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#Thanksgivingcraft to treasure and keep - fun easy and inexpensive #grateful craft for #Thanksgiving

This is a repost from last year...and I still love these so I had to share again.  They were such a hit last year at the dinner table every guest felt special and loved the fact that my daughter created each one especially for them!!  My daughter and I loved these so much that we are using again this year for our guest place mats.  A #Thanksgivingcraft to treasure and keep!!  They are fun, easy and inexpensive to make (my motto)...What better way to show your children's love and #gratitude for their family and friends by creating unique place mats for all of your guests on #Thanksgiving Day!
 
What you will need to create these special take home treasures:

1. Orange, brown, yellow or white construction paper.
2. Different colored pencils, markers, crayons to create their masterpieces.
3. Scissors if paper needs to be trimmed to fit your laminator.
4. Miscellaneous Thanksgiving stickers (optional).
5. Paper laminator.  Caution:  adult should always supervise this activity as the laminator gets very hot!  If you do not have a laminator, you could use a thicker paper (i.e. poster board or paper cover sheets/pre-laminated sheets purchased at any office supply store.
6. Your child's imagination.

#thanksgivingcraftsCreate each place mat unique for each guest.
 
Use your child's hand to trace to make the turkey.  Then have them decorate, color or use stickers to make as intricate as they choose. You can label each place mat and then use them as place cards too!



What we learned:  Lots of stuff!  How to use our hands to make turkeys, how to draw leaves, colors of #Thanksgiving and fall, practiced hand writing names, worked on letters and spelling, practiced writing name, creativity, strengthening hands by cutting, using the laminating machine and practiced safety lessons.
 

I love crafts that reinforce learning!
 
What we shared:  Lots of fun!  Getting into the holiday spirit, memories, useful craft that we will have many uses (a #Thanksgiving Day card, place mat, place card and take home gift for our guests), creative ideas and a fun afternoon of spending time together.




May your #Thanksgiving holiday be filled with peace, blessings and many things to be #grateful for....may you take the time to enjoy the time with your family, friends and kids.  Grab some paper and create some special memories this #Thanksgiving and make these place cmats.  They are easy, fun and inexpensive to make.  #Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours.   All of my best, Dyan

It's #ThankfulThursday - What are you #thankful for? #Flowers -

Yesterday, my daughter and I decided to take a #naturewalk with some friends.  The two girls were going crazy stopping and picking every wildflower and #flower from every bush, plant and tree they could find.   It was a beautiful fall day and I was #thankful for the moment spent with my child and friend.  My friend and I delighted in watching our daughters enjoy the #naturewalk as much as we did. 

I didn't realize that my daughter had picked so many #flowers until we arrived home and I asked her to take them out of her back pack before they all died and wilted.  She asked me for a bowl to put them in water.  She took her time arranging each and every #flower as if she was working on a masterpiece.  I guess in away she was, her masterpiece, she took each #flower one by one and delicately arranged them in each bowl.  At one point, she told me she even wanted to be a florist as well as a vet when she grows up!

As you can see, she arranged them beautifully!!  We have set them out on our kitchen  table to enjoy!  I don't think my friend did, but that is ok....this is our "thing"  making something out of something to enjoy without spending any money.  Stopping and smelling the roses of life.  Taking the time and making the time together to create memories that last a lifetime.  Making us both better, #momskidsandfriends.  

We are fortunate enough to live, where there are still wildflowers and #flowers on bushes and trees.  If you live somewhere where there are no #flowers still blooming, still take the #naturewalk and see what amazing things you can find..... leaves, pine cones, rocks or unique branches.  Take a #naturewalk, enjoy the day with your child and friend, take a moment to  enjoy life, enjoy #mothernature, enjoy each other, enjoy this wonderful place we call plant #earth. 

It's #thankfulthursday What are you #thankful for?

All of my best,  Dyan

What we learned:  About different kinds of #flowers, bushes and plants,  not to pick #flowers from someone's yard - unless you ask of course!  Spending time with friends outdoors is refreshing and fun, more about our friends and what we have in common with others, arranging #flowers is fun, relaxing and makes a beautiful centerpiece for our kitchen table, having fun and learning does not need to cost money, putting down our cell phones is not only good for us but great for our kids!!  #nocellphoneforaday


What we shared:   A wonderful day together making memories, pictures of our #flower arrangements - we sent as a thank you note (w the picture) for the day spent w/ our friends.



















