Thursday, April 18, 2013

"APFLH" Children's Art Studio- Celebrate With Me

April 14-20, 2013

"Week of the Young Child" is the time of year set aside for us to celebrate the fact that

children need to play
children learn through play
children learn best through play
I personally love how this week provides us as adults more
opportunities to learn and share information

with family and friends
with other parents
with unassuming strangers caught at the right place/right time

In fact there is nothing quite as satisfying as finding the perfect moment within
an ordinary conversation to transition into a discussion about child development!

(can you tell that people just love me at parties?)

Anyway, check out some of the activities that we did during our
Children's Art Studio in celebration of April...
"Month of the Young Child" 

We used some favorite books for inspiration...

"The Little Red Hen"
an old folk tale 
 "I Can Do It"- Sensory Table
Bird Seed
Recycled Egg Cartons

"The One and Only Special Me"
by Rozanne Lanczak Williams

Inspired our...
"Look at Me"- Frame Decorating Activity
Small Wooden Frames
Glitter Glue
White Glue
Colored Tissue Paper Squares

And "Month of the Young Child" wouldn't be complete with an ...
"I Can"- Magnetic Letters Scramble Board Activity
accompanied by a Bilingual audiobook
 "I Can! Yo Puedo!" 
by Gladys Rosa Mendoza
and one of our absolute favorites...

"Me and My Senses"

by Jane Sweeny

"Using My Senses"- Fine Motor Skills Puffy Painting
Foam Squares
Homemade Puffy Paint (recipe found here)

So take the time to slow down, pull up a seat, and read...
To yourself and also with a child!

Next we're celebrating with... "Nine Candles"

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Same Black Dress (Part 3)

What an amazing week of discovery and reflection this has been!

It all started with one simple black dress and a commitment
to a young lady whom I've never met, making a commitment
to help other young ladies I've never met

I was...

proud that my daughter wanted to join me in the endeavor
excited to try different ways to wear my "Little Black Dress"
and thrilled to be featured by one of my favorite new bloggers!

During this experience I re-realized that we have
so much
so much more

And it all took me back...
to one of my first blog posts about the spilled cornmeal
which added to my ever developing realization that

"the more I've spent so much time searching for, is actually less"

So let's have a quick recap shall we?

don "Little Black Dress"
add accessories
strike a pose

Day Five


 Stay tuned for the "Little Black Dress" weekend wear styling options!

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Same Black Dress (Part 2)

Early this week I shared with one of my coworkers how the "Dress For Change" consumerism project had captured my attention.  When I told her that I would be wearing the same dress every day she suggested that I refrain from telling the other ladies, and wait to see how many days it took anyone else to notice. 

Well today marked the end of the work week, and I have worn

the same "little black dress" to work
everyday this week
and no one noticed

I know this because today when I asked them, they were clueless.

I pulled out my camera to show them pictures from the week and they were shocked.

Even the coworker who knew about the dress said that she would have never noticed because of the way that I changed it up each day with accessories

I had to shake my head in disbelief at the erroneous number of times
I have complained of "nothing to wear"

to wear

I realize not that what I should've been saying all these years is that
I have "too much to wear"

So many options
Too many options

But I love how living a life of gratitude and grace

brings lessons



that promote

new perspective

and this "Dress For Change" has shown me that...

"Nothing to wear" simply doesn't exist for us

and I should never

even think

of muttering those words ever again!

(See pictures below of how we wore it)

Day 3- 


"Little Black Dress" worn as a foundation under another Sheer Dress
Black Vest


"Little Black Skirt"
Rainbow Checkered shirt

Moriah even painted her nails to match the colors in her rainbow checkered shirt!
Day 4- 


I wanted to wear my favorite earrings (from my local Dollar store)
so I built the outfit around them pairing two shirts on top of my
"Little Black Dress"


"Little Black Skirt"
Black and pink leggings
"Dream, Love, Smile" T-shirt

Check out our end of week review here!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Same Black Dress (Part 1)

This week my daughter and I are supporting Sheyenne's
"Dress For Change" fashion consumerism project.

The objective... to raise funds and awareness for underprivileged girls in Africa
The challenge... to wear the same black dress for 7 days (with gratitude and grace)

I have added another component to our challenge,
to accessorize using only what we already own.

So here's what we're wearing...

Day 1


"Little Black Dress"
Black and White Striped Shirt (gifted to me)
Teal Sweater (JC Penny)
Teal Belt (Goodwill- $2)
Black and White Striped Earrings (my local Dollar Store)


"Little Black Skirt"
Pink Polka Dot T-shirt

Day 2


"Little Black Dress"
Green Ruffle Shirt (hubby bought for me)
"Shades of Green" Earrings (my local Dollar Store)


"Little Black Skirt"
Alphabet "HI" shirt
Lime sweater shrug

Click here to see the next 2 days...

 or here to see the week in review!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Didn't You Wear That Yesterday?

I'm not exactly sure why our society has us so obsessed with...

our appearance
our clothing
our perception

(of what others are thinking about us)

but I had my first experience with this when I was in Elementary School

One day my grandpa came to pick me up from school and informed me that I would be spending the night at his house because my mother was in the hospital.  Even though my mommy was sick, and my daddy had to work the night shift, I knew I was in good hands and had everything that I could possibly need.

good food
clean clothes
my own warm bed
lots of love

There was only one problem...

The clothes that I kept at my grandparents' house were CHURCH clothes, and I may have only been in the second grade, but I already had enough sense to know that you can't wear CHURCH clothes to SCHOOL! 

So I made a decision...

I would wear the same pants that I had on, the very next day.

I got up the next morning, took a bath, and put on my same gray pants with a clean white button down (CHURCH clothes) shirt.  My grandma couldn't understand my reasoning, and she tried to sway me by reminding me that I had a closet full of clean clothes to choose from.  I reminded her that I couldn't get on the monkey bars wearing a frilly dress.

I would rather wear the same pants to school 2 days in a row, than be caught in a church dress at school.  It seems absolutely ridiculous to me now that I would be worried about clothing and other people's perception of my clothing while my mother "lay dying" in a hospital bed. 

I had bigger things to think about,
but instead I was worrying over clothes.  

I decided to lay low in the hopes that no one would notice that I was wearing a repeat.  I made it through a good portion of the day with little attention and we were lining up after recess when it happened...

One of the boys in the class turned and looked at me and asked, "Didn't you have on those pants yesterday?"  And before I could even blink, my best friend turned and looked at him and answered,

"Have you ever heard of a washing machine?"

I breathed a sigh of relief because that was the end of that. 

Since she had my back (Thank you, Chanea!), and spoke up for me,
no one ever dared mention it again.

Until today...

when I read about what this High School student is proposing for her Senior Project,
and it struck a nerve with me. 

So I have decided to join her "Dress for Change" movement
by wearing the same black dress for 7 days in a row!

Because no child should ever have to miss school
because they fear what others will say or do, and

no child should ever fear hearing the mere words...

"Didn't You Wear that Yesterday?"
Click here to see what happened next!