Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summer Reading Book Review: 100 Days of Real Food

Book Review:  100 Days of Real Food
In light of all the recent news about new GMO products from potatoes to apples, my family and I decided we needed to change our diet.  In searching for a way to do this I ran across Lisa Leake's book 100 Days of Real Food.  I read it from cover to cover and was shocked by all the ways that we needed to improve our diets.  I created a shopping list and we started out on this real food adventure.

To my surprise the recipes in Lisa's Book were actually really good. My family and I noticed that after trying out a few of the recipes we felt full faster and were satisfied until the next meal.  Over several weeks we noticed that our clothes were a little more roomy and we actually felt better.

Some of favorite recipes in the book are Everyday Whole-Wheat Bread, Homemade Tomato Sauce, Slow Cooker Potato Soup, and Homemade Granola Cereal.  I have tried for years to make fresh sandwich bread and I has so happy when I succeeded using Lisa'a cookbook.

If pesticides and GMO's have you concerned 100 Days of Real Food is a great tool to help you eat cleaner foods.

Lisa has a website with lots of recipes listed there as well. Stop by and pay her a visit and let her know Mama Says Dance in the Rain sent you.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Loving Your Childhood Through Your Kids

Happy Valentine's Day!  As a child I loved Valentine's Day.  I loved creating a box to store all my valentine's in and treasured the surprises that collected in there.

As I raise my own children that excitement gets reunited in constructing valentine boxes with them.  I love that they are unique and very much know exactly how they want things.  So, today I thought I would share their valentine boxes with you.  My little one loves cats, so the Poppy Cat theme lives on. My oldest is all about technology, so a robot with moving arms was created.  Be inspired to let them dream big and have fun!

I hope your Valentine's Day if full of memory making moments to treasure!
DIY Valentine's Boxes, Cat & Robot Boxes
Valentine Boxes

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dear Santa

I made this Dear Santa Wish List for my kids this year.  I wanted to make sure they kept their focus on the true meaning of Christmas, so I added Baby Jesus clip art to their wish lists to keep them focuses on the true meaning of Christmas.  If you like it, please feel free to download and share with your friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Talk Like a Pirate!

I always enjoy celebrating this fun day!  Today, we celebrated with the stories How I became a Pirate by David Shannon and Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate by Kim Kennedy.    Both books were really cute and both the boys enjoyed them. 

We learned some fun pirate lingo.

Little Girl PirateAaaarrrrgggghhhh! - sound of unhappiness
Ahoy, Matey! -  Hello, my friend!
Ahoy, me Hearties! - Hello, my friends!
Blimey! - exhortation of surprise
Blow me down! - expression of shock
Booty - treasure
Heave Ho - use some muscle & push it
Lad, lass or lassie - a younger person
Me - my
Savvy - do you understand/agree?
Ye - you

We made pirate hats, eye patches, spy glasses, and captain hook hand pieces out of construction paper, plastic cups, towel rolls, and aluminum foil.

Talk like a Pirate, Fun Days, Making Homeschool Fun, #Homeschool

Then, we made pirate boats with a free printable from Crayola out of card stock.

Talk like a Pirate, Fun Days, Making Homeschool Fun, #Homeschool

The boys created their own treasure maps from paper bags.  This is a great way to practice directions, such as right, left, north, south, east, and west.  We like to remember it as, never eat soggy waffles.   A few years ago we learned this fun saying and have never forgotten it. It works!

We used a free printable pirate board game from ESL Games Plus to practice our math facts.  Poppy cat practiced counting by counting steps while walking the plank.  I used masking tape on the floor as the plank.

I created a sensory bin for Poppy Cat with rice dyed black, coins, beads, and some rocks.  He had a great time playing and by the time he was through he looked like a true pirate.  If you have made the colored rice before, you will find that your hands get powdery from the rice.  Since our rice was dyed black he got powdery black hands and face.  Adorable!