#Gingerbread Haunted House - A fun and easy #Halloween craft

Here we go again...another #Halloween.  Can't wait to make our #Halloween Haunted house again this year!  I hope you take the time to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkid this #Halloween. 

Love, love, love these gingerbread houses!  We have bought these before for other holidays.  They are easy to use and your kid has so much fun decorating!
Here we go again...another #Halloween. Can't wait to make our #Halloween Haunted house again this year! I hope you take the time to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkid this #Halloween.

Love, love, love these gingerbread houses! We have bought these before for other holidays. They are easy to use and your kid has so much fun decorating!
Haunted Gingerbread House by Create a Treat. See link on my links page
Chocolate gingerbread!
Easy to assemble.
Chocolate gingerbread!
The easy to use base and the icing hold the gingerbread house in place.  It doesn't cave in or fall like others I have made.
The easy to use base and the icing hold the gingerbread house in place. It doesn't cave in or fall like others I have made.
First step complete.
What I love about this cookie craft is that my daughter can make it her own, unique design.
She even mentioned to me on several occasions that she doesn't have to decorate it like the picture on the box.
What I love about this cookie craft is that my daughter can make it her own, unique design.
What kids learn:
What kids learn:
Patience in building the ginger bread house with the frosting base and waiting for it to dry before decorating.
Tracing of lines while applying the frosting on windows, roof, doors, etc.
Builds strength in their little hands that will help with writing or other activities.
Tracing of lines while applying the frosting on windows, roof, doors, etc.
Using color and different items to decorate and make patterns or own designs.
Using color and different items to decorate and make patterns or own designs.
My daughter used opposites and numerical matching items to decorate windows and roof.
What we shared: An evening of fun creating our own happy haunted house!
Laughs, #qualitytime, memories, a new family tradition and patience in taking turns.
What we shared:  An evening of fun creating our own happy haunted house!
Haunted houses don't have to be spooky!
Haunted houses don't have to be spooky!
Back view
Take the time today to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkids. Whether you make a Haunted Gingerbread House, make holiday cookies or another holiday craft. I love to do things like this with my daughter. She has learned so much from everything we do together. We don't look for perfection in our crafts, we don't always use the best materials (many times we use stuff from around our house) to me it is about spending time with my #amazingkid and teaching her something about everything. For her it is #qualitytime with her mom and learning new things. Kids need this to feel loved, special and build confidence. It is our job to do this and nurture #amazingkids! Take the time and make the time for your kids. You'll be glad you did.
Happy #Halloween week! Have a boo....tiful day! All of my best, Dyan
Take the time today to spend #qualitytime with your #amazingkids.  Whether you make a Haunted Gingerbread House, make holiday cookies or another holiday craft. I love to do things like this with my daughter.  She has learned so much from everything we do together.  We don't look for perfection in our crafts, we don't always use the best materials (many times we use stuff from around our house) to me it is about spending time with my #amazingkid and teaching her something about everything.  For her it is #qualitytime with her mom and learning new things.  Kids need this to feel loved, special and build confidence. It is our job to do this and nurture #amazingkids! Take the time and make the time for your kids.  You'll be glad you did.

