Thursday, August 2, 2012

Book Collection Binding Technique

As promised, here is a tutorial to bind a small collection of books. This will work for small books, booklets, magazines. It is so easy, economical and effective! Let's get to work! :)

These are the books we have collected from Chick-fil-a...
Since we were going on an 8 hour trip, I thought about binding them to keep them all in one place. If you hole punch them, you would have to use a heavy duty hole punch, which I don't have. Also, you run into the problem of punching out words, so I came up with an idea to bind them without hole punching the books themselves.

- Book Collection, booklet, or magazine
- Tab Punch
- Hole Punch
- Cardboard (I used cereal boxes) or Heavy Cardstock (Manila Folders)
- Permanent Adhesive
- Three Ring Binder


1. Use the tab punch to punch out a bunch of tabs out of cardboard or card-stock, about 2 to 3 tabs per book. I bought this round tab punch a while back at Hobby Lobby. It was on clearance for about $5, so I got it. I did not know what I was going to use it for, until my mom asked me to give her ideas on how to keep together several cooking magazines. So, I came up with this idea! :)

2. If you are using decorative paper or a cereal box with pictures, decide which side you would like to use. Fold tab. Use hole punch to punch out the center.
I decided to use a cereal box and keep the colorful designs showing because it was for my kids binder :)

3. Apply adhesive ONLY to the part that will be in contact with the book. If you apply adhesive to the round part, you will not be able to open the whole book or magazine very easily and the wear will be in the thinest part of the tab. It will make it very weak.

4. Place book next to the 3-ring binder, where you want to keep it, and glue the tab so that it goes in the correct ring at the level you want.

The picture on the left, shows how two tabs are holding one book at the bottom of the binder and another two tabs (which you can only see one) are holding another one at the top.

The picture on the right is an example of using two tabs to hold some comic books as well.


For our trip, I ended up using a binding machine to hole punch tabs, and to bind the collection of Chick-fil-a book we had because that is all I had on hand when I put it together this before our trip.

So, this is what the collection looks like. I used a heavy cardboard panel that came in a box from our wireless router. It worked perfectly. It was sturdy enought that the kids were able to put it in their lap and read from it. Next time I do something like this, I will get a thicker plastic comb spine.

 Remember, I like using  things I have on hand :)

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Cow Costume to Celebrate "Cow Appreciation Day" at Chick-Fil-a

We were so excited to wear our Cow costumes to celebrate Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a last week.

They were giving out a free meal to all of those who dress like a cow, so we did! This is the first time that we have participated in something like this, and it was pretty fun :) My kids loved our costumes, so I thought I would share with you what we did, in case you want to use it for the next Cow Appreciation Day :)

I created a couple of templates for our costumes and used materials we had a home. We wanted a free meal to save money, not a free meal to spend money on art supplies :)


- Black Fabric Paint

- Paint Brush

- Black Sharpie Marker

- Cow Spots Template ( Download Cow spots template HERE )

- Black Construction Paper

- Stapler

- Cow Ears Template ( Download Cow Ears template HERE )

- Black Hats (optional)

- Scrap Pieces of Vinyl

- Plain Color Shirt

- Plain Color Shorts or Pants


- Print out the Cow Spots Template (HERE). Cut around spots and use them as templates. Place over plain color shirt and trace around with black sharpie marker. Use paint brush and paint the inside of the spots with black paint.

***Make sure you place construction paper or something thick inside the shirt to prevent paint from going through both layers.


- Cut a 1.5 inch strip of black construction paper long enough to wrap around your child's head or black hat. Use stapler to secure headband.

- Print out Cow Ear Template (HERE) on cardstock, cut out and use on headband or use as template to trace and cut them out of construction paper.

- Follow picture to cut and fold each ear. Then, staple each section to the headband. One section folded to the front and one to the back so the ear stands by itself.


