Saturday, July 15, 2017

Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party and Cool Summer Features

Happy Saturday!  So glad you stop by our link party today!

Here is what Two Chicks and a Mom has been up to this week:

Kate's Dinosaur Garden.

Pinners Utah 2017 and Discount Code. We are teaching a class there in November!

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Joy at A Vintage Green has a lovely Cottage Home sign made with Cricut.

Emmi's Cookin' Side has a delicious recipe for Zucchini Fritters.

Suzer Space has a tutorial for a Small Purse from a Dress.

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Angie at Ambient Wares has updated a Mid Century Record Holder with a twist!  Awesome!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Make Flower Pot Music--Guest Post

Happy Friday!  I have a special treat for you today.  Here is a guest post from  Their website "works with teachers and curriculum developers to create educational activities and other resources for kids".  Use the hyperlink above to see more on their site but here is a cute activity they are sharing with twochicksandamom!

Make Flower Pot Music

Turn flower pots into a musical instrument with this inventive activity! This craft will give him a great opportunity to learn about music and sound. The fun doesn't end with the creating, when this lovely flower pot creation sways in the wind your kid will be able to hear the lovely sounds his hanging instrument makes. He'll practice choosing color palettes, applying patterns and assembling a sound sculpture. Music can definitely come from some unexpected places, and this flower pot wind chime is a great way to teach your kid to listen to the music all around him.

What You Need:

  • 3 Terra cotta pots (1.5" tall, 2 2/3" tall and 3.5" tall)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Jute twine
  • Scissors
  • Approximately 6 old fishing weights (or more if you'd like)
  • Large wooden beads (large enough to string twine)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Toothpicks
What You Do:

  1. Help your child tie a large knot in the end of the twine and string it through the drainage hole of the smallest pot.
  2. Take the next smallest pot and string the twine through the drainage hole, tying a knot to secure the pot.
  3. Repeat this for the last pot, making sure they overlap to create a chime.
  4. Attach the fishing weights to either the pots themselves or the twine so that the weights will hit the inside of the pots when they gently sway in the breeze. You might have to do some experimenting here as it's going to be tricky figuring out how to get the fishing weights to hit the pots. If you used larger pots, you'll probably have to attach the weights to the underside of the pots as they won't sound when they sway in the breeze if they're attached to the twine.
  5. Finally, help him hang his pottery wind chime from a tree or pole outside and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the flowerpot wind chime!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Funtastic Friday 135 and Pinners Utah Tickets

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Funtastic Friday 135 Link Party

Welcome to Funtastic Friday 135! Have you joined us for the Christmas in July link party? There's still time. Link up your favorite Christmas recipes, crafts, DIY projects, and more from now until the end of July. We’re still looking for bloggers to help us host Funtastic Friday. If you’re interested, please contact any of our hosts.

Twochicksandamom is excited to announce that we will be presenting a Christmas Traditions, Decor, and Goodies class at Pinners Conference Utah this November!  Check out our post about Pinners fun AND the DISCOUNT CODE for tickets HERE.
We always have so much fun and learn new ideas there!

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Seasoned Zucchini Bites @ Life Between the Kitchen and the Coop
Heidi and Angie's favorites Heidi's favorite - Grilled Mexican Street Corn @ Giggles Galore Angie's favorite - How I Gave A Sweet Chair an Update @ Shoppe No. 5 Debra and Lacie's favorites Debra's favorite - S'mores Cookies @ Courtney's Cookbook Lacie's favorite - Mexican Burgers with Queso Blanco @ Cooking with Curls Sherry and Donna's favorites Sherry's favorite - Hawaiian Steak Street Tacos @ Lou Lou Girls Donna's favorite - Martha Washington Candy @ Marilyn's Treats

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Party in Your PJS 165

Hi all and thanks for stopping by.  I am happy to announce that I will be one of the hosts for Party in Your PJS link party!

However, I am having a bit of technical difficulties tonight so I invite you  to click on the link above and visit Nina at Grandma Ideas and link up your posts!  I promise I will be on top of things by next Tuesday!

So glad to be hosting Party in Your PJs!

