Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentines Day part deux

So even though I barely ever post, last years Valentines day post has picked up a little bit of steam thanks to Pinterest.

This year Jack wanted shovels.

What the what?

Anyways, I hate to disappoint the kid and short of buying actual shovels, I whipped out my Silhouette Cameo. ( it is truly the best thing ever) and after a little brainstorming and internet searching, I came up with this:
 On the back I put a label and printed out Jackson's name so he could trace it. He has been doing really well at tracing and learning how to write his name so I wanted to incorporate that into his Valentines this year. Here he is working hard:

Here is the back:
They were a little more work than last years, but Jack loved them and they cost me nothing but a little time, so they were a win in my book too!
 
If you want to get a fancy cutting machine for yourself, I got mine on Amazon.
 
I have also created a spinoff blog where I will promote food, recipes and party/entertaining ideas. I'm still working on getting it all put together but if you'd like to head on over and visit, you can sign up to follow it. That was once it gets up and moving , you'll be the first to know! It's called Mama's Tasty Bites and I hope to see you there!


 
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Snow Day

 Here in the Midwest, the novelty of snow wears off at approximately 12:01 am on December 26th. Sure it's pretty and the kids love playing in it, but at the end of the day, come January, we are all dreaming of sunny spring days.

 We just had a boatload of snow dumped on us and to add insult to injury, it's freakin' cold. Even the kids walked outside to play in the snow and said 'oh hell no. So I've been at my wits end trying to find the best way to keep them entertained so they I don't get burnt out on kids TV. I am by no means Martha Stewart or Miss Suzy Homemaker, so I am always on the look out for activities I can do with my kids, but also things that will keep them occupied while I get some stuff done around the house. Here are some things we've done:

Play Doh:
We were fortunate enough to get some really cool sets for the boys birthday's/Christmas. They have a whole series of trucks that the boys love playing with. Letting your kids play with play doh is an exercise in patience and requires you to let go of any OCD tendencies you may have. Once I did this we were all much happier. They will mix the colors. They will drop little crumbs of it all over. Accept this and let them be. As long as they got the majority of it back in the can when whey were done I was happy. Let the crumbs dry up and sweep them up after they go to bed.

Crafts:
We have a stockpile of construction paper, paints and crayons on hand at all times. Most of the time they are content to just color or paint, but every now and then we attempt to make some actual art. Handprint art is a favorite of mine because I get a little memory of their sweet little hands, but now that Jack is in pre-school, I am also on the look out for crafts that incooroerate learning. Sites like www.pre-kpages.com and www.twistynoodle.com are great for printables and ideas. You can also follow my Pinterest board Art for the Kiddos and Childs Play for other ideas.

Make a fort:
 
We go the way of couch cushions and sheets here but if I could sew, I would totally buy one of these patterns from this etsy shop:
 
Have a drive in movie
 
With all the boxes laying around from Christmas, its the perfect opportunity to "liven" up the movie watching experience. Plus, decorating the cars is half the fun.
 
Need more ideas? Pinterest is full of fun stuff. Here are some of the best of the best:
 
 
What do you do when it's cold outside?


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Quotes for a new year

Happy New Year internet people!
This here blog was quite neglected in 2013. What can I say? Even with the best of intentions, life gets in the way. But I really do like writing in my little corner of the web, even if only a handful of you read it. (Thank you friends and family)
That said, I hope to get here more and post the random crap you've come to expect from me! Let's kick the year off with some inspiration for the New Year:
 
I have lofty goals:

 
 
This. Just This.
 
 
Seems easy enough...
 
simplify.
 
if losing weight is your goal...
 
Don't ever, ever, forget
 
 
And if all else fails...
 
 
Hope 2014 is good for you all.