Happy 4th Of July!

Happy Easter!

He is alive! He is risen! He is risen indeed!

I hope you all enjoy this day of celebration with your loved ones.

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Family Fun Friday: Make Resurrection Rolls

Jacob making Resurrection Rolls

Looking for something special to do as a family this Easter weekend? Why don’t you make Resurrection Rolls? Check out Women Living Well for step by step directions and the story to go along with the rolls. The crescent roll represents the tomb and the marshmallow represents the body of Jesus. When the rolls are done cooking the marshmallows are gone and the “tomb” is empty. Jacob was amazed at this. At only two years old I don’t know how much he understood but I love that we have started an annual tradition that will remind us why we celebrate Easter.

Have you ever made Resurrection Rolls with your children? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience :)

Wordless Wednesday: Easter 2009

I have linked this post to: Wordless Wednesday Home

5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom

Mom of 3 Girls ~MomStart ~ Two of a Kind…

Momma Findings ~ Mom Knows It All

A Daily Dose of Toni

The Divine Miss Mommy

Grammy Mouse Tails

My Little Leprechaun

Jacob ~8 months

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Wordless Wednesday: Visit with Santa

I have linked this post to: Wordless Wednesday Home

5 Minutes for Mom ~ Go Graham Go! ~ Jolly Mom

Mom of 3 Girls ~MomStart ~ Two of a Kind…

Momma Findings ~ Mom Knows It All

Frosted Fingers ~ A Daily Dose of Toni

The Divine Miss Mommy

Grammy Mouse Tails

Tot School: Turkeys

MONDAY:

Craft- Potato Print Turkey

Song- Did You Ever See A Turkey?

Activity- Turkey Baster Painting

TUESDAY:

Craft- Hand and Footprint Turkey

Song- Five Little Turkeys

Activity- Pumpkin Turkey

WEDNESDAY:

Craft- Fingerprint Turkeys

Song- Six Little Turkeys

Activity- Make Banana Gobble Pancakes

THURSDAY:

Craft- Coffee Filter Turkeys

Song- Turkey On The Farm

Activity- Gobble like a turkey

FRIDAY:

Craft- Turkey Windsock

Song- Fat Turkey’s Song

Activity- Make turkey sandwiches together for lunch

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FIND MORE TOT SCHOOL CURRICULUM THEMES HERE:

http://www.makingtimeformommy.com/lesson-plans-for-toddlers-preschoolers/

Happy Halloween 2010!

Happy Halloween!!

Just for fun I thought that I would share pictures from the past couple years:

 

Halloween 2009

Halloween 2008

Halloween Saturday Stumbles

Since it is the day before Halloween I figured I’d gather a bunch of yummy Halloween treats for you to make. Enjoy!

(Click on the pictures to be taken to the blog posts)

Spiderweb Cupcakes

Mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Halloween Pizza

Candy Corn Cookies

To see more great posts of the week you can visit It’s Come 2 This.

Halloween Best Dressed Photo Contest

Halloween Best Dressed Photo Contest

If you think your child’s costume is the cutest on the block, here’s you chance to prove it. Post a picture of your kid in his or her outfit to enter for a chance to win $1,000 Gilt Credit. Visit the “contests” tab on the Gilt Children Facebook page or click on the following link to enter to win: http://on.fb.me/GiltHalloween.

How the Contest Works

Between October 22 and November 8, upload a photo of your kid in his or her costume to the Gilt Children page by clicking on the Enter link above. The 10 most popular entries—as voted on by Gilt Children fans until November 19—will become finalists.

Fans can encourage their friends to vote for their the following ways:

1. Invite friends to participate in the contest: http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/68665/invites/new?ogn=facebook
2. Post your vote to your Facebook wall my selecting “share on my wall” when you vote for your favorite photo.
3. Let your friends know that you can vote for each entry once per day — so submit your entry early and vote often!

A panel of Gilt Groupe judges will then select five winners based on the overall quality of the photo and the costume, announcing the results by November 26 on the Gilt Children page and Twitter account. Each of the winners will receive a $1000 credit for use on Gilt.com.

(Disclosure: This is a compensated post through a Mom Bloggers Club member program. Good luck to all those who enter!)

Fourth of July Linky Love

I haven’t done any linky love posts in a while so I figured today would be a perfect day to share some links.

Enjoy these festive 4th of July posts as you prepare for your weekend festivities:

Shortcakes for July 4th by Liz at Hoosier Homemade

4th of July Party Printables from Tweedle Dee Designs

Patriotic Pinwheel Banner by Leanne

Red, White and Blue Sand Candles by Martha Stewart

Handprint Fireworks (kid craft) by No Time For Flash Cards

Pride of the USA hairbows by Mimi’s Babies Etsy Shop

4th of July toddler dress by Crafts For Lily

Have a wonderful weekend and please remember to be safe!




Happy Mother’s Day!

I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day! I hope whatever you spend the day doing you make sure to take time out for yourself.

To my own mom, who took both boys so that I could sleep in, thank you. I appreciate the nights that you watch them so that I can get some rest and “me” time.  I know I don’t say it enough but I love you and am very thankful for everything you do for me.

To my stepmom, resting in Heaven, I love you and I can’t wait to see you someday.

