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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Texture and Beauty: Crayon Art and All Across Africa

Recently, I received this beautiful floral arrangement from ProFlowers which was in a vase from Rwanda:
All Across Africa vase
ProFlowers is working with All Across Africa to provide training and teaching to producers in Africa, as well as healthcare for 18,000+ people. One of these vases from Africa can help a child go to school for 2 months. So, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful flowers, but when we buy these vases, we get to help others too!

The thing I loved most about this arrangement was the color and texture. With this in mind, my boys and I made some art of our own...crayon dot art!
Crayon dot art
We had fun experimenting with texture and color by holding crayons over a candle and then pressing it onto cardstock paper. I love the different texture this provided our "art" and my boys had fun too :).  I think my 9 year old could get into modern art!

Some of my other favorite crafts with texture that we have done are:
Sand Art, Puffy Paint, Taggie Balls, Sensory Balloons, and Embroidered Cards.
Thank you Pieces by Polly for the fun idea! I’ll be linking up to Making Your Home Sing Sunday, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, Best Mom Advice,

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sports Cupcakes

My boys had a combined birthday party last month, and since they are both playing sports right now, I thought these cupcakes were perfect:
Sport Cupcakes
I had a mixture of cupcakes (chocolate and vanilla) and only used two cans of frosting for the 48 cupcakes I made (chocolate and vanilla).

For the basketball cupcakes, I used red and yellow food coloring in vanilla frosting to make orange. I spread that on, and then piped chocolate frosting on to make the lines.

For the baseball, I frosted the cupcakes with vanilla frosting, and colored a little bit of vanilla frosting red to pipe the laces on.

For the football, I covered the cupcakes in chocolate frosting and piped vanilla frosting on for the laces.

For the soccer ball, I frosted the cupcakes with vanilla. Then, I piped hexagons onto it with chocolate frosting and filled in some of the hexagons.

I found sport invitations, plates, napkins and cups at Dollar Tree which tied it all together.
I’ll be linking up to Making Your Home Sing Sunday, Clever Chicks Blog Hop, Best Mom Advice,

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Room for Hope book review

I'm at the stage of life where I don't feel like I have the time to sit down and read...during the day, my toddler insists that I would much rather read board books, and by the time she's in bed, I'm too exhausted to want to read. However, once I started reading Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer, I really enjoyed it! (I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.)

Sawyer's writing style is relaxed, and doesn't have an overly complex plot. When I sit down to read, I want to relax and not have to process what I'm reading too much. Maybe it sounds silly, but I just don't want to think too hard. Anyhow, I loved the main character Neva and learned a lot from her in ways I can improve my own life in order to become a better person. This is a Christian fictional book and refers to Christianity with regularity, but is relates easily to many Christian sects.

All-in-all, I fell more in love with the characters as I got further into the book and was even thrown for a loop at one of the plot twists. I love that there were no swear words or risque scenes in this book and recommend it to anyone who loves religious fiction books. It is a beautiful story about finding love and hope despite the challenges life throws at you.

Monday, May 9, 2016

When the Tooth Fairy Doesn't Come

Recently my 9 year old lost another tooth. I never realized until we entered the tooth-losing stage of life how often this happens! The next morning I found him under my bed in a foul mood, and when I asked why, he told me the tooth fairy never came. He was heart-broken, and my heart broke a little for him. Thankfully, our tooth-fairy was able to sneak in during the day while he was at school and left a sweet note under his pillow (with a small bonus for her tardiness):
Tooth Fairy Apology Note
My son found it and said it all made perfect sense now, and that he's never throwing that note away.
Has the tooth fairy ever not shown up at your house? What was her reason?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Plastic Spoon Butterflies

My toddler pronounces butterfly as "blublubluh!" and it's the cutest thing ever! We decorated her room with butterflies and she loves finding them in books. My boys love to catch them and chase them while I remind them constantly to be gentle. Basically, we all love them, so these plastic spoon butterflies were the perfect craft for us.
Plastic Spoon Butterflies


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