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

Monday, January 31, 2011

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!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Two of a Kind" Glass Wall Hanging



Here is what I made my sisinlaw for her birthday. I am not sure what to call it, but it is definitely a wall hanging. It is made from the glass from a 11 x 14 frame. I printed out the quote and then glued it onto some scrapbook paper. I then decoupaged those sheets onto the glass. I hot glued a cute flower and ribbon on to the glass and then I was done. This was a quick present I was able to make to my Bestie Holly.

** Note **
In case your wondering where the idea came from, (meaning the quote), this was something that came to me as I was racking my brain, trying to think of what I could make Holly. I then remembered this quote and how she loves it, but her hubby does not. I decided to give her the quote, knowing that her hubby would have no qualms with it, since I was the maker of the wall hanging. I knew he wouldn't say no to hanging it in their room, for fear of hurting my feelings (I know by brother too well)

I hope you love the present Holly and enjoy hanging it in your fabulous room and to Justin thanks for not hurting my feelings ha ha!



The total cost of this Birthday Gift was free. I also gave her a flower bracelet I made, which I of course forgot to take pictures of. Darn it! Anyways Happy crafting and have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Valentine Sign Repurpose Project

As promised I wanted to share some of the birthday presents I made this month. My first project I am going to share is a Valentine Door sign that I made for my Grandma. You originally saw it here.This was a simple project that literally cost me less than $5.  I took a few pictures of the before and after, but failed to take any of the process. I figured it was pretty self explanatory and wouldn't requiring to many pictures. Anyway here is what I did.

I re-used a board that has been sitting in the closet since we moved into our apartment. It was originally a sign to hang up my littles artwork, but we have very little wall space and they have to many masterpieces for one clip to hold. I unscrewed the clips and scraped off the vinyl lettering. I left the paint as is, since I planed on decoupaging over it.

I raided my scrapbook paper stash and came up with a few papers in red and floral. Perfect for a Valentine sign. I also went through my sewing trims and took out some lace and a few buttons.
I modge podged the paper on and then laid out the rest of my appliqu├ęs. Once my items were in place, and were to my satisfaction, I hot glued them. This is how I left it for a few days. I wasn't really loving it. I felt like it was missing something. I then found what it was missing during a trip to Joann's. They had Valentine decor on sale 50% off. I purchase the wooden heart for I think $1.99. I hot glued it onto the sign, put a wall hanger on the back, and voila, a Valentine door sign for my Grammy  :>


Total cost for the project was $1.99. Everything else I reused or already had on hand.

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Science Exploring: The Wind

I just wanted to quickly share a fun activity we did last week in science.


Last week we talked about the wind. We made a maze to blow items through.


We took out our mega blocks and made a maze on the coffee table. They made different dead ends. The goal was to get their objects to the water bottle. We used cotton balls, Q-tips, brads, and small squared blocks. We predicted which one would go through the quickest. They then tried to beat their own times.

We used straws to blow through.




This was such a fun activity to do together. The kids totally did not get sick of it.  As you can tell from their pajamas they kept on blowing objects through the maze they made, even up until bedtime. I loved it when Bubba got very matter of fact in telling us different ways you could position the straw to make the air flow through it faster. I love it when they figure cool stuff out like that. So Go Bubba for trying and trying again:> Well that is all for me today....

Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentine's Day Countdown

 Hearts. Pictures, Images and Photos

Well Valentine's Day is coming up pretty fast. I mean we are down to one more week of January and then February will be here. I am feeling rather festive this year and have vowed to be more creative and fun with my children this year. Knowing this goal I have set for myself, a NY resolutions you could say, I decided to do a little research on fun things I could do with my kiddos for Valentine's day. I found so much fun stuff on http://www.kaboose.com/ that I decided I wanted to do a countdown to Valentine's Day. As a side note I wanted to thank Allison for first getting me into the countdown mode at Halloween time. It really is a fun way to celebrate with your littles. Having said that I have made up a countdown list of what I plan to do with my littles this month for V-Day. I got most of my ideas from Kaboose, but have linked them up just incase any of you fabulous moms & dad's out there want to try a few with your littles as well. I will try to posts how our fun pans out. Now onto the Countdown Activity List:


