Sep 17, 2015

Happy Constitution Day (U.S.) - Civics Education

Happy Constitution Day!

September 17 is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. 

Visit the Constitution Day website to explore 
Lesson Plans for each grade level.

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Encourage your kids to Talk about their day!

"Tell me something awesome about today!"

That is a question I asked my kids 
at the end of every day when they
were young!

It opened the door to many wonderful
conversations and I was able to "see"
into the hearts of my precious little ones!

creating memories, recycled, reuse, repurpose, homeschool, encouraging conversation
recycled cardboard box, Washi tape,
Echo Park papers (For the Record)
Joy's Life stamps (My Hero)

With school starting, this would be a great way to encourage your children to talk about their day with a positive attitude.

"Tell me something awesome about today."

Let them think for a minute, 'good thoughts,' then jot it down on an index card or let them write it out if they're old enough.  

(helping the teacher pass out papers, encouraging a friend, sitting beside a lonely child on the bus, etc.)

Date it (month, year) and file it under the number date (1-31). 
You'll be creating a beautiful memory file over the years!

Record a Day file box - divider cards

Using my paper scraps, I created divider cards with number stickers and my Joy's Life, My Hero stamp set; so many encouraging sentiments!

The file card box was made with a re-cycled beverage box!

How do you encourage a positive attitude 
in your children?

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Aug 10, 2015

My Book Shelf - Book Lover's Day

Apparently I got Book Lover's Day mixed up 
with today's Lazy Day!

As I was quite lazy yesterday (Sunday) as I 
waited somewhat impatiently for the first 
football game of the season last night. 
Smiley from Millan.Net

But I thought I would share some of my 
current reads with ya today anyway.
Smiley from Millan.Net

 Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman 
actually, I just finished it while participating
with an online book club.

some good lessons learned!

A book that I've been reading through slowly for
some time now, to absorb as much as possible...

I'm currently RE-reading The Harbinger 
by Jonathan Cahn. I was talking about it with
a friend and couldn't remember some of the 
remarkable events, so I'm reading through it 

Did you have a chance to participate in the 
#ProverbsChallenge in July? 31 days/31 Proverbs. 
I did and decided to read them again this month 
along with Gloria Copeland's Hidden Treasures book, 
for a deeper study.

And my all time favorite book to read...God's Word!
nothing makes my heart smile more!

I also like to read nature guides, gardening books and 
cook nerdy, I know.

And I couldn't leave without showing you my little
reading corner in our home library room. 
sitting there now while writing this post! (:

my cozy corner of our home library 

What are you currently reading?
Do you have any good reads
to recommend?

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Jul 28, 2015

HELLO SUNSHINE simple DIY wall art

Hello Sunshine simple DIY wall art using your Cricut


"Some days you just have to create 
your own sunshine!" 

This little gem hangs in the kid's bathroom 
to bring a wee smile each morning.

Hello Sunshine simple DIY wall art

Hubby made this 5x5 inch wooden base 
with a lip to frame my little creation. The 
design paper was cut to size for the background. 
I used my Cricut (electric die-cutting machine) 
to cut out my sunshine image, stamped the 
sentiment and hung it on the wall!

You could easily use a piece of scrap wood 
or a store bought canvas to make this project, too. 

Cricut - Accent Essentials cart.
Joy's Life stamps (Pun in the Sun)
My Mind's Eye Citron background paper & yellow scraps
Mod Podge,  adhesive & Memento ink (embossed)

This is such an easy art concept, think 
of the possibilities for creating 
coordinated decor for your home.

My project was photographed before 
giving it a final top coat seal with 
Mod Podge; resulting in a better 
photo without glare.

Do you enjoy creating 
your own home decor?

Want to see more of my
DIY projects?

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Jun 25, 2015

Cricut gift bag - a pretty way to present a gift card

I'm always looking for different ways to present 
gift cards; fun, pretty, unique designs.

Today I  have a pretty one to share. 
A wee gift bag created with my beloved Cricut.

Cricut gift bag - Happiness Always, Stampin' Up
Cricut gift bag with note card

I always stamp on scrap paper first to "test" the stamp. 
Here, my test came out so well that I used it to create 
a little note card.

Cricut gift bag with note card - Happiness Always, Stampin' Up
Stampin' Up:  cardstock, stamps (Happy Harmony, rt.) and markers.
blue textured paper (unknown), Memento black ink, button recycled from my button jar.

My custom-sized labels were made in the Cricut Craft Room 
using the free basic software.
Creating labels with the Cricut Craft Room software
online Cricut Craft Room screen shot

What's your favorite way
to present gift cards?

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