Easy Tips for Making a High School Pride Quilt

By: Danielle

If a teenager you know is graduating from high school this year and you want to offer a going-away gift that’s both practical and sentimental, a “high school pride” quilt is the perfect choice. It’s a unique way to preserve some of the most memorable moments from high school.

As the saying goes, “Well begun is half done,” and that’s especially true when assembling a quilt. Follow these tips to ensure the project goes smoothly and is completed in time for graduation:

· Make sure your sewing machine has been serviced and is in good working order.
· Find scissors, extra bobbins and sewing machine accessories before starting. Nothing is more frustrating than getting halfway through a project and finding out you don’t have all the necessary supplies.
· Choose a neutral-colored thread that works with all your pieces so you don’t have to constantly change bobbins.
· Finish one task at a time; cut all pieces first, stitch pieces into blocks, join the blocks together, etc. Jumping from task to task wastes time.

A Quilt for Any Student


It doesn’t matter if your student was the most outgoing athlete or an introverted artist – it’s easy to find mementos to create a high school spirit quilt if you think outside the box. Photos, newspaper clippings, drawings, copies of schoolwork, playbills, scripts, sheet music and copies of pages from the yearbook can all be transferred onto fabric to make a quilt block.

Athletic jerseys, T-shirts from clubs and special events or band uniforms can be cut into blocks. If the grad doesn’t want to give up old uniforms, recreate them with solid fabric and fabric paints. Make a photocopy of a jersey for a pattern and transfer it to fabric using transfer paper. Use school colors for the background, joining pieces and backing.

Visit the high school spirit shop to see what might work for a quilt. You can attach pennants, patches and other booster items onto squares for extra embellishment. Use only washable items for applique if you want the quilt to be functional.

Don’t forget the school mascot. Make a block representing the mascot and position it in the middle of the quilt. If the grad is full of school spirit, make the mascot’s block the biggest and the focus of the quilt.

There’s more than one way to approach a high school pride quilt, and the project can be adapted for any skill level. Beginners can use simple one-square blocks and more advanced quilters can make intricate masterpieces. Give your graduate a gift that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys sewing and making quilts for her friends and family. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com

Photo taken from http://kristenbronson.wordpress.com/

The 5 Greatest Technological Advancements of the 21st Century For Grandmothers and Others

 

 

 

 

The power of various technology advancements has significantly impacted  today’s society  in regards to  the vast array of its businesses, learning capabilities, government and employment.

However, while thinking of the 5 greatest technological advancements, Microsoft, and medical advancements comes to mind. You often wonder, how did moms and grandmothers survive before all the modernized washing machines, coffee makers and dishwashers? People from the 20th century were definitely physically fit, compared to today.

 

Below are 5 of the Greatest Technological Advancements


 

Computerized World – Today, thinking back when everything was done by pen and paper just boggles the human mind. The first personal home computers hit the market in the late 1970s. Shortly thereafter, Gates and Paul Allen started a business relationship and that’s when the company “Microsoft” was born. Then came Microsoft Windows on November 20, 1985. And the world has not been the same since. Today, it’s unthinkable (for most of the United States population) to go without a laptop and the genius invention of the Ipad. And now we have computerized cars, sewing machines, cash registers, vacuum cleaners and more. What a wonderful world with this being the greatest technological advancement.

Medical Tech – Many stories have been told about how moms had babies at home and then went straight to work afterwards. I’ve heard my grandmother on my husband’s side tell quite a few stories about having babies at home. That’s quite remarkable from the 21st Century perspective. Today, there are ultrasounds to find out the sex of a baby and computerized imaging to diagnose cancer; not to mention advancements on chemotherapy side effects. You can now have treatment for cancer with less nausea and vomiting. That in itself means a lot to a cancer victim. However, and more importantly, the advancements of actually saving a person’s life is at the top of the list with vaccinations and surgical transplants.

Telephone – It is noted that the first telephone was invented in March 1876. Of course before that time, communication was performed by postal mail and railroad. A typical teenager would get mighty frustrated with this means of communication. However with the phone being among the 5 greatest technological advancements, came the first cellular phone in the late 1940s. Back then those cell phones were significantly larger than the ones today. Today there are cell phones equipped with text messaging, Internet and more that conveniently fits in the palm of your hand or attaches to the top of your jeans.

