Christmas is all about creating fun family traditions and indulging the littles in extra fun! I loved the idea of wrapping up Christmas books and having the kids open one each night to read as a family! You’d think that finding Christmas/Winter themed story books would be hard and expensive but if you frequent Thrift stores like I do you’ll quickly find that it’s amazingly easy and affordable!
Thrift stores are chuck full of Holiday books! I paid 50 cents or less for every book. I left one store with 11 Christmas books! Two thrift shop visits later I had a full collection. I even grabbed Easter, Halloween and Valentines Day books to start those holiday collections!
Starting tonight we get dive into the book basket! I don’t know who’s more excited! Me or the kids.
Speaking of Christmas stories…what’s your all time favorite Christmas story?
One of the most asked questions I get is how do I get so many projects done with a house full of kids? And my answer… GET THEM INVOLVED! It not only allows me to have time to be creative but more importantly it helps me encourage them to be creative, express themselves and develop their talents. It also helps them understand the creative process and in my opinion it’s never to early to have a love of art!
At my kids elementary school they are lucky enough to hav ethe PTA sponsored “Reflections” art program. Each year there is a theme and every student is encouraged to enter an art project. This years theme was “Diversity Means” and this is my Blue Birds project titled ” Every Gardens Different.” She did this all my herself, even the hot glue, she was supervised of course and she was so proud of it! It was a treat to see her do each step and get more excited as it came together!
She was so excited to turn in her art work! I hope that as my kids grow up they will will have fun memories of being creative!
I’m back! Well sort of! Summer is still in full swing over here with 4 weeks til school starts but I missed you guys too much and had to check in! We’ve been doing a whole lot of nothing (craft wise) and a whole lot of having fun, relaxing and hanging out!
There has been a whirl wind of crazy (I’ll explain soon enough) that has caused me to put the breaks on and simply just “be!” That will make more sense later! I’ve been a mom, that’s it, for the last few weeks and it has felt sooooooo good!
We did a whole lot of this…
Bikes, scooters, skateboards and anything else that had wheels on it could be found strewn about the front yard usually with three girls attached in some way! Morning till night these girls and I were most likely found in the front yard!
Chuck braved her first ever Pony ride and managed to pick the one pony that was far to comfortable revealing himself as we walked in circles. This was one of the only pictures that wasn’t offensive!
Night time back yard gazing as we tried to find the Firework sounds.
We enjoyed a whole lot of fresh Summer produce! Holy mama!! Have you ever seen such a peach! This bad boy tipped the scales at 1 lb!
And lets not forget all the just plain being silly and goofing off that’s been going on over here!
Lot’s has been keeping us busy! Lots has been keeping me smiling! It’s been a lovely reminder of how blessed I truly am! I have plenty more to share about my crazy Summer but I’ll start here!
Welcome back my online family! I’ll be posting when I have something to share and our Show and Tell Linking party will be back to work as well! Look for it posting tomorrow night with a little giveaway!
Oh how I’ve missed you!
Hummm! I have a little list maker on my hands! Wonder where she gets that from! I love the ” Clean without mom asking” one!
Here I am. I’m 32 and this is what I look like without make up.
I have fine lines around my eyes and uneven skin! My hair is kinky on the bottom and stringy on the top! I look like a 32 year old….not a 24 year old and I LOVE that!
I’ve always loved getting older! I remember when I turned 15 I was thrilled to be half way to 30. I’ve always been ok with my birthday. I can’t ever imagine being someone who lies about her age or dreads tacking on another year!
Aging celebrates growth and lessons learned. It gives value to struggles and even more value to triumphs. Every candle on a birthday cake is earned and should be adored!Think of what you’ve learned, accomplished and survived through over your life time!
I’m 32 and half way to 64 and that makes me smile!
It warms a mothers heart to know that while she’s away her kids are in capable hands! I’ve been getting email updates with photos and the above photo came saying:
” Pony Bun! BAM!”
Shoot! Some days I can’t even get my kids to let me do there hair!
And a field trip to the Library with dad apparently doesn’t include story time or reading. It’s all about hide and seek!
“Hide! Hide! Hide!”
When I called home my kids were having too much fun to notice I was even gone! Bowling, eating out, mini golf, the arcade and a trip to the Gun Show!
Who needs mom!