I did not wanted to do anything permanent on the shorts (mainly because I ran out of paint), so I used some black vinyl I had from a previous project and the spots template. I also used white paper and stuck spots on shorts with some contact paper (remember, we were saving money not spending).

***For the next Cow Aprreciation Day, I will focus on accessories, shoes, tail, face, etc. :)  

Please leave a comment or become a follower of my blog if you use this idea or Cow Spots and Ears templates :)

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UPDATE: Click Here to read the post for Cow Appreciation Day 2013 :)

UPDATE 2: Click HERE to read the post for Cow Appreciation Day 2014 :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gotta love Chick-fil-a! :)

Chick-fil-a is my kids favorite place to eat and mine, too! Let me tell you why:

1. As far a I know, they are a Christian company.

There is always Christian music playing in the background. They are close on Sundays, which allows their employees to attend church.

2. Their food is so yummy!

We love those chicken nuggets :) 

3.  Their playscape is truly kids friendly.

My kids (2 and 6 year old) can safely play in there. I don't have to climb up their slide to help them get down. Their glass windows allows you to keep an eye on your kids.

4. They have special offers all the time.

They offer free breakfast some times (there is a free breakfast week coming up at the end of July). The coupons I have seen are always for free items (no purchase necesary). They have free meals if you dress like a cow during Cow Appreciation Day (this summer is July 13, 2012). We will try to dress like a cow this Friday :)

5. Their kid's meal toys are always educational.

I love the fact that their kid's meal books and toys always have something my kids can learn from. My kids really like getting the books, and because they are small they can read at home or anywhere we go. In fact, we have a small collection of Chick-fil-a books.

Stay tuned for a binding technique for the small Chick-fil-a books collection we have!

Which ones are your favorite places to eat? Leave a comment  :)

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Bible Verse of the Day :)

"Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits" Psalm 103:1-2 (NASB)
Psalm 103:1-5 are the verses that God put in my heart today. "Bless the LORD, O my soul"... Is my understanding that one of the meanings of "to bless" is "to be thankful, to be greatful" so, to me Psalm 103:1 tells me to be thankful and greatful to my LORD with all of me for everything He has done in my life and specially for sending Jesus to die in the cross for me :)  but, don't forget Psalm 103:2-5..."And forget none of His benefits"...and what are those benefits you may ask? Read verses below.
"Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle"  Psalm 103:3-5 (NASB)

I am thankful for all those benefits: Forgiveness, Healing, Redemtion, Love, Kindness and Compassion. Because I am a daughter of GOD, I get to thank Him for all He has done in me, but I also receive all those benefits. That is awesome, isn't? :)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Cooking - Rotini Tuna Pasta Salad

     I have been making this recipe for a very long time. In fact it was one of the very first recipes I made by myself growing up and made very often at home when I first got married :) I have decided to share it with you, because I believe that it can become a fun recipe for your kids to help in the kitchen. Alright, here we go!

Rotini Tuna Pasta Salad


1 (16 oz.) bag of rotini pasta
2 (12 oz.) cans of tuna (drained)
1 (15.25 oz.) can of corn (drained)
1 green bell pepper (chopped) 10-12 oz. of mayonnaise
Black pepper to taste
Bread or crackers


Cook rotini pasta according to its package instructions. Once is out of the boiling water, rinse it with cold water until pasta feels cool. Place pasta in a big mixing bowl and mix in 3/4 of the mayonnaise. Add tuna, corn, bell pepper, and some black pepper. Mix thoroughly. If you think is too dry, add the rest of the mayonnaise. You can always add, than subtract :) Serve it as a tuna salad sandwich or eat it with crackers (either saltine or ritz)

*This recipe is about 6 good size servings. I like to make this much, because there is always plenty for dinner one night and lunch the next day :)

You can easily have your kids make it for lunch or dinner. You can assist them with the chopping and can opening, and have them mix the ingredients. It is simple, fun and inexpensive :)

Let me know how it turns out!

