Things have been a little quiet around here lately. OK, let’s be honest – it has been downright silent. But with good reason…

We will have a new addition to our family this fall, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!!

 

I am so in love with my Mommy Book, and I really wanted to do something similarly meaningful for Father’s Day this year. Homemade, thoughtful, showing the age and stage that our daughter is in right now.

One of our all time favorite books is I Love My Daddy Because and it’s matching book, I Love my Mommy Because. These cute books talk about all of the reasons why we love our mommys and daddys, and feature sweet pictures of animal babies with their mommy or daddy. We have the Spanish / Enlgish version of both, which I highly recommend, even if you don’t speak Spanish. You never know – you and your kids can both pick up a little Spanish vocabulary. :) (Plus they are very well translated, which is surprisingly hard to find!)

So we took the basic premise of this book, and made it into a Father’s Day Book for Daddy. We started by discussing all of the reasons why she loves her daddy, and then we chose the top 6 reasons, ending the same way the book ends, “I love my Daddy and my Daddy loves me!”

I chose to do an easy flip book because it displays each of her ideas prominently, and gave her plenty of room to add illustrations. The last page holds her Father’s Day message, which is by far my favorite part.

We added a photo collage (for details, see my post over on Modern Parents Messy Kids) and enclosed it in a colorful Pointed Flap Envelope from Paper Source. A piece of scrapbook paper and some twine wrapped around the envelope was all it needed to look perfect

Although this was very easy to make, it did take us over a week to finish it. We did about a page a day, which was perfect for her, since she likes to take her time and concentrate on her drawings. This also gave us plenty of time to talk about each page, and each drawing, and what it meant to her. I was really amazed with the sentiments and feelings that came out in her drawings, that she had never expressed to me before.

The idea is so simple, and could be duplicated for a million different occasions – birthdays, Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, teacher appreciation, etc. If you would like to make you own, I recommend first getting the book – it is a great way to get the conversation started about all the reasons why you love or appreciate someone. Then take your time with the discussion. Depending on the age of your child, they may need a little help, or they might be able to write out their list themselves independently.

Assembling the book is so easy. Take two sheets of white cardstock (or plain white paper) and cut them in half vertically. Stack them so that you have 4 identical sheets of paper that measure 4.25″ x 11″. Stagger the pages about 3/4″ apart, then fold them over and keep the spacing consistent. Staple the top of your book and add a decorative sheet of paper or washi tape to cover the staples. Then write on each of the flaps using the list you came up with previously. Your little artist can then illustrate each of the pages and you are done! A beautiful, handmade, thoughtful gift that any mom, dad, grandparent or teacher would love to receive.

  • Alexis - super cute! i am going to try this for my hubby’s birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Maya - What is that under the “A” in the top photo?!?! :) :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Kerry - Beautiful book!
    To all you teachers out there—we used to have our students make these books for Mother’s/Father’s Day! What parent wouldn’t cherish a gift like this!ReplyCancel


Happy Weekend everyone! I just finished reading Happier at Home, and it has completely inspired me to start a major spring cleaning of our apartment. But before the actual cleaning comes organizing and minimizing and purging – my favorite part. It is really weird how happy much I enjoy spending my time doing this – it is just so therapeutic. So while I finish my spring cleaning, (and take a bit of time to do my baby’s nails) here are a few links you may enjoy:

A few years ago, when my little girl was just shy of one, I read an article in Real Simple magazine (my favorite!) about a journal of sorts that one mother and her children had started decades earlier. Instead of gifts, for every Christmas, Mother’s Day, and birthday, each of her children added a page to her Mom Book. It sounded absolutely perfect.

That day, I went to the art store and found a simple, spiral bound journal with thick, blank pages.  Obviously, at 10 months old she wasn’t able to do her first entry on her own, but my husband sweetly stepped in and helped her out. This year marks her fourth entry, and shows how she has grown in just 3 short years. From a cute card the first year in my husbands handwriting, to simple the scribbles of a toddler, to the creative and determined watercolor masterpiece of a 2 and a half year old, and finally this year, the beginning writings of my sweet 3 and a half year old. (She had some help with the spelling, but she wrote it all herself.)

Although my mommy book has just begun, I love it more than anything, and I am so excited to see how the entries change over the years.

Happy Friday friends! It’s almost Mother’s Day, so I have all things “mom” and “parenting” on the brain. Here are a few things you may enjoy…

  • I love hearing what kids think about things, in their own words. This film of kids’ thoughts on their moms is adorable.
  • Need an easy last minute gift for Mom? Print up this cute Mother’s Day Newspaper and let the kids color away.
  • We have all been there, distracted by our iphones. In case you missed this article that started the debate and countless follow up blog posts… Dear Mom on the iPhone. And the best letter back I have read, Dear Mom on the iPhone, I Get It!
  • I love being a mom. I truly think that it has made me a better person. But… It. Is. Hard. Sometimes it is nice to read an article that recognizes that, and reassures you that it’s ok to not carpe every diem!
  • I really enjoyed this list of 50 Amazing things about moms. Anyone else with me on #25?

In this photo, my little artist was hard at work on The Mommy Book.