Poppy Cat completed several worksheets, puzzles, and clothes pin math activities using the pirate printables over at 2 Teaching Mommies.  Check them out, they are awesome printables and free!

Finally, we made paper swords out of newspaper.  Check out Alpha Mom for these instructions.  This one is super fun and a great way to make something out of nothing.  I love it!

I look forward to celebrating this day again next year.  It was so much fun and a great way to learn.



Saturday, July 13, 2013

DIY Crayon Organization

A little organization goes a long way.  Little Poppy Cat is always looking for a green crayon, his favorite color.  I found a fun solution browsing Pinterest, so I gave it a try.  The results were awesome.  Poppy Cat could not wait to organize all the crayons into the spots.  I labeled them with my P-touch label machine.  He doesn't read yet.  I hope it will motivate him to learn the color names while he sorts his crayons.

DIY Crayon Organizer
The original idea came from Aunt Peaches, be sure to check out her original post.  I modified the idea a little.  Here is what I did.  I used the box that trash bags come in along with the toilet paper rolls.  First I covered my box with card stock and added a printed a paper label from my computer.  Then I glued the bottoms of the toilet paper rolls to keep them stationary, since I have little one.  Finally, I added labels with the name of each color with my P-touch label maker. 

It was a simple, fun project and it makes my day a little easier.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Sweet Way to Say Thank You

As our children grow there are people that touch their lives in lots of ways.  I have always felt strongly about making sure that my children show their gratitude to those that help them.  It doesn't have to be an expensive gift, sometimes a genuine thank you is enough.   I love to have my kids make cards.  I have found that the recipients love to receive them too. 

A sweet thank you gift, Pencil Flowers
Thank you pencil flowers

Today, I am sharing a idea I found on Pinterest.  The idea originated from The Happy Scraps.  I have added my little touches to make it my own expression.  It's a sweet little way to say thank you.

Here is what I used:

Small clay pot
Yellow paper shred
#2 pencils
Card Stock
Foam brick
Two sided foam tape
Pretty ribbon
Glue dots
Green craft stick
Flower template from Best Paper Flowers
Thank you tag from Dimple Prints
Single hole punch

I used double side tape to attach the foam block to the inside of my pot.  Filled it with yellow paper shred.   Then used the template from Best Paper Flowers and cut them out of different colors of card stock.  After I cut them out, I used the hole punch to put a hole in the center of the flower.  I twisted the pencil back in forth until it went through the hole.  Then inserted them into the foam in the clay pot.  I printed off my thank you card from Dimple Prints.  Attached it with a glue dot to a green craft stick and inserted it into the foam.  For a extra touch I attached a ribbon around the rim with glue dots.  It was a simple project and a great way to teach my kids to show gratitude.

Have fun making this one!  Thank you to The Happy Scraps, Dimple Prints, and Best Paper Flowers for sharing your talents with others.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY Multiplication Cubes: A Fun Way to Practice Math

DIY Multiplication Cubes because learning should be fun!
Multiplication Cubes
I am always looking for a fun way to practice math.  There are days that I feel like Legoman cannot sit through another round of multiplication flashcards.  I came up with this idea to practice his multiplication tables.  Legoman loves throwing around the large dice and at times forgets he his really practicing his multiplication facts.

Here is what you will need. 

Two empty cube tissue boxes
Wrapping paper or any paper of your choice
Printed numbers
Clear shelf paper (available at the Dollar Tree)
Glue stick

Here is how you assemble.

Wrap the box in wrapping paper and secure with tape.  Use your glue stick to attach numbers to the sides of cubes.  Wrap the boxes with the shelving paper.  The shelving paper helps keep the boxes nice as they can easily get torn from rolling them.

Let your child roll them.  Have them multiply the two numbers rolled.  This can also be used to practice addition or subtraction.  I use the same dice for Poppy Cat to practice number recognition.

Have fun, learning should be fun!