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Scrabble Tile Necklaces

March 17, 2009

from Little Bluebird Studio

I am always looking for beautiful, cost effective, one-of-a-kind gifts for the girls.
I stumbled on Little Bluebird Studios a few months back and found these beautiful little Scrabble Tile Necklaces.
Each pendant is named with names like “Sweet Little Bluebird”, “Awesome Bluebird”, “Color my World”, “Wahoo Loves You”, and “A Colorful Life”. I call them LOVELY and SPECIAL!

Cindy, the owner of this Etsy shop, has a wonderful selection. You can purchase one pendant or multi-packs of them. I have been ordering them to give as birthday presents…the girls love them!

Interested in learning how to make these beautiful little pendants? Cindy has put together DIY kits for purchase as well. Check out her ETSY site by clicking Little Bluebird Studios.

The Artist’s Way

February 23, 2009


Book Title: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Synopsis: Have you wanted to do something creative but don’t know how to start? Are you looking for a way to deepen your creativity? “The Artist’s Way” will help you do both of those things and more. Julia, teaches us a system to help unleash our creativity juices. I have owned this book for 10 years and still love to re-read it when I am feeling “not so creative”

To order a copy of this book, click here: The Artist’s Way

If you would like to try to win a copy of this book this week enter my contest HERE!

C. Booth Bath and Body Oil

February 15, 2009


If you have dry and itchy skin this time of year…try C. Booth Bath and Body Oil. It can be used in the bath or shower by girl or boy. The scent is very subtle and the products are made of all natural oils (no petroleum based oils). The price is great too! This product was about $8.00. I apply directly to skin in the shower and the results are FABULOUS! To find this amazing product visit their website Delicious Brands.

Love, Love-Valentine Cheer

February 12, 2009


I have been so inspired by my blogging friends this year. So many creative ladies spreading their “handmade” love to so many. As we near Valentines day, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite VALENTINE posts and crafts. It is certainly hard not to be inspired after these visits:

Tracy Porter “wrapped” up a Chocolate Box in her Valentine Inspired Craft
Tracy Porter

Heather Bullard created some beautiful and thrifty Valentine gifts
Heather Bullard

I love the Classic Salt dough ornaments created by Ilkas Attic
Ilkas Attic

Pam Garrison’s Valentine Sampler is BEAUTIFUL!
Pam Garrison

Jen from the Haystack Needle made a lovely Heart Mobile.
The Haystack Needle

Charlotte from House Wren Studio, has been busy all week with some beautiful Valentine projects including this “Love-Sachet”
House Wren Studio

Who has inspired you this year for Valentines creations? Send me your links!

Click here to see additional “Valentine Cheer” at Buttercup Farm.

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Manners Can Be Fun

February 10, 2009


Book: Manners Can Be Fun
Author: Munro Leaf

Originally published in 1936, this book is PERFECT for the 3-8 year old. I must say though, I do love looking through it myself on occasion, even when this kids aren’t around.

I love the the style of this book. Simple illustrations and simple messages.

The use of humor to make a point works well.

It covers most of what your 3-8 year old needs to know when it comes to Manners. I love reading it to the kids, and they enjoy participating by acting out the “bad manners”.

A favorite in the Buttercup Books Library!

Manners & Etiquette

February 9, 2009

Rearin’ the Petites Monday

It is Buttercup Farm’s first official Rearin’ the Petites Monday!

ANNOUNCEMENT: When I started “Life At Buttercup Farm” (blog), I dreamed of creating a small forum for PURPOSEFUL parents who have OPINIONS about raising children. My goal is that on Mondays, we will ELABORATE on a topic by sharing ideas, thoughts and opinions. I know that we can learn from each other and inspire others by sharing our best practices when it comes to raising our children. RULES: OPINIONS ARE ALLOWED however, this is a judgement-free zone. Every parent has a different way. In that vein, I ask that we keep the flavor of this forum positive and helpful.

Our topic this week:

A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter (8 years old) went to a birthday party where the birthday girl received a new cell phone from her parents. I have come to find out that 3 girls in my daughter’s 3 grade class have them. I have to tell you, I am SHOCKED to say the least and disagree with that philosophy completely.

Recently I have had lots of questions about “PHONE ETIQUETTE”. For example, when is it appropriate for a child to get their first phone? What should the rules be when they are given the responsibility of having a cell phone. What type of cell phone usage is appropriate in the home?

Last week, I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Virginia Johnson, an expert on Manners and Etiquette.
Virginia is the founder/owner of The Contemporary School of Etiquette.

Listen to our conversation and learn what Virginia has to say about 1) Technology Etiquette for Children 2) Which manners Virginia focuses on when she starts teaching children at the Contemporary School of Etiquette.

Interview on Manners

I want to hear from you on this subject. What do you think is appropriate for kids and cell phones? What has worked? What would you do differently? Do you have additional questions for Virginia?

I have already started a new list of questions for her. I want to know how old should a child be before they are allowed to answer the home phone? When is it appropriate for children to call another home?

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