Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

Posted January 28th, 2014 by Jenn

While I’d like to take credit for these, I didn’t come up with the idea myself. I saw it on Pinterest, and all I can say is that I did go to the store myself and I punched the designs into the paint chip cards. Not much effort on my part, but I’m still impressed that I did it…

The Younger and I had a good time with these, after a lot of silent cursing and bruised thumbs because I bought the worst craft punches ever . She got to cut the ribbon and told me where to punch the hearts and stars, and then she did some “free” art with the cutouts.

I used the above supplies, but you don’t need anything other than the paint chip cards and the heart punch. I just prefer smooth corners, so I used my scrap-booking corner cutter.

When she lost interest, she moved on to her own artwork. Needless to say, she had a great time! I saved all the tiny hearts she didn’t use, because I’m sure we’ll come up with something fun to do with them!

No Fireplace Mantel for Stockings? No Problem!

Posted December 18th, 2013 by Jenn

We don’t have a mantel, and it was frustrating when it came time to hang the stockings by the chimney with care. I looked around on the internet, but it turned out there was very little to choose from when it came to hanging things on brick! I ended up fashioning something out of what we had here at home, and I was pretty pleased with how it came out!

All I had to do to achieve this was secure one 3M hanger (with the adhesive backs) on either side of the brick face. I let that sit overnight, and then I strung some heavy Christmas-themed ribbon across and tied the ends around the hooks. I then used some leftover wire ornament hangers for the ‘hangers’, and voila! The stockings hung beautifully!

One word of caution: This is not ideal for stockings that are filled. I’d suggest leaving Santa a note and telling him to remove the stockings, fill them, and then place them somewhere else, like on a table or couch.

Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Posted December 16th, 2013 by Jenn

We have all sorts of calendars to help us count down to the Big Day. We have Santa with a cotton ball beard, an Advent calendar that was sent home from school that is complete with Bible verses, chocolate countdowns… But this one has turned out to be a favorite for the kids.

I got a simple calendar from the Dollar Store, and I found some ‘miniature’ ornaments. I had these tiny tress that I picked up some years ago (and I still see at places like Michael’s stores), and couldn’t find a good use for, so I decided that I’d fill the days with the ornaments, and the kids could decorate their own tress by removing ornaments from the corresponding day’s pocket.

I love this, because their tress are different every year, and unlike our family tree in the living room, I don’t cringe when they want to cluster the ornaments on one branch or shed a tear when they take the ornaments off and relocate them depending on their mood. They each have their own tree to decorate as they wish, and no one can tell them how it “should” be done; there’s absolutely no fighting about where specific things should go, and that’s wonderful! :-)

Thankful Turkey

Posted November 25th, 2013 by Jenn

I’ve been promising The Younger that we would do our thankful turkeys, but we’ve been so busy getting everything ready for the Cub Scout camping weekend, I didn’t have time before today.

This was super easy to make, and both The Younger and The Older had so much fun making them! All you need is construction paper, paper bags (the lunch size ones), glue, a pen, old newspaper, and some googly eyes (if you want them).

First cut out the ‘feathers.’ I tried to keep them fall colored, but The Older made his with each color of the rainbow…

Once the ‘feathers’ are all cut out, have the kids think of what they’re thankful for this year. Have them (or you) write down each thing on one of the ‘feathers.’

After that, trace your child’s hand on a piece of construction paper to use at the turkey ‘feet,’ then cut that out.

Stuff the lunch bag with balled up newspaper halfway (bottom of the bag facing upwards with the flap  opening towards you). Fold the bottom half of the bag the opposite direction of the flap (away from you), and then glue the wrist section of the hand cutout to the bottom portion.

This gives the turkey its ‘feet’ from the fingers of the hand cutout. Have your child glue the filled out ‘feathers’ onto the back of the turkey, add a red wattle and a cutout orange triangle for a beak, glue on the googly eyes, and voila!

We’re going to use ours as the centerpiece this year :-)

Posted November 11th, 2013 by Jenn

We’ve been so caught up in everything here at home, I haven’t really had time to update this poor blog. Right now we’re working on having The Older and his possible service dog bond, and it’s a lot more work than I thought it would be. I’ll update more on that later, but for now: