Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Birthday From Germ Central!

I woke up the Chief of Security this morning this way:

"Happy birthday!  How are your hives?  How is your wound?

You don't really have to go to school today if you don't want to.  It's your birthday.  Your final exams are over.  And you have croup, staph, and hives.  You could just stay home."

But he answered this way:

"Let me check my absences."

And he decided to go to school.

So I dropped him off at school this way:

"I will be calling the school.  I will be talking to the nurse.  I will be texting you."

And so what can you really do besides comfort inappropriately with food?

Well, besides for spending his entire birthday afternoon in the pediatrician's office and then stopping for Ben and Jerry's on the way home for additional ill advised comfort food?

Happy birthday Boy-O-Mine!  You're a good sport through and through!!

Disclaimer: I took these photos before the hives made their frightening appearance.  I have photos of the hives, of course, but they are mercifully absent on this post.

You're welcome.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dat Be Nice, Party #3

Happy Hanukkah and happy holidays!  Just in case you haven't attended way too many holiday parties already, here's a Dat Be Nice (or "That would be nice" in two year old speak) party for you!

Last week's most clicked were wine bottle gift bags by Yesterfood:

 Wine bottle gift bags by Yesterfood

Aren't they pretty?!?!?  

Here's something else pretty AND EDIBLE!!!  Also from Yesterfood and most pinned from last week:

 Cornmeal stars

I really am going to have to try making these for my Partner in Crime, since he loves cornmeal.  Plus, they're gorgeous.

For my pick, I couldn't decide between Skye's books on fairies or this dots and flake card:

Skye's because...books!  And the card because it's completely kid made and very multipurpose - it could be for any winter holiday!

Now on to the PARTY!!!!!!

Here are the social (media) niceties that will help this party feel more like there's drinking involved:
  • Please follow me somewhere: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+. Or everywhere. Because, you know, it's kind of hard to take over the entire internets when no one is following you anywhere.
  • Grab one of these buttons! Or feel free to link to the party in a text link...either way, dat be nice!
  • Visiting other posts in the hop is always nice! 

Do Try This at Home

Do Try This At Home

In return I am going to pin like crazy,  and of course feature!  I love to feature:
  • Healthy recipes that I would feed my own family, including but not limited to Vegetarian, Paleo, Weight Watchers, and Gluten Free.
  • Photography/Photography Tips/Wordless Wednesday
  • Kids/Education
  • DIY/Crafting
  • Books and Reading (especially Children's Picture books)
And if I feature your post, please feel free to grab a button!  Or not.  It's really up to you.

Do Try This at Home

The fine print stuff:
  • This is a relatively family friendly zone. I don't mind a few curse words, but I reserve the right to draw the line at my whim. If there's devil worship or what I consider too much nakedness, I might not feature or pin.
  • By linking, you are giving me permission to use one of the photos in your post as a feature.

Please link directly to your post, not your homepage! Otherwise, who even knows what to look for?
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to email you and remind you to link up next week. If I ever figure out how to do that. But don’t depend on me! Just stop by next week!
Now have fun and link up folks!!!!!!

Wordless Wednesday {Downtown Window}

Monday, December 15, 2014

Last Minute Hanukkah, Chanukah, AND Chanukka Gifts (with Free Printable!)

Two gift ideas!  If you happen to be a teacher who might or might not be receiving a gift from our Chief of Destruction...please try not to peek!

Basically we have two things going on here: personalized mugs and personalized jars.

Chanukah Hanukkah gift ideas mug jars

The personalized mugs are all over the internet these days, big surprise there.

If you want to make them, just draw with an OIL paint Sharpie, such as these beautiful markers...

(Disclaimer - affiliate link ahead! Amazon will give me like 8 cents or so if you click through and buy.  Still, I'm almost up to a dollar over there!  So exciting.)

Sharpie Oil-Based Medium Point Paint Markers, 5 Fashion Colored Markers (1770459)

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for a half hour's supposed to stay on through the dishwasher and everything.  Who knows if it really does or not, but it looks pretty tough, don't you think?  We're going to put gift cards inside.

Chanukah Hanukkah mug gift idea

Chanukah Hanukkah gift idea mug

Our next teacher gift which I will hopefully not ruin the surprise by posting here are gift jars:

Chanukah Hanukkah Hanukah jar free printable gift idea

We filled it with white tulle and this DELICIOUS chocolate (another affiliate link).  Not only is it incredibly yummy, but it's 70% dark.  That means it's ALMOST DIET FOOD!!!!  Or at least it qualifies for the South Beach Diet.  Maybe Atkins too, who knows?  

It's good stuff at any rate:

yummy chocolate Hanukkah Chanukah gift idea

Theo Chocolate Organic 70% Dark Chocolate Sea Salt -- 3 oz

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for!  A link to the free printable.  Obviously, I left off the name of my own kid, so it could have your kid's(s') name!

Click here to download Latke Chanukah label!

Oh!  And I almost forgot some more Hanukkah books!

A really neat book suitable for preschoolers and up that shows how olives go from the tree to olive oil:

Harvest of Light

A book with very cool photographs in which a Hanukkah menorah is made from sea life:

Menorah Under the Sea

An engineer is lost on Hanukkah but makes friends and discoveries:

Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap

Jodie discovers that she's old enough to be of use on an archeological dig:

Jodie's Hanukkah Dig

A Hanukkah story in which a boy learns to deal with his feelings about his autistic brother's sometimes difficult behaviors

Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles

A boy makes a dreidel for his blind father:

Jeremy's Dreidel (Hanukkah)

Here were last week's Hanukkah/Chanukah book ideas including a couple of my very favorites!

Have a happy whatever-winter-holiday-you-celebrate folks!

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