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. 

April 11, 2014

USE YOUR WORDS - April 2014 - Gus the Armadillo

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
I’m using:               
They were submitted by:   

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
http://bakinginatornado.com                      Baking In A Tornado
http://followmehome.shellybean.com              Follow me home . . .
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com       Stacy Sews and Schools
http://www.outmannedmommy.com/              Outmanned
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                Someone Else’s Genius
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/               Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://www.themomisodes.com                   The Momisodes
http://www.impoverishedvegan.com               Impoverished Vegan
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com              Spatulas on Parade
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                     Battered Hope
http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com            Evil Joy Speaks
http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com                      Juicebox Confession

Your words are: 
jumbo ~ tree ~ umbrella ~ armadillo ~ dentures
They were submitted by: http://followmehome.shellybean.com 

There once was an armadillo named Gus

who put up a great big fuss.

Sitting under the tree

by his mother's knee

he would cry jumbo tears

at the other armadillos' jeers. 

But he was a nice fella

who always shared his umbrella.

Until the day 

he ran away.

He found some dentures

and had grand adventures.

So I am going to start apologizing to Michelle now...... I promise you I tried! LOL I would think of something great but before I could write it down, POOF, it was gone. This happened 3 or 4 times before I just made myself sit and write something out! And THIS was THAT!! 

I think the pic makes up a little bit for the bad poetry. 


Please, do not judge all the other participants according to MY post!! THEY are actually good! 

Check them out and show them some love!