Thursday, November 29, 2012

* EASY Homemade Pajama Pants for Kids!


I found the easiest tutorial for making homemade flannel
Pajama pants for my girls last month
These have been such a huge hit that I'm planning to make 
some more PJ pants for them with flannel and fleece
for lounging around our chilly house this winter. 

Don't be intimidated at all by the sewing instructions, 
I'm not a good seamstress at all 
and if I can make these, so can you! 
She calls them her Christmas Eve pants and they are so fast 
to make, you really can make them on Christmas Eve if you're a 
super crafter procrastinator like me. 
I'm planning to pick up some cute Christmassy fleece.
Best part is that you use your own kids' pants as the pattern - genius!

Her directions have step by step photos 
so I didn't bother taking photos of my project in progress. 
and see for yourself how easy they are to make!
Tell her Pink and Green Mama says hi and thank you!

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama
MaryLea

Sunday, November 25, 2012

* DIY Advent Wreath Style #2 with Scrapbook Paper and Leftover Halloween Candy!


Here is the second DIY Advent Wreath we made
yesterday for my oldest daughter's door.


We started with a cardboard circle cut out of an old box.
and painted it green in case any of it showed through our "tubes" 
Don't think we needed to do this because after everything was crammed on there
you couldn't see any of the cardboard!


We were going to use TP tubes but this turned out to be even easier.
We just cut squares of 6" x 5" scrapbook paper from a Michael's holiday pack
("Winter Whimsy by Recollections") and stapled them into tubes.


Then, we got out the glue gun and started gluing them to the wreath form.


Next it was time to sit down with some popcorn, grape juice, and Christmas music
while we made little bundles of candy. 


We wrapped them all in tissue paper and tied the ends with yarn.
Then, slipped each little packet into a tube and secured it with a loop of tape
so it wouldn't fall out!


Her finished wreath hanging on her bedroom door -- 
ready to countdown to Christmas morning!

Click here to see our other advent wreath!
Happy Holidays!

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama
MaryLea



* Christmas Craft: Easy DIY Candy Advent Wreath With Recycled Materials



The girls and I decided to make our own Advent Wreaths
this year with recycled materials and leftover halloween candy
to hang on their bedroom doors.


First we collected empty toilet paper tubes and cut them in half with scissors.
We needed 25 total (half) rolls for this project.
We painted the tubes with white Gesso paint (you could also just use white craft paint)
to seal the cardboard, make it stronger, and provide a nice plain surface for the tissue paper. 


To make the cardboard wreath form, I traced a big circle on a piece of 
cardboard box from our garage and traced a smaller circle in the middle
then, cut the whole thing out carefully with my box cutter (note: this is a grown-up's job.) 
We painted the cardboard "wreath" with a coat of white gesso
 and lime green acrylic craft paint.


Once the white paint was dry on the tubes, "C" and I got to work painting 
them with Mod Podge and layering on colored tissue paper squares
then sealing them with another coat of Mod Podge (we used the glossy kind)


We also added a layer of green and yellow tissue paper squares 
to the wreath form with Mod Podge.


After everything was dry, I glued all of the tubes to the wreath
with my glue gun.


Here's what we do with part of our Halloween candy stash --


All of the toilet paper tubes filled with candy surprises!


Glue the open ends shut with mini cupcake wrappers.
I got mine at Walmart in the Christmas decoration area (they cost $1)


We had so much fun mod-podging the tissue paper squares
that we went ahead and decorated the back of our wreath too!


I love the stained glass effect. 


Then, I decided we needed to number the holes so I used some 
scrapbook number stickers, but ran out half way through
so I wrote the rest with black sharpie (easier)


Finished candy advent wreath hanging on my daughter's bedroom door.
I think she'll have visions of sugar plums dancing in her head
for the whole month of December!


Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama
MaryLea


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's Here! Thanksgiving Weekend Only: Learning Through Play e-Books and Resources!


This offer is now closed.
Starts Today!!! Thanksgiving weekend only special offer
This is so much better than any of those Black Friday deals you have to stand in line for
and this is something you can do from home (in your PJs!)

