April 22, 2014

DIY Baby Taggie Toy

I found this idea on Pinterest. I didn't follow that tutorial, instead I made my own. As a matter of fact, I couldn't get the link to click through properly.... BUT I wanted to be sure to give credit for the idea to its source. 

Fabric Scraps
Ribbon Pieces
 Yard Stick
   Colored Pencil  

Amount of Time
Maybe 30 mins

I took the yard stick and drew out the letters. I made them about 2 1/2" thick. 
Then I used my rotary cutter to cut them out. 

Then I pinned the ribbon pieces between the front and backs of the letters (right sides of the fabrics together).
I cut the ribbon pieces about 4" long.

After you pin, sew them all together, leaving a space open to turn it all right side out. 

Clip Your Corners!!!!

And here you can see my big goof up! LOL 
So, when you cut, make sure to cut it all backwards..... Yeah... 

Anyway, turn it all right side out and press. Now tuck in the open spot, press and pin. 

Next, top stitch all along the whole thing. 

Press it all again and you are DONE!!!!!!

Let me know what you think!!!  

April 21, 2014

Who Stole My Spandex? - Book Cover REVEAL

My good friend Marcia from Menopausal Mother has a book coming out!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!!

If you are familiar with her blog then you know just how funny Marcia is. She keeps me in stitches. (Sorry, had to throw in the sewing humor.)

Here is some info on the book AND the cover!!!!!

Who Stole My Spandex? Midlife Musings from a Middle-Aged MILF...is a humorous collection of stories based on Marcia Kester Doyle's hilariously popular blog, Menopausal Mother. Take a ride on the midlife wild side with a wacky journey through menopausal pitfalls, raising a family in a madhouse, maintaining a spandex-worthy booty, and all points in between! Nothing is off limits!
The collection includes laugh-out-loud brain candy, such as "9 Signs You Might Be a MILF," "How to Annoy Your Children," "You Might Be Menopausal If...," and "Menopausal Cuckoo," along with some of her newer tales of midlife mayhem. With a dash of wit and a heavy dose of humor, this is the greatest therapy ever offered in book form…and cheaper than any therapist's bill!

Release Date: Early Summer 2014!

When I think about Marcia, I think of a modern day Erma Bombeck! You just can't get much better than that! ;) I can't wait to read the book!!!

April 18, 2014

Fly on the Wall - April 2014

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
http://www.BakingInATornado.com                          Baking In A Tornado
http://www.therowdybaker.com                                  The Rowdy Baker
http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                Just A Little Nutty
http://themomisodes.com                                          The Momisodes
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                                   The Sadder But Wiser Girl
http://followmehome.shellybean.com                          Follow me home . . .
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                 Stacy Sews and Schools
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                            Someone Else’s Genius
http://www.impoverishedvegan.com                                Impoverished Vegan
http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                             Juicebox Confession
http://www.gomamao.com                                         Go Mama O

Well, we have certainly been busy since the last Fly... I've moved the blog. We've had 3 Birthdays!!! Cailey turned 10 on March 23rd, Colin turned 7 on March 31st and I had my big 0-4 on March 25th. 


Cailey and Colin each got a bird for an early birthday present. 

Me to Colin - Why do you have your giant t-rex and your bird??
Colin - The bird is going to play with the t-rex.
Me - Ummmm.... I don't think that will work.....

Urban Dictionary: neckbeard


Urban Dictionary
1. (n) Facial hair that does not exist on the face, but instead on the neck. Almost never well groomed.

Joshua - I love my neckbeard but once it gets hot I'm shaving!
Me - Bring on the heat!!!

Joshua - Painters paint.... Plumbers plumb. 

Me to Colin - Do NOT shoot paintbrushes out of your crossbow!!!

So Joshua has been listening to this - Daydreamin' by Austin Roberts

He thought that maybe ostrich was slang for something else so he Googled "ostrich slang". When he did "Ostrich Slaughter Disease" came up. When he clicked on it it was actually Osgood Schlatter Disease, better known as knobby knees. 

I will never fully understand the hilarity that ensued.... 

Joshua - Did you know that turtles can breathe out of their butts?????

Joshua - This modern age is getting to me.... I saw that painting... It's called "The Strolling Musicians". I thought it said #trollingmusicians...

We did a bunch of fun stuff this last month. 

The kids made Mud Pies

I made Worm Cupcakes

I've added new tutorials, the DIY Taggie, the Sewing Machine Cover,  and the Stars and Stripes Shorts.

I also added more homeschooling themes: Titanic, American Revolution, and Human Body

OH! And I posted about some of the activities we've been doing and the books I bought at the used book store

It was a busy month!!!!

Don't forget to click the links and read all the great posts for this month!!!!

