Need Help with Bedtime?

Call Disney’s Bedtime Hotline!  Presented by shopDisney.com and Disney Store.  Parents can dial in for free from now through September 30, 2019 to hear a special bedtime message from a Disney favorite.  Character messages include:  Mickey Mouse, Woody, Jasmine, Anna and Elsa, Yoda, and Spider-Man.

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Gingerbread 5K- Fundraising for Give Kids the World

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Just a quick update coming at ya. My children will be participating in the Give Kids the World Gingerbread 5K this year and are fundraising for this event. Give Kids the World is a charity right here in our backyard that has helped make dreams come true for over 146,000 families with terminally ill children. Give Kids the World is a storybook resort that offers all expenses paid for their families and offer so many magical amenities. To read more about this charity please visit their website http://www.gktw.org

My children are only 7 and 12, but have big hearts and have a passion for helping others and sharing God’s love within our community. They are trying to raise $1,000 for this event and I am asking all of my readers to stand with these munchkins and help them make a difference here in Kissimmee with Give Kids the World by sponsoring them with a monetary donation on our GoFundMe and/or purchasing a pair of these super cute Lego Earrings that my daughter has made and is selling on Etsy. The earrings are $8 a pair and 75% of the funds will go to Give Kids the World towards their fundraising goal. The remaining amount is for supplies and race fees.

 

Thank you for your support! Please share with your friends and family.

 

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Lightsaber DIY

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Star Wars Lightsaber from a pool noodle!!!   This is a fun DIY that is perfect for the lil Jedi in your life!

All you need for this DIY project:

pool noodle

electrical tape

duck tape

You can find all materials at the Dollar Tree.  To make a double sided lightsaber just place two stripes of the gray duck tape in the center of the noodle.  Make stripes and buttons using the black electrical tape.  Smaller lightsabers can be made by cutting the noodle in half and placing the duck tape and electrical tape on one end of noodle.

Now get ready for hours of fun as you and your child engage in the ultimate galactic battle!  Perfect fun for a Star Wars party theme for all ages!

 

Catch me if you can!!!

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, my friends!  Lucky me, I’m Irish and I am super proud of my heritage and our family traditions!

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Speaking of traditions….a few years ago we were visited by a very mischievous leprechaun, who called himself Leppy.  Every St. Patrick’s Day since, my children have tried to catch Leppy by making a very intriguing trap filled with gold coins and every year he gets away!!!  But not before he takes the time to stir up some trouble around the house and a message with some SKITTLES!  Better luck next year!

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As you can see he made a mess with the toothpaste and left the kids a shamrock clue on the wall!  In an effort to trap him and demand he take us to his pot of gold…we failed…or did we?  The kids scored another clue!!!  Skittles!

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Previous posts on St. Patrick’s Day:

http://thecutecountrychick.com/2014/03/18/the-luck-of-the-irish/

http://thecutecountrychick.com/2015/03/17/leppy-strikes-again/

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

1It’s Seuss Day!!!!  We had a lot of fun putting this look together!  We had a shirt from a Penguin play that was perfect for this Cat in the Hat look.  We paired it with a pair of black shorts and knee high black socks.  For the hat, we took red felt and glued on white paper for the stripes.  We rounded the felt and glued the edges together making a pipe hat.  Once dried, we stuffed the center of the pipe hat with tissue paper and secured it to a white paper plate.  We punched two holes on either side and attached stretch cord.  Using white and black face paint to create the Cat look we magically transformed this  adorable child into the Cat in the Hat!

Teacher bans Valentine’s from classroom

My son’s first grade teacher has banned Valentine’s Day from her classroom.  With all of it’s frilliness and kindness.  This teacher decided that Valentine’s Day was offensive and sent a letter home stating that Valentine’s Day Celebrations were off.  Meanwhile, everyone else at the school is preparing for this special HOLIDAY that falls on February 14th.  Kindergarten is working diligently to create special cards for each “friend” in their class and 5th grade is selling Valentine Candy Grams that will be delivered to friends all around school on Friday the 12th.

What are your thoughts on this?  Personally I am offended and not sure why we must continue to be politically correct. It makes me sad that society continues to take away these traditions and bringing disappointment to our young generation.

 

We had already purchased Valentine’s prior to this notice being received.  In fact my son was so excited about the Star War’s Valentines he picked out for all of his friends.  He is such a social bug and is friends with everyone!  He knew, Monday (the 8th) he would get the class list and get to write up his Valentines.  Instead he came home with a note stating he was not to bring anything in that said the word Valentine’s on it.  He simply stated, “my teacher says, Valentines is not allowed and we can never celebrate it again.”

This is in Florida.

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UPDATE*** The principal of this school did respond 24 hours after email was sent.

Her response:  “As a school, classes are celebrating this tradition and have sent out any communications stating otherwise.”

