A Blog By Maria Dismondy

Summer Bucket List Week #3

Summer Bucket List Week #3

*If this is your first time checking out the Summer Bucket List Series, start with Week #1. Want to learn more about my #makeitcount ways? Follow me on Instagram or Join the Private Facebook Group I started called Empowering Kids with Character! I love summer. I think...

Early Thanksgiving

Early Thanksgiving

It's been a really great few days. A lot of time spent with the family and I love that. It started with dinner for my dad's birthday, then a quiet Friday night at home with Dave followed by a family walk Saturday morning before we headed off to Grand Rapids to be with...

Christmas in August

Christmas in August

Christmas in August? Kind of. I was able to talk my friend into making holiday ornaments with my girls and I last week. Why? I am in the beginning stages of planning mode for Baby #3 coming in December. I found a great tutorial on making clay ornaments on Pinterest....

Third Annual Tea Party

Third Annual Tea Party

My friend and I got our girls together for their Third Annual Tea Party. It was my turn to host. Here's a list of what I did to prepare for the lunch. 1. Lunch was peanut butter & honey sandwiches. Cut with a heart cookies cutter and put into individual lunch bags...

Summer Entertaining for Kids

Summer Entertaining for Kids

Summer comes and goes way too quickly here in Michigan. My daughter asked me today if summer was over now (sweet thing, it just officially began on Friday!) On my mission to live life to the fullest (even while pregnant and tired), I have been having friends over for...

Fall Wreath

Fall Wreath

Fall is here. Here's an easy fall craft to do with your kiddos. Fall Wreath (from my homeschooling source) 1. Take a walk and collect different shapes, colors and sizes of leaves. Talk about how they look, sound and feel! 2. Make a large circle with different colors...

Food Art

Food Art

There's something out there all over Pinterest that I call food art. The art of making food into animals, shapes and other silly but fun designs. We learned about cutting fruit and vegetables into straw like shapes for kids at my recent cooking class. It was only a...

I Will Remember You

I Will Remember You

My high school prom song was I Will Remember You by Sarah Mclachlan. I have always been known as the memory keeper in our family. Every three months I burn dvds of our videos and back up our pictures. I add our pictures to a digital yearbook I make on Shutterfly. I...

Valentine’s Math Game

Valentine’s Math Game

Here's a quick game to play with your kiddos! I saw the idea mentioned in our local storytime's newsletter. 1. Cut out a few large hearts. 2. Cut the hearts in half. 3. Write a number on one half. 4. Have your toddler put the same number of stickers on the other half....

Organizing All The Stuff

Organizing All The Stuff

My daughter and I are in a Mom and Tot Preschool Class. It is two hours a week and we do a lot of crafts! I really enjoy our time together, especially at the end of class when we sing a very catchy tune and clap for the children as the teacher passes out the artwork....

Spread The Word!

I am super excited to have Gina from Insatiable Readers give a book review for me today. Gina and I have worked together a few times in the past. She is super knowledgeable and well known in the book review and blogging world. Gina's review means a lot to me and I...

Let It Snow!

Let It Snow!

Tonight we are expected to get our first real snow of the season. To celebrate, how about making a quick and easy snowman craft with your kids? First, read a book about snow (I love to connect books with projects. It's the teacher and author in me!) Next, using both...

Making Your House a Home

Making Your House a Home

A house is a house until you make it a home. In college, they actually taught our child development class how to make a classroom aesthetically pleasing for children. I took decorating my classroom very seriously as a teacher. I wanted children to feel at home when...