Transportation – Technological advancements have certainly come a long way concerning transportation. Back in the 17th century the horse and buggy type transportation was updated with better engineering for safer and more comfortable riding. Henry Ford acquired the merit for the first automobile for mass production. That first automobile was the “Model T“ back in 1908. It is known that the first railroad transportation was invented by George Stephenson. This train was operated with coal; while today, trains operate with solar power. Automobiles are now equipped with many extras. You are fortunate if you can afford such a car with heated seats, GPS, DVD player, Bluetooth and keyless start.

Environment – The environmental improvement is dependent on many things. Health safety practices play a huge role with improving the environment. The public health department also needs to work hard to keep the environment clean. Automobile pollution has a lot to do with the health of the environment as well. A considerable amount of effort has went into doing just that in the last decade. One of the most important and smartest inventions was the catalytic converter in regards to automobile pollution. The invention of Earth Day brought about vast improvement with the environment and efforts to preserve natural resources.

Both education and employment is going to help further advance technology in the real world. Some people has said that technology has made the world as we know it, a lazy one. However, technological advancements are what made a success out of today’s doctors, lawyers, bankers and the list goes on and on.

 

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Half a Dozen Important Things I’ve Learned As A New Grandma

 

 

 

 

Grandparenting duties are a blessing to me. I know there is a little handsome and smart boy who needs my help with raising, disciplining, and YES, loving him!! It’s an honor having the title of Grandparent. However, I’ve learned so very much from being one. I would love to share them with you all 🙂

 

However, first I want to say that all Grandmothers deserve a medal of honor! 😉 lol

 

Below are 6 things I’ve learned about being a Grandmother

1. Bite that tongue – I’ve been doing a lot of this! As I’m sure a large portion of Grandparents do this. It’s only nature that most Grandparents would like to continue with what they knew per se, 25 to 30 years in the past.

You will find out rather quickly that you want to blurt out various things to your grandchildren and your kids while enjoying and disciplining your Grands. And I’m not talking about bad things; I’m talking about all those old fashioned rules and ideas that us Grandmas still hold dear to our hearts! Times sure have changed! 😉

2. Certain expectations fall by the wayside – You are in for many, many surprises being a Grandma. What you expect to happen doesn’t AND what you don’t expect DOES happen! lol And everything in between. Boy was I wrong with what I had in mind after my first grandbaby arrived. All children start to develop their little personalities in the womb. While some challenging behavior can be corrected once your grandchild is 1 1/2 years old to 2 years. However, remember that most of their personality is forming before they are born.

I also expected to be able to do my online work while watching my grandson full time. Didn’t happen! I even had the cradle that my Dad made for my son in my office. Didn’t happen! My little guy constantly wanted to be entertained. I ended up watching him for approximately 6 months and then Mom gave up her job and talked my son into letting her stay home full time. My Daughter-In-Law wanted to stay home with him from day one!

Just a warning, if you’re reading this article, and you are in the same boat I was in, be prepared.


3. It’s much easier to babysit your grandchildren at their homes – Wow this is for sure 100% true! Well, think about it; your grandkids have all their toys, bed, favorite foods etc at their home. To disrupt that, it may rock the boat somewhat when it comes to their behavior. They also sleep much better when at home. I have learned this many times over! Some kids just don’t sleep good when away from home. However, some do. Every child is different.

4. Patience is still a definite virtue – My mother was the most patient person I’ve ever known. She always spent time with me when I needed her. Practicing patience is something that should be on all parent’s wanna-be list. It should be your number one priority. Children didn’t come with convenient and simple instructions. Life is not that simple. As new parents; you will need to spend time with your kids and bond with them. Spend quality time with them and teach the same things that were taught to you…only give your kids a lot more indepth teachings along with long-suffering patience. Your children will appreciate and remember this!

Well, you know that all that holds true for grandmothers. When your Grands are screaming “Mamma and Dadda!” You need to be patient with them; as with any other behavior.