1. Send out Valentine Cards (Thank you Mom for the card kits)

2. Valentine's Day Conversation Heart Wreath  

3. Make Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and watch a Valentine Cartoon (from the library of course:>)

4. Play Valentine's Day Bingo 

5. Heart Attack a friend or neighbor

6. Valentine Straw and Muffin Cup Relay Race

 7. Make Valentine Sugar Cookies and Decorate Them

8. St. Valentine Says (played just like Simon Says)

9.Stained Glass Heart Craft

10. Paint Valentine's Day Shirts

11. Make Valentine's Shortcake

12. Make Salt Dough Valentine Magnets 

13. Heart Filled Candy Toss (will post on this one later)

14. Special Valentine's Day Dinner -> Heart shaped pizza and other heart shaped treats. We will also be having a play date with friends to help us celebrate as well :>


Hope this gets you inspired to have fun with your littles. I am so excited to start our coutdown. I know this will be our best Valentine's Day yet!

Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Makenze!

Last Saturday was my neice Makenze's 4th birthday. I just wanted to do a little post to recognize her. She is such a sassy, spunky little girl. I swear I don't know what it is about Makenze and her little brother Eastenn, but they just hold such a special place in my heart. They always keep me laughing. I love how Libby and Makenze can play house forever together and can not get enough of playing princess and movie star. They just crack me up when they are together. Happy Birthday Makenze. you have made everyone's world a brighter place with your smile. We love you!

Oh and her are a few pictures from her party. It was Tangled theme. Everyone got some colored hair when you walked in and the kids got to make fun door hangers for a craft. Such a fun time with a little princess:>


I love my brother-in-law Shane. He is seriously so awesome! What a wonderful dad. He made sure he was wearing some hair as well. I just couldn't resist getting a picture:>

Have a Blessed Day!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

January = Birthday Month

So January is seriously like a HUGE birthday month for my family. We start on the 8th with my motherinlaw Rena and not finish the birthdays till Libby's on the 23rd.  For my motherinlaw, we had a party for her, which I know I took pictures of, but I can not for the life of me find them on my camera or computer. Sorry Mom Wagasky about that one. We did have a surprise party for her though, which I think turned out to be a great success. All the siblings brought food and it turned out to be a yummy feast of Mexican food and Texas chocolate Sheet cake.

Then it was my Grandma's birthday. We all went out to Olive Garden, which has the BEST tortellini Alfredo. Oh man is it yummy! There was cake and presents. It was a fun time to celebrate an amazing women who means so much to our family.


Here she is holding the Valentine's Door Sign I made her.


Miss Priss and GG Grandma


This was the best cake I have ever had! 
I so want to go here on my birthday. (hint hint hubby)
Just so I can have the cake.


Later that same week we had my sisinlaw Holly's birthday. It was also a surprise. All the ladies got together and did up the dinner. Another night of birthday fun!


It was very hard trying to get a group shot of all the ladies
Also sorry for the poor picture quality


My cute brotherinlaw and sisinlaw


So far we are halfway done with our birthdays. All the presents have been handmade and I plan to post about that as well. I love creating for family. Knowing how much they appreciate the time it takes to make something personal makes it all worth it. My sisinlaws present was probably one of my favs. It was super simple and fun to make. Look forward to a post on that one.

Now we still have two more birthdays left this month. My niece Makenze and then Miss Priss ends the month with turning four! She is coutning down the days and can not wait. Anyways my messy kitchen is now calling for my help.

Have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

So this posts is about what we did on Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Well to be honest it wasn't until Friday night, when I was told by a friend what Monday was, that I even starting thinking of what we could do. I had totally spaced it. For some reason I always mentally place MLK day during February because of Black History month. I do this every year. You would think that I have learned by now, but I have not. Lucky for me I always have a copy of my What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten (Core Knowledge Series). This has a  little mini history section on Martin Luther Kings life. This saved me on Monday. We read from this book and then talked about the various things that King did during his life to help others. We talked about being a good friend and then we did a few fun activities to help supplement what we had talked about. We did not spend all day on this but we did use this as a History topic.


We played Martin Luther King Memory Match. When they would flip over the cards they would tell what letter the picture started with and then they would clap out the syllables for me.


The memory match pictures included pictures of King, doves, balloons, and birthday cakes.


Here they are singing Happy Birthday Mr. King and decorating pictures of cupcakes.


We practiced writing Happy Birthday on the bottom of their coloring sheets (Libby did not write hers. I did and she traced it)



We also practiced writing ways that we can be a better friend to those around us. Keagan said that he could clean out the fish bowl and become a better friend to his fish. So sweet!

