April 10, 2017

Easter Mantle 2017

Does it seem like anyone else that Easter has taken forever to get here this year? 
I kept seeing past Easter pictures in my Timehop and thought it was crazy that Easter seemed so far away!!!


Maybe it's a good thing though because I actually got an Easter mantle up this year and I can count on one hand the times I've actually specifically decorated for Easter. 
Usually I just get Spring up and add in a few eggs for a week or so :) 

Anywho.
Here's my simple little Easter set-up this year...


I wanted it to seem crisp & light with a few natural touches. 


The pink mirror was a $10 Goodwill find that I spruced up with some light pink paint for a party recently. It was the perfect centerpiece!

I've never used pink on the mantle before so I thought it was fun to add in since it'd only be up for a couple weeks. 


The ombre egg banner was a super easy DIY with some wooden eggs I picked up at JoAnns. I got 8 for $2. 
I painted them first with the dark teal and then lightly brushed a lighter aqua over the tops for a fun ombre look. 
They'd be cute strung across a wreath too! 


The cross splatter art was my favorite and was so fun to do!!!

The cross was a DIY project from several years ago that I had originally done with a very rustic look. You can find the tutorial here on how I made it. 

I wanted to lighten things up but didn't want to make a new cross (I know, I know) so I painted it white.
I can always go back and distress it later :) 


I used a bunch of colors I had lying around, wrapped the cross in saran wrap to keep it clean and then just drizzled and splattered the paint all around it until it looked the way I wanted! 
The kids got in on the action too and created some drip art with scraps of wood I had lying around! 

Perfect for a family art activty :) 


The wooden bunny & bird were the only newbies I found and brought in this year (as far as buying things) and I love the lighter distressed wood look they had. 


I basically found the dirtiest, grossest cabinet door in my stash to make this sign, guys. 
I think I've been avoiding it because of how bad it was. 
But I've always hung on to it because I loved the shape & size. 
PLUS it had layers of some light blue paint underneath it's original off-white so I HAD to use it at some point. 

I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. 
Then I painted it white, splashed a little more blue on it & lightly distressed it. 
Then added my lettering on in a pretty hammered gold. 


Once the big items were situated, I filled in with some smaller things like the bird nests, animals, and then filled out the ends with a couple taller pieces. 

I love the fresh, clean look & the pops of pink!!
Have you guys decorated for Easter this year? 

Hope you guys have a great pre-Easter week and get a chance to love on some family & remember what a blessing this holiday is in light of what our Savior has done for us! 
Love you guys :) 





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March 30, 2017

{Thinking Therapeutically Thursday} DIY Alphabet Fishing Game



I am baaaack and ready to share a super fun DIY that just so happens to fall perfectly into Thinking Therapeutically Thursday- so I decided to combine the two! 

These are seriously SO cute and would be the perfect addition to an Easter basket in case you were looking for some unique DIY ideas :) 

If you missed the introduction of this new segment, I'd love for you to pop over & check it out here!! 
In the last post, I shared a fun way to incorporate hand & upper body strengthening exercises into your daily routine with your kids. 

Today I thought I'd share another fun game I created that goes in the same realm as handwriting/letters but focuses more on the visual motor area of it all. 

And it's super cute to boot :) 



I was inspired to make these cute little alphabet/number fish when the therapy clinic I used to work at somehow ended up with a plastic kiddie pool that just sat around and didn't really serve a purpose. 
Since it was close to summertime, I thought it'd be fun to create a fun game that used the pool (since the kids were obsessed with that thing). 

Here's the skills this game can help work on: 
Visual motor Skills
(such as visual scanning, pattern/color recognition) 
Visual memory
 (remembering where a letter goes in the alphabet and placing it)
Hand eye coordination
(using the fishing pole to grab each magnetized fish)
Letter recognition
Postural control
Balance
Sensory skills (use different textures on your fish to work on tactile experiences!) 

And so many more depending on how you set it up!! 

First, let's talk about making your own version. 

Supplies needed: 
Felt in various colors
Magnets (mine were from Hobby Lobby)
Hot Glue Gun
Fabric (if desired to decorate the fish)
Mini Buttons or sequins (for eyes)
Sharpie
Wooden dowels (Hobby Lobby) 
Twine
Washi Tape (optional) 

To make the fish, I simply drew a fish pattern onto a piece of paper until I had the shape I wanted. 
Then I used that template to draw the fish design over & over again on my colored felt. 
I chose different colors to a) make it more fun and b) to work on color recognition/patterns, etc. 

