I have been making these for a few years now and I thought it was about time that I would put some extr I have been making these for a few years now and I thought it was about time that I put them up on the blog. This year I added some Mickey Mouse head glitter to a few of them and I think it is the cutest added touch. You could really do this with any glitter.
S U P P L I E S
-Bottle Brush Trees (Mine are from Joanne’s & Michaels ) I usually make a few different sizes for different sized gifts!
-Acrylic Paint & Paint brushes
-Hot Glue Gun
-Mini Clothespins (I always grab a couple different sizes for different size gifts!)
-Glitter! This is optional but if you plan to use it have fun with this part! I got my Mickey head shaped glitter here.
-Mini Bows (optional) I got mine from Michaels.
S T E P O N E
Paint your bottle brush trees with your favorite colors! You don’t need much but on some areas I like to add more paint for a pretty “flocked” look.
S T E P T W O (optional)
Sprinkle on your glitter while your paint is still wet!
S T E P F O U R
After your trees are dry you’re ready to assemble your trees to your clothespins with your hot glue gun. This is the part where you can also add your mini bows or toppers if you so choose!
We’re back at it! We’re sharing our top favorite books for Christmas time! Everley was born just about ten days before Christmas so some of these we’ve been reading to her since then! And the others are new favorites. We hope you enjoy these just as much as we do!
*Below I have included links and descriptions for each title*
1. The Little Reindeer
When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget. Nicola Killen’s evocative illustrations are sure to enchant in this beautiful book with die cut pages, foil, and flashes of festive red.
2. Pick a Pine Tree
Part of the magic of the Christmas season stems from the traditions that families and friends take part in every year: hanging up stockings; putting lights in the windows; and, one of the most important of all, picking out and taking home the Christmas tree. With style and warmth, debut author Patricia Toht and Jarvis, the author-illustrator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, evoke all the rituals of decorating the tree — digging out boxes jam-packed with ornaments and tree trimmings, stringing tinsel, and, at long last, turning on those twinkling lights. Joyously drawn and rhythmically written, this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday season is as merry as the tradition it depicts.
3. Madeline's Christmas
It's the night before Christmas and everyone is sick in bed. All except brave Madeline, who is up and about and feeling just fine. Taking care of eleven little girls and Miss Clavel is hard work, but when Madeline finds help from a magical merchant, the girls embark on a Christmas journey that will surely make them forget their sniffles and sneezes.
4. The Nutcracker
With this colorfully illustrated board book version of the classic Christmas-time ballet, Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver present a new holiday favorite, The Nutcracker: A BabyLit® Dancing Primer. This board book features soldiers marching, mice prancing, snowflakes swirling, dolls bending, and buffoons skipping as a way to introduce basic movement terms to babies and toddlers.
5. A Birthday Party for Jesus
The meaning of Christmas is often overshadowed by the wave of commercialism that precedes it. It’s all too easy for kids to lose sight of the true meaning of this holiday when their daily cartoons include a flood of toy commercials and their focus is on their own wish list. This book is a heartwarming reminder to children that Christmas isn’t about Santa or asking for presents; it’s about celebrating Jesus’s birthday. This inviting, full-color, illustrated picture book tells a story of forest animals preparing for a big and exciting event. Each page provides another clue to young readers that somewhere in the forest, one special animal knows the true meaning of Christmas and wants to share it with the rest of his forest friends. By the final page of the story, kids will better understand that the greatest joy of the Christmas season is in celebrating the life of Jesus with their family and community.
6. Olivia Helps With Christmas
Christmas is coming, and Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure Dad sets up the tree, watch Mom make the Christmas dinner, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung, and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS! Whew, being helpful during the holidays is exhausting!
7.My Little Gifts
There are many types of gifts. You can give a big, shiny, wrapped gift on Christmas morning, but you can also give the gifts of your help or your time. You can bake a cake for your parents or share what you learned in school with your little sister. You can help a friend unravel a knotty bracelet or smile at a stranger who looks sad. With a spirit of generosity, you’ll find you have many gifts to give to the world—and that giving can be even more fulfilling than receiving. Featuring a die-cut cover and interior flaps throughout, My Little Gifts celebrates the gift of giving.
8. Oh Christmas Tree
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! Santa sees all kinds of Christmas trees! Travel around the world, under the sea, and into outer space to discover trees that are whimsical and festive. This book is sure to bring Christmas cheer to story time.
