Star Wars Valentines

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Big H is a huge Star Wars fan. How is that possible at three when he hasn’t even seen the movies? Thanks dad.

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His little shadow is never far behind!

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Since this is the first year that he will be handing out valentines to his little friends at school I definitely wanted to do something special and homemade. When I saw these Yoda valentines over on design.wash.rinse.repeat I knew they would be perfect! So simple and fun for Big H to help me make and they even have the free printable over on their website.

Supplies

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Cardstock

Glow sticks (I found mine at the dollar store)

Tape

Single hole punch

Directions

1. Print and cut out valentines

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2. Have child print their name on each one.

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3. Punch a single hole in Yoda’s hand.

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4. Insert glow stick into hole.

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5. Flip card over and tape glow stick down on the back.

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He can’t wait to hand them out at school this week!

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A Little LOVE for your Loves

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Reagan and I have been busy getting ready for Valentine’s Day by creating some sweet decorations for our home and special gifts for our friends.
How fabulous it is that my daughter has so much love in her heart; we could all learn a thing or two from this amazing toddler!
Here are our favorites for the month that’s dedicated to love. Make sure to check back Saturday to see what we’ve been working on for our friends and family!

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No Time for Flashcard’s Coffee Filter Hearts are absolutely adorable and simple enough for my marker loving toddler!

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With no shortage of wine corks in the house, these Love Bugs from No Time for Flashcard’s are a definite must make!

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The Yoda inspired Valentine from design. wash. rinse. repeat… couldn’t be any cuter for your Star Wars lovin kiddo. Added bonus- a free printable!!!

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Mom’s by Heart is offering up this fabulous and FREE printable! Who doesn’t love glow sticks?

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Reagan finds Whoopie Cushions to be hilarious; she seriously can’t get enough! the Taylor house is rocking it with these awesome Valentine’s and tops them off with a FREE printable!

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Even though this Valentine isn’t rocking a free printable, it is still super cute and perfect for a few special friends! bellaellaboutique, on etsy, created this Wheelie Cool Valentine!

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I’m loving Jacolyn Murphy’s All is Fair in Love and War Valentine’s. These would definitely be a favorite with an older crowd!

A look back at last years Valentine’s:

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We created A Little Love for our family.

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These were the Sweetest Sayings!

How simple it is to help your child show their love!

Are You Ready for some Football…Crafts?!

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Football is a pretty big deal around here. Even though we see our favorite team lose more than win, the boys still love to watch. I’m not sure if we will see the Buffalo Bills make it to the Super Bowl again in our lifetime :). Regardless of who is playing, the Super Bowl is always guaranteed to be a good time. The snacks, commercials and halftime show just add to the excitement!

Big H and I thought it would be fun to do a couple of crafts to get us ready for the big day. Unfortunately when it comes to crafts he has the attention span of well…a three year old! Therefore, the crafts need to be simple and quick to keep him interested. Plus it always seems that the days we want to do a special activity our little sidekick decides he doesn’t want to take a nap. We thought it would be a good idea to distract him with a chocolate chip cookie…

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Paper Stuffed Footballs

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Supplies

Brown construction paper

Newspaper, shredded

White yarn

Scissors

Single hole punch

Glue

Directions

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1. Rip up several pieces of newspaper. Big H loved this part!

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2. Draw a large oval on one piece of paper. You can also use a football template if you would like. Then place a second piece of paper behind the first and cut it out. You will need two identical ovals to make the football.

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3. Punch holes around the perimeter of the oval. Be careful not to make the holes too close to the edge. My helper insisted on punching many more than were necessary!

4. Tie the yarn around one of the holes and continue to thread it around the oval. Make sure to stop before it is completely threaded.

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5. Stuff the football with shredded newspaper until it is full and then finish threading and tie off!

More Football Fun

We also made some Popsicle stick goal posts and had some fun with our football stamp!

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Iceberg, Anyone?

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It’s been super cold outside, which has left Reagan and I hanging out at home to avoid the absolutely skin chilling weather outdoors. Hanging out inside all day, with a two-year old, requires this momma to be on her toes. I try to have several projects/activities planned for Reagan that I can easily access when there is down time that needs to be filled. One activity that I’ve been waiting to do with Reagan is Delia Creates awesome iceberg activity. We had just come back from visiting cousins in Kingston, Ontario, where they were recovering from an ice storm that reeked havoc on their small city. We saw beautiful icicles and huge chunks of ice lining the slick streets. Delia’s activity seemed liked the perfect extension for our ice filled trip.

Materials

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Several Tupperware Containers- we used three

Various things to freeze. We picked things that would float and things that would sink when our containers were filled with water

Water

Iceberg and glacier facts – I wanted to be sure that I was passing on accurate information to Reagan. Find what we used below.

Iceberg and glacier videos and pictures- Visual Learners! Find what we used below.

Directions

1. Show pictures and videos about icebergs and glaciers, while telling facts about each. Reagan’s only two, so this part of the activity was very short, specific and to the point.

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Videos: Twinkle Trails: Icebergs and Glaciers , Iceberg Collapsing , Iceberg Flipping Over , Moving Iceberg

Facts for Parents: Quick Iceberg Facts , Discovery Kids

Pictures: Glacier and Iceberg Google Images

2. Find small objects around the house that will become a part of your icebergs. Reagan chose a toy car, several small animals, a play mobile person, a plastic banana bunch, and a toy Daisy. Place objects into bowls and fill bowls with water.

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3. Place bowls outside to freeze. The bowls could also be placed into the freezer. We left our bowls outside for about 4 hours, in 10 degree weather.

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4. Once frozen, talk about how the ice feels and looks. Reagan was in desperate need for a tubbie so we decided to take our project to the bathroom, easier clean up. We placed the plastic ice filled bowls into the warm tub water and watched as our ‘icebergs’ slowly came loose from their ‘glaciers’ (the plastic bowls). Reagan had a blast melting her icebergs! She made various attempts to remove her toys; holding the icebergs under water, holding them under the running faucet and just letting them float around the tub.

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So much fun!! Thanks for the idea Delia Creates!

Faux Fur Fix

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Reagan’s outfits haven’t been getting the blog attention that they deserve. It’s this mommy’s New Years Resolution to bring you the super cute clothes that I find for my adorably fashionable daughter. I’m a stickler about not spending full price on clothes for Reagan. She’s two, is potty training, loves popsicles, and has my mothers genes; which means she inevitably spills something on the front of her shirt before the days end. For all these reasons and more, I hate spending a lot of money on her clothes. From play clothes to dress up; I feel like Reagan always looks super cute, without breaking the bank.
J.Crew has spoiled us lately by offering an additional 50% off of their sale items!

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J.Crew Tunic
Old Navy Jersey Crew Neck
Janie and Jack Ponte Pant
J.Crew Faux Fur Vest
Hatley Gingham Lab Socks
Chuck Taylor’s