I had the bright idea to try and use Goose's beloved Care Bear videos to bribe her to nap. As I've been whining about lately, Goose is skipping a lot of naps. Yesterday she finally took one! She slept 3.5 hours! I was so excited, I let her watch a video. So today, she asked for one again and I told her she could watch after her nap. No nap, no video. I'm not quite sure she understood the concept, but it quickly became clear when she didn't get a video since she didn't take a nap. Here's hoping it works tomorrow...
Let's talk links, shall we?
These food face plates from At Second Street look like fun.
So easy, I almost feel like I should put it under "do" :>) is this toss & catch toy from Chasing Cheerios.
Cute AND educational - I am loving this counting felt fish game from Counting Coconuts.
Along those lines, Helping Little Hands has a very cute greater than-less than felt alligator game, and make sure you scroll down for the link to the flannel board slash puppet theater.
There is a great roundup of math activities at No Time For Flashcards. And a number math game, too!
A great tutorial on tab top panel curtains at Sew 4 Home.
Though I made a Swiffer duster out of microfiber, I like the looks of this reusable swiffer duster made from flannel at Sew Much Ado.
I admit I'm a sucker for things like this on-the-go felt book found at So You Think You're Crafty.
Since I still have a bazillion tomatoes in the freezer and no good recipe, I'm eyeing these spaghetti sauce recipes at Tipnut.
Found by a friend, I think this vegetable fettuccine sounds GOOOOOD, from Curtis Stone.
I'm not sure if I'd prefer this method over the Christmas eggs from a couple of weeks ago, but these fluffy scrambled eggs from the oven at Tipnut sound yummy.
This idea rocks! spaghetti pizza at Wisdom of the Moon - I've made spaghetti pie before, but I dig the cute little individual ones.
This tutorial at Mama's Laundry Talk on repairing elastic in cloth diapers is very well done, and not too hard for someone who is a beginner stitcher.
Tipnut lists some health and beauty uses for baking soda.
I like the looks of these Flip Along Fun books and there's a giveaway! And if you don't want to wait, note that there is a coupon code to take $3 off if you order one. (@ Bless Their Hearts Mom)
While I like to hand-write recipes that I give to others and I enjoy the ones I have that were written by people I love, I can see these customizable, printable recipe cards from Skip To My Lou as being very handy when mass producing.
I'm still giggling (and I bet Emily is, too!) over this welcome to spring post at Frugal Family Fun Blog. As Valerie says, "Tissue Paper + Pipe Cleaners + Fan = Happy Kiddo" :>)
Referencing the vegetable fettuccine recipe above, perhaps I ought to look at growing sugar snap peas this year, thanks to these tips from Budget Saving Mom. (Though I'm not quite sure - do you shell them or eat them whole?)
I just realized this might work well for us since we rent AND have old plaster and lath walls - how to make wallpaper decals at Apartment Therapy.
No Time For Flashcard's homemade kids' meal is also a good idea for those of us who live way too far from drive-throughs.
I got a big kick out of this leprechaun game at Chica and Jo. (OK, maybe it's all the candy that caught my eye, but it sure does look fun!)
Since I actually have had one request for a "featured on" button, this make your own bloggy button on Keeping the Kingdom First caught my eye. (Seeing and doing are pretty far apart, though. :>))
Here is a new sew method for patching jeans at Kelleigh Ratslaff Designs.
The National Catholic Register Resources page has some good links including the Top 100 Catholic Movies. I'm thinking I need to build up my Netflix list!
Since the month of March is devoted to St. Joseph, Shower of Roses has provided a printable St. Joseph memory match game. St. Joseph, pray for us!
This homemade word family game is a neat idea, and includes a long list of word families. I was interested to read in the comments that someone took a bit of issue with the ethics of taking paint sample strips in big quantities for things like this. The original poster noted that she has purchased quite a bit of paint from the store where she got the chips. I think this idea could be replicated on something else, though - cereal box, perhaps?
Here's one more home management journal project from Starry Sky Ranch.
PRAY & PONDER
Good thoughts for this girl who is trying to declutter, How Much Stuff Does One Man Need? at Get Rich Slowly.
More specifically, Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles has a great post on five steps to a pared down playroom.
In a transcript of a speech he gave, Archbishop Chaput of Denver explains The Vocation of Christians in American Public Life.
The Curious Lactivist wrote a great post on Giving Birth in The "Office" - there were a few things that *I'd* have written differently (they didn't ask me...) but there were a lot of things that were well-portrayed. I have to admit that my favorite part was where she referred to the nursing cover as "one of those over sized `hide a hooter' bibs". That gave me a giggle.
This is an old post from In the Heart of My Home, but On Being Intentional is something that I'd do well to re-read on an occasional-to-frequent basis. Same with Why Bother?
I looked this up to link to it elsewhere and had to share it here: Melissa Wiley wrote a post a few years ago called Delicious and Nutritious that led to the first tugging on my heart to homeschool. It's really worth the read!