9. Last Stop on the Reindeer Express
Christmas is coming but Mia has no time to send the card she made to Grandpa, who lives far away. But when she stumbles across a magical mailbox, Mia finds herself inside the Reindeer Express and is whisked away on an exciting voyage over many exotic lands, reaching Grandpa just in time. Young readers will love opening doors that lead into the next page, peeking through holes into the next scene, and opening the card that Mia made for Grandpa. It's an interactive holiday story that will be especially appreciated by families that can't all be together for Christmas.
10. The Night Before Christmas
In her fresh imagining of Clement C. Moore's timeless classic, acclaimed watercolorist Holly Hobbie introduces an entirely new character to capture the magic and heighten the wonder of this exciting, mysterious time. Her inimitable illustrations glow with warmth and feeling and will transport you to a place where anything can happen.
11. The Wish Tree
Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways.
12. First Snow
In this beautiful book from debut creator Bomi Park, a young girl wakes up to the year's first snowy day. From her initial glimpse out the window to her poignant adventures—rolling a snowman, making snow angels—the girl's quiet quests are ones all young readers will recognize. Simple, muted text and exquisite, evocative art conjure the excitement of a day spent exploring the wonder of snow—and the magic that, sometimes literally, such a day brings. As subtly joyful as a snow day itself, this book will find its home in the hearts of young adventurers everywhere.
13. When Santa Was a Baby
Santa's parents think their little one is absolutely wonderful, even though he has a booming voice instead of a baby's gurgle, loves to stand in front of the refrigerator, gives his birthday presents away, trains his hamsters to pull a matchbox sleigh ... and has an unusual interest in chimneys. The adorably funny portrait of an oddball kid who fulfills his destiny - and two very proud parents.
14. Little Penguins
Snowflakes? Many snowflakes. Winter is coming. So begins this ever-so-simple story. As the snow starts to fall, the excited penguins pull out scarves, mittens, heavy socks, and boots, and Mama helps them bundle up. But when it’s time to go out, one timid penguin decides to stay home. Filled with waddling baby penguins, playful text, and delightful illustrations, this book feels like a young picture-book classic in the making.
I’m going on a month and a half of no sugar. It’s forced me to be more inventive in the kitchen. I’ve always loved to cook but now that I can taste food better, i‘m really into experimenting with flavors. This recipe resulted from me prepping tons of spaghetti squash one Sunday and I didn’t know what to do with it all! It’s so easy and so delicious. If you make it please let me know what you thought! Enjoy!
Organic Pasture Raised Eggs
Organic Chicken Sausage (I used True Story Sriracha)
Ground Black Pepper
Himalayan Pink Salt
Herb Seasoning (I used Primal Palate)
Optional: Your favorite hot sauce! (I used Siete brand)
I had already meal prepped my spaghetti squash but just in case you’re making it as you go I’ll give you my tried and true recipe for baking it in the oven. Step 1: cut your spaghetti squash in half (not lengthwise). I know a lot of people do lengthwise but I personally think it makes for a longer “noodle” when it’s halved horizontally. Step 2: hallow out the inside and rid of the “guts”. Step 3. Add a little grape seed or avocado oil, salt, and pepper. Step 3: did you notice I didn’t say preheat oven? Yeah, I don’t. Place your pan of halved squash in the oven and set it to 460 degrees for 40 minutes. *if the squash is overly large you may need longer* That’s it! It comes out so tender and with a delicious naturally carmelized flavor.
Scramble eggs in coconut oil. I like to slow cook mine on low-medium so they turn out nice and fluffy! Salt and pepper to tast!
While your eggs are cooking, combine a tablespoon of avocado oil with diced white onions and your chicken sausage (sliced into coins). Cook to your liking. I like mine a tiny bit blackened. I add salt, pepper, and garlic and herb seasoning to taste.
Using a smaller pan (to maintain haystack form) coat with avocado or grape seed oil and heat. Once hot, place a handful of spaghetti squash onto the pan. Cook until brown (about 2-4 minutes per side)
Once all of the above is cooked you’re ready to assemble! Here’s the order I like to use:
Chicken Sausage and Onions
Top with avocado and a pinch more of pink salt
Add some of your favorite hot sauce for a kick! My favorite right now is anything Siete makes or good ol cholula!
YES! So good!
