Freebies on Friday!

What could make a Friday better than finding some FREE stuff you can get?! (Ok, not having to work today probably tops that for most people!) But how cool is it to get some free things for you and your kids? Pretty cooooool! So here are a couple of things you might want to get:

Free Printables and Worksheets from Carson Dellosa Education. These free printables can help your kids keep things fresh in their minds throughout the summer. They have printables for language arts, math, reading, social studies, science, etc. Follow the link below to check it out.

Schoolgirl Style: Sprinkle Kindness Like Confetti Door DΓ©cor Free Printable

Do you and your kids love nature? Or would you like to get them more interested in nature and growing things? Here is a place to order some FREE wildflower seeds from Airwick. Planting seeds and watching their own plants grow is a wonderful experience for kids and adults! Check it out here:

Thanks go to for sharing these goodies! πŸ™‚

Off the Hook Magic Yarn

Hello again! (Sorry I didn’t get a post up yesterday but I wasn’t feeling too well.) Have you seen the loopy yarn in the stores and wondered what in the world you do with them? Take a look here! This project today is done using the Off The Hook Magic Yarn (Emoji). I found it on clearance at Joann Fabrics store for only $3.97.

If you “knit” (using just your fingers) in the right way, you will have an emoji face when you are finished. Super cute! Let’s begin! Remove the paper wrapper from the yarn and look for the “start here loop” which is a different color from the rest of the yarn.

Count out 26 loops, not counting the “start here loop”.

Take a hold of the 26th loop…

…then take the 27th loop and pull it through the 26th loop.

Keeping the long line of loops in front of the row you counted out, continue following the line and pulling a loop through each loop in your first set of 26 loops.

In this next picture, you can see that 2 loops are done.

Continue pulling loops through as you work your way back across the row.

Stop pulling the loops through when you have done 21 loops. The extra 6 loops will be used at the end.

Now it’s time to work on the second row. Place the yarn back across in front of your work. This will make it easier to keep track of which loop is the next one in line. It’s important not to miss any loops. Your picture will start to take shape as you work…if you keep the loops in the correct order.

Another row is done! At the end of each row, count and make sure you have 21 loops in that row. (I had 22 loops one time so I had to go back and gently pull the loops back out until I found my mistake and corrected it.)

The pattern is starting to show up as we keep doing rows of loops! πŸ™‚

A couple more rows finished…

Another way to help make sure you are staying on track is to look at the backside of your work and make sure there aren’t any loops sticking out the back. If there are, just back up to the loop and find where you went wrong and fix it.

Backside of work

Making more progress! You can see the mouth now.

Looks like the eyes are forming!

There! You can see the emoji! This point is after 16 rows are done.

Now it’s time to start binding off with this row. To start, pull 2 loops through just as you have been doing.

Take loop #2 and pull it through loop #1.

Make a 3rd loop in this row like you were doing.

And then pull loop #3 through loop #2. See how you are making a finished edge with no more loops sticking up?

Continue working in this manner until you have gone completely across your work and have just 1 loop left.

Now looking at the extra 5 loops at the top of your work, carefully cut at the bottom of each of the 5 loops so the yarn will open up into one longer string.

Do the same thing with the extra 6 loops at the bottom of your work.

Back to the top string…flip your work over and then feed the string through the 1 remaining loop.

Pull it snug and then weave the extra yarn into the backside of your work to anchor the string. Repeat the weaving in step with the bottom string.

After you have woven the ending strings in through several places, you can cut off the extra.

And there is your finished project!! Great job! Now you have a fun smiling emoji to hang up, maybe in your bedroom.

I hope you’ll give this project a try! Happy “knitting”! πŸ™‚

No Taste Testing Tuesday this week

Hello! I hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend! There will be no Taste Testing Tuesday this week because we have been gone out of state to celebrate the holiday. We had a wonderful time seeing our family! I plan to have a fun craft to share tomorrow so check back then! πŸ™‚

Rusty had so much fun seeing all his “people” and his doggy buddies, but he was worn out afterwards! LOL

Here’s a funny for you today:

Haha! Check back tomorrow! Hugs! πŸ™‚

A Patriotic Craft for the 4th of July

If you saw my blog post from yesterday, you might remember that I said we would be using the same red, white and blue strips of paper for another craft today. If you didn’t see that post, no problem! Here’s what you’ll need for today: 3 pieces of paper, (1 of each red, white and blue), scissors, ruler, pencil and glue.

Cut a bunch of strips from each color of paper. The strips can be anywhere from 1/2″ to 1″ wide and 4 1/2″ to 6″ long.

