Winter Trees

The holiday season is here! I’ve been going down my Christmas TO-DO Lists, and I’m so happy, I’ve made it this far into the month, still happily sane. If you’ve noticed the past Christmas seasons are usually rough and chaotic for me. So much, as I can’t even produce content to share with you all on my blog. I get so busy on the daily life grind, it’s impossible for me to hit publish. This year, I’m taking control of the holidays and checking my list more than twice!!!

We’re about 10 days into December and I want to hit it hard on my blog, sharing crafts, goodies, gift ideas and more!! Like always, budget friendly, thrift store finds, and dollar tree crafts! This post, is a fun holiday kid friendly craft, PINTERESTinspired with an additional add on. Check out my Winter Tree craft!!

Pinterest Inspired By:

Mary, from MaryMaking

Colorful Abstract Winter Trees

All the supplies, are pretty easy to find around the house. You’ll just need colored gift tissue!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Colored Tissue Paper (I got mine for the DollarTree!)
  • Glue
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • White Paper
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Purple/Indigo Colored Crayons

Directions:

  1. Take your gift tissue, one of each color, and cut into small cubes. I made mine about 2″x2″inches in size.
  2. Using you liquid glue and sponge brush, lightly brush glue onto the white sheet of paper.
    I used plain, white printer paper, but you can also use construction paper as well. Just make sure it’s white, so the colors show more.
  3. Fill your white sheet of paper, with colored tissue cubes as much as possible. Layering is key!
  4. Set to dry.
  5. Once dry, cut the sheet of paper into random sized triangles (Christmas Trees!).
    Any size will do, as the sky’s the limit as later you can decide to either glue the trees onto a new sheet of paper.
  6. You can create the triangles, by simply cutting “v” shapes.
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  7. After cutting your trees, take your purple, or indigo colored crayon, creating branches.
  8. Lastly, take your hole puncher and hole punch a a white scrap piece of paper. I just used a index card.
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  9. Using s glue stick, randomly glue on your snowflakes (hole punched holes) to your colorful Christmas trees!
  10. Finishing off the craft, you can glue the complete wintery colored trees onto a clean sheet on construction and create a cool wintery forest.The kids and I did two different color winter forests. One with snowflakes, the other, without. I truly really love this craft. The colors of the transparent tissue paper against the white sheet of paper gives this art piece a nice cool modern feel, and different from the rest of the holiday crafts.

Check out what we did with the our left over winter trees!

Since it’s the season of giving, I love sending snail mail to friends and family, so I took our leftovers, and glued it to a few envelopes I plan to use to send out!

Like this craft?! Stay tuned for more posts later this month! Or follow me on Instagram to see sneak peeks on whats to come next!

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Happy Holidays!!!

From Stroller To Scooter

I’m happy I’m done with the stroller stage of parenting. It was great while it lasted, the wonderful perks of having a safety seat for your infant/toddler to peacefully nap, and also the wonderful amount of storage for your phone, bottle, and drinks. But let’s face it. The struggle was real when baby wasn’t in the mood to stroll through the mall or downtown. The width of your stroller wasn’t even small enough to move through clothe aisles at the department store, which all even came down to why did you even go out today.

Well, have no fear parents. It get’s easier. As I’ve been out of the stroller game now, for about 2 years, it’s come clear that my boys are growing faster than I’d like. In my last post, I even mentioned that my eldest son (who’s 9) will no longer want to participate in my holiday crafts. Yes, yes, we all know the Holiday Pinteresty crafts are fun to do with our children, but about as they grow older??

This post, I’d like to cover a few issues of parenting, and how to deal with our growing children, and also transitioning out from the stroller to the scooter. Something my boys use on the regular as we explore through our wonderful new city of Sacramento.

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If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I’m happy you’re here! My family and I just recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area, to sunny (well right now, really chilly) Sacramento! You can check out more details about our big move HERE!

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The family and I love exploring around Sacramento. Moving into a new city, there’s so much to see, and find. But driving to every neighborhood, business plaza, and coffee shop is no fun. Rather, we’d like to walk as we can see the city from a different perspective! However, my kids enjoy taking their razor scooter around. My first son received his first scooter on this 5th birthday, and is how he learned to transition to a 2 wheeler. My second son, was the same. instead of the balance bike (which are more expensive than a scooter) we gave him a scooter, and within a short time, we was on a 2 wheeler 3 months after turning 5.