April 16, 2014

Worm Cupcakes

Worm Cupcakes

1 box of cake mix
1 container of icing
1 package of Oreos
24 Gummy Worms
24 Cupcake Liners
1 Straw

Make cupcakes by the directions on the box.

While the cupcakes are baking, mash the Oreos into little bits.

After the cupcakes cool, ice and roll in the Oreo crumbs.

Take a straw and stick it in the middle of the cupcake to make a hole for the gummy worm.

Insert gummy worm.

Viola! Worm Cupcakes! :)

The kids LOVE these! They are so much fun. Perfect for spring, a worm study or Halloween. 

April 15, 2014

Titanic Remembrance Day - Resources

I was looking through my notes the other day and realized that I was very far behind on my posts for special days. YILES!!! Then I spotted that today is Titanic Remembrance Day and I knew that I need to put together some resources. Deanna has always been fascinated by the Titanic. I really regret that we never got to go the Titanic Museum while we lived in East Tennessee. Maybe one day we can go check it out. 

As always, I try to include resources for a variety of ages. All books can be found at your local library, on Amazon orPaperback Swap (you should really check out this link).
I am not affiliated in any way with any site. I won't make a dime from any link you click. I just like to give you as many options as possible.

All printable resources are free unless marked with $$$.

National Geographic Readers: Titanic by Melissa Stewart

882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions About the Titanic by Hugh Brewster, Laurie Coulter and Ken Marschall

I Survived #1: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis and Scott Dawson

101 Amazing Facts about the Titanic by Jack Goldstein and Frankie Taylor

T is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Alphabets) by Michael Shoulders, Debbie Shoulders and Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Coloring Pages - Yes Coloring

Lapbook - Tina's Dynamic Homeschool


Teachers Pay Teachers - Some FREE!!

Do you prefer the book lists or the pictures of the books as links?? 

                                                                 HAVE FUN LEARNING!

April 14, 2014

DIY Taggie - Quick and Easy

I have 2 friends that have both had babies in the past 2 months. I wanted to make something for them but wasn't sure what. Then I remembered how much Colin LOOOVED his taggie that my cousin bought for him. Taggies would do!! 

They were so quick and easy to make. I think each one might have taken an hour from start to finish. Possibly a little longer, but then there are A LOT of interruptions around here! ;)

The size doesn't really matter but you want them to be small enough for a baby to hold and handle. They are NOT for covering but cuddling and playing.


Scraps of flannel in 2 different patterns/colors
2 different colors/styles of ribbon (you can use many more if you like)

First, I cut the flannel into rectangles. The squares on the mat are 1 sq inch to give you an idea of size. 

Then I cut the ribbons in 7" pieces. You really don't need them that long but the longer the are the more anchored they are. 
I used 11 pieces of one color and 10 pieces of the other. How many you use will depend on the size of the blanket. 

Next, fold the pieces of ribbon in half. With right sides together, insert the ribbon in between with the fold on the inside. I put mine in about 2". Pin it all in place.
Make sure to leave a space to turn the blanket right side out. 
Next, sew it all together. You can use any stitch you like but one that is somewhat reinforced is best. 

Now, turn it all right side out and press!!! 
Take one more piece of ribbon and insert it in the opening, pinning in place.

I sewed a decorative stitch all along the edges to close the gap, make it sturdier AND prettier. ;)

Now you are ALL DONE!!! You have a pretty, one of a kind gift!
You can make them in different shapes and styles, different colors, whatever suits your fancy.

             Let me know what you think!!! Are you going to make one???

                                            HAVE FUN SEWING!!!!

April 12, 2014

Our Week in Review : Worms and Pirates

We've had a busy week but it was so much fun!!!  We started worms and pirates! :)

Here are some of the activities we did. 

We bought some nightcrawlers at the local market and studied them with our magnifying glasses. 

Then we went outside and dug up some earthworms. 

The next day we compared the earthworms and nightcrawlers.
We then separated the worms. The earthworms stayed in the plastic container. The nightcrawlers were divided into 3 container, a jar, a plastic bottle and their original container. 

Here they are viewing the worm tunnels. 

They drew a diagram of worm anatomy after we read Yucky Worms.

One of the books we read was Diary of a Worm. I had the kids draw a picture from the story.

Our read aloud story for worms is The Worm Whisperer.

The Hubby brought wooden boxes home from work the other day and I thought they would be perfect for treasure chests! A great way to start our pirate unit!

Colin painted his brown with purple designs, adding a "gold key lock" on the front.

Cailey took artistic license and made hers very colorful.  

We read Captain Abdul's Pirate School and drew treasure maps! We brushed some tea on them to age them.

Not a bad week! Ok, so it was actually 3 days... We skipped Monday and I am writing this on Thursday. Oh! But we can count our Mud Pies day, right?? We can say they were researching worms.