Man I miss my chickens! Guess all the fun has to come to an end at some point! Sorry kids! Mama’s on her way home!
Thanks everyone for playing along! I had a blast guessing your lies so be sure to go back and reveal your own lie in your comment on the original post found here!
As far as my little lie…shall we figure that one out!
- As a child I trained to be a diver, as in spring board 3 meter and higher. I was recruited to train at the Olympic Training Center in Long Beach, CA at the age of 1o. TRUE!
I started taking diving lessons at the age of 8 and took to it like a fish to water! I had no fear and loved the 3 meter board. I was recruited to train at the McCormicks Diving center in Belmont Shore Olympic center. They train there for the Jr. Olympics and other national competitions. When I went for a tour I chickened out when I saw the huge platforms and never joined the team. Still one of my biggest regrets in life. I did continue diving and was on the Varsity team as a Freshman but my diving “career” came to an end when I slipped in the locker room and broke my toes in three places.
2. I’ve been on American Idol. TRUE!
But only if you count the fact that it was during a recording of the show when they panned the audience!
It was 2007, the year Jordan Sparks won and my dear sweet friend Courtney got us backstage passes and tickets to see a recording. Her husband works for FOX so we got to meet the contestants after the show!
Dancing with the Starts was filming on the stage next door so all the dancers were coming out at the same time so we snapped a few shots with them as well. Hi Cheryl!
Umm yeah! That’s me being me and throwing up my dancer leg! Wish I could still do that!
3.I’m in the process of writing of book that will be published in the fall. It’s a compilation of DIY craft ideas for home and family! FALSE!
As much as I wish that were true it’s not! 10 years ago I introduced myself and when they asked me to include a goal for myself I said I wanted to be a published author in 5 years! Well we all can do simple math and you and I both know I’m about 5 years over due on that one! As fun as I think a DIY book would be, my passions in writing have always been with children’s stories, short stories and I’ve even written the first chapter to a novel. I have a file folder filled with my writing and yet there they sit…doing nothing but reminding me of the fact that I haven’t done anything YET!!! Maybe I need to work on that!
Thanks again for playing!
Happy April Fools Day people! Hope you have some fun planed! For Aprils Fools Day here on BCD I thought it would be fun to play ” two truths and a Lie!” I’ll tell you three things about me. Two of them will be true and one is a lie! Can you guess which one if not true?
- As a child I training to be a diver, as in spring board 3 meter and higher. I was recruited to train at the Olympic Training Center in Long Beach, CA at the age of 1o.
- I’ve been on American Idol.
- I’m In the process of writing of book that will be published in the fall. It’s a compilation of DIY craft ideas for home and family!
Ok! Take a guess! Which one is a lie? Make your guesses in the comments section! And I’ll tell you tomorrow if you were right!
And play along! Leave me two truths and a lie after your comment and I’ll guess along with the others so try to fish out your lie!
My trip to San Fransisco was one I will never forget! The food the sites and the new found shops that made themselves at home in my heart!
My new friend Joan, who I meet while visiting Timeless Treasures, suggested I go check out Bell’occhio just off Market Street. I knew I loved Joan! She has amazing taste and sent me to a unique shop I soon loved!
Bell’occhio was charming and like nothing I had ever seen before! I felt like I was walking a Paris Street and jumped inside a shop that urged me in! This store had the most beautiful displays of the finest ribbon, the most delicate trims, the darlingest stationary and so many other treasures….
This beautiful wall unite displayed fun ways to wrap or store gifts! Hat boxes, bags, colorful string and more!
When you first walk in a canopy bed catches your eye. Atop the bed sits endless ribbon and trim that just begs you to touch it! I’ve never seen such a collection.
Note cards and paper have always been a weakness so when I found my way to the stationary I was in heaven!
These small spoons made from shells and bone were so darling!
This is Claudia, the owner of this amazing shop! For over 20 years she been running this charming business and I can only imagine how rewarding it must feel! Could you imagine being surrounded by beautiful and inspiring things all day long! It was an honor to meet her an dbe a guest in her shop!
Even Martha Stewart Loves Bell’occhio–
“My favorite tiny shop for creative things in San Francisco is Bell’occhio.”
–Martha Stewart 2008
I can’t wait to show off what I create with some of my Bell’occhio finds!