5. Never forget that your grandchildren ARE NOT actually your children – That may be challenging for some grandparents to read or hear. Well, in a way they are. However, us Grandparents don’t have the final say about various rules, discipline, religion, and so many other things. We need to sit back and let Mom and Dad do their own thing. Although whatever the situation; some grandparents create their own recipes for disaster and step in too far. I DON’T want to be that type of Grandma! My kids are quite intelligent adults, and our grandkids will be nothing short of smart, compassionate and responsible adults.

6. Being Grandma isn’t always easy – Grandma, you’re in for a wild ride with your new role! You will get your feelings hurt more times that you can count. This is especially true when they get to the age where they know that Mom and Dad is indeed their Mom and Dad. And they know it when they leave. Grandma, are you able to calm your little one and soothe the hurt? Sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t. This is what I’ve learned myself. I sure wish I had a dollar everytime I’ve heard, (through real crocodile tears) “Where Mamma and Dadda at??” 🙁

When I first became a grandmother, I daydreamed about my little guy sleeping peacefully in his crib that we have in our home. Well, that sure didn’t happen. Maybe a couple of times. However, most of the time, he ended up sleeping with both Amma and Pappa. Don’t you just love the “Amma?” =) lol

Another thing that I was looking forward to was taking my grandson to various places…out to eat, or to the grocery store. Guess what!? That has yet to happen. Us Grandparents have NOT taken him anywhere by ourselves yet.

Through all the crying and sleepless nights, I’m proud to say that becoming Grandma is still the best experience I’ve had throughout my life. 🙂

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Parenting and The Terrible Two Tantrums – Akka Pity Party

This goes out to all Grandparents out there as well, even though it’s parenting advice in general, grandparenting may be a full time job for you. So hopefully this article will benefit many. 🙂

Ahh, the famous, terrible two tantrum (pity party) lol

You’re at Walmart and your child is high-pitch wailing because he wants a specific toy. We’ve all been there! However, HOW we react to these violent, squirmy temper tantrums and the consequences we use is what matters.


When you’re at home with your child, how long do you let your toddler cry or scream? I say…let them throw a hissy fit and cry, kick and scream; for the majority of the time anyway. There will come a time where your child will be exhausted from the consistent wailing he or she is doing. Their voice will also get hoarse. LOL

Here’s the thing, IF you know they are not sick or running a temperature, or they are not hurt anywhere, or their diaper doesn’t need changing, and you know that they are not just screaming due to needing a nap, this parent/grandparent says, It’s not going to hurt them one bit. And they will soon figure out that you won’t jump every time they cry out for not getting their way, your child will eventually give up on testing you. And that’s exactly what they are doing! These days children are generally born more intelligent than years ago. They DO know exactly what buttons to push. 😉 It’s comical in a way when you think about it.

I’ve seen my grandson display a pretty bad pity party, and all the while watching his mom out of the corner of his eye; just to see what kind of reaction he will receive. And I sometimes can’t help but chuckle to myself. Now I DO know that’s definitely the WRONG thing to do, however like I said; I can’t help myself. And SHAME ON GRANDMA!! lol 😉

With all that said, I think you’re definitely onto my first tip; at least you should be!

#1 Let them cry their pity party out. Now, this should be the case for anywhere you may travel with your children. However, it’s rather embarrassing and just draws negative attention if you’re in a crowded store, at church, (or where ever you happen to be where there is a lot of people around). Your child will soon figure you out and know they won’t get their way

#2 Don’t laugh, and Grandma, that means ME!! When you laugh; that of course makes it 10 times worse! That should be common sense of course! lol

#3 Reward your children when they DON’T throw a pity party. And this doesn’t necessarily mean buying them candy or toys. You could take them out to their favorite place for lunch, or have them pick out the menu for dinner that night. Stickers work too! 🙂 Remember, kids LOVE stickers.

#4 Reverse psychology. This works sometimes when you’re at home with the kids. Especially while they are young. While they are crying, pretend to cry yourself. You MUST be a good actress with this technique Mom! LOL I mean, give it all you’ve got. And then see what happens. This worked for me when my son was very young. It also worked (for just a couple of times) with my grandson. He is VERY smart! When I pretended crying, he immediately stopped the wailing, (STRAIGHT FACE….LOL) and looked at me and said, “HUH?”

