Monday, August 31, 2009

September Visiting Teaching Handout

Yep, it's a day early. So go out there and get your VT done already. ;) Don't be a slacker like me and wait until the last week of the month. You know your sisters are going to want this pretty September handout!



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I am pleased to say that my own mother used my August Visiting Teaching Handout. I am moving up in the world. :)

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Get Permanant Marker Off Granite Countertops

Surprise! My little guy left me a message on my granite counter tops with a sharpie. I guess he wanted it to live in my heart forever. Too bad it only lasted about 10 seconds after I saw it. I grabbed a magic eraser (the one from the dollar store of course) and bye bye "permanent" marker. Oh how I love magic erasers!

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Feature Friday-That Went Well (Bargain Tips)

Today's Feature Friday is a site I ran across a couple of weeks ago that I have already seen the fruits of!! Todd and Erin's "That Went Well" is chuck full of super savings and free offers. They will let you in on great deals at all sorts of your favorite places. Trust me, you do not want to miss this one.


If you live in Utah you may be familiar with Todd and Erin from the radio station B98.7. If you are not, here we go with the one minute interview. Aren't I cool interviewing local celebrities! ;)
  • What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon? My cordless drill. Honest. You can't believe what you can do with lumber scraps, a DeWalt cordless and two bored 9 year olds.
  • What is the craziest thing that ever happened to you while on the air? Hmmm...first "F-bomb" dropped from this cute little Irish lady was was the oldest living waitress from the Hard Rock Cafe, we were paralyzed with horror. But, it sounded kinda cute in an Irish accent so we didn't get fired. We've broadcast the show through all manner of natural disasters...an earthquake, a tornado, a brush fire...
  • If you could have any other profession what would it be? The Todd is insistent that he would make a great diamond heiress, but I'm not seeing that in his future. For me? I would hate to leave radio, because where else can you raise money for a new liver for a 6 year old, hold a Slumber Party for 2,000 girls and meet Bono and the rest of U2 in a single week? It's nuts, but what a ride! :)
Can I just say that it is awesome that she calls her hubs The Todd. I'm going to start calling mine The Jared. Ok, maybe I can't get away with that. Darn.

Erin sure has done it with her blog. I have already received a free 11x17 wall cling from Walgreen's and am picking up my free 8x10 photo collage today. It is like a fun game hopping on there to see what you can save on or try free next!



Here is my photo cling from Walgreen's. It actually sticks right to the wall and you can move it around until you find the right spot.

I would show you some of the great deals, but they are updated and change so often, that you'll just have to see for yourself! They are getting a face lift this weekend so stay tuned to see their pretty new duds!

Great tips Erin and The Todd! You are now entered in the Hall of Fame as Tipsters of the Week!

Oh, and if you are going to Erin's slumber party tomorrow night, look for me! I'm totally going to be rockin' my bright yellow and green track suit (if I dare, I currently feel as if it should not be worn out of the house).

Pig photo credit: http://plainview.wordpress.com/2009/02/

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I Love to See the Temple-Hand Print Spires

As many of you know a new LDS temple (Oquirrh Mountain) was dedicated on Sunday. I felt really blessed to be able to attend the dedication and hear some wonderful uplifting words. My sister and I traded babysitting so that we could each attend a session. One of my favorite things said was something like this...You have a room in your house for eating, you have a room in your house for sleeping, you have a room in your house for TV, but do you have room in your house for Christ?"

I decided that it would be fun to have some Sunday appropriate temple activities and mementos for the kiddos to remember this special day. I found a cute temple coloring page on Mormon Share to start them off. Then, I shrunk down the picture of the new Oquirrh Mountain Temple from LDS.org and printed them each a wallet size copy to keep. I meant to ask my niece how she felt about the new temple and record it for her journal, but ran out of time.



When googling "I love to see the temple coloring" I saw this quote in the third listing. "I love to see the temple. (put fingertips together to form a spire)" I got soooo excited!! How cute would that be, hand print temple spires. I clicked on the listing, but it turns out it is just actions to the song, not an actual art activity. Not anymore. I just traced the outline of their hands on a piece of paper with the angel Moroni printed at the top. It would be really cute to use finger paint or ink so you could see the detail of their tiny hand. It is almost like they are raising their little hand saying, "I love to see the temple." Sorry if you are gagging now. See it on the fridge below.

The best part about this activity was today when we walked in to the kitchen to get a snack today, my son looked up pointed at the fridge and said, "temple." Aaah, my heart fell out of my chest. Then, I got a good laugh as I realized I have 7, count them SEVEN, temple pictures on my fridge. Hello.

