More free Christmas Printables! Use these pretty printables for wall art, gifts or even wrapping paper. I love giving homemade gifts at the holidays….
I have been so sad for such a long time. I miss my parents so much and there is a hole in my heart that will never heal because of their passing. I feel guilty being happy but I know that’s what they would want. They enjoyed their family more than anything in this world and that’s what I need to continue doing.
My youngest child’s birthday always marks the beginning of summer. We’ve been working on our bucket list for summer activities for kids and this year we really have some fun things planned! But it gets so confusing and my kids always want to know WHEN we are doing WHAT, so having this free printable calendar 2016 helps them visualize the time-frame for our activities.
Every year I do a series on Mothers Day but this year is different. I am offering these pretty Mothers Day bookmarks that can be printed out and given to your mom as a simple and inexpensive gift.
Mothers Day Bookmarks
This is my first year without my mother. I am trying to keep my head up but suddenly it’s in my face. All. The. Time.
Of course I am grateful I had someone to call my amazing mom for 38 years. I am lucky. So blessed and fortunate to have someone who could teach me right from wrong. Top Rules to Live By like how to drive a stick shift and to always be assertive.
I’m not sure who to give these bookmarks to.
I think I will send them to my aunt who has always been there for me, even when her life has been crazy. I was resentful when she tried to step in after my mother died, but I am actually very thankful now that she did. If she didn’t step in and take over a lot of the planning and logistics, I am not sure if things would have been completed. I am quite sure I wouldn’t have made it this far in one piece had she not been a phone call away in my darkest times.
Click here to download the pdf. It will download automatically.
What plans do you have for your Mother’s Day? Do you keep it simple or go big?
Use and share these Earth Day printable bookmarks to remember that earth day is everyday at home and with our growing children. While we celebrate April 22 every year as Earth Day, we must use that as a reminder to revisit our green practices at home and out in the world.
Earth Day Printable Bookmarks
These Earth Day printable bookmarks work best when printed on cardstock, but any paper will do. Make sure to print out the free Earth Day printable packet too! It includes games and activities for kids plus a pretty printable for grownups.
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Click here to download the Earth Day printable bookmarks!
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I love this quote…it makes me think of the ocean and the sheer beauty of everything near it. I love the sound of the waves, the squeak of the seagulls and the horns from boats in the distance. It also makes me think of love and how one needs be gentle and take the time to listen in order to hear. So often we are in a rush through the day and do not take the time to listen to each other. So often we don’t take the time to embrace and remember the delicate and beautiful nature of our love. This is especially true when we have kids running around, right?
He held her like a seashell and listened to her heart.
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Fox Note Cards
We first saw the fox in our neighborhood one morning when I was dropping off my kindergartener at the bus. It was still pretty chilly so we had driven down the street to the bus stop and my daughter remarked, “Look at the dog!” I looked up at the house across the street to see a dog standing up against a full bay window in the front and then I saw it. Scrawny, reddish-gray and small, a fox for sure. I had never ever seen one before. Certainly not trotting by on our little residential street where the kids were getting ready to get on the bus!
Just after it trotted past the car, I remembered. Our cat was outside.
Buddy is a tiger cat and a natural hunting cat who loves to sneak outside whenever he gets the chance. We weren’t so concerned with him being outside before except for the (ew) ticks he would get stuck to him during the summer months.
Well, I shouldn’t say we weren’t concerned with him being outside, because we were. We did not want to have an outdoor cat. But what could we do? He is so happy to be outside. But, I digress. Back to the fox.
Once I remembered Buddy was outside, I burned rubber to get back to our house and find him. I spotted our kitty two houses and got out of the car to try to coax him over to me. He would have none of it. As soon as I got close, he ran under the back porch of our neighbor’s house. I sped off once again for something with which to keep the fox away. All I could find in the garage was the mini rake. And when I say mini, I mean it’s child-sized. Did I mention we are not very handy in this house? Also, we live in an association so we do not have to do landscaping and don’t have many garden tools or shovels.
Our adventurous kitty, Buddy.
Off I went with the mini child-sized rake to ward off the mangy fox. And I found him exactly where I was afraid I would – next to the neighbor’s porch eyeing our kitty. I got out of the car and yelled at the fox, which promptly ignored me. I screamed, yelled and shook the tiny rake at it but it didn’t budge. Holy moly, this thing is going to EAT my cat in front of my eyes! Did I tell you my 6 year old was still in the car?! She witnessed everything. Please don’t judge. I was thinking only of saving my cat and didn’t have time to move her from the car.
I sped off again to my house, two doors down, and sprinted inside to get my husband. I yelled at him, in one breath, “FOX! BUDDY! TRAPPED! PORCH! IT’S GONNA EAT HIM I NEED YOUR HELP!!”
