Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: January 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Little's Book List: February

Well with Ground hog day and Valentine's Day I decided we need to focus on the love this month. I wanted to find some fun books that would really focus on all the love adjectives like caring, sharing, kindness, etc. Here is what I found:

Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)

Where Is Baby's Valentine?: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Love, Splat (Splat the Cat)

Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book

Little Bear's Valentine (Maurice Sendak's Little Bear)

The Story of Valentine's Day (Trophy Picture Books)

Kindness Counts!

Franklin's Valentines

 Groundhog Day! 

Groundhog Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays) 

Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off / el senor marmota quiere el dia libre (English and Spanish Edition) 

 The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun 

I Love You More 

I Love You More 

Happy Reading and Have a Blessed Day!

100th Day of school!

So I am not really sure when we officially hit the 100th day of school, but I am thinking it was sometime within the past few weeks. Therefore, I knew we were in need of a special day full of 100 day fun. I called up my home schooling buddy Delvonna and we literally spent an hour talking about all the fun we should do with our kids to celebrate this wonderful feat. (Don't worry I called her after 9pm I am always short on minutes with my phone:>) We will be venturing to the other side of town, for a little schooling and fun.

The picture below are of Miss Priss and bubba's 100 day projects. We read  Fancy Nancy: The 100th Day of School (I Can Read Book 1) and talked about what projects we could do to display what 100 looks like. We had to finish these by Friday, so they would be ready to take and share with our friends today. I took pictures of what my littles picked as their projects.
Miss Priss picked foam counting blocks. Even Daddy got in on the fun of counting to 100.

Then we helped Bubba out. He found his more of a challenge, since his were different shapes and sizes. He choose Mega blocks. I had taken ten pieces of paper and skip counted by 10's. This made their grouping into 10's much easier. We will be bringing these to Delvonna's today. All the kids are going to share their 100 day projects with one another. It should be fun to see what everyone thought of.

Here is what else we have planned:

We will share our Projects and read some 100 Day books

Talk about "100 days I couldn't do..."

We will practice skip counting by 5's and 10's using gummi life savers.

We will then go to the park and practice counting by 10's doing sit ups, jumping jacks, races, etc.

We are going to have a yummy lunch like this one we found online.

We will then come back and do a little bit of reading and spelling. We plan to put slips of papers with words into balloons and blow them up. The kids will then pop the balloons and read the words. The older kids will place the words into sentences.

and we will end our day with ice cream sandwiches.

I am so excited to spend this day celebrating with friends. It will be fun to share the teaching for one day:>

We will continue working on 100 throughout this week. We are also going through this book list and will be checking off the ones we have read and tallying them on a sheet. We then will set the goal of reading the rest of the books by June. It will be neat to see if we can read the whole 100 by then. (Thank you Delvonna for the book list link).

anyway hope you guys are having fun with your little's today. I will definitely be taking pictures and posting them soon of our day.

Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Little Girls Repurposed Sweater Skirt

 Do you have sweaters that are just hanging out in your closet. Sad from little wear? Well I did. I don't know what it is, but I am just not really a sweater person. Give me a good cardigan and I am happy, but sweaters are just a little too much bulk for me. Finally realizing this, I decided to clean out my closet and put those sweaters to better use. My niece's birthday was coming up and I now had a perfect project for a gift for her. I followed the tutorial found  here on Make it and Love it. I just didn't make the leggings to match. I wanted to keep it simple.

I made two cute sweater skirts for her. One sweater had a pocket pouch in the front. This added some extra cuteness to the striped skirt. The gray one I added some white flowers to the front. These were a simple (I say that all the time I know, but it is the only way to go) project to do. I still a few more sweaters left to make some more cute skirts for my Miss Priss. She was sad these skirts were for Makenze and not her. I had to reassure her I would make her some as well:>

The total cost for the skirts was $0. I had all the materials on hand. I put these into a purse (I found at DI) and added a few headbands and a Tangled book. The total cost of her present was around $6.50. Perfect for my Little niece Makenze. Hope you are enjoying wearing these adorable skirts little miss :>

Have a Blessed Day!
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