This year I wanted to do something different with my Thanksgiving Tablescape. Well, if I’m honest every year is different. That’s part of the fun, right? This go-around I was inspired by these cute color blocked houses (from target). They’re a seasonal item for Christmas and you better believe I was there as they were unpacking all the holiday things the day after Halloween. I can’t help it! I’ll definitely be using them for my Christmas village but I love them for Thanksgiving. They just scream “gather” to me.
Lately I’m really into mixing different textures. I wanted to incorporate terra-cotta, wood, wheat, and glass. As for colors I wanted to use white (obviously), blush, burnt orange, and gold as the mains.
Below I linked as many resources as I could possibly find. Happy Thanksgiving friends!
Rattan Mirror World Market
Textured Placemats Target | Dusty Coral Napkins World Market (they have SO many colors!)
Painted Pumpkin (by me) Supplies Handmade Modern by Target
Terracotta Plate Michaels | Cotton Michaels
Decorative Wheat Michaels
Color Blocked Houses Target
You all really loved our Halloween Faves post so we’re back to share our Thanksgiving and Autumn inspired faves! We read a book to Ever every single night along with her daily devotional so we keep the bookshelves in her freshly stocked with relevant books. The thought behind that is so that we can educate her on the current and upcoming holiday or event. I also like to pull books from her library that coordinate with the colors and overall vibe of the collection. These will be up until the day after Thanksgiving. Do you have any favorites that we’re missing? Comment below so we can grow our collection too!
*Below I have included direct links to Amazon (Click on photo of book) as well as book descriptions*
Thankful, written by beloved children’s author Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Archie Preston, combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the firefighter, for putting the fire out, children are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives. Spinelli exhibits her endearing gift for storytelling with this engaging poem, reminding children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming board book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.
2. Autumn Story
Bad weather is on the way and the autumn stores are still not gathered in! Quickly, all the mice of Brambly Hedge set to work to finish the harvesting before the rain begins. Primrose, Lord Woodmouse's daughter, meant to help, but somehow she daydreamed her way over the cornfield and into the Chestnut Woods, and before she knew it, she was lost. The sun went down, the wind rose and it began to rain. Primrose was all alone in the dark and she was frightened. Poor Primrose, would she find her way home again?
3. God Gave Us Thankful Hearts
Adventurous Lil Pup is bummed that hibernating season will soon be coming to the Great North Woods. Why should so many of his friends have to go in for the winter and leave Lil Pup without pals? Mama reminds her little wolf that not all animals hibernate, and how he can be grateful for the beautiful autumn season – for jumping in leaf piles, eating apple treats, and celebrating the wonders of fall with his forest friends. And she points out…
4. Seeds and Trees
Words are powerful. They can hurt or they can heal. It's time to tell a special tale that will warm the hearts of readers of all ages. Seeds and Trees revels in the power of words. It explores their effects on feelings and emotions. And it does so though the journey of two different seeds.
5. Thanksgiving in the Woods
Every year a family and their friends gather in the woods to celebrate Thanksgiving among the trees. Everyone brings something to share and the day becomes a long celebration of family, faith, and friendship. Told in a gentle, lyrical style, this picture book includes warm illustrations of people gathered around bonfires and long tables adorned with candles and food, singing songs and sharing laughter.
6. Autumn Story
Every year around this time, some special happens in the forest. When the leaves begin to change color, the animals come together to celebrate. Join in on the fun and find out what happens on this very special time of year.
7. Yellow Time
Lauren Stringer celebrates the coming of autumn in this exuberant, joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals are preparing for winter. Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows raise their voices joyfully from the bare branches, and squirrels busy themselves preparing their nests for winter. This lyrical celebration of the beauty and fun of autumn is sure to become a perennial fall favorite.
8. Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn
As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows--autumn is on its way! Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.
Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist’s own studio. A meditation on the concept of home and a visual treat that invites many return visits, this loving look at the places where people live marks the picture-book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and artist for the indie band the Decemberists.
When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he's determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action . . . is to throw his other shoe. Only now it's stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that's only the beginning. Stuck is Oliver Jeffers' most absurdly funny story since The Incredible Book-Eating Boy. Childlike in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree.
11. The Little Gardener
In this gentle, beautiful tale, Emily Hughes, the celebrated author of Wild, departs from the larger than life Wild-girl of her debut to pursue a littler than life Gardener, in a story that teaches us just how important it is to persist and try, no matter what the odds.
This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips--never slobbers! He yips--never yaps! And he walks with grace--never races! Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters.