This special bundle of books will be available for you to buy only over the Thanksgiving weekend. You've only got from Wednesday 21st November 2012 until midnight on Monday 26th November 2012 to buy this special offer. And really - you'll want to! I've read the books (and written one of them!) and I'm so happy to recommend this offer to you. These ladies really know their stuff and the books and resources are packed full of fantastic creative and practical ideas that you can use with your children. Filled with fun ideas to keep your kids busy over vacation. There are thirteen different authors joining in, bringing you over $100 worth of resources. And, guess what - you can buy the lot for just $9.99! Read on to see all the items included in the Thanksgiving weekend special offer - and start looking forward to getting your copies!

Thanksgiving weekend special offer

The Learning Through Play bundle includes all these e-books and resources:

The Garden Classroom, by Cathy James of Nurturestore The Garden Classroom brings you fifty-two creative and playful outdoor activities, giving you a whole year’s worth of garden-based projects to enjoy with your children. Value $9.99 Exploring More Great Artists Volume 2 Lesson Plans, by MaryLea Harris of Pink and Green Mama Exploring More Great Artists Volume 2 is a 79-page e-book PDF featuring 13 complete art lessons exploring the life and work of 10 great artists with full color photo directions, step-by-step instructions, and supply lists. Value $10 Alphabet Crafts, by Allison McDonald of No Time for Flashcards Alphabet crafts is a complete resources of letter crafts from A-Z. Value $8 Alphabet Glue, by Annie Riechmann of Bird and Little Bird These three editions of Alphabet Glue are literary-themed e-magazines for families, filled with projects, printables, activities and booklists. (editions 7, 8 and 9)Value $12 Play Grow Learn Issue 1, by Christie Burnett of Childhood 101 Bursting with ideas for playing inside and outside, with activities for moving, talking, cooking, creating, thinking, singing, imagining and constructing, Issue 1 of Play Grow Learn includes 62 pages of inspiration for parents and educators of children from birth to 5 years. Value $4 Raising a Creative Kid: Simple Strategies for Igniting and Nurturing that Creative Spark, by Jillian Riley of A Mom with a Lesson Plan Just what you need to transform your environment into a creativity growth center, Raising a Creative Kid includes creative exercises following each of the sections that makes moving into a creative lifestyle as easy as possible. Value $7.99 Parenting with Positive Guidance: Building Discipline from the Inside Out, by Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute Parenting with Positive Guidance gives you the tools for understanding your child’s behavior and effectively teaching and guiding your child toward increased self-control while fostering a healthy parent-child relationship. Value $9 Read and Write at Home, by Erin Wing of Small Types Read and Write at Home is a collection of resources and printables to help parents establish fun literacy routines at home. Value $4.25 Everyday Sensory Alphabet Activities, by Melitsa Avila of Raising Playful TotsEveryday Sensory Alphabet Activities is your go to solution for wriggly jiggly children who want to craft and play with alphabet activities that focus on the process along with audio from educators about alphabet learning to set things going in the right direction. Value $9 It's Turkey Time Literacy and Math Printables for Prek-K, by Christine Lanyon of Scribble Doodle Draw It's Turkey Time Literacy and Math Printables for Prek-K brings you fun literacy and math activities teachers and parents can use to encourage learning during the Thanksgiving holiday. Value $6 The Playful Family, by Shawn Ledington Fink of Awesomely Awake The Playful Family brings you nearly 100 ways to play and engage as a family even during the busiest times. Value $4.99 Mudworks Bilingual, by MaryAnn Kohl Mudworks Bilingual is a best-selling Spanish / English bilingual work from the award winning author MaryAnn Kohl, with fifty of the best squishy kid-tested art activities and recipes. Value $14.95Arty's Art Projects, by Sally Haughey of Fairy Dust Teaching In Arty's Art Projects, Arty the gnome shares twenty five of his art projects. Value $7.99
Save the date!
The Thanksgiving weekend special offer bundle goes on sale at 10pm (GMT) on Wednesday 21st November, so mark it on your calendar! Come back to Pink and Green Mama then and you will be able to buy the bundle, wherever you are in the world. You'll get an instant download of the books you can start enjoying them immediately. Pin this post or bookmark it, so you don't miss out.
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Thanksgiving weekend special offer

Thanksgiving weekend special offer

This offer is now closed. 

