by Amanda Branham
Memorial Day is coming up on Monday, and this would be a good way to explain the holiday with your children and to get them involved. Crayola.com provided this free coloring page and they have a coloring page for every holiday on their site. You can also just print them out for fun.
by Amanda Branham
Are your kids feeling spring fever? Here is a fun coloring page from Coloring Pages For Kids. You can find coloring pages to celebrate a holiday – or just because – on their site at coloring-pages-kids.com.
Do you have a coloring page you would like to share or do you know of a good website to find coloring pages? Please post in the comments section!
Amanda Branham is a music journalist turned mom blogger after she became a stay-at-home mom last year. She writes about her adventures in domestication at from house parties to housewife. You can check out what she’s up to on Facebook and Twitter, and follow her addiction to Pinterest.
A headboard can find repurposed life as a bench
Wendell Heintzman knows it. For the past two years, the Pooler resident has been granting old and unwanted headboards a second life by transforming them into custom-made benches-the wide, high-back sort with storage space underneath that you find in someone’s entry way or den.
“We were looking for something to do,” said Heintzman, who goes by Wendy. He and his wife, Gale, share a home on Rogers Street near Highway 80. A hand-painted sign dangling from a low, chain-link fence outside the house heralds Heintzman’s hobby: “Benches for Sale.”
The coupled retired in the early ‘00s and they got the idea to start making benches after visiting Two Women and a Warehouse, an antique and used furniture store on Skidaway Road in Savannah. (The owners have since opened a second location at Morgan’s Corner in Pooler.)
Article compliments of www.poolermagazine.com
By Annie M. Cole
Annie M. Cole has done it again with this wonderful addition to the Bell Forest series. Silver Leaf is a novel that takes two people in their darkest hour, and brings them together by the grace of God. Ms. Cole brings us back into a world where there are always happy endings as long as you walk in the light.
by Amanda Branham, guest writer
My daughter is that the age where I can put her down while I’m trying to cook. Sure, she might scream, but I never cook anything that takes long enough for it to be a problem. I learned a long time ago that I will never be able to slave over our meals all day in the kitchen.
What I worry about, is what will happen when she can walk and doesn’t stay in the same place that I put her. I involve my daughter in everything I do – her bouncer goes outside with me when I garden, and since I work from home, she is my favorite co-worker. Something tells me that when she is old enough, I will involve her with cooking, too.
So here are some ways to make cooking fun and productive for you and your little buddy.
Choose your food wisely. Pick something that suits your little one’s taste buds and is not complicated to make. Even better, let them decide what they want to cook. This will make them excited to help from the start.
Rachel Lister from Right Start Blog advises to keep things simple. This is something new for your child, so you want to start them off slow. Give them little jobs to make them feel included but not overwhelmed.
Getting your garden started can be a little arduous, but maintaining your garden can be actually be relaxing, and rewarding. When you involve your children in the gardening process, it can be even better. Your children will love having their own plants, and it might even get them to eat their own vegetables. If they are a little hesitant to start gardening, there are fun games to play that might make it more inviting.
Starting the garden
First thing, make a little garden area for your child so they will have their own space. This will make their garden feel like their own and they will be more likely to stick with it this way. Gather the building materials and do all the building yourself or have someone help you. Let the kids help with decorating it and personalizing so it feels like their own.
Here are some ideas for unique kids garden areas that you can do yourself:
It doesn’t say warm weather and baroque until I have made My Summer Potato Salad .
Some Recipes I make at certain times of the season and that’s it. Except Turkey for
some reason it gets made more often than Thanksgiving. But this Potato Salad is a good one.
DIY: Screenprinting Tutorial
I was lucky enough to get a Yudu machine for Christmas a few years ago, but I have yet to learn how to use it. I’m going to try working with the machine tomorrow, but I also wanted to know how to screen print on my own, just in case the machine and I do not agree.
Here are some of my favorite tutorials.
DIY: Dresser upcylcing tutorials
Dressers. They are awesome when you need them. Almost necessary when you need them.
But, when you don’t need them, they are the worst. Huge and bulky, you can’t just store it away somewhere. You have to either give it to someone,
there’s almost always someone who needs a dresser) or donate it. Maybe you could sell it on Craigs List. But what if you don’t want to go through all that?
Or what if your dresser is so beat that nobody wants it? Well, here are some ideas for what you can do with dresser drawers. So,
at least half of your problem is solved, right?
DIY – Clay/pottery tutorials
I have tried just about every craft, but for some reason, I’ve never gotten into clay. A while ago, I got this crazy idea to take up pottery and make my own dishes for the house. Just because. But then I saw how much all that cost and decided, eh. I’m kind of over the dish idea for now, but I wanted to see if there were any other clay projects to try.