Monday, May 21, 2012

Little Stools

First, I have to just say that my husband is THE best!  After seeing these cute little stools/benches on Pinterest (I'm sure you're not surprised), I knew that I NEEDED to have some.  I knew they would be PERFECT for our backyard patio area.  So what did I do?  I showed my husband and he quickly got to work.  What a good man I have!  After he had them built, I did a little painting, sanding, and staining.  And that's it!
I love that they were quick and easy.  I love how they act as great seats for kids (and even adults).  I love how they make a great leg rest.  I love how they are fantastic for photo shoots.  Oh, and I love that they didn't cost a thing to make because we had the scraps lying around.  Yay!  Now, go make some of your own (or get your husband to do it)!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Growing Seeds {I HEART Gardens}

I Love, Love, Love having a garden!  There is nothing like picking fresh veggies right out of your backyard for dinner.  Oh, and NOTHING beats a home-grown tomato.  Mmm.  Love.

So anyway, we recently moved about 8 months ago.  One of my big requirements was that we needed to find a place we could have a garden.  Well, we found a great house--but a garden was out of the question.  Big bummer!

Well, luckily for us, we found a place to have a garden--it is a few miles from our house, but I feel SO fortunate for finding such kind people who are willing to share their property with people such as me!  Hooray.  I was seriously giddy when I found out we would get our garden after all!

It seems that we always have a few seeds that never come up, so I decided to get some seeds started at home that we can transplant to our garden.  This is done quite easily.
I simply took some egg cartons, filled them with planting soil, placed a seed in each spot, lightly covered with more soil, and watered.  We had sprouts within a few days.  It has only been a week now--and look how big some are getting!  Hooray for zucchini, and cabbage, and squash, and cucumbers, and watermelon.  Tomorrow is the big day we will transplant these beautiful sprouts.  
Transplanting is easy too.  I just use scissors to cut apart the individual sections of carton.  Carefully kind of cut away the bottom of the carton.  If you can't really cut away because of the roots don't worry.  The carton will decompose and the roots will continue to grow through the carton.  Then you can just plant the individual section in your garden.  Pretty simple!
Happy Planting!

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Mother's Love

Lately I have been thinking about how grateful I am to be a Mom!  It seems I get this overwhelming feeling of love each night as I check on my three little ones before going to bed.  I'm not sure if it's the quietness or what, but seeing my kids asleep sure seems to put life into perspective for me.  It gives me the hope and motivation to be a better mom, wife, and person the next day!

Anyway, when I have babies that I putting to bed, the last thing I say to them before kissing their little cheeks and laying them in their crib is "Momma loves you."  I'm not really sure why, but I do.  I did it with all three of them.  So one day I decided I needed to make a printable to frame in my baby girl's room.    And of course, I thought maybe some of you would like a copy.  I made two different ones.  I would love to know what you think--and which one you prefer!

Click here for the white background
Click here for the brown background
(Both are 5X7's)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Another Chore...Please

Okay, so I don't know about you, but I get so tired of my kids whining about their chores.  I'm sure you've heard it too. "Why do I ALWAYS have to clean my room," or "I have to do EVERYTHING" and the list goes on.
Well, I decided to make little punch cards and a prize basket to help motivate my kids to HAPPILY do their chores.  Hopefully it will help--even just a little. The day after I explained the idea to my kids, my kindergartner came home from school and actually ASKED ME for a chore to do.  I would gladly take more of that.
Yes, this is a picture (even if a bad iphone pic) of my kids doing the dishes.
 It's a pretty easy process.  Do a Chore. 
 Punch your card.
 Punch all 10, Pick a prize.
 Just a little motivation to do a few chores.
And, to make it easy for you, feel free to download my template.  It's nothing fancy, but I wanted something simple I could quickly print without using all my color ink (don't you hate how expensive it is!).  
**Be patient.  It take a minute to load**
Let me know if it helps at your house!