ūüėėThe Kiss Box ūüėė


Many parents work long hours through the week.  And as much as we don’t want to believe it–it’s just hard on our little critters.  They miss us. Constantly.  At least in our household McKinley misses her father day in and day out.

The book, The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg and Henry Cole is a great story that illustrates to children how as parents our love is just as strong even when we’re away.   And nowadays so many parents have to work outside the home.

The story helps initiate conversations about feelings, and in this case feelings of “missing.”   And, it  provides wonderful ways to send each other love, or in the book “kisses,” when being a part from one another.  In the story Mama Bear and Little Bear create “kiss boxes” as a way to send each other kisses when they were a part from each other.

McKinley and I decided we wanted to create our own kiss boxes, as a way to send each other love when we needed it.  This turned out to be a truly meaningful, engaging, and fun project– Naturally, I had to share.


Inside the boxes we put random things.  McKinley cut up fabrics and different textured paper as little sheets to represent love and kisses. I cut tiny hearts out of tissue paper.  When it comes to love the possibilities are endless.

~g

How to: Chalkboard

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Making a chalkboard is easier than I thought it would be.

I decided a chalkboard was a great idea to put up against the wall… seeing how McKinley will soon be drawing on them anyways.

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You have options. You can buy chalkboard paint (and it comes in different colors) or chalkboard spray-paint. ¬†There is no difference other than $ price. It’s cheaper for the spray paint.

You can spray paint on different surfaces but chalkboard is usually made with slate, or plywood.  I purchased plywood from Menards.

If you buy plywood you will need to also buy Primer. I purchased specifically “Bulls eye 1-2-3 primer for all surfaces” spray paint.

Supplies: 

  • Chalkboard Spray paint or paint
  • Primer
  • Plywood/ or slate
  • Plastic drop to paint or spray on

Directions: 

1. On a sunny warm day lay out your plastic drop on a flat surface. Then, lay your piece of plywood down. (You may want to put rocks on the edge of your plastic drop incase its windy).

2. Shake well and use the Primer first to spray paint your piece of plywood.  Read the can for directions, but dry time is about 30 minutes.

3. Shake well and use Chalkboard spray paint. Read can for application instructions.  Let dry for about 45 minutes-1 hour.  Apply a SECOND coat and let dry for 45 minutes.

4. Move plywood to another drying place (like the garage) to continue the drying process for at least 18 hours.

5. Use chalk to cover the entire surface area of the chalkboard.

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6. Then erase the entire area and your chalkboard is ready to use!

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7. ¬†Here I made myself a mini chalkboard at the same time for my desk— to use for goals for the week and upcoming post ideas I want to do!

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An Advocate for Change | The chance for growth is infinite 

Georgia, MSW, LSW

 

Get your Sexy Back

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let’s get real… really quick. Having a baby changes your marriage. ¬†And duh, of course it would. ¬† You go from hot date nights to sleepless nights.

It’s common for couples to become emerged in some sort of routine around the house with newly added chores and responsibilities. ¬†“Hubby & Wife”¬†¬†turn into “Dada & Mama” and in a flash that old sex appeal you thought you had is gone baby gone.

It happens.

The problem? We get so caught up in Dada/Mama mode that we forget to take time for the Hubby/Wife roles. ¬†And it’s crucial that we take that time.

Bring your sexy back!  

Here is a cute & fun idea I found browsing to encourage spontaneous adventure in your relationship.

Date Night Jar (I had a left over mason jar from my previous post Memory Jars):

Materials: 

  • Mason Jar
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Marker

Step 1: gather materials.

Step 2: Write cute date night ideas on popsicle sticks.

Step 3: Place into mason jar

Step 4: tie a ribbon around top of jar.

IMG_5821Some examples of date nights:

  • (think of favorite places maybe where you first met?)
  • Mini golf/golf
  • horse back riding
  • the opera
  • zip lining
  • making homemade chocolate covered strawberries
  • movie night
  • massage
  • photo booth
  • cooking classes
  • sporting event
  • local bands
  • coffee shops
  • dinner on a boat or train
  • carriage ride
  • rock climbing
  • camping/hiking

~The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia

Featured Project: The Oscars

ProjectWe watch the Oscar’s every year. ¬†

Each category is worth 1 point.

And at the end of the night…

Whoever has the least points… (the loser)…

Must write a 500 word essay paying homage to the winner!

Wait.

That’s not all.

Then, they must read their essay out loud while being recorded.

It’s a big deal.
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If you want to make ballots:

  • hard card stock paper
  • Construction paper (or different colored¬†paper doesn’t matter the kind)
  • rubber cement/glue stick/zots whatever you have to use as glue (even tape would work)
  • Find the categories online (they have printable versions)
  • Fun wavy scissors
  • Hole punch
  • ribbon

Step 1: find categories online and paste into word document to recreate the font & size.  Print out and cut around edges with wavy scissors.

Step 2:  Cut out triangles of different color paper for the edges.

Step 3: glue on the triangles, and then the categories.

Step 4: Stamp or write at top “Oscars”

Step 5: Hole punch at top and thread ribbon through and tie a bow. Whaaaalaaa! Fancy dance ballot for Oscar party!

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~The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia

How to: Puppet Theater

I love everything theater. ¬†Acting, casting, directing, staging, lighting, blocking… you name it. ¬† Always have and always will.

When I saw this huge box my imagination came to life.  I thought, this would make an awesome puppet theater. 

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Step 1: Find an old box from the basement, from a big shipment, or a moving box.  (My mother would insist I tell you to use a dryer box).

Step 2: Cut out a rectangle in the upper half/ front of the box.

Step 3: You will have to cut a door on the side of the box.  (Look to the above photo lower right-the door is on the right side).

Step 4:¬†Paint the box or use all the extra wrapping paper from the holidays and wrap the box. ¬†That’s what I did anyway.

Step 5: Inner curtains: ¬†a) you can use an old wire hanger, or if you have a moving box like I did- you can use the metal rod. ¬†You could use anything that’s long and sturdy enough to put into a box and hang light weight curtains on. You will need to put the rod close to the top of the cut out rectangle on the inside of the box. ¬†b) I used an old hand drying bath towel and cut it in half. ¬†You can use any fabric you wish.

Step 6:  Attach curtains to your rod using old shower rings, or even use a hot glue gun.

Step 7: decorate !!! (Everything I had was Christmas themed.)

So when life brings your boxes…give them to your children, or make a puppet theater. Duh. ¬†ūüôā

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~The chance for growth is infinite ~ Georgia