No Sew Super Why Inspired Cape

No Sew Super Why Inspired Cape

This last Wednesday was SUPER HERO night for our midweek Kids Club. My 2 year old son isn't quite into the Marvel characters yet, but he's been a big fan of Super Why for awhile now, so we went with a Super Why inspired cape. Want to make your own no-sew cape?  Follow along! What You'll Need: A yard of blue jersey knit fabric (I got mine at Fabric.com for $6/yard) Sharp scissors (Fabric scissors or New Scissors) Circular object to trace (I used a pan) White Dimensional … [Read more...]

Gap Year Graduation Gift

Gap Year Graduation Gift

We were headed to the graduation party of one of the girls from church this past Saturday.  We love this family and I really wanted to give something more than the traditional cash stuffed into a generic card.   Naturally, I took a stroll around Pinterest and found this amazing idea from Proverbs 31 Mom:  I was all set to head up to the Dollar Tree and fill up a basket when I realized this particular grad was taking a gap year and probably wouldn't appreciate laundry soap and highlighters … [Read more...]

More Family Activities Ideas Across the Country!

More Family Activities Ideas Across the Country!

Hopefully you enjoyed our Summer Fun in Erie ideas from yesterday's post.  If you're looking for some more great staycation ideas from around the country, check out the list below! A - D Phoenix-Metro, Arizona ~ Mom Endeavors Scottsdale, Arizona ~ Saving For Someday Tucson, Arizona ~ Desert Chica Ramblings Bentonville, Arkansas ~ This Sweet Life Fullerton, California ~ More with Less Today San Diego, California ~ Southern Cali Saver.com Denver, Colorado ~ Bargain … [Read more...]

Family Activities and Things to Do in Erie, PA

Family Activities and Things to Do in Erie, PA

For the fourth year in a row, I'm joining a great group of bloggers to bring you fabulous family fun ideas for your city or town.  Today, I'll be sharing our bucket list for summer fun in Erie, PA.  Be sure to stop back in tomorrow for fresh new ideas from across the country.   Also, be sure to head on over to my previous staycation posts for more great ideas! Previous Staycation Posts   Family Fun Ideas for Erie, PA from 2012 Broken up into Eating, Sleeping, and Doing -- this post is … [Read more...]

Is It Really Worth It?

Is It Really Worth It?

Do you ever have one of those weeks that just tank? You read, you researched, you prepared, you practiced.  In other words, you were really on your game.  And yet, somehow, things still fell apart before your very eyes. That was me this week. It's not often that I'm really on my game.  Being bi-vocational keeps me feeling pretty stretched most days.  But once in awhile, I get into a really good rhythm and I'm filled with hopeful expectations for the night's Kids' Club program.  This … [Read more...]

Teachers Change Lives (and you can help them do it!)

Teachers Change Lives (and you can help them do it!)

Last week, the kids and I headed to the park at the end of our block.  After we had been playing for a few minutes, a man strolled onto the playground with his grandson. I instantly recognized him as my 11th grade math teacher.   He remembered me too (or so he says!) and we had a nice time catching up and talking about the neighborhood and summer plans. The thing is, I don't remember too much about middle and high school (perhaps I've blocked out those dark dark days), but I do remember … [Read more...]