Sunday, September 29, 2013

October 12 Months of Getting it Done


I have been a very big slacker on my 12 Months of Getting it Done plan.  I did great through July but then I ran into summer and was trying to get numerous things done in a short time.  So I plan on starting again for October.

I have so many things that I want to accomplish and I cannot seem to find enough time in a day to get anything done!

For October I plan on completing Z's room by reorganizing, finishing his wooden desk that I am refinishing, and hang his gutter bookshelves that I have sitting in the garage.

If I can finish his room, that is one less thing on my huge list and he will be comfortable and organized in his room.

What are your goals for October?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Package Pals, What I Sent and Received

This is my 2nd time participating in Package Pals and I had just as much fun this time as I did last time!  I really like doing it, and it makes it more fun being a little unsure of what to send.

I was lucky enough to be paired with Taylor at Love and Rust.  She is very creative and was thoughtful in what she sent in my package.  She sent me a lot of crocheted items and I absolutely love them because they are awesome and I don't crochet so it is definitely a treat.


She also included a cross-stitch with my initial and cute personalized cards for me.  I love beach glass and she filled a cute little light bulb looking jar with them.

I have never actually used washi tape so I was excited to get a roll from her.  She made me a business card holder too and I love it.  I really enjoyed opening and going through her package that she sent me.  My 4 year old loved the crocheted heart so much that he stole it and keeps it in his room!

After exchanging some emails I felt I had a good idea of what Taylor would like so I got to work on my package for her.


I made her a sign with her blog name on it and made cute bottle cap flowers on it (for my first time doing these I think they turned out pretty good!).

I also included a decorative box that I found at Michael's, some crocheting yarn and a few things for her cross stitching adventures.  I also included a small notebook for her.

Thanks to C.R.A.F.T. for putting this together.  You can go HERE to see all of the package pals link ups!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Friday Follow Along!



It's PARTY Time!

So grab a hand and follow the leader!

If you have a blog or website with any article pertaining to family, fitness, being cheap (I mean frugal), crafting, recipes, or is just plain fun.... 
  •  There are no real rules-except nothing x rated! 
  • Link up at least 1 post (max of 2) AND 1 social media site so we can all follow along!
  • Visit as many links as you can and leave comments! 
  • Its just like the game Follow the leaders (host &cohosts) and  follow at least the person ahead of you and behind you. Follow others via twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', etc 
  • Link back if you can and when!   Not required but appreciated!
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Thank you to everybody who stopped by to share what you have been up to. Here are the features for the week.  In some way or another they have inspired us, please go visit them and get inspired too!

Love Bracelet from Becoming Alice
Hand Painting Artwork in a Nursery by Lynda Bergman
Cami from Titi Crafty shared her blogging experiences so far.

Now is your time to SHINE and SHOWOFF! We will be pinning, sharing, and posting so give us your best stuff! It can be recipes, linkups, etc!
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Kidz Gear Headphones Giveaway

Who doesn't want new kids headphones?  I know that Z loves wearing his headphones and I wish I would've gotten him ones with a carry bag.  Keep reading for your chance to win!

Every Kid that tries them ends up Loving them. Jay @Crafty Spices is giving you the opportunity to win your color choice of Kidz Gear headphones together with a carry bag and a Stereo Headphone splitter. For Jay's full review click Here



This giveaway will begin on Thursday, September 26th at 12:00am and ends on Thursday, October 10th at 12:00am.

Enter the rafflecopter for a chance to Win.
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This giveaway is open to US and Canada Residence, void where prohibited. The winner will receive prize as indicated above shipped to winner directly from Kidz Gear.

Disclosure: Jay @Crafty Spices did receive a product for free and is sharing her opinion with you.  Her opinion may differ from yours.  Crafty Spices and Leah Inspired are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours after the giveaway ends to respond before another winner is selected.  All entries will be verified. 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Teaching Toddlers Thursday- Farm Animals

It is that time again!  What have you done with your toddler lately?  This week's toddler curriculum was farm animals.  The weather is getting nicer and fall is here so focusing on farm animals seemed like a good idea.

Songs we sang:
Old McDonald
Z made up farm animal noise songs

Books we read:
Duck & Goose 123 by Tad Hills
Baby Animals by Sirett
Duckling by DK Publishing
One Rainy Day by Tammi Salzano


We had a lot of fun this week and the highlight of our week was going to a petting zoo.  They saw goats, sheep, chickens, roosters, ducks, donkeys, llamas, pigs, and geese.  They got to see first hand the animals and hear the noises they make.


















We made chicks using paper, googly eyes, and handprints.  K picked out his own googly eyes and Z says that one must still be growing since it is smaller!