Happy Bat Family - #Reuse/recycle Easy, Inexpensive, #Halloween Craft

Happy Bat Family
Happy Bat Family
A new addition to our family of #HalloweenCrafts. The best part of this craft is that my daughter came up with this all my herself!! Last week she went to work with all our usual supplies and I asked her what she was making, she said it was a surprise. And boy it was! Her bat is the one on the left and it is too cute! Her wings came out better than mine!
What you'll need:
Paper towel holders, black construction paper, scissors, glue or tape, googly eyes, black marker and white crayon.
What you'll need:
How to create your family of bats:
How to create your family of bats:
1. Cut your paper towel holders to the size you would like for your bat family. 2. Cut black construction paper to size for each bat and either tape or glue around. 3. Trace wings on black construction paper. 4. Cut out the wings. 5. Glue or tape the wings on the back of the bat. 6. Glue on the googley eyes or draw eyes. 7. Use black marker or white crayon to finish up the face. Easy, inexpensive and cute!
My daughters bat!
This was such a joy to see her make and create all on her own. I guess the last 4 years of making crafts with her has paid off! She is creative, imaginative and smart. Take the time and make the time with your kids. These easy, little time spenders make a difference in so many ways with your kids. The benefits I see in my daughter are wonderful! It brings tears of joy to my eyes and touches my heart everyday to see truly what an #amazingkid she is....
My daughters bat!
Our Happy Bat Family
Our Happy Bat Family
Easy, fun, creative and inexpensive #Halloweencraft. All with items we have from around the house. Take some time this Halloween to make one of these crafts with your kid (s), you'll be glad you did!! All of my best, Dyan

Celebrate #Earthday and teach your children to respect our world

All you need is love...wish it was as simple as that, but it is a good place to start!  Today make the time and take the time to teach your kids about #Earthday.  

Something, anything to teach them to respect, cherish and love this wonderful place we call #Earth!  I feel like each day we live, life goes faster than the day before.  We thrive on things, lots of things, more things.  We get over charged by all the electronics we use in a single day.  We go faster, faster and faster.  For today, lets stop and take a moment to reflect on our home, our planet our #Earth.  


Teach your kids about reducing, reusing, recycling.  







Take a moment to stop and be grateful for the beauty around us, the air we breath, the water we drink, the trees, the flowers, the sky, the colors of the rainbow...I think you get the idea.  
Yes, stop and smell the roses of life, of this planet.  Teach your kids to be a wiser, better,  more involved generation. Teach them to #bekind to themselves, their friends, their neighbors and to #Earth.  

Take a moment, pause, take a deep breath and sigh and thank Mother Nature for this planet called #Earth.  



Take a moment to do something good for her.  Give her a present and pay her back with teaching your kids to take care of her.  For today, for tomorrow and for the future.  Plant a tree, garden or flowers,   



                  Give hugs to this #Earth by respecting her. 




 Reduce, reuse,  recycle for our families, friends, animals, birds, trees and for each other.  Enjoy the beauty around you no matter where you live.   Today and everyday enjoy our world, our children, yourself and respect our planet #Earth.  #HappyEarth Day!  All of me best, Dyan









Believe in the magic of the #Leprechaun

Please enjoy this post from last March.  The best part is my daughter changed the tradition again this year...lol....more on that later. In the meantime, enjoy creating memories with your child that you both will treasure for years to come!  All of my best, Dyan


We are keeping up with holiday traditions this year.  My daughter decided that she wanted to put out her special rainbow craft she made in preschool and every night we need to put out a gold coin for the #Leprechaun,  make a wish and leave it for the #Leprechaun to eat.....she said we did that last year,  I don't remember making St Patricks Day so involved, but she has insisted upon it.  
So, that is what we have done every night before she goes to bed, we take a gold coin and set it next to her special rainbow, she closes her eyes and makes a wish.  Really and truly a precious moment to experience!!  
Yes, it is a lot of work to remember to open the coin at night (or morning) if I forget the night before, and dispose of the candy, but it is worth it. She loves the idea of putting out a coin and making a wish and hoping for that #Leprechaunmagic!  
This one might not be for you, but I can't help playing a long.  For many reasons,...she believes in the magic, it is exciting for her to do every night and it is something she looks forward to every evening.  But, the most important reason of all for me, is I know these moments of believing in the fairy tales of life (Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny) will soon be coming to pass.  So yes, I will go along with her and cherish each and every second of  these childhood beliefs.  I will believe in the magic and relish in her belief  in the magic of the #Leprechaun.   May your days be filled with the simple pleasures of life seen through the eyes of your child.  May the magic of the #Leprechaun fill your home with joy.  All of my best, Dyan

#Happynewyear! Be #optimistic and teach your kids to be #optimistic Making changes in 2016 - do it!

Smile.  Be #optimistic  Make your dreams come true!#Happynewyear!  Be #optimistic and teach your kids to be #optimistic Making changes in 2016 - do it!


