My Homework.

May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Life happens in the details.

Easily overlooked.

Yet just as easily treasured.

A Little Bit of Everything {craft + book of the week}

April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Right now I am surviving on post-it notes.  Have a thought, write it on a post-it.  I’m hooked.  If I could, I would stick several oddly yellow post-it notes to my monitor and call it a blog posting, were it not for the fact that you wouldn’t be able to see it.  Boo.  So here goes:

    • POST-IT #1:   If you haven’t heard already, there is a GIVEAWAY going on the Jay & Kay Photography facebook page.  Interested in scoring a free mini session for you or a friend/daughter/son/that nice person that lives down the street?  Find the details here.
    • POST-IT #2:   I have fallen in love with a new book.  This discovery came from the school library, and is called The Feelings Book by Todd Parr.    Before children can understand and manage their emotions (and in turn their behavioral response to these emotions,) they must first know what these emotions are.  This book does just that, in clear and colorful fashion.

Love it.

  • POST-IT #3:   If your child has ever dreamed of flying across the glorious sky with a beautiful pair of wings, then you need to check out these DIY Bird Wings for Children.  How cool is that?

Have a wonderful weekend – May it be a little bit of everything!  (Now THAT definitely needs to go on a post-it ;o)  Happy reading!

Cue the Egg {craft of the week}

April 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy Earth Day!

{Confession:  I did not plant a tree today.  For some inexplicable reason, there is a distinct you-know-it’s-the-right-thing-to-do urge to plant a tree on Earth Day.  Really, it’s the least I could do, being that I am fully aware of the fact that our current number of ‘trees in the woods’ status is down by two after they lost an arm wrestling match with some recently strong winds.  Unnecessary bullying to say the least … but, there you have it.  Time to plant a tree.  Or two.}

Also, Happy Easter!  (Isn’t multitasking fabulous?)

{Confession:  We haven’t dyed our eggs yet.   Oops.}

Perhaps some of you are in the same boat of procrastination?  (Seriously, why would anyone want to procrastinate doling out cups of dye out to three I’m-so-excited-I-can’t-sit-still kiddos.  Nope.  Not a single reason comes to mind.  Other than the desire to keep the nearby walls the continuous solid color that they are.  And yes, I’m exaggerating a tad.  At least I truly hope that is an exaggeration.)  So I did what any mother would do in this situation:  I googled to find ways to make this project even more complicated.

First, I stumbled upon this delightfully information post on dying eggs naturally on Martha Stewart’s website.  I love that this adds a bit of Earth Day flair to the ol’ egg dying tradition!

Or…for a different kind of flair entirely, check out these incredible beauties that I stumbled upon at NAPCP.


Certainly making eggs as glorious as those would make up for not planting a tree on Earth Day, don’t you think?  We’ll see how Round 1 goes tomorrow ;o)

Happy Crafting, Happy Earth Day, Happy Easter!

Bookworm. {book of the week}

April 14, 2011 § 6 Comments

Jade has gone M-I-A.

Yes, it’s true.  My beautiful, sweet, innocent little girl is now Madly Into Allthetimereading.

Fortunately, her reading skills surpass my ability to create clever acronyms.

Today, she is not sitting on our front porch.  Today, she is with Kirsten and Marta, on their new American adventure.

There is no distracting her.

Reflecting on how I too read these very same books myself when I was a child, I really can’t blame her.  (Just be careful with the pages dear.  What you hold in your hands now is practically vintage.)

So it probably comes as no surprise that the American Girl series, specifically our favorite Kirsten, is the Fun on Friday book-of-the-week selection.  Er, well, books.  Lots and lots and lots of books ….

Something tells me that Jade is not going to be available for awhile ;o)

Happy Reading!

– 04.17.2011 –

p.s. I’ve decided to link up with Simple As That’s simple things Sunday again!  (Did you see that she selected the last post to be showcased on her blog? SO cool!  Thanks for reading!  xo, Kelsea

High Heels, Feather Boas, and Crayons. {book of the week}

March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

For the record, I would just like to state how incredibly glorious it is outside today.  The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and a row of rubber boots are just waiting for us by the door :)  Welcome Spring — we have missed you!!  Can I get an “Amen!”??

