Letter A

This post was drafted a few weeks ago & we have since completed Weeks B & C as well! It’s going really well & has been an easy way for me to put a little purpose into our week. For more ideas & to see what else we’ve done, you can check out my ABC pinboard.

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Cardboard Zoo!

Due to the recent addition in our household (and mommy needing some quiet time) N has been on quite a few trips to the zoo. What toddler doesn’t love the zoo? It is such a change from the normal everyday activities they participate in at home, they get to be outside, and they get to see ANIMALS! N’s favorites (at least when she has gone with me) were the lemurs & the ducks. Ducks! The Toledo Zoo has this awesome area called Nature’s Neighborhood that is super interactive & she loves to (literally) get her feet wet!

I have so many fond memories of the Zoo (although that was back in the day when you had to travel UNDER the Anthony Wayne Trail in the damp, creepily-lit TUNNEL & the Carnivore Cafe actually housed real feline carnivores! Can’t wait to tell the kids those stories!) and I could gush about our Zoo for a while, so instead I will get on to the craft…

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Things I love Thursday

I started this post yesterday, so I’m still going to consider it a “things I love THURSDAY” post! 🙂 It’s finally summer – there are lots of things to LOVE!

Cutting for Stone this was our book club pick for the month of June and seriously, it is my top read of 2012 so far! The novel follows many different story lines (characters) but is mostly about a young surgeon working in a mission hospital in Ethiopia – the story of his birth mother, his identical twin brother, his adoptive family, and his journey of studying medicine are all interwoven with a backdrop of cultural and historical Ethiopia – something I knew little to nothing about. It was such an incredible story (I’m still remember scenes and conversations weeks later!) and the characters (even some of the most fringe characters) had a depth and richness that you are sometimes challenged to find in a popular novel. With so many books out there to waste your time, this one is worth every minute.

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DIY: Felt Farm!

For being a person who enjoys “crafting” there are quite a few methods (medium?) that it took me a long time to try. I’ve only recently experimented with Mod Podge (and loved it), rag quilting, or felt – and each one of them was easy & addicting!

After seeing quite a few projects on pinterest that used felt (doll houses, bunting, quiet books, etc) I thought of making a small vegetable garden for N to play with her farm animals. The pin projects made it seem like an affordable and easy medium to use and I thought the material would work well for having removable fruits/veggies for the garden (Come on, who didn’t love “flannel boards” as a kid??) This project turned out so much cuter & easier than I thought that I went a little crazy and made her an entire felt FARM!

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Crochet Play Food!

I have been working on this little project for (seriously) almost 2 years now! I started crocheting these little treats when I was pregnant with my first daughter and now she is about to have her 2nd birthday. THIS WEEKEND. It is amazing how quickly time flies.

I loved my play kitchen when I was a kid and I still have a soft spot for play food (its just so cute!) so I wanted my kiddos to have the same experience. I’ve been stalling actually giving her these little treats because I wanted her to be old enough to identify them (pb&j, pita, apple & pear are some of her favorites!) and not just use them as chew toys. Most of the patterns came from this book which I highly recommend – all the patterns were easy to follow and almost everything turned out exactly how it looked in the book (not always the case with patterns!). I also got the pattern for the cupcakes here.

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DIY Crochet Baby Rings

I attended a baby shower recently for a dear friend from high school. It was so fun to reconnect with old friends & acquaintances – and especially to meet their CHILDREN (or children-to-be)! There were at least 4 of us, including the lovely lady being “showered”, who were pregnant and many others that had their kids/grandkids with them (or at least pics to share). It was so strange being in the church I grew up in and seeing all of my childhood friends growing their own families. It was a beautiful thing & a reminder that time flies fast.

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Things I love Thursday

Homemade Play-Doh!
Seriously, this stuff is amazing. So fluffy & soft…AND doesn’t make your hands smell weird after. I asked the little one what color she wanted and she said “Boo!” 🙂 The recipe I found came from HowDoesShe? and I had all the ingredients in my pantry. If you’re thinking of making multiple colors I would suggest maybe cutting the recipe in half or else you will end up with a LOT of play-do. Our batch lasted 2 weeks (before it started sprouting mold**) and it was still soft & wonderful! Give ’em a plastic knife and some pipe cleaners and let them go to town. **I didn’t think about it before, but maybe it should be kept in the fridge?

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