Turquoise Summer Wreath

I don't get a lot of time to work on "grown up" craft projects, but yesterday I finished a new turquoise wreath for my front door.  It was really easy to make, and I love how it turned out.


Isn't it a fantastic summer wreath?  I really like the blue grapevine wreath, and the flowers are so bright and cheerful. 

Here is what the wreath looked like when I bought it...



Then, I spray painted it, and added some fun felt flowers (that I made using the tutorial you can find here).  These flowers are really simple to make.  All you need is some brightly colored felt, scissors, a glue gun, and a few buttons.  


I am really enjoying my new summer wreath. What do you think? If you make one, let me know how it turns out.
♥ 
Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Celebrating the Last Day of Preschool

Today was my 4 year olds last day of Preschool, and like all milestones, it was a cause for celebration.  Here's how we marked the occasion:


First, my little guy brought presents for his friends and his teachers.  Every celebration needs gifts, right?


Then, we made sure to get a picture of my son with his teachers.  I think a child's first teachers hold special places in their hearts forever, don't you?


Finally, I surprised him with a Preschool Finish Line after school.  He loved it!  We even had to tape it back together so he could do it again.


When my little guy started Preschool, he cried at drop off for months.  He only attended Preschool two days a week (for a couple of hours each day), but it took him a long time to let me leave without crying.  It's funny how life come full circle.  Today, on his last day, he was all smiles... and I was the one with tears in my eyes.  

I have no idea how I am going to survive his first day of "big school" in September.  Anyone have any tips for this sad Mommy?


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Canada Day Wreath

Canada Day is just around the corner, so I wanted to share the adorable Canada Day wreaths my boys made from paper plates and tissue paper.


Aren't they cute?  I am sharing the full tutorial over at CBC Parents.  Come on over and see how easy it is to create your own Canada Day Decor.

Happy Canada Day!


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Alphabet Crafts - Letter W

My 4 year old and I are getting close to finishing our "crafting our way through the alphabet" adventure.  Yesterday we made a Windsock craft and did some Letter W printing practice.


To make a wind sock:

1)  Color a piece of white card stock.
2)  Roll the card stock into a tube, and tape in place.
3)  Punch some holes in the top of the tube, and add a pipe cleaner handle.
4)  Tape strips of tissue paper to the bottom of the tube.


Cute, right?  I think this is a great summer craft.  My little guy had a fantastic time running around the yard... and telling me which way the wind was blowing.


After our craft, we did a bit of printing practice.  To practice writing the letter W with your little one, right click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print.



Fun, right? Next up, the letter "X"!


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

"Tote"ally Awesome Teacher Gift... with free printable tag

My 4 year old has spent the last year with two fantastic preschool teachers, so on his last day (Thursday), he is bringing them each a special gift.  Each of his teachers will receive a pretty summer tote bag with a tag that says, "Have a 'Tote'ally Awesome Summer!"


Cute, right?  I think it is the perfect bag for trips to the park or beach this summer.

If you would like to download and print the 4X6 tag I designed, just right-click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print it like a normal photo.


I love how bright and cheerful this little tag is, don't you?


What is your best teacher gift to give/get?  I always like giving things that are useful.  Gift cards and special notes are always great choices.


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Class Treats {Have a cool summer!}

Our school year is winding down, and today I am sharing the class treats my 6 year old is sharing with his friends on the last day of school.  He is bringing large freezies with little tags that say, "Have a cool summer!"


Cute, right?  I love how simple this idea is, and my little guy is anxious to share these fun treats with his classmates on Wednesday.

To download the tag I designed, just right click on the 4X6 picture below, save it to your computer, and print it like any other photo.  (I designed it so that three tags fit on one 4X6 photo.)


Here are all our treats ready to go!


The only thing better than these class treats are the lazy days of summer that are sure to follow!


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Alphabet Crafts - Letter V

My 4 year old and I are continuing to craft our way through the alphabet, and yesterday we had some fun with the letter V.  We made a Vase craft (with thumbprint flowers), and we did some letter V printing practice.


To make the vase craft:

1)  Draw a simple vase shape on a piece of paper.
2)  Color the vase.
3)  Use paint to make "thumbprint" flower petals.
4)  Add stems and leaves to the flowers (with crayons), and glue buttons onto the centre of the flowers.


Cute, right? After our craft we did a little printing practice. If you want to practice printing the letter V with your little one, you can right-click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print it.


Fun, right? Next up... the Letter W!


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)


Find more alphabet crafts here.



5 Reasons I Love Being a Mom of Boys

As a mom of three boys, I am often asked, "Are you going to try for a girl?"  I always find it a strange question because I feel extremely blessed to have three healthy boys, and I wouldn't trade them for the world.  So... to answer the question... "no, I am not going to try for a boy", and here are 5 reasons I LOVE being a mom to my sons:


1)  My boys love to move. -- Although I find it exhausting at times, I love that my boys are so active.  My guys love to play sports, chase each other around the yard, and dance around the house.  PS (Little boys make awesome dance partners.)

2)  My boys play the best games. -- My house is full of LEGO, mini sticks, light sabers and race cars.  We may not have a single princess dress, but our dress up box is brimming with Jedi robes, super hero capes, pirate clothes, and hockey jerseys.

3)  My boys are best friends and they build fantastic forts together.  A few blankets, pillows, and chairs can keep them entertained for hours.

4)  My boys don't fight about clothes. -- I don't have to fight about what they wear to school each day.  My boys are happiest in jeans and t-shirts.  Add ball caps and sneakers, and they are good to go!  (and... having three boys means lots of "hand-me-downs"... score!)

5)  My boys give big hugs and heartfelt kisses. -- They are also awesome cuddlers... and they love their mom!