Before scooters, strollers where the only way of life to get by traveling with baby/toddler.

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Above, 2013 Walnut Creek, CA

Below, 2013 Downtown San Jose, CA

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This December, get a special little someone a scooter!!! It makes a perfect holiday gift for kids ages 18 months and older. It’s fun, plus riding a scooter hones gross and fine motor skills that are useful for learning, sports and other life skills.

The Benefits Of Kick Scooters For Kids

Balance and Direction

Scooters are powered first by a kick but directed using balance. Scooters can help improve coordination with use at any age, but particularly when kids are young and learning how to balance using their weight.

Gross and Fine Motor Skills

Developing gross and fine motor skills enables kids to become more independent, while opening doors to exploration, creativity and learning.

Scooter help develop both sets of motor skills kids need in everyday life. Scooters must be transported to a place of play (often by the kids), and can even be used a as a centerpiece for imaginary play…Going down hills! (steep driveways!)

Pre-Reading Skills

The above benefits are also essential pre-reading skills for very young kids.  Motor skills are essential for a number of other reasons. Kids not only need to hold the books and flip pages, but a good pencil grip later enables them to write words down in order to remember them better. They’ll hone motor skills to brush teeth, type and a number of other things throughout their lives.

Confidence

It usually doesn’t take long for kids to master riding a kick scooter. Like, I mentioned, my kids started being on the scooter at age 5. That’s Pre-Kinder age! When they do, the confidence knowing they can handle it can potentially make them eager to tackle other skills.

Safety

A helmut is require by California law for non-motorized scooters, skateboards and bikes for anyone who is under the age of 18. Through riding scooters, kids can understand a bit more about the importance of protecting their bodies and consequences of not doing so.

(BAD MOM Truth: I don’t carry helmets. The kids usually are with me on the sideway. And I never go anywhere soo busy and over populated with traffic)

Fun

Seriously, kids love the freedom and ease that riding a scooter provides. Bottom line is that kick scooters are fun and also let them ride when walking might be a burden.

See more razor scooting around Sac on my Instagram!

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DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner

Before you put away all you Thanksgiving harvest decor, perhaps squeezing in one final craft, and what also might be a new family Thanksgiving tradition! What was first to be just a regular canvas table runner, ended up transforming into a easy DIY craft to the end the Thanksgiving holiday season! Check out my oh-so last minute Thanksgiving DIY Table Runner!

What You’ll Need: 

Acrylic Paint | Thanksgiving/Autumn Colors

(Yellows, Mustard, Spicy Orange and Red)

Sponge Paint Brunch

Canvas Colored Table Runner

-I purchased mine from Target for $3 (DollarSpot)

++Permanent Marker/Sharpie

…..And don’t for get your kiddos!!

Directions:

  1. Have your little craft assistant’s know exactly where they will place their handprint before the paint. In the photo below, I have the boys arrange their hands with one above the other. (Youngest then oldest, above.)
  2. Have each child pick their Thanksgiving colored paint, and paint one (palm up) on each hand.

  3. Using your sponge paint brush, paint the palm with the paint.
  4. “Stamp,” the palm of each child one at a time, on the desired spot, which they practiced in step one.

    I noticed, as we placed our first palm print, the canvas did retain much of the paint, so a second application of paint was needed.

  5. Apply, another application of paint on the palm, if canvas did not pick up all the color.
  6. Set to dry.

After each child as painted their handprint, and as been sitting dry, grab your sharpie.

I used red and black thin tipped sharpies.

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Names:

  1. Using your sharpie, simply write your child’s name on the canvas beneath his/her handprint.
    You can add in his/her age id you’d like to.
    OR even the date/year.

And viola!

This was such an easy craft to do. But it appears as my older son is aging, this craft will no longer be enjoyable for him come next year.

(INSERT ugly cry face. My kids are growing so fast!)

Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy HOLIDAY crafting!!

Let the Christmas decorating and shopping begin!!

