Hi there! It’s me … your long lost blogging pal! I have not forgot about you … or this blog, and I sincerely apologize for the lack of posts lately. I’ve discovered several things over the past couple months which have cause my late evenings of blogging and my days of craftiness to take a back burner:
- First … I have forgotten how much I like to sleep. Going to bed at a reasonable hour, actually sleeping through the night can be a game changer (yes, Ben is finally sleeping better and we’ve devised a method to keep the other two mostly in their own beds all night). Seriously, it’s amazing how much better I’m able to cope with the daily craziness that is motherhood when I’ve had a good night’s sleep.
- Secondly … I have also forgotten how much I like to read at night. Sometimes, all I want to do is read my book for an hour rather than sitting on the computer (sorry about that). Do you know that I’ve read more books in the past 6 months than I have in probably the last 10 years. Sad, but true … and so glad I rediscovered reading.
- Third … The only time I can reliably go to the gym is bright and early (actually … it’s not even bright yet when I go). I joined a 5:30 boot camp a couple months ago, and I love it (well … once I’m done at 6:30am I can really say I love it). You know what, though … a 4:50am wakeup call makes late night blogging much less desirable.
- Fourth … with three boys at home, none of which are in kindergarten yet, there is no ‘free’ time during the day. With one, or maybe even two kiddos at home, there was that sacred nap time during the day which left me with a couple hours to accomplish the things on my to-do list (or ignore the chores and be crafty). With three, however, there is no synchronized nap time. When Ben is napping, I feel like I should spend some special time with the older two doing activities that we can’t do when Ben is awake.
- And the fifth thing I’ve discovered is that, more than anything else in our home right now … my mission is to clear out clutter. I feel like the universe is trying to tell me that decluttering, simplifying, and organizing our home needs to be my priority right now. Last Sunday, our pastor even gave a sermon about how our things … and our more specifically our unnecessary, unused, or excess ‘stuff’ is weighing us down. I am also in the process of reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“. A book that is inspiring me to purge, simplify, and declutter our home! While I’m loving the feeling of getting more organized, it’s not exactly blog-worthy content that has been occupying my free time.
That was a long introduction to this post, but I needed to get it off my chest. I love blogging. I love interacting with readers. But I’ve sort of been a failure at both of those things lately. I hoping to make a triumphant return, however. Stay tuned …
And now the reason you’re probably here today … the fun Toddler or Preschooler DIY Holiday Gift Idea: A Handprint Calendar for the new year!
You see, Halloween is behind us …
And it’s on to the ‘official’ holiday season (at least ‘official’ in my book). Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years!
I am always looking for creative, thoughtful gift ideas that the boys can help create, and then one fell into my lap last year! I should start by saying that this calendar was not my great idea. Nope. I thought of not even one part of this cute gift idea. Owen actually made this in preschool last year, and gave it to me for a Christmas present last year. I absolutely LOVE it! It’s adorable, sweet, thoughtful, and brought some tears to my eyes (which, if you saw me at my brother’s wedding last month, you’ll know actually happens very easily … most things make me cry). Since it was such a cute idea, I wanted to share it with you in case you’re looking for a homemade gift idea for the grandparents, Daddy, or anyone else special in your kids’ lives. Basically, it involves a handprint creation and saying for each month of the year. Keep reading … I’ve provided a download of the cover, back page, and all twelve of the sayings for the month below (or HERE). Here’s a peak at the calendar:
>> Get the Free Printable Pages HERE <<
It starts with an adorable cover, personalized with your kiddo’s handprints, a cute saying, and a place for them to sign their name.
Moving on to January, the handprint artwork is a penguin with a cute little poem:
Handprint hearts for February:
Handprint Four Leaf Clover for March:
A Handprint Flower for April:
And a butterfly for May (and a poem for Mother’s Day):
A Rainbow Fish for June (and Father’s Day):
A Handprint Flag for July:
And an Ice Cream Cone for August:
And what says, September better than an Apple?
October brings colorful handprint trees:
And November, a Handprint Turkey:
And to end the year, a handprint wreath:
And then the back page where you can add a picture, a handprint with a heart in the middle, and a saying reminding Dad or Grandma or Aunt Sue how little your kids’ hand was when he was 4 years old (or 3 or 5 or whatever age he or she happens to be).
That last page is where I got all sappy and teary eyed (again …).
If you start now … you should have all twelve handprint artwork pages in time for the holidays, right?!?
To make it easier … you can download the printable pages HERE. There is a cover page, a back page, and a page of monthly sayings that you can cut apart and glue on each month’s handprint artwork.
I also found a site to download the calendar for each month HERE.