Follow the Rainbow

St Patricks Day Rainbow

The little girls and I did our first St. Patrick’s Day craft of the year the other day. Together we made rainbows with tissue paper. It was an easy project for both my little girls. The preschooler was able to understand that she was suppose to match the tissue paper to the colors of the rainbow. My 2 year old had a great time gluing any color of tissue paper to the rainbow.

St. Patricks Day Rainbow Paper

What you will need:

  • Crayons, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
  • Colored tissue paper, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
  • Glue
  • Paper

What you need to do to get crafty:

  • Before the kids started, I cut the tissue paper out into small squares and drew a rainbow on a piece of paper for each of the munchkins.
  • I put the glue on the rows of the rainbow on at at time.  I knew, if I put glue on every strip of the rainbow that would have gotten messy, really quick. Then the girls laid the tissue paper on top of the glue.

Preschool Rainbow

My four year old had a great time matching the tissue paper colors to the the rainbow stripes.

Toddler Rainbow

My 2 year old enjoyed gluing the paper to any strip on the rainbow.

Minnie's Rainbow

When were were done making our rainbows, we read one of our favorite books, Minnie’s Rainbow. I love this book. It reenforces colors of the rainbow and at the end it breaks down how a rainbow is actually created.


Sick Little Munchkin plus a Running Challenge

HandsThis morning I woke up and one of my little munchkins was sick.  She didn’t have a high fever but she just seemed, well, sick.  She has had a cough for a week and it just keeps getting worse.  My husband and I took her to the doctor and she has a pretty bad ear infection.  This is my littlest munchkin who always seems sick.  I really hope the medicines + humidifier + rest will help her get better.

Since we can’t leave the house, we made a Valentine’s Day present for Grandma.  Otherwise we all might have gone a wee bit crazy stuck in the house all day.

We made a heart hand print heart for Grandma.  This project was so incredibly easy to do.  Everything that I needed for this project was in my craft cabinet.  I had a few pieces of red craft paper and some white washable paint that I could use for the hand prints.

Hand prints

I used a paint brush to paint the white paint onto the kids hands.  My little kids go to daycare and preschool, it is so cute that they know exactly what to do for a hand print project.  Put your hand out please and get ready for paint.

Hand PrintsAfter the paint dried, I wrote ‘Happy Valentine’s Day 2014’ underneath their hand prints.  I found a couple picture frames upstairs in the attic that I thought looked pretty good with the hand prints.

Hand Print Present

In under 30 minutes, we have a perfect present for Grandma’s wall.

Challenge –  Run 1 Mile

I am always trying to be a runner.  I would love to be able to run just a few miles in a row but I just can’t do it.  I don’t know if it’s that I am not built for running or I just am training wrong but I can’t seem to run jog for a long distance.  The most I have ever jogged is about 1 mile without stopping.  And that was after months and months of running 10 minutes, walking 5 minutes, running 10 minutes and so on until I made my way up to jogging for 20 minutes.

So when I saw that Tina over at Carrots ‘N Cake was having a challenge to run one mile.  I thought this would be a great challenge for me.  I am only a beginner at running, so my goal is to run 1 mile at the end of the week without stopping.  I am going to try to get on the treadmill every night this week to be able to accomplish this goal.

Tonight I was able to run 1 mile with 2 walking breaks.

I hope you are able to join me this week for this challenge.

Question:  Do you have a strategy to be able to run faster and further?

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day

I don’t usually put up Valentine’s Day decorations but when I took my Christmas decorations down the whole house almost looked naked!  Since I will use almost any excuse to break out the glue gun and craft paint, I decided to make some decorations this year.  I didn’t want to break the bank, so I picked most of my pieces from Michaels Craft Store (you can’t beat a 40% coupon) and the dollar store.

Valentines Day

Our mantel has a huge mirror above it.  For a long time I couldn’t figure out how to add a decoration to it until I realized I could use a command hook that is applied to the mirror with an adhesive strip. I made a pretty red wreath using paper roses to hang from the hook.  I made the roses using craft paper then I hot glued them onto a green floral wreath that I painted a light pink just in case the color of the wreath showed through.

Valentines Day Letters

I also found some fun wooden letters at the dollar store in my town.  I painted them a light pink and white using craft paint.  I was able to use left over paint that I had, and the letters were a $1 a piece.   They are so cute and were so easy to do!

Painted Valentines Day Hearts

This mirror in my dining room is so so plain. (It’s going to have to go soon.)  I decided to add some painted hearts to dress it up a bit.  The hearts are just paper hearts from Michaels that I painted red, pink, and white.  (Don’t forget to paint the back)  I hot glued a piece of ribbon to the back of each of the hearts so that I could hang them from the back of the mirror.

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?