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My Favs – Pre-School Books

 

 

My lil’ guys LOVE reading – which makes me a very happy  book-loving Mommy.

We take weekly trips to the library and I always hit up the book section at Savers & Goodwill for cheap books.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite recent finds:

 

We love Oliver Jeffers…especially these two:

How to Catch a Star

 

Stuck

My 3-year-old can quote every word of this book…

 I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

 

We’ve read this one so many times, even I can quote every word…

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
(we love all of the ‘How do Dinosaurs’ books)

This one is especially great with the Tickle Monster mitts…

Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett 

What books do your pre-schoolers love? I am always looking to add more to our library!

 

This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.com – if you choose to purchase books using these links – I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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Friday Favorites – Blogs I’m Diggin’

Last week I shared Fonts I’m Diggin’, so this week I thought I’d share some blogs/sites I’m really loving right now:

Modern Parents Messy Kids

Engage Your Kids, Simplify Your Life, Find Your Style
  • Favorite Post: How I Organized My Entire Life (this post cracked me up – I even read it out loud for a workshop I did)
  • Why I love it: Simple, but creative parenting ideas, great photography, awesome organization tips
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Nice Girl Notes

blowing minds since the 80s
  • Favorite Post: Girl vs. Suburban Bathroom 
  • Why I love it: I have no idea how I stumbled over to Nice Girl Notes, but from the first post, I was hooked. She constantly cracks me up – and I’m not usually easily humored. Oh, and her Cute Stuff Sale is incredible. I sat through my first one when we were living in Mexico and my husband thought I was a psycho because I didn’t even want to get up to go to the bathroom. It was that exciting. And I bought an awesome scardigan.
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Rage Against the Minivan

  • Favorite Post: Gun Control 
  • Why I love it: Honesty. It’s rare to find a blogger who seems to write really well, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. It really sounds like you’re sitting and having a great conversation. Conversations about funny things like kids and poo, but also good conversations about life, adoption and parenthood. You won’t be disappointed.
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So You Think You’re Crafty

10 weeks – 10 crafters – you decide
  • Why I love it: I love competition…and crafting, so this is the best of both worlds. The ideas are awesome and I love stopping by to vote each week. I don’t think I’d ever have the guts to compete…yes, I’m a weenie.

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Baby Half Off

A Deal a Day. Always Half Off or More
  • Why I love it: Great deals! I’ve bought some things for at least 50% off of the price in stores. I’m still waiting for their Cold Seats (car seat ice packs) to come back. And if you live in the Gilbert area, you can pick up your items and pay no shipping!

 

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Friday Favorites – Fonts I’m Diggin’

I love fonts. It’s true. I won’t tell you how many are on my computer, but let’s just say it’s well over 700. Ridiculous…I don’t even come close to using them all, but it’s comforting to know that they are there waiting just in case I decide I need one of them.

I was inspired by Eighteen25’s “Fab Fonts” post to share some of my favs…all free, of course!

Hope you find something you like!

download here:

Ostrich Sans // Brannbol Smal // Ripe // Matilde // Signerica

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Creative Genius Party #18

It’s Week 18 of the Creative Genius Link Party! First off, some of my Valentine’s Day favs from around the web:

Wild Thing Print from Sissyprint // Book Page Heart Mobile from Being Brook // Peep Notes from Sissyprint // ABC Valentine from Oopsey Daisy

Now, on to the party!

Remember, the link that gets the most clicks, will get their blog button displayed near the top of my homepage sidebar for the next week!

The top three most clicked links will be featured Monday after the link party ends!

Creative Genius Party

{every weekend here on The Creative Paige}

  • Stick to sharing free creative ideas/tutorials/crafts – no giveaways and nothing for sale, please.
  • Link back to my site or grab a button
  • Follow me if you don’t mind – it’s part of being a big, happy blog family
  • Click on at least 2 other links – leave a comment – make somebody’s day!


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    Creative Genius Party #17 + Friday Favorites!

    Week 17 of the Creative Genius Link Party! I’m running a little late this week, because well, Friday just snuck up on me! I didn’t realize it was Friday ’til I sat down at my computer this morning…oops. I also thought I’d include a few of my faves from Pinterest this week:

    Valentine’s Day Printable from Sissyprint // Chalkboard Wall Calendar from here // Aqua & White Kitchen from Tatertots & Jello // Scripture Calendar from here

    Now, on to the party!

    Remember, the link that gets the most clicks, will get their blog button displayed near the top of my homepage sidebar for the next week!

    The top three most clicked links will be featured Monday after the link party ends!

    Creative Genius Party

    {every weekend here on The Creative Paige}

            • Stick to sharing free creative ideas/tutorials/crafts – no giveaways and nothing for sale, please.
            • Link back to my site or grab a button
            • Follow me if you don’t mind – it’s part of being a big, happy blog family
            • Click on at least 2 other links – leave a comment – make somebody’s day!



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    Friday Favorites – our Christmas!

