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P is for Patch

Check out my Patch blog for Free and Frugal Family Fun! If you know of any activities around the South Metro area, please email me at meganmmc@yahoo.com and I’ll include them in my weekly blog that is published every Tuesday.

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I made these for the girls last year and this morning, so it is officially a tradition!  I used a meat pounder to break a candy cane into tiny pieces then threw it in with the pancake batter. After the pancakes were cooked, I used a Christmas cookie cutter to shape them and shook green and red sprinkles on them. I just wish I had put the sprinkles away before the baby got to them…


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P is for Pillows

Beatrix Potter pillows are $5 each and Punching Pillows are $15. Perfect for the kid who needs to work on their anger issues. I made this set of punching pillows out of two mens shirts.  Talk about up-cycling!

Receive a 10% discount if you email me at meganmmc@yahoo.com or via Facebook to purchase any of these items. 10% of my profit benefits a mission trip for Haiti Teen Challenge.

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P is for Planning to Publish

It’s been a few months since I last updated this blog.  I’ve been busy writing about all of our summer adventures and last week I finished writing my manuscript for Alphabet Summer: Celebrating Life One Letter at a Time.  It is currently in the hands of a few skilled friends for editing.  It’s always a good idea to have a few sets of eyes looking for spelling and grammatical errors.  Soon, I’ll be sending my manuscript off to publishers in hopes of publication. I want to thank everyone involved in Alphabet Summer, especially all of the children who made it such a fun time. Stay tuned for hopefully some exciting news.

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We had a relatively quiet week because I tried to quit the busy pace we’ve been keeping this summer.  I started the week off with a bug of some sort or another.  Feeling queasy and absolutely exhausted.  By Wednesday I felt all better but Maddie developed a bad cold and a bit of a fever and missed the last day of swimming camp on Thursday. I also thought it best to cancel B and Q Craft Camp this week so we didn’t spread the bug.

I broke down and called my friend’s boy who’s nickname is Buddy to help me out with my patio porch project.

Hopefully this week we can squeeze in the quilted butterfly busy bags in with our I and S crafts. I decided to live dangerously and went out for ice cream at the Pumphouse Creamery (never made it there for our “P” week). The line was very backed up but no one was the least bit crabby about it and the wait was well worth it but that’s probably because of the company we kept with neighbors Melissa and Ella.

Despite not feeling the best, we did have some fun.  On Wednesday morning, we went to the Q Kindness Cafe (the “Q” is for Quality) for breakfast in downtown St. Paul with our buddy Quinn, his sister Zoe, and their mom Sheila.  Sheila made a couple of Qs on Quinn’s pancakes with syrup. The restuarant was a wonderfully inspirational place.  It was fun to talk to the owner Lisa who’s husband is made our delisious blueberry pancakes and to hear about all the kind acts that happened there when peopled pay it forward for future customers.  After we ate, we checked out the bronze Charlie Brown and Snoopy statue. Everyone seemed to come into the place with a smile including this guy who just stuck his smiley face in the camera so I took his picture. As we got into the car, we encountered a guy who’d definitley had a bit too much booze (by 11:30 in the morning, love downtown!)

On Friday morning our neighbors invited us to go to the Science Museum with them. Although our “S” week starts in a few days, we were able to identify quite a few “B”s during our visit.  We spotted several big fat bumble bees in the Big Backyard exhibit. We stepped back 60 million years to learn about the Age of Behemoths. The girls got to see how big the belly of these beasts really were. We also enjoyed checking out the big bookshelves filled with books about dinosaurs.

Since we moved here, I’ve been trying to tour the Bartholomew House but the hours it is open are so limited.  We’ll have to try again in the future weeks.


We made it to the Penn Lake Library in Bloomington to pick up some more fairy books and even stopped at Augsburg Park library to pick up some books that were in my reserved in my que. The camera broke and I’m unable to use the auto focus feature…oh well, I’m getting better at using manual focus and actually starting to like it.   I worked quite a bit on our backyard this week in preparation for our end of summer party and to be honest, we’ll be pretty much broke after we finish paying for all the work we’ve had done on our garage and driveway this summer. Two last pictures for you I took today: Ella and Angela in their little cars going “beep beep!” and Angela blowing bubbles, her  new favorite thing to do, “out-thide!” Hoping we’re all feeling better this week!

Last year we spent our B and Q weeks by: taking the bus to Bachman’s with McKenna (we’re still hoping to do this with our buddy Bridget this week because she was out of town this week), ate at Quiznos and Q Cumbers,  and made Daddy a Quit Kit.

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P and N week has come and gone. We transitioned from T and D week in Grafton, Wisconsin to P and N quite nicely. On Saturday we spent the morning at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and played in the puppet place and pizza restuarant. Then headed back to the Craun’s home for some real pizza, snap peas, and popscicles for lunch.  We spent the afternoon at the pool and the girls put on a pop princess show after dinner followed by a walk to their nearby park where we met some of their new neighbors.


