Saturday, November 13, 2010
My mom is so excited and so are her students! They will be sending pictures once the incubator arrives and then when they hatch the chicks in the early spring.
I will also keep everyone updated on any future projects for my mom's classroom!
Donate $10 or more to "What's Hatching in First Grade?" and receive $15 in store credit from Bells and Unicorns!
Donate to this project, then go to Bells and Unicorns and tell us what bags you want!
Have you heard of "Waiting for Superman"? Well, here's a great chance to help improve the lives of public school students in rural Missouri.
This school district has very limited resources, and does not have the funds available to bring learning to life. This teacher is wanting to hatch chicks in her first grade classroom. In order to do so, the class needs an incubator, a brooder with a heat source, and the accessories that go along with raising baby chicks.
If you would like to help this classroom, or any of the other wonderful projects listed on the website, visit Mrs. S's project website and take a few minutes to browse!
Even if you cannot donate, please take a moment to Like this page to share it with your Facebook friends. You can also post a quick tweet on Twitter about this cause!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
We would love to bring in the cooler weather with a Fabulous Fall Giveaway!!
What are we giving away??? How about a $25 Gift Certificate to our shop, Bells and Unicorns on Etsy! We proudly offer reusable sandwich and snack bags in lots of different fabrics, so there's something for everyone in your family or on your Christmas list!!
Our reusable sandwich and snack bags are made with a food-safe nylon lining that is easy to wipe clean, stain-resistant, and water-resistant. When the bags get messy, you can wipe the lining with a damp cloth, or you can throw the whole bag into the washing machine or the dish washer! Each bag closes securely with a long strip of velcro all the way across the opening.
If you would like to enter this giveaway, check out the info below:
How to Earn Entries
1. Go to Bells and Unicorns, add an item to your favorites, then come back here and tell everyone what item you love!
2. Follow this blog!
3. Follow BellsnUnicorns on twitter.
4. Tweet about this Fabulous Fall Giveaway! Come back and post the link to your tweet. (you can do this once per day)
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6. Like and Post What's Hatching in First Grade? on Facebook and receive 5 entries!
6. Donate any amount to What's Hatching in First Grade? and receive 20 entries!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
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They've Gone to Plaid
Life's a Summer Picnic
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
But, you need to really use these products daily, and sometime multiple times in a day, for them to work the best. Frankly, I just don't have time and I get lazy...
Then, I bought some Clean and Clear toner from the store. This worked well, too, especially after cleaning my face with the SkinID cleanser.
About 4 months ago, I ordered a product off of Etsy. It's called Zit Zapper Germ Warfare and it's from Ella Rose Minerals. I ordered the sample set of Germ Warfare and Midnight Magic and it cost $5! The containers are so tiny, but I've only used about half of it since March! The Germ Warfare stuff is a FANTASTIC coverup that begins to work its magic once you put it on. I mean, this stuff is really the greatest thing I've ever used to hide my big red zits!
One of my best friends got married a few weeks ago, and of course, I had a couple big zits from the stress of her wedding. I brought this stuff along with me to the hair salon, and a couple of the other bridesmaids used it as well. Everyone was very impressed with it and I gave them the info on where to find it.
Around the same time that I ordered the Zit Zapper set, I also ordered a bar of Charcoal Soap from Spoiled Rotten Bath and Body Boutique. I had tried an activated charcoal product before and had liked it, but it was in a liquidy lotion like form and was pretty hard to apply. I thought that the bar of soap would be better and easier to rub on my face.
I was right. Simply put-- I LOVE THIS SOAP. It foams just a little bit, but it really, really, really cleanses well. You can almost feel it working as soon as you put it on!
Activated charcoal is really good for people with sensitive skin and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth!
So, recently, I've created my own little skin care routine that has worked wonders for my face.
Step 1- SkinID foaming cleanser
--Wet your face with warm water, then rub a few squirts of this all over your face.
--Wait about 30 seconds, then wipe away with warm water and a wash cloth.
Step 2- Charcoal Soap
--Add just a little bit of water to the soap, just enought to get it wet.
--Rub on your face in a circular motion, paying extra attention to your trouble spots.
