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We Tried It! How To Make DIY Seed Bombs

A few weeks ago, I saw a video for these adorable little diy seed bombs. I made sure to save it so that Miss Bean and I could make some of our own. We soon needed some gifts for a family gathering, and I decided that these would be the perfect solution.

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Luckily, we already had most of the supplies on hand. We just needed a packet of wildflower seeds. Funny enough, we had sent away for some seeds to help bring back the honey bees, and they just happened to arrive in our mailbox the exact day we needed them!

It was meant to be!

To make these seed bombs, you just need some paper, a muffin tin, a food processor, and some wildflower seeds.

I realize that you can just watch the video, but I broke down the steps here so you could see our results as well 🙂

First take your paper and tear it into tiny pieces. We filled a small bowl about halfway with our paper scraps.

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Next, pour water to coat your paper pieces.

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Let that sit for about 15 minutes.

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Next, put the paper in a colander and use a sponge or a towel to help soak up the excess water.

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Then, put your paper into the food processor, and grind them up into shredded pieces.

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Aren’t all of the colors fun?!

Press and pack your shredded paper into muffin tins.

I just used basic muffin tins, but if you have some that are fun shapes, those will make your seed bombs look even cuter!

Pour your wildflower seeds over the top of each seed bomb, and then add the rest of your shredded paper as a top layer, and pack the paper down.

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Then let them sit and dry for 24-48 hours.

Once they are dry, they are ready to go!

Since they were gifts and we needed to wrap them somehow, we made little baskets out of muffin liners and used pipe cleaners to make little handles.

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Just drop them where you would like your flowers to grow and wait for the sprouts to happen!

 

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These were fun and very easy to make. The hardest part was just waiting for them to dry!

My daughter really enjoyed helping to create such a fun gift, and it was easy on our budget.

She was especially happy to hear from her great grandmother that her seed bombs had already started to sprout!

Happy planting!

xo Melissa

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How a Tea Party Gave me a Little Perspective

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This week, my daughter organized a tea party, and ended up giving me some important perspective.

This is how she did it.

This year, I had visions of a holiday season filled with baking, crafting, and decorating. I scoured Pinterest for ideas and made a checklist. I was ready to go!

However, the flu decided to make an appearance and work its way through my family. I had no choice but to put everything else on the back burner.

My blog, the crafts, the baking, were all replaced with what seemed like never ending loads of laundry, holding back hair, rubbing backs and disinfecting the house each time the flu hit another family member.

It. Was. Rough.

Once we were through it, my daughter Bean suggested that we have a tea party for her stuffed animals and dolls, because we missed out on so many festivities. Since we were all starting to feel human again, it seemed like the perfect way to ease back into things.

My brain started to plan out all the cute fancy things that we could make for our party. Tiny sandwiches, white and pink napkins, cupcakes, doilies, glitter, and fun punch to fill our tea cups. I was so excited to put together a perfect party for her.

But Bean had other plans.

She informed me that she wanted to make it a picnic tea party. Instead of white and pink, she wanted orange, yellow and maybe blue. She spoke of lanterns, invitations in the shape of tickets and immediately ruled out cupcakes.

I was tempted to take control and try to do it all myself. After all, I wanted it to be perfect and fancy for her. Just as I was getting ready to tell her how I thought we should do things, something inside me told me to be quiet.  I decided to stop, and listen to her specific vision.


In the end, instead of me trying to convince her to do it my way, I let her take the lead.

I followed her instructions and assisted her in writing out a to-do list. I pulled out the orange and yellow construction paper and helped cut out ticket shapes for her invitations. She carefully labelled each ticket with the news of her tea party, and even made a special one just for me! I could have made the lettering perfect, and uniform, but seeing her working so hard to write each letter so carefully was awesome. She put so much love into her work.

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Next came the decorations. We learned how to make paper lanterns to use as centerpieces. Once she figured out which stuffed animals and dolls would most like to attend her event, we made them paper name cards for their place settings. She was really excited when I remembered that I had a tablecloth with some of her color choices.

It was decided that the party also needed signs for decoration, so we made one out of popsicle sticks and chalkboard paint. It turned out so cute, and we can even use it for future parties.

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The final step was the menu. She reminded me that she doesn’t really like sandwiches and preferred to have ham rolled up and secured with toothpicks. Then, she filled bowls with blueberries, m&m’s, and pretzels and arranged some sugar cookies on a plate.

