Thankful for Music Part 4

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

While I was posting the music collection today I thought of this fun Rock and Rattle Band I made in an Elementary Education class in college and these kiddie projects on my pinterest board-they fit perfectly with the groove for Thankful Thursday.  Click the pictures and be swept away to Mini Eco and U Create with Kids for the fun tutorials then make sure to check out the tutorial tomorrow for the Rock and Rattle Band.


Now I am going to jog, wish me luck!  Day no. 4, two days until my first milestone.

Have a good night!




Thankful for Music Part 3

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

Here is the 3rd of 4 posts for Thankful Thursday and they are all about music with the kiddies.  This post is to share a set of music cards I illustrated for a presentation at an Early Childhood Conference.  You can print them out on card stock and color or watercolor them{as I prefer}.  Then you can place them in slipcovers and into a binder. This will give you, on hand, a collection of cue cards to make practicing or singing songs alot of fun.  These are perfect for Primary, youth groups, school classrooms, or just at home for a simple music activity.

Here are some of the pages included:

The idea is that you can pick out a card and that card will tell who or how you get to sing the song next.  There are 33 pages of different options to change up and make practicing or singing those songs fun.  Another great way to get the children excited about practicing the song is to create a die {using a box covered with wrapping paper} and then paste these options on the six sides.  Have a child roll and then the group has to practice the song doing whatever was facing up on the dice.  These are for personal use only but do share with us how you used them and what fun you had.
Download the file here {Music Cards}
Warning: If you do not have LD Elementary downloaded from the text will substitute for another text and may look different.  To remedy this just download the font first by following the Dafonts link and downloading LD Elementary Font.
Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

Thankful for Music Part 2

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

Here is the next fun music installment…Vivid Vocals performing Arts DIY: How to make microphones.

I remember in my kindergarten classroom we were lucky enough to have a sound system and a microphone for the students to use when talking to the class.  They felt so special when they got to be in front of the class and holding that microphone.  Before the sound system we had a pretend microphone for morning announcements and that was just as special.  So…when my cousin Tiff showed me the microphones she made for her younger performing students I had to share!

It’s so easy…you need: gorilla glue, PVC pipe piece, 3 inch Styrofoam ball, black spray paint.

First, put a generous amount of gorilla glue around the PVC rim and add the Styrofoam ball.

Second, place a book on the top of the microphones to secure while drying.

Third, spray the Styrofoam with black paint.

Fourth, give to a child and watch the magic happen!

Thanks to Tiffie for letting me share this DIY and thanks cupcake for posing for the pic.  If you live in the Utah Valley area and have a child who loves to perform classes are open for enrollment and I might be a little biased but my cousin is great with kids and her goal is to help children gain confidence and have fun performing in a group.

…and let me know if your kiddies enjoy this activity or have already enjoy performing with a microphone.  Love it!


Thankful for Music Part 1

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

McGilly loves music, the perfect way to redirect her when she’s fussy or get her to cheer up is music.  Music makes any day with us even brighter.  First thing we do in the morning is watch a few of her favorite youtube videos while she is waking up and then by the last one we are dancing before breakfast, I love it!  So today I am sharing with you three parts.  First, our wakeup music.  Two, a DIY from my cousin Tiff who is owner of Vivid Vocal Preforming Arts.  And three, a set of music cards for teaching music whether in primary, school, youth group, or at home.

These are some of McGilly’s favorites I had a hard time picking only a few!

Let me know if your kiddies love them too or if you do…would love to hear.

Just wait here comes Thankful for Music Part 2 and a DIY,


It’s been 11 years today.

August 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

Today has been 11 years since I met my husband.  This very evening, 11 years ago, he walked into my work and the rest is {our history}.  It’s amazing to look back on everything we have been through, all the memories, the laughs, the love, the friendship, and the struggles.  When I met him I knew he was either going to be my best friend or my husband.  I got both.  He has helped me become the woman I am today-he believes that I can do anything.  He thinks I am the most beautiful woman in the world and tells me so.  His first and foremost goal in life is to make our life the one he thinks I deserve.  I have always felt that he sees me through rose colored glasses but seeing myself through his eyes has made me strive to be the woman he already thinks I am and I am better because of it.  To celebrate this day I wanted to write down the {His}tory and the {Her}story of our first meeting..this is coming I am putting it into a free printable binding for you to use for your own OURstory.

I love you R!


Thankful for…Hand me Downs and a Sewing Machine

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

This last weekend while I was at my Mom’s I saw a bag of clothes that my little sister Bailey was sending to the thrift shoppe.  Me–not wanting anything to go to waste rummaged through the bag and look what I found–on the left is the pieces I cut from the thrift shoppe bound clothing and on the left is the sweet clothes I made for McGilly today.  She definitely was not in the mood for dress up so she helped me take pictures of the clothes laying down.  In the circle for each picture is what the original item of clothing was and all I added was a grey unitard that I got from Old Navy.



For all of the skirts I just cut off the shirts at the length I wanted the skirt to be with 1 inch extra for the waistband–then I folded the waistband back and sewed a tunnel for the elastic. After that I threaded through a thin piece of elastic, adjusted the size, sewed the elastic together and then sewed up the hole that I left to get the elastic in.  On the dress I just cut off the extra fabric on the top and then sewed in the straps and the embellishment.  I warn you I am not a seamstress I just like to create using my sewing machine.  My favorite is the white skirt with the fabric necklace.  I kinda want one and the purple skirt and the navy skirt…which one is your favorite?

Have a happy day.


Thankful Thursday

August 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today I am thankful for hope as you can see by the results of McGilly and my sidewalk chalk fun today. Thankful for Emily Dickenson for her lovely words and thankful for my sweet artist angel.

“The adversary uses despair to bind hearts and minds in suffocating darkness. Despair drains from us all that is vibrant and joyful and leaves behind the empty remnants of what life was meant to be. Despair kills ambition, advances sickness, pollutes the soul, and deadens the heart. Despair can seem like a staircase that leads only and forever downward.

Hope, on the other hand, is like the beam of sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances. It pierces the darkness with a brilliant dawn. It encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of an eternal Heavenly Father, who has prepared a way for those who seek for eternal truth in a world of relativism, confusion, and of fear.”  –President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

What are you thankful for?

Thanks for coming by,



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