Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thankful Box

Practicing gratitude is something that is very important to me.  I want to do everything I can to instill a grateful heart and attitude into my children.  Enter:  The Thankful Box.

Every November 1st, as the children are waking from their post-Halloween sugar comas, I set out our Thankful Box.  They love it.  Several years ago, I read about this idea (wish I could remember where) and HAD to implement it.  At the time, my kiddos were going to their grandma's house once a week for "Craft Day," so I sent them with a special task:  make a Thankful Box.  They took a shoe box, covered it with fabric, and decorated it with leaves and such.  It's not the prettiest thing, but you know what?  I don't care.  The kids take great pride in their box, and they created some fun memories of making it with their precious grandma who has since passed away.  That ugly little box means the world to me.

I print off some thankful cards and set them with the box.  (I found a great free printable over at Lovesome.  Thanks, Erin!). 

All through the month of November as we think of things we are thankful for, we stop and write them on the paper and throw them into the box.  Little ones who can't read or write yet draw pictures of things they are thankful for instead.  Then on Thanksgiving, we open up the box and read them all out loud.  It ends up being such a special time of laughter and tears.  So very good for the soul.  This has quickly become one of our favorite traditions of the whole year.  

After we read them, I put them all in a ziploc bag and store them away.  I tend to be a minimalist and don't like to hang on to things, but these are too precious to toss in the garbage.  Someday, when the kids have all moved on, I'll dig these out and read through them and cry my eyes out.  *sigh*  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Good Bye Pom Poms

Ugh!  The manufacturer that makes the pom pom yarn that I use for my pom pom blankets has discontinued production!  What a disappointment.  So, if you were wanting to order one, now is the time.  I only have a few skeins left in certain colors and they are selling out fast.

This one is a favorite!

A best seller!

Great colors for boys!

Friday, September 18, 2015

That's Pinteresting, Part 1

I admit it, I have gobs of fabulous ideas pinned on different boards on Pinterest.  And they are pinned there with great intentions that pretty much never happen.  But, I've been slowly trying to do a few of them.  I finally finished one!

A fun way to display my children's artwork!  I originally pinned the idea from this blog:  Random Thoughts of a Supermom.  As soon as I saw this idea, I knew I had to do it.  Apparently, one of my friends had the same idea because she did the same thing on her wall!

Here is my finished result:

I purchased the very affordable wall decals from an Etsy shop called Modern Vector, ordered the little clothespins from Amazon, and purchased the wire and eye bolts from the local hardware shop.

The kids love that there is a designated place to display their masterpieces and I love that my fridge isn't littered with tons of junk artwork.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


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