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Feb 9 2015

Mommy Monday: Simple Valentine Activities for Prescholers

Happy Monday All!

I hope that you all had a great weekend!

Today I wanted to share some simple Valentine activities that you can do with your preschoolers.  I have lots of ideas about all the fun themed crafts and activities I want to do with my little guy as I comb Pinterest, but to tell you the truth sometimes all those amazing pins just overwhelm me.  They involve too much or they aren’t “two year old friendly.”  So today I wanted to share some activities that I did with my little guy that were not too involved and were at his ability level.

1.  Valentine Cards

I took some cardstock paper folded it in half and let my son draw on it with red and pink crayons.  Then I helped him glue some construction paper hearts and doiley hearts on.  We also added glitter because what else is better than glitter to a two year old!

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My son’s sweet little friend was over (she’s 3) and she had a blast making cards for her mommy and daddy too.  She dictated what she wanted written on her card to me and I wrote it on and she decorated the rest.

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2. Toilet Paper Roll Heart Painting

I had seen this idea on Pinterest and knew it was the perfect way to use up some of the toilet paper rolls I had been saving for crafts.  You simply push on the toilet paper roll in one spot so it caves in and makes a heart.  I put some non-toxic finger paints on a paper plate and let the kids dip their toilet paper rolls in it and stamp it on their paper.

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And of course we added glitter to ours!  This went really well and the kids loved it.

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3.  Heart Hunt

I took some heart cutouts and hid them around the room (I just taped them on furniture).  Then my son went around and found the hearts and put them in a basket.  We then counted the hearts and sorted them into colors.

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Do you have any favorite Valentine activities that you do with young kiddos?  I’d love to hear them!

Check out other Mommy Monday posts below:

DIY Child’s Prayer Book / It’s The Little Things In Motherhood-Kermi / Kid’s Train Birthday Party / Busy Bag Swap  

Sorting Colors Activitites / Beginning Preschool Activities / Lessons From My Little One / It Takes A Village / Themed Play Date Ideas 

 DIY Paint Chip Color Book / 5 Fun Toddler Activities / 5 Fun Toddler Activities / 5 Fun and Free Toddler Activities

Hope you all have a great day!

Signature - Marissa

 

Jan 26 2015

Mommy Monday: DIY Child’s Prayer Book

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  We had some beautiful weather here in Southern California.  Monday came too quick!!

Today I want to share a quick project that you can make for your kiddos.  Several years ago I made a prayer book for my nephew that turned out really cute so I decided to make one for my son as well.

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It is so simple and easy.  The idea is to flip through the book and pray for the loved one’s in the pictures.  It’s also great for learning family and friends’ names when your child is very young.

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Here’s what I used to make the prayer book:

Materials:

-photo book (I bought mine at Michaels…with a coupon of course!)

-photos of family and friends printed out 4×6

-scrapbook paper

-photo corners

-chalkboard paper (I got this at Micahels as well in a roll)

-White paint pen

-glue or tape

Instructions:

1.  Cut the scrapbook paper to size so it fits in the sleeves of your photo book.

2.  Glue or tape one photo onto each piece of scrapbook paper.  You can add photo corners like I did.  I still glued down my picture because I wasn’t sure if they would stay put with just the photo corners.

3.  Cut the chalkboard paper or paper or your choosing and glue underneath the photo.  Write the names of the people in the photo on the chalkboard paper using the paint pen.

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4.  I made a quick cover using some of the chalkboard paper.

My son loves flipping through his prayer book and looking at all the people he loves!

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This was great for us because we have some family that lives far away.  My son learned their names quickly with this book.  Now that he is a bit older we will start using the book to pray for the family and friends inside!

I hope you have a great day!

Signature - Marissa

Jan 5 2015

Mommy Monday: Kid’s Train Birthday Party + party planning tips

Hi Friends!!