Welcome 2016!  Every year I say it, every year I mean it, every year I try!  "THIS IS MY YEAR!!!"  That's what I say, that's what I mean and that is what I try to do...make it my best year yet.  I am an overly #optimistic person.  I always see the sun through the clouds, the rain and the muck of life.  For example, we are at Disneyland last week, and even though the forecasters said rain, rain and more rain.  I truly believed the sun would come out (and it did-just for a moment, one small moment).  My mother-in-law said to me, "Wow, you really are an #optimist!"  (As it poured all day long!!)  But guess what?  We had an Awesome day!  We didn't have to wait too long for rides, my daughter met most of the characters that she wanted to meet and the crowd was so small that we nearly got to do everything that we wanted in one day.  So, even though the sun didn't shine but for a brief moment in time and we were completely soaked 2x, my #optimism paid off!!  What a whirlwind of fun!  Yes, Walt, our dreams did come true!
As I look at the year ahead and reflect on 2015... Yes!  2016 will be my year!  2015, could have been better, much better.  I turned a 1/2 century, (don't feel like it-thank god 50 is the new 40...lol...does anyone believe that?), my husband was ill, there were several life altering experiences, challenges - almost all bad, growing pains of being a mom and realizing my daughter is growing way too fast, marital issues, the list goes on.  There were days, many days, I prayed for peace, strength, hope, love and laughter.  Some days were better than others.  Some days down right stunk!!!  Actually most days did!  But at the end of it all.  I kept my #optimism.  That today is my day, this is my year!  I'm  a lot like #Annie,  my childhood was close to the equivalent, probably even worse, but with one big difference, no daddy Warbucks.  But that is ok!  Because the sun will come out tomorrow!  And today is my day!  This is my year!  2016 is going to rock! Thank you dad for my forever #optimistic outlook on life!!  As I regroup and let the past be the past, the present remain the present and not worry about the future, I am changing my blog to what I know will be a better site.  See forever #optimistic!  In the meantime, if there is something you need or want to change - do it!  Take the time to make the time to do it!  And, if your going to teach your child one thing today, teach them #optimism.  It could be the best thing they ever learn.  It will show them perseverance, the ability to find the good in everything and every one, hope, happiness within and they will learn to stop and smell the roses of life.  Here's to you in 2016!  May it be your year!  #Happynewyear 
Dyan

PS - May it also be my year to write all of my blog ideas...the folder is overflowing...



#Bekind - #WorldKindnessDay - #Thankful

Teach your kids to #bekind today and everyday #WorldKindnessday.  Lead by example - #bekind to your kids, #bekind to your neighbors,  #bekind to the person in front of you in traffic, at the grocery, at home, #bekind to your families, to your friends, your pets,  #bekind to your planet, to your world. 

I have to say for the most part, I am proud of myself for teaching my daughter to #bekind.  I also have to say, in the same breath, that I need to lead by example more often.  

It is very often that I hear my daughter is kind to her classmates, witness her being kind to the kid that others are not kind to, hear her compliment a complete stranger and make their day.  She's not perfect, none of us are, but for the most part she is kind, I have taught her to #bekind.   I am #Thankful my daughter is kind.

Take the time to teach your kids to #bekind.  Make the time to teach your kids to #bekind.   Start today, the perfect day, #WorldKndnessday

All of my best, Dyan

#November a time to #bethankful


#November – a time to #bethankful.  As Halloween and October have come to a close, I look forward to the month of #November.  For me, it is a time to #bethankful!  Don’t get me wrong, I am #thankful for each and every day, this time of year though, I think, I am more aware or at least I try to be.  I have asked my daughter each day this month what she is #thankful for today.  So far, she has told me - family, her dogs (all 4 of them) and life!  I loved her third one – life!
I am #thankful for my health, so I can live each day to its fullest, for my family…my daughter whom I love dearly and who inspires me every day, for my husband, whom I love, cherish and am #grateful for his flexibility with me and the perfect fall day yesterday!  My daughter and I spent the afternoon at the park.  It was cool with a gentle wind, but sunny to keep us warm.  We played kickball, basketball (she made her first 3 basketball free throws ever...granny shots on a regulation net-pretty exciting for her) rode bikes and scooters, rolled down hills, did life size shadow puppets and blew bubbles and chased after them.  What an awesome day we had, we had not spent a day like that in a long time and it was wonderful just to relax, hang out and play.  Not to mention playing is great for you whether you’re 6 or any age!   

