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#Thanksgivingcraft to treasure and keep - fun easy and inexpensive #grateful craft for #Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 2:43 PM Comments comments (0)
This is a repost from last year...and I still love these so I had to share again.  They were such a hit last year at the dinner table every guest felt special and loved the fact that my daughter created each one especially for them!!  My daughter and I loved these so much that we are using again this year for our guest place mats.  A #Thanksgivingcraft to treasure and keep!!  They are fun, easy and inexpensive to make (my motto)...What better way to show your children's love and #gratitude for their family and friends by creating unique place mats for all of your guests on #Thanksgiving Day!
 
What you will need to create these special take home treasures:

1. Orange, brown, yellow or white construction paper.
2. Different colored pencils, markers, crayons to create their masterpieces.
3. Scissors if paper needs to be trimmed to fit your laminator.
4. Miscellaneous Thanksgiving stickers (optional).
5. Paper laminator.  Caution:  adult should always supervise this activity as the laminator gets very hot!  If you do not have a laminator, you could use a thicker paper (i.e. poster board or paper cover sheets/pre-laminated sheets purchased at any office supply store.
6. Your child's imagination.

#thanksgivingcraftsCreate each place mat unique for each guest.
 
Use your child's hand to trace to make the turkey.  Then have them decorate, color or use stickers to make as intricate as they choose. You can label each place mat and then use them as place cards too!



What we learned:  Lots of stuff!  How to use our hands to make turkeys, how to draw leaves, colors of #Thanksgiving and fall, practiced hand writing names, worked on letters and spelling, practiced writing name, creativity, strengthening hands by cutting, using the laminating machine and practiced safety lessons.
 

I love crafts that reinforce learning!
 
What we shared:  Lots of fun!  Getting into the holiday spirit, memories, useful craft that we will have many uses (a #Thanksgiving Day card, place mat, place card and take home gift for our guests), creative ideas and a fun afternoon of spending time together.




May your #Thanksgiving holiday be filled with peace, blessings and many things to be #grateful for....may you take the time to enjoy the time with your family, friends and kids.  Grab some paper and create some special memories this #Thanksgiving and make these place cmats.  They are easy, fun and inexpensive to make.  #Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours.   All of my best, Dyan

It's #ThankfulThursday - What are you #thankful for? #Flowers -

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 2:22 PM Comments comments (0)
Yesterday, my daughter and I decided to take a #naturewalk with some friends.  The two girls were going crazy stopping and picking every wildflower and #flower from every bush, plant and tree they could find.   It was a beautiful fall day and I was #thankful for the moment spent with my child and friend.  My friend and I delighted in watching our daughters enjoy the #naturewalk as much as we did. 

I didn't realize that my daughter had picked so many #flowers until we arrived home and I asked her to take them out of her back pack before they all died and wilted.  She asked me for a bowl to put them in water.  She took her time arranging each and every #flower as if she was working on a masterpiece.  I guess in away she was, her masterpiece, she took each #flower one by one and delicately arranged them in each bowl.  At one point, she told me she even wanted to be a florist as well as a vet when she grows up!

As you can see, she arranged them beautifully!!  We have set them out on our kitchen  table to enjoy!  I don't think my friend did, but that is ok....this is our "thing"  making something out of something to enjoy without spending any money.  Stopping and smelling the roses of life.  Taking the time and making the time together to create memories that last a lifetime.  Making us both better, #momskidsandfriends.  

We are fortunate enough to live, where there are still wildflowers and #flowers on bushes and trees.  If you live somewhere where there are no #flowers still blooming, still take the #naturewalk and see what amazing things you can find..... leaves, pine cones, rocks or unique branches.  Take a #naturewalk, enjoy the day with your child and friend, take a moment to  enjoy life, enjoy #mothernature, enjoy each other, enjoy this wonderful place we call plant #earth. 

It's #thankfulthursday What are you #thankful for?

All of my best,  Dyan

What we learned:  About different kinds of #flowers, bushes and plants,  not to pick #flowers from someone's yard - unless you ask of course!  Spending time with friends outdoors is refreshing and fun, more about our friends and what we have in common with others, arranging #flowers is fun, relaxing and makes a beautiful centerpiece for our kitchen table, having fun and learning does not need to cost money, putting down our cell phones is not only good for us but great for our kids!!  #nocellphoneforaday


What we shared:   A wonderful day together making memories, pictures of our #flower arrangements - we sent as a thank you note (w the picture) for the day spent w/ our friends.



















