Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hand Turkey Craft


Earlier this week Big Sister and I decided to do a craft. I wanted to put up some Thanksgiving decorations and this would be the perfect solution! It was a simple craft that I had seen, maybe even done, when I was younger.

Supplies:
Scissors
Glue
Tape
String
(2) Sheets of Tan Cardstock Paper
(1) Sheet of Red Cardstock Paper (I actually used scraps because we didn't need a whole sheet)
(1) Sheet Orange Cardstock Paper (I actually used scraps because we didn't need a whole sheet)
Brown Paint
(1) Sheet Dark Brown Cardstock Paper (I actually used scraps because we didn't need a whole sheet)
(3) 2mm 9" x 12"  Foam Sheets (we used red, yellow, and neon green)
Glue on Wiggly Eyes

All supplies can be found at craft stores like JoAnn or Micheals.

First, we Painted our hands with the brown paint. Then we pressed our hands on the Tan Cardstock Paper. We let the paint dry, then, cut out the hand prints leaving about a 1/4 inch boarder around them. We cut tear drop shapes out of the Foam Sheets for my handprint since they were big and thin feather shaped ones for Big Sister's handprint, 3 per handprint and one of each color. If you don't have foam sheets you can use different colors of Cardstock, the Foam just gives them a little more dimension. Next, we cut out triangles on the Orange Cardstock for each handprint to use as beaks. Then, we used the Red Cardstock to cut out wavy shapes to use as the caruncles that are under the beak.Then, we cut out 1 inch long thin strips to make into feet for our turkey. After we had everything cut out we pasted everything in place, putting the tear drop feathers in between the four fingers. We used the thumbs are the head and pasted on a wiggle eye, the beak, and the caruncles. After we pasted on the legs, we taped the back all of the turkeys in a row to a string so that we could hang them above the sink. You can make as many or as few of the turkeys, but the more you do the more supplies you will need!




Big Sister enjoyed having her hand painted and helping me press down the wiggly eyes to glue them on, but that is about as much help as she was during this craft since she is only 2. If you want more involvement from your kids, I suggest trying this craft with older kids, especially ones that know how to used scissors safely and correctly!

Have fun and enjoy Dear followers!
Kelsey

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Monday, November 14, 2011

After Lunch - Table Madness

Why is it that the kitchen table is always the dumping ground. At any given time if you walk into my home, there are stacks of papers or various items sitting on the kitchen table. It seems like every time I clean it off within 5 minutes SOMETHING appears on it. I don't know how to combat this problem, any ideas?

I thought you'd enjoy a photo of our after lunch table display complete with Little People Car, empty plate and jello cup, Sippy, Plush Pig (because Big Sister loves Pigs), Little Sister's Bumbo Chair (greatest invention EVER), and Little Sister's Formula and bottles... beyond the Formula what you can't see is my stack of samples for the interior design of our new house, coupons, and various other papers that came in the mail.

Have a lovely day dear followers, I'm off to go play out side while the girls are napping!
Kelsey

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

What's on Your Fridge?



I have NO idea why it is SO interesting to see what other people (especially people you don't really know) have in their home, but it is. What is their "style" and how to they decorate their home? I'm guessing that is why we have shows on TV like MTV Cribs and Extreme Home Makeover.

I came across a post by Julie, the Cloth Diaper Geek and decided to join in on something fun going around the blogs today that was started by Dirty Diaper Laundry! I just couldn't resist being a part of this linky! I have to admit that it took all I had, not to change anything on the fridge... And I spared you the photo of the top of my fridge. I am going to keep that a secret for now,well except for my Word Bird, pictured here on the right! I thought it was cute... So you can get a glimpse of it, instead of the whole messy top of the fridge!

Left Side
A- Empty Dry Erase Board, since I rarely use it... probably because it is on the left side and not the front...
B- Names and Addresses of people that serve on the local Animal Shelter's Board of Directors, I am the Secretary.
C- My Cousin's Baby Birth Announcement (2010)
D- Names and Addresses of my church members
E- Names and Phone Numbers of volunteers and services we use frequently for our Non Profit Organization
F- Another Dry Erase Board, this one has "Grocery List on Calender Tear Off" written on it.