Next thing I knew he was outside in a t-shirt in the near-frigid weather with no shoes on, looking for Buddy with me under the porch. Buddy was gone. So was the fox. There was a rustling in the trees and there was the fox, looking up at our kitty, clinging to the tree by his claws. We yelled and tried to scare the fox with sticks, which did little to get it to leave Buddy alone. My husband resorted to throwing rocks at the fox to get it to leave, while Buddy lowered himself onto a branch so he could rest a bit.
The fox was unrelenting, skulking around the edge of the woods but not actually leaving. It finally did take off and we got Buddy down from the tree. He’s been banned from getting outside since then, often resorting to locking him in the basement while the kids are in and out on nice days. As much as I love him and know he’d be happier outside, I just can’t take the thought of the fox getting another chance at him.
To that end, I have compiled a set of notecards dedicated to the fox. I have mixed feelings about this animal, especially the one that has inhabited our neighborhood. A few neighbors have also seen him and he seems to be nervous of people, staying away from the neighboring golf course when people are out there. He’s also been spotted rolling on the ground like a young dog.
What do you think? Have you ever seen a fox or have encountered one in person?
Here are some notecards you can download and print out at home or your local print shop! Scroll down to the bottom for the link.
Mothers Day Cards
My grandmother used to love sending cards in the mail. Every holiday, without fail, there would be a card waiting in my mailbox with her sweet little cursive writing. It makes me sad these days when holidays come around and my mailbox is empty. No reminder that I am loved (even though I know I am), no reminder that she was thinking of me and wanting to wish me a greeting for the holiday, be it my birthday, Valentine’s or Christmas. Thank goodness my parents have taken over this tradition with my kids. I love that they get these little reminders that their Nana and PopPop love them and are thinking of them. These little reminders that are S.W.A.K.
Mothers Day Cards
Help yourself to these free printable greetings – you can find the download links at the bottom.
by Emily Matthews
Bless you in the morning
as you start another day.
With all the strength and wisdom
that you’ll need along the way.
Bless you with the special love
you take the time to share –
With warm appreciation
for the many ways you care
and when each day is done.
Bless you, Mom, with all the joy
you to bring to everyone.
|Click on this link to download your mothers day cards|
Check out these other Mother’s Day posts
Printable Mother’s Day Card
10 Healthy Brunch Ideas for Mother’s Day
Celebrating Mother’s Day Series – Mommy Survey for Kids
Reflections On Motherhood and Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Celebrating Mother’s Day Series – A Mother’s Prayer
Go Green for Earth Day!
It’s Earth Day! It’s the one day a year that playing in the dirt is actually promoted and encouraged! You don’t have to have any grand plans for today, but if you do just one little thing to change your routine you can say you participated in Earth Day!
It’s never too late to go green.
Small changes you can make everyday
- Install a Nest Learning Thermostat and SAVE more money! This is one cool thing that is actually really worth it. Read my review here.
- Go green with your household products – check out this list of 10 homemade products you can make at home PLUS printable labels and recipes!
- Eat less meat! Here are some vegetarian meal ideas to get you started.
- Leave your shoes at the door. Did you know that wearing your shoes inside can bring exhaust and pesticides into your house?
- Put your microwavables in glass containers rather than plastic, as many contain hormone-disrupting compounds, not just BPA.
- Go for greener alternatives to bug sprays and pesticides.
5 Homemade Insect Repellents To Protect Your Child Outdoors
Brew Your Own Homemade Pesticide Sprays
Natural Flea and Tick Repellent with Essential Oils
Eco-Friendly Easy DIY Homemade Mosquito Traps
Eco-Friendly Home Pest Control with Essential Oils
Check out these deals and freebies in honor of Earth Day!
Apple & Android – A free Earth-Day themed mobile app called “The Four Seasons” offers interactive puzzles and games focused on nature and environmental conservation. The educational app is designed for young children and can be downloaded free of charge from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
Glass Dharma – Free Glass Straw Giveaway. Take a quick eco-informative quiz & get a coupon code via email for the free straw. One straw per person and free shipping is not included.
Disney Store – Receive a FREE Disneynature Bears reusable tote bag when you bring in 5 plastic bags on April 22, 2014. Limit 1 tote bag per guest while supplies last at participating locations.
Amazon – Save on lots of green and gardening items like 50% off a Rubbermaid Recycling ContainerAbe’s Market – Free Shipping on all purchases at Abe’s Market, plus up to 50% off in our Earth Week Sale!
Spoonful.com – Print out this cute booklet and have the kids color and do the activities.
EPA.gov – Download and print the Happy Earth Day activities book.
Disney Junior – Print out the Higglytown Heroes activity pack.
Scholastic – Earth Day awareness printable for kids.