Archive for November, 2011
Yesterday’s library storytime craft were these sweet lil’ pumpkins…
~White paper for the names
1. Cut tissue paper into 3×5 rectangles.
2. Layer six tissues on top of each other.
3. Accordion fold the tissue pile starting at the short end (about 1/2” between folds), and set aside.
4. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist the folded end about an inch down to create the pumpkin stem.
5. Place the fully folded tissues to the top toward the fold.
6. Twist the bottom to secure the tissues.
7. Un-fan the tissues and gently spread out each layer till a nice lil’ round pumpkin is formed.
8. Open up the bottom of the pipe cleaner to make a hidden pumpkin stand.
9. Cut out rectangle name tags and hole punch in the upper left corner.
10. Cut a slit into the upper left corner into the hole punch so the name tag can easily be placed on the pumpkin stem.
How cute would these be with brown pipe cleaners and off white tissue… or brown tissue and yellow pipe cleaners… fun for place settings, a kiddo craft or fun Autumn décor!
Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!
I really can’t believe I’m a mom of 4 kiddos. When I see all of them together I’m a little in awe at the crowd. It really feels like Eli was born yesterday AND that all 4 have been in my life forever.
Does than make sense?
Even though it was almost 2 months ago, I have to share our trip home from the hospital, AND how to make custom big brother/sister tees for your kiddos.
Hot Hubby brought the kiddos to the hospital to bring Tess home. The big kiddos were instantly smitten…
Cyrus was… well…
On the way home we stopped off at Souplantation.
But it was dinnertime and we had to eat. If we had ordered take out or had one one our lovely friends bring us something there would still be some prep and clean up. At Souplantation I just sat there, ate and left.
It makes for a good story too!
Now about those cute custom tees they are wearing. The boy’s tees are durable heat pressed vinyl. I’m thinking of opening a custom shop.
To make the ‘big sis’ tee you’ll need: a tee, fabric for the letters (a fat quarter or 1/4 yard of fabric will be plenty!), iron, and fusible webbing (I used Steam-A-Seam).
1. Pick font for your phrase of choice. The font should be simple with thick lines.
2. Print out your letters in the size you want them to be on the tee.
3. You will trace and cut the letters on to the fusible webbing. I recommend following the directions on the package slowly and step-by-step. It’s one of those things that seems super simple then you realize all your letters are backwards! (Ahem)
4. Ironing secures the phrase to the tee. If you want the edges to be super clean, you may want to top stitch around the outer rim of each letter. I didn’t. The Steam-A-Seam sticks very well and is washer/dryer safe. It won’t fray. And it saves an hour of work!
It’s so fun to be creative with the fusible webbing! Think personal Christmas gifts!!! What will you try??
Oh and it didn’t take long for Cy to fall in love with Tess. In fact he loves her just a bit too much. Lots of hard hugs and slobber kisses. Eeeek!!
Last night we were invited to the grand opening of Discovery Science Center’s STAR WARS: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit.
It was awesome.
Like a must see for Star Wars fans.
The kiddos were a little excited…
In case you were wondering, I did stop off at Old Navy on the way so the kiddos would have Star Wars Tees…
We got to see life size characters and LOADS of artifacts from the movies. Each display had a written explanation along with phone-like audio commentary gadgets…
The exhibit was very interactive with a drivable hover craft and robots you can build and program to move. Both were a hit! (FYI – you have to be 5 years old and a certain height – it looked around 48” – to ride the hover craft. You might need to pre prep little ones who won’t be able to ride.)
Outside there is a full-size replica of the cockpit of the Star Wars IV’s Millennium Falcon. (Think Star Tours Light). You get to see some pretty amazing real life pictures of our own galaxy.
Click here to read an overview of the whole STAR WARS: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit!
Tickets are $24.95 adults (15-59), $20.95 for seniors (60+), and $20.95 children (3-14). ($14.95/12.95 for the general admission and only an additional $10/8 for the exhibit!) Advance ticket reservations are recommended. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit http://www.discoverycube.org/starwars or call 714-513-CUBE. (Members can purchase exhibition tickets at a special rate of $8.00 for adults, seniors and children. There is also special field trip & group pricing!!
Eli was so nervous to stand with the Storm Troopers… I’m wondering if he thinks Star Wars is real. Eeeek!
Grab your guns! My friend Julie is starting a revolution.
OK, not that kind of revolution.
A revolution of kindness!
Everyday of this week she has given her readers a simple task to spread the love and featured an amazing charity. (You know I love love love a good charity!!) AND she has (along with some friends) gifted a new adorable printable each day!
FUN FUN FUN!!
All the daily challenges can be done at anytime (kiddo friendly!) and the more often the better!!
Here is a quick recap of the week so far, but you’ll have to visit Joy’s Hope if you want more details.
Day 1: Bring a treat to a neighbor.
And you can use these sweet tags made by Mique of 30Days.
Charity – Sharlie’s Angels. Sharlie is a mommy with Cystic Fibrosis waiting (and saving) for a Heart/Double Lung Transplant from Stanford.
You can support Sharlie by shopping for cool stuff here (I’ve bought 3 things… so far!)
Day 2: Write a note. As in with a pen or pencil… remember those?
This little challenge helped me to remember how fun it is to write a note instead of asking a question on Facebook! I did two notes, but cheated a it by making one a long overdue thank you note!
Charity – Sending notes and gift cards to Wren a mommy of 3 fighting stage 4 cancer.
Day 3: Gift card for the homeless.
Love this one!! We saw Mike Yankoski speak about his book Under the Overpass and our perspective was forever changed about homeless people. We always have a bag-o-stuff to give out when we pass a homeless person – socks, deodorant, toothpaste, gum, easy open canned food/pantry items etc. (Note: never put hand sanitizer, mouthwash or cold/allergy medication in a homeless bag because it can be used as alcohol or to make illegal drugs)
Charity – Compassion Christmas Catalog. This is one our family’s favorite yearly traditions. There is nothing like giving a needy family in Africa a goat. REALLY. Try it. (This is really fun to do with a group of people pitching in for something big.)
Day 4: Book for a friend.
Buy a book or gift one you read and loved. Maybe purge some of those kiddo books before Christmas?!?! AND for those books you want back print up a few of these adorable little book name cards here from Heather at Life Made Lovely.
Charity - The Joyful Life Library. They donate children’s books to hospitals so parents can snuggle up and read with their kiddos.
I so wish I would have known about The Joyful Life Library before Eli’s birthday party. We collected over 400 books in loo of gifties for the Susan G Komen American Book Drive and they were horrible to work with. REALLY!!!
Day 5: Refresh someone.
Get a few (or a case) of ice cold water and head out in the world (or your local park) and refresh peeps. Printable by Living Locurto
Charity – Charity Water
Day 6: Thank someone in service.
Charity – Wounded Warrior Project
Day 7: Blessing Bags
You’ll just have to visit Joy’s Hope tomorrow to find out the details!!
Printable by Joy’s Hope
Charity – Samaritan’s Purse
I’m alive!! (just got internet figured out and found the camera cord!)
The move went great and so far we are in the 10% of boomerang-ers who are doing awesome back at home.
I just wanted to do a quick post today about the last of our Fall adventures!
Orange County Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.
I love dressing up for anything… add a family theme and I’m so on it. Unless I just moved the day before! We were (and are) still getting settled but we had the best time trick-or-treating in the neighborhood I grew up in…
AND the winner of the Beverly Hills Basics JP giveaway is Hollie from Holls Goes Social!! YAY!!