Sunday, April 29, 2012

no sew felt flower pillow

So I saw this amazingly cute felt flower pillow at Hobby Lobby the other day and decided I wanted to make one.  So here's what I did.  I just cut pedals out of scraps of pinks that I had and then hot glued them on to a pillow.  It was so simple and didn't cost me a thing.
The best part about it was when my daughter woke up the next morning and saw it.  She squealed and immediately went and put her head on it.  I guess it's hers now! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

chore chart tutorial

I finally decided on how I wanted to do my kids chore charts.  I don't know why it has been so hard for me to commit to one.  It's just a chore chart!  But those are the types of things that I get stuck on.
So here goes it.  It was simple, cheap, and quick.  All you have to do is know how to color, cut, and glue.  And all the child needs to be able to do is tell what the picture is of.  It only costs about $5 (plus glue cost-I already had it).  And you can finish it while you watch a movie.

You will need:
White Card Stock
Black Sharpie Pen
E-6000 Glue
Clear Rocks
 Trace your rock with your sharpie.
 Draw a picture to describe the job.  Remember that you will be cutting on the inside of the line.  Allow your picture to fit.
 Color your picture.  I have found that two tone colors have a nice effect and show through the rock well.

 Make sure to keep your rocks in order since each is shaped differently.
 Cut out your circle and put a dab of glue on the middle of the picture.  You will use the pressure your put on the rock to spread the glue until it covers the whole picture.
 Allow time to dry.
 When dry flip them over and use the same gluing method for the magnets.
 Be sure to lay them far apart when drying the magnets so they don't attract.  This will cause problems. :)
 When dry, place on magnetic board.  I simply wrote on mine with an EXPO marker.  The jobs that don't have to be done that day are next to the name.  The ones that need to be done are in the "do" pile.  When a job is completed it is simply slid over to the "done" side.
Jobs pictured:
Scripture Reading
Get Dressed
Make Bed
Feed Fish
Pick up Toys
Brush Teeth
Say Prayers
Take out Trash
Set Table

Jobs not pictured above:
Still need to make:
Snow shovel

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Lesson

I made this little Easter Lesson for my kids. It was great. I drew the pictures for the points I wanted to discuss with my kids.
1. Jesus was born on Earth
2. His life was dedicated to teaching and setting an example
3. Not everyone accepted him. He atoned for our sins and died on the cross
4. He was buried in a tomb
5. The tomb was empty 3 days later because Jesus resurrected
6. Many witness saw the resurrected Christ. We will all live again thanks to Jesus overcoming death for us
They took turns opening the eggs and getting the drawings out. We then matched them to the pictures and discussed the story. It was a huge success and I am so thankful we did it.
It was a powerful experience to remember, study, share, and teach about the plan of salvation.

Friday, April 6, 2012

easter baskets

I finally finished the kids Easter Baskets. I LOVE how they turned out. I saw this idea of using fruit baskets on pintrest and knew instantly I wanted to do it. My kids had fun choosing their own ribbon to make them "theirs".
The baskets were only $3 each. Then $2 (each) for ribbon and a can of $3 spray paint and I was done. Not bad for $12! I love that they are unique.

Monday, April 2, 2012

weather station

At the beginning of the year we read a lot of books about weather and studied the different types of weather that we experience. The kids had fun making these weather plates so that we could display the type of weather we have each day.
Anytime you make what you learned in to something you understand it better. We had so many different conversations about each type of weather as we made these.