{check} this out...

The last few weeks we have been talking about fruits and vegetables...
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements

Baby Food by Saxton Freymann

{don't forget...utilize your local library for reading and AV material!}

Here are some of the activities we did...

sorting fruit & veggies...2 baskets filled with plastic fruits and vegetables, that we dump out and sort.

grapes coloring sheet...I found this coloring sheet that Little Bit could color and then glue red & green pom poms on to resemble the grapes.

letter f and v activity sheets...colored the sheets and then cut out the elements to sort by what starts with f and v.

felt pizza...made pizzas and talked about the different veggies {or fruits, daddy loves pineapple!} we could use as toppings.

lunch in a strawberry tray...I was inspired by Muffin Tin Mom to try lunch in a "muffin tin" {actually an ice cube tray}. I found this strawberry ice cube tray at Michaels for just $1.00! The compartments are just the right size for bite sized pieces for Little Bit. She thought it was great!


{supergirl} cape...

Little Bit has been going around jumping off the couch, acting like and saying she is "superman", so I thought she might like a cape to wear. I had looked at several tutorials but wanted something cheap and simple! So on one of my Dollar Store runs, I browsed the kitchen towels and found this mostly white one with a few colorful stripes at the bottom. I thought it would work perfectly!

I took the plain white end and gathered it to create the collar. Then I added some red satin ribbon that I had on hand {to bring in some more color and to have something to attach the Velcro to}. You could be done now, but I wanted to personalize it a bit more. Sooooooo, I took some more of the satin ribbon and laid it out to make a G {first letter of Little Bit's name!} in the middle of the cape. Once sewed in place, I let Little Bit try it on and HAVE FUN!!!

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Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ pizza & breadsticks!

Tuesday ~ tilapia sticks, sauteed zucchini, mac & cheese

Wednesday ~ french toast, scrambled eggs, fruit

Thursday ~ southwest roll-ups, rice, corn

Friday ~ italian beef, green beans, chips

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Sorry I am a little slow at posting the winner of my Summery Giveaway. I did the drawing the old fashioned way...writing everyones name on slips of paper, mulitiple times for all the entries they earned. Then I put them in a container and let Little Bit draw a winner. She picked the name....


Thanks to all who entered and congrats to Jamie for winning! Will be in contact with you to get your goodies to ya.



Just a quick little fun post today....{not that they all aren't fun, hehe!}.

First off, I want to remind my blog readers about the giveaway that ends tomorrow evening. Make sure you enter for a chance to win some goodies!

Second, I thought I'd share a quick pic...
Little Bit is all into my shoes these days! She loves getting in my closet and trying on my shoes. Usually she just gets out the brown sandals in the picture and walks around pushing her shopping cart {3 babies in the seat!} saying she has to go to the market. This morning she decided she needed MORE shoes out....so here she is modeling for me before she is off to "shop"!


{big} girl bed...

Sunday night I was trying to put Little Bit to bed and she was fighting me pretty good. She kept asking to lay down with me in my bed, which she doesn't ever do. Then she said she didn't want to be "trapped" in her bed. This is the first time she has ever complained about being in her crib. {We are surprised we've been able to keep her in their as long we have!} We have a convertible crib, so the DH took off the front rail and made it into her big girl bed. Little Bit was so excited to be able to get in and out all by herself. The first 2 nights were a little rough, getting her to stay in bed to go to sleep and then getting her to stay in bed while sleeping {she fell out 2 nights but just kept on sleeping!}. But she seems to be doing well with it. My little girl is growing up way to fast!!!


{Summery} Giveaway!

It's officially summer and I can sure tell....man is it hot! What better way to kick off a new season than with a GIVEAWAY! I sure don't like being hot in the summer months but there are some things that I love about this season. Family vacations, garden vegetables and painted toenails are my top 3!!! What about you? Leave a comment letting me know what you love about summer and you will be entered into this giveaway.

