Letter of the Week {B}

Summer is here and the first year of preschool over! We need some fun activities too keep us entertained, but with some intellectual value. This summer we’re going with letter themes. It’s perfect to help my youngest who is learning to talk and my preschooler who is learning to read and write.
Here are the Letter of the Week {A} activities if you missed them.
Now on to B!
I have two boys, so naturally we went with Bugs and Balls!

  • Make fun summer Bugs (from Mommyness Adventures) by painting cans and adding pipe cleaner wings.
  • Go on a Bug hunt. (kit from Dollar Tree)

  • Write all the B words for the activities, foods, etc.
  • Wear a fun Bug shirt or something Blue.
  • Watch a Bug through a jar. We had a cocoon we found in the garden in a jar and the Bug inside just happened to hatch on B week! It was a pretty orange moth. Rolly poleys are great for this too!
  • Little brother used the tweezers from the bug kit for a hunt for another B word. ;)

  • Make a Ball pit in a Big Box.
  • Dump them all out and collect the Balls with a Basket counting them as you go.

Photo credits: BroccoliBeefBananasBerriesBreadBaked Beans

  • Eat foods that begin with B. 
All in all, B was a pretty rockin’ letter of the week! We had a ton of fun!
What fun B activities can you think of?



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Real.Life.Photography {GIVEAWAY}

If you’re familiar with Rebecca Cooper’s gorgeous bloSimple As That then you already know that she is super talented.  She has adorable party and project ideas and her photos are pretty much to die for.


I am so excited to be part of the welcoming committee to share with you Rebecca’s newest book (ya, it’s her third, she’s that amazing) Real.Life.Photography.


I had the chance to enjoy the book already and it is fabulous; packed with tips, techniques and  photo editing tricks.  Also, Christy from Addy Lane created a fun set of actions called the Simple Fixes Action Set that are the perfect to go along with her book.  I had a chance to test those out too and they are great! 

The book has 6 chapters full of useful advice and of course is full of awe inspiring images. Wanna take a peek?



I love that she shares “HOW I GOT THE SHOTS” notations to detail techniques used for the images.  I seriously had multiple ah-ha moments while reading. Her tips are simple, but were totally eye opening for me. 


I am a total list girl so I also love that she gives a list of suggested photos to capture from everyday life. I feel like in the long run these are the photos of the moments we will cherish.


So, now that I have shown you how jealous I am of her skills and how I love that her book gives me a  chance at improving mine, it’s time for the good part where you have the chance at your own!

One lucky Tipsy reader gets a copy of Real. Life.Photo graphy and a set of Simple Fixes Action Set (PSE or PS version, your choice!)


For those of you who want to get your hands on either of these items now, you can purchase them for the early bird price of $9.99 each (the regular price will be $12.99). If you purchase both the book and the actions together, you can get 20% off by using the promo code PHOTOFIX at checkout.



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American Stars and Stripes Pillow

I love our flag. The colors are awesome. It’s clean and crisp and represents so much! I love decorating with it. I also love things that look like they took a lot of work when they were SUPER easy! Thus, I was thrilled to find this American flag placemat for like $3 that would so easily translate in to a faux quilted throw pillow.

American Stars and Stripes Placemat Pillow
SUPPLIES:
Placemat (from ShopKo)
Seam Ripper
Polyfil
Binder clips
Needle
Thread
DIRECTIONS:
Use the seam ripper to make an opening about half the width of the side of the placemat.

Stuff tight with Polyfil. Hold opening closed with binder clips and stitch closed using the existing holes from the original thread. Slide the binder clips along as you need more space to stitch.

Find the perfect spot for your cute new American stars and stripes pillow!

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Letter of the Week {A}

Summer is here and my little guy finished his first year of preschool! I wanted some fun activities too keep us entertained, but with some intellectual value. I decided that this summer we would go with letter themes. It is perfect to help my youngest who is learning to talk and my preschooler who is learning to read and write.
We of course kicked things off with A as the letter of the week.
We folded paper Airplanes and had an Airplane flying contest.
Then, we did a puzzle of America, being sure to point out Arizona, Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas and the Atlantic Ocean.
I had my four year old write all the letter of the week words in Apple Green crayon to practice his writing.
Photo credits: AnticsABC bookAirplaneAmerica puzzle

We pretended to be Apes and ate Applesauce for a snack.
Then, we read two books Antics and Dr. Suess’s ABC.
We had a whole other list of fun A things, but we will save them for the next time around.
What other fun A activities can you think of?


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