Fourth Of July Crafts For Children

Here are some of my favorite Fourth of July crafts for kids!

Make sure to click on the pictures to be taken to the sites they come from!

Confetti Popper Rockets from alphamom


Handprint Fireworks from No Time For Flashcards


Star Spangled Welcome from FamilyFun


Pipe Cleaner Flag from Children’s Learning Activities


Uncle Sam Paper Plate from Kaboose


Tin Can Flag Windsock from Under The Table and Dreaming


Red, White, and Blue Container from Motherhood on a Dime


Flag Print from Art With Mrs. Smith


Fireworks in a Bottle from No Twiddle Twaddle


Star Prints from The Masked Mommy


Tissue Paper Stars from Preschool Crafts for Kids


Doilies Fireworks from Preschool Playbook

10 DIY Handmade Wreaths

Wreaths are an easy way to decorate for Christmas so I wanted to put together a roundup of wreaths that can be handmade. {Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts they come from.}

Initial Wreath


3D Paper Star Wreath


Ribbon Wreath


Felt Holiday Wreath


Peppermint Wreath


Christmas Card Holder Wreath


Felt Ruffle Wreath


Ornament Wreath


Burlap Christmas Wreath


Red Wreath

Thanksgiving Crafts {For Adults}

I’ve been sharing lots of kid’s crafts lately but here is a roundup of some Thanksgiving crafts for adults.

Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts they are from.

Paper Towel Wreath


Thanks Board


Turkey Placemat


Gratitude Mobile


Turkey Countdown Calendar


Thanksgiving Banner


Jars Of Thanks

Thanksgiving Crafts {For Kids}

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here! I wanted to share some Thanksgiving themed crafts I found online. Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts they are from. The crafts for children are here and the crafts for adults will be posted later today. Enjoy! :)

Handprint Turkey


Cute Lil’ Turkey


Corn Craft


Toilet Tube Turkey


Leaf Feather Turkey


Colorful Turkey

Ten Bloggers Who Inspire Me

To Teach My Children:

Carisa from 1 Plus 1 Plus 1 Equals 1

To Be The Best Mom I Can Be:

Kat from Inspired To Action

To Be A Successful Work From Home Mom:

Abbey from Living Your Moment

To Become A Better Writer:

Lisa-Jo from The Gypsy Mama

To Be Grateful:

Ann from A Holy Experience

To Be An Advocate For My Children:

Hartley From Hartley’s Life With 3 Boys

To Learn More About Technology:

Kris from Little Tech Girl

To Be Creative:

Tonya from Create-Celebrate-Explore

To Menu Plan:

Laura from I’m An Organizing Junkie

To Find Creative Ways To Share God’s Love With My Children:

Amanda From Impress Your Kids

Motherhood {Saturday Stumbles}

*I love this prayer calendar from Kat at Inspired to Action that gives us 30 topics we can pray for our children.

*Great post entitled: Motherhood is Application (here’s an exerpt:  “This isn’t a time for a gospel presentation because it is a time for gospel application. This is a time to take the grace that God has extended to you, and feed your children with it. Apply what you believe about God’s mercy and kindness and long suffering towards us, and pour it out to them — in a form they can believe in.”

*One mom shares how she enjoys motherhood here.

*Post about Balancing Motherhood With Career (Or NOT)

*A Motherhood Manifesto (Printable)

So true...


Enjoy the rest of your weekend! If you have any Motherhood posts you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below :)

Chicago Blogs To Check Out

For today’s Top Ten Tuesday I want to share ten wonderful blogs that focus on the Chicago area:

1) ChiTown Moms

2) The Chicago Moms

3) ChiTown Cheapskate

4) Toddling Around Chicagoland

5) Super Suburbs

6) My Chicago Kids

7) West Of The Loop

8) Go West Young Mom

9) ParentSphere

10) Sassy Moms In The City

Want to find other Chicago area bloggers? Here’s a list!


Halloween Saturday Stumbles

Since it is the day before Halloween I figured I’d gather a bunch of yummy Halloween treats for you to make. Enjoy!

(Click on the pictures to be taken to the blog posts)

Spiderweb Cupcakes

Mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

Halloween Pizza

Candy Corn Cookies

To see more great posts of the week you can visit It’s Come 2 This.