make the time for your kids play kickball
make the time for quality time with your kidsmake the time with your kids play basketball                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
fun things to do with your kid at the parkFull size shadow puppets with your kids imagination at its best                                                                                                                                                                                    As we proceed into the month of  #November, I will relish each moment of time. Whether it is interacting with my daughter, husband, family, friends or following my dreams.  Take some time today to reflect on your life and everything you are #thankful for in your life.  #bethankful
 Talk with your kids to see what they are #thankful for, teach them the importance of #gratitude.  Remember to make the time and take the time to spend with your kids, loved ones or yourself this #November.  Create new memories, new traditions, follow old traditions and savor each and every one.  I have some wonderful ideas for crafts, recipes and to #bethankful, starting with what to do with those pumpkins that didn't get decorated or carved this year...so check back often.
 All of my best Dyan

Make the most of your mornings with your school aged kids

Please enjoy this repost from last year...it is a wonderful reminder to make the time and take the time to spend quality time with my daughter...and I wrote it!  Second grade is here and I miss her even more than when she was in first grade.  Time is clicking, clicking away, she is getting older and more independent.  Enjoy the moment, because that is all we have.  PS...I still sing the nursery rhymes, can't help myself, or some of my own songs about school, enjoying the moment, one breath at a time.  All of my best,  Dyan

One of the hardest things about going #backtoschool for me is not getting to spend the quality time with my child as I used to when she was in preschool or kindergarten. 

This year she started first grade, her days are longer and she has more homework.  We still have managed to incorporate a couple of after school activities.  I find myself wondering where has time gone and how can she be almost 7??  Unfortunately, as we all know there is nothing we can do with time, it goes by whether we want it to or not.  But one thing we can do is make the most of the time we have and try to make the most of every moment that we have been given.

In kindergarten, I found that we did a lot of racing around in the morning getting ready and off to school on time.  This year, I have decided that we both need more time to connect in the morning.  My daughter needs more time to eat a healthy breakfast, more time to get her brain ready for the day, more time to talk to me and more time to hear how special she is.  I need more time too…more time to tell her how special she is, more time to hear how and what she is learning in school, more time to hear if she has any difficulties, more time to tell her how much I love her, more time to tell her how proud I am of her and more time to talk and bond.  That being said, I am trying to make the most of our mornings together.  I have given her an extra 20 minutes for her morning to just relax, eat breakfast and to talk about whatever she needs to talk about. During this time I try and listen to her, what is bothering her, what excites her, read a book, whatever she may need.  I know that 20 minutes isn’t a lot, but it is enough time to bond and strengthen our relationship, our trust and to be there for my kid.

Every morning I take the time to wake her up in a loving way with singing a favorite lullaby or song, scratching her back or talking to her if something exciting is happening for the day.  I let her climb on my back and give her a piggy back ride to the kitchen while pretending I am a train leaving the train station..all aboards and chug a choos.  These days of innocence will be gone in a blink.  I believe the seeds I sow now for a nurturing and caring morning will bring me benefits of closeness and trust in the future. 

Garden picked strawberry for breakfastToday I woke her up to let her know the strawberry in our garden had finally turned red and was ready to eat, she was so excited to see it she got right out of bed!  Not every morning is so easy, but I try to be patient, be kind and creative with hopes that she has the best morning as well, to keep that #positive attitude I have instilled on her since she was born.

Tomorrow morning make the time to take the time or take the time and make the time to have quality morning time with your kids.  Be patient.  Don’t scream to get ready on time.  Listen. Talk about what is on their minds.  Make a special breakfast.  Give lots of kisses and hugs.  Tell your kids how proud you are of them!!  Most of all be in the moment that short special moment that is given to you each and every morning. Tomorrow morning make the most of your morning with your school aged kids.

 All of my best, Dyan

#nationalpuppyday - For the love of dogs rescue one today

#nationalpuppydayFor the love of dogs rescue one today!!  
#nationalpuppyday    

This is a repost from last year, and I wanted to share again in honor of #nationalpuppyday.  If you are considering purchasing a puppy, please check with your local rescue organizations first.  There are many puppies that need to be adopted in all shapes, sizes and breeds.  Typically they will go quick, but they are available for adoption.  If you miss your opportunity for the young puppy, who knows, you might just fall in love with the older one in the next cage...senior dogs need love too!  
 
