Friday, May 29, 2009
How? I am always searching and finding different local programs to participate in that have rewards or trade-ins.
Some good ones to participate in:
-Library Summer reading clubs (ours has an adult one, kids, teens, and even a read to me one for preschool age and under. They have hockey tickets, free pizza hut, etc. as prizes)
-Radio Stations (our local Christian radio station has a great program that gives you points for listening that you can trade in for prizes such as baseball tickets, zoo passes, cds, clothing, etc.)
-Grand Opening/Open Houses (They provide lots of fun activities and usually snacks for free)
-Free Days (Check out your local museums, almost all of them have a few set free days throughout the year)
-Membership Exchange (We are members of our local Children's Museum, and in the summer they do a cultural exchange, where you can visit the zoo, Fredrick Meijer gardens, Ford Museum, and Art Museum in our area for free a month of the summer!)
-Beach (In Michigan we are lucky, there are a lot of great beaches and parks in the area that are always free)
What local attractions do you find cheap or free in the Summer?
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Supplies needed: Foam core poster board, scissors, exacto knife, tape measure, hot glue gun, white felt big enough to cover desired board + 4 inches, and colored felt for cut out pieces. (puff paint optional for outlining pieces) You can get felt for pretty cheap by the yard at fabric and craft stores.
Measure your foam core to desired size. I made mine, 22" by 18" but you can make any size you would like. I cut it using the exacto knife, be careful when you cut that it doesn't go onto the surface below. I cut almost all the way through, and then bent the board so it snapped off. The edges you cut will be rough, don't worry, these will get covered by the felt.
Next, cut your piece of white(can use any color) felt 4 inches bigger than your foam core. My foam core was 22" by 18", so I cut my white felt 26" by 22" Use the scissors to cut the felt.
Next, I laid the foam core on top of the white felt.
Then, snip out the corners of the felt with scissors as shown above.
There should be 2" of felt all the way around the board now, with squares cut out of each corner. Just fold the 2" up onto the back side of the board and hot glue in place.
The finished back should look like this. Now flip over, and your board is done!
All that's left is to cut out pieces to use. I made a shape set here, you can use puff paint to outline your pieces so they can be seen better if you desire.
Then, enjoy! I'm hoping to make some cool sets of shapes to use soon. I am thinking of a fish and ocean set, or a Very Hungry Caterpillar set... who knows. The possibilities are endless.
Let me know what shapes and sets you make!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Monday- Grilling, with watermelon, chips and ice cream! YEAH!
Tuesday- Sloppy Joes
Wednesday- Fiesta Chicken Pasta
Thursday- Healthified Mexican Pasta Skillet
Friday- Whitecaps game, Velveeta Shells and Cheese before we leave
Saturday- Leave for camping!!!
For more great menu planning ideas, visit orgjunkie.com.
(Back: Yogurt for dipping, raisins, bunny shaped marshmallows)
(Middle: Pineapple, Pepperoni, Cheese, Kix)
(Front: Pineapple, Pepperoni, Turkey, Kix)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Maisy was so gracious, she clapped after all her gifts. It was beyond adorable!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
I've been really wanting to have a felt board for Molly. So this week I decided it was time to make one, and it was definitely worth the 20 minutes I spent putting it together. Molly loves it, and we only have a set of shapes, and spring flowers. I can't wait, the possibilities are endless, I'm thinking I need to make a very hungry caterpillar set...
If anyone wants to know how to make a super easy felt board, let me know and I'll post a tutorial.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I hope you all have a more exciting menu planned for this week than me. I just can't get motivated to plan anything new or exciting for dinner this week. Hopefully I will feel more inspired next week. ;)
Monday- Velveeta Shells and Cheese (I know, boring, but yummy)
Tuesday- Fiesta Chicken Pasta
Wednesday- Turkey Burgers on the grill
Thursday- Zesty Marinated Shake 'N Bake Chicken
Friday- Out to eat with the family
Saturday- Taco salads in these homemade bowls
For more great menu planning ideas, visit orgjunkie.com.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Monday- Leftovers and/or Velveeta Shells and Cheese
Tuesday- Crockpot Lasagna
Wednesday- Shake and Bake Chicken Nugget Kabobs
Thursday- Dinnertime Quesadillas (new one)
Friday- Hot dogs on the grill and curly fries
Saturday- Dad S.'s retirement dinner
For more great menu plan ideas, visit Orgjunkie.com.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
(Molly and me at the Whitecaps game last night)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
This year Tulip Time has something new! They started a Kinder Dance group for children in 3rd-5th grade. This year 22 boys and girls joined and learned a dance to preform during Tulip Time. I can't wait until Molly is old enough, hopefully she will love Dutch Dance as much as me, and she'll want to dance.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
If you are like me and don't even know where to begin, check out these great websites, Gardener's Paradise, and White Flower Farm , they spell out the rules and care instructions to help you have a successful tulip garden. They give some great tips! Happy Tulip Time!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Tuesday- Eating at Tulip Time!!! And tulip shaped sugar cookies
Wednesday- Mini Taco Salads (a day late for Cinco de Mayo)
Friday- New Holland Brewery after last Dutch dance of the year
Saturday- Breakfast dinner, Waffles and scrambled eggs
For more great Menu Plan ideas, visit Orgjunkie.com
Sunday, May 3, 2009
This week I am going with a Tulip Time theme, since it is Tulip Time all week! If you've never been to Holland, or the Tulip Time Festival, check it out at TulipTime.com. It is a festival to celebrate the tulips as well as our areas Dutch heritage.
One of the highlights of the festival is the dutch dancing. Hundred of adults and high school kids work very hard to learn traditional Dutch dances and wear authentic dutch costumes that are very strictly inspected for accuracy. Then, during Tulip Time, they dance daily for everyone who comes out to see.
(This is me and my daughter last year in our Dutch costumes)
I LOVE dutch dance, and myself along with Katie at A Listmaker's Life, and Shelby at Schweri Stories, are part of a great group of 12 that Dutch dance during the festival. Katie at Katie's Nesting Spot has a great video of part of our dance from when she came to watch!If you are in Holland, Michigan come out and enjoy Tulip Time, and if you get the chance, come and watch us dance, or catch a parade or two!
(If your not into the Tulip Time fun, come back next week, I have some great tutorials I made and can't wait to share!)
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
If you haven't checked out the Target Coupon Generator, go over there and print some great Target coupons.
My favorite this week it the $1 off a Nabisco snack 7 oz. or larger. These bags of either Teddy Grahams, mini oreos, animal crackers, etc. are only $1.52. So with the coupon they are only .52 cents. I stocked up for summer vacations and such... (you can only use 1 per transaction, but you can print and use as many as you want as long as they are separate transactions!)