#Gingerbread Haunted House - A fun and easy #Halloween craft

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (0)
Here we go again...another #Halloween.  Can't wait to make our #Halloween Haunted house again this year!  I hope you take the time to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkid this #Halloween. 

Love, love, love these gingerbread houses!  We have bought these before for other holidays.  They are easy to use and your kid has so much fun decorating!
Here we go again...another #Halloween. Can't wait to make our #Halloween Haunted house again this year! I hope you take the time to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkid this #Halloween.

Love, love, love these gingerbread houses! We have bought these before for other holidays. They are easy to use and your kid has so much fun decorating!
Haunted Gingerbread House by Create a Treat. See link on my links page
Chocolate gingerbread!
Easy to assemble.
Chocolate gingerbread!
The easy to use base and the icing hold the gingerbread house in place.  It doesn't cave in or fall like others I have made.
The easy to use base and the icing hold the gingerbread house in place. It doesn't cave in or fall like others I have made.
First step complete.
What I love about this cookie craft is that my daughter can make it her own, unique design.
She even mentioned to me on several occasions that she doesn't have to decorate it like the picture on the box.
What I love about this cookie craft is that my daughter can make it her own, unique design.
What kids learn:
What kids learn:
Patience in building the ginger bread house with the frosting base and waiting for it to dry before decorating.
Tracing of lines while applying the frosting on windows, roof, doors, etc.
Builds strength in their little hands that will help with writing or other activities.
Tracing of lines while applying the frosting on windows, roof, doors, etc.
Using color and different items to decorate and make patterns or own designs.
Using color and different items to decorate and make patterns or own designs.
My daughter used opposites and numerical matching items to decorate windows and roof.
What we shared: An evening of fun creating our own happy haunted house!
Laughs, #qualitytime, memories, a new family tradition and patience in taking turns.
What we shared:  An evening of fun creating our own happy haunted house!
Haunted houses don't have to be spooky!
Haunted houses don't have to be spooky!
Back view
Take the time today to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkids. Whether you make a Haunted Gingerbread House, make holiday cookies or another holiday craft. I love to do things like this with my daughter. She has learned so much from everything we do together. We don't look for perfection in our crafts, we don't always use the best materials (many times we use stuff from around our house) to me it is about spending time with my #amazingkid and teaching her something about everything. For her it is #qualitytime with her mom and learning new things. Kids need this to feel loved, special and build confidence. It is our job to do this and nurture #amazingkids! Take the time and make the time for your kids. You'll be glad you did.
Happy #Halloween week! Have a boo....tiful day! All of my best, Dyan
Take the time today to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkids.  Whether you make a Haunted Gingerbread House, make holiday cookies or another holiday craft. I love to do things like this with my daughter.  She has learned so much from everything we do together.  We don't look for perfection in our crafts, we don't always use the best materials (many times we use stuff from around our house) to me it is about spending time with my #amazingkid and teaching her something about everything.  For her it is #qualitytime with her mom and learning new things.  Kids need this to feel loved, special and build confidence. It is our job to do this and nurture #amazingkids! Take the time and make the time for your kids.  You'll be glad you did.