For a sensory component, throw in soft/hard, scratchy/feathery, etc. 
For a child struggling to write their letters/numbers, use puffy paint or chipboard letters on your fish and have them trace each letter as they fish it out- this will allow them some to use a sensory strategy to help remember how they are formed. 



Trace your fish shapes until you have enough to make one fish for each letter in the alphabet or however many numbers you want. 
You will need two fish shapes per each fish so if you're making just the uppercase alphabet, you'll need 52 fish shapes! 

After tracing, cut each shape out with fabric scissors. 
You'll have a nice, colorful pile of felt fish at this point!

To assemble each fish, place a small magnet in between two fish shapes and glue around the perimeter of the shape with your hot glue gun. Press together carefully. 
At this point, you'll have one entire fish that isn't decorated yet. But your magnet is placed inside between the shapes :) 

After assembling all your fish, go ahead & have fun decorating them. 
I added eyes & fins with scrap fabric & mini buttons to create more colors/patterns for each of them. 
Have fun with it! 

On the backside of the fish, free-hand or stencil each letter of the alphabet with a sharpie.

After creating all your fun fish, start working on your fishing poles.
I made two for my game so both me and the child could play if desired.

For a more decorative look, I wrapped washi tape around before attaching the twine. 
Then, I simply tied a piece of twine around one end of the dowel and used a dot of hot glue to adhere it into place. 



To attach the magnet, I took two of my round magnets, placed the end of the twine in between them and added hot glue in between to adhere them together. 



Now you're ready to go fishing!!

Scatter your fish into an empty kiddie pool or on the ground and get at it. 


If you want a cute way to contain it all, grab a small fish bowl or candy bowl and throw them in their own little aquarium. I used vinyl to add a cute label on the front- this super pink & girly version happens to be for my toddler. The version I use at work is more primary colors :) 


There are so many different variations on how to play depending on what skills you're wanting to work on most. 

Here are a few variations I like to do & what they focus on: 

1. Eye/hand coordination & handwriting: 
Scatter your fish with the letters facing down, have the child use the fishing pole (while either standing or kneeling by the pool) to grab a fish. Once they've grabbed a fish, have them copy that letter onto a dry erase board. You can choose to have them copy uppercase letters, lowercase or both! For a little more of a challenge, have them write a word starting with the letter they caught onto the board. 

2. Visual scanning/Core strengthening: 
Scatter your fish, letters side UP, around the floor in an open area. Have the child use a scooterboard or various animal walks (crab walk, all fours, etc) to find the letters in order. Have them find one letter at a time and bring them back to you or place in a bucket on the opposite side of the room.
This encourages them to use visual scanning skills while searching for each letter and works on core strengthening by using their upper arms/bodies to maneuver to/from each letter. 

3. Color recognition/sorting: 
For younger kids, have them start out playing by just fishing and then sorting them into colors as they catch them. Lay colored sheets of paper near where you are working and, as they catch each fish, put each fish in their correct color category. Say the letters aloud with them as they catch them and you could even have them trace the letter with their finger as they are putting them in their category to start recognizing the alphabet. 

4. Sensory: Tactile Exploration
For a sensory component, throw in soft/hard, scratchy/feathery, etc. 

For a child struggling to write their letters/numbers, use puffy paint or chipboard letters on your fish and have them trace each letter as they fish it out- this will allow them some to use a sensory strategy to help remember how they are formed. Utilizing different ways other than just rote writing will help with children that learn in a more hands-on, interactive way. 



Let me know if you have any specific questions on it! 
I'd love to hear your thoughts & feedback as we continue with our Therapy Thursday posts :) 

Have a great week friends!! 


**Remember when reading/implementing these activities that all children are different and I'm merely giving broad suggestions that can apply to many different diagnoses/situations.**



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February 03, 2017

{Sharing the Love} Day 5: Sweet & Simple Toddler Valentine

How in the world is it the end of the week already?!
I mean, not that I'm complaining or anything :) 

But I'm sorta on the sad side that we are already wrapping up this fun week of free prints!!
If you've missed all the fun, be sure to check out the previous four days of freebies by clicking the links below: 

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

I'm excited about today's freebie because I LOVE creating fun valentines each year for the kids. Last year were the all time favorite Pokemon valentines that you can find and print here

Apparently fourth grade is a lot harder to pick valentines for since Little Man hasn't told me what he wants yet & I've been pestering him for weeks. 
So I decided to share what I did for my two year old's class this year!
This is the first time she's doing a Valentine's "party" so I wanted to do something cute & toddler friendly.

