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C is for Cat Toys!

Cat Toys are the perfect gift for the cat lover on your gift list.  Hand painted wooden sticks with ribbon tied around two bells and pretty feathers are attached.

My 8-year-old daughter makes these and tests each one meticulously on her 2-year-old sister.

Each toy cost $5, however, if you contact me via email – meganmmc@yahoo.com or Facebook to purchase this item, you will receive a 10% discount.

50% of Cat Toy profits benefit The Children’s Tumor Foundation.

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What kid wouldn’t love one of these?  Aprons come with crayons, glue stick, and a child-safe scissors.  Cost is $20.0 If you contact me via email – meganmmc@yahoo.com or Facebook to purchase this item, you will receive a 10% discount.

As with all Pearl Girl items, 10% of my profit benefits a mission trip for Haiti Teen Challenge.

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C is for Craft Apron

A great gift for your mom, daughter, sister, or friend who loves to craft whether it be scrapbooking, sewing, or knitting.  This apron has pockets for everything including a special pocket for scissors.

If you contact me via email – meganmmc@yahoo.com or Facebook to purchase this item, you will receive a 10% discount.

As with all Pearl Girl items, 10% of my profit benefits a mission trip for Haiti Teen Challenge.

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Believe it or not, it’s not to early to start shopping for school supplies (and crafting supplies). In fact, one way I like to save money (to spend more on crafting supplies) is to look at the supply lists for all the grades of my daughters school and buy more items that are on sale for future grades. I also like to buy more items on sale that I know the school will be asking for as donations later such as ziplock bags and dry erase markers. My favorite places to shop are Target and Walgreens. Check your school’s website for it’s school supply list. Here’s a little article from Pocket Your Dollars on spending less on school supplies.  Here is the RDLS School Supplies List for my readers with students at RDLS.

Here are the school supply sales for the week of July 10-16
Staples sales

Target sales
Toys R Us is currently running a sale on backpacks and lunch bags. Buy a backpack and receive a lunch bag (value up to $9.99) free.
Walgreens sales – scroll down to the bottom of the page for school supply sales

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We ended M & W week with the Meuli family in Wisconsin and made an easy transition to our C & H week with camera-shy cousin Connor and our Collins cousins. We had fun playing with the hula hoop, going for canoe rides and the eldest cousin Isabelle created a Survivor Camp and got the kids to catch their own fish and build a tent. There were lots of creepy crawly bugs involved and she kept asking questions that scared all the adults though….”Hey, how do you cook this clam we found in the lake?” and so forth. Thank goodness they all survived. We also survived the transition from bottle to sippy cup this weekend.  At 20+ months, it was more than time to switch.

Here’s a picture of the little one in a creepy counter chair Grammy let us use. She really enjoyed sitting there. It made me a little nervous though like it was suspended in air.

When we returned home the cousins came over to play at our house and watched as the concrete project came to completion.  Maddie and Angie put their hand prints into the cement.  Thank you to H&S Concrete! They did our driveway at our old house and we highly recommend them.

We never did make it to the library this week.  But we did have ice cream at Cone Brothers at 66th and Penn Avenue and we played on the horsey at Heredia Park which is located right next to our brand new city hall.

I’m delighted to write that our craft camp continues to be a surprising success. This week we had seven campers and celebrated the Cat in the Hat. Our Craft Camp Celebrities this week were Charlie B. and Kaya H. Dang, I meant to make them a crown. Our buddy Theo came dressed as the Cat in the Hat and even had whiskers to boot!  He let us borrow the hat and I stuck a bunch of household objects in it and the kid’s had to blindly guess what they were touching.

I’m starting to delegate more and more of the tasks to my “helpers”. Kids over the age of 9 who are willing to help the smaller kids with their crafts. Maddie is helping by welcoming the kids when they come and running “play time/transition time” while I prepare snacks and lunch. This week, she ran a game of “Simon Says” but instead said, “The Cat in the Hat Says“.

We started off by reading The Cat in the Hat. During the transition times and when kids were taking turns with the more complicated crafts, I had them work on these different games and puzzles I printed out:  Dr. Seuss’ Who’s WhoBirthday Cake Maze, and a word find. Here’s the website with a bunch of additional Cat in the Hat activities. This pipe cleaner project would be super fun for an older crafting crowd.

