A Year of SERVICE {Free Printables}

2013 Year of ServiceI’ve been relatively sheltered from traumatic events most of my life.  That’s not to say I haven’t experienced any – losing my Grandpa at 8 and my uncle at 19 – but I’ve been relatively blessed when it comes to major negative life events.

This past fall though I had a health scare.  All told it lasted about 5 weeks and everything turned out just fine.  But there was a lot of waiting and wondering.  A lot of trying to be optimistic but worrying about worst-case scenarios.

My faith helped beyond words throughout it all – a true light in a very scary time.

One concern that kept repeating itself in my mind – I have not done enough to help others.

THIS WILL CHANGE IN 2013.

I am planning out my service projects NOW – some solo, some with D, others with the kiddos.  Because as any busy mama (person, really!) knows, if you don’t plan to do it AND commit to do it then it often doesn’t get done.

Once my list is finalize and scheduled I’ll be typing up, printing, and framing the black, white, and red option listed above.  But I thought I’d give you wonderful folks a multitude of color options.  These all fit an 8×10 frame – just left click on the option you like and print from your browser.

Year of Service - B&W Year of Service - Blue Year of Service - Green Year of Service - Orange Year of Service - Pink Year of Service - Purple Year of Service - Red Year of Service - Teal

{Quick Note:  All free printables offered on my site are copyright, If I Had a Million Hours. They are intended for your personal use only.  Any commercial purposes/uses are strictly prohibited. Feel free to share them on your blog or in social media, but please use the thumbnails only and include a link to this page or my homepage: http://www.ifihadamillionhours.wordpress.com.  Many thanks!!}

Perhaps one day I’ll feel comfortable sharing more about my scare and some things I learned.  For now though I hope to inspire you to {PLEASE} consider planning your service opportunities for this coming year.  You will feel relief knowing that you’ve committed to helping others – I promise!!

Thanks for taking a look.  Only 3 sleeps until 2013..C-R-A-Z-Y!!!

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:4

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple

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Christmas Funnies 2012

Random Holiday {Photo} Cuteness

Random Holiday {Photo} Cuteness

I’ve always enjoyed Christmas.  But this year, with two kids that are fully talking and another on his way…its been H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!!!

I thought I’d share the funnies, hopefully they “translate” when written:

Santa’s Littlest Helper

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Ringing the Salvation Army bell – Dec. 22nd

Loodle (3) – {big doe eyes, lip pout} : “Mommy, I don’t know the way to the North Pole and I want to be Santa’s elf.”

Me {trying not to giggle}: “Hon, you have to be older to be Santa’s elf so don’t worry about it!”

Ms. Claus wouldn’t like this Santa behavior…

Loodle (3): “Mom, I need to wear my Santa jammies on Christmas.”

Me: “Why babe?” (She’s got a couple of pairs of Christmas PJs.  I was interested in why those ones in particular.)

Loodle: “Because Santa comes in my room to look at me and he’d like it if we were matching.”

Me: “I don’t think he goes in your room.”

Loodle: “He DOES Mom…I hear his Ho-ho-ho(s)”

I guess Loodle’s Santa is kind of a creep.  Not my choice for Santa but she’s a little young to discuss why an old man watching young kids sleeping is not quite right, don’t you think?

The Santa PJs - pretty cute, huh?

The Santa PJs – pretty cute, huh?

Christmas Letter Remorse

Miss Silly and I went on an “errand date” – i.e. she comes with me while I do necessary errands.  I call it a “date” and she’s by herself with Mom which makes it a treat.

We’d gone to Target to pick out gifts for her cousins.  Miss Silly didn’t handle it well because we found something REALLY COOL and then she couldn’t have it.  We’re working on the concept of generosity but it can be hard and she was tired.  Anyway, after that “set back” (major tears, some minor mommy threats:) we decided to stop by the pet store to look at some cute kitties to have some “errand date” fun.

AND WE RAN INTO SANTA!  The poor little lass was unprepared for this momentous, spur-of-the-moment run-in.

Now, Miss Silly is FIVE.  She’s not really afraid of Santa anymore.  What she is afraid of???  Not knowing for sure if what she put on her letter to Santa was truly what her little heart desired.

So she WOULD. NOT. TALK!  Even with some Santa cajoling she was mute.  I don’t think she even looked him in the eye – she pretty much looked everywhere but at him!

Me, being the awesome butting-in Mom that I am, went on to tell Santa what was on her list.  We tell the kids that they can’t be greedy and ask for too much because Santa’s got a LOT of kids to visit, so there is only a couple of things each year.  This year it was “a big doll with black, tan, or blond hair” (think American Girl but cheaper:) and a pair of slippers.   And that’s what I told Santa.

I thought my summary of her list was pretty good UNTIL we walked away from Santa and the waterworks started.