If you want some EXTRA entries...
...become a follower of my blog and leave a comment letting me know that you are following me!
...become a subscriber of my blog and leave a comment letting me know that you have subscribed!
...blog about my giveaway and leave a comment letting me know, with a link to your blog post!

I will draw a winner on Saturday, June 26th! One lucky blog reader will win some creations by me {fabric flower and felt owl, can be attached to hair clip, pin back, or headband and worn as super cute accessories!} and a couple product samples...perfect for summer.

{I am a member of Vocalpoint and BzzAgent...which is where the samples are from. If you aren't signed up for either of these...give them a try. You get some fabulous samples for you and to share with friends!}


Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ taquitos, chips & salsa, refried beans

Tuesday ~ chicken caesar burgers, tots, corn

Wednesday ~ scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits

Thursday ~ pita pizza, salad

Friday ~ orange-ginger tilapia, green beans, potatoes

Visit Org Junkie for more recipes!


Meijer at a glance... 6/20 - 6/26

Here are just a few of the deals at Meijer this week. Be sure to check out theMeijer Mealbox for extra savings on various items. Also, for more deals check out your local ad here!

Raspberries or Blackberries...

Kellogg’s Cereal... $2.50 {2 Free Gallons Milk when you buy 5 Boxes}

{Includes: Frosted Mini Wheats, Rice Krispies, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, Raisin Bran}
$1/2 Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats or Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Cereals
$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereals

V8 Splash... $1.99
$1/2 V8 Splash 64oz+ 6/6/2010 SS
$1/2 Diet V8 Splash Juice Beverages

Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blends... $1.99
$1 Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blends 5/16/2010 SS
PLUS $1/2 via Meijer Mealbox

Orville Redenbacher Popcorn... B1G1
$.75 Orville Redenbacher’s Cheese Popping Corn 5/16/2010 SS
$.40 Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn 5/16/2010 SS
$1.50/4 ConAgra Products
$1 Cheese Flavored Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn, 3 pk +
PLUS $1/5 via Meijer Mealbox


Creative Corner...Scrap Club

May is for Mother's Day! We went with the title "blessed" for this layout. I think it is very appropriate and shows exactly how I feel...truly blessed to be a mom! Little Bit was extremely lovey to me on Mother's Day. We had a laid back day, enjoying some playtime at the park.

If you are interested in joining scrap club, check out more info here.


Free Pampers codes...

If you are a member of the Pampers Gifts to Grow program, here are some great points for you....if you aren't a member, then SIGN UP! It's free, you just collect codes off specially marked packages of Pampers products {or codes that are shared online!} and save up for reward items. I have gotten Little Bit several books and a potty seat!

GTGSUMMERFUN5PT is worth 5 points!
15GTGSUMMERFUN is worth 15 points!
25GTGSUMMER2010 is worth 25 points!


Menu Plan Monday

Sorry for no Meijer deals yesterday. I was out of town part of the weekend and now my sister is here for the week!...{plus our internet has been a little iffy}.

Monday ~ creamy mushroom & chicken soup, grilled cheese

Tuesday ~ honey coconut salmon, corn on the cob, mac & cheese

Wednesday ~ grilled hot dogs, chips, pickles

Thursday ~ PIZZA!

Friday ~ scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits

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Honey Teriyaki Salmon

We try to have fish at least once a week, so I am always on the lookout for new recipes. We had this last week and it was just yummo!

1/4 cup lite soy sauce
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic glove, crushed
4 (1/4 lb) skinless salmon fillets

Combine all ingredients except salmon in a resealable plastic bag, close and mix together. Add the salmon, squeeze out all the air, and seal the bag. Turn to coat salmon, refrigerate 6 to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove salmon from marinade and place in a greased baking dish. Bake for 12 -15 minutes...enjoy!


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom...

Little Bit just loves this book. She goes around just randomly saying..."Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, will there be enough room?...next comes H up the coconut tree!"...too cute! I have seen several ideas lately where people made a coconut tree with letters. I thought, how fun...I should make something for Little Bit. I knew I wanted something small, that Little Bit could sit and have on her lap to play with. I also thought magnetic stuff would be good but didn't want to spend alot...so my wheels began to turn. I have had this baking sheet{$1.00} for a couple months thinking it would come in handy as a tray for some project. I found it at the Dollar Tree and it is magnetic {when buying a baking sheet for a magnetic project, make sure you test it because they are not all magnetic}. My next mission were magnetic letters...found those{$1.00} at Dollar General in the kitchen section. Now I just had to make the tree. Using construction paper, I freehand cut out a tree trunk. leaves and coconuts. Then I ran them through my Xyron machine using the laminate/magnet cartridge, cut out and assembled it all on the tray.
When it was all done, I showed it to Little Bit and she got excited! Here she is playing with it, saying over and over "here comes H up the coconut tree"....I think it's a hit!

Menu Plan Monday

Short menu this week....Little Bit and I are heading out of town for a few days!

Monday ~ chili, peanut butter sandwiches

Tuesday ~ garlic lemon tilapia, potatoes, sauteed zucchini

Wednesday ~ chicken & mushroom pasta w/pesto, salad, garlic bread

Visit Org Junkie for more recipes!


Meijer at a glance... 6/06 - 6/12

Here are just a few of the deals at Meijer this week. Be sure to check out theMeijer Mealbox for extra savings on various items. Also, for more deals check out your local ad here!

Aunt Millie’s Healthy Goodness Bread... $1.29
$.55 Aunt Millie’s Fiber for Life 4/18/2010 RP
$.55 Aunt Millie’s Bread 5/16/2010 RP

7UP, Dr Pepper or A&W Root Beer 12 pk... $2.75
$1/3 via Meijer Mealbox

Kellogg’s Cereal... $1.99
{Includes: Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, Rice Krispies}
$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereals
$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereals

KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce... $1.25
$1 KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce or Marinade 8.5 oz+ 5/9/2010 SS
$1 KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce or Marinade, enter the contest
PLUS $1/2 via Meijer Mealbox

Lysol Cleaners... 50% OFF
{Includes: All Purpose, Kitchen, Toilet Bowl, Disinfectant Wipes}
$1/2 Lysol Cleaners 6/6/2010 SS
$.50 Lysol Cleaners
$1 Lysol Product (IE) or Printable (FF)
$1/4 Lysol Wipes via Meijer Mealbox or $1/5 Lysol Cleaners via Meijer Mealbox

It's a 10 for $10 get the 11th item FREE sale this week!!! Here are just a few of the MANY $1 deals...
Hormel Sliced Pepperoni or Salami
$1/2 Hormel Pepperoni Product 5/2/2010 SS
$.55/2 Hormel Pepperoni Packs
$1/2 Hormel Pepperoni Packs

Green Giant Boxed Vegetables
$.55 Green Giant Just For One Vegetables

Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits
$.30/2 Pillsbury Grands Biscuits 3/28/2010 SS

Meijer Pretzels

Meijer Organic Whole White or Whole Mini Bella Mushrooms 8 oz

Red, Yellow or Orange Sweet Bell Peppers


shirt refashion...

I have been wanting to alter a shirt for me but was kind of scared to take the plunge. Jess over at craftiness is not optional had done this post on "sprucing" some shirts. I thought the reverse appliqué idea was neat and super cute....so I decided to take a shirt I had in the garage sale pile to try it out on. It was a little short and stretched out. {So I figured if I messed it up, no biggie!}
I used some fabric from a Verna charm pack. I used my Creative Memories circle cutters to make patterns. I pinned the paper patterns to the fabric and used pinking shears to cut out the circles. Once I had the circles complete on the shirt, I added some buttons for an extra touch!


Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ grilled pork chops, mac & cheese, green beans, garlic bread

Tuesday ~ stuffed pasta, salad, garlic bread

Wednesday ~ salmon, green beans, rice

Thursday ~ chili, peanut butter sandwiches, apple slices

Friday ~ leftover buffet

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