Hippity Hop, Easter’s on its way!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Next week is spring recess (schools are closed), but before that happens my daughter’s class is going to have an Easter celebration this Friday coming.  Her teacher asked for students to bring in a treat to share.  I decided to do the same thing I did for Valentine’s Day.  I just changed it to Easter.  I went online and googled easter bunny coloring page and picked this image:

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http://www.ikidspage.com/55-happy-easter-from-bunny

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I printed out six bunnies to a page and cut them out.  I inserted one bunny and a pack of mixed fruit gummies into a treat bag for my daughter’s classmates.  Now they can enjoy a treat and color a cute bunny with an Easter egg.  Simple and hopefully everyone will enjoy!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Loving my green flats, especially today!

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Take good care, be safe, and drink responsibly!  Cheers!

Until next time…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well and having a great Valentine’s Day!

Instead of chocolate covered strawberries, I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  Everyone loved them!  As for my husband’s gift, which I couldn’t show you before because he’s a follower, here’s what I gave him.

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I gave him my HEART!

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I got this cutie at www.uncommongoods.com.  He’s soft, cuddly, and definitely unique!

My daughters loved their Valentine gifts and my oldest had a blast at school celebrating with her teacher and classmates.  Flower vendors were stationed outside of her school selling roses and my daughter asked if she could have a rose.  I said, “Of course, you’re one of my valentines.”

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A rose for her, a big smile for me.

This was definitely a great Valentines Day.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Will you be my Valentine?

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and my daughter’s school is going to have a Valentine’s Celebration.  She was asked to bring a treat for her classmates and this is what I came up with.

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During a sale at Party City about a year ago, I came across these Princess Valentine cards.  They were Buy 1, Get 1 Free so I thought, “Hey, why not?  They might come in handy for the future.”  Hello handy valentines, it’s the future!  I packaged a princess card with a fruit snack in a candy bag and sealed it with a heart sticker that came with the cards.  These are for the girls in her class because I thought it would be perfectly ok to give the princess cards to everyone in the class, but that wasn’t the case.  My daughter and my husband, both, proclaimed that you couldn’t give the boys a princess card.  So I asked my daughter, “Who should be on the card for the boys?” and she replied, “Batman!”  Ok.  I did a quick AOL search and I found this cute clip art with Batman.  It does have a pink background, but I couldn’t change that and it’s still Batman.  I put together a total of 21, 12 girls and 9 boys.  I really hope they enjoy this treat.

I’m going to change the subject now because I wanted to share a quick dialogue I had with my oldest daughter last night.  She is learning our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, and I showed her several YouTube videos with the music and lyrics.  We came across Whitney Houston’s rendition at the Super Bowl in 1991 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHmdu_I_0zI).

Me: Her name is Whitney Houston.  This video is old, but famous because Whitney sang the Star Spangled Banner beautifully.  Unfortunately, she’s not with us anymore.

Olivia: Why?

Me: She had an accident and was hurt really bad.  She died.

Olivia: (Gasps)

Me: It’s ok.

Olivia: She’s beautiful.

Me: Yes, she was very beautiful.

I know that I didn’t have to tell her that Whitney passed away, but I want her to start getting an idea of death.  It’s definitely part of life and I want to introduce these aspects little by little as opposed to not having any knowledge of it at all.  Since she started school, she has come home asking me and telling me about things that we necessarily haven’t spoken to her about so whenever an opportunity presents itself, such as someone who has died, I mention something so she can know a little bit of it, for now.  We finished watching Whitney sing and my daughter asked to see and hear her again.  I loved how she said that she was beautiful.  Just like that.  Through a child’s eye, we can learn so much.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Valentine gifts for my kids

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I wanted to share with you the gifts that I’m going to be giving my daughters on Thursday for Valentine’s Day!  They could be an idea for a last minute gift because these websites are great.

For my oldest daughter who has a wonderful, creative mind and loves to draw, I got her this stencil set:

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It’s from uncommongoods.com and you can purchase it here http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/stencil-and-pen-kits.  It’s only $10 and they also have a stencil set with animals, called ZooBox.  I think my daughter is going to have a blast creating many different characters with these stencils.

