worried and a lot more resistant to letting her use the iPad if I felt she were behind verbally and socially, but if you have ever met my daughter, you know that is DEFINITELY not the case.
One of the times the iPad has come in handy to keep her content (and quiet - how many times can I answer, "Where's the Jolly Green Giant?") is when we are traveling. Both my husband's family and my family live out of town, so when we get a free weekend, we like to visit them which can mean two or more hours in the car one way.
Here are a few of our favorite apps to get us through the car ride and the nights away from home.
ON THE ROAD
Because we don't have internet when we are in the car, these apps provide some entertainment without having to be connected.
Has some really great interactive games and features. My 2 1/2 year old daughter is able to navigate the app and play the games without my assistance (after first being introduced to it with my help) which is great when I am driving or in the front seat.
Has a cost - but definitely worth it in my opinion.
You will first have to download the Disney Junior Appisodes App to find this free gem. Help Mickey and friends find all of the Mickey Markers by shaking and maneuvering the iPad itself to complete a number of different tasks along the way. This app has some great interaction.
May need some adult help for younger kids, but 3 and up should do just fine!
I must have downloaded this app when it was free at one point, but it's still worth the money in my opinion. You have the option to have a narrator read the story as a book or watch the story as a movie. There are also some great games (puzzles, coloring and matching) to go along with the story. An added plus is that this also does not require internet!
I love this app for setting up your own custom soundtrack of background music. We have always played music for my daughter when she goes to sleep and it seems to help. A little background lullaby is especially important if you're staying in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar noises. A feature that I love about this app is that you are able to set each track for the number of minutes you want it to play. There are still a ton of features that I have not yet explored on this one.
This is a relatively new app for us, but has worked very well the first couple of times we've used it. It provides a little extra light in the room for when your little one is falling asleep, but can be set to turn off on a timer - which is great you and your little one are sharing a room. My daughter likes to watch the animals change colors as she is falling asleep - almost like she's being put into a trance. Hey, whatever works!
Do you have any must have apps for traveling with your kids? Let me know what they are in the comments below!
I found out something very interesting about myself yesterday. At first I didn't want to believe it, but then it all started to make sense...
Let me back up a bit - Part of my job in the school district I work for is to serve as my building's Innovation Coach - cool, huh? It would be cooler if it was more than 2% of my job. Anywhoo... the innovation coaches, including myself, recently took an assessment that measures where you gain energy in the innovation process. The company is called Foursight and you can check them out here.
They identify four preferences, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
Clarifier - likes to examine the details, wants a clear understanding of the issue.
Ideator - likes to stretch her imagination, look at the big picture.
Developer - enjoys putting together workable solution, enjoys planning the steps to implement an idea.
Implementer - likes to see things happen, enjoys seeing ideas come to fruition
Of course, I thought I would fall into the Implementer category - make things, get it done, just do it. Nope - I'm a Clarifier. Looking for all the facts, figures and details of a situation and takes a methodical approach to solving problems. Well, maybe that sounds like me. It's not like it's bad to want to plan, organize, and look at the details. However, it can be bad when I continually get caught in, what they call, analysis paralysis.
True story: I sometimes spend 75% of my day organizing my to-dos and the environment I am in and only have 25% of the day left to complete the work. Sometimes it's hard for me to follow through.
Case in point - the intentional life project. My goal for the month of February was to go to Zumba 3 times per week. Seems pretty easy, simple, straightforward. I spent time printing off the tracking sheet, highlighted the days that I would mark - giving the goal date it's own color, find some cute washi tape and tape it in one of my little notebooks. All of that work, and what happened? I made it four days. FOUR. Oh boy - good thing next month is right around the corner and I can give it another try.
Here are some insights about the Clarifier that may help me to move from just plan it to just DO it:
an understanding of history
access to information
permission to ask questions
Clarifiers annoy others by...
asking too many questions
pointing out obstacles
identifying areas that haven't been well thought out
overloading people with information
being too realistic
So, while Pinterest will remain a necessity and I will continue to hoard organization articles and how-to's I will also focus on moving past the planning and the preparation and on to getting things DONE!