We used contact paper to make cotton ball sheep.  I cut out sheep outlines out of contact paper and glued them to construction paper.  I outlined them in black marker and glued on a googly eye.  The kids stuck the cotton balls to the contact paper and created a sheep.


I printed an outline of a cow and the kids dipped cotton balls into black paint to make spots on the cow.

I made the kids some toilet paper roll pigs and they love them.  K even took his pig on the swing to cuddle he liked it so much.




We made a lot of animal sounds this week and had a lot of fun!

Hope you will come back next week for Fall activities.

Toilet Paper Roll Pig


Last week we focused on farm animals and I decided to make a pig.  I had some toilet paper rolls sitting around so I went into the craft room and dug out some supplies!  Here is what I used:

Supplies:
Toilet Paper Roll (or cut a paper towel roll)
Pink Foam paper
Pink Felt
Pink Buttons
Pink Pipe Cleaner
Googly Eyes
Black Marker
Masking tape
Hot glue gun and glue


First cut a circle a little bit larger than the end of the roll out of the foam paper.  Use masking tape to attach the foam to one end of the roll, you want the tape to be hidden since this is the pig's face.
Cut the felt long enough to wrap exactly around the roll and have about an inch over the ends to tuck into the roll.

Use the hot glue gun to adhere the felt to the roll.  Cut the pipe cleaner small enough to make a curly tail, about 2 to 3 inches.  Slit a small hole in the felt where you want the tail and push the pipe cleaner through and wrap the end so it stays.


Put hot glue on the inside of the roll and fold the excess felt in to attach to the inside of the roll.


Cut small triangles out of the foam for the ears and bend the large end when you attach it with the hot glue.  Cut a square of the foam for the front feet and cut a divider in between the feet.  Cut slits in the foam for 'toes'.  For the hind legs cut a strip of foam about 3/4 inch wide and 4-5 inches long and cut slits for 'toes' and attach all of the feet to the bottom of the roll with hot glue.

Glue on the googly eyes and the button nose and draw a mouth.


You now have a cute little fuzzy pig!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Farm Visit


Last week we went to the farm to see some animals.  I was a little nervous because it was my first time doing something so involved outside of the house with all 3 kids.  I have to say, it went pretty well.


I was able to keep the toddlers in the stroller and bring them into the pens to pet the animals so that worked out great.


Z loved feeding the goats and one even stole his feed cup and this goat was WAY bigger than him!


The goats swarmed the stroller and I think they loved the toddlers, they must have smelled like food!  They even gathered behind the stroller and pushed it inside the pen.


We saw chickens and roosters and K loves birds so he was thrilled.  After taking this picture of Z I realized how big he is getting.


Z got to 'drive' a huge tractor and he was on top of the world!


We saw a ton of ducks and Z decided to walk right through the middle of where they were and they all flew up and over our heads bringing dust, dirt, and who knows what else with them!  It was pretty gross and a shower was a definite requirement for everybody that night.


We saw llamas, donkeys, exotic birds, bunnies, and baby birds.
There were also pigs, sheep, and more goats.


We picked out some small pumpkins and the kids were very excited and holding onto them tight!  K still points at his yelling 'Mine' when he sees it, but I just know he will throw it and then he will be upset that the pumpkin is gone.


We had a great time at the farm and I am glad I was brave enough to check it out with the kids.

Monday, September 23, 2013

It's My Birthday!

Happy Tuesday everybody!  I just wanted you to know I am taking the day off today from writing a post and school and I am just going to go with the flow today!

It is my birthday and I am determined to enjoy it.  It is supposed to be 72 and sunny and I am looking forward to sitting outside all day if the kids let me!

Enjoy your day today and have fun doing whatever you are doing!

5 Year Old TACKLE Football? What?!

My 4 year old is in T-ball right now and he likes it until it is game day.  He likes hitting and throwing and catching, but not waiting.  We all know baseball can get kind of boring.  He says he likes it, but I think he would like something with a little more action, like football.

So as I am researching it for when he turns 5 next year, I find that most of the 5-7 year age range are all TACKLE football!  I was shocked by this and envisioned a huge 7-year old tackling my little boy!

I asked my friend, who's son is the same age, if she was thinking of putting him into football.  She said not because the only ones she found were tackle football and her cousin's son was in it and won't play anymore because he got tackled and got hurt.

My opinion is that 5 or 6 is too young for tackle football.  I feel that they will be so worried about getting tackled, that they won't learn the game at all and could get unnecessarily hurt.  Their little bodies are not meant to be smashed by a 7-year old.

I think it teaches them that is ok to be aggressive and at this age, I don't think they can separate when it is ok and when it isn't because they are still really learning how to control their own actions.
So what is your opinion on tackle football at 5 or 6?


