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making darling moments

Monday, October 09, 2017

Handprint Leaf Tree

The leaves are starting to change colors here, and we're all so excited! I love how different our yard and street look as the seasons change, and the girls are just as happy to be collecting or crunching the fallen leaves. When they were in the mood for an art project the other day, I decided to recreate the scenery for us to bring indoors!

 

First, I used a long roll of paper to sketch out the trunk and branches of a tree. Don't worry about making it look finished - the leaves will end up covering the ends:

Then I picked red, yellow, green, and brown washable paint, and painted the girls' hands one color at a time:

At first I was cleaning their hands off in between colors, but then we realized we liked how it looked when the colors mixed a bit!

We hung up the finished tree on their art room door, and they've been trying to get me to make more for the other doors ever since! We might end up with a whole forest upstairs. :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Surprise Stones

We live in a great neighborhood, and I've noticed that it's at its happiest when everyone makes an effort to cheer each other up! My girls are always happy to get messy with an art project, so here's a simple one we did to add some cheer to our neighborhood :).

I picked up a small bag of "filler" stones from a craft store, along with craft paint and brushes of various sizes:

Then I asked the girls what things make them happy...and while I got some answers like "stingrays!", I also got "flowers and the sun" which are a little easier to paint ;). 

I let them paint anything they wanted on most of them...some got some "Mom" help, but I liked all of their originals so much!

Then for the "surprise" component: we hid the rocks around our neighborhood, in front of restaurants and along sidewalks...anywhere that would make people smile to see a little surprising color!

And of course, the kids turned into works of art, too :).

This was such a fun afternoon project, and it's kept us smiling as we see them around town!

 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Breakfast Bark

On days when we're trying to get out the door as quickly as possible, fast (but healthy) breakfasts are such a game changer! I love this simple recipe, and it's easy enough for the kids to help make, as well! All you need is greek yogurt, maple syrup, granola, and some fresh fruit:

I mixed about four tablespoons of maple syrup into two cups of greek yogurt...maybe a bit more, since greek yogurt is so tart. Then I spread it on my favorite silicone baking sheet (you can just use parchment paper on a baking sheet, too).

Top it with the granola and fruit - I used blueberries and strawberries, and added the leftover berry juice just to see how the color looked with the yogurt :).

Place it in the freezer for at least two hours, then break into whatever size pieces you want! 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Home School

Whether you're completely dreading it or can't wait, the new school year is just around the corner! I have several friends who are teachers, and I was noticing that they all use decorating their classrooms as a way to get excited for the year ahead. So I thought that might work for moms, too...the homework-checkers, lunch-packers, and sometimes the teachers ourselves! No matter if you homeschool, or just want a dedicated spot for "preschool," or for big kids to do their homework, these amazing spaces might just have you counting down to the first day of school :).

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Friendship Day

I know that every time we turn around it's a new "national ______ day!" holiday...but there's one that I think is worth a little extra effort! August 6th is apparently Friendship Day, and I love the idea of surprising friends with a little something to show how much they mean to you. Here are a couple of ideas:

 

Friendship bracelets will always be cool, but I especially like this simple take on it! 

For friends who've maybe moved away, these matching, pocket-sized buddies can keep the adventures going:

And for the mom-friends, without whom we might forget to change out of yoga pants every now and then, drink coffee while it's still hot, and remember how to talk to adults, geraniums are the flowers that mean "friendship" :).