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Showing posts from November, 2012

Family Photos

Several weeks ago we met one of Husbandie's former students at a local park for a little family photo session. It's really hard to narrow down favorites, but here are a "few" that particularly make me smile. 

Christmas Tree Traditions

Husbandie and I are both fans of traditions, especially Christmas traditions. We have several, but the one that kicks off our Christmas season is cutting down our tree at a local farm. We have done this shortly after Thanksgiving every year we've been married. Our first Christmas tree cutting experience went perfectly. There was a light dusting of snow on the ground but the air was far from frigid. We found the perfect tree and remembered all the necessary supplies. 
Unfortunately, since that day we haven't been as lucky. It seems like every other year something has gone wrong. We've forgotten to bring cash, kid gloves, measuring tape, ropes, etc. We've mistakingly cut down the most expensive tree in the lot - $85! Our potty training two-year-old had an accident and I forgot to bring spare clothes. 
I was determined to not make the same mistakes this year and I thought we had everything together. My purse was overflowing with extra hats and mittens and we had even pac…

Christmas Shopping and a Giveaway

Christmas shopping season is officially in full swing. Husbandie and I ventured out a little bit Friday evening (I wasn't up to facing Black Friday morning crowds) and we were able to knock a couple items off our list but we still have a ways to go before we are done.

One of the stores I always visit for Christmas presents is Kohl's. They have something for everyone so it's easy to cross a bunch of people (children, nieces, sisters, brothers, parents, etc) off my list in one stop. They also have some pretty great deals which makes staying in our Christmas budget a little easier.

About a week ago Kohl's contacted me about a new tool they've added to their online toy department. The tool allows you to browse toys by age. I've played around with it some; it's very easy to use and is full of great toy suggestions. Here are a few of my favorites picks for my own kids, as well as for my nieces and little brother.

Now for the giveaway! Kohl's has generously gi…

Mommy Style Summary

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Small Graces

A weekly reflection inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".

"these are the small graces, the little moments when the miracles come...
sometimes they slip by without notice sometimes they are very hard to see other times it's very clear when they are happening to me" 

continuing my November list of thanks...
18) last minute lunch invites 19) soft blankets 20) crafts21) the smell of my children's hair 22) little belly laughs 23) chocolate & peppermint 24) forgiveness

Paper Plate and Tissue Paper Indian Corn

Last week at the library, just as we were leaving, the kids noticed an Indian corn craft. They of course all wanted to do it; why is it that when it's time to go everything looks fun? We needed to get home for lunch (and naps!) so I promised we do our own version later. 

Our Supplies: paper plate with corn cob drawn on to it, tissue paper squares, glue, scissors, tan paint, paint brush, & a stapler 

Step 1: Cut the corn cob out of the paper plate

Step 2: cut three strips from ridge of paper plate - these will be your husks
Step 3: paint your husks & set them aside to dry

Step 4: scrunch tissue paper squares into balls and glue them to your corn ear

Step 5: let everything dry Step 6: staple husks to top of ear of corn

Lots more great kid friendly ideas can also be found at these link parties: Link and LearnMade by Little HandsMontessori MondayHip Homeschool HopPreschool CornerFor the Kids Fridays, and Show and Share Saturday.

Mommy Style Summary

You'll notice I had a few photo issues this week. It's always a rush to take outfit pictures and sometimes, like this week, I don't get around to downloading/looking them over until days later. I apologize for the blurriness; next week will be better. 

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