Blogging 101 and Photo 101 Start November 3

I’m very excited to do this! It sounds like a lot of fun and a new way to be able to blog everyday about a new topic! Everyone should try it..Good luck everyone!

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The next Blogging U. class starts in just a few days! Photography 101 and Blogging 101, both four-week introductory courses, kick off on Monday, November 3rd. But don’t worry if you haven’t registered yet — there’s still time!

Photography 101 is a photo-a-day challenge combining a daily photo theme with shooting and photo editing tips on composition, lighting, cropping, and more. You’ll publish new posts, make new friends, and hone your photographer’s eye. It’s also a great way for photobloggers to participate in NaBloPoMo this November. Charge your camera batteries and get ready to shoot!

For three years, I’ve tried to start a blog. Before Blogging 101, I never built enough momentum. Now, thanks to the accountability of regular assignments – and thanks to receiving such wonderful, encouraging feedback – I’ve reached the…

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DIY Fall Crafts

My preschooler has always been into arts and crafts so I thought today I would do something simple with her for the Fall season.  It’s very basic and easy to do with your toddler, of course with the help of an adult.

Materials you need:
-Construction paper (any color)
-Scissors (with adult supervision)
-Glue stick


Cut the paper into strips. It doesn’t matter how thick they are.


Now, on one end of the strip you put glue stick and connect it with the other end to make it into a circle. (Or as my preschooler says, “It’s a bracelet!”)


Keep doing the same with the rest of the strips but link them together so you can create a paper chain. Add different colors to create a pattern as you go so the chain can look colorful.


Once you’ve added as many strips as you like, you can hang it anywhere in your house as decoration! We chose to decorate our chimney and added a few cutouts we did with construction paper also.


You’re all done!

I hope you liked our mini DIY arts and crafts for Fall.  And hopefully you can give it a try with your little ones.  Let me know how it goes..enjoy!

Just one of those days

So this week started out pretty good.  Usually on a Monday morning  it starts up with laziness and set backs to start up the day.  But this Monday was just right.  Everything went along pretty smoothly at home.  Chores were done, my preschooler cooperated to get to school early, and I actually had some “mommy time” at the end of the day.

But on Tuesday, it was the opposite of that wonderful Monday I had just experienced.  I usually try to workout before my daughter’s wakeup to get that out of the day and be able to shower with no interruptions.  But this time my preschooler decided to wake up cranky and throw tantrums for any small thing.  Luckily, she calmed down after a 10 minute explanation of why mommy had to shower and I put Sesame Street on.  (Thank you Sesame Street for helping me out with a couple of minutes to myself.) Finally, I get into the shower and I have exactly 1 hour left until I have to drop her off at school.  The shower is my mini getaway from “real life” and I wanted to enjoy it. But as soon as I stepped foot in there, my preschooler runs in yelling, “Mommy! Mommy! I need a Band-Aid, I have an ouchie!”  Well there goes my mini getaway..*sigh* By the way, it was nothing serious, she was just itchy.

I shower quickly, get out, do a quick ponytail, and find my 1 year old fully awake because my preschooler decided she wanted to play with her so she woke her up.  After chasing them around for about 15 minutes to get them dressed, we went down stairs to eat breakfast, and still had some hairdos to do.  My 1 year old hates getting her hair done but it had to be done.  It is now time for school and we are running late because my preschooler decides she needs to take all her dolls with her to school.  So there I am carrying my purse, their favorite blankets, and a bunch of dolls to the car.  Can my morning get any better than this?!

The afternoon did get better and I’m glad I was able to finish my to do list by the time my preschooler was out of school.  I’m just hoping that tomorrow will be a better day.


Happy Halloween!

Halloween is 4 days away and there are so many last minute shoppers everywhere looking for deals on costumes!  I’m glad I got my daughter’s costumes since July because I would be part of that crowd right now.  So lesson learn: Even if it seems weird to shop for a costume in the middle of summer, it beats standing in line for hours to purchase one last minute.