Monday, February 18, 2013

Pay It Forward

Firstly, I wanted to share a blog I've just found and where the idea of today's post came from.  Please take a minute to visit Amy at Clippie Dips.  She has a wonderful blog and it has probably one of the brightest, cutest layouts I've seen.  I really love all the colors and it's causing me to think about overhauling my layout.
I found Amy's blog from one of the many linky parties I like to visit.  She posted a tutorial on making her DIY Project Board.  Isn't that a great idea?

Clippie Dips

Now onto the real reason for my post.  Amy wrote about Pay It Forward.  I emailed her and was one of the commenters she picked to join in.



The first 5 people to comment and leave their email and blog address will receive from me, sometime in the calendar year, a small gift - a handmade card, a hair clip, some stolen idea from another blogger - something handmade by me - as a surprise in the mail.

There will be no warning but once I know that the recipient has indeed received their gift in the mail, I will blog about the gift I sent and count down the five surprises with all my blog readers.

The catch:

Those five people will then have to make the same offer on their blog.

That's called Pay it Forward.  What a neat idea, huh?

Thanks Amy for turning me onto this wonderful idea.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Pinspiring Projects: Valentine's Shirt

Pinterest, as I'm sure some of you already know, is an addictive time-suck of gigantic proportions.  Hubz always rolls his eyes when I say "I found this on Pinterest" or "today on Pinterest".  He knows the rest of the sentence is probably gonna cost him either money or time.  Such is life, huh?

So...I found this on Pinterest.  Hazel and Company shared a tutorial on making a very cute Valentine's Day shirt. Hazel calls this her Polka Dotty Heart Top.  Look at how cute it is.  I knew Bean would love one of her own so...I totally copycatted Hazel's idea!

I folded my freezer paper in half and cut half a heart out making a full heart once you open up the paper.  Those were skillz I learned straight outta First Grade, yo!  About time they came in handy.  Then I ironed the freezer paper down and Bean set off putting down her paint dots.

She did a great job and filled the heart space up completely.

She wore it to her class Valentine's Day party.  I thought she made a very pretty Valentine!

So thank you, Hazel, for such a cute and easy idea.  I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Bean Interview - 5th Birthday

I am totally stealing today's blog post from a couple of other blogs but I honestly do not remember who I'm stealing this from.  So if I lifted this idea off of you, let me know and I'll gladly give you credit.  I'm not sure if theft by forgetfulness is an actual acceptable defense but that's what I'm going with.

The general idea is to ask your child the same set of questions on every birthday until they head off to college.  As you can see, since I'm starting this tradition on her 5th birthday, I've been a little slack in my job as an interviewer.  Hey, can I help if I didn't steal someone else's original idea sooner?

So here we go!

The Bean Interview on Her 5th (or a little bit later) Birthday!

1.  What is your name?   Bean.

2.  If you could change your name, what new name would you choose?  Savannah  (her cousin)

3.  How old are you?  5.

4.  When is your birthday?  Sunday.  (Her party was on a Sunday.)

5.  What is your favorite color?  Pink.  

6.  What is your favorite song?  Princess.  (She has princess songs on her LeapPad.)

7.  What is your favorite food?  Carrots and corn.

8.  What food do you dislike the most?  Broccoli

9.  What is your favorite place to eat?  Cracker Bell.  (Cracker Barrel)

10.  Who is your best friend? Xandry.

11.  What is your favorite book?  The bird book.  The princess book.  And the bunny book.

12.  What is your favorite toy?  Snowglobe.  And the Cinderella doll, too.

13. What is your favorite movie?   Brave

14.  How do you like to spend your time?   With Mommy and Daddy.  (Ain't she precious!)

15.  What is your Mommy’s name?   Mommy.

16.  How old is Mommy?  .Too old.   (Precious my butt!)

17.  What does Mommy do during the day?  She works.  And she eats lunch.  And takes phone calls and works on papers.

18.  What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy? Spending time together.  (Huh?  Whad'ja say?  These "too old" ears can't hear you.)

19.  What is your Daddy’s name?  Daddy.

20.  How old is Daddy?  100.  (Ha!  That's what he gets for snickering at her earlier answer.)

21.  What does Daddy do during the day?  He works, too.  

22.  What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?  Play together.

23.  What is your favorite thing that happened last year?  The park.  (So the bar is set really low for this year!)

24.  What are you looking forward to doing this year? play.

25.  Where would you like to go on vacation this year?  Florida.

26.  What will your job be when you grow up? A mermaid.

27.  Where do you want to live when you grow up?  In a house.

28.  Do you want to get married someday?   No.

Beanism - Smile when you don't want to

The other day as I picked Bean up from school, a little boy ran up to me and said "Bean is my girlfriend!"

I thought "Kid, if you value your life...".

I looked over at Bean and she had a silly smirk on her face.  Then she gets a mean mug on and looks at me and says "No, Mommy! I'm not anyone's girlfriend!"

So I just smiled at the little boy and thought "See there Stud Muffin!"

When we got in the car, Bean said "Mommy, I'm not anyone's girlfriend.  But sometimes when I'm mad I still have a smile on my face."

I guess that's a good thing.  Grace under pressure.

But Stud Muffin better watch out!