Monday, December 30, 2013

Best of the Blog

As we wind up the year, I'm walking down memory lane with the top ten blog posts here that you guys liked the most this year:

10.) 4-Ingredient Homemade Laundry Soap-No boiling, no grating.

9.) Commit-MINT to Church-Minister's Appreciation Gift
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8.) What I'm Reading: When Helping Hurts
I challenge you to read. this. book.  It just may change the way you think of charity and missions!

7.) Letter of the Week Snacks: Letters E & F
You guys were clicking and sharing this one!  Is someone super excited about eclairs and fudge??
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6.) Letter of the Week Snacks: Letter B
Another popular one, I guess a lot of people needed ideas for 'b'?

5.) Summer Fun Series-Lois Ehlert's book "Eating the Alphabet" and 6 activities to go along with it.

4.) Letter of the Week Snacks- 36 Letter C Snack Ideas
Chocolate! Coconut! Corn dogs! Candy Canes!
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3.) ELEMENTS of Summer Fun- Bucket List
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Ahhhh. I'm still pretty proud of how that turned out (it is SUPPOSED to look like the periodic table of the elements.  Close enough. Right?)

2.) Ten Activities for Ten Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
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And the number one, favorite post.........

1.) Friday Funnies-Halloween Costumes
You all went ape crazy for the Google Maps costume!
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 though the E.T. costume featured was pretty popular too:
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There we are.  Another year of blogging in the books.  What will next year bring?  I hope you'll join me for the ride!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Funnies-Social Media Edition

Hope everyone had a good Christmas!  We ate ourselves into a stupor, relaxed at home with each other, and watched A Christmas Story an unbearable number of times.

Here are today's funnies for you...courtesy of social media!

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Ahh the joy of public bathrooms:
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And one Christmas spoof too good NOT to post!
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas to All

Wishing you lots of happy, family time!  I'll be back on Friday with the Friday Funnies!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Funnies (Christmas!)

Christmas is less than a week away!  Celebrate today with these holiday themed funnies.

Technology causes another job loss:

Don't write about armpit infections in your
Christmas letters....

The North Pole must have a branch of OSHA:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

10 (now *29*) Edible Stocking Stuffers (not candy!)

This post has bene updated from 10 to now 29 edible stocking stuffer ideas!
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Do I put candy in our stockings?
Yes, but not much.

I've been brainstorming things that I can put in our stockings this year that are edible treats, but still not candy.  Now I'll share my list with you!  Here's what I've got so far:

  1. Mini bags of Cheeze It crackers
  2. Animal Crackers in the circus themed box
  3. Slim Jim
  4. Granola bars
  5. Bag of microwave popcorn
  6. Oranges or clementines
  7. Applesauce cups (my 3 year old will LOVE this!)
  8. Chewing gum
  9. Hot chocolate packs
  10. Kraft Easy Mac cup
   11. Goldfish Crackers (thanks for the idea in the comments Stephanie!)
   13. Fruit snacks made with real fruit
   14. Kid's Clif Bars
   15. Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk Carton (individual packaging, shelf-stable)
   16. Small boxes of cereal
   17. Beef jerky
   18. Small bag of trail mix
   19. Sunflower seeds 
   20. Honey roasted peanuts
   21. Dried pineapple chunks (YUM!)
   22. Yogurt covered raisins
   23. Lemonade mix
   24. Peanut butter filled pretzels (these are so good and are around $1 for a small package)
   25. Mini can of Pringles chips
   26. Cheese/peanut butter crackers
   27. Jello cups or pudding cups
   28. Chex Mix
   29. Bottle of hot sauce (for those tweens/teens in the house!)

What else would your kids enjoy in their stockings as a snack?

Monday, December 16, 2013

(No candy) Stocking Stuffers

Updated: Now with 109 stocking stuffer ideas!

Christmas is next week--crunch time!

Last year I shared some of our favorite ideas for stocking stuffers that don't involve candy.
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I am reposting, adding ideas, and putting it all into one post this year to help jog our memories as we grab the last minute stocking things (why are stockings always what I do LAST??)

