Archive | January, 2013

2013 Memory Jar Printable

15 Jan


With busy days and hectic schedules, its easy to lose sight of all the good things that happen in our lives.  A memory jar is a creative way to record all of the good things, both big and small, that happen during the year.  This year, our family started our first memory jar and we already have a couple memories recorded!  On New Year’s Eve we plan to open our jar, read our memories and reflect back on the year.

I used a large mason jar I already had and created decorative labels in PSE for both the front and lid of our jar.  The files are below if you would like to print them out for personal use.


Mason Jar Front 2013


Mason Jar Top 2013


Potato Stamps

13 Jan


One of FabDaughter’s favorite things to do is paint. I try to mix it up every once in a while by using different types of things to paint with, new paints, stamps, etc. I had an extra potato that I wasn’t going to use, so this morning I made heart stamps and both FabDaughter and I went to town stamping away.


  1. Cut your potato into chunks sized for toddler hands.
  2. Use a sharpie or pen to draw the shape you want to stamp onto the potato.
  3. Lightly trace over your pen with the tip of a paring knife. Then carve out about a half-inch around your design.
  4. Dip stamp into paint and stamp away.
FabDaughter is potato stamping away.  (She's wearing my old art smock from the 80s!)

FabDaughter is potato stamping away. (She’s wearing my old art smock from the 80s!)

A New Milestone (First Day of School Printables)

7 Jan
First Day of Preschool

First Day of Preschool

FabDaughter had her first day of preschool today and it couldn’t have gone better. She seemed a bit timid while walking in but it didn’t take too long for her to warm up. We hadn’t even been there for 10 minutes when she looked up at me and said “You can go to work now Mom.” Sniff. Sniff. I can’t believe that my sweet baby angel is a preschooler!

I’ve seen other Moms create signs for their kids to hold for their first day of school picture and I wanted to make one for FabDaughter. After I finished my design, I printed it out on standard copy paper and glued it to a piece of foam board to make it easy for FabDaughter to hold. If you click on the links below, you can download PDF versions of a similar sign for grades preschool through fifth. Enjoy:-)

Boy – First Day of School Printable Sign
Girl – First Day of School Printable Sign

Family vacation and the start of “I wish I could buy that.”

1 Jan


A few weeks ago we went on a cruise, Royal Caribbean’s The Oasis of the Seas. It was FabDaughter’s first big vacation! The ship left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and traveled to Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. My parents, six of my aunts and uncles, my mom’s best friend and her husband also traveled with us. It was wonderful to spend 8 whole days together in paradise. We had an amazing time! FabDaughter experienced some new firsts including:

  • 1st airplane ride
  • 1st cruise
  • 1st time playing in the sand on the beach
  • 1st swim in the ocean
  • 1st time out of the country

The Oasis of the Seas was perfect for kids and families. The ship has multiple pools but one area is just for kids and has a shallow pool (3.5 ft deep), splash areas with water guns, a heated wading pool, a hot tub and a circular pool with a current. We spent the majority of our pool time in the kids area.

Kids Pool Area

Kids Pool Area

Besides swimming, I think FabDaughter’s favorite part of the vacation was the DreamWorks Experience (R) which included meet and greets and character dining with characters from Madagascar, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. She was ecstatic every time we came across one of her favorite characters. One of my favorite parts of the vacation was the DreamWorks character breakfast. There was music, dancing and each character came around to every table to take pictures. FabDaughter was PUMPED! So were Mommy, Daddy, Granny and Papa:-)

DreamWorks Characters

Something pretty funny happened while we were shopping in Jamaica. FabDaughter picked up a maraca type shaker in one of the stores and was having a blast shaking it. The sales lady wasted no time in coming over and trying to sell it to us. Then FabDaughter looked up at us with the cutest face and said “I wish I could take this home.” We were all laughing at how cute it was so we had to get it for her. I think after we bought it, something clicked in her smart little brain. Just the very next day FabDaughter took us into the toy store on the ship (yup, they have a toy store too) and proceeded to pick up every little toy, smile, look up at us and say “I wish I could buy that.” It didn’t work that time but it was still pretty funny. Now, every time she sees something she likes whether it’s a commercial or we are in a store she says “I wish I could buy that.” She just saw me writing this blog and the pictures and said “I wish I could go on a cruise again with Granny, Papa and Alex (the lion from Madagascar).”

FabDaughter & her new maraca

FabDaughter & her new maraca