Front
A- Bank Note Pad on top of the stack, under there are old Baby Well Check visit slips for my girls.
B- Receipt held on by a star fish magnet.
C- Big Sister's Birth Announcement held on by a magnet with a magnet that has 2 unicorns on it in a sunflower field and says "There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved" and a magnet Poison Helpline magnet (it is the one with the red border)
D- Tylenol Dosage Chart for Babies and young children from my family doctor.
E- Little Sister's Birth Announcement held on by a Magnet that is three cartoon looking cows
F- Fetal Movement and Preterm Labor Symptoms chart from my family doctor... guess that one can come down since I'm not pregnant, hehe
G- Flip Flop Magnet that used to hold a note pad, but it is broken... needs to come down too, hehe
H- Magnetic Bracelet I took off after church and left on the fridge
I- Invitation to our Girl's Family Get Away, that took place in May
J- Business Card (you can barely see it)
K- Save the date for my niece's wedding, which was in October
L- Random Business Magnet that I have no idea where is came from...
M- Chip Clip Magnet
N- Business Card for the local Consignment shop held on by a Precious Moments Magnet of a little boy dressed as a clown.
O- Christmas Photo Card of my sister and her kids from 2010
P- Mom's Plan It Calendar, LOVE this! There is space to write each family member's name on the left. It is correct and open to November 2011.

Right Side
A- Coloring Sheet from Church that Big Sister Colored, it is says "Trust in the name of the Lord. Isaiah 50:10"
B- Baby Sister Notes Dry Erase Magnetic Sheet, it is partially hidden under item A
C- Another Coloring Sheet from Church that Big Sister Colored. It is Joseph's Coat Pattern.
D- The Bright Pink Paper, Mother's Day Card with Big Sister's Hands and Foot making a Butterfly that a friend of mine helped Big Sister Make for me last year! LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! There is another one of those Poison Helpline Magnets a the corner of it too, hehe.
E- Indiana Horse Rescue "Save The Horses" Car Magnet
F- Article from local newspaper about our Pastor and his Youth Program from 2009... probably could come down now too, hehe
G- Learning Sheet from Church about Luke 19:1-10 when Zacchaeus Learned About God's Love. There is a Maze with in the tree but Big Sister just scribbled all over it. It is held on by an magnet made out of a Pepsi can in the shape of a horse but it is hard to see because it is partially covered by item F.
H- Walgreens Magnet that is doing nothing... we don't use Walgreens very often...

Note how everything is above toddler height so that Big Sister doesn't pull anything off and shred it. She has this thing about tearing anything paper into teeny tiny pieces and the balling them up.

Well, I hope you all enjoy What's on my Fridge! Now I have to go change it!






Have a great day dear followers!
Kelsey

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Barney Live Ticket Winner!

Thank you to those that entered the Giveaway!



Our Winner for the Family Four Pack of Tickets to Barney Live in Concert - Birthday Bash on November 17, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana is...



Congratulations Kristen B.!
I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and enjoy the show! I will be sending you an e-mail shortly to confirm your win!

Please make sure you all check my blog after November 17th as I will be posting a review of the show!

Have a wonderful day dear followers!
Kelsey

Friday, November 04, 2011

Guest Post: A Non-Mom View on Diapering



I am a married woman, with no kids on the horizon just yet, but still I find myself thinking about diapers. Again. Does this seem strange to anyone else?  Still, I know plenty of moms, and I have changed plenty of diapers, so it’s not as if I am a complete noob—there’s just no reason for me to be contemplating cloth vs. disposable at this time in my life.  Well, actually *this* time I do have an excuse: my sister just had a baby! No matter the reason, I have diapers on the brain, so…here goes.

Not being a mom (I’ve heard it matters), I cannot imagine dealing so closely with that much human waste! With cloth diapers, you have more to do with it, right? I mean you empty it into the toilet, and then you wash them, right?  And if you are out and about, you have to carry it around…so that ups the ick factor. Until you think about using disposables instead…what, so I am just going to gift wrap poo and leave it out for others to deal with many years later in the landfill? I might as well set it on fire on my neighbor’s porch!  And just how many diapers go to the landfill?!…the thought of a poo mountain just sitting there staggers (and, I’ll admit it, amuses) me.