I wanted to share a link with anyone and everyone who might be searching for that perfect pet.  


Yes, it is great to go to the local pet store and see all those cute puppies barking, wagging their tails at you and asking for you to take them home.  But over the years, I have found a better way to make a pet part of your family, a way that helps your community, rescuing dogs.  There are so many dogs that need to be rescued every day, every breed and those cute little mixes too!  

Before I met my husband he rescued many dogs, his preference in breed was the Great Dane.  After we met, I rescued my first two Shih Tzu’s.  I wanted a pet to keep my older Shih Tzu company.  After much deliberation and discussion I did it!  The first time I rescued, I talked to my groomer who was pretty much an all Shih Tzu groomer and asked her if any of her clients needed a home for their Shih Tzu, low and behold they did.  A women that was heavily involved in the rescues of Shih Tzus, became very ill and could not take care of them any longer.  They were frantically looking for homes for the dogs, otherwise, they would be forced to put them down.   
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I was so happy that we asked her and just in the nick of time!  I was only going to rescue one, but after seeing the other one waiting for a home, I just couldn’t resist and rescued two.  The dogs were so happy to have a home, one of them wagged her tail the whole way home and quite frankly I think wagged her tail for the next 8 years nonstop!   Truly, the happiest dog I have ever met!  

Our family loved them both instantly and we made our family of dogs work.  Great Danes and Shih Tzus turned out to be the perfect mix for our family.  The new additions kept my little Shih Tzu boy happy and company.  I believe it was one reason why he lived to almost 17 years old.  They helped each other in ways that I never knew existed in the dog world.  

So, after 17 years of my first real pet, we rescued again.  I called my groomer and low and behold there was a client that needed a home for his Shih Tzu.  A male, a perfect fit for my female at home.  So cute and he even resembled my 17 year old.  We love him so much and he, I believe, helped our other dog live longer and helped her get around the house as her vision started to fail her because of old age.
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This year after the loss of our beloved Shih Tzu, we rescued again.  This time my groomer didn’t have any Shih Tzus that needed a home.  So, I went on-line and researched and researched and researched.  My husband decided to help me and he found this website that we really felt comfortable with and knew that the rescuers were true angels with a true love of dogs and their well-being.  


After talking back and forth and deliberating on the cutest Shih Tzu we again could not resist and adopted two.  One was blind and I knew if I didn’t adopt her no one would.  (I have the temperament and patience to have a blind dog.  Just a note it might not be for everyone).  But with two elderly blind Shih Tzu’s previously it was an easy fit for me.  We instantly feel in love with both of them!  


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This time we adopted a 3 year old as my daughters pet and the blind one we call PK is about 6, both keep our now aging 12 year old young and happy with hopes that he will live to at least 17.  

If you are considering a pet, please look at this rescue, which has affiliations that rescue and place all breeds and mixes.  There are donation fees if you are inclined to do so, but at the astronomical price of dogs these days and the need for many dogs in rescues to find a home, I am not sure why anyone would start their search anywhere else.  Good luck in your search for the perfect rescue dog, they will bring you happiness and you will literally make their day!  Bow wow for now!  Dyan


What we learned:  Take your time in researching for the right breed or mix for your home.  Do your research on the rescuers.  If you have other dogs at home make sure you find a good fit for them, you don’t want any bad feelings coming from your other pet (s).  We knew from the temperaments’ of our dogs that our males would not like other males so we adopted females, a good companion choice for them.  You will have to fill out applications and donation fees are appreciated, but the cost really goes to help the rescue with their costs.  Rescuing dogs is so important with our over population of pets today that rescues really need our help.  Dogs are a wonderful way for families to bond, with walking, playing and teaching your child responsibilities.  They bring so much happiness to our home we hope they do the same for you!