So what are we making, anyways?! We’re making a patriotic paper chain! πŸ™‚ Take a red strip of paper and glue the 2 ends together to make a circle.

Next, take a white strip of paper and feed it through the red circle and then glue the ends of the white strip together into a circle too.

Now your paper chain has 2 links.

Take a blue strip of paper and feed it through the white circle…then glue the ends of the blue strip together into a circle too. Now we have 3 links!

Continue feeding a new strip of paper through the last link in the chain that you made and gluing the ends of that strip together into a circle. Keep your chain laying in the same direction so you can remember which link is the last one you did. You can make the color pattern in any way you like. For my chain, I made the whole chain in the red, white, and then blue pattern.

And there you are! That’s all there is to it! You can make your paper chain as long or as short as you like. A short one could be a bracelet or a crown, a little longer one could be a necklace to wear for the 4th of Jul or a really long one could be hung up as a garland to make your house look patriotic for the holiday. It’s up to you! Have fun making your patriotic paper chain!! πŸ™‚

Crafting 4th of July Stars

Today is the first day of July! (Wow, the year is half over already!!) Just 3 days till we celebrate the 4th of July in the United States. It’s a day to celebrate our great country and our freedom. I wanted to share a simple craft for the kids so they can help celebrate the 4th by making some decorations for the house. πŸ˜‰ You’ll need 1 piece each of red, white and blue paper, scissors and glue. Let’s get started!

First you need to get lots of strips of paper. A nice size for this project is 1/2 to 3/4″ wide by 4 1/2″ long. (I’ll be sharing another craft idea tomorrow that will also use the same size strips so you might want to cut a bunch while you’re cutting!)

Each star needs 4 strips of paper. Start with 4 strips of the same color. Lay one strip down and put a small dot of glue in the center.

Place a second piece of paper across the first one so it make a plus sign (+). Hold it in place with your finger for a few seconds.

Put another dot of glue in the center again and lay the third piece of paper on top at an angle. Look at the picture for reference.

Add another dot of glue to the center again and lay the 4th strip of paper across at the opposite angle to the last strip. And that’s all there is to it! You’ve made your first star! πŸ™‚

We made a red one and now you can make a white one.

And you can make a blue one.

Or you can make some that are red, white and blue! Or just have 2 colors…it’s up to you.

You can even make a star using 6 strips of paper.

If you want to make the stars even more special, you could use some glitter glue on the strips or some dots or lines of glue and sprinkle on some glitter. Alas, I seem to be out of glitter so I couldn’t do this. Make as many as you like and hang them around your house by taping a piece of string to the back of each one. Have fun getting your house ready for the 4th of July! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #46 Salads That Go on Bread or Crackers

It’s Tuesday again! And it’s a HOT Tuesday here! 92 degrees with a heat index of 99 degrees. Whew! Are you ready for some Taste Testing Tuesday fun? Let’s do this!

Today let’s talk about the kind of salads that you eat on a piece of bread or on top of crackers. There are several different kinds but we’ll talk about 3 kinds today that I had ingredients on hand to make.

#1.). Egg salad. There are many ways to make egg salad but I make it using hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise (Miracle Whip), salt and a little onion powder.

#2.) Chicken Salad. Again, lots of ways to make it but I usually make it close to the same way I make the egg salad but I add in some cooked chicken and a little sweet pickle relish. Some people like to add white seedless grapes to chicken salad, just be sure to cut them in pieces first.

#3.) Corned Beef salad. For this salad, just open a can of corned beef, add the mayonnaise, chopped hard boiled eggs, a little onion powder if you like it. Mix it up and spread it on a piece of bread or crackers! Yum!

A few more of these types of salads that I know about or have made at some point would be ham salad, tuna salad, salmon salad, roast beef salad (super yummy!) and probably more that I’m not thinking of at the moment. These types of salads are so nice to eat on hot days like today when you don’t want to turn on the stove or oven. I hope you’ll do a taste test on one or more of these and let me know what you think! πŸ˜ƒ

Very Cool Imperial Moth

Yesterday evening when I was walking up our front steps, I saw something strange looking hanging on the side of one of the steps.

At first it looked like just a blob to me, but when I looked closer I thought it was some kind of an insect, but a very weird looking one.

After studying it for a few minutes, I began to think it might be a moth, but I had never seen one like that. I have raised Monarch butterflies for a couple of years now, so I’ve seen them hatch out from their chrysalis and their wings are folded up and their body is fat with fluids. The Monarch slowly pumps the fluid into their folded up wings and they slowly expand to look like the butterfly wings you would normally see. I started thinking the wrinkly blob part might be wings from a newly hatched moth.

