So I sawthis post a while back and really wanted to make one for my wall.
Here is what we came up with...
Here's how I did it....frugally
2 Paper Bags Cut Open
Freehand a Tree....shocking, I know.
Then you cut it out!
Tape to the wall... Ask your kids what they are thankful for... I felt special because I came right after Lily being thankful for pillows and the wall. I used this leaf template. I had them laminated for a church project, which I recommend because... if you use a dry erase marker, you can use them over again!
Write Thankful Things on Leaf of your choice, and have children tape to wall!
During this project I let Lily practice her cutting skills on a scrap piece of paper bag, and I showed Claire how to Tear to increase her hand-eye coordination....
I'm Thankful for my husband and my children, and our health.... What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is just around the corner!! I can't wait for turkey! Lately, we only have a roast turkey on Thanskgiving, so it has been a long time coming... This year I am only roasting the turkey and making a dessert. My mother- in- law is making everything else...bless her heart.
This week is also a produce share pick up week. Here is what we will be receiving:
Green Beans Table Carrots Celery Green Kale Green Romaine Poultry Bouquet Sweet Potatoes Russet Potato Cremini Mushrooms Roma Tomato Winsap Apples Bosc Pears Oranges Bananas Sunburst Tangerines
Living here in South Florida forces you to feel pressure to "Keep Up" with your neighbors...
birthday parties are no exception. Whatever happened to the small 5 child party with pin the tail on the donkey, cake and everyone went home? Those days seem over, but I'm on the pursuit to bring it back!
And it looks like others are too!
Here is a website that deals with this particular issue.
Sometimes it's good to know that you don't HAVE to throw the same types of parties as your friends or neighbors, and that there are alternatives to the typical over-the-top birthday parties that are becoming more and more popular.
You may be interested in a previous post that I shared on this particular issue as well.
If you have any of your own great frugal birthday ideas, let me know in a comment.
Well, I was talking to some women from my organic buying co-op and told them that my blog had a hot celery root recipe on it....and that was...as I soon found out, a flat out lie! The recipe is for another cold salad just like what I said it wasn't!
Anyway, that got me searching to find what I could make "warm" with celery root to make it up to the ladies I fibbed to :) There are a lot of great things to make out there.
First, I'd like to share a little about celery, or celeriac
Part of the celery family, the celery root or celeriac, is routinely used in French cooking and is seen throughout Europe. It is solely grown for its root use and appeared in the United States beginning in the 19th century.
This root is bypassed by many because of it unusual appearance of crevices and rootlets. When cooked well, this root evokes celery and parsley flavors.
Here are some great links and recipes I found and thought I would share with you to make up for my awful mistake as explained above.....sorry!
I think I am going to make this tomorrow for lunch: Celery Root and Apple Soup- similar ingredients as the Winter Salad, but its..you guessed it- HOT!
and here is the finished project... I'll let you look first, then I'll tell you my issues :)
I really enjoyed this project, in fact it allowed me to use my own imagination...and come up with some of my own ideas...I know, who knew I even had them!
Firstly, I would recommend using the pillow form like she does in the tutorial. I used pillow stuffing and the pillow came out very lumpy (see evidence above)
Secondly, all of my edges are fraying on my appliques. I am not sure if this is the way its supposed to look or not, can't decide. Next time I might try the zig-zag stitch to cover the edges.
Now for my ideas in which pictures are to come when I get around to actually making them:
To coincide with the topic of Weather on my Other Blog, I thought it would be great to make weather pillows for Lily's bed. One side would have a sun, and the other would have clouds with rain etc....what do you think? They would be really small pillows, probably about 8-12" or so. I also did some pretty cool stuff with Lily this week for this topic if you are interested in Kiddy Crafts!
I am also wanting to see where I can go with the tree thing... I think I want to try palm trees since we are down here in Florida. I was also thinking of just doing a long grass pillow for my long scrap pieces. I also want to do a Christmas Tree Pillow that's in the shape of a Christmas tree.
So I'm going pillow crazy, but at least I can pass out on my work if I pass out from Brain Exhaustion :)
I also found out that there really is life after 30...yup, I'm there.
This week will be a "Use It Up" week. I will only be using what we have in our cabinets.
It is also a produce share pick up week. Here is a list of what we will be receiving: (Not sure about everyone else, but I have cabbage up the wazoo...here is a site that I think might help me.... Cabbage Recipes
Sound familiar? With two young children, I find myself at times becoming a desperate discipliner...what does that mean?