She did seem concerned as  to who provided this notice to me.  When I replied with the teacher’s name, she replied:

“I apologize for this miscommunication. Mrs. ___________  is new to our school this year and may have been confused regarding our celebration policies. I will meet with her today to clear this up. Classes are celebrating this day as her class is permitted to celebrate as well. Thank you for letting me know.”

I think the principal was unaware and the teacher would have successfully removed Valentine’s Day for these children had I not complained.  I think the teacher was pushing her beliefs onto her students and this is unconstitutional.

The principal was genuinely concerned and apologetic for the situation.

UPDATE*** 2/11/2016

The principal emailed me a class list and informed me that the teacher sat with the dean the day before calling all the parents informing them students were permitted to bring in Valentine’s cards and goodies.  I did not receive a call from the teacher and discovered it was because someone in the office had failed to update my contact information in December when requested.  I did speak with the teacher this morning and it went like this:

 

Teacher:  Good morning Mrs. ______  I apologize it seems I had the wrong number yesterday and I wanted to call and let you know I made a mistake and the children can bring in their Valentine’s cards.  I made a mistake and did not get my letter approved and I apologize.

Me:  Well, why did you think it was okay to cancel Valentine’s  to begin with?

Teacher:  I wasn’t cancelling Valentine’s, I just didn’t want to exclude anyone in my class.

Me:  The letter stated students could not bring in anything with the words Valentine’s Day on them.

Teacher:  Yes, that was my mistake I did not word it right and should have had my letter approved before sending it home on Monday.  Students may bring in their Valentine’s cards Friday.

 

Me:  Will you inform your students that they are having a Valentine’s Day party on Friday?  My son and _____ both came home yesterday telling myself and ______ that they could not make Valentine’s Day cards.

Teacher:  I will mention it to the class today.

 

Idea:  Make it fun for the whole entire class.  Get excited about it and let them make a lil Valentine bag or Valentine mailbox for their cards and goodies.  Valentine’s Day is such a great day to share encouragement, love, and kindness.

 

Extra, Extra Read All About It!

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So honored to be a guest writer for Positiviti.  Check out my post on “How to Defeat Your Inner Bully.”

What is Positiviti?

“Positiviti is a student-organized anti-bullying organization that offers emotional support to all students. Both students, parents, and devoted encouragers are invited to join our cause to lift up others and offer friendship to those who need it!” – Positiviti

Please share Positiviti with a teen you love!

 

 

New Years Resolutions

is7 days into the new year and most of us probably have already given up on our new years resolutions.  Ahhh….but it was worth the try.  Right?  NO!  Perhaps you are setting goals that are not realistic.  It is important to set small goals and conquer them one by one rather then set a HUGE goal that sets you up for defeat before you even begin.  Or maybe you are just setting the wrong goal for yourself…you have not found the right jelly to go with your peanut butter or in my home Nutella.  Yes, you guessed it,  I’m hungry and I have just digressed myself into a food blog.  lol

Seriously, resolutions are truly another word for GOALS.  So start small.  Instead of setting a goal to lose weight this year, think smaller and set a goal of walking every day for thirty minutes or eliminating something from your diet.  Start Small!!!  It is easy to say my resolution is to lose 40 pounds this year.  But if you never set smaller goals you will never accomplish it and in 2017 you will be right back where you started.  Year after year the same goals and after the first week of the new year we are waving the white flag, pat ourselves on the back for good effort, and go back to our regular habits.  Does this sound familiar to anyone?

This year I sat back and thought about the resolutions I have had in the past and why I failed them.  And I realized not only was I thinking too big, but…I wasn’t letting God help me.  I never once thought to pray and ask God help me to fulfill my New Years Resolutions.  And why not?!  God should be in control over everything in my life.  God has walked with me through all my up’s and down’s and knows my deepest, darkest secrets.  Of course God would know the best resolution to fit me and how to see it through.  So this year my resolutions not only include taking family walks,  decreasing sugar and caffeine intake,  spending more time with family, and putting down the technology.  A while back my Pastor spoke of “BEING ALL THERE” for your children and loved ones and taking a break from the smart phone and FACEBOOK.  I have done well with this thus far, my phone does not stay on me at all times and I do not go online much when at home.  This year I am taking this a bit further and I will limit my tech time to an hour a week.  This gives me more quality time with my children and is a great stress reliever.  It is amazing how much one can miss when they are surviving in a virtual world and not the real world.

BUT ALSO…to pray more!  Spending more time speaking to Jesus.  Not just a couple times a day, but multiple times throughout the day.   Praying for my family, health, help with meeting my NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, happiness, healing, peace, for our country and brave soldiers fighting for our freedoms, for Christians around the world, for strangers, for wrong doers, and everything and anything that comes my way.

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

“But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.”  Jeremiah 20:11

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

Put Jesus in the driver’s seat this year and be blessed!