Sunday, December 30, 2012

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

Recently, my daughter came up to me and said "Why do I have such fat legs? I just hate them!" I was in shock. She is 7 years old and her legs are far from being fat. Immediately I told her that she doesn't have fat legs and that they are beautiful legs, and that even if someone has big legs, they are still beautiful because that is the way God made them. And that the most important thing about her legs is that they work and take her from place to place.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snowman Luminary Jar Craft (tutorial)

I wish that I could say that this adorable idea was mine, but I got the inspiration from my daughter's teacher. When my daughter brought this adorable snowman luminary home from school, I loved it so much that I had to do it with my preschool kids! It's very easy and the parents LOVED it!

Snowman Luminary Jar Craft Tutorial



1 quart mason jar (can also be done with pint jar)
1 men's sock
1 brown pipe cleaner
1"x 2' strip of  felt
rubber band
pom pom
glue gun
white paint (I used tempura)
black or dark colored puff paint
orange puff paint
flameless tea light

Sponge paint the jar white. The kids had a blast with this step! They were so concentrated on it, it was adorable! Allow  at least a few hours dry time before moving on for best results.

Use puff paint to paint eyes, mouth, buttons, and nose. Allow paint to dry overnight before moving on for best results.

 Cut pipe cleaner in half and then fold each side in half and twist so that the ends are forked at the end and opposite side is folded up. Then use glue gun to glue to each side of the snowman.

To make hat: Cut 9" from the top of the sock, and wrap rubber band an inch or two from the the cut side.

Then turn it inside out and place on snowman as desired. Use hot glue to add pom pom on top.

Use scissors to cut ends of felt to look like fray of scarf. Then tie on Snowman. 

Just pop in a flameless tea light and you have an adorable Snowman Lantern. 

I hope you enjoy making this snowman as much as my preschool kids and I did! Thanks so much for reading! Take care and God bless!!

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TGIF Blog Hop 12/20-12/27

Welcome back to the TGIF Blog Hop, hosted by Funny Postpartum LadyOverworked Supermom, and You Know It Happens At Your House Too!

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pirate Cake, arrrgh!

A friend of mine asked me to make a Pirate cake for her son's 4th birthday party this weekend. I love being part of a child's special day.

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Mom's Monday Mingle #33

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Picking up the pieces

This week has been one of the most emotionally draining weeks of my life. I have now heard about 4 shootings that have happened this week, and I can't wrap my head around it.

On Tuesday, there was a shooting at our local mall. A mall that I go to on a regular basis. I watched the news for hours and cried for the 2 lives that were lost. How could something like this happen at OUR mall? How could anyone do this?

I hadn't fully recovered from the tragedy of Tuesday when I heard about the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday morning.

I received a text while I was teaching preschool and immediately felt like my world turned upside down. It was so hard for me to hold it together until my students left, and when they did, I fell apart. As a teacher of young children and a mother of a sweet 7 year old girl, this is so very close to my heart. Like many  across the nation I have cried and mourned for those precious children. For the adults who lost their lives trying to protect them. For their mother's who will never get to hug their babies again. For their families who will not get to see them open presents on Christmas morning. As soon as I was able, I got in my car and drove to my daughter's school and pulled her out of class and just hugged her. The thought of what those poor families are going through just crushes my heart.

Since Friday, I have just felt so completely lost. When I think about it, I just cry. I'm sad, angry, scared, and have so many mixed emotions. I thank the Lord that I still have my sweet precious girl and can't even begin to imagine the heartache the families who lost loved ones are feeling. How do we pick up the pieces after such a horrible tragedy? How will the people of Newtown move on from this? 

The only thing I keep coming back to is prayer. I am praying hard for the families who lost loved ones and for the people of Newtown to heal and begin to move forward with their lives.

If you would like to financially help the victims' families and community, there is an official fund set up by United Way of Western Connecticut. : The Sandy Hook School Support Fund will provide support services to families and the community. All donations to this fund will go directly to those affected.

Remember to be thankful for the loved ones you have in your life. Hug them tight not only today, but every day.

I didn't know any of you, but you will be in my heart always.

Tuesday December 10th, 2012

Cindy Ann Yuille, 54
Steve Forsyth, 45

Friday December 14th, 2012

Victoria Soto, 27
Lauren Rousseau, 30 
Mary Sherlach, 56
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Rachel Davino, 29
Emilie Parker, 6 
Charlotte, 6 
Daniel, 7
Olivia, 6
Josephine, 7
Ana, 6
Dylan, 6
Madeleine, 6
Catherine, 6
Chase, 7
Jesse, 6
James, 6
Grace, 7
Jack, 6
Noah, 6
Caroline, 6
Jessica, 6
Avielle, 6
Benjamin, 6
Allison, 6


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Guest Post: Love Art Baby

Today we have a guest post by Hayley from I am addicted to love reading her blog and I am so excited to share her with you today! She writes about her life with her sweet baby boy, her husband, and her passion for art. She is such an inspiration and if you haven't had the pleasure of reading her blog yet you should definitely check her out. You can also follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Today Hayley wrote a wonderful post, with a sneak peek of her life. Don't miss out on the yummy recipe she included!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Like Me on Facebook #28

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Monday, December 10, 2012

A Few Key Ways to Help You Remember This Year's Holiday Events

Today we have a guest post by Courtney from! She is a very talented writer and I am so honored to have her on my blog today. She writes about a variety of topics: from helpful blogging tips to photography to future mommy topics. You should take a moment and head over to check out her blog.
Today, she has a wonderful post for us about photography this holiday season. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thank you Courtney!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Always make time for the simple things

It's been a busy week. Between school and work I have felt like there isn't even time to breathe. I can't stand when I begin to feel like I'm too busy to enjoy life. Whenever I start to feel overly busy, I take a step back. I try find a simple activity to spend some quality time with The Princess....  Today, I saw a pile of white paper sitting on my desk, I knew what had to be done.


It's such a simple activity, but we really had a blast. We cut so many different designs and now we have a bunch of snowflakes to hang in her bedroom as decorations.

Remember to take a breaks from the busy schedule to enjoy the simple things. Grab a cardboard box and turn it into a rocket ship, build a fort, make memories with your kids. And don't wait too long, because all of the precious moments disappear before you can even realize that they've passed.

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching” 
― Gerard Way

Take care and God bless!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

20 Christmas Countdown Activities for your Advent Calendar

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I love Christmas music and begin listening to it in October at the latest. I can barely wait till the day after Thanksgiving to begin decorating. One thing that I especially love is doing an advent calendar. I had never heard of these growing up. It's such a fun tradition to count down the days!

Last year, I decided to get a calendar that I could fill, rather than the prefilled kind. I wanted one that we could use yearly. I searched for the perfect advent calendar. Finally, I found this one...