Thursday, May 31, 2012

Welcome to The Weekend!

Ladybird Ln
I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!

I let me daughter help me pick which projects to feature this week!
This butterfly skirt from My Inner Need to Create is so much fun!  My daughter really wants one now!

How cute are these origami bags from Creating My Way to Success?  My daughter loves painting her finger and toe nails!
Who does not love Ice Cream? This Strawberry Ice Cream from Claire JustineXOXO, looks delicious! My daughter loves anything pink!




 
Appropriately enough, the blog of the week is lucky linky number 109, Mommy and Me Aprons by The Life of Jennifer Dawn!

I am so excited to see what you have been up to!

PS. SOrry I do not know why the first collection did not show up, I created a new one and hope it works, sorry if your link was deleted.
 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Look 'WHOO'S' Helping Out, Summer Chore Chart Printable!

I love summer time!
I am so excited to have all of my kids back home for the summer, now to keep them busy!  I love charts, I am a big nerd I know.  But my kids really like them as well, it keeps my three kids ages 3-7 motivated!
Last year, I made THIS chart, and while I liked how it was very visual, I did not like the maintenance it took every day to take the pictures up and down! This year I knew I wanted something a bit simpler.
I made these cute Owl themed printable charts that are simple, and only need to be changed once a week.  You can download a blank version for absolutely free HERE!
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Printable Chore Chart, you can download  blank ones for free HERE.
Laminating Pouches
Vis a Vis WET ERASE makers  I recommend wet erase because the dry erase smudge to easily!

I printed out my Chore Charts at Walmart, they are 8x10 size, put them in self laminating pouches, and put them on the fridge, and you are done!
I customized mine so that the daily chores are permanent, and I have left spots open for weekly chores, such as kitchen chores, and a bigger chore.  As my kids complete the job, they fill in the star with the wet erase marker.  They get most their chores done by 10 in the morning!  My oldest daughter is so cute, she knows she is going to have to do some chores like clear the table more than once a day, so she will fill in part of the star for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
As far as rewards go, my kids are pretty happy filling in the stars.  However, I do try to do something fun in the afternoon each day with them.  Something like going to the park, blowing bubbles, drawing a picture, making a treat, going to the library, etc.  In order to do the activity, they have to have their jobs done, but really I haven't need to use that... yet!  If you have older kids you could consider giving them a nickel or dime for each star that was filled in at the end of the week, or something like that!

If you would like me to personalize a chore chart with your child's name and daily chores, email me.  I would be happy to personalize up to 4 kids charts for $5. (ladybirdln10(at)gmail.com)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Skinny Strawberry Salad (1 WW point)


This is one of those recipes I have made 'forever', I am not quite sure where it came from but I like it!  I recently gave it a 'skinny' makeover, to make it even more diet conscience! I also made it 'skinny' to cater to my niece and brother-in-law who have Type 1 Diabetes, this recipe has no added sugar! This simple recipe is delicious, and sure to be a hit at any potluck.  The best news is that this recipe boasts only 1 happy Weight Watchers (Points Plus) Point!


Skinny Strawberry Salad
1 (.6 oz) package Sugar Free Strawberry Instant Jell-O
1 (1 oz) package Sugar Free Fat Free Instant Chessecake Jell-O pudding
2 TBS instant tapioca
3 cups water
8 oz container Free Cool Whip
2 cups Strawberries Chopped

In a sauce pan, bring the 3 cups of water to a boil. Whisk the dry packages of Strawberry Jell-O, Cheesecake Jell-O, and the tapioca together. Add the Jell-O mixture to the boiling water, and let boil for 1 minute. Place mixture in bowl, and let sit in refrigerator over night or at least 4 hours.  When mixture has set, fold in the cool whip.  After the cool whip is incorporated, fold in the chopped strawberries!

1/8 of this recipe (about 3/4 cup) = 1 WW point!

I like to make this recipe in the winter as well, except I substitute orange Jell-O for the Strawberry Jell-O, and canned mandarin oranges for the fresh strawberries!


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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Weekend Show Off Party 5/24

This week has been a crazy busy week, where I have worked on so many projects, but have not finished a thing! You got to love summer time!
I am excited to see what you guys have been up to!

Ladybird Ln
Here are some of my favorites from last week!
Home Designs by Amanda, made a beautiful simple blanket... for a friend of course, she is one of the most generous people I 'know'!

A Woven Home shared how to make a terrarium that will not break your wallet,
I think it is so much fun.

I can not get over how cute these cupcakes are from Gratefully Growing in Grace!

