Handprint Art: Owls

handprint art owls

Another fun hand print project! The past few months, Rory has been very into birds.  She loves all kinds of birds; ducks, flamingos, roosters, eagles, and owls.    Owls are one of Rory’s new favorite animals, she has a book called; “Say Hello to the Snowy Animals,” that she loves.  One of the pages has […]

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

homemade peanut butter cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups I love to cook and bake as much as possible, and I love that Rory enjoys doing it with me!  The only problem… is that it’s hard to bake with a toddler. I have quickly learned that Rory is just like her mom and her aunts; she loves to pick at […]

No Sew, No Glue Homemade Tutu

no sew no glue homemade tutu feature

Whenever we go out to the mall or playground Rory and I see little girls wearing cute little tutu skirts.  They are completely adorable and, in my opinion, completely overpriced!  I have looked at buying some for Rory, and have seen them on sale for about $20- $30.  I have a hard time spending that […]

Limb Deformity: Visual Cues

limb deformity visual cues

The other day, I met another woman who stopped me in the store and inquired about Rory’s shoe.  Many of you know my feelings about people asking questions about Rory’s condition: I WELCOME them!  I would much rather have someone ask me about it than just stare at her (which is normally what happens). I […]

Early Learning: Animal Alphabet Cards

early learning animal alphabet cards

Early Learning: Rory is currently learning ABCs.  She is not even 2 and can already point and name every letter. One of the reasons why I think she has caught on so quickly to the abc’s is because of the Animal Alphabet Cards we made. The Animal Alphabet Cards take little to no time to […]

Craft Things To Make: Bird Nests

craft things to make bird nests

We were walking outside in our backyard and Rory noticed all of the pinecones and sticks that had accumulated on the ground.  She immediately begin picking them up, throwing them, and kicking them. I tried to think of craft things to make with these great items from nature.  I decided to combine Rory’s two favorite […]

Playgrounds: Modify Play for Special Needs

playgrounds modify play for special needs

One thing I never want to take away from Rory is being a wild and crazy toddler.  I want her to be adventurous: run around, get dirty, be crazy, and have fun like most other toddlers her age.  The only problem is the 6 centimeter lift on her shoe sometimes makes things difficult for her […]

Painting Craft: Water Bottle Flowers

painting craft water bottle flowers

Every Friday our friend Katy comes over to play and we always try to do some sort of fun activity with her.  So when Katy informed me of a painting craft she thought Rory would like, we immediately started gathering supplies to make water bottle flowers. This painting craft is a great way to help […]

Handprint and Footprint Lobsters

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It has been a while since I have done a craft displaying Rory’s adorable hands and feet!  Normally, our projects use either Rory’s hands or her feet (not both); however, I am really excited because today’s craft, Handprint and Footprint Lobsters, will use both hands and feet! My family is fortunate enough to live by […]

Summer Dessert Fun: Frozen Limeade Cake

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Frozen Limeade Cake makes a great summer dessert I am a huge foodie- I enjoy cooking and baking as much as possible! Lately, Rory has been getting involved in the cooking and baking!  She loves to help anyway she can with stirring, measuring, and of course sampling. There are a few problems that arise when […]

Fathers Day Accordion Card

hand shape on card

With Fathers Day just around the corner we knew we had to make some crafts for our wonderful Daddy!  Rory’s dad, Jon, is wonderful and I hope he knows how much he means to us.  Today we made a special card for our daddy, using (of course) Rory’s beautiful hands! Fathers Day Accordion Card For […]

What Moms of Special Needs Children Do Not Want to Hear

its rory that's cute not the shoe

This weekend was really difficult for us.  Jon, Rory and I went to a local K9 Festival and had a great time seeing all the dogs.  There was only one problem; Rory’s shoes were quite a distraction for many people.  She was in her bike/stroller so if people saw her from one side, they would […]

Fathers Day: Neck Ties

ironing colorful tie

It is almost Father’s day! Because Rory has the best Daddy we are trying to make some great gifts for him Father’s day so he truly knows how much he means to us.   Daddy loves all of Rory’s art work, it is hung up all over his office; but for father’s day I wanted […]

Help For Moms of a Special Needs Child

cute girl swinging

Many of you know about my daughter Rory and her Congenital Femoral Deficiency.  She currently wears a 6 centimeter shoe lift on her right shoe.  Her physical therapist makes sure she is doing well with it, because she tends to roll her ankle due to the hight of the shoes.  She has her first surgery […]

Musical Instruments for Kids: Homemade Maracas!

