Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wishing Everyone a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas and Healthy New Year!

Hope you get to spend time enjoying the children in your life. Take time to appreciate your family members and all those people who mean so much to you.
I know that I am so thankful for my wonderful friends and family. They are happy and healthy so what more could I possibly want. Enjoy each day!

Grandma's Little Helper

Last Cards of 2009

Ploar Bears

Ivory and Gold

Christmas Eve Plea


Friday, December 18, 2009

There's a New Children's Health Site!!

You can trust this one too since it is from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Follow this link to check out all the useful information they have posted.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

December Cards -part two

Ivory and Gold Santa

Sweet Little Zebra

Hot Cocoa Card

Tiny Gift Tag

Little Lion with a ribbon mane.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

December Children's Books and Craft

Books for younger elementary age kids:

Santa Cows by Cooper Edens, illustrated by Daniel Lane, published by Green Tiger Press. This story is a rhyming book that is written in the same way as "The Night Before Christmas." It is very funny and kids love the silly cow antics as they visit a lucky family on Christmas Eve.

Santa Cow Island is a sequel to Santa Cows. It follows the same silly cows and the family they visit the day after Christmas until New Years.

Three wonderful stories written by Jan Brett, published by Scholastic are Wild Christmas Reindeer, Christmas Trolls and Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
All three have the beautiful illustrations by Jan that we have come to love and each tells a fun Christmas story.

Books for older elementary kids:

Santa Paws- written by Ellen Emerson White, Illustrated by Robert J Blake, published by Scholastic, New York. This heartwarming story is about a homeless mutt who is looking for someone to love him. Isn't Christmas the perfect time for a miracle?

Night Tree by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Rand, published by Harcourt Brace, New York. This wonderful story about a family who has a picnic in the forest at night in the cold. Sound crazy? Well, the animals are ever so thankful.

A book for parents as well as children!:

You Are My Miracle, written by Maryann Cusimano Love and Satomi Ichikawa, published by Philomel Books, New York. Get ready to tear up when you read this wonderful Christmas story about a parent's love.

Santa Ornament Project-
You will need green, black and pink construction paper, scissors, glue, cotton, yarn or ribbon, markers or crayons and decorations of your choice

1- Cut two identical triangles out of the green with the base bring 4 inches and the sides being 6 inches. Cut two rectangles for arms out of green, a circle head and hands from the pink paper and boots from the black paper.

For this Santa ornament project you will need paper in green, pink and black, cotton, ribbon or yarn, glue, and decorations of your choice.

2-Put glue along the edges of one triangle. Add the tops of the boots at the bottom of the triangle. Glue on the arms about half way down. Add a hand at the end of each arm. Cover the first triangle with the second triangle, sandwiching the boots, and arms in between.

3- Glue the head on the triangle leaving the top as a hat. Glue cotton for a hat brim and add a beard. Draw a face or punch out circles of red for the eyes and nose.

4- Punch a hole in the hat and attach a piece of ribbon or yarn as a hanger.

5-Add a real candy cane or make one out of pipe cleaners. Attach between the hands. decorate the coat however you wish.

Monday, December 7, 2009

November 2009 Children's Products Recalls

Visit this link to the SafeKids website to review the recently recalled items. While there, you can also follow a link to guidelines for buying safe and age appropriate toys for the holidays

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Finishing Up the Christmas Cards

Here are the last few Christmas cards I made along with one birthday card. Next post will have some great holiday book titles and some easy crafts for kids!

Gift Card Holder Card

Warm Winter Hat

Kid's Christmas

Birthday Card

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's Thanksgiving Time!

Here are a few good Thanksgiving books to take with you on that long drive to the relative's house, or to keep the kids out of the kitchen if you are cooking!!

The Bag I'm Taking To Grandma's by Shirley Neitzel, published by Greenwillow Books, New York. This delightful story is written in rebus style (pictures replacing some words) and tells the hilarious story of what a child wants to take to a visit to Grandma's house. The problem is fitting it all into a bag and not having to rent a U-Haul!

A Turkey For Thanksgiving- by Eve Bunting, published by Scholastic, Inc. New York. This is probably my favorite Thanksgiving book. I don't want to give the ending away, but let me say that a certain turkey is hiding because he hears that a certain family is planning on having him for Thanksgiving. A wonderful story with a powerful message.

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey, published by Scholastic, Inc. New York. This cute book is a rhyming book that uses the famous "Twas the Night Before Christmas" format to tell a funny story.

Thanksgiving in the Barn by Nadine Bernard Westcott published by Little Simon, division of Simon and Schuster New York. This pop-up book tells a funny story about what everyone, even the turkeys, have to be thankful for.

The Thanksgiving craft is in the post to follow.

Major Crib Recall

Follow this link to the USA Today article.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving Book and Craft

Turkey Headband Craft
Materials needed: card stock in various colors, tape or stapler, black marker.

Cut oak tag into two lengths of equal width for headband. Measure around your child's head and tape or staple for a comfortable but snug fit.

Cut a circle for the face, add eyes with black marker. Cut a folded piece of yellow paper into a triangle shape and attach to face for the beak. Draw on nostrils in black. Out of red paper, draw the waddle and attach to the face next to the beak. Using an inch wide piece of card stock folded in an accordion fold, attach the head to the front of the headband.

Fold a piece of card stock in half. Draw a wing. Cut out through both pieces, so that they are identical. Attach to the sides of the headband.

Out of different colors of card stock, cut feather shapes. Attach to the back of the headband. Let your little one wear it on Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

November Cards Part Three

Inspired By Pottery Barn

Wishing You Sparkle

Santa Loves Cardinals

Christmas Angel

Inspired By Vera Bradley

Mistletoe Moment

Friday, November 13, 2009

Install, Inspect, Protect!

Follow this link to the Safe Kids USA website and review these guidelines for keeping your family safe and secure.

November Cards part 2

Grandma's Hot Chocolate

Folk Art Santa

Evergreen Bough


Autumn Greetings

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Children's Products Recalls for October

Follow this link to the SafeKids USA website and check the list of recalls for last month. Make sure you are not exposing your children to any safety hazards.

Monday, November 2, 2009


or know someone who is?

Baby Safety Basics

Follow this link to download the newest and most up to date SafeKids USA safety guide for your family and friends. It's the best gift you can give them!

November Means Planning For Christmas!

Here are some cards I am making for Christmas:


Berry Wreath

A Mother's Love

Christmas Ornaments

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Change your clocks AND your batteries this Sunday!

Please remember as you set your clocks back this Sunday, November first, to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Visit the SafeKids USA website for more information about fire safety by using this link. Don't risk becoming a headline in your local newspaper!

October cards-Part Five

Warming Your Heart

Recycled Christmas Card

Decorated Tree

Gingerbread Cookies

Robot Girl


Patchwork Tree

Christmas Lightpost

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Safety Tips

Visit SafeKids USA site at this link to be updated about the ways to make Halloween a fun AND safe event.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October Cards- Part Four!

Recycled Christmas card from 2008

We Believe

Chrstmas "Wiper" card

The Skaters

Inspired by Fabric

Medallion Card

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October Cards Part Three

Here are some more October cards. They were made for theme, special materials, shape, or inspiration challenges all found on the Splitcoast Stampers website.
If you go, check out the gorgeous gallery of cards. All my cards are listed under my membership name of Barbarar20. Thanks for looking.

Leaf Wreath

Blue Snowflake Ornament Card

Button Snowman

Tall Get Well

Red and White Holiday

Christmas Primative

Frosty Easel Card

Little Christmas Tree

Fall Tree Tiles

Embossed Snowman