Monthly Archives: June 2012

Summer Reading Fun!

Summer time is in full swing and that means so is Summer reading at this house. While reading is fun a little incentive program for all their efforts makes the deal that much sweeter. I found some fun printables from How Does She right here to get us started. Super cute and made it super easy to get started! Me like easy.


Best part…my kids are excited about reading! I do love to see them curled up with a book…makes this mama happy.


For us I have each of them decide which task they would like to check off for the day. They spend 20 minutes of quiet reading time completing their task. Then they choose one book to read back to me. Perfect. 


Our local Greenville Macaroni Kid has put together a list of businesses that offer Summer Reading Programs as well. Go here for that list.

Post Dad’s Day Craftiness

I hope all of you had a wonderful day yesterday celebrating the special dad’s in your life. I know the kids and I were super excited to spoil their daddy a bit yesterday. He is such an incredible husband and father it was pretty easy to love on him!


Earlier in the week the kids and I whipped up a little goodness for him. I psyched them up for a photo session with yours truly in the name of lovin’ on daddy and they were so for it…right up until picture taking time. Oy. Suddenly flashes of Christmas card picture taking nightmares were flooding back to me. OK…maybe it wasn’t that bad. We headed to the park for a nice background and I snapped Sam’s then Maggie’s picture. Next was Cate and she was NOT having it. It’s all about the timing people. I took baby girl home filled her belly and took her outside by herself and voila she was happy to accommodate her picture takin’ mama. Here are our results…



I picked up these letters at Hobby Lobby for about $3 each with a 40% coupon. I also purchased a frame from HL at 50% for $10. It was not quite right for the occasion in all it’s zebraness but the only one I could find with the right amount of openings just as I needed them so I made it work!


The not-so-manly zebraness…

With the help of some scrapbook paper, mod podge, and a little black paint to antique the edges we changed the whole look.

Ahhh much better…



Our fella was happy and we had a pretty fantastic day! Hope you all have a great start to your week. I have several furniture rehabs to show you this week! Stay tuned…

June Workshop!



Yep, it’s that time again…workshop has arrived! This month we are taking on a fun home decor project that I have had several requests for. This Ballard inspired wall art is lovely and brings color and interest into any room. 



So you could definitely head on over to Ballard right here and pick up a set of these lovelies for a mere $169 or you could join us and make an equally as fun knock of version for a fraction of the cost. Sound good? Uh-huh! Check it out…



The skinny…


When: Tuesday, June 26th at 6:30


Where: Email me at clara@thecharmednest.com for location info


Cost: Two sizes available for this project:
9 12×12 plaques is $28
4 12×12 plaques is $22


Payment: Class fee can be paid via Paypal to monkeydoodles@att.net or I will directly invoice if you prefer. Checks accepted as well with mailing address given upon request.


What to Bring: Depending on what size you decide to do you will need to bring 4 or 9 12×12 pieces of coordinating scrapbook paper. Pick something that suits the room where you plan to hang your masterpiece. 


RSVP: All reservations and payment must be made by Friday, June 22nd. You can RSVP directly to our FB event page HERE


**Space is limited for this workshop. Once all available seats are paid for I will close the workshop. If there is enough interest for another class we may open a Saturday class**


Ready for some girl time!!