Happy Mother’s Day!

Here’s to my wonderful Mom who I am so grateful for.  She is beautiful, strong, funny and charismatic, beyond intelligent, caring, loving, intuitive, determined, and very creative.  If you thought I was creative, my Mom can certainly top me any day of the week.  I am so fortunate to have a Mom like her.  I love you Mom and can’t thank you enough for everything throughout the years.  I can only simple sum it up by saying you are truly amazing.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

And to the other part of Mother’s Day that I am truly grateful for as well in my life, my wonderful family.  Here are to my girls and my husband who make every day eventful and beautiful.  I love you all more than the moon and the stars as we say in our house.  All I can say is WOW!  I am a very lucky person to be so fortunate to be loved and to love.

I have to end my little post for Mother’s Day with a favorite quote of mine.  I love quotes by the way.  I have a new one posted in my classroom everyday.

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”


Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!

Enjoy your day!

Mother’s Day Photo Collage Project

I had the opportunity to go and teach a project at my daughter’s second grade class.  I thought it would be fun to incorporate the collage process while making a great project for Mother’s Day.  Can’t forget Mom’s!  This is an excellent project for grades K-6 and very inexpensive for classes with large numbers and the final product looks amazing.

My daughter Emma’s class has 33 students.  Yes, I know that’s huge.  Long gone are the days of small class sizes if you have your son or daughter in a public school.  So, this is a very feasible project for a large size classroom on a tight budget.

I got all of my supplies from Michael’s.  Remember don’t forget your coupons.  I found the cut out flower chipboard pieces in the dollar bin along with the acrylic butterflies.

Here’s what you will need:

  • I pkg. of the flower chipboard (comes with 5)
  • 1pkg. of acrylic butterflies (comes with 4)
  • 1 piece of ribbon (I chose light pink.)
  • 2 pieces of decorative scrapbook paper (One was double sided.)
  • Gloss or matt modge podge ( I used the gloss.)
  • Container to put the modge podge in
  • 1 paint or foam brush
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Stick on rhinestones (optional)
  • 1 kids photo

Start by cutting the decorative scrapbook paper into small rectangle/square pieces.  These do not have to be exact.  Older kids can be given strips of the decorative scrapbook paper and can cut the strips into the individual rectangle/square pieces themselves.  Also, if you are trying to save time on the project, you can pre-cut these pieces.

Next, either modge podge or glue the pieces of paper down using a glue stick.  Kids will need to cover the entire flower shape.  Pieces of paper will be overlapping, as well as, hanging off the flower shape.

Trim the excess paper off of the edges of the flower.  If your child is younger (K-2), you may want to do this for them.

Modge podge the surface of the flower using a paint brush and let it dry completely. Make sure that the surface isn’t tacky.

Have the child put their picture in the center of the flower.

Hot glue the acrylic butterfly to one of the corners. Tie a couple of pieces of ribbon to the top of the flower.   Embellish with some stick on rhinestones, glitter glue, or leave just as is.   Now, you have a great looking gift for Mom for Mother’s Day for less than $2.00 per project.  Enjoy!

Days of the Week

I don’t know about you guys, but mornings are crazy around our house.  It seems like something always happens or comes up at the last minute.  I made these cute labels to help my daughter coordinate her outfits for the week.  She helps pick  out her clothes on Sunday. This way we don’t have to argue or take the time to figure out what she is going to wear that morning. If she wants to switch them out as the week goes along because of changes in the weather or if she just feels like it, all she has to do is swap the tags.  Now, don’t get me wrong, we don’t use these religiously, but when we do, this really does help.

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 Click to Open Image and Right Click to Save High Resolution JPG.

I used Super 77 to adhere the printed page to a  heavy card stock and then I laminated  and punched them.

I Hope this idea helps make your mornings just a little bit easier and maybe less hectic at your household.

Easter at the Beach

All of my family came to visit for Spring Break and Easter.  My sister and her family is from Seattle and they have had a ton of rain lately.  She was very excited about all of the nice weather that we were having.  So, all of us packed up the cars and headed to the beach.  It was such a beautiful day.  

Lots of kite flying was taking place.  This was one of the big kites that were being flown.  My niece and nephew received kites for Easter.  We all did some kite flying which was lots of fun.

Here are our kites in the sky.  What a picture perfect day.

Daddy and Lily had fun playing on the beach.  Lots of sand castles were being built.

Seagulls were out and about doing their usual scavenging for any little bit of food.

My niece, Maddy, having fun .

Mikey, my nephew, so excited to be at the beach.

My girls getting their feet wet.

All and all a great day and a wonderful Easter at the beach.

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