 
  And the Blog of the week (via Random.org) is lucky Linky number 36! 
 Will Cook for Smiles made Chiv Garlic and Herb Rolls that a) look delicious! and b) look pretty simple as well!



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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Engagement Pictures!

Wow, it is a busy time of year, I just wanted to share with you guys some things that are on my mind! 
 Alyssa is getting married in July, and I could not be more excited for my little sis!
Here is the Happy Couple now!
 This is a Sneak Peak of the engagement pictures, she would not even let me show you her favorites, they are AMAZING!
Did I ever tell you my little sister is a super model?
 This is the ring my sister's fiance picked out all by himself!  It is a vintage ring with diamonds and sapphires from the 30's, he did good!
Alixann Loosle Photography took these beautiful photos! 

Expect more Wedding Posts to come!  My sister is planning an amazing wedding on a shoe string budget!
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Weekend Show Off Party

Welcome to the Weekend! 
Ladybird Ln
 I had so much fun looking over all of your projects this week, here is a couple that caught my eye!
  I just bought a fancy camera ( A Cannon xsi) and I am TERRIFIED that I will loose the lens cap.  Adventures of our Family of Four made a lens pouch that hooks onto her camera strap, GENIUS!  This is on my to do list! 

 Simply Sweet 'n Savory, made homemade Churro's, how cool is that!  They look delicious. 

Chicken Scratch gave us a great tip on how to give your tomato plants a head start!






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 And the blog of the week this week is lucky linky #50 (VIA random.org)!  
Homegrown Beanes made Strawberry cobbler and it looks delicious!

Congratulations, I will have your button on the sidebar for the week, and invite you to come guest post on my blog!


I have also started a 'BEST OF THE WEEKEND SHOW OFF PARTY' Board on Pinterest, I am going to start featuring some of your creations on there each week so follow along!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lemon Berry and Ginger Pudding Pops!

 
 As a child of the 80's I love Bill Cosby... and Pudding Pops! This recipe is a new twist on an old stand-by! Lemon and berries is my favorite springtime combination. This recipe is simple, versatile, and fun! My eager panel of taste testers agree this recipe is fabulous, my family loves it!




Lemon Ginger Pudding Pops 

1 package (3 oz) instant Lemon Jell-O Pudding
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1- 8 oz container of Cool Whip
1 cup berries (any variety fresh or frozen)
3 oz paper cups
Popsicle sticks

Using a wire whisk, beat the pudding Mix, milk, and ginger for two minutes. Let sit in the fridge for five minutes. Fold the Cool Whip into the pudding mixture. Place a spoonful of the pudding mixture into your cup. Next, layer a spoonful of berries over your pudding. Finally, spoon in enough pudding to fill your cup. Place a popsicle stick in the center of your cup. Wiggle your cups a little to prevent air bubbles. Place your cups in a pan, and freeze for 2-3 hours. Once frozen, tear paper cups off, and you are good to go! Yields 8-10 pudding pops.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Door Ideas, 2012 edition!

At my children's elementary school, the PTA has a tradition of decorating the Teachers and staff doors during Teacher Appreciation week. It is my favorite project to help with.  This year I decorated the librarians door... I think I may have been a librarian in a former life because I love libraries, and I think librarians are pretty awesome as well!
You can listen to some of library inspiration as you read this post, let me be honest, I laughed so hard the first time I saw this, it kills me... A Book Cart Drill Team, now that is pretty awesome. I have always wondered what librarians do in there spare time!
Here is the door I did, I wish I went with the bigger die cut lettering the school had, it looks a little plain, but it gets the point across, right?  The kids clearly did not get it, my cute cousin kept saying, is it supposed to be funny!  I told her she needed to be born in the 80's to fully appreciate it!
Here is the close up of the book! I took first lines from some famous book, and found a fun quote from Mark Twain!  Do you know which books these quotes are from? This book by the way is HUGE, it is a pretty big door!

Each year I am blown away by the creativity, here are some of the other awesome doors parent volunteers decorated!
This is the door of the Principle, she has to be pretty flexible to keep up with these kids!

And this door is for our ever ready secretary! Dash is very fitting!

I think this door is so creative and a great spin off of Mrs. Finlinson's name!

You know if it mentions peanut butter I am in, this is so fun!  The glasses are great, just like the ones Mr. Syme wears!

Again Peanut Butter, Reese's Pieces, so much fun! 

I think every sunshine needs a sweet smiley face, I love the little details!

This one is funny on so many levels, we love our Janitors!

 This one is so creative and fun, I love the sunflower seeds glued to the flowers, so dimensional!

I think a good teacher is a treasure as well!

This was the kids favorite, I think the clouds and candy are pretty fun too!

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