Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Enjoy your day and be safe in any travels

Leaf Thankfulness Garland

I was trying to figure out how to do something different for Thanksgiving this year since we are hosting dinner. I thought it would be neat to do something that we could add on to every year.



I decided to do a Thankfulness garland. I wasn't sure where to start but I knew I wanted real leaves. I found on Crafty Lumberjacks how they pressed leaves in wax paper. I happened to have some laminating sheets (link for your convenience below) and figured it might last longer that way. 

My kids collected a lot of leaves in all different shapes and sizes. We put them in some thick books overnight to press. The next day we got out the laminating sheets. 

We laid out the leaves on one sheet and made sure there was enough room between them to cut them out and keep it sealed.


I cut out all of the individual leaves and pressed the laminate down to make sure they were sealed good. 

I used twine and made garland along my fireplace. I just used thumbtacks to hold it because my mantel is a big piece of wood but you could easily use command hooks (shown below for your convenience) so you don't damage your mantel.


I uses clothes pins and hung each leaf on a different one. On Thanksgiving day everybody will pick a leaf, write their name, the year, and what they are thankful for. You can use a dry erase marker and wipe it off to reuse it next year or a permanent marker to save them and add to it every year. 

I hope you enjoy and have a great Thanksgiving.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunshine Award!

I was nominated! I got nominated for the Sunshine Award by This Ole Mom!  I am excited to have been nominated for another award.  I was nominated for the Liebster Award twice, and I was thrilled, so being nominated for something else made my day.



The rules are as follows:

1. Thank and recognize your nominating blogger
2. Give 11 random facts about yourself
3. Answer the 11 questions given by your nominating blogger
4. Nominate 11 bloggers (cannot be your nominating blogger)
5. Post 11 questions for your nominees

11 Facts about Me
1. I love being home with my kids.
2. I am scared to death of sending my kids to public school. 
3. My favorite color is green.
4. I would love to be able to write for a living, and make money.
5. I used to write poetry a lot.
6. I discovered I love painting things for other people.
7. I want to go on a real vacation, not a vacation to visit people.
8. I love sitting on the beach and listening to the waves.
9. I wish I had moved to different states before we had kids and got the experiences.
10. My favorite beer is Blue Moon
11. I love pizza if it is NY style

Questions from This Ole Mom:
1. How long have you been blogging?- Almost a year
2. What is your favorite hobby?- Painting wood signs
3. Does your family have any special traditions ? What ? - We open one gift on Christmas eve and it is always Christmas Pajamas.
4. What is your favorite song? -Pennywise- Bad Habit
5. Where is your favorite place to go on vacation? - Puerto Rico
6. What is your favorite color? - Green
7. What is your favorite food? - Chicken and Dumplings
8. Do you have any pets ? What? - One cat
9. Where is one place you wish you could travel to ? - Europe
10. Favorite Holiday?- Christmas
11. Do you prefer coffee or tea ? - Coffee


My Nominees
1.  Frugal Fit Family
2. Chaos with a Curve 
3. Love and Rust
4. Oh So Skitch
5. Crafty Allie
6. Crafty Lumberjacks
7. The Ma Made Diaries
8. Becoming Alice
9.  Rachael Dee
10.  Vashti Q Vega
11.  Mommy on Demand
12. Taylor Made Ranch 

My Questions for my nominees:
1.  What is 1 thing you are thankful for?
2.  What is 1 thing that you have always wanted but will probably never get?
3.  What state do you live in?
4.  What is one thing that you wish you would've learned in high school?
5.  What do you like best about yourself?
6.  What is your favorite color?
7.  What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
8.  How old are you?
9.  How long have you been blogging?
10. What is your favorite thing about having a blog?
11.  Where would you spend your day if you had nothing else to do?


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thankfulness Tree

With Thanksgiving coming up we have been focusing on being thankful for things that we have.  I am trying to explain this to my 4 year old and encourage him daily to think about the things he has and be thankful rather than always wanting more things.  I also like to start new family traditions and I think is definitely a must do!


With the holiday coming up, we decided to do a Thankfulness Tree in addition to our gratefulness journal.  Here is how we built it.

Supplies:

1 Paper towel roll or inside of wrapping paper cardboard
Wrapping paper
1 Large yogurt container
Green foam (used to hold fake flowers)
Sticks
Red, yellow, and orange paper
String

Wrap the yogurt container in your chosen wrapping paper and fill with green foam.  Cut your roll to the height you want your tree to be.  Poke holes in the 'tree' for the sticks.  I made the sticks long enough to push through the tube so it sticks out on either side.


I used my Silhouette to cut out the leave shapes but you could easily cut them out of construction paper by hand.  You can print out a template or even trace an actual leaf.  If you have a silhouette, choose a leaf that already has a hole in the middle to thread the string through, otherwise poke a hole using a pin or a hole puncher.  Thread your string and makes loops in it long enough to go over the branch.

I store the extra leaves in the base and every day we choose one and write what we are thankful for on it and hang it on the tree.  It has been a great experience for Z and it has been enlightening to find out the things he is thankful for.

I hope you enjoy this easy and fun craft that keeps on giving!


Pumpkin Loaf French Toast

I don't know about you, but I love this time of year because I get to bake things and try new recipes that I don't normally make.  I love pumpkin bread and had a lot left over one day and decided to combine it with my other favorite thing, french toast.


I made pumpkin loaf french toast and it was delicious!  Hop on over to Chaos with a Curve and check out my guest post.