13. It's Only Stanley
Mysterious noises keep waking up the Wimbledon family. "That's very odd," says Mr. Wimbledon each time, but when he returns from checking on the sounds, he's always reassuring: "It's only Stanley; he's fixing the oil tank." "It's only Stanley; he's clearing the bathtub drain."
Ooko has everything a fox could want: a stick, a leaf and a rock. Well, almost everything . . . Ooko wants someone to play with too! The foxes in town always seem to be playing with their two-legged friends, the Debbies. Maybe if he tries to look like the other foxes, one of the Debbies will play with him too. But when Ooko finally finds his very own Debbie, things don't turn out quite as he had expected! A quirky, funny, charmingly illustrated story about finding friendship and being true to yourself.
This cocktail is my take on a “French 75”. Traditionally, a French 75 has gin and lemon and simple syrup to top it off. I’ve made this cocktail for almost every party I’ve hosted and just keep tweaking the ingredients just a tad BUT the factor that always remains: cotton candy! I use cotton candy in lieu of simple syrup. And yes I’m still on my gut protocol so I sadly didn’t get to enjoy these this year! But I had very willing taste testers ;)
-Pinnacle Brand Whipped Vodka
-Cotton Candy (I like to order mine from the Splurge Works App! This one is pumpkin flavor!
-Cute Sprinkles (mine are from Sweetapolita)
-Wilson Creek Almond Champagne
Ghost Napkins by Daydream Society
Step 1: Mix 2 ounces of vodka with 1 1/2 tablespoons (or 3/4 ounces) of fresh lemon juice. Shake shake shake!
Step 2: Pour mixture into your glass (champagne flutes work best so the cotton candy stays dry until you’re ready to pour champagne!)
Step 3: Place cotton candy on top (be careful not to get it too close to your vodka mixture)
Step 4: Sprinkle (sometimes this involves strategic placing and that’s fine!)
I like to do steps 1-4 before guests arrive and as they arrive hand them the glass like this, and pour the champagne for effect. As the champagne is poured, the cotton candy turns into liquid and changes the color of the cocktail completely. This one was a light orange color. Spooky cute ;)
E N J O Y!
Halloween is dare I say my favorite holiday to decorate for. It allows for such whimsical decor and the color palette possibilities are endless.
I typically decorate with things I paint myself and this year Ever got to paint too! I try and aim for making Halloween more cute than spooky. And I like to use things Ever likes so she thinks I’m a cool mom.
I’ve linked and listed as many sources as I could find!
Ceramic Jack-o-Lanterns and bats Michaels
Art Piece Alissa Hummel Art | White Jack-o-Lantern Trio Michaels | Gold Pumpkin Target
Plant and Pot Shop Liv3 | Shoe Cabinet IKEA and I replaced the knobs myself with these leather pulls
Pillows Homegoods finds and man was that a good day! Haha!
Mirror World Market
Sugar Skull Banner Home Goods
Chandelier West Elm | Middle Vase Sunny and Cheer | Lanterns and House Figures Target Dollar Spot | Dining Table Target and chairs Target | Textured Chargers Target | Stools Target | Rug Urban Outfitters
Play Kitchen Pottery Barn | Storage IKEA | Skeleton Decoration Target | Ghost Wall Hanging DIY here | Rug Homegoods | Basket on Wheels Seaworthy
Tray Target (last year) | Faux Succulent Pumpkin Target Dollar Spot
Mirror Target | Basket IKEA | Pumpkin Homegoods | Spiders and Gauze Walmart
Favorite Halloween Books in a recent post here
Dresser Crate and Kids | Changing Basket Solo Cedros | Mirror Target | Unicorn Wall Hanging Target | Unicorn on shelf Crate and Kids | Cloud Shelf Target | Swan Lamp Homegoods | Sugar Skull Banner Meri Meri
Ghost Decoration Target Dollar Spot (I didn’t like the front so I turned it around, painted it, and added my own face)
Jack-o-Lantern Trio Michaels | Succulent Holder Noe Marin on Etsy
Baskets Crate and Kids
Witch Party Hats Meri Meri at Shop Liv3
Happy Halloween from the Hummels!
The first time we did a reading list of our favorite books was for Father's Day. It was so much fun and so well received that I thought we would do it year round for every season and holiday! Around here books become part of the decor. Halloween is a favorite in our house and the books are no exception. We've rounded up our favorites (obviously Coco and Minnie Mouse made the cut) and are excited to share with you! Enjoy!