Art Beast + City Exploring

Moving to a new city is always scary. Leaving your friends and family behind, and starting all over again, making new friends is hard. But that’s only one bad side. With the move to Sacramento, my family and I are exposed to so much more places to discover in our new area. Sacramento’s midtown is one of our favorite places. This past afternoon the kids and I were casually walking around Midtown, and a little bit of Downtown Sacramento. As we learn familiarize ourselves with the city, we came across this fantastic art studio called Art Beast located on K St.

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The Art Beast Studio

2226 K St.

Sacramento, ca 95816

Midtown

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Parent TIP: When exploring the town, where lots of walking in involved, bring out the kick scooters for the kids!

Balance and direction helps improve coordination and can be use at any age, but particularly when kids are young and learning out to balance their weight. Both my children already know how to ride a bike, but I always keep the scooters in the car, just for our city exploring. (which is all the time/every weekend)

++Gross and Fine Motor Skills++

While opening up doors to exploration, creativity and learning, scooters help develop both sets of motor skills kids need everyday. Scooters must be transported to a place of play, perhaps assembled. Maneuvered properly, and can even be used as a centerpiece for imaginary play…….Going down a steep hill.

I’m all about indoor place places that don’t include a trampoline or jumpy houses!!! ArtBeast let’s your children explore three levels of fun play places. I came in on a weekday afternoon around 3:30 and admission was $8 for all 3 of us (my two boys ages 6 &9).

ArtBeast is a space filled with active play (indoor and out), creative art space with activities set for you at the table, arts & crafts stocked with rolling pads and open paint jars, to a baby and toddler corners with padding and soft toys.

Developmental toys, dolls and dollhouses bring ArtBeast to life, as this business creates rooms of exploration. It caters from 0-12 months, all the way up to 5-7years. 8 years and up, with your child is respectful or has a sibling, and knows how to play well near young children.

I’ve been to similar play places in Berkeley (Studio Grow) that were the same. Some may think that the $8 admission fee is kind’ve expensive, but for being able to come in and out as many times as you want throughout the day (until closing) I’ll def take it.

Fan Of ArtBeast:

++OPEN PLAY

+++UNLIMITED ART SUPPLIES TO HAVE YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOW

++++OUTDOOR PLAY SPACE

…I CAN GO ON…

This place is awesome.

Skills:

ArtBeast aims also toward many types of skills for you to highlight:

Artistic

From a simple standing double sided kid-sized art easel, there’s little waiting for the next art piece as there’s a wide paper roll clipped and ready!

Easels, as well as white boards/chalk boards, are recommended for building fine motor skills and proper pencil grip — (great for writing beginners!)

Auditory

Exploring musical sounds (downstairs with the instruments, guitar wall, piano, and wash board,) can honestly, start a solo career. Just enjoy exploring musical sounds! Watch out Bruno Mars, kids at ArtBeast can join you on tour with their tambourine, cymbals, maracas, clackers and a triangle! Strike up a band and play with all the cool instruments!

Cognitive

Pattern blocks, PVC pipes, magnets, and legos! Kids need to explore shapes, and colors hands-on. Matching, and mosaics — connecting, building, all gorgeous ways for kids to develop fine motor skills. Rotate, manipulate, and create!

So many ideas to spark the imagination!

Emotional

Soft pillow furry friends rule our children’s rooms. Multi-colored plush toys inspire endless creativity. These furry friends are the catalyst for imaginary adventures. ArtBeast as a room with a shelf of furry friends. Let’s now forget as parents that these plush simple toys are not just a centerpiece in the room, but also friends to our children.

Fine Motor

Constructive playtime awaits at ArtBeast with exciting blocks, magnet wall puzzles, shapes, and work vehicle play.  Just a few steps away is the indoor sandbox, and craft area where your children can enjoy a craft activity with paint, brush, and glue. Rinestones, stickers, and anything press-on art help with fine motor skills. Grab a pair of scissors with your mommy,and cut multi-colored large or small construction paper ready at hand.

Imagination & Large Motor

Real life play areas, such as this outdoor kitchen display — kids can reach inside, and out, serving up “sand” soup, or what my son made was lasagna. Serve imaginary food to your new friends you meet at the ArtBeast. Reach, pull, storage, pull apart all the supplies provided in the outdoor kitchen.