Be grateful for #handsondads

Be grateful for #handsondads
 
What would we do without hands on dads?  Today, I am grateful for those dads who take an active part in their kid’s lives.  Who show up for their kids events or school activities…Who participate in their kids’ lives…Who love their kids unconditionally…Who spend time with their kids (even if they don’t have the time to do so)…Who play with their kids (sports, games, whatever it is, they play)…Who hang out with their kids…Who help out with their kids around the house with homework or whatever…Who are present with their kids…
The traditional role of fatherhood is not what it used to be and many dads are taking an active role in raising their kids.  To each and every one of you, I am grateful.  I am grateful because it builds confidence in our children, it builds character, it builds a bond between father and son or father and daughter that only fathers can build….moms can’t do everything!  I am grateful because hands on dads help raise stronger, loving children and I believe will help their children have less “issues” in the future. 

Father spending quality time with his daughter, it made her day! #handsondadUnfortunately, I don’t meet a lot of hands on dads…but every time I do, I am enthralled and encouraged with their active part in raising their kids.  If each dad does one thing today that they normally don’t do for their kids, wife or partner, I think it would strengthen the family bond…one dad step at a time. Doesn't matter what you do...just do it!  Do it from the heart and with love. Make the time and take the time today to be a #handsondad, you and your family will be glad you did!  All of my best, Dyan 

If you have something that your #handsondad does, please share with a comment or if you are a #handsondad, I would love to hear how you spend time with your kids spending quality time together.  Thanks, Dyan

Fun and Easy Halloween Craft Silly Pinecone Ghost Family

Happy October!!!  Another fun and easy Halloween craft.  Start making yours now and add to your Halloween collection, by the time Halloween comes around you'll have a bunch of fun, cute and inexpensive Halloween decorations around your house.  I love all of these as they add so much to your home and the best part of all is that you make them with your kid spending the quality time together that every child deserves. Enjoy!  All of my best, Dyan
 
Halloween Fun!  That has been our motto for the past week.  Making, creating and spending time together.  We were inspired to make our Silly Pine Cone Ghost Family after making our Happy Pumpkin Family.  Bianca collects pine cones everywhere she goes, the park, school just about anywhere she can find one on the ground.  We store them in our craft drawer and we always have them on hand when we get inspired.  This is another fun, easy and inexpensive craft to do at home with your child with minimal items.  Join me again soon for another Halloween craft as we add to our Halloween families.

What I loved about this craft is that your child will learn patience and learn detail when painting in between all the pine cone leaves. The use of scissors, again strengthens their hands to help make other tasks easier for them. Being creative in making the shapes of the eyes and mouth, making their ghost family come to life. Remember to always use supervision with scissors and adults should always use the hot glue gun as the tip becomes very hot!
 
Items needed:  Pine cones (a variety of sizes), white paint, paint brushes, googley eyes, black foam paper, scissors and hot glue gun.
 
Paint your pine cones with white paint, let dry.
Cut circles or other shapes from your black foam paper large enough for the back drop of the googley eyes.  Using your hot glue gun, glue the eyes onto the black foam shapes.  When dry, glue onto the pine cones.
Cut different shapes for the mouths and glue onto the pine cones.
Your done!
 

 

Fall wall art - Display your Kids artwork

Fall wall art
 
Are you looking for something different, fun and creative for your kids to do this fall?  Looking for the perfect picture to go on the wall in the hall or anywhere else in your home?  Are you thinking what am I going to do with all my kids favorite art work?  If so, I have the perfect solution for you!  

If you have a place in your home that needs a picture, instead of buying a new expensive piece of art work, have a place in your home where you display your kids artwork.  There is nothing more special than seeing your kids face light up when they bring home one of their many pieces of artwork home from school.  Unfortunately, your fridge can only hold so many.  And what do you do with that special holiday or seasonal picture? 
What we have done is create a wall where we have interchangeable art work that we change seasonally and/or with the holidays.  We proudly display my daughters artwork on a wall in our family room.  This is a wonderful way to create an art display of your favorites.   It also gives you a place to see and enjoy their work without putting in a box somewhere never to be seen again.

You can purchase the frames at any local retailer chain.  The ones we choose are great because they open like a book and it is easy to change the pictures out when you are ready for a new picture or with the seasons.  They also have a folder pocket inside the frame to hold all the pictures your child has drawn to keep the pictures that you would like to put up again or cherish and look at when you change the pictures out. 





