From House to Home {Link Party}: Valentine’s Pitcher

 

From House to Home Link Party

I’m so excited to be starting this new link party today! As I mentioned earlier, the inspiration came from a story my daughter wrote where she mentioned that the ladies made their houses into homes. I know that as women in all walks of life we love to do that. It’s a God-given desire. We focus it in different ways, though.  Personally, I’m not very good at decorating.  I love to craft/sew/quilt, but not cook!  I’m good at organizing and would do a better job of it if I had more time (and less people to mess it up :)  ).  I also love lesson-planning and teaching my kids.  What are your joys in homemaking?  Your struggles?  Please share with us!

Here’s my little project for this week (inspired by this pin.) It took less than 10 minutes to do!  I found the white pitcher in a kitchen cabinet I was cleaning out last week and got the inspiration.  Looking in 1 Corinthians 13 (the Love chapter of the Bible) I used colored Sharpies to write different things on the pitcher.

Valentine's Pitcher final

Love is. . . patient, kind, never fails, always hopes, not easily angered, does not boast, does not envy .  I found the silk flowers at Joann’s  (Joann Fabrics), and now my mantel looks a little more festive for Valentine’s Day!

Time to link up!  Only 2 rules:

1.  Link up family-friendly posts about making your house to a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God!

2.  Link back to my site with the button below or a text link.  Thanks!

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Pinterest Challenge- Lego Crayons

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We bought a coupon of silicon molds for my son’s Lego Party last April to make candies and ice cubes.

After seeing this pin on Pinterest, I decided we could use up our broken crayons and create some fun new ones!

We removed the paper and cut the crayons into small pieces.  We set the oven for 230 degrees.  It took about 30 minutes for them to melt and another half an hour to cool!

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Pinterest Challenge- Lego Table

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A while back my oldest son was complaining about how his younger brothers always had their Legos all over their bedroom floor.  My second son told me he needed a place for his Legos–like “another room.”  Well, that wasn’t going to happen!  But I did find this great pin of a Lego Table on Pinterest!  The original inspiration for her was from Family Fun magazine.

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I found a piece of wood in the garage and sent my husband and son to work on it.  They sawed and routered and sanded and primed and spray-painted!  We ordered three X-Large Gray Baseplates off of Amazon.com, and they used construction glue to attach it to the wood.  I already had the plastic drawers (bought at Target.com).  We decided not to attach the table top to the drawers.  Now, their room stays neater, and the boys have a great place to build their Legos!

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Pinterest Challenge- Fun Reading/ Phonics Games

Our daily “learn to read” time has been growing boring, so I decided to find some games to spruce things up a bit.  Of course, it was easy to go to my Pinterest Learn to Read board to find lots of great ideas.  Here are some that we tried this week!

Hopscotch

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Very fun for the kids.  Toss a rock and hop to the square.  Say the word there!

 

Cootie Catcher

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I put phonograms on the outside that I want them to memorize by spelling:  augh/ough, tion, eigh, and ould.  So, they would say, “O, U, L, D, ould.”  Then, the words in the inside are ones that use these phonograms (such as could, eight, tough, etc.)

 

Dice Game

This was for a paid download, so I created some sheets myself using the words found at Jan Brett’s site.
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Easy!  They roll the die and say all the words in the column of the number rolled.  I made 6 different sheets.

 

And some more to try next week:

Parking Lot Game and Stair Phonics

 

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Pinterest Challenge: Library Crate

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I try to keep on top of when library books are due, but it’s another one of those things that have been a little out of control lately. Last month I found this beautiful crate at a resale shop for $5! It was perfect for turning into our library book crate. I painted the side with chalkboard paint so I can easily see when the books are due. The kids are supposed to keep the books in there when they aren’t being read, and when they are being read they are to be kept in the same room (our family room)!  Hope this saves us some fines in the future!

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Before painting:

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Here’s the pin I was inspired by.

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