My only contribution, other than my help, were my special teacups and teapot from my collection.

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Finally it was time for the tea party!

As we sat on our tablecloth drinking tea with our pinkies up and talking in high pitched voices, Bean exclaimed,


“This is so FANCY mom! It is perfect!”


I looked around at the hodge podge of handmade decorations that were carefully arranged, the bright colors, her stuffed animal and doll guests, the interesting food assortment, and I smiled.

She was right.

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It WAS perfect.

I really needed that change in perspective, I so often get caught up in my own vision of how things should be, and it doesn’t often leave room for flaws.

Bean reminded me that there is more than one way to be fancy and perfect.

This is a lesson that I am going to try really hard to remember throughout this year, and the next time I need to plan a party, I know who to ask!

Happy New Year!

xo Melissa

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Homeschool: The Adventures of Miss Bean

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I homeschool my daughter, and with the beginning of the school year upon us, I thought it might be good to share her story. Miss Bean has down syndrome. That should not define who she is, or what she is capable of doing. I thought being in public school was the best choice for her, and being in a typical classroom would help her make friends and succeed. Instead, I realized it was actually holding her back.

Bean’s father and I were supportive of the teacher aides, and therapists that worked with her during the school year. We asked questions, and helped to set goals during IEP meetings. Helping our daughter thrive and do well with her schoolwork and social interations, was important to us. We noticed a shift during her third school year (the second year of first grade). The main focus of her progress became test scores. Her teacher also had a stoplight behavior system in place, with green being a good attitude in class. Miss Bean was being sent home with yellows and reds, but no explanation as to why. She was shutting down and not wanting to do her classwork. I sent emails in an attempt to reach out and see what I could do to help, however, nothing seemed to change.

One day my mother decided to surprise her at lunchtime. She found her in a windowless room, sitting with a few other children. Miss Bean was spending her days in this small room, attempting to complete worksheet after worksheet. She was not allowed to eat lunch with her classmates, and could not go to gym, art, music or library. Furthermore, no one took the time to inform us of these HUGE changes. I think that was the worst part. Because of this, my heart broke into a million pieces for her.

It was at that moment I wanted to pull her out and begin to homeschool. Her father, a teacher himself, was more leery about such a decision. We scheduled a meeting with her teachers and administration to discuss our options. We hoped to get an understanding of why they made such a choice.

Finally, the day of the meeting arrived. Her aide was in attendance, but not her actual teacher. We were told it had been determined that Bean’s behavior in class was disruptive because she was frequently sitting on the floor in silence, sucking her thumb, and refusing to do her work. I was able to recognize this as her way of coping when she felt overwhelmed with situations. They wrote her off, and hid her away, instead of seeing how they could help remedy this.

Eventually, her teacher made a brief appearance. She told us because she was so busy with the end of the school year, she couldn’t attend the entirety of our meeting. This teacher stayed in the room for only five minutes, but it was long enough to tell us that our 7 year old daughter was not on track to graduate high school. After that, we were advised our options were to try switching to the life-skills classes, look into private schools or switching to another school district.

Her father said we could give homeschool a try after the meeting ended, and so began our homeschool adventure.

Miss Bean has learned so much in the two years that I have had the pleasure of working with her. She is beginning to read, finally counting higher than 10, and speaks much more clearly. People are able to understand what she is trying to communicate, and it is an amazing thing! Our days are filled with walks, library visits, and cooking together in the kitchen, not just worksheets. Because of this, she gets those life skills by being my sidekick all day. We have our daily routines, we grocery shop, make our to-do lists, and clean the house together. She is ALWAYS learning! Best of all, there are no test scores right now. Miss Bean is not just a number.

I am excited for this upcoming year of homeschool. Miss Bean asked to take a gymnastics class, and wants to read books. She has requested lots of art activities, and to learn more about plants and animals. She is really going to take off this year!

The flexibility of the homeschool environment allows us to navigate through the day quite easily, despite any bumps in our day. Most of all, I am grateful every day to be able to help my daughter learn and experience the world in her own way, and at her own pace. Throughout this year, I will share our lessons and adventures on my blog and pinterest board. By doing this, I hope that it might help inspire others who might be on the fence about taking such a leap. I look forward to sharing our journey with you!

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