1. Lists our old wards goals, but they are good so I keep them up there.
2. My mini temple calendar where I keep track of what day we went to the temple each month with a little gold temple sticker. We went tonight, so dear me, that makes 8 temples on the fridge now.
3. A cute little card from Deseret Book that has part of the YW theme "Make and Keep Sacred Covenants."
4. A magnet of a gorgeous photo of the SLC temple that his talented Aunt LaRae took. We bought at hubs family reunion.
(these two help hold a temple wedding announcement, he he)



5. The wallet size of the new Oquirrh Mountain temple
6. The coloring page
7. The hand print spires


I guess you could say that "I love to see the Temple." hardee har har

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Nature Walk Bracelet

I totally stole this Nature Walk Bracelet idea from Martha. All you need is masking tape and I know you all have a roll stashed somewhere. I knew from the minute I saw this bracelet that my little guy would go crazy for it and I was right! Ours wasn't so much a nature walk as a stroll through our cul de sac. That is as far as we made it before he had both of his bracelets full! We did not make ours to keep as Martha suggests, but I think that is a fun idea as I became rather attached to mine.




And yes, if you were wondering, I am totally freckled. And...no matter what they tell you...freckles won't grow together to form a great looking tan. Let's here it for freckles!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Feature Friday-Back To School Toddler Activities

Today's Feature Friday is just a little different. Instead of featuring one blogger with tons of great ideas, we are featuring a bunch of bloggers with one or two of their good ideas. (Maybe it is because I was lazy unpacking from my lake trip and did not get the interview questions out, maybe not.)

Back to School is upon us and with the older kids going off to school you may be left with just one little one at home. They will sense the excitement (or dread) and may want to be a part of it. Here are some fun ideas for back to school activities for toddlers.

Color File Folder Games from Kiz Club (via ABC and 123) They have TONS of resources!

Alphabet Sewing Cards from Kids Sewing projects (via ABC and 123)-Print your own alphabet sewing cards to teach fine motor skills and letters at the same time.
children sewing cards and strings

Nature Bracelet from ABC an 123-Take a nature walk with a "sticky bracelet." Wrap a length of masking tape, sticky-side out, to your child's wrist like a bracelet. As you walk and collect earthy treasures, stick them to the bracelet to keep and display.




People on the Bus from Toddlertoddler.com-print out the bus and have them color it yellow. Then, let them choose pics of family members to put in the windows


Alphabet Bugs from Toddlertoddler.com-tape each letter to a body part or furniture item that starts with that letter and ask them to help get the bugs off. Each letter they take off you tell them the letter and the name of the item it was stuck to.

Free File Folder Games from File Folder Heaven-Games to teach size, rhyming and more.

Color Matching Cards from Homeschool Creations-Perfect for teaching the little ones their colors. I love vibrant pictures!
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I am excited to try these ideas with my little guy. I hope you are too!

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cheap Chick-JCPenney Coupon/OfficeMax

Want a great deal? I just found one today at JCPenney. I don't usually shop there, but I got a $10 off a purchase of at least $10 coupon and figured I could not pass that up. If you did not get one you can use the code GET4BTS online. I believe it goes through Sat, Aug 22nd.

I found this cute sweatshirt for my 20 month old and snatched it up. We have a thing for orange. There was a lot of clearance items for 75% off and many other sale items.

Don't mind the bed head. This pic was taken right after his nap.

Here's the best part. It was $3.19! That's cheaper than Walmart people!!



I knew it would be cheap with the 40% off sale and the coupon, but as I left the girl said, "You saved $19." For real?! Oh how I love a deal!

As I walked to my car, I knew I had to share this. I was thinking out loud and said, "cheap" to which my son replied, "cheep, cheep" and pointed to a bird. Thus, Cheap Chick was born. How brilliant I thought I was until I came home, hopped online, and realized tons of other people had this realization way before me. Oh well.



*edit:
I almost forgot about the great deal at OfficeMax too! They have promo for 1 cent 24 ct. crayons (limit 3), 15 cent 10 ct. Bic pens (limit 3) and 10 cent poly folders (limit 6). Plus, I got a brown bag in the mail that gives you an extra 20% off everything you can fit inside it. So, I went and got all of this...

for 93 cents! Oh, how I love a good deal in the morning. Ya, it might be the crappy brands, but c'mon, 93 cents! That way I will not feel bad when I lose all the pens and my kid eats or breaks all of the crayons! Woohoo!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Toddler TV Time

While on our vacation in Bear Lake we stumbled upon the subject of appropriate shows for small children. I shared how I was recently very disappointed with Sesame Street when they had an entire episode on "Mineitis." All the characters ran around grabbing whatever they could and yelling "Mine." Their intention was to then show the cure and show that it was wrong, but I was concerned that the age group that watches Sesame Street (my 20 month old) would not pick up on the reverse psychology. I was right. A few days later he began grabbing things and saying "mine!" He had never done this previously. Luckily, he is catching on that it is wrong since he gets in trouble every time he says it.