It’s been a LONG time!  We took a bit of a break but we are back!!  We missed you all!  Today I wanted to share with you my son’s train birthday party (yep, it was in October and I’m just now getting around to posting about it…better late than never, right?).  I also wanted to share some tips that have helped me when party planning to simplify and get the most out of the money you spend.  My little guy loves trains so we went with that theme this year.  I started the party planning and prep a little later than I normally do which caused me to simplify a bit.  Plus I had A LOT of help from my mom and sister!

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My husband helped me make the railroad crossing signs.  Super easy and cheap.  A couple cuts, nails, paint, and letters modge podged on and done!

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The birthday boy loved the train theme and eagerly awaited his guests!

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I kept the decor pretty simple and used tissue pom poms, crepe paper and circle garland to add some color.

 

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I didn’t plan any games because the kiddos are still pretty small.  I had some train coloring sheets for them to do, but mostly they ran around outside.

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We ate outside on long tables family style.  I kept it pretty simple with white table cloths, burlap runners, sunflowers, lanterns and some toy trains that my Great uncle Roger made…I loved incorporating those into the party!

 

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For food we had pulled pork sandwiches (super easy in the crock pot!) and sides to go with it.  Thanks to my mom who did all the cooking!  We had a “fueling station” for guests to snack on.  That was a big hit with the kiddos!

 

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My mom made this adorable train cake that the birthday boy went nuts over!

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The kids had a blast together!  So grateful for wonderful friends and family who made the day extra special!

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For party favors, we gave away little bubbles with an adorable tag that my sister made!

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It was such a great day.  The birthday boy had so much fun!  I still can’t believe he is two!

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Tried and True Tips:

-Find a theme that your child likes.  It will make him/her excited and the ideas will come more naturally to you since it’s an interest of your child’s.  I was also able to use a lot of things we already had around the house like my son’s train for the wreath and other trains for table decor.

-Pinterest is your best friend when you are party planning!  Create a board for the party and pin away.  Come back to it for tutorials and source lists.

-Keep the guest list small.  Invite just a few families of kiddos the same age.  It cuts down on the amount of food and supplies you need and I found that it gave me more quality time enjoying my guests.  If the guest list is too large I end up feeling like all I did was run around hosting and I didn’t get to connect with everyone.

-Keep the menu simple.  We chose pulled pork sandwiches because we could buy the meat in bulk and then put it in the crock pot…super easy!  It was filling and yummy!  Add a few sides and you are set!

-Use things around the house for decor.  You probably already have things you can use that will go with your theme.

-To save on money borrow things from friends and offer them to do the same.  I had been looking for red lanterns to buy, but borrowed them from my friend, Jennie, and saved myself some money!

-Use paper and fabric for lots of decor ideas.  It’s a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck!  It’s amazing what you can do with a yard of fabric.  I love making the pennant banners.  They add great color and are so festive.  With a coupon you can get some fabric for $3/yard or maybe even cheaper!  Scrapbook paper can also go a long way.  I use it for banners, circle garland as well as extra color on tables for runners and/or place mats.  Crepe paper is inexpensive (try the 99 cent store) and can add a lot to your decor.

-After the party if you don’t know what to do with the party decor and don’t think you will resuse it, try selling it to your friends on Facebook or other places.  You can create more space in your garage and get back some of the money you spent on the party.  Someone else will appreciate not having to do all the work too!  It’s a win win!

Are you planning any parties coming up?  I hope some of these tips will help make it less stressful and easier on your wallet so that you can enjoy the company of your guests!

For more ideas on parties you can click around below:

I’m linking up with Bloom Designs Online.  Have a great week!

Signature - Marissa

Nov 19 2014

Chalk Markers by Chalk This Way

Our obsession with chalkboards started as little girls, as we played school together taking turns as teachers writing lessons on the chalkboard.  Combined it is safe to say that we have over 10 chalkboards displayed in our homes!  When we were contacted by Chalk This Way to review their Brilliant Bold and Earthy chalk markers, we knew it was the perfect fit!  Some of our favorite seasonal, party and entertaining decor are chalkboard signs written with chalk markers.  Chalkboard signs are inexpensive, can be re-used for multiple events and the best part is you can personalize messages to fit the occasion.

