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2018 In Review – Dr. Seuss Style

 

Did you hear about the one thousand and ten dollars we raised?
We donated it to a Health Foundation that helps out newborn babes.


You see, the foundation runs a Mother’s Milk Bank.
For all the work they do for kids, they deserve a giant thank.
So many babies face illness or are premature, needing a mother’s milk to thrive.
Thankfully, selfless mothers willing to donate to the bank so often arrive.

We couldn’t have raised these funds without you.
And by you, of course, we mean you, you and, yes, you.

Abigail, Adam and Adeline, thank you for your purchase.
We hope you enjoy your felt world map, Andreas.


Bronx and Boston bought theirs together, and, wow, they sound tough.
Bradbury, for your purchase, we just can’t thank you enough.
We sold items to Chelsea, Charlaine and Christine.
And, of course, we can’t forget the one-and-only Dominique.
Thanks to everyone who shopped in their own special way.
Here’s looking at you, Emma, Ethan and Faye.
Thank you so much, Hayley, Jacky, Karyn and Lorena.
Can you believe we have customers from Salt Lake City to Valencia?
We really love your style, especially you Maria.
Before we forget, same to you Natalya, Oliver and Pia.
We can hardly believe the generous hearts of Rita and Sukee.
You’re definitely the best, Tracy, Vanessa and Whitney.
Yaro and Zsuzsanna, you made such a difference for children.
And to any buyer we didn’t mention:

Thank you, thank you, thank you a million.


Written by my friend Jaime, thanks man!


Come Follow Me 2019 – Lesson Plans for young kids

Come Follow Me Lesson Plan // 2019

My sister is an AMAZING fourth grade teacher, and a mom to two beautiful girls. She’s created some amazing, thoughtful, thorough lesson plans for the LDS church’s new study-at-home series: Come Follow Me. She says:


So…I might’ve gotten a *little* too excited when they announced the new Come Follow Me program for families since it combines my 3 favorite things (my family, teaching, and Jesus) and couldn’t wait to try to figure out how to teach it to our super young girls. My husband and I came up with some ideas using different pictures and activities and figured we’d share. Just a few things about it:

*They’re geared toward our young girls (4 years old and 2 years old), but sometimes we also have some older nonmember friends join us, and they seem to get stuff out of the lessons too.

*We’ve skipped some of the parts in the Come Follow Me lessons to focus on mainly what our own family needs, so make sure you still read through the lessons yourself to see if there are other concepts you think your family might need. For example, some of the lessons talked about Elias and the Joseph Smith translation, but we felt like these topics would just confuse our girls since they’re so young and distract them from the main points, but if they were a little older, those would definitely be things we’d want to spend time explaining to them.

*Feel free to use these plans however is best for you and the kids you’re teaching. You can try to fit a whole lesson into a day or two, spread the different parts of the lesson throughout the whole week, or just pick and choose which parts work for you. Since my husband has a crazy work schedule this year, we usually have one big lesson on Sundays (or sometimes we continue the lesson on Monday if it’s a longer one), and then just do plain scripture reading on the other weekdays. It could be beneficial to spread them out more though. I also don’t think we’ve ever followed any of these lesson plans exactly how they are, so feel free to be flexible with these yourselves.

New plans will be posted to this page, so come back often! You can also follow on Instagram to see summaries in your feed. @comefollowmekid

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If there’s anything useful in these that you’d like to use, or even better, if they help get you thinking about your own specific ideas for ways to help teach your family, then great! I would love to hear any ideas any of you have come up with as well, comment below!

– Mitz

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Felt Sticks to Felt!!!

And cuteness sticks to these kids!

And command strips come off your wall easily without damage (they’re included!)

And I can’t get over how cute these kids are! Head on over to @modernfarmhousefamily to check out this adorable family.

But seriously!! How cute are these kids. And how talented is the photographer!! In love.

❤ ❤ ❤

My neighbor told me the story of their babies name. I couldn’t not do this.

How to make a custom baby blanket.

First, have a conversation with your neighbors who are having a baby girl!! Maybe one like this:

Me: Have you chosen a name?

Him (excited!): Yeah! Lyra!

Me: Is there meaning in it?

Him: Yes. We’re both into music. In Latin, a Lyra is like a harp. My wife is into astronomy too, and Lyra is a really cool constellation.

My brain: This. Needs. To. Be. A. Blanket.

First, paint some outer space textures.

Then pull out your tombows and do some lettering. Do a lot and write “nope” next to the bad ones.

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Next, pull it all into Adobe CC to isolate your shapes, colorize them and create a repeating pattern. Save as jpg.

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Headto spoonflower.com to order the fabric. Sew the edges, run through the wash and bam.