*Below I have included direct links to Amazon as well as book descriptions*
1. No Such Thing
One cool day in late October, Georgia noticed something weird. Objects would move around the house and sometimes they even disappeared. Now, some people may have wondered (especially at this time of year) if this was the work of something spooky? But not clever Georgia! She has all the explanations and none of the fear! Join her in debunking the spookiest of ghoulish and ghostly mischief in this Halloween adventure!
2. Gilbert the Ghost
A warm-hearted best seller. Gilbert goes to ghost school like all the other ghosts, but he's a special ghost: he doesn't like to screech in a scary way, he doesn't want to haunt and was always polite. What will happen to Gilbert when he's sent by the principal of school to the Abandoned Tower?
A playful, delightfully illustrated book that sets the record straight about ghosts. Ghosts are not sheets with holes dragging around a ball and chain. Indeed, they're just as colorful and diverse as humans. Here you'll meet the ghost of the chimney, the TV, the kitchen, and the library, to mention just a few.
4. Vampirina Ballerina
Oh, to be a ballerina! It's a challenge for any little girl, but even more so if you happen to be a vampire like Vampirina. First of all, you have to find a class that meets at night. Then you have to figure out how to perfect your form when you can't see yourself in the mirror? And then there's wearing pink (not the most flattering of colors if you happen to be undead) and that nagging urge to take a little nip out of the other dancers. And worse of all… STAGE FRIGHT!!!
5. How to Make Friends with a Ghost
What do you do when you meet a ghost? One: Provide the ghost with some of its favorite snacks, like mud tarts and earwax truffles. Two: Tell your ghost bedtime stories (ghosts love to be read to). Three: Make sure no one mistakes your ghost for whipped cream or a marshmallow when you aren't looking! If you follow these few simple steps and the rest of the essential tips in How to Make Friends with a Ghost, you'll see how a ghost friend will lovingly grow up and grow old with you. A whimsical story about ghost care, Rebecca Green's debut picture book is a perfect combination of offbeat humor, quirky and sweet illustrations, and the timeless theme of friendship.
6. The Scariest Book Ever
Reader beware! This is the scariest book ever! Or so claims its melodramatic ghost narrator. You can go ahead and turn the page, but don't expect him to come with you. Anything might pop out of that black hole in the middle of the forest. What do you mean it's just a bunny? Well, it's probably a bunny with big fangs. Watch out, it's--picking pumpkins with its friends, you say? Actually, despite the ghost's scare-mongering, none of the animal characters in the illustrations seem scary at all. . . . What's up with that? Many delights, such as surprises after the page turn, an alarmist narrator, and punch lines to anticipate make this book a scream for both kids and parents.
7. Bonaparte Falls Apart
Bonaparte is having a tough time. It’s hard for this young skeleton to just hang loose when he can’t keep hold of himself. When he plays catch, his throwing arm literally takes a flyer. Eating lunch can be a real jaw-dropping occasion. How can he start school when he has so many screws loose? Luckily, Bonaparte hit the bone-anza when it came to his friends. Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula all have some boneheaded ideas to help pull him together. But will it be enough to boost his confidence and get him ready for the first day of school?
8. Olivia Saves the Circus
When all of the performers at the circus are out sick with ear infections, it's up to Olivia to save the day! That's no problem for Olivia, of course, because she knows how to do everything. From lion taming to trampoline jumping, unicycling to tight-rope walking, Olivia is the ultimate performer--with the ultimate imagination. Now in a board book edition perfect for little hands, readers will delight to see how Ringmaster Olivia learns to fly!
9. Boo Who?
Boo is new. And even if the other kids are welcoming, it can be scary being new, especially for a shy ghost who can’t play any of their games. (“You tagged me? Oh, sorry. I couldn’t feel it.”) Can Boo find a way to fit in and make friends with the rest of the group? From the creator of Rex Wrecks It! comes a funny story about feeling invisible — and finding a way to be seen and appreciated for who you are.
Sense is the song you sing out into the world,
and the song the world sings back to you.
With these words, Chiro's mother sends him off into the night for the first time alone. It's an adventure, but how will he find his way? And how will he find his way home? As the young bat discovers, navigating the world around him is easy as long as he uses his good sense. This beautiful and touching coming-of-age story, with mesmerizing artwork from New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long and lyrical text from Ari Berk, conveys a heartwarming and universal message: No matter how far away you go, you can always find your way home.
