Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Party DIY Shoes!

 I have seen all these spray painted shoes on blogs and I decided to give it a try with some old shoes I had that I never wore, but still fit.

It was so easy!  I used primer first, then I went for it!  It only takes a few coats.

I made some big black bows for a final touch.  Now I have brand new shoes for New Year's at the cost of nothing!

What do you think?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Book Advent Calender: Day 16-Merry Christmas Stinky Face

Merry Christmas, Stinky Face
Merry Christmas Stinky Face

Today we made magic reindeer food for our neighbors. We used stale oats from our pantry and sprinkles. You can also use birdseed and cheerios for variety. Do not use glitter as it harms the animals digestive systems.  

Magic Reindeer Food Poem
Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home
(Author Unknown)

Read more about our Christmas Book Advent and see a full book list

Christmas Book Advent Calendar: Day 20-It's Christmas, David!

It's Christmas, David!
It's Christmas David!

At our house we love the entire series of "David" books by David Shannon. This book is about a lovable little boy who can't help getting into mischief. It's Christmas, David! is a great read for little boys of all ages.

Today we are going to make sugar cookies and decorate them. I use this recipe from Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Book Advent Calender: Day 19-Who is Coming to Our House

Who Is Coming to Our House?
Who is Coming to Our House

Today as our activity we will be delivering gifts to my son's nursery teachers. We made them Eye Spy Christmas Ornaments. I bought empty plastic bulbs at Hobby Lobby. I filled them with Christmas confetti, buttons and miniature ornaments. I used Poly-Pellets as the filler.  

 Once all of the items were inside I glued the metal lid/topper onto the plastic bulb. I threaded Christmas ribbon and a tag labeling all of the items inside. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Book Advent Calendar: Day 11-Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?

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Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?

Today we played with my flannel board Rudolph and changed the color of his nose. This is an activity I had from teaching preschool. There is a poem that goes along with the colored noses.

Rudolph! Rudolph!

What will you do?

You can't guide Santa

If your nose is blue!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

Santa gave a wink.

But what will he think

If your nose is pink?

Rudolph! Rudolph!

Your way cannot be seen

Through the wintry weather

If your nose is green!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

You're such a silly fellow

Who will know it's you

If your nose is yellow!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

Santa has his sack

But your not ready

If your nose is black!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

It's time to go to town.

But Santa's wearing a frown

'Cause your nose is brown!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

It's time to fly at night.

But you're quite a sight

'Cause your nose is white!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

The children are in bed.

And now I know you're ready

'Cause your nose is red!

(Author unknown)

Read more about our Christmas Book Advent and see a full book list

Christmas Book Advent Calendar: Day 12-If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

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If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

We will be making popcorn and watching a Christmas movie. Watching movies is a special treat for my son since it is not something he is normally allowed to do. My son is only a toddler so we will be choosing a short movie. I am planning on ordering a few from Netflix and then letting my son choose. Here are a few I am considering: 

The Mickey's Christmas Carol DVD contains the short films Mickey's Christmas Carol, Pluto's Christmas Tree, The Small One and Santa's Workshop. I grew up watching these movies at Christmas. 
Mickey's Christmas Carol
If you have not seen Shaun the Sheep you must give it a try. I haven't seen this particular movie but it looks cute. 
We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Book Advent Calendar: Day 10-This is the Stable

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This is the Stable

We will be visiting a farm to see the animals. We can talk about what kinds of animals were in the stable when Jesus was born and how they live. My toddler loves animals so this will be a perfect family field trip. 

Read more about our Christmas Book Advent and see a full book list

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Book Advent Calendar: Day 8 and 9-Small One andGingerbread Baby

The Small One, is one of our thrift store finds. Unfortunately, the book is now out of print. My son loves this book and requests it all the time. If you can get your hands on a copy it is a sweet story. The Small One board book is based on the Disney animated movie. 

Disney's the Small One by Walt Disney Productions and Alex Walsh (1997, Hardcover, Board) Image

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Gingerbread Baby

Today we will be reading Gingerbread Baby, making gingerbread playdough and playing with gingerbread bean bags. I found the idea for the gingerbread activities at Oopsey Daisy.

I used this craft kit from Hobby Lobby to make gingerbread bean bags. I purchased them half off so they were a good buy and faster than making my own version.

We also played with these magnetic gingerbread people and house. I had these from my teaching days. We used them to count to five and introduce patterns.

I will be using the recipe below to make my gingerbread playdough. If you don't have all of the spices you can always adjust the recipe to use what you have on hand.  

Gingerbread Playdough Recipe


1 tablespoon ground ginger

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1 C Flour

1 C Water

1/4 C Salt

1 TBSP Vegetable Oil

2 tsp Cream of Tarter

Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sauce pot

Add water and vegetable oil and stir (The mixture will become a thick paste)

Over medium heat stir constantly until a ball forms

Remove from heat and knead by hand making sure it is cool enough to touch

I found this Gingerbread Baby Preschool Pack on Pinterest and thought it might contain some good ideas as well. 
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Gingerbread Baby Preschool Pack

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Plumbing Don'ts!

  I know it's been over a week since Thanksgiving but maybe some of you still have some leftovers sitting in the fridge in some tupperware ready to be thrown out.

DO NOT put them down your garbage disposal!  My husband and I were watching t.v. and they said this time of year is the busiest time of year for plumbers because all the silly mistakes people make while cooking so much food.  Since my husband is a plumber (more of a pipe fitter, welder, but still a plumber) I get lectures of what not to do all the time I thought I would share a few simple rules he has shared with me.

Do not put oil or any kind of grease down the your disposal.  This will cause a messy build up you do not want to deal with.

Don't put egg shells down your disposal.  Many people believe egg shells are good for a disposal that it is suppose to clean them or something, this is NOT true.  This will actually cause a cement like build up in your disposal, and will be very expensive to fix.

Peel potatoes, yams, and anything else that you peel over your garbage can, NOT your garbage disposal.  Sure a few peels here and there would be fine going down your disposal, but if you get too many down there the peels will cause a sticky paste and clog your disposal.

Leftover food in your fridge that needs to be cleaned out of your  tupperware, throw out any food in the garbage BEFORE you clean the tupperware in the sink.  If you don't need to put excess food down your disposal, then why would you?  This will help keep those expensive plumbers away!

   A helpful tip my husband taught me to keep your disposal smelling clean is to fill up both sides of your sink with soapy water after doing the dishes and letting the disposal run til the water is gone.  It keeps it clean, and smelling fresh.

I hope these tips help your disposal make it through the holiday months!