September 11th: SK Showcase

It is with great relief that I can say we are fully up-and-running and back online in my home.  It was truly a restful, slowed-down week without so much as access to email, let alone blog surfing and Facebooking!  I am, however, grateful and appreciative to be back amongst friends in our community as this week ends.

Casey of Live Your Art sent me this very cool idea to showcase this week:

The kids and I created a project recently that I thought I would share.

tagchart1I created a fabric tag chart  to a) hold a list of ideas my kids can choose from for activities or chores b) to use as a count down chart for our future trip to Disneyland and c) I had some really cute fabric that I wanted to use!

tagchart2The kids used my paper scraps to punch tags, then decorated them with paint and markers. My eldest numbered them from 30 to 1, and we strung each one with yarn.  Right now, the chart is filled with tags I wrote naming games and exercises they can choose from when they are bored (“Go choose a tag!” is a common refrain in my home), but as vacation nears, we will replace them with the numbered tags, removing one each day as we count down to the trip.

A tutorial for making the chart can be found on my blog.

Thank you, Casey!

And now, your weekend reading:

Simply Practical

Obviously the weight of today’s date hangs heavily for many of us.  I appreciated Gabi Larson’s article “Helping Families Understand 9/11: A Parent’s Guide for Teaching Children about September 11, 2001.”

Digital Photography School: Lifestyle Photography – Photographing Children in their Element
Simple Mom: What To Do With Kids’ Artwork
Alpha Mom: Free Printable Lunchbox Notes, Tags, and Stickers

Simply Delicious

Tiny Morsels: Three Bears Porridge
Full Bellies, Happy Kids: Easy Butter Cookies

Inspired Projects

Wee Wonderfuls: Phoebe’s baby clothes quilt!
The Crafty Crow: Make a Felt Caterpillar

Inspired Images

Eckenrode Family: 30 Days of Happiness: Taking a Risk, Finding Bliss
Katherine Marie Photography: Goodbye Summer

Inspired Words

Keeper of the Home: How to Nurture Generosity in Your Children (guest post from Jamie of Steady Mom)
This Vintage Chica: Enjoying Him, Being Present

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  1. I loved the idea of fabric chart, sewing is something I wish I can be better yet. Seem such a neat idea for kids. I like other links on your post, I get to other great blogs this way, thanks for sharing.
    .-= Zengirl´s last blog ..Healing the hurting heart =-.

    • It’s overwhelming how many GREAT quality blogs there are these days! I could fill the weekend reading with many more links than what I usually share. It’s SO hard to pick just a few! Glad you are enjoying a look at some new blogs. 🙂
      .-= Megan´s last blog ..September 11th: SK Showcase =-.

  2. Thanks for featuring my post here, Megan!

    .-= steadymom´s last blog ..An Authentic Mother =-.

  3. thank you for this!!! i’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get the kids excited about some of the chores that need to be done around the house and barn.

    happy weekend…

    .-= exhale. return to center.´s last blog ..local movie night + a giveaway =-.

  4. So glad I found your weekly round ups, there’s a lot of items here I didnt come across (even with my huge list of weekly reads) and i’m a sucker for anyone who enjoys Katherine Marie as much as I do. She’s my Mommy Hero!
    .-= Stacy of KSW´s last blog ..GrandParents Day Craft Round Up =-.

  5. Thanks for the link to my site Megan!
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..30 Days of Happiness: The Love Between These Brothers =-.


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