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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Many Faces of Little Man

I was looking through pictures on my phone the other day, and though I already knew this, it was confirmed that we have a total goofball of a son. He's a nut! And so I present to you the many faces and goofy moments of our Little Man over the past few months...



He's inside the mesh crate for his stuffed animals. It was "his cage". I guess he was an animal too.

Oh, yeah, that's Cheetos mouth. I've decided that someone invented Cheetos to try to torture parents everywhere. Messy, messy, messy. Delicious, yes. I love them too, but you can't look at that face and not be a little scared!

He insisted that I put his bear in the back of his shirt.
I don't know why.

A glow stick with a plastic rocket on the end=hours of entertainment. He loved that thing. It was on his head, smashing his nose, and coming out of his head like in the picture. So worth the $1 I spent on it.

I was trying to get a picture of him with the horses, but they just kept pulling his arms up like that. I can't imagine it was him lifting them up. :-)

He's being ornery in this one (he'd been blowing bubbles at me).

So "cheesy"!

What is there to say???
Delicious?

He had been doing the same thing to the bug behind him who was doing it back. It was fun!

"Oh, let's take a nice picture of the two of you since it's his first game."
...and this is what he gave us. Memorable!

Okay, Mom, enough pictures. 

I hope you're having a fantastic week!




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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Keep 'Em Busy {Summer & Road Trip Fun}


One of my favorite (and most popular) boards on Pinterest is my "Keep 'Em Busy" board. It's all about keeping your kids busy, and if you have at least one kid like mine, you'll understand the importance of this. He's always moving, so life is just a little better when he's busy. I can avoid moments like this one:
Luckily it was dry erase, so it came off fairly easily.
But, hey, he made and 'x'! That's something, right?

Anyway...back at my other blog I shared several posts with activities for little ones. Since we're still in the summer months but maybe getting to that point of wanting school to start, I thought I'd re-share a few of those posts with you today. Give you a little inspiration to keep those kids busy for the rest of the summer or on that one last road trip before school starts up again.

Get ready to "Keep 'Em Busy"!

Make your own Dry Erase Busy Book with a binder and coloring pages in sheet protectors.

Simple but fun. Playing with Pom Poms
Little Man played with these forever when he was smaller (he's 3 1/2 now), but I think he still may like them if I were to dig them out.

It's good old baking soda and vinegar with a little food coloring too to create these Baking Soda Bubbles.

This Magnetic Activity Board is great for road trips.

A few road trip tips...like packing presents for little ones to unwrap if they're being good.

This is a fun way to have a Scavenger Hunt and will entertain even the adults. We sure had fun!

We're taking the Magnetic Fishing Game camping again this year. So much fun!

If you have a rainy day this summer, this Cereal Box Marble Track is great inside fun.

There's more road trip fun in this post!

Hope you're having a great summer and are keeping busy!


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Friday, July 19, 2013

Pretty Paper Flowers {A Tutorial}

These little beauties are so simple to make AND you should be able to make them with what you already have in your home office/stash of office products.

You'll need a heavy paper to make your petal template
Any all purpose paper or lightweight card stock for the petals
(I've even used plain old computer paper)
Tape
Toothpick
Pen
Wooden Skewers

Create a template for your petals. Mine was probably about 3/4 of an inch at the widest point and approximately 2 inches long. 

Cut lots and lots of petals.

Take one petal and a toothpick...

...and wrap the petal tightly around the toothpick.

Now take another petal and a pen and wrap the petal around the pen to give it a gentle curve.

The first petal should lay nicely inside the second.

Tape them together at the "pointy" end by wrapping tape around both petals.

Cut a piece of tape and attach six or so petals to it and space them out as show above.

Now wrap the tape and petals around the first two petals.

Keep wrapping...

...until you have something like this.

Now you're going to gently bend the petals down. I like to give them a little curve by rubbing them between my fingers a little.

Once you get all the petals bent down, adjust them a little...

...until you have something like this! Voila! A pretty little flower.

If you want, you can easily attach the flower to something like a wooden skewer.

And make a whole bouquet of pretty paper flowers!

Lovely!



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