The Life of Jennifer Dawn: June 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mini Adventure Sandboxes

Make Your Own:
I used photo storage boxes, small toys, and sand--all from Hobby Lobby--to make these mini sandboxes.  Each box lid was decorated with stickers and coated with a layer of Mod Podge to secure the stickers to the box.  Lydia Grace had a blast with them and even little Eli got in on the fun!

Oh the possibilities!
Have a happy playtime!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kiwi Crates

Guess what came in the mail last week?
Lydia Grace's first Kiwi Crate!
Fun and engaging projects for kids ages 3-7. Delivered monthly.  <Join Kiwi Crate today!>

Eli typically goes to bed between 6 and 7 p.m., so I thought that digging into the Kiwi Crate would be a great thing for L.G. and I to do together before her 8:30ish bedtime.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Eli goes to bed THAT early and sleeps through the night until around 7 or 8 a.m.  Please don't hate me.  The amazing thing is that he has slept like this from the very beginning and takes two naps during the day.  Again, please don't hate me.  Trust me, L.G. kept me sleep deprived enough for the both of them when she was a baby.

Back on topic...
After Eli goes to bed, L.G. and I always have time to do some "big girl" activities like painting our nails, baking something together...and on this occasion, exploring the new Kiwi Crate!  When I handed her the box, she didn't have a clue what was inside, but she knew it was for her and she was very excited to open it...

Ready to see what's inside?  I know we were...
Each box is themed and filled with individually wrapped kits that follow that theme.  Lydia Grace's box was labeled "Fairy Fun" and contained a wand kit, paper doll kit, and flower headband kit.  Each kit had...
*ALL of the necessary materials (right down to the tape and markers)  Did I mention that the markers were metallic shimmer markers?
*Lots of extra materials (I'm thinking future projects!)
*Colorful, kid-friendly instructions
*A parent guide complete with a messiness gauge, parent involvement gauge, a list of skills that the child
utilizes while completing the project, and extension activities

Fairy Wand!
(This project required a little help from mommy.)
Flower Headband!
(She was able to independently complete this activity .)
My Review:
I'm sold!  These convenient kits contain quality supplies and are well-organized, educational, kid-friendly, and best of all...FUN!

Lydia Grace's Review
(because that's the review that really matters)
"This is fun, mommy!  Look at my wand!  It's precious!  Daddy, I made a wand!  I want to make somethin' else!"

Yes, my three-year-old used the word precious.  And she was very proud of her creations.
Be sure to check out Kiwi Crates for yourself...
You can make one-time purchases, sign-up for a monthly subscription, or buy a gift subscriptions for someone else  There are a lot of options...

Delightful kids' crafts delivered right to your door.  <Visit Kiwi Crate!>

Happy Creating!

Happy Sunday


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Giveaway Winner

The winner of the designer fabric bundle from Raspberry Creek Fabrics is...

Kimberly D.

Congratulations!  I've already sent you an e-mail regarding the giveaway.

A big thanks goes out to everyone who entered!

Happy Shopping!
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cute Baby Shower Gift Ideas

I'm Making the World Cuter again today and sharing three cute baby items that I've sewn using one tutorial of my own and two other tutorials from two fabulously talented ladies!
 Happy Sewing!

Monday, June 18, 2012


Lydia Grace recently had her first dance recital! She does a tap/ballet/gymnastics combo class at a local gym geared towards teaching little ones.  It was a lot of fun watching her dance! Most of the immediate family came too. I think she cared more about all of us watching her than actually dancing.  Unfortunately her Papa (my dad) missed seeing it since he was sick, so I'm sure he will appreciate the photos.  She was so excited...
 Little Miss L.G. talked of nothing else all day long!  Can you blame her?  The very first dance recital is an exciting event!  I had a bouquet of pink roses waiting on her when she finished...

White Veggie Pizza

The other day I was having a craving for pizza and started experimenting with a new recipe.  Here's what I came up with...
It was delicious--even better than I thought it was going to be!

Prepare your pizza dough.  
Spread on a layer of Alfredo Sauce (either homemade or from a jar).
Peel and slice cucumbers and carrots to place over the sauce.
Add a little salt and pepper.
 Generously sprinkle parmasean and mozzarella cheeses on top.
Set the oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 15 minutes.
Cool and enjoy!

I know carrots and cucumbers are not the traditional toppings for pizza, but it really was wonderful!
Lydia Grace's Review:
"This is yummy in my tummy!"

More pizza inspiration:
Our Pizza Party!
Spinach and Goat Cheese Pizza

Do you have a pizza recipe that you and your family enjoy?
I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Eating!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Sunday!

A father's wise words to his sons...
provers 4:11-12

Saturday, June 16, 2012


 Happy Father's Day Weekend!

And a VERY Happy Father's Day wish goes out to
Pappaw Friese (my pappaw),
Papa Joe (my dad),
Pappaw Jeff (Tim's dad),
Pappaw Eric (Tim's stepdad)!
Lydia Grace and Eli are not only blessed with a wonderful daddy, but they also have some
wonderful grandfathers who love them very much!

Here's to celebrating the wonderful fathers and grandfathers in our lives and remembering the ones who are no longer with us!
Who are you celebrating this weekend?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bottle Cap Necklaces

There's a new summer collection coming to Bluebird Cottage Desings!
These fun accessories will be available in the Etsy Shop tomorrow!
Here's the best part...
They will be priced at just $5!
Be sure to stop by!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Prayer Request

It is 4 something in the morning, dear friends.  It's on the first thing that you can grab from the closet, no make-up, bags under the eyes...EARLY.  I have my coffee, scones for my sweet momma, and my purse.  I'm ready to go out the door to meet my family at the downtown hospital where my dad will take a major step towards fighting the pancreatic cancer that he was diagnosed with just a couple of weeks ago. 

You may remember when I first shared this diagnosis with you, I asked you to pray.  Well, I am asking for your prayers again.  By the time you wake up and read this (except for the lovely readers in a time zone to the east of me, of course), I will already be sitting with my family in the waiting room of the hospital while my dad is undergoing a Whipple Procedure--a six hour, major surgery.  Please take just a moment to pray for my dad.  Pray for his surgical team.  Pray for my family.  I believe in a God who is "a very present help in times of trouble" according to Psalm 46:1.  I believe in the power of prayer!  Thank you in advance for your prayers!

Hours and hours later...
This is where we are at...
Due to severe pancreatitis, the surgeon was unable to continue with the Whipple Procedure today. The doctor said he prayed for wisdom before the operation.  It is such a blessing to have a doctor who is a man of faith!  Once he began operating, he felt that continuing the surgery would be the wrong decision. The pancreas was so inflamed that he was unable to get to the cancer. Continuing with the Whipple Procedure today could have cost Daddy his life. He will do chemo for 2-3 months and then they will try again. It appears that the cancer has not spread from the pancreas though which was good news. Even though we can't see down this road right now, maybe the pancreatitis is somehow an answered prayer.  Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Artwork with Vintage Bird Cutouts

*Acrylic Paint (I did two canvases with a metallic gold paint and one with a sage green paint.)
*Paint tray to hold both paint and water
*Acid-free adhesive
*Sponge brush
*Mod Podge


 Display or Hang...
Happy Painting!