My sister-in-law mentioned that her friend thought Sesame Street might actually contribute to ADHD because of its short choppy clips. I had never thought of this, but she is totally right. This opened my eyes and I got to thinking I might need to switch our programming choices, though my little guy adores Elmo. (Maybe I will just let him watch the Elmo's world segment)

I set out on a quest to find a place with ratings on age appropriateness and educational value of children's programming. In my 15 minutes of research I found something shocking! I knew too much TV leads to obesity and so on, but I had no idea of some of the research out there.

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Did you know:
  • TV may increase the risk for attentional problems because television images change rapidly, "which is an important contrast to the pace of real life," he says. He notes that even some well-respected children's programs - such as Sesame Street -- are specifically designed to rely on rapid fire images to keep a young child's attention. (1)
  • In the Academy's journal Pediatrics the report's authors write: "Pediatricians should urge parents to avoid television viewing for children under the age of 2 years." (2)
  • TV watching "rewires" an infant’s brain, says Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis lead researcher and director of the Child Health Institute at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, Wash. The damage shows up at age 7 when children have difficulty paying attention in school. (3)
  • "In contrast to the way real life unfolds and is experienced by young children, the pace of TV is greatly sped up." says Christakis. His research appears in the April 2004 issue of Pediatrics. Quick scene shifts of video images become "normal," to a baby "when in fact, it’s decidedly not normal or natural." Christakis says. Exposing a baby’s developing brain to videos may overstimulate it, causing permanent changes in developing neural pathways.(3)
  • Even a child playing with its own fingers has the neural patterning that comes from bending, flexing, stretching and grasping. Scientists tell us that the brain develops in completely unique ways between birth and three years. As a kiddie viddie baby sits "mesmerized", neural paths are not being created. This is crucial brain development that stops by age three.(3)
  • In the study of more than 2,000 children, Christakis found that for every hour watched at age one and age three, the children had almost a ten percent higher chance of developing attention problems that could be diagnosed as ADHD by age 7. A toddler watching three hours of infant television daily had nearly a 30 percent higher chance of having attention problems in school.(3)
  • No child under age two should watch television at all, the Academy of American Pediatrics advised in 1998. Doctors blame TV for increasing aggression and obesity in children, now they add ADHD risk to early TV use.(3)
(Sources for quotes listed by number below.)

Crazy isn't it?! My little one was watching about an hour of TV a day so I could shower or put away laundry. Now that I have read all of this I think I will cut that down to 30 minutes (a mom's gotta have a break now and then) and seriously look at any programming I may expose him to. I want something that has good values and is educational, does not have choppy clips, and does not annoy me. This is a pretty hard combination to find.

little_einsteins.jpg Little Einsteins image by pobrepapa

Here are a few children's shows we like:
The Backyardigans
Little Einsteins
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Veggietales
Wordworld (the duck is a little annoying)
Little People Videos

What are some of your favorites?
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Monday, August 17, 2009

YW Leadership Idea

Each month at our Young Women activity planning meeting we have a Leadership moment to teach the girls different aspects of a leader. I used this idea a few months ago when the meeting was at my house.

I had a coat rack with like 20 different hats (luckily between my son and I we had quite a few, then I borrowed more from family) for them to choose from. I had each of the girls pick a hat to wear, then read a description that corresponded with each hat of a quality they as a Young Women Presidency member would need to possess.

For instance:
  • Fireman hat-calming an argument
  • Construction hat-building people up
  • Sombrero-fiesta, enjoy yourself
  • Pirate-take control in rough seas
  • Tiara-make decisions
  • Mafia (plastic fedora)-have each others back
  • Wheaties baseball cap-wholesome thoughts and activities
  • Visor-helps us see clearly
  • Snow hat-help others have a warm snugly feeling
  • Roots hat from the Olympics-coming together with one goal
  • Easter hat-not being afraid to show spiritual side
  • Sparkly winter hat-let your personality sparkle
  • Beach hat-sunny, good attitude
You can make something up for any hat.