Friday, November 22, 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.... 
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Here are some features that you HAVE to check out!
They were all so amazing that it  was hard to pick just 4!
  • Visit Over The Appletree and check out how to make some cool hand-me-downs! You can even make a boys clothing in to girls! Talk about frugal and funky....LLOVE IT! 
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Teaching Toddlers Thursday- J through N

Hi everybody!  Thanks for coming back to check out my toddler curriculum for Teaching Toddlers Thursday.  It has been a rough month and I apologize for being so behind, but I am hoping to get caught back up and make sure this is ready when you want it!

We have been focusing on the alphabet and this week wasn't any different.  This week I taught the toddlers letters J through N.

Each day we read books and focuses on words that started with the letters we were interested in. We sang the alphabet songs and tried to play with toys that started with those letters.


For the letters J and K I printed out a picture of a kangaroo and they colored the Jumping Kangaroo.


For L we made a handprint lion.  I drew the lion, but you could print one out online if that is easier.

For M we did a toilet paper roll monkey.  I used a printable template from DLTK-Kids and had the kids color the monkey and then I taped it to the toilet paper roll.  They loved playing with their monkeys!

For N we ate noodles and I used a basket as a Nest and made egg carton balls/eggs and labeled them with letters.  They played with the balls for a few days and used the nest as a basket and storage for them.

We had a pretty fun week.  Hope you stop back for next week's toddler curriculum!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Did You Watch the Rocket Launch?

I don't know about you, but I have never watched a rocket launch!  I didn't even know there was one going on until a friend of mine mentioned it to me.  The Minoraur 1 Rocket launched tonight at 8:15pm and the launch process started at 7:30pm.  I told Z and he was so excited he couldn't wait until 7:30!


At 7:00 we looked it up online and found a site Space.com.  You could watch it live, but there wasn't anything going on except a rocket sitting in one spot!  My sister started watching and found another website www.spaceflightnow.com.  They had live feed also but with sound and you could hear them doing their check off list.  It was really neat to watch the count down.

On space.com it only said that it would launch sometime between 7:30pm and 9:30pm, but once we started watching Spaceflight Now, we found out that it would launch at 8:15pm.

At 7:30 we started watching it more intently and listening to the checklist.


At T Minus 12 minutes we went outside with the computer and waited for the blast off!  Z was so excited he could barely contain himself!

At the countdown we watched the blast off on the computer and then ran into the yard to see if we could see it!  We did and it was pretty small, but very cool!


I am super excited that I finally got to see a rocket launch and even more excited that Z gets to say that he saw his first rocket launch at the age of 4.

Have you ever seen a rocket launch?

Update

Hi everybody!  I wanted to write this post as a little update for you!  I'm finally catching up on everything.

I finished my class and have a break in between classes. My class, global business strategies, took up a lot of my time for the past 5 weeks. Having sick kiddos didn't help my time management either! 

My mother in law is coming in town for a week and I should be able to get ahead on my stuff so Teaching Toddlers Thursday should be posted on time every week from now on.

Hope you are having a great night!

Friday, November 15, 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!
  • If you have a blog hop today or this weekend...go ahead and link it up!  
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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 who have inspired us in some way so please stop by and show them some love.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad by Simply Suzanne's
Wax paper pressed leaves from the Crafty Lumberjacks











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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

No More Frizz!


Up through high school I always had poker straight hair and I loves it. Around the time I turned 18 my hair got a wave in it.

Not a big deal, but it's a weird wave in a weird spot. I wanted my straight hair back!  

Then my hair got thicker over the years. I'm not one to blow dry or do anything other than wash, dry, brush, and let dry my hair. I don't see the point in getting all fixed up for the day, but that's just me. 

I will put stuff in my hair to help it though. I have tried multiple de-frizzers and hair smoothers. Everything has some sort of side effect whether it is greasy hair, dry scalp, or something else. I gave up and just wear my hair in a clip. 

Until my friend, who has curly hair, came over and told me about coconut oil. I had noticed a difference in her hair and she said all she did was add coconut oil! 

I thought, wow!  So I crossed my fingers and put a dab on my hand, rubbed it in and put it in my dry hair. I only had greasy hair now and I figured I would never get my straight hair back. 

Then I decided to try again. This time I put it in my hair when it was wet. I rubbed it throughout and brushes my hair, crossed my fingers, and waited for it to dry!

It dried and it looks great!!!  No grease, no fuss, and straight hair again!  Here is a link for your convenience to some coconut oil on Amazon.  You can also purchase it at the grocery store or Wal-Mart.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Handprint Lion

I hope everybody had a great weekend and I hope everybody was lucky enough to get to enjoy a 3 day weekend!  But now it is time to get back to work, or shall I say play?


Last week we worked on the alphabet again for our weekly toddler curriculum which you will see on Thursday.  We did L for Lion.  It is such a cute and easy craft that anybody can do it and the kids love seeing the end result.

Materials:
Yellow Construction Paper
Orange Paint
Kid Hands

I drew an outline of a lion without its mane.  If you aren't good at drawing you can print one out and trace it.


I used a paint brush (you can use a cotton ball too) and put orange paint on one of their hands and did handprints all around the face of the lion.  K decided he wanted to paint too, so I let him go at it with the paint brush.

It is so easy and so cute!  Enjoy :)






Friday, November 8, 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.... 
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  • 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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Thank you to everybody who stopped by to share what you have been up to. Here are the features for the week who have inspired us in some way so please stop by and show them some love.

Stenciled Burlap Placemats from Casa de Castel
DIY Neosporin Ointment from On a Wing and a Prayer
Easy DIY Clay Pendants from The Pretty Pickle


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