Crayon Spring Cleaning

When I embarked on this craft adventure I thought it would simply be a fun, quick, and spring cleaning related activity to do with Penelope one quiet afternoon… in the end I myself had a blast, and at points found myself giddy as a school girl watching the transformation happen.

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Dress-Up Play – No Experience Necessary

I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s pertinent enough to reiterate, that one of the things I always looked most forward to before I had kids was making them costumes. I always knew I’d be one of those parents who would gladly let their child leave the house in a superhero costume and wash it while they slept if need be. Since my daughter’s first Halloween at five months old I have been enjoying the pleasure of making her costumes.  But, oddly, blogging about it has been a challenge for me.

Yesterday a friend sent me a link to a Huff Post Parents article that put everything in perspective for me.  I blog to share my adventures but in a way that I hope teaches you something as well.  My costumes for my daughter are all made up as I go and often come together quite haphazardly, a process I can’t tutorialize or often even walk you through.  And then I read the story of Fashion by Mayhem.

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Telling People We Love Them – Send-A-Hug – Kid-Craft version and Mama-Craft version

I came across a pin of this craft on Pinterest a while back thinking it was really adorable and just logging it away for the right time. The first time my 2-year old daughter, Penelope, and I actually did it was when we were sending a package to her grandparents in Southern California. It seemed such a great impromptu project for that kind of moment because it allowed us to not only send them a special art project from Penny, but also shares with them how big she’s getting in a different way than just the Facebook pictures they’re used to seeing. Additionally, the process of making the “hug” gave Penny and me the opportunity to talk about Mamu & Grandpa and how we love them and they live far away and how nice it is to do special things to show people we love them. That is exactly why this project popped in to my head for Valentine’s Day. It is easy and quick, but fun to do, and the end result is something special for someone special.

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Missy P.’s First Pancakes, Revisited – Whole Wheat Applesauce Pancakes

I always have the urge to make the day before time away (however big or small) from my daughter special. In this case a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa’s one Tuesday inspired pancakes for breakfast before school.  I pulled the little hand scribbled slip of paper with the favorite whole wheat applesauce pancake recipe off of the fridge and whipped up a quick batch of Mickey Mouse flap-jacks.  The stream of “I really love you”s that followed was just bonus to the particularly special one-on-one time my daughter and I get when we do something out of the ordinary (like eat something other than cream of wheat for breakfast, regardless of it’s shape).

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