The problem?  Miss Silly was convinced that she had said MAYBE she wanted a big doll in her letter and I told Santa she WANTED a big doll.  She thought I’d limited Santa’s options because “what if I really don’t want a big doll!!”

The solution?  After a wee bit of hysterics I convinced her that Santa KNOWS what would make her happy so she didn’t have to worry.  If she really wouldn’t be happy with a big doll then Santa wouldn’t bring it.

We looked at some kitties but she was still pretty  upset.  On the drive home I reminded her that I had actually said to Santa that “she thinks she wants a big doll” and that “thinks she wants” is pretty much the same as “maybe wants”.  She seemed more convinced with that answer.

Moral of the story?  Like mother, like daughter.  I’m the type that orders at a restaurant and immediately thinks I should have ordered something else/that other thing I’d been eying.  I call it “Ordering Remorse”.  Miss Silly obviously suffers from the same “problem” – hers just manifests as “Christmas Wish List Remorse”!!

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She got “The Doll” – Santa just knew it was what she wanted:)

Christmas is CANCELLED

The week before Christmas we got sick.  Not just a little sick, mind you, but the “Mom had to change her shirt 7 times in ONE DAY” sort of sick.  I was spared – the three kids not so much.

Me {trying to look on the bright side}:  “At least we won’t be sick for Christmas!”

Loodle (3): “Because we’d have to cancel Christmas, right Mom?”

Me:  “Oh, we wouldn’t cancel Christmas honey.”

Loodle: “Yeah, cuz we don’t know how.”

Very true – I would not know how to cancel Christmas even though OF COURSE if this family was sick it should be, right?  The 3-year-old perspective cracks me up.  Who cares about all the other people who celebrate, huh?

Those Silly Houses

I tend to tune out the girls when driving.  Not only do I need to focus on the road, of course, but they chat pretty constantly (non-stop?) so its kind of a break.

But when I do listen there are some interesting conversations.  Over the Christmas season there has been a ton of screachy giggling and comments such as these:

  • “Look at that hairy house.” (giggle, giggle)
  • “Yeah – its got yellow hair all over it!!” (giggle, giggle)
  • “Ewww!  That house is REALLY hairy.” (guffaw, belly laugh!)

Figured it out???  Houses with dangly Christmas lights, of course.

It makes me laugh that one kid thought of it.  It makes me laugh harder that BOTH bought into this imagery:)

There’s No Rest for the Weary

We sing Christmas carol – and by “sing” I mean “belt out” Christmas carols.  From Thanksgiving until Christmas there are carols and Christmas music on constantly.

You’d think a bathroom break would be a time to pause from the festivities, right?  NOPE – not around here!

For future embarrassment sake I won’t say who (and really it could be either of the girls) but one little lady has been singing “Away in the Manager” at a ridiculously loud volume ONLY IN THE BATHROOM.

Always the same carol, always the same loud volume – odd, yet simply adorable!

Random Holiday Cuteness

    • “Christmas is all about FRIENDS,  not PRESENTS – right Mom?”  (Obviously one of the lessons we’ve been preaching over here:)
    • “There’s snow because of snow boots, right Mom?”  (Big Snow Boot has been tampering with the weather in order to increase 2012 sales – or at least that’s how I’d interpret her comment!)

Phew – there was more stories than I thought!  Perhaps the only people still reading will be my parents (hi guys!!).  If not, I hope you enjoyed some of our Christmas funnies.  I can’t wait to see what next year brings.

Can you believe its almost 2013???

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

 

Footprint “Mistle Toes” Ornaments

Mistle Toes Ornaments

For the daycare parents this year I knew I wanted to do a handprint or footprint craft.  This was especially true since the two full-time families I have right now have babies.  Handprint and footprint crafts are cute for bigger kids but there is just something about the little baby hands and feet.

I’d seen this amazing canvas project from Pinkie for Pink

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…BUT knew that both Lil’ Lady (8 months) and Cowboy (2 months) are too squirmy to guarantee good footprints.  So I opted to make ornaments instead.  Pretty straightforward really.  I made them almost exactly like the Handprint Bookmarks that were our Grandparents Day gifts this year.

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I’m hoping the parents loved them – even though I had to send them home with the ribbon just taped together.  Lost all of my glue somehow:)

I think they are really cute – how about you?

The girls (5 & 3) and I are off to ring the Salvation Army bell for TWO hours.  There weren’t any shorter shifts so we’ll see how they do.  I’m hoping they can “cute it up” with Santa hats and party dresses and stir up some extra generosity.

Only 3 sleeps until Christmas!! 

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado

Christmas Card Banner {Upcycled Christmas Card Project #4}

Christmas Card Banner

The self-imposed challenge – How many ways can I use old Christmas cards?

So far I’ve shown you Project #1: Framing the select beauties!!, Project #2: Christmas Card Gift Labels, and Project #3: Christmas Card Rubiks Cube.