11. They All Saw A Cat
The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . . In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?
12. Spooky Pookie
It’s Halloween! What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can’t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike. Told and illustrated with Sandra Boynton’s celebrated charm and pizzazz, Spooky Pookie has all the makings of a beloved Halloween classic. Boo!
13. Black Cat White Cat
Black Cat—black from the tips of his ears to the tip of his tail—only ever goes out in the day. But White Cat—white from her whiskers to her four furry paws—only ever goes out at night. He picks daisies, while she gazes at the stars. When they both feel the urge to explore a world beyond their own, Black Cat and White Cat go on a journey of discovery and meet for the very first time. Vividly illustrated with bold black-and-white art, each page paves the way toward a surprise (and surprisingly colorful) ending.
Inspired by Pixar Animation Studios' latest film, Coco, this middle grade novel retells the story of Miguel's daring adventure, and features exciting new scenes about his family.
15. Cats Night Out
From two cats waltzing to twenty cats in a conga line, dancing felines take to the streets, the fire escapes, and the rooftops in this charming concept picture book that is part counting and part introduction to music, dance, and rhythm. The short rhyming text makes it a perfect read-aloud treat, and with vivid illustrations from a breakout DreamWorks animator, readers and listeners alike will be thrilled to see what happens one night on Easy Street when a pair of cats start to groove to the beat.
16. Little Owl's Night
It's evening in the forest and Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to watch his friends enjoying the night. Hedgehog sniffs for mushrooms, Skunk nibbles at berries, Frog croaks, and Cricket sings. A full moon rises and Little Owl can't understand why anyone would want to miss it. Could the daytime be nearly as wonderful? Mama Owl begins to describe it to him, but as the sun comes up, Little Owl falls fast asleep.
17. Oscar and the Bat
When Oscar hears a blackbird singing in the meadow, Bat swoops in to talk to him about sound. A sudden thunderstorm and a visiting cow give Oscar lots of opportunities to learn about sounds that are loud or soft, near or far, deep or high.
Back matter includes an index and supplemental activities.
18. Minnie's Costume Contest
Boo! It's Halloween! And that means it's time for Minnie's Annual Halloween Costume Contest! Who will win the prize for Best Costume?
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it allows for such whimsical crafting and decorating. I like to dream up out-of-the-box color palettes for the holidays in my home decor and Halloween is so much fun to play with. I hope you enjoy this cute DIY as much as I did.
S U P P L I E S
-Ghost cut-out. I got mine at Party City (2.99) Linked here.
-Yarn. Any and all. I recommend different textures as it gives your wall hanging more depth and variety. I purchased all of mine at Michael's.
-A ruler (this isn't a necessity) You'll see in my photos that my cut isn't perfect. I eye-balled it but if you are a stickler for precision, be my guest.
-Black paint (you could use a sharpie if you don't have paint/want to paint!)
S T E P O N E
Cut your yarn to your desired length. What I love about this craft is that you can create it to fill a space in your home that you need filled. I was looking for something to go above Ever's kitchen and I decided why not make my own. So here we are. Cut as much as you think you'll need. Don't worry if it is not enough- you can go back and add more as needed. You can also use my photos for an approximate reference point.
S T E P T W O
Glue away. I used a glue gun but if you want to make it more of a kid friendly craft you can certainly try a different glue. I, for one, love any excuse to use my glue gun. It doesn't really matter if the strings of yarn are even where you are gluing because that part won't show! Just make sure you are gluing to the back side of the ghost. Pro Tip: glue one piece of yarn at a time or the glue will dry too fast.
S T E P T H R E E
Now you are ready to decorate your ghost. On the left is what the ghost looks like when you purchase it. Now, you can totally use the ghost the way it comes, but I decided to draw on my own face to keep it a little more simple. All I did was re-create the face part of it. Feel free to get creative and draw any kind of face you like- or even leave it blank. Another fun idea would be to spray paint it a fun color like gold metallic!
L E T D R Y & T H E R E Y O U H A V E I T
H A P P Y C R E A T I N G
Please be sure and share with me on Instagram if you make one!
We have been reading to Everley since she was just a little peanut in my belly. Partly because "they" say it makes babies smart but mostly out of the pure excitement of becoming parents. For me the best part was how she responded to Kurt's voice within seconds of coming into the world.
So, we know and love our books. Ever has over one hundred and counting. I thought it would be fun to round out our top favorite dad books in honor of Father's Day!