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Los Colores! Spanish/English Color Poster Printable

My 5YO got into dual immersion Kindergarten! I’m so excited for her! I decided to do “Spanish Kids Night’ once a week so she’s not overwhelmed when she starts. I hope DI opens doors for her later in her life. We did colors last week, and learned an AWESOME color song in Spanish! It’s sung to the tune of Frere Jacque:

Rojo, Red, Rojo, Red.
Azul, Blue, Azul, Blue.
Amarillo, Yellow, Amarillo, Yellow.
Verde, Green, Verde, Green.

Blanco, White, Blanco, White.
Negro, Black, Negro, Black.
Gris, Gray, Gris, Gray
Café, Brown, Café, Brown.

Anaranjado, Orange, Anaranjado, Orange.
Rosa, Pink, Rosa, Pink.
Morado, Purple, Morado, Purple.
Los Colores, Los Colores.

And since I’m a designer by day, I made this poster for her and the other kids to reference while we did some other Spanish color activities.

Poster is available here! And when you buy the poster, you’re helping a NICU baby get human milk!

How I got my Product Viewed 180,000 Times on Pinterest.

 

What’s the best way to get your Pinterest views up to the hundreds of thousands? Millions? There are a few ways. But the only 2 important steps are:

1. Make a product.
2. Pin it.

That’s it. You’re done. You’re going to be a millionaire in no time. Okay, okay, chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve already done those 2 steps, and you’re not quite a millionaire. But you’ve done what most won’t. I offer a sincere ‘congratulations’ on doing the creative work. Sometimes that’s the hardest step! Now it’s just a matter of putting Continue reading “How I got my Product Viewed 180,000 Times on Pinterest.”

Look what we did in 2017!

Holy smokes! You guys made 2017 AMAZING!! You bought felt walls, you bought prints of sloths, you bought greeting cards painted with breast milk (it’s weird, I know)! You placed orders from January through December; from down the street and across the globe. Add it all up and what do you get? One phenomenal year.


The first order came from Colorado on January 2. The last, was placed on December 30, and went all the way from Utah to Maine! In between, another 485 orders were made from 42 states (plus a military base, DC and Puerto Rico) and 22 countries.

The furthest? All the way to New Zealand – that’s over 7,200 miles! The country with the most orders (excluding United States)? France with 15 orders. I also got to send a few to Czech Republic and one to Cyprus! Next time, I think I’ll stuff myself into one of those packages.

The state with the most orders? California with 47 orders, then Texas with 36 orders, then Florida with 28.

But of all these numbers, one is the most important: $1,068.

That’s right, we donated $1,068 to the RMCHF Mother’s Milk Bank. That equals 267 ounces of breast milk that the they were able to process thanks to your generosity in 2017. But they process WAY more than that every single day. So let’s keep this going! I’ll keep making crafts, if you’ll keep buying them! I was able to fly out to visit them in January, and I was bawling the whole time! The amount of milk they process is insane! The lab techs pour milk sent in from selfless moms, then they pasteurize it and ship it out to hospitals around the country. This is the lab where the magic happens:

I can’t even explain how awesome I think they are.

And how awesome I think you are. Thank you for buying crafts. Thank you for supporting my little family.

I give you, my buyers, and the Mother’s Milk Bank ONE COLOSSAL, GIGANTIC, ENORMOUS THANK YOU!!!

All the Felt Walls! And a Dino-Sized Celebration!

Dinosaur Felt Wall Gift - Party Supply

You guys! This dinosaur wall was my 1,500th sale!! 1,500 of you have bought from my shop. We’ve helped feed lots of babies with that $. I love you all!


My sister talked me into a craft fair last week. I compiled a list of all the felt walls for the show, and it was rewarding to see how years of work have led to so many fun felt walls. I keep thinking my babies will get sick of them, but they haven’t yet! Every day, my 4-year-old asks ‘what kind of felt wall haven’t we made yet?’ Follow us on FB or insta see what we create next.

Felt Wall Learning Activities

Making Glue with Breast Milk. It’s weird, I know.

I had one bag of frozen breast milk left. Three ounces of a drink, but it represented a year of breastfeeding my first babe, and two years of breastfeeding my second babe. All the emotions. Lots of moms make jewelry from milk to commemorate this achievement. That’s not quite weird enough for me. In fact, the paintings I make with breast milk aren’t even weird enough. What’s weirder than milk jewelry and painting with breast milk? I made glue with the proteins from my last bag of milk. Milk that my body made to feed my beautiful babies. Then used the glue as papier-mâché to build a topographical map of Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. The place where I discovered my strength. Continue reading “Making Glue with Breast Milk. It’s weird, I know.”

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