Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Family Home Evening Chart

It was time to make a new Family Home Evening Chart. I spied this one at Oopsey Daisy. I loved the idea of using pictures on the chart as well as a key chain. So clever!

My last FHE chart was a burgundy and one of the main reasons for making a new one was to change the color of it because it doesn't go with my current color scheme. I chose black since it goes with any thing.

My eyes are attracted to the color black. In fact, before I was married, most of my wardrobe consisted of black articles of clothing, not done purposely. I've tried to branch out to other colors, but what it comes down to is this-I love black, so why change?


I couldn't find the key chains at Michaels and became very lazy to look anywhere else. I'm sure you can find them, I didn't look hard.

I used these wooden circles that I bought from Beverly's. I painted them black, cut out a black and white picture, and glued ribbon around the edges.
I also mod podged the top of the picture giving it a nice protective coating.


Then I decided that it needed something else. I had an old neckless that I have been making jewelery from bits and pieces of it. I used parts from it to connect the ribbon to. I used some handy dandy epoxy glue.


I liked how they all turned out!


The chart that I looked at Oopsey Daisy she used this thing on top called a "metal hanger". Is that right? She listed a place in Utah called the Wood Connection that has them, but does anyone else know of another place or even online where they can be ordered?


My kids love having Family Home Evening and now we can be more organized!

Monday, March 28, 2011

April Kid Projects

Easter is on its way! Here are some fun activities for you to do:


Colored Eggs

Supplies: Colored Eggs, Tissue/Crepe Paper

Wet the egg and place pieces of colored tissue paper on it. Set it aside to dry. When the egg dries the tissue paper falls off and the colors stay behind. ---submitted by Bobbie Lee.

Handwriting Pages

Print handwriting pages like these and other Egg themed ideas like Humpty Dumpty here.

Easter Coloring Pages

Another place to look for Easter Printables

ABC teach has some wonderful worksheets.


Find out how to make this flowered easter basket here. Bunny puppet and Spring Bingo also found here.

Make this cute Sleepy Bunny here.

I really like the ideas at Enchanted Learning/. They have ideas like EggShell Plant Pots and Flower crafts.

Get more craft ideas at preschool education.


Games like "Eggs of Destruction", "Whomp" and online coloring pages. It also has "Easter Tales" and "Easter Riddles".


Bunny Pokey
Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Hokey Pokey"

You put your bunny ears in
(Place hands on head to make ears)
You put your bunny ears out.
You put your bunny ears in.
And you shake them all about.
You do the Bunny Pokey
And hop yourself around,
That's what it's all about!
Additional verses: "You put your bunny nose in, You put your bunny tail in, You put your bunny paws in"

One of my favorite songs to teach my kids is "Little Bunny Foo Foo". You can find the music and lyrics here.


You can sort your jellybeans by color.

Use this Jelly Bean Tally sheet to tally how many you have.

Use this graph sheet to graph and color how many you have.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Easter Egg Tree

When I was a kid, I remember my mother taking branches of a tree and sticking them in a pot of plaster. She spray painted the branches white. For each holiday, that tree would be decorated.

I love that idea and have been thinking about making one.

I was at the Dollar Tree today and stumbled upon this. I thought, "Why not?" It's not exactly the same thing, but same idea and for a dollar, you can't go wrong.


I put up all my Easter decorations today. It didn't take long, I only had two things!

Sad, I know.

Eventually, I will have a bunch!

Cuz, that's how I roll!

I just like saying that since seeing "Despicable Me".


I will be looking online for ideas of things I can make. Maybe I'll be so good and get them done before Easter arrives!


Got any good ideas?


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Homemade Granola

My husband, Ben, loves to cook and bake on the weekend.

No complaining here. In fact, I stay out of his way and let him do his thing.

This weekend he made his Mom's homemade granola. Mmmm!


Here is the recipe:

Homemade Granola

Mix together:

10 cups oatmeal-not instant
2 cups wheat bran (buds or oats)
1 cup wheat germ
1-2 cups grape nuts for crunch
1 bag coconut
walnuts. sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews (optional)

Boil for 1 minute:
3/4 cup brown sugar (I use 1/2 cup)
1 cup oil
1 cup honey

Take off heat and add:
2-3 tsp. vanilla

Pour over oat mixture

Bake on cookie sheet
325 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden. The longer you bake, the darker it gets.

After baked while hot, add any fruit you want (raisins, apricots, et.)


Really, you can add whatever you want and make it your own. For example, we didn't use wheat germ, grapenuts or wheat bran because we didn't have it. We've made it both with and without and it wasn't a big difference on taste for me. Although, you know when you are adding wheat germ and wheat bran, it is definitely more healthy.

In this particular mix we added some M&Ms, rice crispies, coconut, sunflower seeds, almonds, chocolate chips and cashews. We wanted to make a trail mix out of it.

We also set aside some of just the granola before we added everything in it for cereal.


My littlest one calls it "No-la". She couldn't stop eating it while Ben was making it.

I can't stop eating it either!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Callahan Family Sneak Peak

Perfect lighting. Perfect family. Perfect day.

See for yourself.



I loved the tall green lush grass. It just made my day!




I love this one because everyone is just doing their own thing.


I'm in love with both of these and I can't decide which one I like best.



This guy is off to Brazil!


This guy is off to college soon!


This guy is a quiet and charming stud!


This gal loves to do flips!


This little girl is in love with Skittles!


These two have a beautiful family!


Thanks for such a fun session!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Yesterday was the first day that I have been able to put ponytails in Zoey's hair. Believe me, I've tried before.

I got carried away taking pictures. . .







Hopefully now, Zoey will not be mistaken for a boy!