Saturday Stumbles

Here are some wonderful posts I stumbled upon this past week:


Homemade Gummi Candy at Skip To My Lou


Crustless Quiche In A Cup at Cooking With My Kid

Good read:

All I Really Needed To Know on Babble

For Moms:

Only Mommy Will Do by Life Nurturing Education

For Dads:

7 Traits of Real Men by Mocha Dad

For Parents:

The 5-Minute Solution by Scott Noelle

For Homeschoolers:

School Room Week at Heart of the Matter

And the product that makes me go “huh?”:

Baby Bucket

Fourth of July Linky Love

I haven’t done any linky love posts in a while so I figured today would be a perfect day to share some links.

Enjoy these festive 4th of July posts as you prepare for your weekend festivities:

Shortcakes for July 4th by Liz at Hoosier Homemade

4th of July Party Printables from Tweedle Dee Designs

Patriotic Pinwheel Banner by Leanne

Red, White and Blue Sand Candles by Martha Stewart

Handprint Fireworks (kid craft) by No Time For Flash Cards

Pride of the USA hairbows by Mimi’s Babies Etsy Shop

4th of July toddler dress by Crafts For Lily

Have a wonderful weekend and please remember to be safe!

Ten Bloggers I Love

Last month I received my very first blog award from Dinell over at Mommy D’s Kitchen. Thank you so much Dinell for choosing me to be one of the lucky recipients and sorry it’s taken me so long to pay it forward! I am giving this award to 10 bloggers whose words have spoken to me over the past couple months, challenged me as a woman and mom, or made me think about areas of my life in a different way :)

  1. Amanda from (Coincidentally yesterday she was talking about bloggy awards and said “maybe it’s just because no one wants to give me one?!”… little did she know that this post was in draft and her name was already on the page…)
  2. SarahMae from Like A Warm Cup of Coffee
  3. Janna from Mommy’s Piggy Tales
  4. Erin from Home With The boys and The M.O.B. Society
  5. Ann from A Holy Experience
  6. Meghan from The Tuckers Take Tennessee
  7. Cherie from Heart and Soul Reflections
  8. Myra from My Blessed Life
  9. Michelle from SomeGirlsWebsite
  10. Krystyn from Really, Are You Serious?

The award comes with questions you need to answer when you pay it forward. Here are your questions:

1. What is your favorite thing about summer?

2. What is your favorite color?

3. What is your favorite part of blogging?

4. What is the first thing you do every day?

5. What is the last thing you do every day?

6. What is your favorite day of the year?

7. What is one free activity you enjoy doing with your family?

8. What is one thing you can’t live without?

9. What is your favorite meal?

10. What is your favorite children’s book?

Here are my answers to the questions I was given:

1. What is your favorite memory of springtime? Playing in the rain (and mud!) with friends.

2. If you could change ANYTHING about your life, what would it be? That my children would sleep later than 6am.

3. What is your favorite hobby? Shopping

4. Why did the chicken cross the road? I never did figure that out…

5. What is your favorite flower? Lilies

6. If you could have one superpower what would it be? The ability to never make a mistake as a mom.

7. What is your favorite color combination? pink and brown

8. 467-64=? ummm let me get out my calculator… lol

9. Disney or Looney Toons? Disney

10. What is your favorite “bad for you” snack? Chocolate of any kind (though I have one of those chocolate molten cakes calling my name at the moment…)


This post is linked to Oh Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Etsy Finds

I decided for my top 10 this week I would explore Etsy and see what kind of cute items I could find. Please note: this is a completely random list and I do not know any of these Etsy sellers but if you like an item you can click on the picture and it will bring you to the Etsy shop that sells the item :)

1) Organic Summer Dress for Baby

2) Multi-floral Lili clutch

3) Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Mommy Pendant

4) Vinyl wall art decals - Cherry Blossom Tree

5) Leggies Leg Warmers

6) Twin Owls

7) Citrus Fruits - Felt Play Food

8) Hand-painted Wedding Cake Platter

9) Felt camera case

10) Designer Chocolate Covered Oreos


In the next couple weeks I will be featuring Etsy finds from my in-real-life, twitter, and blogging friends. If you would like to have your Etsy (or other homemade) shop considered for inclusion please email me (aliciamarie112 {at} hotmail {dot} com). If you would also like me to do a giveaway and/or review  in addition to your site being featured let me know and I will get more details to you :)


This post is linked to OhAmanda’s Top 10 Tuesday. Visit her site to check out more top 10 lists!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Today, April 1st, is April Fool’s Day.