And on top of all this, I can save time when I am trying to get somewhere because I don't need to use their names.  I can just say "come on boys", "hurry up boys", and "don't forget your coats boys".  :-)


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Simple Preschool Class Treats

My 4 year old has been going to preschool on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and he wants to bring little treats to his friends on their last days together.  I came up with two simple ideas, and I have included the details (and free printable tags) below.  


For his Tuesday friends, he is bringing bubbles wrapped with little "owl" ribbons and tags that say, "Owl miss seeing you at preschool. Have a great summer!"


To download the tag, right-click on the 4X6 photo below, save it to your computer, and print it.


For his Thursday friends, he is bringing cookies with tags that say, "You are a smart cookie.  Thanks for being my preschool friend."


To download the tag, right-click on the 4X6 photo below, save it to your computer, and print it.


I can't wait for my little guy to share these treats with his preschool friends next week.  He is pretty excited to hand them out.  Do your kids like to pass out class treats on the last day of school?


Gina Bell (aka East CoastMommy)

Alphabet Crafts - Letter U

My 4 year old and I are continuing to craft our way through the alphabet, and after today, we only have 5 letters left!  This time, we made a paper plate umbrella craft, and we did a little letter U printing practice.


To make the paper plate umbrella:

1)  Cut a paper plate in half, paint it, and allow it to dry completely.  (You can also add some "scalloping" at the bottom, but this step is optional.)
2)  Glue the paper plate to a piece of paper.
3)  Draw a handle on the umbrella.  (My son insisted on using a pipe cleaner, but it takes a lot of glue to make it stick.  I think drawing it is easier, but I leave it up to you!)
4)  Crumple up bits of tissue paper, and glue them onto the paper to make raindrops and puddles.


Cute, right?  After our craft we did a little printing practice. If you want to practice printing the letter U with your little one, you can right-click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print it.



Fun, right? Next up... the Letter V!


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)


Find more alphabet crafts here.



Have an "Egg"cellent Summer {free printable tags}

It's that time of year again -- school is ending and summer vacation is just around the corner.  My boys enjoy bringing little gifts to share with their classmates on the last day of school, and today I am sharing an idea for a fun treat little ones will love (and I have designed free printable tag for you to download).


Cute, right?  My boys love Kinder Eggs.  What's not to love about a chocolate treat and a toy surprise?

If you want to make these treats for your child's classmates (or just for your little ones as a special "last day of school" surprise), just right click on the 4X6 picture below, save it to your computer, and print it like a normal photo.


We are really getting excited for summer around here, and we have already started to work our way through our Summer Checklist.  We are especially looking forward to our road trips to Halifax and PEI.  Maybe I'll pop a few Kinder Eggs into my purse to keep the boys happy in the van.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?  I'd love to hear about the summer adventure you have planned with your family.


Gina Bell (aka East CoastMommy)

Disclosure: I’m part of theKinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation withthis group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Alphabet Crafts - Letter T

My 4 year old and I are continuing to craft our way through the alphabet, and yesterday afternoon we had some fun with the letter T. We made a turtle puppet from a paper plate, and we did some letter T printing practice.


To make this turtle puppet:

1)  Cut a paper plate in half.
2)  Paint the paper plate yellow.
3)  Use a cotton ball to add green dots to the turtle's shell, and allow to dry completely.
4)  Cut a head, 4 legs and a tail from green construction paper, and tape to the back of the paper plate.
5)  Tape a craft stick to the back of the turtle.
6)  Glue on a googly eye, and draw on a mouth.


That's it! Isn't it a cute little craft?

After our craft, we did a little printing practice. If you want to practice printing the letter T with your little one, you can right-click on the picture below, save it to your computer, and print it.


Fun, right? Next up... the letter U.


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

Find more alphabet crafts here.



DIY Teacher Gift {Candy Flower Bouquet}

Last week I shared the DIY Candy Bouquet I made for my husband for Father's Day.  This week, I am showing you how easily it can be transformed into a fun and inexpensive teacher gift.


Isn't it cute?  You can find the full tutorial for making a candy bouquet here.  


Then, after you create your candy bouquet, you just need to add the cute "I couldn't have picked a better teacher" tag that I designed.

To download the 4X6 tag I designed: right-click on the photo below, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular photo.


I just love this little gift on its own, but you could also add a gift card and a hand written note to make it even more special.  What is the best teacher gift you have ever gotten/received?


Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)

5 Father's Day Gifts {kids can make}

Homemade gifts are the best, and they are especially meaningful when they are coming from a child. Today, I am sharing 5 {simple} DIY Father's Day gifts that kids can make for the special man in their lives.


1)  Find a picture of your little one, ask a few questions about his/her dad, and (with one hour photo processing) you will have a special photo gift for dad that he will love.  You can find all the DIY details here.  



2)  Print this tie, have your little one decorate it, add some elastic, and you're done.  Easy peasy!  You can download the tie template here.  


3)  Fill a paper bag with Dad's favorite treats, and add a cute tie embellishment.  Total cuteness with loads of time to spare!  You can find all the DIY details for father's day gift wrap here.  


4)  Set the mood for a festive day about dad with this adorable father's day book page banner.  This little project is sure to bring a smile to Dad's face.  You can find the simple "how to" here.  



5)  If the way to Dad's heart is through his stomach, then this gift will definitely be a winner.  This candy bouquet is easy to put together and costs less than $10.  Now that's a sweet deal!  You can find the candy bouquet tutorial here.


Don't you just love a simple DIY gift that the kids can make? Happy Father's Day!


Gina Bell
(aka East Coast Mommy)


PS - This is a cute one too! You can download the tags (for free) here.


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