Our family has a lot of interest in plants and butterflies/moths and other wild animals, so I sent a text with pictures to some of our kids to see if they knew what it was. Sure enough, our daughter-in-law thought it might be an Imperial moth. After doing a little research online, I think she is right. They can have over 6″ wingspan so they aren’t exactly little moths! One of the types of host plants that they like are maple trees and there is a maple tree right above the steps we found this guy hanging on. I watched him and waited for a while and I was finally rewarded by seeing his wings expand! (I’m saying “he” but I have no idea if it’s a male or female.)

He was so cool looking!

I watched and waited a while longer and he finally opened his wings up part way!

It was starting to get dark by this time and even though I kept checking on him, I didn’t get to see him open his wings all the way. But the wind was blowing and I got a picture of him that lets you see underneath to where there is another part of his wings.

Look at this picture I found online of an Imperial moth. It looks very much like a leaf in the Fall!

I’m rather sad to say that he was gone this morning when we went outside. But what a neat experience! So keep your eyes open when you are outside because you might just see something new and interesting like an Imperial moth! πŸ™‚

If you would like to read more about the Imperial moth, here’s a nice article from Wikipedia:

Funny Fun on Friday!

I think it’s time for some more riddles! Let’s see if we can get the giggles started! πŸ™‚

#1.) What is easy to get into but hard to get out of?

Answer: Trouble!

#2.) What lets you look right through a wall?

Answer: A window!

#3.) What is it that the more you have of it, the less you see?

Answer: Darkness!

#4.) What can you make but you can’t see?

Answer: Noise!

#5.) What begins with T, ends with T and has T in it?

Answer: A teapot!

#6.) What is the difference between a jeweler and a jailer?

Answer: A jeweler sells watches and a jailer watches cells!

#7.) What can make an octopus laugh?

Answer: Ten tickles! (Tentacles)

#8.) What do lazy dogs do for fun?

Answer: Chase parked cars!

#9.) Why did Mickey Mouse become an astronaut?

Answer: He wanted to visit Pluto!

#10.) How can a pants pocket be empty and still have something in it?

Answer: It can have a hole in it!

Are you giggling yet? Hope these riddles brighten your day! Hugs to everyone! πŸ™‚

Lego Friends Animal Cubes

I’ve seen the cute Lego Friends Animal Cubes in the stores but I hadn’t bought one until recently when I found it on sale. These things are cute!! The little characters that come in them are girls so I suppose this toy is meant to be more for girls than boys. If you’ve wondered what all you get in a cube, I’ll show you today what came in the one I have…Stephanie’s Cat Cube.

First let me say, that each cube comes with a surprise animal. The package tells you what kind of animal it is such as a cat, but the color is a surprise until you open the little package inside. When you take the contents out of the cardboard packaging, this is what you’ll see:

The directions for building are included and when you open them up and open up the bag with the building pieces in it, this is what you have:

But you also need to open the cube because there are more things tucked inside of it.

Ready to start building? I think it helps to lay all the pieces out on the table with like colors together.

Let’s put Stephanie together first.

Follow the step-by-step directions to put the Lego pieces together. Oh, let’s open the mystery box and see what our surprise kitten looks like!

I got a tiny pink kitten! Sooo cute! πŸ™‚

There are 2 stickers that go inside your cube and you make some ears that go on the outside of the cube.

Aaaand here we are, all put together and ready to play!

There are a few extra pieces of Lego included (in case some get lost) and there are a few more stickers that you can put wherever you like.

I’ll show you where I put my extra stickers. A couple of them on the top of the cube…

And 5 on the back of the cube. Pretty cute, aren’t they?

When you are done playing and it’s time to put your cube away, you will need to take the “put together” pieces out of the slots they slide into when standing upright. If you lay them inside the cube, you will be able to close the cube with your pieces safely tucked inside.

There are a few more Lego Friends Animal cubes available to buy in stores. (And now I want them all!) The regular price seems to be close to $9.99 but there are a few on sale on Amazon (for a limited time it says!) for $8.00 and $8.50. I saw some on Ebay with higher prices so look for those at least around $10.

When looking for these animal cubes online, I found that there are also other types of the Lego Friends cubes. Such as a fashion cube, a gaming cube, a shopping cube, a soccer cube, a play cube, a swimming cube and likely a few more.

I hope this post will help you learn just what these Lego Friends Cubes are like and perhaps you’ll want to buy some for your favorite girl! (I am not affiliated with any stores that sell these. Just sharing my thoughts!) πŸ™‚