DIY Flowers with Wood and Wire Art

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Wood Flowers DIY with wire art.

It is spring time and the flowers are starting to appear. Flowers come and go with the seasons but DIY flowers with wood and wire art will always bloom. This is one of those easy crafts that can be completed easily within an hour.   DIY Flowers with Wood and Wire Art Supplies: wood flowers circle disk acrylic paint - a light and dark of each color sponge wire wire cutter Steps: Using the wood flower shape the wire. I know in the picture the flower is already painted but then I noticed the wire made marks on the wood flower and should be done first. Shape the wire around the outside of the flower. When you are finished it should look like this. Because we … [Read more...]

4 Teacher Appreciation Quotes {Printables}

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Teacher appreciation week is when we celebrate our amazing teachers. They do so much for our kids we like to thank them with wonderful teacher gifts. Here are four printable gift ideas. For #2 we made a teacher appreciation quote based on her favorite candy bar!

It is teacher appreciation season. We love our teachers! They work so hard on behalf of our children. Adding a cute note to a fun gift or a practical classroom easy craft makes it extra special. We are sharing a four teacher appreciation quotes. Did I mention they are printables!   Our PTA has teacher appreciation week planned. They send home a note with what they would like each student to do each day, if they choose. Usually they are easy things like write a note to your teacher, bring a flower (either made from paper or cut fresh from your garden) to make a bouquet or bring a school supply. You can take a little extra time by adding teacher appreciation quotes to make your … [Read more...]

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Theralight Giveaway

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how to wash your face + giveaway

My kids are growing up so fast! I am getting closer to having a teenager in my home. That scares me a bit because teenagers know everything. I have little time to teach her a few more things while she willingly listens. One of those things I'm trying to instill in all my kids is how to clean their skin, especially their faces. How to Wash Your Face Do not use bar soap. Instead use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol. Using your fingertips only, get your face wet with lukewarm water. Using anything more then your fingers can irritate your skin. Rinse your face with lukewarm water using. Pat dry your face with a soft towel. We all know acne seems … [Read more...]

Who Feeds The Fish {Printable}

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printable fish feeding schedule

When you have a pet that needs to be cared for a schedule is necessary. All kids want their turn to help out but they also want fairness and equality. Having a schedule will ensure fairness and everyone will know who has a turn on what day. A nice coworker at Little Chef Dad's work learned that we do not allow pets at our house. We do not ever want a dog or a cat or anything. My kids are welcome to walk the neighbors dogs (which they love to do), or play with friends bunnies, kittens or birds. We already have a houseful of kids and we love the flexibility to leave whenever we want without wondering who will take care of the animal. This coworker visited an aquarium and brought back … [Read more...]

Teach Your Child Your Phone Number FAST!

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teach your child your phone number fast

All kids need to know their telephone number. You never know when they will need it. Hopefully never in an emergency, but in case they do you want them to be prepared. Active learning simply put is learning that has some action attached to it. Attaching a song to what needs to be memorized is active learning. To teach your child your phone number through music helps them learn it fast! Teach Your Child Your Phone Number FAST! When I taught my first kids their phone number we didn't use area codes every day and I didn't have a cell phone. Today I have more kids which means I'm on the go a lot more. The likelihood of them catching me at home is very slim. Now it is necessary to teach my … [Read more...]

Nature Walk Trail Sign Printable

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Going on a nature walk? Play a version of hide and seek with these trail signs. A fun game to play while camping, hiking with scouts or family.

Being outdoors with kids can be easy or hard. Easy if they like discovering or hard if they need to be entertained. With my Nature Walk Trail Sign printable I have found a way to appeal to both. Easy crafts or active learning activities are something I like to bring with me for those "I'm bored" times. Redirecting their energy is usually all they need. Nature Walk Trail Signs There are certain signs you can use with rocks, sticks or pebbles that can tell others where you have gone. These are great to learn for survival purposes but why not make it a game. Set Up - Print the Nature Walk Trail Sign printable on heavy paper. Cut just outside the boarder. Optional: Laminate the … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why You Should Have Brain Surgery

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My 2 year old had brain surgery. Her brain surgery recovery was long but it is good to laugh along the way. We found some brain surgery humor and created these 10 Reasons Why You Should Have Brain Surgery.

It seems only appropriate to share our personal 10 Reasons Why You Should Have Brain Surgery just days after the second surgery. We came up with these about a year after Haley's first surgery. Brain surgery is terrible, the recovery is terrible and very very long. We were finally out of the really yucky stuff we were dealing with and were able to find some humor in our journey.  10 Reasons Why You Should Have Brain Surgery You can start comparing things with brain surgery, "Compared to brain surgery _______ isn't bad." You win the "my scar is better then your scar" battle. You don't need to cook because, "I'm not hungry!" Everyone else will fend for themselves. You are able to watch … [Read more...]

A Culinary Adventure + Giveaway with Raw Spice Bar

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raw spice bar giveaway

I'm really excited to be working with Raw Spice Bar today. I love learning about new -to me- companies and products. My family was able to go on a culinary adventure around the world without leaving our home. How great is that! We frequently talk about where we want to travel to whether it is in the US or abroad. We were able to discover Persia through new tastes and new smells in our home. We didn't need to pack and we didn't need to spend a lot of money. Raw Spice Bar is a company that focuses on high quality spices. They want to take you on a culinary journey each month to discover new tastes and smells. Just this year they have helped their customers discover Navajo, Punjabi, … [Read more...]

2 Years Ago We Knew Something Was Wrong

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It was about 2 years ago when we went on a family vacation and thought we had a sick 2 year old. Little did we know that those were the first big indications of a growing brain tumor. It wasn't until months later when lots of little pieces were put together and a very helpful doctor referred us to the right specialist. Finally in September of 2013 we saw the whole picture...which was not a fun picture. I took her in for her first MRI to confirm another theory when I was told the doctor wanted to talk to me on the phone. He told he in one long breath.. My two year old has a train tumor-- substantial in size, rare in size, rare in type. The neurosurgeon is waiting for us. We need to … [Read more...]

Sight Word Games for Color Words

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color sight word cards

Learning while having fun and playing games is active learning. After having fun listening to the color songs over and over, and then using the color sight word worksheets it is time to take another next step in the progression. These color sight word cards will teach your child how to spell the color words on their own. Use these cards to create sight word games. Sight Word Games Supplies: Color sight word cards version 1 version 2 version 3 Scissors to cut out the cards How to Play Version 1:  Start with the colored letter and boarder set. Choose which word you want to practice first, such as yellow. Lay out all the letters spelling yellow randomly on … [Read more...]