Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

L-O-V-E-ly in Fabkids

Pictures of my kids are my most precious possessions. I'm sure you feel the same way about pictures of your own kids. Doesn't every momma feel this way? They are our way of capturing life--the everyday moments that collectively tell a story...

Years from now, I'll be able to look back at these and remember how those little wisps of hair fell across her face. I'll remember the pure delight on her face from receiving balloons--something so simple--to match her new fabkids outfit. My mind's eye will recall how she looked skipping ahead and spinning around on her toes to check to see if I was still right behind her. I'll remember how cute she sounded as she pretended, chatted, and played without a single toy to entertain her--just her imagination. And I'll especially remember how magical and lovely it all was...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me Weekly Link Party #124

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here!
Meet your party hosts...
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Let's get the party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up last week...
Lani of Life Anchored linked up these wonderful Valentine's Day Dipped Cookies!
Kendra from Simply {Darr}ling shared an adorable Valentine's Day Shirt for kids!
Kathy of Penney Lane Kitchen linked up her recipe for Cookies & Cream Dessert Dip!
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Sugar Aunts shared these cute DIY Felt Cookies that are perfect for playtime!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Glitter and Mod Podge Heart Wreath

Lydia Grace and I have been making and adding little decorative touches to the house for Valentine's Day. I have to admit that I'm a sucker for the holiday. The glitter, hearts, pinkness, doilies, love, and frills of the day make me a little bit giddy. Y'all, could I be any cheesier? I can't help it though. The day of love makes my heart skip a beat. (pun intended!) Well, I guess I just did get cheesier. We better get to the craft before this gets any worse. Our most recent creation was a glitter heart wreath! Try to endure my giddiness long enough to see how we made this sparkly holiday decoration.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me Weekly Link Party #123

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here!
Meet your party hosts...
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Let's get this party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up last week...
Luisa of Living and Learning with Luisa linked up her Winter Mantel with DIY Pom Pom Garland!
Ashley from Hello Nature shared how to make this delicious-looking Caramel Cinnamon Apple Cider!
Kim of The Baking ChocolaTess linked up her recipe for these decadent Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Cheesecake Bites!
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Michelle from The Gracious Wife shared an amazing Snow Princess Birthday Party!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Snow Dough {12 Months of Sensory Dough}

Did you see all of our sensory dough recipes from last year? Making homemade dough is a fun and easy activity to do with the kids, so we've decided to do another year of monthly sensory dough playtimes!

Why provide opportunities for sensory play? Well, there are many reasons...

Benefits of Sensory Play:

Fine Motor Skills: All of that pressing, squishing, and molding strengthens muscle tone in those little hands.
Calming: Sensory dough could be compared to as a child's version of Zen gardens and stress balls. It's relaxing and soothing for them to sit, play, create, and take in the sensory experience at their own pace.
Creative Thinking: Providing a child with sensory dough also provides them with the opportunity to create! There is no limit to what they can mold and make from the dough.
Social Skills: Any activity that brings kids and parents together for some quality time builds social skills.
Following Directions: Whether it's through following the recipe or your verbal instructions, getting the kids directly involved in making sensory dough provides them with a hands-on opportunity to sharpen those listening skills.
Hand-eye Coordination: Create a station with the dough and other items like cookie cutters, rolling pins, beads, and even ice cream cones. As they are picking things up to play and create, they are unknowingly practicing hand-eye coordination.
Imaginative Play: The sky is the limit for sensory dough experiences! Let your child's imagination soar as they engage in this open-ended, sensory experience.
Academic Skills: Turn sensory dough into a science lesson. (We did this last year with fizzy dough and glowing slime.) Use cookie cutters shaped liked letters and numbers to practice literacy and numeracy skills. Use the dough to teach colors and shapes. These are just a few suggestions for the numerous educational experiences that can extend from playing with sensory dough.
Neurological Development: Sensory input builds nerve connections in the brain, and all of these connections help your child process and complete more complex tasks.
FUN: It's just plain fun!

So...what's January's sensory dough theme? It's snow dough. Here in the South, we haven't seen much snow beyond a few flurries, so creating our own snow was a perfect wintertime activity...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sewing Tips and Tricks

"Put the thread in here and then pull it down through there." Momma first showed me how to thread a sewing machine when I was just a little girl. I'd watch as the foot of the machine pulsed rhythmically up and down stitching the fabric pieces together that she had carefully cut. She sewed a little bit of everything--clothes for my sister and me, costumes, patches on the knees of worn out jeans, buttons on daddy's shirts, rips along the seams of treasured stuffed animals...
It was years later before I had an interest in trying my hand at it. My sister actually picked up the craft first. When my own passion for sewing struck, it was momma who bought me my first machine. Now I'm turning pieces of fabric into creations for my kids and home just like momma used to do.
Lydia Grace is already showing an interest in wanting to learn. "Can I press the pedal, mommy?" I must have asked my momma that same question dozens of times when I was around her age. So under my watchful eye, I let her glide the fabric through the machine and try out the pedal. I've also been passing a few tips down to her. They are ones that I learned from my momma or have picked up from personal experience. And I'm delighted to share them with you too...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #122

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here! We took a little break over the holidays, but we are back with a few fabulous changes. The biggest change we've made is to add new co-hosts who will each be hosting the party on their site and featuring your fabulous posts each week.

Meet your party hosts (and give them a follow)...
Tanya
Blog / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

Jennifer
Blog / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

Rachael
Blog / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

Allison
Blog / Facebook / Instagram /  Pinterest

Next week I'll be featuring four posts shared during this week's party. This week my features are a little different though. To introduce you to the party hosts a little better, I'm featuring a post from each host...
 Tanya's DIY Dead Sea Minerals & Lavender Soap!
Rachael's Craft Room Makeover!
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