Leave a comment if you used this recipe, if you make something similar or if you just want to say HI!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

What should we do with all those random small toys?

Have you ever cleaned the living room, kids room or any room in the house and found a ton of small toys or small items that who knows what board game they belong to or what toy they belong to???
I HAVE! ...Your first instinct may be to get rid of them, but WAIT! You should do what I do :)

Get a basket and collect them to be used in school activities. I have collected many small toys in my "trinkets basket" with the purpose of using them to teach my kids the Alphabet sounds, to create our own Alphabet train like in the Blue's Clues Alphabet Power DVD , sotring, and more.

Recently, my kids and I read a kids book called Sort it Out! by Barbara Mariconda.  It talks about sorting things out and grouping them based on their attributes such as: green, shell, rough, etc... This book made me think of a few activities we could do to learn to sort things out :) I also like the fact that at the end it has some activities for the kids to do and practice sorting items.

How does my "trinkets basket" come into play?... After we read the book and explained what Packy "The Packrat" was doing, we talked about the meaning of the words grouping and attribute. Then, we got a few blank pieces of paper and labeled them with out own attributes: square, blue, round, etc...we even made a "make your own group" label. I gave my 6 year-old 10 minutes to sort items from the basket into the different groups we had created. When the 10 minutes were up, we went over why each item belonged to each group. Also, we discussed the attribute he chose for his "make your own group." (He chose "red")
Then, as a writing activity, he made a list of the attributes that Packy used in the book and wrote down the name of small items that we had in the basket that share the attibutes from the story.

Leave a comment if you used this book and idea at home, if you have done something similar or if you just want to say HI!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Bible Verse of the Day :)

"Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart."
Psalms 37:4 (NASB)
What does it mean to "Delight"? Let's see...To Delight means to have great pleasure or to take pleasure. In this case, to "delight yourself in the LORD;" means to have great pleasure in the LORD, to enjoy Him and all His promises. How would you enjoy Him? by knowing Him. How would you know Him? by listening to him. How do you listen to Him? by reading His word. Where can you find His word? in the Bible. Studying the Bible enables you to know God and know his chracter. The more you know Him, the more you will want to be like Him. Therefore the desires of your heart will be HIS! Notice that it says "Delight," not "To Delight" which means is a command not a statement. Delight! in the Lord starting NOW and He will give you the desires of your (HIS) heart :)

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Video from my iPhone TEST#1

Hi! I am trying out the video camera on my iPhone to see if I can upload a video to YouTube to post here. Let's see if it works! :)

Alright! It worked, but... It was not as easy as I thought :)

I did find out a few things. These things may not be new to you, but they were definitely new to me since I don't know much about websites and videos. Anyway... Here is what I learned:

1. YouTube app on the iPhone does not have an Embed code button as it does on the website.
2. When you upload a video to YouTube, you have a few options. You need to choose either the public option or the one that says that anyone who has the link can view it. Otherwise if it is private, you can not use the link to create the code.
3. You need to find a website that generates the code for you. I used It was very simple and it worked :)
4. To generate the code, go to your video and select "share video." Then, select "mail link to this video". Copy link from email. Go to script generator and follow their instructions to generate the code.
5. Go to your blog and paste code wherever you want your video to be.

And I think that is it :)

Things I will test later:

1. How the length of video affects upload. My test video was only a few seconds, so we will see how a longer video will work out.

2. How video looks on a desktop computer vs. iPad or iPhone.

Any ideas on how to blog and add videos using iPhone apps?


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Welcome back through my iPhone

Hi everyone!

I have been away for a very long time. Life has been so busy, but I am going to try my best to stay in touch. My first attempt will be though my iPhone. I have downloaded the blogger's app to be able to update my blog on the go. This is my first post with it! We'll see how it goes :) If it does work, I will be able to post pictures, projects and updates more often :)
What do you think? What are some of your favorite iPhone apps?