Thursday, February 10, 2011

Crafts with the kids!

I got a big surprise last night while sitting down to supper. Jayden pops up with " I have to decorate a valentines box for tomorrow!" After a slight moment of panic I went over in my head as I served up supper what we might have on hand to make her box. This was going to be frustrating. Once we started the hunting and gathering this is what we did. It turned out well I think, and was not complicated!

First we had to gather our materials, we grabbed a cereal box, scotch tape, scissors ( and side cutters), pencil, various permanent markers in black, construction paper, stencils, ribbon, tissue paper, some fake roses and other floweres, and wrapping paper.

Then we cut a square out of the cereal box( place to put in the valentines) and then wrapped the whole box with wrapping paper.
We located the hole we made by pressing a bit and poked a hole with pencil in center of that spot. Next we cut out to each corner so that we had 4 triangles. we folded those in after putting a little piece of tap on the point to hold it back.

Next you start your decorating. We picked about 3 flowers and cut the stems a bit long. We bent them a bit and taped them down. We taped a some little white flowers behind our roses we chose to help them stick out. Then we cut out a heart shape out of red construction paper. Wrote a saying in this case, BE MINE. Taped it over the stems so that it looked like a vase or something that was holding the flowers.
We went online to find a printable picture of cupid and printed it out on red paper. Using our stencil we cut a heart around cupid. Then used a larger stencil to cut out white tissue paper in a heart shape. We taped it behind cupid to look like lace.
Added a bow in the corner and a cut out heart on a piece of ribbon with her name and hung it out of the flowers.

We had fun doing this project and were really surprised at how well it turned out since we really only had about half an hour to complete it. I do have to admit though, next time I hope she lets me in on the secret a lot sooner. The snow day that we had the day before would have been a perfect day for such a project!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Follow Me Back Tuesday

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Have you kept your New Years Resolution?

Most of us start off the New Year with a resolution. Maybe we want to lose weight, maybe we want to be more organized. Some of us want to drink less coffee/pop, or maybe you want to reach for a promotion, or grow a home business. Whatever it may be, you will find that most of us have dropped part of if not all of our resolution. It was to difficult. Got boring. Just slipped your mind. Life got in the way. But think about this, we make our New Years Resolution lumping the whole year all together and reach to meet it in one week. We get frustrated and just give up. I think we have all been thinking of it the wrong way. I was reading an article the other day. It really made sense, it was talking about making goals daily. So here is the thinking with this. You start off every day with a goal, or daily resolution. You will also want to rotate your goals. I believe this makes them more attainable. One day you may have a workout related goal/resolution. So you make that goal saying today before I set down at my computer I will do my workout. The next day it may be a step to work on your finances. Whatever it may be if you break it down into daily goals/resolutions, and rotate them, you eliminate the boredom, putting it off and uncertainty of how to approach it and get it done. It gets your full attention and you can reevaluate every day or week. Part of the not doing is a guilty feeling that you may of failed or not have accomplished what you said you would. Making that daily resolution gives you a chance to look at what you have done, make the necessary change and change what you need to change to get there. So go ahead and dedicate a notebook, day planner or whatever you have. Put it next to you computer, on your nightstand, by the coffee pot. Wherever you will see it every morning, write down that resolution, make a plan, and put it into action. You will see progress daily, know that you have met a goal and this is what will keep you moving forward. By the end of the year you will look back and see for yourself that you have met your New Years Resolution by taking the necessary daily steps. You will be proud of yourself!