Love This!

29 Jul

Another installment of fabulous Pinterest finds!

Good Deed Cards from Eighteen25

Orange Creamsicle fruit dip from Madigan Made

Twinkle Curtain featured on Ohdeedoh

Diaper Strap tutorial on Calico

Shimelle Laine's guest post video on Ali Edwards' blog- "Scrapbooking the Everyday"

Favorite Fonts

25 Jul

I don’t know about you, but I’m a font-aholic. I love downloading and using fun fonts on layouts and projects. It’s gotta be the teacher and scrapbooker in me.

Here are some of my favorite free fonts and where you can find them (just click on them to get to the link):



Homegrown Hospitality Font- link is in blog post

If you have never downloaded a font before, it’s pretty easy. On my computer I have Windows and all I have to do is download the font, extract the files from the Zip folder, then right-click on the icon of the font I want and click “Install.” I give permission for it to download and voila! If that doesn’t work for you, there are many other tutorials on websites that are linked here.

Go forth and font!

Love This!

22 Jul

Another edition of Love This! Summer Style. There are some fun ideas and activities for you and your family this summer!

Summertime Activity Caddy- how fun! Just think of all the ways you could use this!

Hot Dog Party- Yum! This would be a fun BBQ idea- just grill up some toppings and use these recipes for toppings!

Chalkboard Coffee Table- What a fun way to re-purpose an old coffee table! Goodwill, here I come…

Printable Recipe Cards and Labels- after your BBQ, you can send your guests home with all of the yummy recipes!

And I have one more link without a picture- make your own ice cream using Ziploc bags!


Love This!

15 Jul

And welcome to another installment of Love This! where I show you some fun things I’ve found on the internet this week. Just click on the photo to be taken to the original site. Enjoy!

Sticky Stacky Sandwiches- such a cute lunch idea!

How to Build a Magazine Rack- this is such a lovely way to store magazines!Old MacDonald Puppet Tutorial and Pattern- adorable!


Paint Chip Bookmarks- why didn't I think of that? Beautiful!

Summer Reading Log- Free Printable- LOVE this (might be the teacher in me!)


Love This!

8 Jul

I was inspired by one of my most favorite blogs, eighteen25, to create a weekly post of things I’ve found online that are amazing. Eighteen25 calls it “You’ve Gotta See This” but I didn’t want to copy them completely so I changed it to “Love This!” and my hope is to make it a regular Friday thing. We’ll see!


Lisa Truesdell's Baseball page (LOVE the easy use of page protectors and scraps!)

Keep Kids Busy Kit idea from Elizabeth Kartchner (need this for summer car trips!)

Beach Towel Tote Bag tutorial from Martha Stewart (she also has a Kid Towel Tote tutorial)


On T’s Summer Bookshelf

29 Jun

My son, T, is four (and a half, he doesn’t forget that) and loves to read. We read to him every night and day. We take weekly trips to the library (mom gets to choose 4 books and T chooses 6). He cries at night sometimes because he can’t read yet- we’ll work on that!

Here are some of the books he is loving lately:

Sharks and Other Dangers of the Deep by Roger Priddy: We love these “Smart Kids” books for two reasons. 1) The pictures and words are very kid-friendly. 2) Moms and Dads don’t have to read every single word on each page to get the gist of the information.:)

Dinosaurs A to Z by Roger Priddy: Another Smart Kids book AND one of T’s favorite subjects. He wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up so we have roughly a bazillion dinosaur books at our house. He has read this book so many times he plays a game in the car where he tries to name one dinosaur for each letter of the alphabet (and he’s good at it, too!).

I’m a Shark by Bob Shea: T’s preschool teacher actually got this one for him on his last day of school. She knows him well! He loves shark books- that was his obsession before dinosaurs came along. It’s a cute story of a shark who isn’t afraid of anything…well, almost anything. Bob Shea’s style is similar to Mo Willems in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and other books. Very cute read!

Snoring Beauty by Bruce Hale: Mom loves the illustrations, T loves the cute story. A princess who is blessed by many fairies to be perfect only has one problem…which is quite evident when she turns 16 and an evil fairy’s spell turns her into a dragon. A very cute twist on “Sleeping Beauty”- with lots of humorous points for adults, too!

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins: We love Steve Jenkins books (see also Actual Size and Biggest, Strongest, Fastest, etc.) but I think this is our favorite. The book goes through body parts of animals (ex. “What do you do with an ear like this?”) and shows just a hint of which animal it could be. You find out on the next page which animals were shown and how they use that body part. T loves to guess (and now try to remember) what each animal is.

Time Flies by Eric Rohmann: Love this one- there are no words. Literally. This wordless picture book is a favorite of T’s since he gets to make up the story of a bird flying back in time to the land of the dinosaurs. Sometimes we put Post-it notes on the pages with the words he makes up so that we can read the story he created again. I need to find more of these- I am amazed at some of the creative stories he makes up and the things he sees in each illustration.

Alphabeasties by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss: So this was a mom-library pick. T found it almost right away and loved it so much we ended up buying the book (and the flash cards…and have the other follow-up books on our Amazon wishlist…). As a teacher, I love alphabet books. As a scrapbooker, I love fonts. Best of both worlds. Oh, and my kid likes it, too! Here are some of the inside pages I found on Google Images:

What are some of your kiddos favorite books right now? Hmm…do I smell a scrapbook page?😉


Summer Reading

28 Jun

I have been reading a lot this summer- which is strange because I don’t know where I find the time! Click on the book for the Amazon link.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman: I read this book in a weekend. It’s quite an interesting perspective on WWII events. Antonina Zabinski was a real woman who helper her husband, Jan, run a zoo in Poland. When the Nazis came and took control of Warsaw, the two zookeepers helped several Jewish friends and acquaintances hide within the walls of the zoo. This book is a true story and was definitely an interesting read. I’d give it 3.5/5 stars since some of the intense details of the science of everything was a little overwhelming.

Something Borrowed and Something Blue by Emily Giffin: Great beach reads! Something Borrowed (now a movie with Kate Hudson) is the first in the series. It’s a story about a woman who secretly is in love with her best friend’s fiance. Something Blue is the sequel that is really well written using the best friend as the main character instead. I’ll definitely read more of Giffin’s books when I’m looking for some mindless beach material. The quintessential chick lit. 4.5/5 stars.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: I found this one after a friend recommended it. The story is about an African-American woman who was treated by doctors for cervical cancer. Her cancerous cells were taken without her knowledge and have been (and still are) used by countless doctors, scientists and labs to experiment on. Rebecca Skloot was able to interview the family (who almost all live in poverty and have not benefited whatsoever) about their feelings on the matter. Definitely an interesting read, but sometimes overwhelming with the science aspect- 3.5/5 stars. I think I heard they will be making this into a movie?

Room by Emma Donoghue: A captivating story about a little boy who was born to a woman who was kidnapped and held prisoner for years. He grows up in an 11×11 room- that is all he knows of the world at age 5. I couldn’t put this one down- 4/5 stars.

I’m now off to continue reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand- a story about a WWII pilot that I’ve heard was wonderful.

Any summer reading recommendations from you?



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