Before my kids and I start clamoring to be the first one out of doors, I wanted to highlight the delightfully charming selection for this week’s Fun on Friday.  Grab your tea cups and hold up those pinkies because this week we’re reading Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor. With its exquisite vocabulary and adoring illustrations (done by Robin Preiss Glasser,) this wonderful children’s series is about as girly-girl and witty as they come.  Moms will love the new, er, fancy, vocabulary that Nancy will introduce to readers (with a little bit of French flair thrown in for good measure) as well as her genuine and honest heart.  One can’t help but fall in love.

As anyone knows, the first step in becoming fancy is your decor. Use the link below for free coloring printouts, color and decorate to your little ones heart’s content, then string along a ribbon to be strung in front of a window.  The light will shine through, making your colors glow more brightly than ever!

Mandalas coloring pages

A Sample Printout

It’s time to enjoy the fancy in life :)  Happy Reading!

A Shout Out To Dinos + Veggies.

March 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Sometimes, you don’t need more than a road trip to Subway, two little giblets, and this song.  On repeat.  (It helps to be easily amused and have a long-time childhood love of VeggieTales :)

YouTube – VeggieTales – VeggieTales: Bellybutton.

I don’t know which is more amusing … how incredibly over-the-top-adorable this lyrical production is, or hearing Morgan try to sing along with it….his favorite words being, of course, “belly button.”  I just love his crisp little “t” and “l” sounds floating up from the backseat, while he does his best to keep his giggles from breaking his concentration.  “Funny!” he tells me :)  This is the first song that he seems to truly want to sing, aside from our nightly lullaby.  Sweet?

Very.

Another sweet and simple treasure is this week’s Fun on Friday book selection:  Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland. With it’s vivid illustrations and simple and rhyming text, it is a perfect choice for very young readers.  (Not to mention that it seems to be a universal law that all children LOVE dinosaurs.  The combination is an instant winner.)

Happy Reading!

How To Get Your Paint On {Fun on Friday}

March 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Grab your paint brushes!  Today, we are going rogue.

You see, I’ve had an idea.  As much as I love children’s books … well, there are other ways to spend quality time with your children while still encouraging the development of important skills.  So, to spice things up a bit, this week’s Fun on Friday is not going to involve a book.  It is going to involve some wonderfully blank canvas, a paint + paintbrush combo, your child’s incredibly unique creativity, and a badly-needs-to-be-filled wall space.

As it were, I just so happen to have such a space.  In my house there is a hallway that badly needed something. Without windows it is the darkest space in the house, and loving natural light the way I do, that alone is enough to bother me.  The fact that this darkest-space-in-the-house is also the space the receives the most traffic means that it has had the chance to bother me frequently …. and since knocking down part of an interior wall to add a window-of-sorts is apparently out of the question, I have decided that bringing a bit of bright color will do the trick.  What better artists to bring color to my life than the little ones I love more than anything in this world?

Cue a visit to everything-you-could-possibly-craft store Michael’s.  Being that we already had paints and brushes on hand, we simply needed three 24×30″ white canvases to complete the vision (obviously this number will vary depending upon the number of painters and the size of your wall space.)  Easy peasy.  Just be prepared for when you clarify to  the sales clerk that your children (who may or may not be using their new pez dispensers as swords at the time) are the intended artists and not you, that you may very well receive a look which will cause you to wonder if you’ve just unknowingly sprouted a second head.  It’s ok though — because today we are going rogue.

Adios Crayola.

Hello custom and colorful wall art.

(Do I detect a little Pollock from middle Morgan?  Who, by the way, was far too busy trying to sneak Liam’s slinky toy to be bothered with a photo.  So I let him off the hook.  For today. ;o)

Better than Etsy.  Better than Pollock.  It’s priceless.

Happy Painting!

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