Mother’s Day Tribute in Chevron Style!

Mother’s Day Chevron Coloring Page for Kids

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To chevron or not to chevron.  That is the question!  If Shakespeare were alive today, would he also feel compelled to jump on the bandwagon for this widely popular pattern? So many are flocking to get more chevron in their lives including myself.  When I go onto pinterest, it’s inevitable that I’m going to find it in many photos – and I get an excitement when I do!  Zig zagging in many different color combinations…it’s so fun!  So much energy!  So, when I was thinking of creating a great kids activity honoring Mother’s Day, coloring pages with this pattern came to mind. I know I LOVED  seeing our boys have fun adding color to these pages – and I was super excited to display their work!  

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Here’s a link to download the coloring page:

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Yay! May Day Crafty Ideas

Little boys and flowers…go together?  Maybe not usually, but May Day is a nice exception.  Growing up as a tomboy, I didn’t care much for many girly things including flowers.  Now that I’m older and a mother, I welcome any chance to sneak in a few floral aspects here and there with craft projects, and I enjoy seeing the boys explore and find flowers in the pasture.  After all, horticulture can be a great study for all kids.  My husband is also training our boys well as he has told them how girls typically like receiving flowers.  They will come in from an outside adventure and say with such sweet voices, “Mom, here’s some flowers for you!”  However, sometimes this comes right before they ask for a cookie, chocolate milk, or another special treat!

This year, I thought we would be adv...

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Hooray! It’s Earth Day!

‘Recycled’ Town Lunch Bags

Back in January, the boys and I had a good time making a paper bag town.  The pieces came from a Highlights kids magazine – all we needed to do was cut the pieces out, glue onto paper bags, stuff with newspaper, and then we had a town!  It passed some time on a cold, winter day.  I then saved the bags thinking we could use them for a future picnic…….

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Both boys really concentrating on gluing the pieces……

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The boys are pleased with their finished town!

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Fast forward to early April.  We were able to have a picnic in the park a few weeks ago, and I got out the paper town again!  This time, we packed the bags with juice boxes, sandwiches, fruits, napkins, etc...

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Treehouse Birthday Festivities!

Theme/Setting

Our youngest son loves being outdoors and climbing. So, it was easy to choose a treehouse theme celebrating his fourth birthday. I was hoping to capture an antique/nostalgia feel. After all, a treehouse is timeless and something boys (and girls) love.

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Our home is rustic with a modern twist, so I basically accentuated the country aspects more. Decorations were FUN to collect for the party!  Lots of great finds from craft & second hand stores, flea markets, rummage and yard sales – unique items made of wood one can’t readily find in newer department stores.

As for the party color scheme, I wanted this spring season birthday to have bright, cheerful colors yet represent a rustic feel – so I went with country blue & white/bright and dark greens/tans & burlap/ brown accent...

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Happy Easter! Root Vue Farms, Easter Container, Homemade Rabbit Stencil Craft

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Good times playing with army men today as one solider is guarding a plastic Easter egg…..

Root Vue Farm 

The boys received a Root Vue Farm kit this past Christmas, and we were waiting for the right time to play with it which happened to be two weeks ago.  Root Vue is an indoor garden laboratory for kids to discover how plants grow.  Now that the Easter holiday is approaching and it’s officially spring season (although it is cold and snowy), it seems fitting to have something to show how things blossom and grow!   We have been excited to watch our carrots and radish seeds sprout (we left the onions for next time).  The plants are still growing, so we will continue to be patient and wait for more to see!

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Putting it together!  Not so bad of a process…just following direction...

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For St. Patrick’s Day…Easy Handmade Rainbow Colored Watercolor Tags + Gift

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On a recent craft shopping trip, I found a box of 50 small wedding favor vellum containers in the color of light green for a whopping $5.00!  SUCCESS!!! The box was on clearance from the original price of $19.00.  I thought these containers would be perfect St. Patrick’s Day gifts from our boys to their classmates and friends.  What to put inside?  We chose to go with holiday themed stickers and plastic gold and green coins.

After these purchases, I wanted something with rainbow colors to accent the tag which reads, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” – something that would make the outside of the box interesting and colorful…and also be inexpensive since we have many ‘little leprechauns’ to think about.  So here is what we did to make our handmade rainbow colored watercolor tags for St...

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Father and Son’s Haiti Mission Trip

 In previous posts, I’ve mentioned covering future stories about raising boys creatively in addition to such topics as crafts, trips, and birthday parties.  In this post,  I’m very happy to include the following about a father and son traveling for the first time out of the country on a mission trip to Haiti.

Mike and Benjamyn Rickaby will be traveling to Haiti May 6th-15th with 16 other members of their group.  They will serve the House of Hope, and Mike describes it as a ministry dedicated to spreading God’s love and grace by providing food, shelter, clothing, and both Christian and secular education to the children of Haiti.

I put together a question and answer format for Mike as he gives insight about their trip.

With your upcoming mission trip, what is you and your son’s spiritu...

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Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

* My March posts will most likely be with the new design layout!  Exciting stuff just around the corner!!!

The boys in Seuss Land at Island of Adventure Orlando, FL - Dec. 2012

We have our own Cat in the Hat in our house! - Feb. 2013

The Fun is Lots and Lots with Dr. Seuss Flower Pots! (that’s the best rhyming I could do…)

March 2nd is a very special day in our family.  Not only is it our eleven year wedding anniversary, but it also marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday. As far as our five 1/2 year old and 3 1/2 year old boys are concerned, the Cat in the Hat trumps our anniversary every year! I must admit too, I LOVE all things Seuss! Not as much as I love my husband though (Happy Anniversary, Honey!)

Last weekend, I was strolling through Michael’s Craft Store brainstorming for a Dr...

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Fun with Felt on a Snow Day!

*I typically post once a month, but we had many fun things to share!

Fun With Felt = Happy Snow Day!

I needed a quick and easy activity to occupy the boys yesterday due to school being cancelled.  So, I got out all of my felt fabrics and quickly (actually madly) started cutting out pieces to make silly faces.  We all had a great time!  I did have a really large piece of felt fabric (about 3 yards) that I placed on our dining room table first.  This served as our background.  I then cut out pieces for eyeballs, hair, mouth, noses, faces – no need to be perfect – I actually preferred the pieces were not. We then mixed and matched all sorts of shapes.  Fun stuff and it soaked up some time!!!!

We actually started this activity right before the snow storm hit….

Very imperfect shapes...

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New Things in the Works!

President's Day fun at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska

Great new things to come! I am currently working to make the webpage layout easier to navigate through and polish the design. The logo and past content will remain the same. The changes should be completed in the next few weeks. For my first year of blogging about our boys, my topics have had fun, light hearted contents. In addition to these, I am interested in real life stories about families with boys who have faced challenges and adversity and how they have had creative resilience to overcome – what message they would like others to know. I don’t feel creativity raising boys has to be just about crafts, parties, trips, etc. I want to learn from others with boys and maybe you do to?

*For my upcoming March post, it will ...

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