As for my youngest, who loves jigsaw puzzles, I finally got her one personalized with her name:

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I love this website, frecklebox.com, and have purchased many personalized puzzles, coloring books, and stickers from here.  You can purchase this particular puzzle here  http://www.frecklebox.com/pink-pastures-personalized-puzzle-1738p.aspx.  Frecklebox also offers free printable personalized coloring pages.  How awesome is that?  I love it!

I can’t wait to give my girls these tokens of love along with my husband’s gift, which I can’t show you yet because he’s a follower.  🙂  I’m also going to make chocolate covered strawberries because everyone here loves them and hopefully we’ll have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

DIY Felt Gift Bow

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I love wrapping gifts with unique wrapping paper that I either make myself, if the gift is small enough, or find at stores.  Recently, I wrapped up this gift for my god-daughter’s birthday.

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I found this polka dot wrapping paper in the dollar section at Target in Harrisburg, PA awhile back.  My god-daughter loves Minnie Mouse so I found this clip art and glued it on top and then I found a Disney inspired font and printed out her name on an address label for her card.

She’s going to love it!

I also love gift bows and after finding that DIY magazine gift bow pin on Pinterest and attempting it with great results, I thought, “Let’s try using something else to make a bow.”  HELLO FELT!  

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I’m definitely not a pro at sewing, but I do my best.  I love the final result of this bow and I used a long piece of thread so I could attach all the felt pieces together without having to cut and start again.  I only cut the thread for the last piece of felt, in which I sewed it separately and then tried to sew it on top of the bow without showing too much thread.  I wasn’t that successful, but that was my first attempt and I’m definitely making more of these bows so hopefully practice makes perfect.  I’m going to add a little bit of glue so it’ll stay on the gift, but hopefully still come off intact.  The gift above is my husband’s Valentine’s Day gift 🙂 wrapped up in another gorgeous print found at Target’s dollar section.  I can’t wait to show you what I got him.  It’s too freaking cute!  I also can’t wait to do more of these gift bows in different felt colors and designs.  Happy gift wrapping and bow making!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

DIY Valentine Cards

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I love sending mail to my family and friends.  It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’m going to be sending out valentines along with a couple of pictures of my daughters to them all.  I could always go to Target and buy a set of valentines, but where’s the fun in that?  Here’s what I came up with this year for my own Valentine cards:

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Using Microsoft Word, I made a quick design with a heart and our well wishes for Valentine’s Day.

I made four to a page and printed it out on white cardstock.

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Then using Anita’s All Purpose Acrylic Craft Paint in True Red and a little bit of water mixed in, I painted the hearts and let it dry.  Then I outlined the hearts with studio g Glitter Glue (I couldn’t find the name of the color but it’s sort of yellow/gold).

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I cut out the cards using my trusty cricut paper-cutter.  It makes things so much easier and neater.

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Here are my valentines!  Ready to be accompanied by a picture and shipped off to my loved ones.

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This craft project was quick and I can’t wait to ship them out.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

DIY VALENTINE DECORATIONS

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I love decorating for Valentine’s Day especially for my girls.  They love seeing all the hearts and pastel colors sprucing up our home.

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Using my heart puncher, I like taping hearts in various places like my china cabinet, the TV unit, the door, etc.  My daughters always seem to find all the little decorations I put up.  It’s like a game for them and I love seeing their smiles when they discover hearts here and there.

I love decorating with banners and I made these two last year using felt and my heart puncher.

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I purchased purple, hot pink, light, pink, and glitter red felt in order to do my banners.

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I cut out the triangles (freehand) and then sewed them together right at the corner.  For the heart banner, the glitter red felt was a bit thicker and I was able to punch out hearts and string them together.

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I put the pennant banner outside my doorway with this cute little guy declaring his love for you!

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I decorated my picture shelf in my living room with the heart banner.  I want to make a couple more and overlap them, but I ran out of the glitter red felt so it’s off to the craft store.  Yippee!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Remembering and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.

Here are a few great pins (www.pinterest.com) of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we remember and honor his legacy.

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I cannot wait to take my children and see this statue in person.   It’s absolutely breath-taking in pictures so I know it’s going to be magnificent in real life!  I’m going to take a million pictures and we’ll be here for a while just taking it all in.

Take good care all.

Until next time…