Happy Bat Family - #Reuse/recycle Easy, Inexpensive, #Halloween Craft

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (0)
Happy Bat Family
Happy Bat Family
A new addition to our family of #HalloweenCrafts. The best part of this craft is that my daughter came up with this all my herself!! Last week she went to work with all our usual supplies and I asked her what she was making, she said it was a surprise. And boy it was! Her bat is the one on the left and it is too cute! Her wings came out better than mine!
What you'll need:
Paper towel holders, black construction paper, scissors, glue or tape, googly eyes, black marker and white crayon.
What you'll need:
How to create your family of bats:
How to create your family of bats:
1. Cut your paper towel holders to the size you would like for your bat family. 2. Cut black construction paper to size for each bat and either tape or glue around. 3. Trace wings on black construction paper. 4. Cut out the wings. 5. Glue or tape the wings on the back of the bat. 6. Glue on the googley eyes or draw eyes. 7. Use black marker or white crayon to finish up the face. Easy, inexpensive and cute!
My daughters bat!
This was such a joy to see her make and create all on her own. I guess the last 4 years of making crafts with her has paid off! She is creative, imaginative and smart. Take the time and make the time with your kids. These easy, little time spenders make a difference in so many ways with your kids. The benefits I see in my daughter are wonderful! It brings tears of joy to my eyes and touches my heart everyday to see truly what an #amazingkid she is....
My daughters bat!
Our Happy Bat Family
Our Happy Bat Family
Easy, fun, creative and inexpensive #Halloweencraft. All with items we have from around the house. Take some time this Halloween to make one of these crafts with your kid (s), you'll be glad you did!! All of my best, Dyan

Celebrate #Earthday and teach your children to respect our world

Posted on April 23, 2016 at 2:19 PM Comments comments (0)
All you need is love...wish it was as simple as that, but it is a good place to start!  Today make the time and take the time to teach your kids about #Earthday.  

Something, anything to teach them to respect, cherish and love this wonderful place we call #Earth!  I feel like each day we live, life goes faster than the day before.  We thrive on things, lots of things, more things.  We get over charged by all the electronics we use in a single day.  We go faster, faster and faster.  For today, lets stop and take a moment to reflect on our home, our planet our #Earth.  


Teach your kids about reducing, reusing, recycling.  







Take a moment to stop and be grateful for the beauty around us, the air we breath, the water we drink, the trees, the flowers, the sky, the colors of the rainbow...I think you get the idea.  
Yes, stop and smell the roses of life, of this planet.  Teach your kids to be a wiser, better,  more involved generation. Teach them to #bekind to themselves, their friends, their neighbors and to #Earth.  

Take a moment, pause, take a deep breath and sigh and thank Mother Nature for this planet called #Earth.  



Take a moment to do something good for her.  Give her a present and pay her back with teaching your kids to take care of her.  For today, for tomorrow and for the future.  Plant a tree, garden or flowers,   



                  Give hugs to this #Earth by respecting her. 




 Reduce, reuse,  recycle for our families, friends, animals, birds, trees and for each other.  Enjoy the beauty around you no matter where you live.   Today and everyday enjoy our world, our children, yourself and respect our planet #Earth.  #HappyEarth Day!  All of me best, Dyan









Believe in the magic of the #Leprechaun

Posted on March 4, 2016 at 10:36 AM Comments comments (0)
Please enjoy this post from last March.  The best part is my daughter changed the tradition again this year...lol....more on that later. In the meantime, enjoy creating memories with your child that you both will treasure for years to come!  All of my best, Dyan


We are keeping up with holiday traditions this year.  My daughter decided that she wanted to put out her special rainbow craft she made in preschool and every night we need to put out a gold coin for the #Leprechaun,  make a wish and leave it for the #Leprechaun to eat.....she said we did that last year,  I don't remember making St Patricks Day so involved, but she has insisted upon it.  
So, that is what we have done every night before she goes to bed, we take a gold coin and set it next to her special rainbow, she closes her eyes and makes a wish.  Really and truly a precious moment to experience!!  
Yes, it is a lot of work to remember to open the coin at night (or morning) if I forget the night before, and dispose of the candy, but it is worth it. She loves the idea of putting out a coin and making a wish and hoping for that #Leprechaunmagic!  
This one might not be for you, but I can't help playing a long.  For many reasons,...she believes in the magic, it is exciting for her to do every night and it is something she looks forward to every evening.  But, the most important reason of all for me, is I know these moments of believing in the fairy tales of life (Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny) will soon be coming to pass.  So yes, I will go along with her and cherish each and every second of  these childhood beliefs.  I will believe in the magic and relish in her belief  in the magic of the #Leprechaun.   May your days be filled with the simple pleasures of life seen through the eyes of your child.  May the magic of the #Leprechaun fill your home with joy.  All of my best, Dyan

#Happynewyear! Be #optimistic and teach your kids to be #optimistic Making changes in 2016 - do it!

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)
Smile.  Be #optimistic  Make your dreams come true!#Happynewyear!  Be #optimistic and teach your kids to be #optimistic Making changes in 2016 - do it!