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The wooden kitchen comes stocked with plenty of play pieces, so kids can make and serve everything.

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Open Play:
The concept at ArtBeast is awesome. You and your child are free to explore, from musical instruments, a dramatic play stage and puppets downstairs, to the 2nd floor of art and crafts, clay, and paint, to a cozy room with more imagination!

Nowa days our overscheduled and overstimulated children need to start using their imaginations. ArtBeast creates the space for you and your child to inspire open-ended thinking and encourage kids to see the fun alternatives then just the screen.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the ArtBeast.

Check out more of my Sacramento discoveries on my Sacramento Page of my blog!

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Pioneer Woman Haul

If ever I become successful years and years from now, from blogging or my YouTube channel, I’d love to create my own home accessories line either sold at Target or WalMart!!! Ree Drummond, star of The Food Networks, The Pioneer Woman, has created a line now sold a WalMart!! While we love to save money, and live better, Ree’s ‘Pioneer Woman’ collection features home kitchenware and dinnerware products. From Flea market spice/tea boxes, to a Cowboy Rustic Cultery Set. Check out my latest obsession with Ree Drummond’s ‘The Pioneer Woman,’ collection from WalMart!

 

Check out The Pioneer Woman’s site with all her products, and more!!!

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I’ve been watching Ree on the Food Network for quite awhile. I love her rustic look, Southern food recipes, and the lifestyle as a city gal-turned-rancher’s wife, creating down-home dishes on her picturesque Oklahoma ranch.

Food Network The Pioneer Woman (TV Series)

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All of Ree’s fall kitchen dinnerware, seriously brings out the cowgirl in me. Every visit I make to WalMart, I try to convince myself that I need to totally flip my kitchen into a rancher wife’s kitchen! But with the eclectic style I have, I love pulling in items from all sorts of styles. The line as great patterns, colors, textures, at all at affordable prices!! Take a look at those yellow tags!!

Less than $10 for a kitchen accessory!! I want it all!!!! My heart pounds so fast, whenever I visit my local WalMart to check out the Pioneer Woman line!!

Check out this fabulous Vintage Bloom (print) Glass Baker with Tote!!

Yes!! The tote!!! Freaking adorable!!! I want, I want, I want!!!!!!!

(I literally added this to my Elfster)

Gimme, gimme, gimme!!

The line, as a wide variety of kitchen accessories, from placemats, tablecloths, table runners, kitchen towels, to napkins. Honey, if you’re not falling in love with this line, sorry. We can never be friends.

The floral patterns are similar to prints I’ve seen at local boutiques, to World Market, and also a few in Anthropologie.

My first ‘Pioneer Woman’ visit to Walmart was back in late September, and I noticed Ree’s new Fall collection. I walked through the home kitchen aisles, as WalMart like’s the scatter the collection throughout the department. The was amazed with all the fall country patterns and colors. My first purchase was the Food Storage containers. I bought one Large rectangular container, one Large round, and a small round. I also purchased a set of ceramic measuring spoons!!

Ree’s designs are beyond comfort. The plastic container set is ideal for meals on-the-go, with secure lids, and built in vent tabs for reheating. Options with 3 different sizes, both rectangular and round pieces are way too adorable and functional!!

 

The Pioneer Woman Rectangular Food Storage with Vent, Multiple Colors

The Pioneer Woman Round Food Storage with Vent, Multiple Colors

Container Set (Set of 3), $10.41

Each container, prices from $2.98-$3.98 each.

Food Storage Details:

Sizes:

Small, Medium, and Large

(6.30 x 6.30 x 3.94 Inches)

Make: Plastic

Colors:

Country Garden & Bloom Dot

The colorful measuring spoon set is a great addition to my kitchen. As I love the rustic flare, of fall floral print, it also provides precise measurements for all ingredients. Each spoon as its own unique design, and I love how it’s dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe!!

The Pioneer Woman Fall Flowers Ceramic Measuring Spoons

Price: $5.46

Measuring Spoons Details:

4-Piece Measuring Spoon Set

Microwave Safe

Dishwasher Safe

Oven Safe

Make: Ceramic

Size:

6.85 x 3.58 x 4.06 Inches

 

And I bought more…..