Pinners Utah 2017 & Discount Code for Tickets

Hello!  EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: We are so excited to be presenting (teaching) a class at Pinners Utah this November!  We have attended Pinners Utah the past 2 years and LOVE it!  So many classes and so many vendors and so much fun! Girls' weekend!

Here are a few topics that can be found at Pinners:

Cooking/Baking/French Macarons!
Calligraphy/Handwriting/Brush Lettering
Sewing (Top Knot Baby hat, etc.)
Make-up/Hair Design
Family History
Managing Anxiety 
Slow Cooker Secrets
Interior Design 101
Mason Jar Welcome Sign
and of course, Two Chicks and a Mom's class:
Christmas Traditions, Decor, & Treats 
(we will have some fun giveaways in our class, too!) 

These are just a few of the classes--there will be over 100 awesome classes come November 3rd and 4th, 2017 in Sandy, Utah at the South Towne Expo Center.  Not only that--shopping!  Vendors galore!  Many of the presenters also have booths so you can purchase some of their unique items.  Other vendors have awesome products and some even have giveaways.  Staci, Ali Rose, and I are going to be part of the fun!  More of your favorite bloggers will be there, too. 

Ok, here are the details for those of you who would like to go:


You can buy one- and two-day passes (includes admission to classes) or a VIP ticket, which we purchase (includes an awesome VIP event the night of November 2nd and other perks--website will give you info).

If you are in the Salt Lake City area at that time and want to drop in just to shop at the many vendor booths, use code
which will give you a general admission ticket at 50% off regular price!

You can register for your classes as well (don't worry, you can change your schedule up till the week before Pinners Utah).

We hope to meet you at Pinners Utah!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Kate's Dinosaur Garden--Easy Summer Fun

Hello and happy July 10th!  Not a holiday but it is summer!

Today I just have a quick post to share with you.  Several weeks in the summer and usually a week at Christmas break, our little granddaughter Kate spends some time with us due to her dad's work schedule.  She comes to stay with us for the week.  Kate is such a funny and sweet little girl and often has words of wisdom for us.  Just the other night, her tummy felt a bit off and so I was asking her questions, such as "What does your dad do when it feels like this?" or "Do you feel like you need to throw up?"  After a few of these questions, Kate said, "Grandma, you're a NURSE!  Think it out!"  LOL.  Gee, Grandma, quit being such a lame RN and grandparent.  We do get quite a kick out of her.

Last week when I picked her up I asked her if she would like to make a Fairy Garden.  I still had some supplies and a larger pot plus a couple of succulents.  She said "yes" and we stopped at a Dollar Tree on the way home (we live 2.5 hours away from Kate) and Kate saw a bag of dinosaurs and said, "Grandma, can I make a Dinosaur Garden instead?"  Of course I said she could so we bought a bag of $1 dinosaurs.  Actually, I like dinosaurs.  I used to play with little plastic ones my mom would buy me from Woolworth's.  Oh, and little cowboys, Indians and horses I would talk her into buying.  Is my age showing?

Back to Kate and her Dino Garden.  We put some pea-sized gravel in the bottom of the pot, added our potting soil and put the succulent in, then let Kate do her thing.

I also purchased a solar light at Dollar Tree--at first it was too tall for the size of the pot and then I thought, "Duh" and just removed the attached spike portion.  Perfect height!

Kate wanted to have the "plant eater" dinos munching on the succulent.  She decided the more carnivorous dinosaurs should be near each other.  Kate was pretty good at naming the dinosaurs; as much as dollar store dinosaurs look like authentic dinosaurs.

However, Kate then decided she wanted a "Dino-Fairy Garden" so out came the Fairy Garden items (resin tree, fairy, mushroom, picket fence).  Here is the finished product:

 I didn't tell Kate what the velociraptor might do to the Fairy but I suppose the Fairy has fairy powers so all will be well.  Kate had a lot of fun doing this and, as you can see from her photo, is most proud of her creation.  When we took her home she showed it to her dad and Marissa (dad's girlfriend).

When I saw Kate's Dinosaur
Garden, it reminded me of the Crafty Lumberjack's Dinosaur Terrarium that I featured at Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party awhile back.  Check out their post (and awesome blog) here.

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