Involving Your Small Children in Operation Christmas Child

Involving you small child in Operation Christmas Child -- laceandyarn.com

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are falling, pumpkin flavoring is in everything, winter squash is part of every meal, and we’re buying Christmas gifts – wait, what? Yes! It’s time to collect and make boxes for Operation Christmas Child!

Never heard of Operation Christmas Child (OCC)? Go here to watch some inspiring and informative videos about OCC.
Operation Christmas Child

As you’ll remember from this post, I am in a MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) group.  MOPS International partners with OCC as a service project and OCC is a wonderful way to teach children about giving, thankfulness, and helping others.  While I was looking into how to present OCC to my MOPS group, I wasn’t happy with my internet searches.  So I compiled a list of the resources to involve small children in OCC.  Included are resources (mostly official OCC resources), packing list suggestions and DIY projects, and scripture ideas to use in teaching. Continue reading →

DIY Bird Garland

DIY Bird Garland -- laceandyarn.com

Garland adds a certain whimsy to any party, or for that matter, any room.  I love this small threaded bird garland because it adds vertical interest without completely breaking up the space.  I hung these from my dining room chandelier and they hung down right over top of our centerpiece to add height to the centerpiece without obstructing your view to the other side of the table.   Continue reading →

DIY Birth Announcement Using PicMonkey

diy birth announcement

Over the past few days, I’ve been sharing what it took to come up with the above birth announcement for my sweet little girl starting with the photos and today, the design!  No fancy photo editing software, no problem!  Wow your friends and family by creating your own DIY birth announcement using a FREE program, PicMonkey*. Continue reading →

Quick Newborn Beanie

cat baby hat

Being able to quickly knit up a newborn baby hat is always useful!  Here are some reasons why you might want to knit a quick newborn beanie:

  • You’re having a baby. Yay!  And congratulations!
  • You know someone having a baby. Yay for you! You can have all the fun and enjoy the cuteness without having to deal with the spit up and the poop-y explosions.
  • You’re bored and need something to knit, and want to make some newborn hats to donate (to a hospital, or local charity).
  • You want to have a baby and need somewhere to put your “I can’t believe another month has just passed and I’m still not pregnant” angst.  (No judgements here.)

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