As the month went on, my visits to WalMart became quite frequent. Times I would get off work, before I pick-up the children from school, to while I wait from my boys at Karate. My longing for more Pioneer Woman, was like the itch of having a Pumpkin Spice Latte everyday the first week it’s back at Starbucks. During the times, I even visited my parents, I’d ask my mom if she needed to go to WalMart; and of course she did.

My next Pioneer Woman/WalMart haul was a small one, but still added to my collection. I purchased 6 $2.00 plastic placemats, and The Pioneer Woman Napkin set. Staying focused within Kitchen Home accessories, I didn’t do too much shopping during the visit.

 

The Pioneer Woman Flea Market 4-Pack Napkin, Teal

Price: $4.97

Napkin Details:

4 pack napkin set

Machine Washable

Make:

52% Poly/ 48% Cotton

Size:

18 inches squared

The vintage inspired and vibrant color, spice up my breakfast nook, as I leave these napkins sitting on my new WalMart plastic placemats. The mix and match set of florals and geometrics, fill my kitchen with fun, and modern feels. The fabric napkins are new to us as family, as we come from paper disposal ones. Starting the season in Fall with fabric napkins, will hopefully start new habits, and savings without buying paper napkins! (Let’s be cute, and also save! I tell my kids!)

Stay tuned for more Pioneer Woman Hauls now until the Holidays! This obsession, seriously isn’t going to stop. I’m all in people!

 

Halloween Haul

 

Yah girl is back on YouTube! I guess it’s the Gemini in me, but after working long and hard on my blog, I need another artistic and creative medium in sharing my content. I love love being expressive, and very impulsive as when I feel the need to create I do it, then there.

Having two different sides of my personality and you will never be sure with what you’ll get, so I guess that’s why I have two social media platforms to express myself. As at times I can be sociable, and communicative ready for fun white hitting the record button, I can ALSO be very serious with my content and indecisive on where to share it.

So after an afternoon having a DOUBLE Dirty Chai, I then, I remembered my YouTube!! Seriously folks, I go through deep waves of creative projects where I concentrate so hard on particular platform, and can’t maintain the rest of the social media branches.

 

Here, I’d like to share through VIDEO my Halloween CLEARANCE HAUL:

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Budget shopping is certainly a way of life for me. If it’s a decorative home decor item in my home, it was without a doubt on sale when I purchased it.

Check out my latest Halloween Clearance Haul, as I share a few items from my two favorite shopping stores Target & WalMart!

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I’ve been out of the game editing videos as of late, so be patient with my video editing. I’ll get back into the groove soon enough.

Thanks for watching! And if you haven’t yet, please SUBSCRIBE! I share similar content on each platform on my blog and YouTube channel, so I promise to keep it consistent on each!

Happy November everyone!

Budget Friendly Living Room

I was going through my storage bins in my garage, putting Halloween decor away from my living room, when I realized many of the item’s purchased were from all budget friendly stores. My decorative pieces all came from a Thrift store, as all my anchored/staple living room pieces were LITERALLY all coming from a budget friendly source. With having a small budget, to basically no budget at all, styling with whatever you have or even a few bucks, you can definietly achieve a simplistic living room chic look.

Before the holidays kick in and your newsfeed is cluttered with Thanksgiving anything, and Pinterest inspiration, I thought this would be a great opportunity, to plug in this post of the “transitional” time in decorating. Setting back to your living room, before the next seasonal change. Many of us, may be putting away all our spiderwebs, candlesticks, and skulls, but a few of us, may still be at a clean slate of no sign of holiday decorating. I get it, holiday decorating can get expensive. So why bother buying it, when you haven’t established your unique style to your living room just yet? Here’s my few tips on decorating your living room on a slim budget!

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Here is small list of my budget friendly go-to’s for living room decorating! I cannot stress enough how much good stuff I find, every time I make my visit to these oh so favorite spots of mine.