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It is really great to be able to buy one pack with so many color options and they are competitive in price with local craft stores!  You can even save money when buying multiple packs!  One thing we really love about the Chalk This Way chalk markers as opposed to some other brands we have used is that the ink really looks chalky and not just like a marker.  It looks more authentic on your chalkboard.  We also found that these markers had low odor; you aren’t breathing in heavy fumes during normal use.

We really like the soft muted tones of the Earthy set.  We haven’t seen chalk markers in these colors before.  They would be perfect for fall party or wedding signage.  They are a bit more elegant than your classic colors.  Two of our favorites from this pack is the deep cranberry and sage green (they don’t name their colors, but that is how we would describe them :) ).  Can’t wait to use them for Christmas signage this season.  The Brilliant Bold colors give a nice pop of color for birthday parties or holidays.  The classic white chalk marker came in both sets, which we loved because we tend to use that color the most.  These sets would be a great gift for the crafters in your life!  With Christmas right around the corner these would be perfect stocking stuffers!

Tried and True Tips:

  • Make sure you shake the markers REALLY well before using them.  If you don’t, it will come out as just greasy wet with no color.  Always shake with the lid on!
  • You have to push the tip into paper several times to get the color to drop down into the tip.  Try to push more on the back of the tip instead of the front so that the tip doesn’t get smashed.
  • Make sure to test markers on surface before use.  They are not recommended on porous surfaces.  (If you use them and something porous and it doesn’t come off you can just re-paint the surface with chalkboard spray paint)
  • The markers come off better with water when you don’t wait too long to wipe it off.  Directions say you can also erase with ammonia based cleaner.
  • Don’t push tips too hard when writing.  This will smash the tip.  To get more color to the tip of your marker, shake every now and again in between writing your message.  Again make sure to shake when the lid is on!

Check out some of the ways we used Chalk This Way chalk markers.  You will see, the possibilities are truly endless!  You can use these markers on chalkboards (including slate chalkboards), glass, plastics, mirrors, ceramics, metals and other hard non porous surfaces.  

Seasonal signage and decor.  The chalk markers worked really well on this slate chalkboard and cleaned very easily with a wet cloth.

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Make signs for different activity stations at parties like we did here at our Fall Festival:

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Parties galore!  The possibilities are endless with this one.  You could make chalkboard place-mats and let kids (and adults!) doodle.  Or you could write out your menu or make chalkboard labels for food like Alisa did here for her husband’s 30th birthday party:

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Marissa used the chalk markers to make a wreath to welcome guests to her son’s 2nd birthday party.

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Monthly baby updates and yearly milestones: I (Marissa) took a picture of my little man each month for the first year with a chalkboard behind him documenting milestones.  You could also do this with Baby bump pictures while you are pregnant documenting the weeks.  I had a lot of fun doing this chalkboard for my son’s second birthday!

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Leave messages or encouraging notes on your bathroom mirror for your spouse to read in the morning.  This is sure to brighten their day! The chalk markers work great on mirrors.  They wipe off REALLY easy on mirrors with glass cleaner.

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Here are some other ways that you could use the markers for different projects:

  • Signs for weddings…all things weddings really anything from seating charts to menus to signage on tables.
  • You can show team pride by writing messages on your car (always test on a small area first!) like “Go Wildcats!” or “Great job Kelsey!”
  • Use all the different colors on a black board instead of just plain old boring white when teaching or explaining things to your kiddos.
  • Decorate your windows with your kids for the holidays by drawing fun pictures for the season.
  • Label glazed pots with plant or herb names.

Be sure to check out other products by Chalk This Way like their Self-Adhesive Removable Chalkboard Labels.

Thank you Chalk This Way for providing us with the chalk markers!  As always, all ideas and opinions are our own.