My favorite prank I ever played on anyone was one year (and come to think of it, I don’t even know if it was April Fool’s Day or not) my brother and I played a prank on our mom. We put a sign on the back of her car that said “honk, it’s my birthday” before we drove away from the house. Everyone was honking at her and she couldn’t figure out why. It was hilarious.

Here are some April Fool’s Day resources I found:

The Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time

Trick your children with an (edible) spaghetti and meatball covered cupcake

The Magical Banana (from the Enchanted Learning website)

Wheel of Fortune’s special show for April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day Prank (for teachers)

Safe pranks to play on people

Enjoy the day! Be sure to leave a comment if you play a prank on someone today :)

Better Basket Blog Hop

I’m joining in on Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. CMN is a non-profit whose mission, according to their website, is “to generate funds and awareness programs in partnership with and for the benefit of member hospitals/foundations and the children they are privileged to serve”. They “create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year”. For everyone that blogs about this blog hop, Hershey is donating $10 per blog post, up to $5,000!

Here are the “rules” of Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop:

  • Copy and paste these rules to your blog post
  • Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.
  • Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
  • Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
  • Leave your link at comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
  • Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
  • Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the donation.

I would like to give Easter baskets to the following ladies who all inspire me to be a better woman, mom, and blogger:







Introduce YOUR Blog

HAPPY SATURDAY!! :) Hope you all are enjoying your weekend so far.

I am spending time with my family this weekend but I wanted to invite everyone to share their blog with me.

If you blog I would love for you to leave a comment below with the link to your favorite post you have ever written.   I would love to visit you!

Potty Training Resources

Lately I have been thinking about potty training my toddler who is 21 months old so I did some searching online for resources. Below are some links to resources I found. If you have written anything on potty training please feel free to provide a link to your post in the comments or if you have any potty training tips I would welcome those, too.

-“Tinkle Tinkle Little Star” Song

Step by Step potty training article from Pampers online village

-Awesome post from ‘Little Llamas’ about their potty training experience and what worked for them

Potty training readiness checklist (some signs to look for in your child)

-A list of 10 books for children on using the potty

-Here’s a list of potty training dont’s

10 ways to prepare your child for the potty

-Huggies pullups “Big Kid Central“- Jacob loves the potty dance!

Linky Love- St. Patty’s Edition (3/14)


*Love this St. Patrick’s Day themed sensory tub from ‘No Time For Flashcards’

*Five Green Shamrocks poem and template outline (great toddler/preschool idea)

*Great post from ‘Make and Takes’ called ‘Little Lucky Leprechaun Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day‘. I think we will be making the Pot of Gold :)


*St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes from ‘Hoosier Homemade’. These aren’t just any cupcakes though- check out how she puts flavor and color on the inside of the cupcakes. Never seen that done before but so creative!

*While we are talking about Liz from ‘Hoosier Homemade’ you should check out her decorations post. I love the St. Patty’s Day garland.

*’Roots and Wings Co.’ blog has a great idea for Saint Patrick’s Day called “I am lucky” in which their family members write things they are lucky for (similar to thinking about what we are thankful for on Thanksgiving).

*Love this decoration from ‘The Busy Blaine’s’.

Linky Love (3/6)

Today I spent some time going through my RSS reader and wanted to share some great posts I came across.

*Kristen’s post from ‘We Are THAT Family’ about her second day in Kenya with Compassion International. If you haven’t read it already (which you probably have because her blog is AMAZING… go read it now. She has a way with words and the subject of her story will touch you and bring tears to your eyes… Kristen’s post

*And if that last post about Kenya wasn’t enough to touch you here is one from MckMama who is also in Kenya. Her photography skills really capture the lives of these little children in Kenya

*Lindsey at ‘Inspiring Creations’ has a super cute tutorial for a St. Patrick’s Day craft. Major cuteness

*Easy do-it yourself spring craft from ‘Blue Cricket Design’ here

*For my blogging friends, Alyssa over at ‘Keeping the Kingdom First’ has a great post about how to make your own buttons for your blog. Tutorial

*Over on ‘Baby Cheapskate’ there is a post about decorating a baby’s nursery for cheap and she has two wonderful ideas for room decor.

*The final post I would like to share is written by Sarah Mae of ‘Like A Warm Cup of Coffee’. She is probably the woman that I am most looking forward to meeting when I go to Relevant 10 in October (and she is also one of the organizers of the conference). Read her post over at (in)courage called Crawling Out of the Pit.

Have a fantastic Saturday friends. I will be back tomorrow with my Tot School post. The theme next week for my toddler is “the 5 Senses”.