Friday, September 20, 2013

Prepaid Credit Card from CARD.com


Have you ever used a pre-paid credit card? I haven't. I got this opportunity to try it out and was actually really excited. I started thinking of all of the possible uses for this card from Card.com.
I am always trying to work on a good and suitable budget and a way to stick to it. This card can make that possible if each month I transfer money onto it for groceries or whatever it is that I am working on a budget for. It would also be good for budgeting extra spending money and once it is gone, it is gone.

Another thing that this card will be great for is spending money for myself of my husband. We don't like using 2 check cards because the checkbook seems to never be balanced. This way we could manage our money better because we will know exactly how much we are spending and won't have to worry about balancing every stop at 711 or gas fill-ups.

If you have teenagers this would be a good way to give them their allowance and for them to learn responsibility for their money.

There are so many ways that this card can be useful and I am excited to try out the possibilities.  
Signing up was really easy and I received my card in the mail in about a week. There are tons of designs to choose from and I love the one I chose and it is a VISA so it is accepted everywhere.


Here is some information about the product and you can get more details about how it works on their website https://www.card.com/how-it-works.
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Free for 30 days - then $5.95 monthly fee, which they waive when you direct deposit over $800 in the previous 30 days.  This fee is the same as the Walmart prepaid card and way less than many of our competitors. It's also much less than overdrafting your bank account, paying for a checking account, or using a credit card.

Go sign up and start using your new card at www.CARD.com .

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Friday Follow Along!

It's PARTY Time!

So grab a hand and follow the leader!

If you have a blog or website with any article pertaining to family, fitness, being cheap (I mean frugal), crafting, recipes, or is just plain fun.... 
  •  There are no real rules-except nothing x rated! 
  • Link up at least 1 post (max of 2) AND 1 social media site so we can all follow along!
  • Visit as many links as you can and leave comments! 
  • Its just like the game Follow the leaders (host &cohosts) and  follow at least the person ahead of you and behind you. Follow others via twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', etc 
  • Link back if you can and when!   Not required but appreciated!
  • If you have a blog hop today or this weekend...go ahead and link it up!  
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Here are our features.  In one way or another we were inspired by them so please stop by and check them out and get inspired too!

Painted Drawers for Craft Shelving from Titi Crafty

White Chocolate and Raspberry Cupcakes from This Baker Girl Blogs

Pumpkin Crumble Cake from Living Better Together

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We will be tweeting, sharing on pinterest, Stumbleupon, and promoting your posts that you share --please link up what you are wanting to share!
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Teaching Toddlers Thursday- Things That Go

This week we did things that go.  We went over everything that goes by air, land, or sea in this week's toddler curriculum.  We didn't go by days this week because there are so many things that go and they wanted to play with all of them!

Books we read:
Mighty Movers Farm by Paradise Press
The Little Red Caboose by Goldenbooks
Thomas & Friends Railway Rhymes
100 Things That Go

Songs we sang:
Wheels on the Bus
Row Your Boat


We only did a few crafts this week because we were too busy getting active!

The first craft that we did was cars driving on the road.  We made a road out of construction paper and put the dotted lines on for the divider.  I cut out car shapes on the Silhouette, but you can print out basic car shapes and trace them and cut them out.  The toddlers drove the cars across the paper making car sounds and were upset when we had to actually glue them down, but Z loved gluing them and helped the little ones since he is Assistant Teacher.

We painted with a turtle car (because he can be run through the dishwasher!) and the kids loved it.

 We used an egg carton to work on their motor skills.  They put cars in the holes, closed it up, dumped them out, and started all over again!

 I cut out a sailboat shape out of construction paper and glued it down and the kids put stickers all over the water and the boat.

 We played with trains, and of course construction vehicles!

It was pretty hot out so we concentrated on boats outside in the water table and the pool and then the kids started digging away and transporting their dirt in the dump truck!

We have some wooden transportation puzzles that they really liked trying to do.  One even makes vehicle noises so that was the biggest hit!

 I used a red plastic tub lid and put tape on it to make a road and they loved racing the cars on it until Z decided it needed to be bigger!  We built a foam hop scotch we have and flipped it over.  We put tape on the back of it and even made helicopter landing pads.  Z likes to roll things down the 'ramp', AKA wedge pillow.  I think this was one of their favorite things this week because they played with it most of the day.

We pulled out the play dough one day to make tire prints and Z used it to load and transport in his dump truck and me and K worked on covering the cars.  C decided he wanted to taste it, a lot, so his play dough excursions got cut short!  Luckily I know exactly what is in my play dough because I made it!  You can get the recipe here.


I think the kids had a lot of fun this week and I hope you will stop back by next week for Farm Animals!