Little girl with craft project

I have mentioned before how much Rory loves music.  She is always asking to play my guitar and loved her Easter basket filled with musical instruments. At a recent dinner with our friends, we couldn’t pull Rory away from the piano and drums!  Although she has many musical instruments in the house, she doesn’t have […]

Finger Paint: Homemade Fun

little girl painting on floor

Finger painting fun! Rory and I had nothing planned today so we decided to make our own finger paint! I chose to make our own paints because I know Rory is getting her molars now and so everything is in her mouth.  I did just a basic flour, salt and water mixture so that if […]

Mothers Day Craft: A Handmade Bouquet

mothers day craft handmade bouquet

Mothers day is this Sunday, and I wanted to make myself a present! Many of you may know that my husband is a veterinarian and we both have a love for animals.  This means we have a few pets; 3 dogs and 2 cats to be exact.  I love my pets dearly, however, they destroy […]

Felt Board: How To Create Your Own

Create Your Own Felt Board

One thing Rory loves to play with at our local library is a felt board.  For weeks, I’ve been eyeing it up and have wanted to make one! For those that are not familiar what a felt board is, it’s just a board wrapped in felt.  But what makes it so special is that other pieces […]

Mom Business Cards

little girl special shoe

Many of you may have noticed my love for crafts involving Rory’s hands and feet.  Rory is my first and currently only child, so I naturally love documenting her growth in any way I can.  My love for those little feet and creating crafts using her feet comes with a different reason. Rory was born […]

Earth Day Craft: Hand and Arm Print Trees

Earth Day Craft

Once again it is time for a quick and easy hand print craft to mail to the grandparents!  This time a cheery earth day craft complete with trees and clouds! Rory and I got into our paint clothes and went to town!  This activity was new for us because we normally only do a hand […]

Earth Day Craft: Butterfly Collage

butterfly collage

Earth Day is coming up and Rory and I have decided to make a few “earthy” crafts for the next few weeks!  One thing we do, almost on a daily basis, is go on a nature walk.  Our nature walks range anywhere from our own back yard, picking out colors of flowers and watching squirrels, […]

Easter Tradition: Make Egg Art

Easter Tradition

We love Easter Traditions and Activities – one of our family’s favorite thing to do together is to use art to decorate a “spring tree”.   I saw this activity, in an extremely old Better Homes and Garden’s Family Activity book, and jumped on it we were so excited!  I had to tweak this Easter craft a […]

Easter Chick Hand Prints

Hand print chicks

We are still getting ready for Easter!  As many of you may know, I love making crafts and activities with Rorys hands, feet, and fingerprints.  I have all of her crafts in an album and think its neat to see how her hands and feet grow! We thought we could make some Easter Chicks with […]

Bunny Ears- Easter Bunny Crafts for Kids!

bunny craft

My house is not ready for Easter- I do not have any decorations up, cute egg displays, or bunny centerpieces up.  So its time Rory and I made some decorations.  We were already upstairs playing, so I thought we could play with some of my old stamp pads and make some Easter decorations! This activity […]

Leprechaun Craft: A St. Patrick’s Day Handprint Man

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St. Patrick’s day is this Sunday!  We still wanted to give out some Irish cheer to all of our friends and family- so we needed to do one more St. Patrick’s day activity!  Since I love doing crafts with Rory’s hands and feet (since I love to see how they grow over time) I thought […]

Art with Food: Green Pepper Shamrock Stamps!

You can just cut the bottom of the pepper and use the whole pepper as a stamp, I wanted to eat my peppers so I just cut a small piece for the stamp!

My family is very Irish, and although St. Patrick’s Day is a year round holiday for us, we still celebrate St. Patrick’s day on March 17th.  Since I haven’t been home for St. Patrick’s day in so long, we figured we needed to send some St. Patrick’s day fun to our friends and family. This […]

Homemade Doll Bed from a cardboard box

Leaving enough room for some of the wrapping paper to fit inside the box

My daughter Rory has nothing but love for her baby, Kind of.  (Yes, that is her name, “Kind of”, she was Rory’s present at her one year old brithday from my 4 year old niece, Shannon who originally named her.)  One thing that we like to do is pretend that “Kind of” is a real […]