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Valentines Day!

 

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Need some quick and easy Valentines? I know I did. Nothing like walking in on a Monday and  realizing you need to have 45 Valentines ready by Thursday. Almost an epic Mom fail moment. Enter frantic Pinterest searching and a mad dash to the grocery store.

 

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Last year I used this chip Valentine for my daughter’s class. She really like them and everyone was super happy about getting CHIPS. I decided to revise the idea to make them faster to cut and to use less of my color ink. I printed them on brown craft paper and we stapled them in place. [ Also in my mad rush I have printed these with the wrong spelling twice! Geez. Serenity NOW! Third try is the charm right? ]

 

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This is the first year that my boys have had separate Valentines. Such a tiny reminder that my babies are growing up. They are still in the same pre-school class, so their Valentines needed to be different but relatively equal. So I settled on applesauce and cereal. The boys gave me the thumbs up, so off I went to Pinterest to see what cute printables already existed.

[Note that I am not giving out candy. This is a result of just having thrown out three leftover buckets of Halloween candy ( don’t worry, all chocolate candy was eaten). All these items are considered treats in our home and not normally on the menu. For me, I have an easier time allowing the occasional chip treat than handing my kid a pixie stick. Is one really worse than the other? I don’t know but it makes ME feel better. The kids are happy, I am happy. End side note.]

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I found these great printouts at Creating Awesome Free Things. All I added was the little heart and name. The just print, cut and stick. WooHoo. Just 10 more to go!

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Next I found these great tags from Smashed Peas And Carrots. This time all I added was my little ones name. Easy easy. Print, cut and tape.

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 Yes! 45 Valentines ready to roll.

Happy Valentines Day!!

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Nature Nature Everywhere

naturediscoverybox©c.stoufflet My kids are nature collectors. Rocks, sticks, fossils, acorns, and anything else that finds it’s way onto our walking path. I love this about them, they get it from me after all, but I don’t actually like nature bits scattered all over the house. Some of what we find is really just mess and I secretly toss it into our backyard. Other things are truly awesome wonders. What to do? I want to encourage my nature explorers but maybe not find a load of acorns under someone’s bed. I want something neat, tidy, kid friendly, easy to access but not out in the way all the time.   naturebox5©c.stoufflet Inspiration came while wondering around in Hobby Lobby. While looking at Christmas decorations and such, I ran across this craft paper box thing (nice description). It is advertised as a base for an advent calendar. But what I see are 25 drawers of nature storage! naturebox6©c.stoufflet You could get crafty with the outside or you can keep it plain. Since this sits on a hutch in my dinning area I chose to keep it blank. I like the clean look of it. That, and if I labeled the drawers, I would have to look at my sloppy handwriting every time I sit to eat at the table. Not good for my OCD. naturebox©c.stoufflet1   I love how clean it looks. You can find instructions for the handprint owl HERE. naturebox3©c.stoufflet My kids love to bring it down and look through all the boxes. It also provides a much needed space for all their little nature wonders. I will still probably find pockets full of acorn and rocks, but now we have a special spot for the really great stuff we find.

So there you have it. A nature discovery box. Simple and clean. I can not wait until the weather warms up so we can get back into nature and find some more cool stuff! I have dreams of a curiosity cabinet full of wonders from our family hikes.

Now get out into nature and find some stuff!

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Kawaii Style Food For World Thinking Day- Japan

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What is Kawaii you ask? Kawaii is a Japanese term used to describe a level of cuteness or lovableness that is common in Japanese pop culture. This “cuteness” is applied to fashion, behavior, food and even things like buses.

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Girl Power

rosie-the-riveter-1943 My daughter recently turned seven. Up until this point she has been completely unaware of the opinions of others. This summer I noticed her sweet little feet were standing on the doorstep and I used the opportunities that God placed in front of me to prepare her for the ugliness that lays on the other side.

It started with a comment about liking “boy stuff”. The boxes toys are placed in, the isle it is on, these things have started to register with her. The media has crept into her tiny world through advertising on a toy box. I can not control every tiny detail of her world. Something will always worm its way into our home and lives. I will censure when I can, but it is also my job to build her up. To show her the way.

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting = YUMMY!

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Last week, I shared the fabulous Zebra Cake For A Safari Party. Now, it’s time to talk about frosting. Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting. It is relatively simple to make, so I am just going to jump right in.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

3/4 cup butter, at room temperature

9 ounces chocolate, grated.

3/4 cup sour cream

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Zebra Cake For A Safari Party

zebracake2A major part of every party is the cake. This year was no different and I felt ready to step up my game. Bring on the Zebra Cake!  You will have to forgive me on the darkness of the baking pictures. I made the poor choice of starting my baking a 9pm that led to my laying in my bed at 11 pm listening for the oven timer to ding. Boo. I am glad I did it, but I am not a night owl. Continue reading

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Three Little Indians

While I can not go back and share with you the patterns( or complete lack of ) and the how to’s, I still want to share my little ones Halloween costumes from last year. It all started with this vintage Indian girl I ran across on Pinterest. I just love her. What better costume for a girl who loves all things nature.

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I worked with a simple dress pattern but modified it for my needs. The dress is made from felt and I painted right on the dress with acrylic craft paint.  The felt is great because you can cut tassels without the fabric fraying. Plus there is no need for any hems. We caught all the spears in a Mardi Gras parade. How convenient! Her belt is braided yarn with a wooden bead and feathers from her nature collection.

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