The crafts were a lot of fun and my helpers did most of the work while I made a pizza and a cake in the shape of the cat’s hat. I just used a cake-in-a-box though. The first craft the kid’s made was to color the hat I copied from this page and printed on cardstock paper. We just used two thin pieces of card stock paper taped together to make a circle around the kid’s heads to hold it on.

 I fed them a little snack then I coated them all with bug’s spray and we headed off to our local park just four blocks away. The kid’s played for a little bit but were excited to get back into the air conditioning and out of the heat so they could eat!

I was very grateful to stumble upon this darling Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft because I was getting a little sick of the Cat’s Hat by the end of it. I love this craft because the kids had to outline both their hands and their feet. Near the end of the camp when most of the kids had had three pieces of pizza and two pieces of cake, we made these cute little marshmallows hats with red sugar.  I didn’t give them to the kids until they went home with strict instructions to the parents to eat later.

With the lack of sleep from the fourth of July weekend and the withdrawal of Grandma and cousin time, we’ve had a very crabby child in the house.  So, we spent some quality time together playing with Emo-dough and it was a wonderful distraction with excellent results. But not quite as good as the whipped cream on short cake. Here’s a picture of one we made that looked like a mosquito.

We had the perfect ending to our C & H week in my hometown with the Cassidy Clan, cousins Ellie, Cami, and Molly and a representative of my mom’s family, the Haugens. We drove there in a caravan and enjoyed carrot cake and chasing curly-haired cousin baby butterlies Angela and Molly. Maddie captured a picture with my camera of two baby birds that built a nest on my parent’s TV satelite.

A couple of other C & H things I’ll mention from this week include the baby cutting more teeth and being quite crabby herself. Having crazy hair in the bath tub.  I let our friends Denise and Gary help themselves to a bunch of hostas for their garden. I REALLY wanted to go to Chutes and Ladders in Bloomington but we had to cancel because we had a little tummy trouble in the house this week. I thought it would be fun to go there and to Candyland then play the games….oh well, next year. There’s only so much we can do! Here’s what we did last year for C and H: went to Sweet Retreat for cupcakes and Chuck-E-Cheese and Centennial Lakes with Cousin Connorcamped out in the backyard, did some crafts at the library and at home, made a crab patch for her crabby pants, made a cd with lots of happy songs, had hot dogs at Lake Harriet with Holland and the Holtbergs, had hamburgers and made heart pillows with the Hotz family.

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The  Alphabet Summer countdown has begun!  Only three more days until schools out.  We’ll be celebrating with a root beer float party.  And eight days until Craft Camp begins. I’m currently working on a Rapunzel outfit for a friend who literally has Rapunzel hair (down to the ground).  If you can join us, we’d love to have you for our first camp next Thursday.  Here are the projects we plan to work on throughout the summer. Please note that projects are subject to change as needed.

Craft camps will be offered on Thursdays from 10 AM – 2 PM. Cost is $10 per child age 4-10 and will be only $5 if the child’s first or last name starts with the letter of the day.  Our time will be spent creating crafts, eating lunch, and playing outside in the yard or in the house if it’s raining.

June 16 – X & R: X marks the spot to find a Real Life Rapunzel
June 23 – E & V : Paint like Vincent Van Gogh and make our own art exhibit
June 30 – M& W: melting crayons & soap wild wild west shapes
July 7 – C & H: the Cat in the Hat
July 14 – F & L: fairies, luggage tags, & lemonade
July 21 – O & Z: owl and zebra crafts made with ziplock bags
July 28 – T & D: découpaged treasure trunks
August 4 – P & N:  pretzels & the food pyramid; nutrition & noodle necklaces
August 11 – Q & B: quilted butterfly and bumble bee bubble wrap painted book  or busy bags made with buttons (say that fast five times!)
August 18 – S & I: smiley face crafts and ice cream sandwiches
August 25 –  A, K, & J: be an angels and make kindness coins to give to others in jazzy jars
September 1 – U, G, & Y: ugly googly eyed goofy glasses with yarn

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During winter break we conducted a little Christmas Craft Camp at our house and had so much fun that we have decided to have craft camps throughout the summer on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (lunch will be served) based on the letters of the alphabet that we are celebrating each week.  Send an email to meganmmc@yahoo.com or give me a call at 612.232.2963 to reserve your spot.  The cost will be $10 a day (to cover supplies, lunch, and snacks), only $5 if your first or last name starts with the letter we are celebrating that week. Click on the image below to open and print the brochure.  Please save the date for our annual summer party, August 19. Details are here.

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