More Homemade Valentine Ideas Part 2

More Homemade Valentine Ideas from Pinterest!

What a cute Homemade Valentine Idea for those little valentines at school! ❤

What a sweet Homemade Valentine Idea for Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles! 

Show your little ones how they can create symmetry with this cute Homemade Valentine Idea

Love the little Homemade Valentine Envelopes here…so cute! 😉 

Are you into Mason Jar Homemade Valentine Ideas? These are adorable! 

A simple and adorable Homemade Valentine Idea to say “I Love You!” 

Ok, I’ll stop for now! I’ll post more as I find them ;)!

Make sure you click on each of the pictures so you can visit the Pinterest site and find out more info!

Which Homemade Valentine Ideas do you like the best? Comment below 😉 

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True Christmas Joy and Blessings

This Christmas Season we at LifeDesigning1 are all reminded of the True Blessings we have in our lives! We attended Mass at our son’s school today to celebrate Christmas Joy and Blessings as well as praying for those in the world affected by harm! 
We watched our baby (Jackson – 6) walk in with his 8th grade buddy, decorate the Jesse Tree and sing for us. What a beautiful Mass! Probably one of my favorites ever! Jackson and his friends sang so strongly and proudly! 
Here are some pictures from today at Mass!

Jackson waits for his 8th Grade buddy after decorating the Jesse Tree 😉

Singing with his friends and all of the 8th Grade buddies!

We’ve been spotted! He ran over to give hugs! He sang so well! We are so proud!

Mommy, Daddy and Jackson! ❤ So Proud!

I spent time crying in Church as I thought of last week’s events in Connecticut!

The priest explained that there were 26 candles lit in the Church to represent those who passed away at Sandy Hook. 😥 Our hearts and prayers have been with them since it happened! We have added them to our prayers at night and Jackson’s school prays for them daily as well!

Remember your True Christmas Joy and Blessings!
Take a moment to say an extra prayer for those at Sandy Hook or if you’re not the praying type…at least give them a moment of silence.
I know it’s a little blurry…but the small red candles that lead up to Jesus and those in the shape of a heart represent those at Sandy Hook 😥 God Bless Them!
We took a moment after Church to light a candle, say a few prayers and Thank God for all of the Blessings in our lives! ❤

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you this holiday season! 

Thank you for reading our blog! ❤

Used Coffee Ground Play Dough

Hey everybody!

I have a new recipe for you!

Save up your coffee grounds!!!

They can be used to create an amazing play dough
that will have your children’s senses tingling! 😉

This play dough has a wonderful aroma of coffee (for the coffee lovers)
and a texture that gets you and your children talking in all sorts of descriptive ways!

For the recipe and pics –> Click Here

Kool-Aid Play-Doh Recipe

Kool-Aid Play-doh Recipe
1 cup sifted flour
3Tablespoons oil (I used canola, but it doesn’t matter)
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup salt
1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid (We used grape, orange would be great for
Halloween!)

A. Mix flour, oil, salt and Kool-Aid packet.
B. Add boiling water.
C. Stir together.
D. Knead mixture until it forms into a soft dough.
(This did not happen for Jackson and I, it was really wet! We added a little extra flour, still too wet…so I decided to cook the mixture over medium heat stirring constantly until it formed a ball! Then knead on table until smooth! IT WILL BE HOT! Wait until it cools enough so you can touch it! It turned out great and Jackson loved it!)

You will have an oil sheen to your hands when you play with this dough, this is the way it should be….Enjoy! Store in an airtight container, should last about a week.

This recipe is from one of my favorite books! Creative Resources for the Early Childhood Classroom (4th Edition) Judy Herr, Yvonne Libby Larson

Hope you enjoy this recipe! I know we do!

Recycled Fun with the Kids!

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to pass on a great site that Jackson and I found the other day!

We were watching Qubo and a show by the name of Artzooka came on! We had never seen it before…what a great show!

It teaches children how to recycle items in order to create something new! This particular show was about creating a party critter out of newspaper, modeling clay and some other ‘junk’ found around the house.

After seeing this, Jackson and Mommy were inspired and had to find it online! We googled Artzooka and found the official site here: http://artzooka.com/

(Although I’ve had this post ready to go for a few days and I can’t seem to get back on the site! I hope it works for all of you! You can find Artzooka through Qubo’s Website though)

They have recycle challenges, downloads available to print out project ideas, and even an upload section if you would like to share your child’s work!

Jackson and I had a blast checking out the site and creating our own party critter that you can see in his pictures on this page!

He is very proud of his Party Critter!

He’s also pretty bummed that we have not been able to get back on the site in the past few days! He wants to make the rocketship! LOL!

Enjoy your little ones! They don’t stay little for long! ❤

Create a recycled art project today!

Talk to you soon! 😉

Nikki and Jackson

You gotta try Moe’s if there’s one near you!

For all you foodies!!! If you haven’t checked out Moe’s Southwest Grill and there’s one by you… You’re totally missing out!
This is a place that I’ve urged my family to try. They of course assumed another Mexican fast food/casual place. “Ya, ok sure we’ll try it.” eventually. Well… That’s no longer the opinion anymore! This past weekend I got them to go.

I was completely on target with them loving it! Mom was checking everything out and got engrossed in the Moe’s Food MissionIt’s fantastic food people! No junk here. Grass fed, hormone free, fresh foods that taste great. There’s much more to them in terms of sustainability, nutrition, green, vegetarian, low calorie and community involvement (info here). Pretty cool stuff.

It’s normal southwestern food, tacos, nachos, fajitas, burritos etc. but with amazing ingredients and good prices for eating well. Here’s the menu. Our favorite parts of eating there… The 130 flavor soda dispenser, the queso and chips and the different salsas you can try. Adults and children’s entertainment which is perfect!
Moe’s was founded in December 2002 in Atlanta, Ga. There’s many states that have them (420 locations statewide and abroad), though they’re not everywhere yet so see if there’s one near you and go try it! Let us know if you loved it too. 

We’re a family of Moe’s supporters now! Yum! I’m ready for some chips and queso, which are FREE September 20, 2012!!!! Chips and salsa are always free, and another thing to mention… Kids eat free on Sundays at ours with an adult entree ($5+).

Writing this made me hungry. Talk to you soon.

http://www.moes.com

Can’t is NOT Part of My Vocabulary!

“Can’t is not part of my vocabulary!”

Have you ever used this line? Jackson knows it well! Haha!

Maybe to prove to someone that you are determined to be the best at anything you set your mind to?

Or maybe to your children?
     – Partly because you want to encourage them to learn to do things for themselves
        (Empowering themselves!) or maybe you are just tired of hearing the word “Can’t.”
        LOL!

We all know it can be rough day to day, but one thing to always remember is that:

“Can’t is not part of my vocabulary!”

Once you realize that you can do anything that you put your mind to, you can only soar from there!

Imagine yourself succeeding in anything you choose! Whether it be:
    
     – Your Home Business!
     – Your JOB/Career!
     – Being a great parent!
     – The list goes on and on!

Just Choose and Start Making things happen Today!

I found this great pic on Facebook today and it goes well with this post! Thanks KK! 😉
 

Did you do it? Did you CLEAR YOUR MIND OF CAN’T?

If not, read the words on the pic again!

Ok, Now that you can do anything, get out there and do something great!

Until tomorrow my friends!

Have a great day/evening! 😉