This is a great game for kinesthetic learners - you need to stretch, jump and run, all while practicing spelling words!
I have anxiety.
I've always had it. It's as much a part of my personality as my love of reading and my vivid imagination.
Doctors used to ask me when it first developed and I would answer with a quizzical look. It was like asking when I developed the habit of breathing - before I can even remember.
When Kay was younger, I used to congratulate myself. Other parents would say things like, "All my 4 year old wants to do is watch TV" or "I can't get my 5 year old off the tablet" and I'd smile to myself. Kay wanted to be outside and moving around; apparently I had it easy.
Now she's almost 8 and the TV has a lot more allure than before. This was the first summer where she would have rather play a game on the computer than play a game outside. What happened to my little athlete, and, more importantly, how could I encourage her to be creative when she was content staring at a screen?
Homemade toys are so my thing. I'm not talking complicated, beautifully-made wooden dollhouse or hand-carved trucks, although those are wonderful. I mean the old-fashioned, make a fort out of a box or turn a paper towel roll into a megaphone.
This time of year, especially, with all the gimmes and the "I want..." wishes coming from everywhere, it's especially nice to get back to the simple. I wanted this rocket ship craft to be something Kay and I could make together, but that would be sturdy enough for her to play with. Sucess!
This year I was determined to make my own Christmas cards. Pretty ambitious considering most years I barely even manage to get them mailed before New Year's - if at all!
But with a new Cuttlebug embossing machine, I was ready to take on the world - or at least, our Christmas card list. I came up with this simple design and was able to put these together pretty quickly.
Anyone else surprised the holidays are coming up so quickly? Sure, it happens every year, and every year I'm caught off-guard by it!
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Summer days seem to go by so much more quickly. We spend most of the days outside, where Kay can get her fill of running, playing, hanging upside down (don't ask!). Then comes the winter.
Sure, we still go outside. But the bitter cold New England temperatures keeps us inside more often than not.
There's something about wood slices I just love. The rustic look, the gorgeous wood grains, the feeling of bring nature indoors? I don't know, but this season I think almost everyone I know is getting a homemade wood slice ornament from me (shhh...don't tell!).
These particular ones were super-easy. With a Cricut machine at my disposal and a quiet house, I was able to design them (which is my way of saying "pick out cute fonts and images") and put them together pretty quickly.
I just love the feel of holding a "real" book in my hands. Which pretty much means I can never have too many bookmarks. Sure, you can just use a scrap of paper (and I certainly do that, too!) but these DIY bookmarks are easy to make and way more fun to come back to!
I'm on a homemade card-making kick. Every birthday, every random holiday finds me making a card for the occasion. My current project has been Christmas cards.
Yep, I'm pretty proud to say I have all our Christmas cards homemade for this year. (Don't feel too bad - it's never happened before in my life and will likely never happen again. I'm usually the person who around mid-December thinks, "Oh, yeah!" and picks up a pack of greeting cards at the dollar store!)