U Is For U.S.A. Mommy School

It's Mommy School time!!

I realize that summer is a busy, hectic time.  To be honest, I haven't kept up my Mommy School routine.  We are having way too much fun living it up this summer!  But I have been wanting to do some Mommy School for the Fourth of July to teach Little Man about our great nation.  Yes, it's a bit late... but I consider the entire month of July to be a patriotic time!  So hopefully some of you are in the same boat and can still use this packet!  (If not, pack it away for next year!)

Here are some of the concepts covered in this 46-page packet:

Letter of the Week:  U

Number of the Week:  9

Shape of the Week:  Star

Song of the Week:  Yankee Doodle

Theme of the Week:  America/Patriotic

Here are a few teasers of what you can find in this packet...

2 pages of fun patriotic songs!

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Worn Wood Flag {Sweet C’s Designs}


Hello my friends!  I have been eager to start featuring fabulous, talented guest posters with inspiring tutorials.

Courtney from Sweet C's Designs recently started a creative blog AND a gorgeous etsy shop, and let me tell you--this lady is talented!  Batter up, Courtney!


I'm Courtney, the mom behind the Sweet C's Etsy shop and Sweet C's Designs blog!

I have to tell you a little story before we start our craft today... when I decided to leave a high profile job in politics behind to stay at home with my little man, I found myself looking for inspiration in my new "world", and I instinctively turned to craft blogs. I stumbled across a blog I absolutely adored and read all the time... and then one day the author posted a picture of her son- and I recognized him!  Turns out this wonderful little blog was run by Alison, who I went to high school with and we had recently reconnected on Facebook! (I'll admit I was not super observant at first, as I know she posts a picture on the side of her site with a bio... I had a new baby and was clearly in the clouds). Oopsey Daisy was such a pleasure for me to read, I got inspired to start my own blog because of Alison! I am totally honored to be guest posting here today.



Our lives are very heavily influenced by baseball- my husband spends weekend afternoons parked in front of Rockies games (although he's an O's fan at heart after growing up in Annapolis), and my brother used to play in the minor league for the Minnesota Twins. My brother is still busy traveling the globe playing for teams in Japan, Germany and Australia- anywhere in need of a very tall (6'7") pitcher. So when summer rolls around, our thoughts are pretty consumed by one thing- baseball! Little man's baseball themed first birthday party is coming up soon, and I wanted some fun Fourth of July decor I could leave up all summer long that would work well with our obsession. I have seen lots of worn wood flags made with baseballs as stars, and I wanted to make my own version!

Here's how I did it:

{Materials}

-A large pallet (we have had this in our yard in a trash corner I am beyond embarrassed to say has been there since the old owners left. This craft was a great excuse to finally get some of the trash out of there!)

-If you don't have an old pallet laying around, you can also just use 7 worn wood boards and string them together, or nail them to two "anchor" boards running behind them (like a pallet has, but they will sit flat instead of making a box shape).

-Red, white and blue paint

-An old, large paintbrush

-Six aged baseballs (or new baseballs, some old coffee or tea, dirt, and asphalt)

-Hot glue and a hot glue gun

 

Paint your pallet by "dry brushing" paint on. Don't put too much paint on your brush, and sweep it quickly over the wood. An uneven look will make it look more aged- so you don't need to worry about perfection here. I did the four alternating red and white stripes at the bottom first, and then the top three I only painted half the length of the wood plank so I could then add the blue square.

If your paint is too thick in areas, just sand it down a bit so it looks more rough. I was using a VERY well worn piece of wood, and I adore the character it gave this flag!

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USA Sparklers {Thanks, Elmers!}

Hello, Oopsey Daisies!

Is there anything better than crafting with friends?!

Over the weekend, Elmers sponsored a little crafting party (several, in fact!) for some of my family and friends.  They really did spoil us, so thank you, Elmers!!  I'll share some more details on that later this week.

My sisters and I made a set of these lovelies to help us get ready for the Fourth of July:


Seriously--how did the Fourth of July creep up on me this year?!  I love the Fourth of July--the sparklers; the heat; the stars and the stripes!  And my favorite part: We always make a scrumptious batch of homemade ice cream!  Now we have a little something to help get us in the patriotic spirit!

Here is how we made our sparklers...

We started out by using our razor blades to cut out 3 stars from our Elmers foam board.

 

After tracing them, we used Tacky Glue to adhere patriotic scrapbook paper to the fronts and backs of each star.  We used a bit of distress ink for a special homey touch!

 

Next, we added some chipboard letters and any embellishments.  (It was interesting to see my sisters' personalities.  One of my sisters embellished her stars tons, and one left them simple and elegant!)

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4th of July Tee Giveaway {lilsteinstyles ft. sam-n-i} – giveaway closed

This giveaway is closed!

Yes, there are TWO hot giveaways going on today.

I am so excited about both of them--it's an entire giveaway day!

If you're new to Oopsey Daisy, then you must know how much I LOVE lilsteinstyles featuring sam-n-i.  Their etsy shop is full of adorable stuff for little munchkins.  I especially adore their holiday t-shirts.

Because well, let's be honest--I force Little Man to dress up and be as festive as me!

Today's giveaway is HOT because there will be two winners!

Each winner can select a Fourth of July tee for their own little guy or gal.

You know I don't promote  anything I don't love myself!  In fact, Little Man will soon be wearing this adorable shirt on the Fourth of July:


The 4th of July "Dude" tee.  I dig chicks with sparklers - Ha!

But if you're looking for something patriotic for your little girl...

Try this Fourth of July "Diva" tee!  Caaaaaute!!

These onesies and tees are available from 0-3 months all the way to children's size 10-12.  Plenty of options!

There are 3 chances to win a 4th of July tee!

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1.  Add the lilsteinstyles featuring sam-n-i Etsy shop to your favorites.  ("Heart" it.)  Let me know in a comment.

2.  Become a Facebook fan of lilsteinstyles featuring sam-n-i.  ("Like" it.)  Let me know in a comment.

3.  Follow Cristil's blog.  Let me know in a comment.

This giveaway will end at midnight on Wednesday, June 22nd.  Remember that there will be TWO winners, so your chances of winning have just doubled!  All winners are announced on Facebook/Twitter, and then e-mailed directly.

Good luck!!

 

Red, White, & Blue Yummyness

Happy Memorial Day, my friends!
Many thanks to our military troops, past and present, who have dedicated their lives to protecting our great nation!

It's the beginning of the patriotic season--one of my very favorite times of the year!  Get ready for firecrackers and s'mores! 🙂

Tomorrow, I will be enjoying an entire day outside with my family, soaking in the sun and enjoying every last minute of this 3-day weekend.  I don't know about you, but I needed this extra day in my weekend!

In the mean time... here is some patriotic eye candy.  Is there anything more lovely than red, white, and blue??
Here is some yummyness to get you in the patriotic spirit!

Cupcakes

 

1.  Red, white, and blue cupcakes - Skip To My Lou.
2.  American Pie Cupcakes - Mommy Topics.
3.  Flag Cupcakes - The Girl Who Ate Everything.
Fresh Fruit
4.  Red, white, and blue strawberries - Oopsey Daisy.
5.  Red, white, and blue skewers - Make and Takes.
6.  Red, white, and blue stuffed strawberries from Fabulessly Frugal.
7.  Watermelon stars - No Biggie.

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