Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day, the 3rd Sunday in June, this year on June 16th, is a special day to celebrate and thank Daddy!  Daddy may be new to the job, or an old pro, but he’s always watching out for his children, even when they are grown and parents themselves.

A father may get a fishing pole or a watch, but those little handprints and footprints are lifelong treasures.

In addition to some of the ideas I shared for Mother’s Day Gifts, here are some more designed for Dads.

  1. Again, using non-toxic washable child’s paint, apply with a brush, sponge, or your hand, to their hand or foot, one at a time.
  2. Clean one hand before switching to the other!  It’s easier to keep track of one messy hand!
  3. Make poster, framed page, scrapbook page, or fold to make a card.
  4. Search for ideas online if you want to make shapes or designs. These might include:
  • heart shape with footprints, with or without a photo in the center
  • handprints on left and right with a poem or note or photo in the middle
  • There are great poems out there already, create your own, or simply identify the occasion, name and date;

Father’s Day 2013
With Love
Child’s Name
created on June 18, 2013

  • you could add a photo of the child actually making the prints!

5.  For Dads who have a favorite sport or hobby, prints could recreate  some symbol, such as:

  • Basketball – orange paint, put several hands in a circle shape
  • Fishing – use footprints to make “green” fish, add eyes or fins with black marker
  • Hunting – deer head from footprint and antlers from handprints
  • Baseball – two little sides of baby fists together to create the round ball

Great for:  New Fathers (1st Father’s Day)
                 Fathers of any age
                 Grandpas and Great-Grandpas

See:   More Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts


Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is approaching fast, on May 12th, the second Sunday in May. Whether it is the first Mother’s Day, or the 80th, our children are always our babies. Our cards and gifts are reminders for Moms about how much they are loved and appreciated.

Easy and inexpensive gifts are usually the most memorable, especially those little handprints and footprints for us to keep!

Some ideas:

  1. Using non-toxic (most are now, but check to make sure) washable child’s paint, brush or sponge paint onto your little one’s hand or foot. If they are too sensitive to the brush or sponge, just rub it on with your hand! Do one at a time to make it easier to clean up. Gently apply to your paper or item.
  2. Prints can be applied to a piece of poster board, heavier construction paper or card-stock.
  3. Paper can be folded to make a card, or left open to make a poster, or put in a frame to hang on the wall.
  4. Browse popular search engines to find ideas if you want to make a design with the prints, or add a poem or note. Some possibilities are:
  • butterflies out of footprints, adding antennae with black marker
  • flowers with handprints, adding stems with green or black marker
  • tree, with footprint trunk, handprint branches, fingerprint leaves or apples
  • heart shape from hands or feet
  • try different colors for each print for special effects, maybe using favorite colors or color scheme of home
  • for young babies, apply paint to the side of their fist, gently press to create adorable baby rosebuds
  • apply prints to containers like flowerpots, adding a coat of sealant, then planting a flower

Great for:   New Mothers (1st Mother’s Day)
                  Mothers of any age
                  Grandmas and Great-Grandmas

See:   More ideas for Father’s Day Gifts


Something quick and easy for dinner?

Working as a teacher full-time, I had to learn to multi-task.  That means that your brain is usually on overload!  As a mother and wife, I had to learn how to care for my children, complete all my paying job tasks for the day, keep track of everyone’s schedules and appointments, have a little time with my husband, and still plan for the evening meals and the next day’s activities.  Still there is time to feel guilty because you cannot get it all done like you want!  

That’s okay.  I had to learn to let go of being perfect at everything I did. No one can expect to do it all and do it perfectly.  And to my great surprise, no one did.  No one expected everything to be as perfect as I did.  Unfortunately, you can sometimes feel like your little perfect tasks go unnoticed.  But that’s okay, too!  We all do the best we can with what we have and what we know.  That’s all we can expect of ourselves.

The recipes that inspired this idea involved a lot of sauce from scratch (that’s great if you have the time), and this version is a quick and easy one that tastes great! This is my go-to “easy meal in a hurry with little planning”.

-Chicken thighs or strips, preferably boneless/skinless  (one or two per person)
-Smoked Paprika
-Your favorite BBQ from a bottle

Add a drizzle of olive oil (or vegetable oil) to your frying pan. Cover both sides of chicken with smoked paprika. Brown both sides of chicken for 2-3 minutes at medium heat to seal in the smokey flavor. Then reduce the heat to low and cover each piece of chicken with a couple of tablespoons of BBQ sauce (any flavor you like will work). Pour about 1/3 cup water in the pan to keep the sauce from burning. Cover with a lid and let the chicken simmer and finish cooking in the BBQ sauce. Turn chicken over about every 5 minutes and add a little sauce each time. After about 20 minutes, check chicken for doneness (white in the center, no pink, juice runs out is clear).

While the chicken is cooking on its own, you have time to get your side dishes together and maybe even say hi to your husband and kids! This method also works with country style ribs really well.

New Journey!

Starting out on a new journey is both exciting and a little scary, but here I go!

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr is one of my favorites, applying to many types of journeys.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”

My journey has taken me through my childhood, teenage years, young married and new parent phases, work and career choices, and now being a new grandparent!  Ups and downs are part of any journey, and I have been blessed to learn a few things along the way. 

Of course, I had to be open to learning them!  How to be a student, how to be a wife and mother, and how to conduct myself through my daily work are important things to know, but you have to learn them a little at a time.

I hope to share little things I’ve learned along the way! 

  • Old family recipes and new ways of cooking
  • Crafts and creations – Sewing, Cross stitch, Embroidery, Quilting, Scrapbooking, Cookbooks and Family Trees
  • Family and Parenting tips and ideas
  • Genealogy, Family Trees, and the importance of our families