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Oct 22 2014

A Small Way To Give Back

Do you all follow Ashley Ann over at Under The Sycamore?  Her blog is one of my favorite blogs to read.  She is so genuine and uses her voice to do great things and advocates for those who don’t have a voice.  I took her Snap Shop course (online iphone photography course) and loved it!  I have even corresponded with her through email a bit and she has a heart of gold.  A couple weeks ago she wrote a post about the Frosty Coupon Book that Wendy’s is selling now through October 31st.

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For $1 you can purchase a coupon book that includes 5 Jr. Frosty Coupons.  $0.90 of that dollar goes towards the Dave Thomas Foundation for adoption.  You can read more about the heart behind it on her original post here.  I love finding little ways to give back.  Sometimes the problems of the world seem so large, but there are lots of little steps like these coupon books that we can take to make a difference in people’s lives.   And I loved Ashley’s idea of giving them as gifts.  So this was a no brainer for me.  While my little guy and I were out the other day we drove by a Wendy’s and purchased some of the coupon books to give as gifts!  (We also had ourselves a little Jr. Frosty treat!)

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Make sure to check out Ashley’s post for some fun and adorable ways to gift the coupons to someone.  I love giving gifts to friends.  It’s one of the ways I can let them know they are important to me and loved.  One of my friends has had a lot going on so I thought these coupons would be a fun gift.  In between running around town on their busy days she can stop and get her kiddos a fun treat!   I decided to use Ashley’s ideas for some inspiration.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I thought of a few ways you could give these coupons as gifts:

*they would be great stocking stuffers

*leave one on a co-worker’s desk with a not of appreciation

*gifts to your neighbors

*let your kids earn them as rewards

*surprise a friend with a Jr. Frosty and a coupon on their door step

*give them as gifts for the students in your child’s classroom (With 5 coupons for a dollar that’s a great price to treat the whole class!)

*give one whole coupon book as a teacher appreciation gift

*Have your kiddos save up money to purchase a coupon book and let them give the coupons away as gifts to their friends (a great conversation could be had about the foundation they are supporting by doing this)

*you could give one away to a stranger as a random act of kindness gesture!

*give one to a mom that you know has had a rough week so she can treat her kids to a treat or pick up her kiddos to take them for a treat so she can have some time to herself!! 😉

*surprise your kids with a coupon on their car seat after school and take them for a treat

*surprise your kiddos after they are in their pjs and go get a Frosty at Wendy’s!

If you purchase some I’d love to hear how you give them as gifts!

I hope you all have a great rest of your week!  I’m excited to start surprising friends with Frosty’s coupons!

**This was not a sponsored post.  Just me seeing a way to give back and spreading the word!

Signature - Marissa

 

Oct 20 2014

Mommy Monday: Guest Post- Designs By Vena

Since becoming a mom, I have a real heart for other mamas.  I know how tough motherhood is and how isolating it can be at times.  We are all in this thing together and we should be there for each other; to rejoice in each other’s successes and to comfort each other in tough times.  Along with my heart for other mamas, the Lord has really been cultivating in me a desire to support and encourage other women in their passions.  There are so many ways that life can feel like it’s a competition, (especially in social media) but it doesn’t need to be that way.  We are made to run this race together and spur each other on in love.  I will be the first to admit I do not always do this perfectly, but I am a work in progress.  My passion has become to be a cheerleader for my fellow sisters, my dear friends and those I just meet.  I am so grateful for the many women in my life who cheer me on and encourage me as a wife and mom and who support me in going after what I am passionate about.  This brings me to today’s post!

I am so excited for today’s Mommy Monday guest post by my friend Vena Hallahan.  Before I had my son, I was a third grade teacher and had the privilege of having Vena’s son in my class.  We’ve reconnected on social media.  Vena is a mom of four and a small business owner.  She makes the most gorgeous custom wood signs!  I asked her to share her passion with you all and give some ways that she balances being a wife, mom, and business owner.  Today, I want to celebrate another mom and her passion with you all.

