Saturday, March 19, 2011

Homemade Felt Board

Carson refuses to go into nursery at church so instead of trying to force him to stay there each Sunday, I decided it was time to start brainstorming ideas for quiet activities he can do while staying with us in church.  I was over at my mom's house one night running things by her and trying to get ideas and her good friend was over and she mentioned that she had made felt boards for her kids to play with only during church so it was special.  I had been wanting to make a felt board anyway so decided that was the perfect idea.  So I spent a couple hours cutting out animals shapes and gluing them together.  Now we have a cute felt board ready for church tomorrow.  I also cut out a bunch of regular shapes.  I thought of creating different food but ran out of energy.

The project cost me less than $5 and I have a ton of leftover felt that I can use to make felt boards for birthday presents this year for all of Carson's little friends.
Steps for a homemade felt board:
1. Purchase cheap picture frame.  (I think I paid a $1 for this at Walmart)
2. Buy Various Colors of felt
3. Glue main felt piece (I chose blue) to picture frame backing and dispose of glass insert. (I used a fabric stick glue) I then cut the extra felt off around the edges until it was flush with the backing.  Then I placed piece back into frame.
4. Create your felt pieces and you're done!  Possibilities are endless.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Meal Planning

I'm trying to get back into meal planning. Since moving into our adult family home we have been overwhelmed with adjusting to the lack of a 9-5 schedule for the hubby and it's been a challenge no longer officially being a stay-at-home mom. Things like a dinner menu have gone by the wayside. Now that we have a little more employee help, I'm trying to regain some normalcy and also restore health and healthy family habits to our lives. It is a challenge because some nights two dinners are required, one for our residents and one for us. That can be exhausting. Some nights I can combine the two which is helpful so I will be trying to do a mix of both. Our residents eat a very light dinner which we don't mind every other night or so but we'd go crazy after a whole weak of that. I love my comfort dinners!

I'm looking forward to home cooked dinners again and I know my family is as well. One thing at a time right? Next is figuring out how to keep my house clean on top of everything else.