Valentine’s Day Workshop

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I threw a little Family Valentine Workshop over the weekend for all the kitties in the family, with the help of my Mama, sister, sister-in law and best friend!  I made some Valentine garlands with baker’s twine and newspaper hearts.  Went to my local Salvation Army to purchase some Vintage silver platters, only to buy all the Vintage Glassware I could find, as every other Friday is 50% off.  I found a nice punch bowl with eight glasses still in the box, 3 small glass bowls, 1 large bowl, glass cheese platter, 3 tarnished silver platters (which I covered with paper doilies, and cut out wax paper hearts), even found some vintage paperdolls and a few other things for myself all under $25!

Covered a few tables with newspaper and paper doilies that I purchased in the dollar section from Target.  Went to the hardware store and had some wood cut down to craft with.  You can never go wrong with wood!  I always find interesting pieces in the scrap section with insane mark downs and then have them cut it down to my preference at no charge.   I crammed the tables with endless crafting supplies.  Scrapbook paper, construction paper, decorative scissors, modge podge(my favorite), markers, lace, twine, chalkboard paint, glitter, composition notebooks(bought on clearance during back to school season), paper doilies, soft pastels, water colors and each crafty mama brought their own supplies too!  My sister in law even printed up some Vintage Valentine Images from flickr, a major resource for inspiration.  The images are endless on the web, I found these Space Themed Valentine’s for Jacob.  My Mama also brought some Vintage Victorian images, we had so much to work with.  The kids even decorated Valentine Mail Boxes supplied by my sis!

Our menu was very simple with kid friendly snacks.  Peanut butter celery, cheese and crackers, strawberries, grapes, carrots, cucumber, garlic bread, Homemade Spaghetti  for the kids and Fettuccine Alfredo for the Mama’s.  Along with lots of goodies!  Everyone had so much fun and it was nice to see all the little creations lying around!  The two images above were created by my boy.  The top one was for me and the one above was for Daddy, but he was little jealous that mine had the wood piece.  I hope everyone had a lovely day!

School House Rock!


Spring Semester Officially began today!  I am almost done with Community College and plan to transfer in the Fall to obtain my degree in Psychology.  I’ve been attending school for quite sometime now, changing my major way too many times and two Associate’s Degrees later, I have finally come to the conclusion that Psychology was meant for me.   In all honesty, I wanted to learn about why people do the things that they do, including myself!  Ha!  Trying to figure out the rest of your life is so hard and I for one, am not always good at making decisions, especially when it came down to the rest of my life.  I also wanted to learn how one person can affect another, most importantly, how our decisions now as parents could affect our children in the future!    This subject can be very overwhelming, but very helpful when it comes to parenting and reflecting on how we work as individual’s.  A class that I would recommend for parents whom are interested and have the time, would be Child Psychology.  Everything from pregnancy to adolescence.  You could even find some books at your local library!

Now it’s time for my little Educating Monday post…

I found this website a few months back while I was teaching my boy about Constitution Day.  I was so excited to find The whole School House Rock series that I loved as a child can now be viewed by my child!  This site has all the lyrics for each song along with the direct link to the video on Youtube. Studies from America, multiplication, money, grammar and science.  Check it out and let me know what you think…

 

New Feature!

I am pleased to bring you my first weekly feature!  Monday sounded like a great day to post something educational for the little ones and maybe their Mama’s too,  so I declare Monday, Educating Monday (until I come up with a better name)!  I’m sure I’ll create other posts that happen to be educational, but land on another day of the week.   Please don’t hold it against me as it is in my nature .  Especially since my sister and I are always swapping websites!  Also a home-school parent:)  Just my way to keep me motivated and inspired!

Please don’t turn away now, all you non-homeschoolers, this feature is intended for all families no matter what form of education you use!  Everyone is welcome here!

Here it goes…for the past few months I’ve been following Mr. Joseph Hoffman at piano lessons for kids here, as he teaches my eight year old to play the piano.  He’s been around for about a year now and has really good techniques for teaching young children to play and makes it fun and interesting.  I sometimes have a hard time with my boy when it comes to learning new things.  He is a perfectionist, like his Mama and often gets easily discouraged when he can not succeed his first time.  As with all things, practice makes perfect!  Mr. Hoffman is really good at explaining that things are not always going to work unless you take your time and practice.  So check it out if you’re looking for piano lessons and the best part is it’s free!

p.s. if you’d like to see something more specific on educational activities, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to find it!  Have a good day!

Random Acts of Kindness

 

As a child I wrote many little letters. Especially to my pop, about how much I loved him. As I’m sure many of you have for your cherished loved ones! Usually the one liners, “I love you daddy always and forever,” or “I miss you!” I was always on the hunt for the smallest pieces of paper to show off my small writing skills probably giving him a headache as he squinted to read them. I hope I haven’t contributed to him wearing glasses! My Mama usually gets the random, “Hey Mom,” as she’s in the middle of something and has to stop and look at me, ” I love you!” Always puts a smile on her face! My son has learned this small act of kindness and gets me every time. When my boy was in school, I’d write little notes and stick them in his lunch pail or back pack. He always carried them in his pockets and if by chance I missed a day, he’d let me know!

As for our home, I make little love notes and put them around the house in pockets, books, mirrors, front doors, everywhere, just waiting to be discovered! Not on a daily basis, but when they least expect it. My love had an upsetting evening last night, so I made him a little note to surprise him this morning.  Not sure if it made his day, but know that it put a smile on his face. It’s the little acts of kindness that make people smile and maybe even do something kind for someone else.

I made the first one a few months back with Vintage lined school paper, construction paper and paper clips.

Made this one last night with an index card, silver twine and paper doilies from target.p.s. drop a little note for someone you love, not just because it is almost Valentine’s day, but because you love them, today!