A Bad Case of Stripes {Lil’ Luna}

I couldn't be any more thrilled that it's Friday! 
And to celebrate the occasion, Kristyn from Lil' Luna is here! Kristyn is one of my favorite people... I know because I got to meet her in real life! And this girl has creativity oozing out of her ears!

Hi there Oopsey Daisy Readers!!

I'm Kristyn from Lil' Luna and am THRILLED to be here today as part of Alison's Summer Camp Series.

What a fun idea!
We love books over here at the Merkley house - 
especially kids books!
Believe it or not, but I've been collecting kids books for about 
10 years now.

The hubby even proposed at Barnes and Nobles {at the midnight release of Harry Potter} using a kids book he had made. 
That's how much we LOVE books!
{Btw, it's okay if you think we are nerds because we are} 🙂

My FAVORITE kid author of all is David Shannon.
He has so many fun books, but one of the things I love most about them are the illustrations.

My favorite is:

A Bad Case of Stripes

It's all about a little girl named Camilla who is so concerned about what others think that she ends up covered in stripes and everything else you can imagine because she doesn't want her classmates to know she loves LIMA BEANS!! Afraid she will be unpopular with her classmates for this secret of hers, Camilla only truly finds herself when she embraces her secret and no longer cares what others think of her.

Reading this book made me realize "I wish my kid LOVE lima beans!!" That's definitely not the case since liking lima beans (or any veggies for that matter) is not super common, especially with my kiddos. In fact, they're pretty darn picky. The hubby and I are trying to encourage our kids to eat all sorts of foods and not just something with cheese in it (grilled cheese, quesadillas, mac and cheese, pizza - the kiddos favs). We decided to make EATING CHARTS to help with this... and of course made them with STRIPES!!

Here is what we did...


-Paint or Spray Paint
-8x10 Eating Chart Print
-Furniture Tacks


1. Paint wood the desired color. Let dry.

2. Add tape to make stripes. Spray paint and let dry.

3. Take off paint and distress if desired.

4. Print off Eating Chart Sheet and cut to 8x10 size.

Eating Chart

5. Hammer tacks in the corners of where the glass will be on the board {but not all the way}. Slide in the glass and paper and hammer in tacks a little more to secure glass. NOTE: If you don't want to use glass, then you can laminate the sheet and use Vis-a-Vis wet-erase markers (projector markers).

Hang with Ribbon or Voila!!
Now you can use Dry-Erase markers over the glass to draw in smiley or frowny faces and ERASE {just wipe with a paper towel} whenever!
We didn't want to bribe our kids to eat each day, but we figured that if they get a certain amount of Smiley Faces then they can choose the prize for that week - Rent a movie at Redbox, Go to the Library, Go to the Park, Have a piece of candy 
{which is pretty much bribing, I know} 🙂

We hope this helps our kids to eat more foods, especially their veggies (like LIMA BEANS!!)

Thank you for having me, Alison, and be sure to come over to
Lil' Luna to say hi!!

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  1. Cute idea. My youngest is the pickiest eater, but just with me. She will eat many different foods at my close friends house, but wont eat the same thing at home. I think I will try this. One thing that has worked with my oldest child and a friends is cooking it a new way. Baking broccoli and asparagus does an amazing thing to the flavors. I am so thankful for fruit/vegetable juices or my little one would never get the benefits of vegetables.

  2. Very cute idea! I’m very lucky because my daughter loves most vegetables. But unfortunately I can’t get her to touch a fruit!! This might help!

  3. How fun! My kids LOVE this book!! What a fun idea!

  4. What a darling idea Kristyn!! LOVE it!

  5. came from TT&J (I think), great idea! pinning 😉

  6. What a cute idea Kristyn! I need one of these for my son. He’s so picky!

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