 

  • Target
    We all love Target. Only thing is, everyone loves Target, so if you continue purchasing e v e r y t h i n g there, the possibility of someone else (a friend, neighbor, co-working, or even family member will have it too!) Who wants that?! Be different, have your own unique sense of style. Check out their Dollar Spot, and aisle end caps of CLEARANCE items. Also, know your Target’s Markdown Schedule!!Usually….its:Thursday – Housewares & Decor

 

  • WalMart
    The prices at WalMart cannot be beaten for brand new kitchenware items. Particular celebrity brands love teaming up with big chain department stores especially in the houseware department –so keep a look out for that!
  • Ross
    Many great decorative pieces can be found at Ross, also great quality bedding can be found. Don’t get flustered if the mess is too much. Remember it’s all about the hunt. Ross isn’t suppose to be a Nordstrom! That’s why it’s cheap and affordable!

  • Local Furniture Shops
    See this Craigslist ad?! It’s actually my sofa!!! Checking out local furniture shops in your area gives you an opportunity to support local family owned businesses, vs the big time home stores.Craigslist
  • Craigslist
    Craigslist is my NUMBER ONE source of anything shopping for the home or kitchen, or basically anything DIY, or ready to flip. It’s all about the key words!! Search out of the box key words, or outside sources that may be relatable to what you want.
    Example:
    “CB2, Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Etsy, UrbanOutfitters, World Market, Rustic….”
    This coffee table was purchased from Craigslist for only $25! After careful searching on the site, I was able to find a coffee table that actually ties in with my new sofa!Last but not least the one store that I once would visit 2-3 times year, now I’ve visited 2-3 times a month is……
  • IKEA
    I live very very close to an IKEA, so having that near to me is very refreshing. I can come in very casually looking for inspiration for my home. I check in my boys at the Ikea Playplace, and that gives mommy a solid 1 hour of browsing around child FREE. ***Be sure to check out their frames, plants, and kitchenware for affordable prices that beat other retailers. Those are the hot spots for me.

BUT Tiffany, what about…

Garage Sales, Flea Markets, Thrift Shops

Oh girl, you know me, that HAS to be ANOTHER blog post!!! I promise I’ll post one soon, on my favorites items to buy for your home from those exact places!!!!

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In the mean time, follow me on IG so you can see what’s happening now!!

I usually do find myself at the thrift shop once or twice a week!

ALSO!! Be sure to check out what I’ve found in recently from Craigslist and other fabulously frugal places!!

! Cough cough….Target!

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Thank you guys so much for visiting my blog! I love to share where I buy items, because I love the hunt!!! This is a short list of my budget decorating go-to’s — Stay tuned for more budget decorating hauls, and tours of my new home in Sacramento!

Ghost Footprint

Let’s keep the Halloween crafting going on all week!!!! We’re only 4 DAYS away from Halloween, so enjoy the few day’s last minute decorating, DIYing costumes, preparing delicious snacks for our children’s classrooms and so on!!! Here’s a cute little keepsake I’d like to share with you all mommies, and teachers alike!!! This craft was actually done 5 years ago!!! BUT I finally got around to framing it! It’s simple, and can be done within 5 MINUTES!! (Without drying time of course!) Take a look at my Ghost Footprint Keepsake!! This is great memory keepsake, to remember the fun times as the children are young. Take out this frame every year with your Halloween decor, as you see how much they’ve grown over the years!! Let’s get started!!!

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What You’ll Need:

– Black Construction Paper
– White Craft Paint (Washable, I used Tempra paint)
– Sponge Brush
– Black Marker/Sharpie

And of course your little one’s to participate!

As for the keepsake frame, I bought a 5×7″ Black Frame from the DollarTree. It came with a white matting, and I simply decorated it with some left over craft paper.
If you look close enough, its just the alphabet in cursive. But from a distance, it actually looked pretty cool and spooky. I also had some Martha Strewart Halloween Stickers that I had purchased last year, and used a coffin purple sticker to add more color.

The directions are pretty easy:

  1. Just paint your child’s food with the white craft paint, and print their foot on the black construction paper.
  2. Set to dry.
  3. Cut out the footprints fairly close to the footprint, leaving a bit of black as a boarder.
  4. Using your black marker/Sharpie, add in eyes and a mouth of the ghost at the heel of the foot.