We change our wall art seasonally.  We either use a favorite from the year before, use a new one from school or create a whole new look for the current season or holiday.  My daughter loves this and so do we because we get to enjoy her many pieces of artwork in a designer like way.
This year we decided to create a fall wall with a little holiday flare.  
We have one favorite that we will change out after Halloween and then add one of her favorites from last year. 
So much to learn from this…creating new art, working together to hang up (my daughter was so excited that she hung up the pictures herself this year), reminiscing about past art work and seeing your kids progress of drawing, painting, coloring from the year before.

Take the time and make the time this fall to create a special place in your home to display your kids art work.  You’ll share special moments that make your kids feel special again and again.

All my best, Dyan

Turn your kids melt downs into positive experiences

Ok. So, we are now in our second month of school…starting to get in a groove and settled in with the new school, routine, meeting new friends and basically getting acclimated to first grade and our new school.  Everything is going smooth, exactly how I like it, (I can be a bit of a control freak). 

Unfortunately, this week my daughter had a major melt down. I was surprised as she had been telling me every day that she loves school, her new friends, her teachers, etc.

It started with a bad dream.  She woke me up about 1 hour before I had to get up to get her ready for school.  She crawled in bed with my husband and I and we talked briefly about it and back to sleep she went.  All was fine, at least I thought it was.  She then woke up on her own to start getting ready for school and she was sad and started crying and telling me more about her dream.  She didn’t go into too much detail, but I realized that the dream had to do with me picking her up after school and I wasn’t there…she was left all alone waiting for me.  She was sad and scared all at the same time.  We discussed dreams and how it was just a dream and I would be there to pick her up as I had been every day since school had started.   She seemed to be a bit better and time was clicking to get to school so, off to school we went.  Her tears had dried up and she seemed fine, until we walked into school and the tears came, boy did the come.  I hadn’t seen her cry this hard ever at school.  I reassured her as best as possible. I talked briefly with the teacher about the situation.  Her teacher consoled her and she tried to be brave and wiped off the remaining tears and walked into her classroom. I felt sad and quite frankly wanted to just take her out of school for the day.  But we all know that is something we cannot do, otherwise it could become a habit that might be hard to break. 

I started to walk back to my car and ran into a friend of mine who also has a daughter at the school.  I told her what happened.  We walked back to our cars and said goodbye.  An hour later my friend called me and suggested I come in to volunteer for lunch duty, (even though it wasn’t my day to volunteer).  She went on to tell me that it would be a wonderful way for my daughter to know that I am there to support her, be there for her and what a wonderful surprise it would be for her.  I had a million things to do that day and did not really have the time to volunteer, but thought about what she was telling me and realized that it really did make sense, a lot of sense and she was absolutely right!   I made the calls and verified it was ok for me to come in and help out at lunch. 

I arrived on time and waited for her class to come to the lunch room.  As her class filed into the lunch room, she turned and saw me.  Her face lit up, it really lit up!!  For that one moment in time, I could see all the sadness and uncertainty turn into happiness, peace and light.  I was soooooo happy that I had shared my morning with my friend and was soooooo happy that I listened to her advice!  This is one of the reasons why I started this blog, for moms and friends to share with each other ideas that work, REALLY work for their families and kids to make a stronger family bond, community bond and relationships that are filled with love, happiness and commitment. 
Moms and friends getting together and sharing ideas about kids and life!

Even though a simple idea, I am not sure I would have thought of doing it on my own.  I am truly grateful for my friend, because it made such a difference in my child’s day that I wouldn’t have traded anything else in the world to have seen her day brightened right before my very eyes. 

Many wonderful benefits to this one.  I also helped out the school in volunteering.  Today, make a difference in your kids life.  Be aware of their needs, be there to support them in every way you can and hug them/love them as much as possible.  All of my best, Dyan


What I learned:  That it is possible to turn your kids melt downs into a positive experiences, sharing your challenging times with  friends can always give you a new perspective to help strengthen your relationships within your family and how much I value my friends and relationships because they help me be a better mom.

What my child learned:  That she is not alone at school, I am there for her and care about her feelings, I will be there to support her and how much mommy does love her.
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