Special Treats for your little ones at school

August 25, 2010 by  
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I was blog hopping this morning and discovered two great posts that I just had to share because I loved the ideas and they’re so doable! YAY! Just a reminder, even if you still have young ones at home you can incorporate these ideas too. But both of these ideas are geared toward kids that are off to school every day.

First up – from our friends at Just Something I Made – napkin messages! The original post is done by an artist, and so her doodled napkins are works of art in themselves but I love the idea of sending messages in your child’s lunch bag … often! And drawing on a napkin is a cute way to do it. I especially love how she tells that as her son got older, she got creative with leaving a heart for him by hiding it in the drawing, so the other kids at the lunch table would get into the game too. Very clever! See what I’m talking about when you visit the post HERE.

Next is actually the post that led me to the napkin post – personalized pencils. Another fabulous and easy (though a little time consuming) idea of making little mini messages to modge podge onto your child’s pencils. Love it! Find out more when you visit the family economics site here.

Have you ever done this for your kids? My kids are homeschooled so I didn’t pack lunches for them except if they were off to a field trip or something – and in that case I’d stamp a quick mini-card to include or write a little love note on a 3×5 card – but these clever ideas take that to the next level! Love it!

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Free Winnie the Pooh Download – Story and Music

March 1, 2010 by  
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Disney's adaption of Stephen Slesinger, Inc.'s...
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Here’s a nice freebie for you and your little ones – A free mp3 and pdf for “The Original Winnie the Pooh” as well as a lovely lullaby of “House at Pooh Corner” – great for bedtime or anytime.

Just click here for your free download links. You have to enter a code into the box (you’ll see it there on the page) and you’re good to go! They don’t ask for an email address or anything. Very fun!


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My Storytime Friends – So cute!

December 3, 2009 by  
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**UPDATED! I WON this great bear kit this week and did a product review on it! Make sure you read it when you CLICK HERE!**

This is just perfect! I can’t wait to get my own (ordered my own My Storytime Friend from Amazon today!) to see it for myself! Great for kids 3-8! Click on the video to see the selection on Amazon.com.

My Storytime Friends(tm) is an interactive toy and storybook set for children ages 3-8 that is both entertaining and educational. The My Storytime Friends(tm) set includes a unique combination of a plush stuffed animal, an inspiring hardcover storybook and a lifetime membership to the My Storytime Friends(tm) Book of the Month Club. Membership also includes free access to My Storytime Friends(tm) online, an interactive place to learn and play. Kids will love watching their cuddly toys come to life as characters in the new stories each month. Parents and Grandparents will appreciate the positive life lessons the stories teach children about overcoming challenges, helping others and achieving dreams.

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Revisiting an old post

July 18, 2009 by  
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Last spring I posted this post about a cute bedtime story that I used to tell my girls when they were little.

I like it so much I wanted to post it again! 🙂 Enjoy!

When my girls were young they would ask me to tell this story to them over and over and over again – night after night – as I tucked them in bed. I called it the “I’d Choose You” story and years after I started telling them this we found a book by the same title …but I’ll tell more about that story later.

I can’t imagine any young (or old) child, boy or girl, who wouldn’t fall asleep feeling loved after hearing a story like this from a mom or dad. So here goes, as best as I can remember it but you’ll have to embellish and throw in your own “thoughts” as you go along – you’ll see what i mean.

If God ever gave me the choice again to choose a little girl for my daughter guess what, Sylvie? I’d choose you. Even if He lined up all the little 3 year old girls all in a loooooong line and we started at the front I’d say, “Lord, I just want Sylvie”. Then maybe He would walk along with me down the line and choose another little girl and say “How about this one Mom. She’s well behaved and keeps her room really really clean? Don’t you want her?” And I would say, “No, thank you. She’s beautiful and I’m sure her room looks nice, but I really want my Sylvie. Can we please find Sylvie?”

And we’d walk a little bit further and He would say, “What about this one, Mom. She’s quiet and always says please and thank you without you asking her and she’s never spilled her milk…”

You get the idea – fill in your own situations where maybe your little one things she might have disappointed you, etc. I would go through maybe 3 to 5 “other options” of children depending on how much past their bedtime it was :-). And then the story would end something like this:

And then I’d see the line was really long still but then I’d see you, Waaaaaay down there, my Sylvie. And I’d say “I see Sylvie!” and I would run and run and run yelling “There’s my Sylvie. Yay… I’m going to get Sylvie”. And I’d keep running until I got right up to you, Sylvie. And I’d give you a big hug and a big kiss and another SUPER BIG hug and kiss and turn to the Lord and say “THIS is the little girl I want in my house. Sylvie.” And He might say “Sylvie is a wonderful girl but you do know that she might have to be reminded to say please and thank you sometimes? And occasionally she spills her milk all over the table, and…

Again, you get the idea here right?

And Mom would say to the Lord, “I know, Lord. But this is MY Sylvie and no matter what she does or how she acts or how naughty she might be sometimes, I know YOU created her just for ME and our family and I love her the most of all. Can I take her home now?” And of course, God would say “Naturally. I knew that all along.” And we would hold hands all the way home. I would ALWAYS choose you Sylvie. Always.

Well there you have it and here I sit with big old tears in my eyes thinking I need to tell my teens the same story probably, huh?

I’d love your thoughts!

See, I get all teary again just reading it. My daughters LOVED this story and asked for it almost every night – my youngest especially. And they still remember it now that they’re in their teen years. I have no doubt they’ll come up with a similar story for their little boys and girls when they are blessed with them. And grandma (me) will have one too!

I hope you enjoyed my post rehashing!

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