 

At this time, the project is complete and ready to frame in any medium you’d like. Frame it, place it in a photo album, or just put it on the fridge! You can also send the other pair to Grandma & Grandpa, who live far away! Enjoy this craft, as when the years fly by, every Halloween you’ll have a piece of that little tea cup human, who grows taller, and matures, and grows out of trick-or-treating. (I’m seriously going to cry now. Just thinking about it.) INSERT UGLY CRYING FACE HERE.

They grow up so fast!!

Have a great Halloween everyone!!!

 

Night Owls

I want to continue this week with more Halloween themed craft art. Especially tear art. Like my previous post, tear art is so easy, simple, and budget friendly! Which is all oh so perfect for parents, and teachers alike! Here’s what you’ll need for the Pinterest Inspired Owl crafts I thought were oh so adorable!!

BENEFITS of Tear ART: 

Picking up small objects (such as tearing small pieces from construction paper)use the small muscles of the fingers, and wrists –All perfect for you little one learning how to write, holding crayons, or beginner cutters.

Supplies Needed:

-Colored Construction Paper

(Colors: Black, White, Orange, Yellow, and Blue)

-Paper Plates

-Paper Toilet Rolls

-Glue

-Scissors (For a few small  circle pieces)

As mentioned in my Pumpkin Plate Post, these supplies are fairly inexpensive. Check out your local Dollar Tree or WalMart for supplies! I’ve seen glue, paper plates, and colored construction at both locations under $3, even less!!

I’ll start with this fun Midnight Owlet craft. Inspired by Art With Mr. Giannetto from YoungSchoolArt, these little owlets placed on blue construction paper made me swoon with joy!

Tear Art | Midight Owlet

PINTEREST Inspired By:

Art With Mr. Giannetto (YoungSchoolArt)

Directions:

  1. Taking your brown colored construction paper, tear out pieces about 1-2 inch cubes.
  2. Create the body of your owl. What makes the owl stand out is the eyes (which we will get to later on).
  3. Make some well defined ears popping out on the left and right parts of the owls head.
  4. Tear, glue, set to dry.
  5. As we wait for the owls body to dry, take your scissors and cut out two long (2.5-3 inch) orange strip legs.
  6. Cut out four 1inch strips for the toes of owl.
  7. Still using the orange, and scissors, cut out a 2-3inch triangle. This will create the bill (beak).

And viola! Here you have quick and easy construction paper Night owls!! Add them to your classroom, or to your home!

Enjoy with your little ones or your students!!

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Check out more cute festive Night Owl Crafts done my some amazing classes. Be sure to visit their sites to check out more creative crafts and festive fun!!!

Tear Art | Night Owls

PINTEREST Inspired By:

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Great for ages 2nd to 4th grade (4-9)

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Sacramento Coffee Roasters

After traveling to cool cities like Seattle, Portland, and Cincinnati, I’ve grown to appreciate coffee in a different light. I’m no coffee connoisseur, but Derrick is. As a family, we’ve visited so many different coffee shops, and coffee roasters, its hard to pick a favorite. There are many ways of reviewing a coffee roaster. From their black coffee alone to lattes, then to their amazing teas. I LOVE coffee shops that welcome families with young children. There are so many different ways for me to categorize all my favorite coffee shops just in Sacramento alone!!!

Usually, when I’m at a new coffee shop, I’ll take a sip off of Derrick’s (who usually get’s it black) I’ll search for the deep rich dark flavors. I try to identify the flavor-notes of the beans, but my tastes buds aren’t as developed as some coffee drinkers. As we’ve settled into Sacramento, there have been many favorite coffee shops checked out so far –just within the past 8 months. Many, are a local franchises within Sacramento, which is a great quality of the city –having variety of different local roasters, that have grown their original roots here.

In this post, I’ll cover two of the most popular coffee shops in Sacramento. I’ll continue to cover more Sacramento coffee roasters in another post, as I have to honor these two shops alone. Now, if you’re a huge coffee advocate, or just enjoy sweet lattes, or just looking to a coffee shop to visit within the Sacramento area, this is a post for you!! I present to you, two of Sacramento’s most popular Coffee Roasters; Temple Coffee & Tea & Insight Coffee Roasters.