Under 2 yrs old:
1. Socks
2. Bath soap
3. Cute washcloth
4. Gerber Graduates Puffs
5. Winter hat

6. Sippy cup
7. Stroller toy
8. Baggie of cheerios
9. Small board book
10. Rubber ducky
11. Comb/brush
12. Jar of baby food
13. Baby/toddler spoons

2-4 yrs old:
1. Socks 
2. Crayons
3. Homemade playdoh
4. Baggie of Kix cereal
5. Sippy Cups
6. Underwear
7. Small book
8. Bubbles
9. Musical toys (maracas, triangle, etc)
10. Homemade I-Spy bottle
11. Character Toothbrush 
12. Silly Straw

13. Bath fizzies/crayons
14. Floating toy for bathtub
15. Cookie cutters for playdough
16. Stickers
17. Finger puppets
18. Magnetic alphabet letters
19. Stamps & ink pad
20. Winter gloves
21. Bubble bath
22. Matchbox Car
23. Toobz of animals
24. New pillowcase
25. Bubble bath
26. Finger paint
27. Flashlight or Nightlight
28. Little People
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5-7 yrs old:
1. Socks 
2. Tech Deck 
3. Silly Straw
4. Toothbrush
5. paperback book (Magic Treehouse series is popular with this age)
6. Pencils for school
7. Fun bath soap
8. Bath mitt
9. "Shaving" kit
(on sale in stores this time of year, Walmart has Ninja Turtles)
10. DVD (Sugar Creek Gang is a nice one for this age)
11. Kid's toothpaste
12. Glow sticks
13. Silly putty
14. Dot-to-dot books
15. Matchbox cars
16. Glow-in-the-dark stars for the ceiling
17. Harmonica/Recorder
18. Small nerf balls
19. Hackey Sack
20. Pokemon cards 
21. Baseball cards
22. Bananagrams game
23. Monkeys in a Barrell
24. Mini kite
25. Lego mini set
26. Card games (Uno, Old Maid, Go Fish)
27. Soccer socks or shin guards
8-12 yrs old:
1. Socks 
2. Tech Deck 
3. Yo Yo
4. Paperback book 5. Hex Bugs

6. Lego Minifigure or small set
7. New Wallet 
8. Suduko or Word Search book
9. Can of silly string
10. Mini boxes of cereal
11. Earbuds
12. Boxer shorts
13. Small notepads
14. Deodorant/body spray15. Toothbrush

16. DVD 
18. Post it notes
19. Specialty pencils/drawing supplies
20. Small sketchbook
21. Silly straw
22. Card game (Uno, etc)
23. Glow Sticks24. Sharpies

25. Silly Putty
26. Mad Libs book
27. Rubix Cube
28. Compass 
29. New pencil pouch
30. Chapstick
31. Washi tape
32. Rainbow Loom bands
33. Finger Lights
34. Keychain (Lego, Minecraft, Star Wars, etc)
35. Popcorn
35. Beef jerky or Slim Jim
36. Flashcards (multiplication, division)
37. Hair gel/pomade
38. Watch
39. Earbuds

40. Water bottle (Nalgene, etc)
41. Skate wax
*if your child is into skateboarding you know what this is! :)*

Got a great stocking stuffer idea that I left out?
Let me know in the comments!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Funnies--teeth

This week's funnies are all teeth related: in honor of the fact that today I'm having my wisdom tooth removed.

Yes, tooth.  Singular.  I only have one.  *insert wisecrack here about my lack of wisdom*

Enjoy the funnies and think happy thoughts for me this afternoon!

 These kids. These costumes!  Awwww!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

6 Children's Book Your 3 Year Old Needs

Books, specifically children's books, are my soft spot.  I simply can't resist them.  Some are better than others, but luckily for us, we live in a time when there are a lot of quality children's books available.

With holidays coming (I think most of my readers celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Ramadan), this list might help you get a gift idea for the preschoolers in your life.

Here are six books that every 3 year old needs to own:

1. Owen, by Kevin Henkes
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Owen is a sweet little mouse with a very special blanket.  Owen is getting older and can't take the blanket everywhere like he used what will happen to it?
This book is easy for parents to read (not four billion pages long) with a sweet message of growing up.

2. We're Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen
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Didn't we all do this chant at Girl Scout camp?  In board-book format, the book lends itself to sitting together, child on your lap, and following this family's trek.  Fun rhyme and repetitive text hold the attention of young children.

3. The Monster at the end of This Booksesame street book, grover book, monster book, monster at the end of this book
Don't turn the page!  What happens when we get to the MONSTER in the back? Adorable book featuring Sesame Street favorites and fun, fast-paced text.

4. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, by Laura Numeroff

Cause/Effect, sequencing, an adorable little mouse...this book has it all!

5.  Llama Llama Mad at Mama, by Anna Dewdney

Any book in the Llama series is fantastic. This was the first Llama book that I read and the illustrations were cracking me up!  SO funny and any mom and any child can relate to the story!  An absolute must for your bookshelf!

6. Blue Hat Green Hat, by Sandra Boynton

Boynton is a best-selling children's author.  I chose this particular book of hers for three year olds because the text is simple, it reinforces colors, and children can memorize the book and think they are "reading" it...adding to their reading confidence.  The book is comical (silly duck always puts his clothes on wrong. Socks don't go on your duck bill!).  Board book format makes it durable!

What is your child's favorite book?

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