In the thrift store.... 1 year old is hanging on the metal bars in front of the automatic door letting it open and close continuously while also "un-hanging" from the bars and walking in a circle in front of people trying to leave.
I am at the checkout in which the checkout woman tells me that I physically have to take the clothes off the hangars, she can't do it....(enter increased blood pressure). All the while, I'm saying, "Claire, come over here...Claire, come over here", frantically trying to get the pants off the hangars so we can get out of there before we all lose it.
Next thing you know, I'm telling my 1 year old that she will be in "BIG TROUBLE" if she doesn't get over to me....Big Trouble? What am I saying, honestly, what does that mean...then I get mad at myself that I just said it.
Meanwhile, I can't do anything if she doesn't listen and come over to me because I'm too busy taking the pants off the hangars that seem to be stuck in the belt loops...
That's what I mean by desperate disciplining. I find myself saying things to my children that have no REAL consequence, make matters worse, and probably actually make them want to disobey me even more....smart huh?
I Love It. Now, not every story or example is exactly how I would handle things, but the main theme of the book is what gets me.... are you ready?
Pay attention, this is good...
"Discipline your child fully so they have a heart change, meaning to be more like Christ... in addition to just eliminating the behavior. "
Wow, I gotta tell you...reading that book was the first time I had ever thought about disciplining to create a heart change in my child.
I guess I just thought that letting them know they did something wrong would make them better people because they would know not to do it again...I was missing the whole point.
Wouldn't you know that as soon as I read the first 4 chapters,
we had an incident that would let me test my heart shaping skills:
Lily,3, received a big pink chair for her birthday. Claire,1, did not. Claire loves to sit in said pink chair. Lily does not like that....enter conflict.
Screaming, crying and tattling.
"Mommy, Claire's sitting in MY chair...I want to sit in MY chair."
"Think Fast" I say to myself...what would Ginger Plowman do.... oh wait, I mean what would Jesus do...
"Lily, wouldn't it be nice to just wait until Claire is finished sitting on the pink chair? She is having so much fun. You could sit on her Dora chair if you want?"
Lily explains, " No mommy I want the pink chair...(enter jumping up and down and pointing to Claire who is as cool as a cucumber knowing full well how she is causing her sister to act.) "
"Lily, do you think it would make you happy to force Claire out of the chair so you can get what you want? Don't you want to share the pink chair with Claire?"
" No mommy, I WANT to sit in that chair."
(ok, Ginger's example didn't quite go like this...now what?)
"Lily, have you ever thought about going to Claire and asking her nicely if she would get up from the pink chair before you come and cry to me?"
Lily walks over to Claire, "Claire...would you please get up from the chair?"
Wouldn't you know, Claire gets up and sits in her own chair?
... this felt a little like grace to me.
In the book, Ginger would have disciplined for the temper tantrum and for the tattling, but I was just happy to have tried the technique of getting at the heart of my child and not just putting a bandaid on the situation which I am very likely to do at 4 o'clock in the afternoon trying to get dinner ready. Maybe next time, there will be even more success.
Being a mother and the main disciplinarian can be tough and there really are no written rules...but realizing that I am primarily a "heart-shaper" really made me change my tune and want to mediate rather than quickly solve the problem.
I truly suggest you read this book...I am almost through, and it really has changed my perspective tremendously.
52 Week Preschool. Click here to check it out!I am planning on homeschooling our children, and to start I figured I would get my feet wet by doing a little bit of preschool. But I wanted to do it my way.
I am a firm believer in letting children be children and to let them learn through exploration with guidance.
I was in the shower the other day and thought I would share something.... scary thought I know, but trust me here.
A while back I heard that if you dry off your razor blade after you use it, it will last 3x as long, or longer! Well..I had to try it. It works! I went out and purchased a suction cup sticky hook for my shower wall, and put a washcloth there. Everytime I use the razor, I make sure to dry it before placing it back in the holder.
Last week was a success with all of the meals I made. The two crock pot meals ended up great except they were both in a little longer than they needed to be and therefore fell apart which kind of annoys me when its not supposed to do that in the meal! I wanted to share with you the pic from my Halloween meal...I ended up just doing an adaptation on the idea from the website...here was my version of sloppy goblins:
Here is the menu for this week. I really need to get going on all of the lettuce and cabbage that we received last week. So here is what I came up with....
Breakfasts: Eggs & Toast, Breakfast Burritos w/ Ham, Oatmeal,Pancakes