Overall we had a fun day celebrating the birthday of a wonderful, peaceful man.
I still have more to post to get us caught up. This week we are moving onto Bears and our reading theme for last week and this week is Stuart Little. We have been reading this book and it is going fantastically (is that a word? I think so). I plan to post about that as well later next week, once we are finished. Anyway hope your Wednesday is going wonderfully!

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I Heart School

 I love School Pictures, Images and Photos
 So if you wondering about the picture, it is only there because I feel like my posts are always a little boring without a little something to catch the eye. Boy do I wish my bubba looked like this every morning when I told him we were starting school. Sadly though he does not flash his pearly whites at me when I make my announcement of schools beginning. Sometimes he does, just because he wants to get done quickly, so he can play video games. Other times it is out of genuine kindness for not wanting to hurt my feelings. Either way I had to include this pic just so I can pretend that my children shout with joy at the start of each day of school. Anywho onto the reason for my posts this afternoon:>

I was going to share individually some math worksheets we have been using but all of the printable's are in pdf form and I can't put the links in this post, so I thought I would just share the link. TLSbooks.com has some awesome reading, writing, and math worksheets on their site. They are all free and are a great way to supplement any school curriculum you have going on with your littles. I have been printing out the ones that help with skip counting and the seeing and writing numbers.  Just thought I would share. Hope you are all enjoying the weather by you. For us it is a warm 68 degrees. I can't believe it! My littles got hot in their jackets today at the park. Such crazy weather here in Vegas. (Yesterday it was in the chilly 50's) Anyways have a Blessed Day!

Cookie Addition


Cookie Addition is a fun activity I found in a Mailbox magazine I checked out from the library. I probably could have made this look tons better, but at 11:00 pm last night I really just wanted to quickly make this game, so we had something new and interesting to do today in math. Well this is what I did:

I took 2 sheets of foam and cut out circles. I then drew circles on each cookie. This made my cookies become chocolate chips (just incase you couldn't tell :>) I have cookies with chips from 2-10. I gave each of my littles an addtion card and then they would place the card under the cookie that coordinated with the answer to the addition problem. This was a fun alternative to just doing a worksheet.
Well thats all for me today. I now must share my computer time with Miss Priss and Bubba

 

Hope you are all enjoying playing with your littles today. Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Valentine's Decorations

Well howdy everyone! Man did I just write howdy? I guess I did. It sure feels like it has been forever since I have worked on a post for the blog. Things have just been busier than ever since the start of this new year. We had a little bit of a rough start getting back into the swing of things. We took two weeks off from school, over the Christmas holiday, and I was very reluctant to come back. The vacation time was just so wonderful I was trying to milk it for all it was worth. But now we are back into school mode and feeling good. I have so much to share. I may have been gone from blogging world for a while, but we were still here learning and creating. I am hoping to catch up on some posts this week. Thank you to all my friends who have been asking me what was going on and why I wasn't blogging. It makes me feel so wonderful knowing I have readers out there who care what I post here in my little corner of the web.

To start off I wanted to share a simple craft I did with Miss Priss this weekend. We decided to put up our Valentine's Decorations. It is maybe a tad bit early, but her birthday is this weekend and we are doubling our Valentine Decorations as fancy party decor for Miss Priss. These decorations took very little time to make and were perfect with littles hands helping. Here is what we did:

I bought a package of foam hearts from JoAnn's. They were $7.99 and 40% off. These ones were perfect because of two reasons. The price and all the glittering goodness they encompassed. The more glitter the better in this family:> I took quilting thread and hot glued hearts onto the thread. Miss Priss picked out all the order of the hearts. The patterns were all her ideas.

For the Heart garland over our couch I used red polka-dot ribbon I found in a 99 cent bin at Joann's.





Below was something I made last year. I found the idea on The Homespun Heart


I used a few fat quarters in pretty girly, Valentine colors and made heart pillows in various sizes.


I then put them in a mason jar that is detailed with a beautiful cursive W. Perfect for adding a little Valentine Flare to my kitchen counter top.


Overall I am loving the way our little apartment looks. It is full of the loving spirit of Valentine's Day already and I just absolutely love it!. Hope you are having a fun time decorating with your littles and I look forward to posting more about our week

Have a Blessed Day!
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