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During early January of this year, while searching for homes in Sacramento, Derrick and I would come every weekend to check out Open Houses in the Sacramento/Elk Grove area. After a couple of appointments, we would need a caffeinated boost. One of our very first Sacramento Coffee Roasters visits was at Temple Coffee & Tea. After Yelping, we had arrived at the downtown location, located on 9th St & J.

Temple is totally the kind of coffeeshop I’d plant myself at daily. All of their locations are spacious, clean, modern, and has a robust menu of beverage and pastry offerings, even for the non-coffee drinkers.

 

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Temple Coffee & Tea | Midtown S St. Location

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Another lovely location in Sacramento is the K St. location located in Midtown. This is another location that we love going to because of the high modern wooden ceilings, fancy new coffee equipment, and a floor made entirely of pennies. Yes pennies. All pennies. This is Temple’s newest location –which once we moved to Sacramento, it practically opened up for us! HA! Most weekends, you can find my family walking around Midtown. Usually, we’re checkout out Midtown’s Farmers Market, or daddy is down the block from Temple getting his hair cut. The kids love it, I love it, we love it, the community loves it.

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Their espresso is rich, complex, creamy and delicious,  balanced acidity, with hits of cherries and chocolate undertones.

Vanilla Latte: It was the smoothest coffee I’ve ever tried…. Forget Starbucks! The flavor was so pure and the flavor was creamy but not overwhelming.

This new location opened up recently on the busy intersection of K & 22nd.

Midtown Temple coffee roasters on 22 & K is a must. It has plenty of seating inside and out, and I have always found a place to sit, but it’s always busy.

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The other most popular coffee shop in Sacramento would be Insight Coffee Roasters. One location is located Downtown along 8th &S St.  This location is one of the first original Insight.  The friendly baristas tell me what is awesome at the moment and they have yet to disappoint. This location is one of my dear favorites to Sacramento, because it’s awesome location and layout. Every Saturday morning we’ve gone to this particular Insight location, I ALWAYS receive great vibes from the staff, and also the customers. They are o-so welcoming towards families with children, and usually you’ll see people from all sorts. Young families, friends meeting up, couples reading, and other’s working. Usually, at other coffee shops, such as the modern Temple Coffee & Tea, their locations can be a little “heads-down,” work flow. If you get what I mean.

Insight’s ambiance is chill. A good place to study alone, the seating isn’t the comfiest but it fits the look they’re going for. Very industrial, warm hues, brown accents, and a wonderful glass window to sit on vintage theatre seats to “people watch.” A major major PLUS to me, is Southside Park is just down the street to this Insight location.

The industrial accents takes clues from old factories and industrial spaces. Above, my son sits in what it seems to be an old school wooden/metal seat, or theatre seat.

Insight Coffee Roasters | 1615 16th St., Midtown

The location above, is the 16th St. Location. Maybe, one of the newest locations in Sacramento. Sitting between P & Q Streets, across the way from Fremont Park. Take your children to Insights, grab a coffee, and walk across the street to Fremont Park (which is gated and enclosed), and enjoy the sunlight! This location, is simple, clean, open space, like every other, but provides a little bit more seating for everybody.

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Insight Coffee Roasters | 1014 10th St. Downtown

The next Insight location, I’d like to cover, is one of the latest location’s I’ve visited so far in Sacramento. This is the newest addition for downtown workers seeking caffeine. I love the baristas here.  It’s so low key, warm, and inviting atmosphere where they chat with you and genuinely seem to want to have the conversation.

Being a fan of the Insight’s located at 8th & S Streets since this is one of my go-to stops.

Hipster vibe? Check.
Friendly, cool baristas? Check.

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Have you checked out Sacramento’s coffee scene? If you haven’t you should!!!!!! Being from the Bay Area, I was utterly surprised with the local roasters in Sac. I’m actually happy this move, is making me love Sacramento, more and more, after each coffee shop visit. Sacramento, who knew?!?! I’ve been stuck in this Bay Area bubble way way too long.

Which Sacramento coffee roaster is your favorite between the two? Temple or Insights? Comment below, and tell you your favorite!

Be sure to check my blog for upcoming holiday posts, as well we the second half of my Sacramento Coffee shop reviews!! I promise you, there are more!!!!

Didn’t know I moved to Sacramento? Check out more about my move HERE:

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