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Grateful Pumpkin - #funeasyinexpensivekidcraft

Posted on November 1, 2017 at 3:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Grateful Pumpkin - #funeasyinexpensivekidcraft
 

 
Our October was so busy with fun that we never had the chance to carve our pumpkins this year (or last...lol). I tried to squeeze in last week, but with everything we do in the last week of October it would have been forced and rushed. My daughter was fine with it because she had already decorated two pumpkins for Halloween and as the week quickly went by, I was already starting to think about what else I would do with these pumpkins. The idea of #gratefulpumpkin came to me and I was more excited about these than carving...so that's what we did!
What we used to create our #gratefulpumpkin:
1. A pumpkin (any size but bigger let's you write more things you are #grateful for - which is so important to teach your kids being #grateful)
2. Fall color construction paper
3. Glue stick
4. Sharpies
5. Scissors
 

 




Cut a pretty design out of your construction paper. If your child can write have them write Our #GratefulPumpkin on paper, if not you can write. Glue to front of pumpkin
 

 




Have each person in your family write something you are #grateful for and add one thing everyday. By the end of the month you will have many things that you and your child are #grateful for and can reflect on each day. That's it!
 

 





What we learned: How to #reuse items around the house, the use of scissors, practice writing, spelling and being #grateful of course!
What we shared: Creativity, fun, discussing what #gratitude is and why being #grateful for the wonderful people and things in our lives is so important, quality time and memories.
My husband even got in on our #grateful pumpkin which is atypical for him to join in on our moms,kids and friends stuff. #ILoveit....this became a family thing.
 

 
 




#Makethetime and #takethetime today to share time with your family and talk about #gratitude, what your #amazingkids are #grateful for, what you are #grateful for and the importance of #gratitude!
I am excited to hear my daughters responses each day. We have one rule. If it is already on the pumpkin and another family member has written it, we can not repeat what we are #grateful for, but have to come up with something new.
My daughter is so excited about this simple and fun way to express her #gratitude, she said she wants to come up with two things everyday!
MAKE IT YOUR OWN, MAKE IT FUN, JUST MAKE IT!!
You'll be glad you did! 
All of my best. May you have a wonderful start to this November. Dyan
#momskidsandfriends

#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.



















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









#ThankfulThursday - what are you #thankful for?

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 2:33 PM Comments comments (0)
What are you #thankful for......#thankfulthursday

Remember to put up art creations your kids made for #thanksgiving - change your art wall - #fall
Since it's #ThankfulThursday I thought I would continue my daily thanksgivings and #thank all of you who read my #momsblog and who follow me on twitter. I am #grateful for each and everyone of you!!!  I am #inspired daily by my daughter, friends and strangers I meet everyday and that is why I feel compelled to write this blog and share it with you.  I hope you are too! 
 
I hope your November is filled with many things to be #thankful for...here's to a #thankfulThursday!!  We have 1 more this month, make it count!  Stop and give #thanks for all your blessings each day.  Stop and smell the roses, #inspire someone or be #inspired by someone, take the time and make the time for yourself, kids, friends and families, take a moment to notice the little or big things, share your time with those in need of it, give #thanks, #begrateful and share joy. 

 If you haven't made your #grateful pumpkin yet, please do.  It is bringing so much joy and excitement from my daughter and into our family.  Have a wonderful day and may blessings come your way.  All of my best, Dyan

Cutest Ever #Turkeypumpkin #Thanksgivingcenterpiece- Reuse and use items from around your house

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:56 PM Comments comments (0)
Happy #thankfulthursday!  I am #thankful for all the wonderful crafts my daughter and I make together and the quality time we spend together while making them... like this one!  So cute, so easy to make, so much fun!     Items needed for #TurkeyPumpkin:  One Pumpkin,     Glue stick or Hot Glue gun (adult supervision required-the glue can get very hot.  Glue gun might work better for you to adhere the feather hands, eyes, nose and wattles).   More items listed below.
Happy #thankfulthursday! I am #thankful for all the wonderful crafts my daughter and I make together and the quality time we spend together while making them... like this one! So cute, so easy to make, so much fun! Items needed for #TurkeyPumpkin: One Pumpkin, Glue stick or Hot Glue gun (adult supervision required-the glue can get very hot. Glue gun might work better for you to adhere the feather hands, eyes, nose and wattles). More items listed below.
We had most of these items around the house. We reused a pumpkin that we had from Halloween.
Red, orange, yellow and brown construction paper
For fun, easy and inexpensive crafts always have a supply of construction paper in the house of various colors.
Red, orange, yellow and brown construction paper
Pencil to trace your kids hands and your hands
Pencil to trace your kids hands and your hands
Scissors to cut out hand shapes to use as feathers.
Brown paint and paint brushes and large googley eyes.
Paint the pumpkin together to make the pumpkin brown to use as the #turkey body of this craft.
Brown paint and paint brushes and large googley eyes.
After pumpkin is painted and dried.  Adhere the cut-out hand shapes on the back as feathers.  It was fun to use both my hands and my daughters hands as feathers.  The size variety was a nice touch to make the feathers fuller.  We also had fun taking turns tracing each others hands both left and right hands.
After pumpkin is painted and dried. Adhere the cut-out hand shapes on the back as feathers. It was fun to use both my hands and my daughters hands as feathers. The size variety was a nice touch to make the feathers fuller. We also had fun taking turns tracing each others hands both left and right hands.
Glue the eyes on the front. Cut a triangle out of construction paper for the nose, fold in half and glue under the eyes. Cut the wattle from red construction paper and attach under the nose. That's it!
This could very well be the cutest #turkeypumpkin ever!
Love, love, love this craft! So much fun! So easy! And so inexpensive! That's my motto! Hope you have the time to make this one to use as a #thanksgivingcenterpiece for your Thanksgiving table. So much we learned and shared: fun, creativity, I even learned with the red thing under the turkey's nose is called (the wattle). Enjoy your #Thanksgiving with family and friends. Remember to be grateful and live in the moment of the day. Cherish one another and make the time and take the time to enjoy your kids. Happy Thanksgiving! All of my best, Dyan
This could very well be the cutest #turkeypumpkin ever!

