Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Children's Cooperative Preschool of Loudoun

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"As a mother, I am thrilled to be a vital part of my child's early education. We are truly growing our children together."{Heather Paulding, First year CPL mum}
My eldest son is starting preschool this year at the only Cooperative Preschool in Loudoun County{CPL} established in 1969. They cater to Pre-K children ages 2 to 5 1/2 years old. CPL offers flexibility in the days of attendance per week and choices between AM or PM classes. CPL also involves parents and children in a number of community service activities throughout the year! The children will be helping to sell lemonade at our September 7th pot-luck! The proceeds will go to benefit childhood cancer research.

You might be asking, "What is a Cooperative preschool"? Ah, a fine question. A cooperative preschool means that we as parents are directly overseeing the teaching and overall operation of the school. CPL is run by a board of parents. Every parent is involved in one way or another. Whether it's teaching a class, attending board meetings, or organizing events - the parents are a helping hand.

My role is organizing events. Such as, the pot luck that is coming up Saturday, September 7th @11am. I will be working with the event team to make sure everything runs smoothly. Basically, I need to make sure everyone has plates. This is my first year with CPL, but it is readily apparent that everyone there cares immensely about the self-development and education of our children!

Sensory playdough will be the BIG activity at the back-to-school family pot luck! I used fresh lavender, lavender essential oils, seashells, and sticks! This was so much fun! The sensory playdough incorporates all the senses, but we try to exclude taste on this one:} Check out the recipe and full post at the Imagination Tree!
**If you live in Northern VA and have a toddler ready for pre-K activities please give us a call! The classes fill up quickly and your child can be placed on the waiting list. I believe there are a few Senior spots ready to be filled{must be 4 years of age by Sept. 30th}.

 Cooperative Preschool of Loudoun
42507 Mount Hope Road
Ashburn, VA 20148
Phone: 703-724-0496

A BIG Thank you to Wegmans of Dulles and The Leesburg Animal Park  for their gracious support of CPL! We thank you with our hearts and our wallets. Seriously though, you will not find a better grocery store or cozier spot to spend quality time with your family then these two local NoVa businesses. CPL and myself graciously thank you!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Happily Ever Crafter {Guest Post & Giveaway}

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Hi there! My name is Catherine and I’m the blogger behind Happily Ever Crafter! My husband Brian likes to do posts on occasion too. I’m still fairly new to blogging, but I have loved this new adventure. I’m finding so many wonderful people to befriend and learn from.

Happily Ever Crafter is my life on the little screen. Computer screen that is. I blog about everything from cooking to reviews to trying to live as “green” as I can even while in a little townhouse here in good ol’ Lynchburg, Virginia.

I love to share my little crafts and projects with my readers whether it’s making something out of cardboard tubes or a garden from a discarded pallet. Pinterest fuels much of my inspiration but you get the good, the bad, and the ugly. I blog it all! Not everything on Pinterest is true to the way it looks!

When it comes to cooking I take after my mother. Meaning...I throw something together and rarely using a measuring cup. It usually turns out delicious, but not always. As with the crafting failures, I let you know when a recipe fails too. Just trying to keep it real!
Another large aspect of my blog is being "green." This is a huge category in itself. On the "green" front I blog about anything from gardening, to farmer's market adventures, to homemade versions of harsh cleaners, to the use of essential oils. I am passionate about making and keeping my family healthy in every way possible. We have just this one beautiful life and we desire to make it a long, happy, and healthy one.

Time for a GIVEAWAY for all you gardeners! Catherine has a giveaway running on her blog for a year long seed membership from Mike the Gardener Enterprises. ENTER Here!{08/14}

Till next time,

 Happily Ever Crafter

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DIY Magical Playground

Children frequently have their imagination caps cranked on high. My boys are no exception. My little monkeys gave me the idea to use random pieces of junk to create a magical playground. I was pulling some crib parts from the early 90s out of our shed, when my eldest propped a piece against the fence and started climbing. Frightful, I started to remove the ladder. Then the proverbial light bulb went off:} I placed it against our small tree and said "climb away!"

I also had a few miscellaneous pieces of particle board lying around. We took the particle board and painted it:) Going up anyone?:} Bright colors, fun to stomp on, and a ramp for the monster trucks! A pretty awesome job for a days work at play. Junk is FREE and it led to an active, fun, care-free adventure! Play spontaneously with your imagination caps charged up and ready to go!

Looking for an amazing Linky Party?
Please drop by Feeding Big HERE and Link up your recipes, diy projects, and crafts!

Thank you for stopping by,

Heather Paulding
Founder of the Virginia Blogger's Club

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Disney on Ice {Local VA giveaway}

The fascination with "The Mouse" is almost innate from birth. Mickey Mouse is really apart of our American culture. My kids are just as fascinated with Disney as I. ME from a marketing perspective and THEM from a purely fun perspective. Regardless, we love Disney period! Do you live in the Virginia area? Would you like some FREE tickets to Disney on ICE? Enter to win 4 tickets to the Thursday, September 19 show at the Richmond Coliseum HERE.{Open to Virginia Residents; 08/03}

Thank you for Stopping by,

Heather Paulding
Founder of The Virginia Blogger's Club