Tonight’s project is a bit different as it doesn’t use cards I received but rather some cards I’ve had for a LONG time.  One year I picked up way to many cards half-off after Christmas.  Now,  I don’t have any problems sending out the same card a couple years in a row but not 3 or 4 years in a row!  So, these were relegated to my Christmas bags and boxes storage bin.

I really like the card design though so this was a way to use them:

Upcycled Christmas Card Project #4 : Banner

Christmas Card Banner Tutorial

Miss Silly was my “helper” while hanging it up.  Ok, actually she just decided she NEEDED to be in the photos while I was taking them.  As you can see, she’s quite the ham!!

Silly Banner Collage

Can you believe it??? Only SIX sleeps until Christmas!

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado

Christmas Card Rubiks Cube {Upcycled Christmas Card Project #3}

Christmas Card Rubiks Cube Cover

How many ways can I use old Christmas cards?

Yesterday I showed you Project #1: Framing the select beauties!!

Earlier today it was Project #2: Christmas Card Gift Labels

This project was the result of wondering the aisles at the dollar store.  I’d picked up some ribbon for a craft (which I don’t think will get done before Christmas:) and then decided to look for stocking stuffers for the kids.  I saw the generic Rubiks cubes and this idea popped into my head.

Upcycled Christmas Card Project #3 : Decorated Rubiks Cube

Christmas Card Rubiks Cube Tutorial

This projects a bit putsy really.  Even with the templates each individual square ended up needing to be trimmed a  little.  I’d make another one but only if I had a higher quality cube to start with.  I like having Christmas decorations that are fun to engage with.  For example, we have a snowglobe that involves trying to land a ball on the top of Santa’s bag.  Unfortunately this cube doesn’t move so easily so actually playing with it won’t happen too much I’m guessing.

Oh well, still a cute decoration I think!  How about you?

(Still) only 7 sleeps until Christmas!!

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado

Christmas Card Gift Labels {Upcycled Christmas Card Project #2}

As  I mentioned yesterday…

I L-O-V-E Christmas cards. 

I love receiving them and I love sending them.  They make me smile, bring excitement to the kiddos, and are one of the few times I receive anything fun in the mail outside of magazines and birthday cards:)

I keep them every year and then look at them again when putting up decorations the following year.  In the past  they’ve been recycled at that point but this year I decided to challenge myself…

How many ways can I use old Christmas cards?

Yesterday I showed you Project #1: Framing the select beauties!!

Today?  Re-purposing old cards as gift labels.  This is NOT my idea.  In fact both my mother-in-law and a good family friend have done this for years.  So, really I’m just sharing their creative idea with some of my own twists:)

Upcycled Christmas Card Project #2 : Gift Labels

Christmas Cards as Gift Labels

Again, pretty straight forward:

  1. Decide on areas that would make good labels.  Don’t limit yourself to the front of the card – the back and inside of cards sometimes have good options
  2. Cut them to the size you need (or use the WHOLE card even).
  3. Add text as desired (To/From, Merry Christmas, etc.).

For the gift bag tag I added some scrap paper I had on hand to the back as the card had writing on it.  While I don’t mind people knowing something is upcycled that seemed “over-the-top” to me.

Upcycled Christmas Card Project #3 should be here later tonight – although 2 of 3 kiddos are sick with the yucks today so who knows.  On the plus side, they are super cuddly, taking longer than usual naps, and Miss Silly was “rescued” by next-door-grandpa for some out-of-the-house-of-sickness time.

Only 7 sleeps until Christmas!!

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado

 

Framed Christmas Cards {Upcycled Christmas Card Project #1}

I L-O-V-E Christmas cards. 

I love receiving them and I love sending them.  They make me smile, bring excitement to the kiddos, and are one of the few times I receive anything fun in the mail outside of magazines and birthday cards:)

I keep them every year and then look at them again when putting up decorations the following year.  In the past  they’ve been recycled at that point but this year I decided to challenge myself…

How many ways can I use old Christmas cards?

So far I’ve thought of 9 ways, my goal is 10.  That doesn’t mean the projects will work out so we’ll see what the end total is.

Upcycled Christmas Card Project #1 : Framing the select beauties!!

Framed Christmas Cards

Pretty straight forward:

  1. Save the cute, gorgeous, or meaningful cards.
  2. Cut them to the size of frame you have.
  3. Display and ENJOY!!

On this next one I didn’t even need to trim the card…it fit perfectly.

Framed Christmas Cards 2

Side note:  The ultrasound picture?  Little Man – now 20 months.  Not always so good at switching out photos in a timely manner am I?

Hoping to post the second project later today.  We’ll see – happy hour with some pre-(stay-at-home) work friends this evening.  Get us ladies chatting and who knows what time I’ll get home:)

Only 8 sleeps until Christmas!!

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado