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Mail A Hug – Gift Idea with Birthday Card June 2, 2012

My sister lives in Florida (we’re near Chicago), so my two girls don’t get to see her often.  Her birthday was last week, so I put together these hugs to add to her birthday card.  She loved them and the girls had fun making them, too!



1.)  Construction Paper

2.)  Pencil

3.)  Ribbon

4.)  Glue

5.)  Markers

6.)  Scissors


Project Steps:

1.)  Trace your child’s right and left hand onto construction paper.


2.) Cut out the hands.


3.)  Cut a piece of ribbon to your desired length.

4.)  Glue hands to each side of the ribbon.


5.)  Write a nice message on the hands.


6.)  Mail a hug!


Sophie had fun practicing the hug!


Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878456853/

Project Linkhttp://tonsoffunpreschoolactivities.blogspot.com/2011/02/long-distance-hug.html

Substitutions:  Instead of stamping the hand, I traced them on construction paper.

Time:  20 minutes


– Lisa


“You’re a Super Friend” Valentine February 20, 2012

I decided to make valentine’s to send with Sophie to preschool this year.  I saw this adorable pin of a super hero sucker.  This idea was featured in FamilyFun magazine as well.  The magazine version read “You’re a Super Friend.”  If you click on the link to FamilyFun magazine, you will find the templates that I used to create our suckers!  I cut out all the capes and masks.  Sophie glued the hearts and wrote her name on each of them.  We even made a playdate out of the activity.  Sophie’s friend, Justin, made some for his class, too!  The kids really enjoyed these!


Family Fun Magazine Link:  http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/caped-cute-sader-1033798/

Pinterest Pin:  http://zakkalife.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-bird-its-plane-its-super-valentine.html


Super Hero Valentine - Cape

Super Hero Valentine - Mask


Happy Valentine’s Day – 12 Preplanned Dates February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!


For my husband (JR), I decided to use an idea I found on Pinterest.  It’s been really hard to make time for just the two of us (with our kids and work), so organizing 12 preplanned date nights for the two of us seemed like a brilliant idea!  I created envelopes for each month (February 2012 – January 2013).  In each envelope is a card that describes the date along with any items we will need for the date.  JR will open a new envelope on the 1st of each month.  We’ll work together to figure out a time/date/babysitter (if needed) to make each date happen!  I’ll add a post for each month when he opens a new envelope.


Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877880836/

Direct Link to Project:  http://shannonbrown.typepad.com/life_in_general/2011/01/lets-go-on-a-date-january.html


February Date

My parents are our go-to babysitters, and they will be out of town for 6 weeks!!!!  So, for February, I planned a date at home (I stole the date from Shannon’s blog).  The date card (I have to laugh when I say “date card” because I feel like I’m on “The Bachelor”) read as follows:


Let’s get our year of dates started!  Since our babysitters away, let’s have a SLUMBER PARTY FOR TWO.  Let’s get our comfy’s (this is what we call pajamas) on, blow up the air mattress (we used to do this all the time), set it by the fire and stay up as late as we can.   No slumber party, of course, is complete without … (1) Food (We’ll order pizza after the kids are asleep), (2) Treats (whatever you’re craving … a cookie pizza perhaps), (3) Games (Do you Know… Quiz Books), (4) Movie.  Love, Lisa


I included two quiz books.  The first is titled “Do you Know Your Wife?” and the other is “Do You Know Your Husband?” both by Dan Carlinsky.  I purchased them on amazon for $5 each.  The books have silly questions like “Within Two, How many keys does she carry?”  I thought it would be fun to see how well we really know each other!  I also included a $20 for pizza money.  I’ll purchase the firewood and sweets ahead of time.



March Date – Sorry, this one was private!

April Date – Shopping Spree, Dinner, Overnight!