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Hi everyone my name is Vena Hallahan.  I was asked by Marissa to write a guest blog for today’s Mommy Monday post.  I know Marissa from her years of teaching school.  She had my son in her 3rd grade class a few years back.  I, like Marissa, taught school when I was first married and as soon as I had my first child my husband and I decided it would be best for me to stay home and raise our growing family.  I have had the privilege to be a stay at home mom for almost 13 years now!!

Over the years I have found many projects and activities to keep busy, but it was not until this past year that I have found a hobby that I feel has become my passion, creating hand painted wooden signs.

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Last year my mother-in-law stepped out in faith and opened an adorable shop in Lakeside called Krisarah’s Boutique.  During this time I also had been praying about how I would start to bring in a little money to help out our family and keep my creative mind happy. My youngest child was 3 at the time and her getting older allowed for me to have a little more freedom to create and work on projects.   I had been pinning many ideas off of Pinterest (which I love) as possible creative outlets. I just adored the wood signs all over Pinterest and  I also took a step of faith and decided to try my hand at making my own.  With my handy husband cutting my boards and helping me my little business was born.  I named it Designs by Vena.  I had never painted before and was just excited to have something to put in my mother-in-law’s shop.  To my great surprise I have made over 100 signs and keep busy with many custom orders and signs for the boutique in Lakeside.  With 4 kids ranging in ages for 12-4 I do not get a lot of time to work on my paintings.  I have found a way to get at least 2-3 hours a day usually when my youngest is napping. I try to keep a healthy balance of family time and work time.

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I have created a few signs for children’s rooms.  This one I made for my niece.  It was a special one to make since it was for a family member.

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Another customer has decided to have me make signs to give as a gift for birthday presents this year.

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This sign was made as a gift for a sweet girl to help her during a difficult time so she could be reminded of God’s love for her.

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This one was made as a baby gift.  What a sweet poem and reminder that they grow up so fast and to enjoy each moment.

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I thought I would show a collection of some of my best sellers and personal favorites.  I have done a few Family name signs with a wedding date and added scripture or names to make it more personal.  The other signs are just some of my favorites.

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You can find these designs and more on my Facebook page Desgins by Vena. I am always adding new designs weekly so if you want to follow my creations please “like” my page and share with others.  If anyone is interested in placing an order you can contact me on my Facebook page or send an email to  designsbyvena@gmail.com.  I am expecting to be busy for the holidays do please allow 3 weeks for any orders.

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Thanks so much for the opportunity to share my story.  My encouragement to other moms and crafters, you never know what hidden talents you might have until you take a step of faith.  God has given us all gifts and talents and I feel blessed to be able to share mine with others and hopefully in the process share the love of God.  Blessings.

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Aren’t Vena’s signs gorgeous?!!  I LOVE the “Daughter of the king” sign so very much!!  It gives me goosebumps every time I read it.   I’ve had my eye in that one for a while!  😉  If you are local to the San Diego area, Vena sells her signs at her mother-in-laws boutique which is at 9918. Maine Ave.  Lakeside, CA. 92040.   Thank you, Vena, for sharing your talent, your passion, and your heart with us today!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Signature - Marissa

Oct 15 2014

Simple Fall Decor

It is FINALLY starting to feel like fall here!  Yay for cooler weather!!  The last couple months have been so busy for us, so this year I kept my fall decor very simple.  I store my seasonal decor in boxes in the garage.  Sometimes I make or buy something new, but often I just get down the box and use what I have.  For me, the key is to switch things up and put them in different places than I did the year before so I don’t get bored.

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This year I only brought out a few things from my fall box and kept it really simple.  Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive.  I just like to add little touches to make it feel festive and bring in the new season.  For my mantle (which is actually just a shelf above my couch) I just printed off this cute fall printable and made this super easy banner with my Silhouette.

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On the coffee table I left my milk glass with the succulent plant and added a wood piece from Michaels and a little pumpkin I got last year at JoAnn’s (I saw them there this year as well).