I’ve heard the argument that washing cloth diapers increases fuel consumption and is just as bad for the environment, but that doesn’t sound right to me…didn’t they use fuel to make the disposables, and then all that packaging? Not to mention they don’t degrade and take up landfill space. So I think cloth wins out in the green argument; though I’ll have to check the stats.

But what is right for my (hypothetical) child?  Good question! I can see pros and cons to either disposable or cloth. With disposable, they have neat technology where you can see quickly whether it’s wet, I think the fit is better (no leaks), and it is more sanitary (no build of bacteria to contend with). Not to mention there is less laundry. BUT they are full of chemicals, which is can be bad for the baby’s skin and smell bad, and we’ve discussed the trash issue.  Cloth diapers are cute (you can get designers these days) eco-friendly, and soft against your baby, but then again they aren’t as convenient, and require the aforementioned waste handling and washing.  Still, when answering better for the baby, I think the point goes to cloth, again.

So, I think I will be using cloth diapers, taking the suggestion of RuralMama here which is best. I’ll be sure check back with you when I do have kids, and to let you know whether my decision stands.

Rebekah W.
www.becktacularity.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Double Stroller on a Budget



I recently attended my niece's wedding in Indianapolis. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding with a Christmas theme. In preparation for this wedding I had to go shopping for something nice to wear, since my mommy attire of jeans and a t-shirt would have been frowned upon. A friend and I, along with both girls went to the mall to find our perfect outfits. I'm not big into shopping like most gals, when I go shopping I want in and out as fast as possible.

During this time, I owned a regular stroller and an umbrella stroller to use for outings, except during this particular outing I had forgotten to put the regular stroller back in my van. I was left with a tiny umbrella stroller and two young children trudging through the mall. After carrying around my 8 month old all day, I was seriously considering the need for a double stroller. I don't take both girls out by myself very often due to the fact that I can't push 2 strollers at once nor do I want to try to wrangle a 2 year old (especially during a meltdown) and attempt to watch the baby in the stroller, all at once. I did a little research online and couldn't believe how expensive double strollers could be. I also didn't like the fact that the cheapest umbrella style double strollers were too wide to fit through most shop doorways. So, I started looking for alternatives and I found a cool solution that I think is going to work out GREAT!

I came across the Prince Lionheart Stroller Connectors at Diapers.com. They are made out of 100% recycled material but feel very tough and durable. I decided to look for an inexpensive umbrella stroller to pair with the one I already had. When the stroller and connectors came in the mail I was super excited to test them out! I skipped the instructions due to my excitement and connectors proved to be pretty easy to figure out how to open, adjust, and connect each stroller together. The umbrella strollers I now have are totally different in size, but the connectors still worked fine and I was able to push the girls around with ease! What a cool solution! Ideally, I think it would be best to stick to two strollers of the same brand and size, but for my situation it worked out perfect anyway. The connectors also allow me the freedom to use just one of the strollers if I choose to or for my husband and I to push the girls separately while we are out and about.

The Prince Lionheart Stroller Connectors only cost me $12.99 at Diapers.com! What a great deal for a family on a budget and the convenience of a double stroller yet the option to go single!

Have a wonderful day dear followers!
Kelsey

Disclaimer: I bought this product on my own and was not compensated in any way for this review, I just really like the product! Please note that this post is my opinion and I nor Diapers.com nor the makers of the Prince Lionheart Stroller Connectors promise or guarantee that this product will work for everyone.



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Kubota Kid Safety Kit Winner!



We finally have a winner for the Kubota Kid Safety Kit as well!



Congratulations Jennifer L!
Wow that was fun! Selecting 2 winners in one day is awesome!

Have a wonderful Wednesday dear Followers!
Kelsey

Fuzzi Bunz Winner!



I know you are all waiting anxiously! I have picked the winner of the One Size FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper via Random.org!





Amy M. Congratulations! 

I will be e-mailing you shortly to verify your win!

Thanks and have a GREAT Day dear Followers!
Kelsey

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