Top 10 Things I’d Love For Mothers Day

I decided to make a list of the top 10 things I would LOVE for Mother’s Day just in case a special someone is reading this! :)

1. Sleep- I would love to sleep in. I’m not asking to sleep the day away but sleeping until at least 7am would be fantastic.

2. Hugs and Kisses- If you remember… one of my favorite things about being a mom is all the hugs and kisses I get from my children.

3. Starbucks Iced Mocha- Wouldn’t it be lovely if my boys woke me up with one of those? yum. I’m not asking for a homemade breakfast, just a quick trip to Starbucks would be plenty to fill my tummy (though I would not be upset if you decided to go the eggs, bacon, and french toast route, too).

4. Flowers- I don’t need a big bouquet of roses but I would love some flowers. My favorite would be ones picked with love from our yard (I’d even take some dandelions).

5. Homemade card- Yeah, Hallmark cards are nice but my son’s coloring is even prettier. (You could even earn some brownie points by helping Jacob write some words on it like “I have the best mom ever” or “my mom is the prettiest woman I have ever seen”)

6. Clean house- After I finally roll myself out of bed I would love to leave my bedroom and discover a clean house. Not lick-the-floors-clean but you-won’t-step-on-anything-clean would be wonderful!

7. Family time- After we go to Church I would love to go on a family walk or take the boys to the playground. We could even go somewhere else just as long as we can do it together.

8. “Me” time- I would love to get a pedicure while the boys are napping and then enjoy some time on the computer.

9. Date night- After the boys go to bed it would be great to enjoy dinner and a movie at home.

10. Ice cream and devotions- My “perfect” Mother’s Day would end with devotions as a couple while we eat ice cream (chocolate, peanut butter for me and pistacchio for Sinisa).

So that’s my ideal Mother’s Day….

How do you imagine yours?

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Listen to “The Easter Story” podcast

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Today, April 1st, is April Fool’s Day.

My favorite prank I ever played on anyone was one year (and come to think of it, I don’t even know if it was April Fool’s Day or not) my brother and I played a prank on our mom. We put a sign on the back of her car that said “honk, it’s my birthday” before we drove away from the house. Everyone was honking at her and she couldn’t figure out why. It was hilarious.

Here are some April Fool’s Day resources I found:

The Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time

Trick your children with an (edible) spaghetti and meatball covered cupcake

The Magical Banana (from the Enchanted Learning website)

Wheel of Fortune’s special show for April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day Prank (for teachers)

Safe pranks to play on people

Enjoy the day! Be sure to leave a comment if you play a prank on someone today :)

Better Basket Blog Hop

I’m joining in on Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. CMN is a non-profit whose mission, according to their website, is “to generate funds and awareness programs in partnership with and for the benefit of member hospitals/foundations and the children they are privileged to serve”. They “create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year”. For everyone that blogs about this blog hop, Hershey is donating $10 per blog post, up to $5,000!

Here are the “rules” of Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop:

  • Copy and paste these rules to your blog post
  • Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.
  • Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
  • Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
  • Leave your link at BetterBasket.info/BlogHop comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
  • Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
  • Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the donation.

I would like to give Easter baskets to the following ladies who all inspire me to be a better woman, mom, and blogger:

Paula

SarahMae

Brooke

Kristi

Tamara

Michele

Think Outside The (Easter) Basket

Every Easter I buy baskets to put goodies in. I don’t just pick any old basket. I take my time. I choose the cutest baskets I can find. I then search multiple stores for yummy candies and fun toys. I buy the colorful Easter grass so that I can nestle the goodies in the basket. I organize the items in the basket so each one can be seen. Get my drift here? This Easter basket takes a few hours to prepare. Here is Jacob’s Easter basket last year (it was his first Easter basket):

Easter 2009

Wasn’t it cute? Jacob was young so not a lot of goodies but a decent amount. He loves the fridge DJ and the Thomas book. His dad and I enjoyed the candy. And the basket… well, I’m not sure where the basket is. It may be in a box in storage. It may have been given to Goodwill when we moved…. I just don’t know!

So this year we aren’t doing baskets. I just can’t stand the thought of spending $5-10 on something that we will not be keeping. And now that I have two children the cost goes up! So this year we are skipping the baskets and instead we are giving each of the children their “goodies” in these rolling toy bins that I found at Target.

Aren’t they wonderful?! They were more expensive to buy than baskets but I know that they will be used after Easter, too. We could always use more toy storage and these are sturdy, mobile, and have handles for easy lifting. I love them! :)

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This post is linked up to:

ToBeThode

Linky Love- St. Patty’s Edition (3/14)

FOR CHILDREN:

*Love this St. Patrick’s Day themed sensory tub from ‘No Time For Flashcards’

*Five Green Shamrocks poem and template outline (great toddler/preschool idea)

*Great post from ‘Make and Takes’ called ‘Little Lucky Leprechaun Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day‘. I think we will be making the Pot of Gold :)

FOR EVERYONE:

*St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes from ‘Hoosier Homemade’. These aren’t just any cupcakes though- check out how she puts flavor and color on the inside of the cupcakes. Never seen that done before but so creative!

*While we are talking about Liz from ‘Hoosier Homemade’ you should check out her decorations post. I love the St. Patty’s Day garland.

*’Roots and Wings Co.’ blog has a great idea for Saint Patrick’s Day called “I am lucky” in which their family members write things they are lucky for (similar to thinking about what we are thankful for on Thanksgiving).

*Love this decoration from ‘The Busy Blaine’s’.