Sunday, we headed back to the little apple city but first took our wonderful host family out to breakfast at the Heart of Grafton Family Restaurant where we had plenty of pancakes but the service was super pokey and putzy leaving us in a nasty mood.  While we were waiting we checked out the Paramont Plaza Walk of Fame and walked on the giant piano with the names of the artists who recorded music at Paramont Records. Here’s the view from the sky. I gave each of the kids a penny to make a wish in the little pond.

Shortly after breakfast, we said our sad goodbyes and drove to a brief tour of Port Washington then slowly made our way across Wisconsin to stop in at Grammy and GrandpAl’s for pizza. (which never gets old!) As we arrived, the baby woke from her nap and started chewing on her little piggies.

Just like last year,during out N week we celebrated what was previously called National Night Out but is now called Night to Unite with our neighbors by starting out on the odd side of the street by playing in the pool and pushing each other around the driveway in little cars.

Then we headed back to the not so odd (I mean even) side of the street where we were greeted by a police officer on his to motorcycle.  We had a great BBQ at our next door neighbor’s house and I put pig tails in the girls’ hair.

On Wednesday, I pulled off our third story time at Bellies to Babies on my own because the baby was with Denyse and the big girl was at Forces of Nature camp learning about tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes.  Her teacher promised the kids wouldn’t make any magical items that cause these horrific events so we wouldn’t have a repeat of rainforest camp. The fourth day of the camp she came home soaking wet and I asked her what happened, her response was, “a tsunami” and then she ran off into her room to change. On the last day when I picked her up, the teacher and all the kids were outside with a big plastic pop bottle filled with vinegar and baking soda letting it pop the cork off into the street. Needless to say, it was a very fun camp.

Back to story time. My audience was very small but just the right size. I read to little Mr. Avery who is THE best listener a storyteller could ever wish for. I read plenty of Winnie-the-Pooh, Miss Spider’s Tea Party, Oh the Places You’ll Go, Harold and the Purple Crayon (which is plum full of “P” words). He wasn’t so interested in My Little Pony, the princess stories, or Fancy Nancy. After we finished reading, we lined up all the books and made them fall like dominoes a few times.

We had hoped to go to Paint Your Plate with our little friend Parker P. but ended up at the pool instead because of the big brother Phil factor which was fine by me.  It was a beautiful hot day and we postponed Paint Your Plate for another day.

Initially I had different plans for our craft camp. We were going to make pretzels, learn about the food pyramid, and make noodle necklaces but because we had so many children who wanted to come for fairy week and I couldn’t fit them all in, we made pixie nooks instead.  This by far was my favorite craft of the summer and for the first time, I joined in and made my own.

Each nook contained a small house for the pixie (a tiny birdhouse painted and embellished), a clothes line with tiny little clothes hangers, a bird, a flower, a fence, and tiny little marbles (thanks Julie!) for walking paths. We used take out containers from Noodles (where we had to go for lunch that day just to have enough for all the kids coming). The kids were really proud of their little pixie nooks and we listened to the Trouble with Tink  CD while we crafted.

That night several of the pixie nooks were visited with a little glitter from their pixie, a note and for some of the lucky kids a few artifacts to indicate what kind of pixie they were. Maddie’s was a golfing pixie with a tiny little club, tee, and ball. My was a gardening pixie with a few little gardening tools. The neighbor girls Bridget and Nia both had sewing fairies move in with tiny little thread bobbins, and the little boy across the street had his dream of a boy pixie come true with an electricity pixie named Paul.

The next day, I got to work on our own little Pixie Place where all magical and mythical creatures are welcome (even big baby trolls as pictured below). All children are welcome and any adults with fanciful natures. Non-believers keep out! I bought this darling little door at The Linden Tree.

A few other things about our N and P week include eating pork chops and Fig Newtons, cheering on the Nature Center runners with pom poms on Saturday morning and working on my pretend porch patio paver project. We completely gave up on the library, park, ice cream aspect this week…no, I take that back!  I got to have a little time with my long time friend Patricia on Saturday afternoon when we hung out and had ice cream at Anodyne in South Minneapolis. She had the Nicollet Pothole and I had Pavaratti.

The crafty kid made me my very own penseieve this week. Just want I always wanted!

Last year we celebrated the letters N and P by getting some new shoes,  ate noodles with our neighbors the headed off to Nickolodeon Universe at the Mall of America, and went to Noodles with our friends Elsa and Anna. W enjoyed going to Paint Your Plate, finally growing our hair out long enough to put it in pig tails, refusing to nap until we got pooped out, helping to paint a mural, making a personalized patch for our pants, having a procedure at the hospital, putting with papa, attending cousin Katie’s pool party, throwing a Pink Polka Dotted Paper Mache Pinata Party, and sewing polka dotted curtains

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Yesterday I dropped off my first set of Pearl Girl items at The Linden Tree in Linden Hills. I used the darling fairy and mushroom fabrics sold at the store and upcycled several pair of shorts with the material also and by embroidering some of the designs.  There are five sets of outfits from size 12 months to 4 years. I even made a few headbands to match.

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