I then printed each girl the following hat handout to take home.



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BTW, it is my 5 year wedding anniversary today! Love you babe!



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Monday, August 10, 2009

Easy Back to School Centerpiece

This Back to School Centerpiece was just the ticket to get our house in gear for fall on its way!

I love changing things around just a little for each season. I LOVE back to school even though I have no kids in school (my little guy is 20 months) and I have not been in school since I graduated from BYU in 2005. There is something about all those cheap office and art supplies that gets me giddy! Here are some quick little tips to get in gear without much effort or expense.

I am a big fan of the fill random vases with stuff method. This is SO EASY for back to school. We all have crayons, pencils, and other school supplies we can use. As an extra added bonus, this makes your decor usable for homework. I find that homework many times gets done near the centerpiece anyway.

I used apples, colored pencils and magnetic letters from my little guy's leapfrog fridge phonics set. I put them on top of the fridge because they would be too big of a temptation for my little guy and he would be on the table constantly.



I also have a thing for lists: to do lists, grocery lists, menu lists. You name it, I love it! I like to update seasonally by changing the grocery list pad on my fridge. I buy them in the Target dollar section and change them every few months. Here's my back to school list pad:


That's all for now. I will be enjoying some sand, water, and sun at Bear Lake this week! So I've got to get to packing. Better make a list. ;)

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

YW lesson 32 Personal Purity through Self-Discipline Handout

This is a handout idea for anyone who has to teach the Young Women lesson 32 on Personal Purity through Self-Discipline. It is to go along with Ann's great object lesson I found by way of Sugardoodle (they have a ton of other ideas for this lesson too).

"As an object lesson/handout for this lesson, I gave each of the girls a couple of plain Vanilla wafers at the beginning of class - I told them if they wanted to, they could eat the cookies, but they would be "rewarded" if they didn't eat them (none of them ate them). At the end of the lesson I handed each girl a big heart sugar cookie that I had frosted with pink frosting, and wrapped in saran wrap - I had a tag attached with a ribbon which read "when we exercise self control, we will receive "sweet" rewards". The girls LOVED this (they would love anything that was food related actually ) but this was a successful object lesson and handout." (Idea by Ann)

We are changing it up a little bit and giving chocolate chip cookies at the end instead. Here is the YW lesson 32 handout that we attached to the bags:


Free Font: http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/freescrapbookfonts/hiccups/
Cookie pic: Madbaker
Free Digiscrap items: Carrie Stephens Spontaneous Delight

Put together with Photoshop



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Friday, August 7, 2009

Organizing Your Hair and Makeup Items

I finally got motivated to clean up the top drawer in my vanity. Baby steps, the other drawers and medicine cabinet can wait. ;) I laugh a little because I know many bloggers who only post really nice clean pics of their houses and once in a while say "It's not always like this" and maybe post one dirtyish pic. Well I seem to be the opposite. Always showing you pictures of my messes. So I will go ahead and throw in an "It's not always like this. " There are clean places too.

On that note...here's the before.

  1. Pull everything out and sort in to categories. I did:
  • hair things
  • jewelry
  • makeup
  • thread and buttons
  • stuff to move
  • stuff to give away or donate
  • stuff to trash
  • don't be afraid to throw or give away things you have not used in the last six months-year


2. In my drawer, I used a mesh metal organizer with 4 compartments where I stored the make up I don't use daily, my hair things, the buttons and thread and other odds. My jewelry (that isn't in my jewelry boxes) is in the pink pouch and the white box left over from my face cleansing wipes. The teal makeup bag holds the make up I use daily and is in the front so I can access it quickly.


There I did it! I can finally link up with Organizing Junkie's Monthly Organizing round-up (Makeup and hair supplies) and also join in Coming Clean's Operation Organization Challenge.



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Feature Friday-Needle In A Haystack (Free patterns and giveaway)