Welcome 2016!  Every year I say it, every year I mean it, every year I try!  "THIS IS MY YEAR!!!"  That's what I say, that's what I mean and that is what I try to do...make it my best year yet.  I am an overly #optimistic person.  I always see the sun through the clouds, the rain and the muck of life.  For example, we are at Disneyland last week, and even though the forecasters said rain, rain and more rain.  I truly believed the sun would come out (and it did-just for a moment, one small moment).  My mother-in-law said to me, "Wow, you really are an #optimist!"  (As it poured all day long!!)  But guess what?  We had an Awesome day!  We didn't have to wait too long for rides, my daughter met most of the characters that she wanted to meet and the crowd was so small that we nearly got to do everything that we wanted in one day.  So, even though the sun didn't shine but for a brief moment in time and we were completely soaked 2x, my #optimism paid off!!  What a whirlwind of fun!  Yes, Walt, our dreams did come true!
As I look at the year ahead and reflect on 2015... Yes!  2016 will be my year!  2015, could have been better, much better.  I turned a 1/2 century, (don't feel like it-thank god 50 is the new 40...lol...does anyone believe that?), my husband was ill, there were several life altering experiences, challenges - almost all bad, growing pains of being a mom and realizing my daughter is growing way too fast, marital issues, the list goes on.  There were days, many days, I prayed for peace, strength, hope, love and laughter.  Some days were better than others.  Some days down right stunk!!!  Actually most days did!  But at the end of it all.  I kept my #optimism.  That today is my day, this is my year!  I'm  a lot like #Annie,  my childhood was close to the equivalent, probably even worse, but with one big difference, no daddy Warbucks.  But that is ok!  Because the sun will come out tomorrow!  And today is my day!  This is my year!  2016 is going to rock! Thank you dad for my forever #optimistic outlook on life!!  As I regroup and let the past be the past, the present remain the present and not worry about the future, I am changing my blog to what I know will be a better site.  See forever #optimistic!  In the meantime, if there is something you need or want to change - do it!  Take the time to make the time to do it!  And, if your going to teach your child one thing today, teach them #optimism.  It could be the best thing they ever learn.  It will show them perseverance, the ability to find the good in everything and every one, hope, happiness within and they will learn to stop and smell the roses of life.  Here's to you in 2016!  May it be your year!  #Happynewyear 
Dyan

PS - May it also be my year to write all of my blog ideas...the folder is overflowing...



#Bekind - #WorldKindnessDay - #Thankful

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 6:56 PM Comments comments (0)
Teach your kids to #bekind today and everyday #WorldKindnessday.  Lead by example - #bekind to your kids, #bekind to your neighbors,  #bekind to the person in front of you in traffic, at the grocery, at home, #bekind to your families, to your friends, your pets,  #bekind to your planet, to your world. 

I have to say for the most part, I am proud of myself for teaching my daughter to #bekind.  I also have to say, in the same breath, that I need to lead by example more often.  

It is very often that I hear my daughter is kind to her classmates, witness her being kind to the kid that others are not kind to, hear her compliment a complete stranger and make their day.  She's not perfect, none of us are, but for the most part she is kind, I have taught her to #bekind.   I am #Thankful my daughter is kind.

Take the time to teach your kids to #bekind.  Make the time to teach your kids to #bekind.   Start today, the perfect day, #WorldKndnessday

All of my best, Dyan

#November a time to #bethankful

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 2:59 PM Comments comments (0)

#November – a time to #bethankful.  As Halloween and October have come to a close, I look forward to the month of #November.  For me, it is a time to #bethankful!  Don’t get me wrong, I am #thankful for each and every day, this time of year though, I think, I am more aware or at least I try to be.  I have asked my daughter each day this month what she is #thankful for today.  So far, she has told me - family, her dogs (all 4 of them) and life!  I loved her third one – life!
I am #thankful for my health, so I can live each day to its fullest, for my family…my daughter whom I love dearly and who inspires me every day, for my husband, whom I love, cherish and am #grateful for his flexibility with me and the perfect fall day yesterday!  My daughter and I spent the afternoon at the park.  It was cool with a gentle wind, but sunny to keep us warm.  We played kickball, basketball (she made her first 3 basketball free throws ever...granny shots on a regulation net-pretty exciting for her) rode bikes and scooters, rolled down hills, did life size shadow puppets and blew bubbles and chased after them.  What an awesome day we had, we had not spent a day like that in a long time and it was wonderful just to relax, hang out and play.  Not to mention playing is great for you whether you’re 6 or any age!   