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea




Monday, November 19, 2012

* EASY Festive Napkin Ring Craft! A Kid Friendly Holiday Craft.

This was so easy and fun to make, I wanted to share this 
little craft I made with "C" (age 5).
These would be great napkin rings for your children to make
for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or any family meal!

Paint toilet paper tubes with white paint or gesso.
When the paint is dry, paint the tubes with Mod Podge.



Press on colored tissue paper squares.
Seal with a second coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry! 


Easy and beautiful decorations for your table. 
Happy Holidays!


Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama
MaryLea


Friday, November 16, 2012

Journal 10+ Discount Code for Pink and Green Mama Readers!


My friends at Journal 10+ want to offer my readers a special 
10% off discount for any orders placed of the Journal 10+
at their website: www.journal10.com
Use code: JN003
it will be valid for two weeks from today!
Pick some up and add cute covers as perfect holiday gifts
for everyone on your list!

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama
MaryLea

Disclosure: I did not receive any financial compensation to write this post.
I am not getting any commissions off the sale of these journals.
I am just offering you a discount code so if you order a journal
you can save a few dollars!


* Sneak Peek of Learning Through Play Thanksgiving Weekend Only eBook Bundle!

Thanksgiving weekend special offer

I've come out of my blog hibernation because I have something so exciting to tell you about today! Melitsa of Raising Playful Tots and Cathy James of Nurture Store have been working so hard with some of my favorite bloggers and authors to bring you an amazing Thanksgiving weekend special offer. They have put together a package worth over $100 - but available to you at a very special price - of e-books and resources, all based around Learning Through Play. This Thanksgiving weekend special offer includes books on sensory play, outdoor play, art and crafts, positive parenting, learning to read and write and lots more. You'll recognize the authors as the writers of some of your favorite blogs - check out the full details below to see who's joining in.

Thanksgiving weekend special offer

This special bundle of books will be available for you to buy only over the Thanksgiving weekend. You've only got from Wednesday 21st November 2012 until midnight on Monday 26th November 2012 to buy this special offer. And really - you'll want to! I've read the books (and written one of them!) and I'm so happy to recommend this offer to you. These ladies really know their stuff and the books and resources are packed full of fantastic creative and practical ideas that you can use with your children. Filled with fun ideas to keep your kids busy over vacation. There are thirteen different authors joining in, bringing you over $100 worth of resources. And, guess what - you can buy the lot for just $9.99! Read on to see all the items included in the Thanksgiving weekend special offer - and start looking forward to getting your copies!
Thanksgiving weekend special offer

The Learning Through Play bundle includes all these e-books and resources:

The Garden Classroom, by Cathy James of Nurturestore The Garden Classroom brings you fifty-two creative and playful outdoor activities, giving you a whole year’s worth of garden-based projects to enjoy with your children. Value $9.99 Exploring More Great Artists Volume 2 Lesson Plans, by MaryLea Harris of Pink and Green Mama Exploring More Great Artists Volume 2 is a 79-page e-book PDF featuring 13 complete art lessons exploring the life and work of 10 great artists with full color photo directions, step-by-step instructions, and supply lists. Value $10 Alphabet Crafts, by Allison McDonald of No Time for Flashcards Alphabet crafts is a complete resources of letter crafts from A-Z. Value $8 Alphabet Glue, by Annie Riechmann of Bird and Little Bird These three editions of Alphabet Glue are literary-themed e-magazines for families, filled with projects, printables, activities and booklists. (editions 7, 8 and 9)Value $12 Play Grow Learn Issue 1, by Christie Burnett of Childhood 101 Bursting with ideas for playing inside and outside, with activities for moving, talking, cooking, creating, thinking, singing, imagining and constructing, Issue 1 of Play Grow Learn includes 62 pages of inspiration for parents and educators of children from birth to 5 years. Value $4 Raising a Creative Kid: Simple Strategies for Igniting and Nurturing that Creative Spark, by Jillian Riley of A Mom with a Lesson Plan Just what you need to transform your environment into a creativity growth center, Raising a Creative Kid includes creative exercises following each of the sections that makes moving into a creative lifestyle as easy as possible. Value $7.99 Parenting with Positive Guidance: Building Discipline from the Inside Out, by Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute Parenting with Positive Guidance gives you the tools for understanding your child’s behavior and effectively teaching and guiding your child toward increased self-control while fostering a healthy parent-child relationship. Value $9 Read and Write at Home, by Erin Wing of Small Types Read and Write at Home is a collection of resources and printables to help parents establish fun literacy routines at home. Value $4.25 Everyday Sensory Alphabet Activities, by Melitsa Avila of Raising Playful Tots Everyday Sensory Alphabet Activities is your go to solution for wriggly jiggly children who want to craft and play with alphabet activities that focus on the process along with audio from educators about alphabet learning to set things going in the right direction. Value $9 It's Turkey Time Literacy and Math Printables for Prek-K, by Christine Lanyon of Scribble Doodle Draw It's Turkey Time Literacy and Math Printables for Prek-K brings you fun literacy and math activities teachers and parents can use to encourage learning during the Thanksgiving holiday. Value $6 The Playful Family, by Shawn Ledington Fink of Awesomely Awake The Playful Family brings you nearly 100 ways to play and engage as a family even during the busiest times. Value $4.99 Mudworks Bilingual, by MaryAnn Kohl Mudworks Bilingual is a best-selling Spanish / English bilingual work from the award winning author MaryAnn Kohl, with fifty of the best squishy kid-tested art activities and recipes. Value $14.95 Arty's Art Projects, by Sally Haughey of Fairy Dust Teaching In Arty's Art Projects, Arty the gnome shares twenty five of his art projects. Value $7.99
Save the date!
The Thanksgiving weekend special offer bundle goes on sale at 10pm (GMT) on Wednesday 21st November, so mark it on your calendar! Come back to Pink and Green Mama then and you will be able to buy the bundle, wherever you are in the world. You'll get an instant download of the books you can start enjoying them immediately. Pin this post or bookmark it, so you don't miss out.
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Thanksgiving weekend special offer




Saturday, November 10, 2012

* Favorite Thanksgiving Projects Round-Up (and a Bloggy Break from Social Media)



I'm taking a little bloggy and social media break for the rest of November 
as a birthday gift to myself to spend time more with my family
and to reflect upon all of the things I am grateful for this month.
Our family is adopting a second rescue greyhound and we can't wait
to spend some quality time with her and get a head start on some homemade 
Christmas gift making and decorating!
I wanted to leave you with a round-up of some of my favorite 
(old) Thanksgiving posts and projects 
and I'll be back soon with some fun goodies for Christmas and December!






Play-dough Turkeys at the Kid's Table on Thanksgiving




and Turkeys in Disguise Part 2





Oil Pastel on Construction Paper Cornucopia Collage- don't have a post on this one, 
it's just an art lesson I used to teach my students in November.
Draw fruits and veggies from observation or photos with oil pastel
or poster crayons on construction paper and cut out then glue down into a collage.


(another oldie but goodie art lesson I used to teach!)





Look how little "C" was!


and....




The Handprint/Signature Table Cloth!


Gobble Gobble.
Wishing you a wonderful month of November
filled with family, laughter, friendship,
good food,  and good memories.
See you again in December!

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama

P.S. If you want some 
homemade advent calendar inspiration
here are my old posts about ours! 


Homemade Advent Christmas Tree Quilt (wall hanging)
and our super easy envelope system = homemade
Family Activity Advent Calendar


I'm working on a crafty idea for an additional advent candy
wreath for each girl this year but haven't finished them yet...
if I get them done this month I'll add them here!


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