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I stole my sister’s idea for the “Give Thanks” banner and I love it!!  I think it’s my favorite fall decoration!  I also hung up the fall wreath I made last year.  The season isn’t complete in my house unless I have a wreath up 😉

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The buffet is the other area of my house that I like to decorate for the season.  Again, I kept it simple by changing out the wording on my chalkboard, printing out a free printable, putting some tiny pumpkins in a pumpkin jar my mother-in-law gave me and adding some fresh sunflowers.

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On my dining room table I have a bowl of pinecones, and I added a vase of sunflowers.

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The patchwork table runner you see in the background was hand sewn by my mother-in-laws sweet twin aunts!!  Isn’t it darling and I love that it was made with love by a relative.

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I also love this printable Alisa made for this time of year.  I actually leave it up all year round because it is such a great reminder every day.  If you would like a copy of the printable just email us at allingoodtwine at gmail dot com and we will gladly email you a copy.

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For more fall decor ideas click below:

 

I hope that you all have a great day!

Signature - Marissa

Sep 24 2014

DIY Watercolor Verse Art- MOPS craft

Hello Everyone!

I hope that you are all doing well!  Today I am here to share a simple DIY project that would look great in your home or office and serve as daily inspiration.

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It is quick and easy and could even be done with your kiddos!  We did this watercolor verse art at my MOPS group and then I came home and did it again with my almost two year old son!  He loved it.  Here is his creation:

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Here’s what you’ll need to do this project:

-white cardstock paper

-computer and printer

-watercolors and paint brush

That’s it!  I know there are probably more professional ways to do something like this, but if you are on a budget and don’t want to have to go out and buy a bunch of materials I think this method works great.

To start, I typed up the verse I wanted in Word using a fun font and printed it out.  The one I chose is our theme verse for MOPS this year and it really speaks to me in this season of life I am in.  Then I decided which colors I wanted to use and I put lots of water in those colors of paint.  I did circular strokes and tried to make the edges a bit rough and organic.  I blended the colors a bit as well.  The key to getting the soft look is to use lots of water.  If you start and the color is really dark don’t worry!  Just add more water to the paper and spread the color around.   There are so many ways to do this.  Sky’s the limit so have fun with it!

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If you do this project I’d love to see yours!  Send me an email with your painting.  If you are from MOPS and looking for other craft ideas to do at your meeting type in MOPS in the search area on the right sidebar.

Hope you have a great day!

Signature - Marissa

Sep 22 2014

Mommy Monday: Fall Art Activity for Kids

Happy Monday Everyone!

The weekends go by too fast!!  We went to the zoo on Saturday and had  a blast!  For those of you following me on Instagram you may have seen the picture below.

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It was such a fun day!!!  He had a blast seeing all the animals and shouting our their names!  I’m not sure who had more fun, my little one or me watching my little guy beam.  It was really neat to watch all that he has been learning about in his books come alive in a new way for him.  He is so verbal so this time around to the zoo he could express so much more.  I was wearing a black and white striped shirt that day and in the morning before we left, he pointed at my shirt and said “zebra!”  I love all the connections his little mind is making!!

Today, for Mommy Monday, I wanted to share a fun fall art activity you could do with your little ones.  We started out by reading “Fall Leaves Change Colors” by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld.  Some of it was above my little guys head, but that’s ok.  He’s being exposed to new ideas and vocabulary.  You could choose any book about fall.

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After we read the story we went outside and looked for leaves.  I showed him the green ones and then we found some that had changed color.  We collected a few, but not before he tried to eat one!!! Ahhh!  Not sure where that came from!  I think he’s used to picking vegetables from our garden.   Anyways, back inside we did a crayon resist art piece.  I drew different kinds of leaves with brown crayon on a piece of cardstock and then my little one used watercolors to paint over it.  The crayon resists the water so the leaves stand out.  My little guy had a blast!

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For more activity ideas check out our fall activity list that is also a free printable!  Or follow my “fall” or “preschool” boards on Pinterest.  If you would like to read more Mommy Monday posts enter Mommy Monday into the search feature on our right sidebar.