#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

Back to school - make each day count

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 12:48 PM Comments comments (0)
Throw back Thursday...as I recover from a crazy summer and catch up on life, please enjoy this post from when my daughter was in kindergarten.  All of my best! Dyan


Today is the first day I set my snooze since my daughter has started back to school, I am typically not a snooze type of person, once my alarm goes off, I am up and out of bed.  But today, I was tired, most days I am, but can shake off the sleep and get my day started no matter how exhausted I may be.  When my alarm went off again, I realized that I had set the snooze, no worries, it was only 10 minutes.  I could still get her out the door on time. 
As I started my morning rituals and routine of breakfast, packing her lunch and getting breakfast for my two shih tzus ready, I realized that this was the first few weeks of many weeks to come.  Then I realized that it wasn't only the next year of weeks ahead, it was...(I actually had to count it out on my fingers to realize the years ahead)...13 years, yes 13 years ahead of getting ready for school!  Now to you or others, this might not come as a surprise, shock or you might not have any other emotion about it.   But, for some reason today, it struck me as a surprise and a "kid commitment" I had never thought about before.  Yes, 13 years of school. Then, of course, getting ready for that first freshman year.  (Being an older mom I have many friends with kids that are already on their way to college either this year or the past couple of years.  I can't really go there yet as I am just trying to acclimate to going to kindergarten)! 
Wow, yes indeed a commitment.  Everyday, Monday through Friday, not including weekends, holidays or summer break, my mornings will be committed to getting my daughter up, dressed, teeth brushed, well feed, a good lunch, homework, what ever else is entailed in her day, week or month and most importantly getting her there on time. 
School is obviously a major part of your childs life as it is your life.  One I hadn't really thought of past the first day of kindergarten.  I guess, I am lucky to say that she has not had to go to daycare everyday.  I choose not to send her to pre-school everyday, only 3 days a week, so school was there, just not everyday. 
I am finding that the everyday deal does make a difference.  Monday through Friday everyday, yes, everyday.  It's part of life, yours and your kids.  Not much to do but embrace it and make it the best for yourself and your child. 
There are many benefits to being an older mom...in this case, as an older mom, you have had many many years of no school.  I haven't attended college since 1989!  So, I guess, I am back to school too. 
My life has changed in so many ways since having my daughter.  This one has never occurred to me until today.  It is obviously a good thing for her, for me and for every kid.   Yes, I will embrace the change, I accept the challenge, I will not complain.  Education is one of the best parts of being a kid.  I have many memories flooding back to me as my daughter has started school.  I personally, always enjoyed school.  Although, I was more into the social aspect and not so much education.  If I had to do it over again, it would be more of a split. 
What I will do is teach my daughter to embrace school, to make the most of each day, to learn what she can, to have fun, make friends and make everyday count!
So, tomorrow, the day after and for the next 13 years.  I will do just that! 
Make each day count, teach your child to enjoy school, be active in her learning, form a partnership with their teachers, volunteer and embrace this new stage or this current stage of your childs life.  Making a difference starts at home with you.  All of my best, Dyan

Be grateful for #handsondads

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Be grateful for #handsondads
 
What would we do without hands on dads?  Today, I am grateful for those dads who take an active part in their kid’s lives.  Who show up for their kids events or school activities…Who participate in their kids’ lives…Who love their kids unconditionally…Who spend time with their kids (even if they don’t have the time to do so)…Who play with their kids (sports, games, whatever it is, they play)…Who hang out with their kids…Who help out with their kids around the house with homework or whatever…Who are present with their kids…
The traditional role of fatherhood is not what it used to be and many dads are taking an active role in raising their kids.  To each and every one of you, I am grateful.  I am grateful because it builds confidence in our children, it builds character, it builds a bond between father and son or father and daughter that only fathers can build….moms can’t do everything!  I am grateful because hands on dads help raise stronger, loving children and I believe will help their children have less “issues” in the future. 

Father spending quality time with his daughter, it made her day! #handsondadUnfortunately, I don’t meet a lot of hands on dads…but every time I do, I am enthralled and encouraged with their active part in raising their kids.  If each dad does one thing today that they normally don’t do for their kids, wife or partner, I think it would strengthen the family bond…one dad step at a time. Doesn't matter what you do...just do it!  Do it from the heart and with love. Make the time and take the time today to be a #handsondad, you and your family will be glad you did!  All of my best, Dyan 

If you have something that your #handsondad does, please share with a comment or if you are a #handsondad, I would love to hear how you spend time with your kids spending quality time together.  Thanks, Dyan

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