Thursday, August 29, 2013

Come to a Minnie Mouse Party!

Come to a Minnie Mouse Party!

Want a fun and easy theme for a girl’s party? Try these low-cost ideas for a Minnie Mouse Party.  Most of these ideas can easily be adapted to a Mickey Mouse Party.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kinder Mat Cover

When my granddaughter needed a Kinder-Mat and cover for Preschool, my daughter bought a cover for $30.00 plus tax. I was shocked at the price! I told her to return the cover, and I quickly made a cover out of leftover cotton-blend fabric! My cost = $0.00!! The look on my granddaughter's face when she viewed the finished cover - PRICELESS!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Crayon Etching

Welcome to Ms. Nancy's Art Class!

Crayon Etching is an easy and fun art project for kids of all ages and requires few materials: only crayons, paper, and something to "etch" the design! It's almost "magical" when the design appears! This is a great "Rainy Day" activity!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Our Wedding Anniversary - 40 Fabulous Years

Today we are celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary! Isn't that amazing? Our marriage has survived dealing with deaths of loved ones, accidents, major illnesses, surgeries, loss of job, job changes, and a major move of over 1,000 miles!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This quick, easy, and delicious recipe for Macaroni and Cheese is the result of "trial and error" in my own "Test Kitchen", and my family thinks it is the ideal recipe for the perfect comfort food! Even my daughter-in-law Heejin loves it, and she normally doesn't like cheese! Thanks, Cindy, for your ingredient list.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Upcycled Blanket/Towel for a Kinder Mat


Here's how I up-cycled a stained white terry cloth beach robe into a towel/blanket for my Pre-K grand-daughter. The other materials were leftovers from other projects, making the cost $0!! This was a great "rainy-day" project!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut Butter Icing

This family favorite recipe for Peanut Butter Bars was another specialty of my mother-in-law. These delicious bars were always a very popular item at our church fundraisers. The Peanut Butter Icing closely resembles Peanut Butter Fudge! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Altered Beach T-Shirt

Do you have a bunch of beach t-shirts lying around taking up valuable space? Upcycle them into "one of a kind" unique creations! "Sew-Easy" and "No-Sew" directions included!

Friday, August 9, 2013

First Day of School - My Lesson Plans

Even for an experienced teacher, the beginning of the school year is hectic! I have found it is best to "over plan" the day as you get acquainted and establish routines. Have pencils, Black Sharpie Markers, black pens, and highlighters available! (Times are approximate and may vary depending on your school schedule.)   

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Going On a "Toy Hunt"!


Okay, here we go again!  It's Cleaning Day, and you've already fussed at the kids twice because they did not pick up all of their toys when told. You send them back to finish this task, and they insist they picked up all of their toys this time. You go in the room, get down on your hands and knees crawling around, and find 5 Lego blocks, 2 super hero figures, 1 green truck, and 2 small balls. You are tired of fussing, so you pick these toys up and resume cleaning.  You start to vacuum the floor when "HMMMMPPP" - you hear a strange sound indicating that you just vacuumed something other than dirt! The kids scream, "Was that my Lego?"

Does the above scenario sound familiar?  

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New Glasses - Who Needs Them?

Do you have vision problems? Do you wear glasses? Contacts? Bifocals? Enjoy this account of my "Vision Miracle"!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Super Hero, "Justice League", Classroom

"What can my classroom theme be next year?"  

I always liked to pick a theme early so I could work on getting posters made and items collected over the summer.  One spring, I was thinking about how kids always seem to like Super Heroes, and I decided that "Super Heroes" would be a great theme for my fourth grade classroom. Next was a major brain storm - since my last name is "Justice", the class would be the "Justice League"!!  Decision made! 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Don't Forget Your Phone!

How many times have you forgotten or lost your phone (or phone charger) at home or somewhere else?  I shared my tip for remembering both with a friend, and she told me to put it on my blog! So here it is, along with tips for camera charger and computer/charger:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's Homemade Popsicle Time!!

I am uncertain where the recipe for these homemade popsicles originated; I just know that when my Mom made them, they tasted better than any frozen treats that I had ever tasted! Of course, I have made them for my family and friends, and now my grand-kids think they are awesome! Try this delicious and easy frozen treat with your family!