Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Website Wednesday: Random Favorites

Hello Friends!

Today I gift you with a couple of AJ's favorites!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

For A Little Princess

Soon to be a twirl skirt, headband, & fray flower...
for one of the cutest princesses around!  

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Refreshing Pool & Lemon Sorbet

I have big plans for my sewing room...

that may include...

Heather Bailey's Church flowers...
The colors Refreshing Pool & Lemon Sorbet...
& a funky chandelier!
I'm drooling.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


Sorry for my blog slacking lately.

I have been spending a lot of time at my second home lately.

My other home 
that is decorated with desks, pencil shavings, and all things second grade.

Entering hundreds of grades into the computer &
having parent teacher conferences.  

I should return to being more present around this blog soon...

I did make time to quilt AJ's entire quilt this week though!

One day...
I might even bind it for him!  

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Time For A GiVeAwAy!

So I have the greatest BFF in the entire world.

She is loyal & fun & down to earth
oh. so. crafty...

which is fabulous for those around her 
because they are gifted with her a.m.a.z.i.n.g. creations.

today is your lucky day 
because you too can be gifted with one of her said creations!

Another Ordinary Life so graciously knit a crazy fun headband...

perfect for keeping your ears warm on an early morning spring jog...
or for running errands during a random spring snow storm like we got this weekend.

It's super soft!
It's super cute!
It's adjustable!
It has fabulous bling!


Get in on the fun!
Technical Stuff:
  1. If I do not know you personally, please leave your email address in your comments, so I have a way to contact you in the event that you win.  
  2. will be used to select a totally unbiased winner.  
  3. This giveaway will run until Saturday, March 27th at 9:oo AM MST.
So here's the skinny on how to enter the fun:
To participate as an eager candidate in the giveaway you may submit multiple entries by doing the following 
(Remember to leave a comment each time or multiple times to act as your official entry or entries)...
  1. Become one of Another Ordinary Life's loyal followers...if you are already a follower, just leave a comment that says something to the effect of...I already adore her and am a follower...for 2 entries.
  2. Become one of my loyal followers...if you are already a follower, just leave a comment that says something to the effect of...I already adore you and am a follower...for 2 entries.
  3. Blog about the giveaway...for 2 entries.
  4. Visit my etsy shop & leave a comment telling me your favorite item...for 1 entry. 
  5. Buy something from my shop...& I will love you forever AND you get 4 entries.
  6. Introduce me to a fun new blog via a comment...for 1 entry.
  7. Introduce me to a fun new etsy shop that features anything funky, vintage, country cottage, or shabby chic...for 1 entry.
Have fun and I can't wait to hear from you!!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

What's A Boy To Do...

When his mom sews....

Eat lunch in the window...
of course...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Website Wednesday Numbers & Counting

Hello Friends!  

Here are some preschool websites I have found for
Numbers & Counting...

Here are some ideas for around the house we have fun with around here:

Number of the day or week:

Start the day with 4 pancakes

Search for the #4 in magazines or on signs as we drive places

Gather collections of 4 items (trains, cookies...etc)

Number Workout:

Take turns rolling a die.  Count the dots & do an exercise that number of times as you count.  If you are really adventurous and your kiddo is ready challenge them by using two dice.  

Number Tic-Tac-Toe/Bean Bag Toss

Draw a large tic-tac-toe gird on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk for make a grid with yarn in your living room.  Write a number in each square or put down a number card.  

Take turns tossing bean bags and identifying numbers.  Play tic-tac-toe using different color bean bags.  

Texture Writing

Fill a cookie sheet with sand...or uncooked rice...or shaving cream...or pudding..

.whatever fun substance you have on hand.

Call out numbers and have your kiddo write it with their fingers.

Candy Math

Use m & m's...or jelly beans...or skittles... 

Pass out as many as you think your kiddo can handle.  Count the candy aloud together.  Sort by color.  Count each color.  Talk about how many more red ones there are than blue ones...etc. 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Taste The Rainbow

Hop on over to Family Fun to make these stinkin' cute cupcakes 
for your lucky charms this week!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Friday Night Sewing


I made this for the shop...

But then Jess saw it...
& fell in love...
Happy Birthday Sis!

I'll make some more later for the shop...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Preschool Resources/Website Wednesday

Sometimes I try to do constructive learning type activities with my kids...

However with that being said, I know my kids will be the kids
that teachers say in hushed tones, "& their mom is a teacher..."


We play a lot around here.

I sew.
AJ plays trains.
Abby plays with plastic food.

I am going to try something new around these parts.

I name everything.
Let's call this Website Wednesday...
with the idea that I attempt to
 share & collect preschool resources & ideas every Wednesday...

To begin I thought I would throw together some websites that we use around this house...
focusing on Letters, Sounds, & Reading this week.

Here are some quick games we have been playing lately...

Tightrope Walker:

I just make a letter out of some yarn on the floor & AJ makes the sound the letter makes as he tries to walk across the letter.  I'm all about simple folks.  Nothing too crazy fancy with a lot of prep work.

Musical Letters:

Like musical chairs, but with letters.  Just right the alphabet on cards & cut them up.  Place the letters on the floor in a circle.  Fire up iTunes with some kid music.  When the music stops, AJ must freeze in place & say the name of the letter & sound it makes for the letter he is standing on.  Remove that letter & repeat.

Letter Hide & Go Seek:

I hide as many letters as I want.  AJ goes & finds the letters.  I make him say the name of the & the sound it makes when he brings it to me.  I like this one because I can hide a bunch of letters & AJ is entertained while I can keep laundry.

Alphabet Dot-to-Dot:

Write out the alphabet all crazy around a page & AJ connects the letters in the correct order.  Again a fairly independent activity...gotta love it!

Throw pieces of paper...or socks...or if you are me fabric scraps on the floor-call them scary alligators with huge teeth.  At one end of the room throw down some letters...or numbers...or shapes...whatever you are working on.  Have your kiddo rescue the a specific letter from the alligator infested swamp by hopping through the swamp & bringing them back to you without getting eaten by an alligator.  I have AJ say the letter & the sound.  He loves this one.  The kids goes nuts forever with this game.  Its like magic I tell ya!

Share your websites or preschool games and resources here!  This week we are focusing on letters, sounds, & reading!  Every week we try a new concept.  Email me if you have an idea or something you are looking for more ideas about!  Thanks friends!  

Monday, March 1, 2010

pssst....A Little Birdie Told Me...

That there are a couple new items in the shop...

Mommy & Me Monday

Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?
Hosted by Krystyn

We took our picture in Photo Booth this week...

As I went to upload our picture, 
I discovered that AJ had experimented with Photo Booth on his own later that day...


& yes that is a rain gauge on his head...

& he may have worn his PJ's all day Saturday...

Nothing wrong with that.