Our Feature Friday today is Shelli from
I met Shelli (a contributor to youcanmakethis.com and swakembroidery.com) at the Mom's Who Make It Conference a few weeks ago (which was amazing by the way, thanks Quinn!). Someone asked me what my blog was and when I said "A Little Tipsy", she said "You are the Tipsy girl?!" I was so excited to actually meet one of my followers in person! And come to find out I had bookmarked some of her cute ideas too! Small world! So I got to know her over lunch, but here's your chance to acquaint yourself with the one-minute interview (It was Shelli's idea to spice it up with some photos. Great idea!):
  • What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon? Hmmm...tough question. I have so many, but for my stitchery business in particular, one of my favorite tools has to be my light box. When I first started my business years ago, I used to tape my patterns to a sunny window to develop and trace them, and it worked just fine. But for my birthday one year, my sweet friends pitched in and bought me a "Light Tracer". It changed my world! It's a flat *box* with a hard surface and a light inside that allows me to trace my patterns right on top of it. I use it multiple times a day when I'm developing new patterns or when I'm tracing them onto fabric. It's a super simple tool, but a lifesaver for me.
  • Where is your favorite vacation spot? Well, we just returned from the Oregon Coast this summer, and that is currently at the top of my list. The beach is incredibly beautiful and unique, as well as the forest that fringes it. There are so many extraordinary places to explore, that we couldn't even get to them all in the time we had. Beach-combing, skim surfing, kite flying, hiking, and exploring the tide pools were some of the things we enjoyed the most. My family already wants to go back. I highly recommend it. It was amazing!
  • How do you come up with your cute patterns? Good question! Wow. I have to think about that. I guess truthfully, I'm inspired by several things, but really, I try to soak in what's around me and turn it into something on paper that makes me happy. Most of the time, a quote or phrase that I like inspires me to begin a new pattern and is the jumping off point for me. I then build my art work and lettering around it to add emphasis to the feeling or meaning of the words.
  • When I created, "No Greater Joy," I simply began because I loved the scripture from 3 John 1:4 that stated, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." I wanted to create something for my home that could be a part of our furnishings and something my children could read and be reminded of frequently. I wanted to embellish the words with something that felt solid and strong, and pine trees came to mind. I drew two trees to one side to represent my husband and myself, and then four more along the other side to represent each of my children. It is such a simple design, but I wanted the emphasis to be on the words, and the whole image is meaningful for me and my little brood, and that's what I was shooting for. It's completely customizable for your family as well.

  • Often I'll see a new line of fabric that reminds me of something or stirs up some creative thoughts. When I created the "Groovy Love" pattern, it was totally inspired by a line of fabric by Amy Butler. I was trying to come up with a pattern for Valentine's Day, and when I saw this fabric it was so fresh and funky, it got me thinking of all the affectionate and sometimes crazy terms of endearment we call our loved ones at times. I experimented with a variety of writing styles and sizes, and "Groovy Love" was born.
  • How many pairs of shoes do you own? This is a question I've never been asked before, so until now, I've never actually known. But I can now say, I have 23 pairs of shoes.
To learn more about Shelli, read the *s in this post. I am totally creeped out my earwigs too, Shelli!!

These adorable burp cloths and receiving blankets were displayed at the Mom's Who Make It Conference and guess what...Shelli has the patterns FOR FREE. You luckys. What I love the most is they have the cute fabric on one side and the ever absorbant cloth diaper on the other. She's got smarts!She's showing me up with the burp cloths, but c'mon my ribbon burp cloths are still good for not sewing in 15 years right?!

Back to school is here and we all end up with that one giant pic in the package of school pictures. Go ahead, take them out of the package this year and display those school pics on clipboards like Shelli. What a fun simple idea and so easy to update with new pics or art projects!
In this next post, Shelli shares a touching story she learned from her Father about recognizing the special things surrounding us. The story is titled The Golden Windows. It is short and sweet, but a really good reminder. I hope I can leave lasting memories and values like this for my kids.

Speaking of fathers, I had to share this idea because I am IN LOVE WITH IT!! I wish I had time to do it for my Dad's bday next week because it is...well there is not a word to describe, that is how much I love it. See for yourself.
This Father frame is the perfect portrait of how I think of my Dad. He was an LDS seminary teacher, Bishop and now Stake President so I saw my Dad in a white shirt and tie most of my life.

Shelli celebrated Christmas in July (we're a little late... blame it on the rain, ya ya) and is sharing two free patterns, a free e-book, and a backstitching tutorial with us. Phew, that is a lot of free. I love a good tutorial especially for something I think is so cute, but I am so inept at. Get your needles ready!
Lucky for us, Shelli is also doing a Christmas in July giveaway right now (ok, so it is august now, just count yourself lucky that it is still open for entries)! Head over and leave a comment by Sunday, August 9th at midnight to win this adorable Christmas Pillow!

The one thing I love more than a good tutorial is winning something already made for me. And yes, I entered, and I'm going back to enter again since I believe this counts as posting about it on my blog. he he.

Great ideas and free stuff Shelli! You are now entered in to the Hall of Fame as Tipster of the Week!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-Does This Mean I'm Brushing Too Hard?


It was a free one from the dentist. ;)

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