Archive for October 2014

Help! My Child Can't Read!

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As a second grade teacher, I heard this sentence from too many parents to count. Every parent wants what is best for his or her child and we all want our children to be doing all the things they are "supposed" to be doing successfully. I could go on and on about the pressure we place on children at a young age, the loss of play and socialization, and the value placed on academics at the expense of learning experiences. But I'll save you all the speech.  Let's get down to brass tacks. Your child is not reading at the level you and/or his teacher feels is appropriate. 

What can you do?  Well, you can hire me for $50 an hour!   Or you can try some of these reading strategies at home.  These are strategies to use with young children and emergent readers and focuses mostly on decoding, using phonemic rules and awareness to read the words. (We'll talk comprehension another day).

Mod Podge Glow-In-The Dark Masks (Halloween Craft)

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Nothing says "Halloween" like a mysterious mask to wear to a Halloween party!  I saw some gorgeous ones in a store that were full of sparkle and luxurious details.  But I knew better than to buy one because I knew with some Mod Podge and my imagination that I could create my own elegant and mysterious masks!

Luckily, I received a box with some of my favorite, tried and true, craft products from Mod Podge that were perfect for this Halloween party project!  

Halloween Printable Test

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Friends, I need some help. I am trying something new and I would love to know if it works for you. I made a set of printable Halloween stickers (or giant cupcake toppers) and I have a link for you to download the printable. Can you leave a comment telling me whether or not it works for you?  Thank you my lovely readers!

Download HERE

Halloween Table Runner

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I was cruisin' through JoAnn's a few week's back. Molly decided she wanted to be an ice queen for Halloween but she didn't want to be Elsa. This girl is the most complicated child ever produced by a human.  There are a million Elsa costumes out there right now but nope....she needs to be a different ice original. So off I went looking for inspiration to create the ultimate ice queen, non-Elsa-esque costume. 

And since fabric is like crack, a little bit never satisfies and you need more, more, MORE I walked out with a yard of some pretty Halloween fabric that featured cameos with a witch silhouette. I love Halloween stuff that isn't so -HEY-IT-IS-HALLOWEEN! HERE ARE SOME BLACK AND ORANGE PUMPKINS WITH WITCH HATS AND SKELETONS! Subtle, if you will.  Elegant, if you will again.

Thrift Store Find

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Do you ever think about the prior life of the stuff you buy at the thrift store?  I do. I wonder if it was a gift from Aunt Wetkiss or something found from cleaning out Grandma Smellsweird's house. Maybe that neighbor that collects owls decided to ditch owls and move on to pandas. Whatever!  

Well, I found this recently.

Truths About Solar Energy!

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I talk about saving money and doing what I can to stay in our budget on this blog. But recently, Jim and I have begun investigating smarter ways to save and benefit our environment at the same time.  With the recent popularity of smart thermostats and TVs, bracelets and refrigerators, and home automation software kits, one emerging home trend to consider is a smart energy source like Sunrun's solar service, which can power all the technology in our homes.  And we do have a lot of technology because Jim works from home! But we soon realized we didn't know the truths about using solar energy!

Repost: Budget Holiday Decorating

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This is not TBT but I think this popular post about holiday decorating on a budget is worth revisiting again now that we are all up to our eyeballs in pumpkins, leaf garlands, and acorns. And of course, Christmas is coming and that's like the um, Christmas of Holiday Decorating.

Fall Mantel 2014

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I finally got some of my summer decorations boxed up and grabbed a few fall-esque things to create a fall mantel! 

I didn't go nuts but I still wanted to be a little festive. And I know it's not "balanced" or whatever but it all came out of the same box and (YAY!) I didn't need to prowl around in any other boxes in a dusty basement with spiders lurking so balanced can kiss my you know what!  

Gorgeous Flowers from The Bouqs Company

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Bouqs Company. I was compensated with product and all opinions are 100% mine.

I adore fresh flowers (who doesn't?) and frankly, I think it is always a good time to give someone (or yourself) a beautiful bouquet of lush blossoms.  My love affair with flowers means I tend to keep fresh bouquets in my living room or kitchen most of the time. Therefore, when The Bouqs  contacted me about reviewing a bouquet I was so excited!  The Bouqs is an online bouquet service that provides quality flowers for every occasion! 

After looking through the huge menu of bouquet options on their website, I fell in love with the one named "Hot Lava."  The picture displayed a full bunch of the most gorgeous hot pink and bright yellow roses.  

Burlap Fall Wreath

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Fall is here!!  YES! Hello pumpkin spice everything!  Hello Halloween candy!  Hello mums! Hello new wreath!  

I got crafty a few weeks ago and decided to make a new fall wreath. I used up some burlap I had laying around and then just tucked in some clusters of fall foliage, flowers, and glittery acorns, securing everything with the good ole glue gun!