--Wash off with warm water and a wash cloth.
Step 3- Clean and Clear Toner
--Apply to a facial cleansing pad (there's tons of handmade ones on Etsy-- that's where I got mine!)
--Lightly apply all over face.
In the Morning:
Step 4- Germ Warfare/Midnight Magic Zit Zapper
--Apply to any remaining zits/red splotches before putting on makeup.
I really wish I had taken a "Before and After" picture of my face-- you would have been SHOCKED at the differences!
The first day I did this treatment, I had about 20 bumps and splotches. The next morning, it was down to about half and even the big zits were noticeably smaller! Yay! I was so happy!!!!!
After the second treatment, the only zits that remained were the big ones, and they were crusty, about to be gone, and no longer painful!
It's about time I finally took control of this problem!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
When the first movie was released in 2001, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) was 12, Rupert Grint (Ron) was 13, and Emma Watson (Hermione) was 11. Now, they are 21, 22, and 20, respectively.
I think it's amazing that they were able to keep the same characters through 10 years of movies-- not just Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but also the other "main" characters, like McGonagall, Snape, Neville, and Malfoy.
When I saw the first movie, I remember being amazed at how perfectly the characters were cast. My very favorite person cast in a roll was Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood. She is exactly what I pictured while I was reading. I also think that Fred and George were wonderfully cast. They were played by James and Oliver Phelps.
I guess I'd forgotten how much I really like these movies, and despite all the popular criticism, I think each and every one of them were very well done. I think it'd be extremely hard to fit all of the thousands of minute (but important) details that JK Rowling included in the books!
I can't wait until November, when part 1 of The Deathly Hallows comes out! I hope it lives up to expectation!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
1/4 cup Vegetable Shortening
These cookies turned out so well!!! They are a great summer cookie treat :-) To me, they tasted sort of like a sugar cookie with lemon. And I love this lemony frosting!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
When you get done breaking all the beans, it's time to put them into quart-size glass jars, like a mason jar. Beforehand, make sure to wash the jars out. Fill the jars with beans, you may have to press the beans down or shake the jar to get them to settle.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Before our trip, I decided that I would make everyone an insulated water bottle holder and a drawstring back pack. I figured that the water bottle holders would be great for hiking at the Grand Canyon and the Sequoias. Everyone loved them and loved them even more when we found out that they really do keep water cold, and for a long time! They were great in the car, especially when we were driving across the hot desert!
And the backpacks were great for hauling all of our junk to different places! They were plenty big enough for cameras, snacks, wallets, phones, and other essential items. And they were comfortable to carry!
So, I set out on the internet in search of the perfect tutorials/patterns. I was lucky enough to come across two fantastic sites that gave me all of the information I needed. I found a great, detailed and pretty easy to follow tutorial for the backpacks. This blog gave clear, detailed pictures of the steps (which was so handy!) and great directions. If you're interested in making these backpacks, check out the Mama Backpack Tutorial at Happythings blog. I followed the directions exactly, except I didn't include pockets, which would have been nice.
I also found a great Etsy shop (Heart of Mary) that has great patterns that are easy to use and understand! This is where I found the pattern for the water bottle holders. Here's the link to the water bottle carrier e-book. Probably the best $6 I've spent in awhile!
These super cute water bottle holders go together pretty quickly and are not very hard to make. And all you need is cotton fabric for the outside and inside, insul-bright insulation (which can be found at craft stores like Joann's), and drawstring. I did find some drawstring cord stoppers (the little plastic things you can squeeze, and then you can tighten or loosen the string) on Etsy, I think they came from this shop: Sewing Supplies. These really finished the carriers up.
We took our bags and holders with us when we hiked at the Grand Canyon, and got so many compliments on them! A few ladies even suggested that we sell ours to them!
These would be great gifts or things to use when you go camping, hiking, to the park, to sports games, and so on!
I'll try to get some pictures of them soon!
A few months ago, I decided to close the blog completely, only to re-open it again a few weeks later...but I had already lost all of my followers when I closed it. Boo! That was not very smart of me!
Anyway, we have a new layout and new colors. I think it's lively and fun! We're also planning on doing some very fun things on here!
Here's a look at what's to come: