Friday Blog Party – 5/10

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Linking up again with Valerie (aka Atlantamomofthree) to co-host the Friday Blog party!  I admit that I have been a little lax in the blogging department this week because it has been CRAZY around our house so I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s blogs now that I have a little downtime!

To join in the party, all you have to do is choose one of your blog posts from this week, introduce it in the comments section, and share the link to it. It can be the one that you put the most thought into, the one that received the most responses, the one that needs some responses ;) , the funniest one, etc. You choose!

You are more than welcome to co-host this party too. Just use the above image in your own party post and then link back to this party and Valerie’s so that we can come over and add our links to your comments! (If you choose to join us in co-hosting, we will add your blog name to our posts.)

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend. ♥ ♥

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Friday Blog Party – Part 3

happy-fridayWell, once again it’s time for a Blog Party with Atlanta Mom of Three!

To join in the party, all you have to do is choose one of your blog posts from this week, introduce it in the comments section, and share the link to it. It can be the one that you put the most thought into, the one that received the most responses, the one that needs some responses ;) , the funniest one, etc. You choose!

Since I have been a little MIA this week, I’m just going to share a link that gives you an indication as to what my week has been like!  Enjoy!

Can’t wait to read your new blog posts!

Friday Blog Party – April 19th

happy-fridayHey y’all!  Co-hosting the Friday Blog Party again with Valerie at Atlanta Mom of Three!  After all of the craziness in the US this week, I think we could all use a distraction while we continue to pray for the families and friends affected by the Boston marathon tragedy that is still continuing, as well as the community affected by the plant explosion in Texas!  God Bless.

To join in the party, all you have to do is choose one of your blog posts from this week, introduce it in the comments section, and share the link to it. It can be the one that you put the most thought into, the one that received the most responses, the one that needs some responses ;) , the funniest one, etc. You choose!

Can’t wait to read the new blog posts!

Friday Blog Party!

happy-fridayHappy Friday!! :D

I’m linking up/sort of co-hosting a blog party with Valerie at Atlanta Mom of Three and Sarah at My Beautiful, Magic Sometimes Dramatic Life!  Valerie started this blog party last week and I’m hoping to keep up with her each Friday.  Here’s how it works:

All you have to do is choose one of your blog posts from this week, introduce it in the comments section, and share the link to it. It can be the one that you put the most thought into, the one that received the most responses, the one that needs some responses ;) , the funniest one, etc. You choose! Can’t wait to read your posts!

You are more than welcome to co-host this party as well. Just use the above image in your own party post and then link back to this party so that I can come over and add my link to your comments! (If you choose to co-host, I will add your blog name to the bottom of this post.)

Have a great weekend. :)

Blog Party – Recycled Crafts For Older Kids and Teens

party-clip-art-10I want to say a special thank you to everyone who contributed to this blog “party”!  I got some wonderful ideas and can’t wait to share them all with the head art teacher!  Kick back and get ready to be inspired by all of these great recycled crafts!

First up we have Valerie from Atlanta Mom of Three who shared several ideas ranging from cardboard box bookmarks to clothespin magnets and more!

Atlanta Mom of Three

Atlanta Mom of Three

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Next, we have Lauren and Tami from Side By Side Design who offered some neat ways for the kids to recreate famous works of art using recycled household materials such as cereal boxes and soda bottles!sunflowers

Side By Side Design

Side By Side Design

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Sarah at My Beautiful, Magic, Sometimes Dramatic – Life  shared her idea for an easy homemade bird feeder made with items from nature.

My BMSD Life

My BMSD Life

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Here’s a cool idea from James at Dad’s Round Table on how to create your own comic book!  This would be great for the budding artists out there, especially the boys, who seem to be a tougher sell when it comes to arts and crafts!

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James Hudyma

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Motherhood Is An Art, aka the very artistic Melissa, offered new and fun ways to repurpose old furniture such as drawers, tables and a even a piece of wainscot left over from a remodel.

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Motherhood is an Art

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Amber, an actual Elementary art teacher, suggested using ideas from famous artists (such as Matisse) and making them your own.

Matisse inspired name panels

Matisse inspired name panels

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Finally, here’s a sampling of some of the projects I found.

Look at this cute way to turn old dvds and cds into coasters.cds

You can also repurpose old, plain mugs or tea cups using only a Sharpie and the oven!mug

Think old wine bottles are trash?  Try this instead!chalkboard wine bottles

Have a ton of old buttons laying around the house?  Turn them into a bowl!bowl

Need a new, uniquely designed clock? Try making one from an old record and some magazines!clock

These are just a few of the ideas I found on the internet.  For a larger list of projects and websites with more ideas, please check out my Recycled Crafts Board on Pinterest.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this party!  Be sure to click on the links to check out everyone’s official blog posts for more ideas and instructions!

I Need Your Help! (Can I Call This A Blog Party?)

recycleHello, friends!  This Summer, I am going to be an assistant art teacher at a 2-week day camp that my children attend (they get to go free because I am sacrificing what was supposed to be my peaceful time – I am pretty awesome, right? Or insane – we’ll see).

While I like to consider myself to be a “creative” person, I am by no means “artistic”.  So, when asked to try and find some fun “green” projects for the older kids, I felt a little panicked.  Of course I went trolling on Pinterest (BLERG) because where better to find a ton of ideas, but we all know how my Pinterest ideas usually turn out so I thought I would try to enlist your help, too!

Does anyone have any recycled/green projects that tweens and younger teens might enjoy doing?  This is a harder age than younger kids because most kids in this age bracket are over arts and crafts because they are so cool and totally grown (hey, I was young once, about a million years ago, so I still kind of remember that feeling). So, it can actually be a more sophisticated project, but has to use at least some recycled materials.

There are a few ideas that I have found so far and I will be sharing soon, but I am completely open (and slightly desperate) for some more, so please bring on the help!! Seriously. Please. Help. Me!

Here’s what to do (special thanks to the lovely Valerie at Atlanta Mom of Three because I am totally stealing borrowing her blog party outline here):

  • Write a new post (or use one of your old posts if you have one), about a recycled craft idea;
  • Email the post’s permalink, and any additional information you want to share, to doubledootydiapers@comcast.net.
  • The deadline for submissions will be Friday, April 5th.

Once I collect all of the ideas, I will do a final post with everyone’s ideas (and links to their pages) which will also serve as a list of possibilities for me to present to the real teacher that I will be assisting!

Thank you in advance to everyone who is willing to help a sister out! Even if it is just by submitting a Pinterest idea, sigh. 🙂

Linking Up WIth Side By Side Design

I am linking up with our charitable blog, Mikey’s Helping Place (MHP), and our friends Tami and Lauren, over at Side By Side Design, to bring you an easy and fun challenge to help sick kids.

Head over to Side By Side Design to learn more about their goal of making 200 cards to benefit MHP’s Operation Smile project and how you can help!

Let’s keep working to make sick children and their families smile!

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Operation Smile, Valentine’s Edition

I am reposting the link to our charitable blog below as we have updated our Operation Smile list to include several more sick children who would love to receive Valentine’s from you!  Please help us shower each one with cheerful cards! (If you have already started, please check the updated list for the new names and addresses!)

Thank you so much to everyone who has already said they will be participating!

Mikey’s Helping Place: Operation Smile, Valentine’s Edition

Postcards From Afar

Last week we saw a post by one of my favorite bloggers, motherhood is an art, about a postcard exchange that she and her kids recently participated in.  I thought this sounded like such a fun idea for the kids so I headed over to atlanta mom of three to see if we could participate too.  She graciously accepted our family into the postcard exchange and we set out to find a few local postcards (turns out this is easier said than done – who knew?, but my husband did manage to find a few at the capitol building, even if they weren’t the most exciting representations of our beautiful city).

Participating in the postcard exchange introduced me to a new fellow blogging mom, strengthened the kinship I already felt with a mom living a very parallel life to mine, and allowed the kids to share a piece of Tallahassee with both of these great blogging families.

My kids were excited to write to their new friends, whom they have dubbed their “pen pals” in Wisconsin (I laughed hysterically as I read their letters where my daughter seemed rather flirty with her 5-year-old boy counterpart and my son was basically just bragging about his sports prowess to impress his 7-year-old girl counterpart – KIDS!) and to get great postcards and letters from both Atlanta and the Green Bay area!  Here’s a few shots (albeit not great ones because they were taken with my phone) of some of the fun things they received in the mail!

our pretty souvenir from atlanta mom of 3!

our pretty postcard from atlanta mom of 3!

Our stash of goodies from the family at motherhood is an art!

Our stash of goodies from the family at motherhood is an art!

This was such a fun swap that the kids are already composing new letters and asking me to find more exchanges to participate in so that they can start collecting postcards!  Wish me luck with that! 🙂

And, a special thanks to my fellow mom bloggers (motherhood is an art and atlanta mom of three) for sharing the information and allowing us to participate in the fun!

Making Children Smile

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My passion has always been children’s causes because, as a stay home mom of 3, I spend 99% of my time with my kids.  I have been incredibly blessed with 3 healthy children and it breaks my heart to read of parents who have not been as lucky.  When my son was 5, we worked on a few charitable projects together and started a Facebook Page and blog to help promote other small charities, specifically those involving sick kids.  I quickly learned that one of the easiest ways to help a sick child is to send them mail.  Every parent I have encountered has said that when their child gets mail, it brightens even the worst of days.

As such, we started our “Operation Smile” lists, which we update every few months as we hear of new children who are battling illnesses.  We try to send each child a cheery card and ask others who read our blog to try and do the same.  These cards can be store bought or homemade; they can be personal or generic; they can even be postcards just showing the city where you live (the kids love knowing that there are people all over the United States – and even the world – that are thinking of them and praying for their speedy recovery).

We’ve started off 2013 with a new list and, as it is getting close to Valentine’s Day, we thought we would offer up a special challenge to the readers of this blog, especially since this is something that your kids can help with!  Will you help us send cheerful Valentines to the kids on our list?  And, help us spread the word about Operation Smile?  How great would it be to inundate these brave children with smiles and well wishes in time for Valentine’s Day?!

Please go to our charitable blog to get the newest Operation Smile list and then like us on Facebook to learn about more children as the year progresses.  Each of the children listed also have Facebook pages and you can like those as well to keep up with their journeys.

Thank you in advance for your support of this great cause!  I know the parents appreciate the mail as much, if not more, than the kids!  And, please leave a comment if you are planning on participating (and/or sharing on your blog) so we can thank you personally!