Have a great Monday, friends!

Signature - Marissa

Sep 17 2014

Baseball Themed Birthday Party

A couple of weeks ago I threw my husband a surprise party for his 30th birthday.  Keeping this secret from him was tricky.  There were a lot of late nights secretly working on DIY projects, running errands during lunch and hiding party decor!  The theme came easy; my husband loves baseball and the rest just kind of fell into place.  The baseball themed birthday party was a hit!

Baseball Themed Party

While family and friends waited for the birthday boy to arrive there were plenty of snacks to munch on at the “Concession Stand”.  They included the usual goodies you’d find at a baseball game: peanuts, popcorn, red vines, sunflower seeds, cracker jacks, and bubble gum.  Guests could also help themselves to chili cheese nachos.  I made the concession stand sign and hung it from a large poster board that Marissa helped me wrap in burlap.  It was a cheap easy back drop for the table and I can easily use it again for another event by simply switching out the sign.  If you are interested in a custom sign for your event, send us an email!

Concession Stand

concession stand 2

The bushel baskets were a great find.  They were 40% off at Michaels and I had a 25% off entire purchase coupon.  If you need several baskets for your party, this is a great cost-effective option.  Striped and gingham wax papers lined the baskets.  The chalkboard food labels were another DIY project.

bubble gum

I cut paper lunch bags in half with decorative scissors for guests to keep all their snacks in as they munched on them throughout the party.  I made the little baseball stickers with a circle punch and cut the “30” with my Cricut machine.  The “stitching” was a red sharpie.  I made a few extras and attached to skewers for dessert toppers and stuck a few in the jars of flowers.

treat bags

I found the kraft paper food boats at Hobby Lobby and they were perfect to serve the nachos and hot dogs in.

nachos

I kept the menu simple with hot dogs and all the fixins, macaroni and cheese, nachos, potato salad and fruit salad.  Guests could choose from a variety of hot dogs noted on the chalkboard menu or come up with their own combination.  Popular ones included: The All American Dog, Chicago Dog, Chili Cheese Dog and The New Yorker Dog (my favorite: sauerkraut, onions and spicy brown mustard…yum!).

The Fixins

condiments

Beverages: We filled galvanized buckets with ice to keep a variety of beer, sodas and water cold.  I also had a mason jar drink dispenser filled with lemonade for the kiddos.

Beverages

beverages

Entertainment: We had lawn games set up like croquet and bocce ball.  My sister in-law Erika brought beach balls (no baseball event is complete without one :) ) and the kids & adults had so much fun hitting them around.

Decor: Marissa made this adorable red white and blue fabric bunting that we hung from the roof.  If you are interested in a custom-made bunting send us an email!  The food tables had simple white linens with a burlap runner down the center.  Mason jars filled with sunflowers were placed around the tables where the guests ate.  The sunflowers were simple, inexpensive and added a nice pop of color.  At the end of the event I realized that I had forgotten to put up the circle garlands I had made in coordinating scrapbook paper.  Bummer!  You win some, you loose some…I’ll use them for a future party!

bunting

sunflowers

I found some inexpensive paper mache numbers at Hobby Lobby that I spray painted red.

30

Dessert: My husband isn’t a cake, ice cream or pie person, so coming up with an idea for dessert was a little difficult!  But my mom came up with the best idea…brownies.  To keep things easy, we scooped the brownies out of the baking dish with a large spoon instead of cutting the brownies into squares and served them warm out of the oven.  Guests could top with ice cream and chocolate syrup.

Brownies

The Birthday Boy!  He is the sweetest man :) .   I don’t deserve him, he truly does so much for me, so I wanted his 30th to be a great one!

Todd

All in all I think the party was a success!  My husband was surprised; guests left full and I think everyone had a good time.  Most of all my family and I made it through a month without letting anything slip out about the party!  Thanks everyone who helped me pull the party together and for everyone who came to celebrate!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you all have a great rest of the week.

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