Giving out small toys didn't seem like the greatest idea due to choking hazards- and no one has time for that on valentines, right? 

Little Miss's all-time favorite treats are jelly beans so I decided to go with what she loves. 


Aren't they sweet? 
They can be girly because, duh, they're from a girl :) 
And I don't think the other toddler boys will care very much since there will be candy involved. 

And they are seriously easy to throw together. 
Here's what you need: 
*Free printable valentine (link found below) 
*Mini treat bags (these were from Hobby Lobby)
*Stapler
*Bag of jelly beans


Here's the rundown: 

1. Print your freebies. I used cardstock and printed 4 to a page. 3x5ish I want to say? 

2. Fill your mini bags with jelly beans, I didn't add a ton- use as much or as little as you want depending on how many kids you need them for. 

3. Fold your printable over the bag and staple twice along the bottom seam. 

4. You're done! (besides having your toddler scribble their 'name' across the back that is!) 



You may recognize these a bit from Little Miss' Minnie Mouse party this past summer.
I figured since I already had the design for party favors, why not re-make them into valentines?  
I love the watercolor background paired with pinks & blues. 


And a bag of jelly beans costs right around $3 so hello cheap valentines!!

Make sure to snag your free download below and I'd LOVE to see pictures if you decided to do them!! 

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Need more Valentine's ideas?? 

Get the incredibly simple how-to on making this darling V-day banner here


Check out my DIY Valentine Dinner that we do every year here


Have a Pokemon lover in the house this year? 
Check out these adorable, free printable valentines to be the coolest mom around!


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As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page




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February 02, 2017

{Sharing the Love} Day 4: There Was You Print

We are rocking it this week and have already made it to day 4! 
Makes me sad to think that tomorrow is the last day but I've loved sharing all these fun freebies with you!!

Please, please share pictures with me if you do use them- I'd love to see what you come up with!!
Share on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram


Today is extra special to me because me and the hubby are celebrating 4 years of being married. 
I've shared snippets of our love story before but trust me when I say that us being together is a huge, wonderful miracle. 

This quote is so so true. Both of our worlds were in complete chaos when we found each other again but God was still able to reach in and put all those pieces together, in ways we never could have imagined possible. And way better than anything we could have come up with anyways. 





Click below to download your free print: 




If you're stuck on how to use printables, here are a couple ideas I've done in the past...
-Print & frame (the most common)
- Print them smaller and stick them in a lunchbox, dash of the car, etc for a sweet note
- Print them and cut them into different shapes for cute banners- I've used them in the middle of paper banners with pattern papers around them. 
-cute tags for gifts



Happy Thursday friends! I'll see you tomorrow for our last print of the week :) 

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Need more Valentine's ideas?? 

Get the incredibly simple how-to on making this darling V-day banner here


Check out my DIY Valentine Dinner that we do every year here


Have a Pokemon lover in the house this year? 
Check out these adorable, free printable valentines to be the coolest mom around!


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As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page










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February 01, 2017

{Sharing the Love} Day 3: Loved You Then Print

We've made it halfway!!

And what a perfect day to share a fun love print as we are ushering February in! 


This one makes me smile every time I see it anywhere. 
Hubby & I have a fun love story and a big chunk of it had to do with the fact that we really fell in love with each other five years before we got married! 

Unfortunately, life had other plans for a bit and we weren't able to really pursue a relationship at that point. But five years later we were reunited & that crazy love was still there in full force. So this holds true for us in every single way. 

You never know how and when your love story will unfold. 
For us, we had to go through a lot of not-so-fun things before God brought us back to each other. But I'll you what- when we did find each other again and we found that love again, we were in complete awe. Knowing that God had our entire love story planned that entire time was pretty amazing. 

Anything goes when you let God write your love story...




Click below to download your free print: 




If you're stuck on how to use printables, here are a couple ideas I've done in the past...
-Print & frame (the most common)
- Print them smaller and stick them in a lunchbox, dash of the car, etc for a sweet note
- Print them and cut them into different shapes for cute banners- I've used them in the middle of paper banners with pattern papers around them. 
-cute tags for gifts



Happy first of February!!!

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Need more Valentine's ideas?? 

Get the incredibly simple how-to on making this darling V-day banner here


Check out my DIY Valentine Dinner that we do every year here


Have a Pokemon lover in the house this year? 
Check out these adorable, free printable valentines to be the coolest mom around!


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Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page








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