make the time for your kids play kickball
make the time for quality time with your kidsmake the time with your kids play basketball                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
fun things to do with your kid at the parkFull size shadow puppets with your kids imagination at its best                                                                                                                                                                                    As we proceed into the month of  #November, I will relish each moment of time. Whether it is interacting with my daughter, husband, family, friends or following my dreams.  Take some time today to reflect on your life and everything you are #thankful for in your life.  #bethankful
 Talk with your kids to see what they are #thankful for, teach them the importance of #gratitude.  Remember to make the time and take the time to spend with your kids, loved ones or yourself this #November.  Create new memories, new traditions, follow old traditions and savor each and every one.  I have some wonderful ideas for crafts, recipes and to #bethankful, starting with what to do with those pumpkins that didn't get decorated or carved this year...so check back often.
 All of my best Dyan

Make the most of your mornings with your school aged kids

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 5:18 PM Comments comments (0)
Please enjoy this repost from last year...it is a wonderful reminder to make the time and take the time to spend quality time with my daughter...and I wrote it!  Second grade is here and I miss her even more than when she was in first grade.  Time is clicking, clicking away, she is getting older and more independent.  Enjoy the moment, because that is all we have.  PS...I still sing the nursery rhymes, can't help myself, or some of my own songs about school, enjoying the moment, one breath at a time.  All of my best,  Dyan

One of the hardest things about going #backtoschool for me is not getting to spend the quality time with my child as I used to when she was in preschool or kindergarten. 

This year she started first grade, her days are longer and she has more homework.  We still have managed to incorporate a couple of after school activities.  I find myself wondering where has time gone and how can she be almost 7??  Unfortunately, as we all know there is nothing we can do with time, it goes by whether we want it to or not.  But one thing we can do is make the most of the time we have and try to make the most of every moment that we have been given.

In kindergarten, I found that we did a lot of racing around in the morning getting ready and off to school on time.  This year, I have decided that we both need more time to connect in the morning.  My daughter needs more time to eat a healthy breakfast, more time to get her brain ready for the day, more time to talk to me and more time to hear how special she is.  I need more time too…more time to tell her how special she is, more time to hear how and what she is learning in school, more time to hear if she has any difficulties, more time to tell her how much I love her, more time to tell her how proud I am of her and more time to talk and bond.  That being said, I am trying to make the most of our mornings together.  I have given her an extra 20 minutes for her morning to just relax, eat breakfast and to talk about whatever she needs to talk about. During this time I try and listen to her, what is bothering her, what excites her, read a book, whatever she may need.  I know that 20 minutes isn’t a lot, but it is enough time to bond and strengthen our relationship, our trust and to be there for my kid.

Every morning I take the time to wake her up in a loving way with singing a favorite lullaby or song, scratching her back or talking to her if something exciting is happening for the day.  I let her climb on my back and give her a piggy back ride to the kitchen while pretending I am a train leaving the train station..all aboards and chug a choos.  These days of innocence will be gone in a blink.  I believe the seeds I sow now for a nurturing and caring morning will bring me benefits of closeness and trust in the future. 

Garden picked strawberry for breakfastToday I woke her up to let her know the strawberry in our garden had finally turned red and was ready to eat, she was so excited to see it she got right out of bed!  Not every morning is so easy, but I try to be patient, be kind and creative with hopes that she has the best morning as well, to keep that #positive attitude I have instilled on her since she was born.

Tomorrow morning make the time to take the time or take the time and make the time to have quality morning time with your kids.  Be patient.  Don’t scream to get ready on time.  Listen. Talk about what is on their minds.  Make a special breakfast.  Give lots of kisses and hugs.  Tell your kids how proud you are of them!!  Most of all be in the moment that short special moment that is given to you each and every morning. Tomorrow morning make the most of your morning with your school aged kids.

 All of my best, Dyan

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