    This has been quite a different Christmas for us:

    • we just moved back to the U.S. only 1 month ago
    • we are living in someone else’s house
    • we don’t have any of our own Christmas decorations, etc.

    In spite of all of these differences, we’ve tried really hard to make this a special holiday for our family.

    Here are some of my favorite things we’ve done to make this a special Christmas:

    1. We made salt dough ornaments (found the recipe here):

    homemade salt dough ornaments
    painting our ornaments

    2. We decorated a gingerbread house (yes, we used a kit from the store) and I did let Zander decorate it. As much as I wanted to take over and make it super cute!

    decorating gingerbread houses

    3. We made candy – lots and lots of candy (and cookies). We started a tradition a few years ago of getting together to make sweets as a family. Each person brings a recipe and all of the ingredients to make it. Then we get together and make a ridiculous amount of candy, then everyone leaves with a variety of treats. This year we made whoopie pies, peanut butter fudge, puppy chow, caramel, candy sushi, peanut butter cookies, oreo truffles and much, much more.

    annual candy-making night

    It’s taken work, but we’ve managed to have a great Christmas season so far and are looking forward to Sunday!

    What are some of your Christmas traditions? We are always looking to add more to ours!

    No link party this weekend – enjoy your Christmas with your family! Put away your computer and spend some extra time just soaking up the season. Check back in a few weeks for the next link party. 

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    Friday Favorites – My Home Wishlist

    So, I’ve mentioned that we moved back to the U.S. just a few weeks ago…I’m pretty excited! One of the hardest things about an international move is that you don’t get to keep much of your stuff…it’s just too expensive to transport it all back to the States. So, we sold almost everything. Once we settle down, we’ll pretty much be starting over. I don’t know exactly where we are going to live, but that hasn’t stopped me from gathering inspiration for our new place! Here are the things I’ve been finding that I love so far:

     

     

    Yellow and Gray color schemes:

    Yellow and Gray Styleboard from ‘Tis So Sweet  // Yellow and Gray Living Room from Style at Home // Bay window Kitchen nook from houzz.com

     

    Aqua and White kitchens:

    Retro Turqoise Cabinets from Life In Grace // Kitchen from Hiya Papaya // Martha Stewart kitchen from Poppytalk

     

    Amazing Kid’s rooms:

     Zoey’s Handmade Heaven from Ohdeedoh // Emerson’s Nursery from Project Nursery // Bright Kid’s Room from Hiya Papaya

     

    Can’t wait to start putting some of these great ideas into practice…

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    friday favs – jewelry organizers

     

    So, this is what my jewelry looks like.

    Yes, it’s in ziplock bag…tangled and terrible. How can I convince my husband I need more accessories when I can’t even get a necklace out of this mess?

    I’m looking for an easy, cheap way to organize my jewelry and make something cute. So…thanks to Pinterest, I’ve found plenty of ideas and am going to tackle one this week.

     

    Here are some of my favs:

    Jewelry hangy-thingamabob from Love Your Way
    Jewelry storage from HomeGoods
    Branch Jewelry Display from Apartment Therapy
    Hanging Jewelry Organizer from A Time for Everything

     

    I bought this frame today from a street vendor ($8) and I think I’m going to use it…can’t wait to get started on mine!

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    friday favorites – knitted

    So, I learned to knit this week. Well, by learned I mean I can knit a long straight scarf-like piece. Not sure that categorizes me as a knitter, but I took string and 2 sticks and made something, so to me, that’s cool.

    Most craft supplies are expensive here, but knitting needles and yarn are not, so I thought it would be a good, cheap hobby.

    The first night I wanted to break those needles in half…watching youtube videos to learn to knit = impossible. But finally, something clicked and I figured it out. All that to say…now I have knitting on the brain.

    So, here are my favorite knitted things (most of which I found on Pinterest/Etsy).

    1. Phoebe Infinity Scarf from Etsy.com
    2. Prairie Boots from Coco Knits
    3. Knit Bracelets from Pinterest
    4. Dusty Purple Chunky Knit Scarf from Etsy.com
    5. Mug & French Press Jacket from M.K. Carroll
    6. Winter Forest Cowl from Etsy.com
    7. Jersey Knit Bracelet from V and Co.
    8. Knitted Gray Handbag from Etsy.com

     

     

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    Friday Favorites…for the home

    Things I’m loving and wish were currently in my home:

    Recipe Card Wall Hanging from Splendor

    recipe card wall hanging
    my mom has some recipe card written by my Grandma...this would look great with those

     

    Bookshelf made from apple crates from Sherryl Galt’s Pinterest

    I bet I could find crates for dirt cheap here in Mexico


    “I love you because” frame from Etsy

     

    Scrabble Tile Magnets from Kinderpendent

    note to self: watch for old Scrabble games at garage sales


    Mason Jar Chandelier
     from Instructables//

    Tree Carving Wall Hanging by The Little Giggler

          

    Check out all of my past Friday Favorites!