Well, you know what I did, don’t you? YES, I laughed, not good Grandma!! 😉 And guess what? My grandson was NOT laughing. He went back to his pity party. That goes to show that it DOES work if you can keep a straight face. 😉

#5 Ahh, spanking? Now this day and time, spanking is just un-heard of and also a moral sin in the eyes of my daughter-in-law! lol She bluntly says, “I just CAN’T be the bad guy!” However, she does use time out and that does indeed work for her…sometimes. 😉

There are a lot of parents that think that spanking is just wrong. They say, “You MUST NOT hit a child!” Well, from my old fashioned perspective, a good spanking on the back side is not considered hitting. It’s considered discipline. Now I’m not talking about spanking them so hard, your hands end up black and blue, or you break a blood vessel…that IS wrong! I feel a spanking doesn’t hurt them at all, unless it’s just a love pat that brings about laughter from your child while they run from you. And all you parents KNOW what I’m talking about! These love pats are totally ineffective. LOL

Time out IS an alternative to spanking however.

I’d love to hear other Moms and Grands opinions and perspectives on all the above! TY 🙂

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Culinary Family Traditions–From A Grandmother’s Heart – Christmas Recipes

By: Tammy Embrich

The holidays bring about numerous opportunities to gather with family to celebrate the season of sharing and giving. Throughout the years my family has collected quite a list of some favorite Christmas recipes.

These favorites have been enjoyed over and over again, and we have yet to grow tired of them.
We’ve shared some precious memories in pitching in and preparing the holiday meals.

Here are just a few of our family favorites:

Christmas Punch (One of Tammy’s recipes)

Ingredients

1 1/2 liter of chilled 7-Up
About 20 scoops of green lime sorbet
2 Tbsp of lemon juice

Directions

Gather up your favorite punch bowl set. Make sure it is washed and cleaned for use. Pour the chilled 7-Up in the punch bowl. Scoop up 20 scoops of sorbet into the 7-Up. Add the lemon juice and then give the punch mixture a quick stir. Serve immediately.

Cheesy Potato Casserole (My Sister’s Recipe)

Ingredients

32 oz frozen hash browns
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup melted butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz tub of sour cream
1 bag shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1 cup crushed corn flakes or potato chips

Directions

Mix onion, soup, sour cream, and cheese in bowl.

Place potatoes in 9 x 13 baking dish. Pour melted button on top. Then stir in mixture of remaining items.

Sprinkle corn flakes or potato chips on top. Bake uncovered @ 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Ambrosia Salad (My Sister-In-Law’s Recipe)

Ingredients

2 cups shredded coconut
1 8oz container whipped cream, thawed
1 11oz can madarin oranges, drained
3 apples, peeled and chopped
3 bananas, sliced
1 8oz can pineapple chunks, drained
1 10oz jar maraschino cherries, drained
3 cups miniature marshmallows
Optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the whipped cream, coconut, chopped nuts (if desired), apples, pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, and cherries. Mix together well and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.

Important Tip: Wait until right before serving to peel and add the bananas to help preserve them from turning brown.

There was a time when we did a recipe exchange. This was a lot of fun…plus it was a perfect way to get lots of great recipes to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Here’s a neat holiday gift idea for your family members

Make a scrapbook up of memories including family favorite recipes, events, pictures, and even special memories shared by the family. Get creative with this and include lots of illustrations. This will be a gift that will be special to your family and will last for a lifetime.

It’s important to keep your family traditions going…and keep sharing them even when the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren come along. There’s nothing more important than gathering with your family and just being together and sharing old memories, laughing, and loving one another.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

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Grandparenting Support For Caring For Grandchildren

It’s becoming more and more commonplace. I hear of grandparents giving up their vacations, me time, and not to mention those (golden years), as some people call it and refers to retirement…all for their grandkids. It’s very sad thinking about how many parents neglect their own children. Or even more staggering; the population of women who get pregnant that are too sick , too young, or not financially fit to properly care for a child.

So yes, more and more grandmothers and grandfathers are stepping up to the plate and taking over for the sake of their grandchildren. Are you among those grandparents? If so, indeed your life has changed tremendously, and in some cases; not for the better. Your health will play a big role on your new responsibilities, as well as your bank account.

So what can you do as a grandparent to make life easier? Below are 4 of the most important things you will want to take into consideration.


Health – The first thing you need to think about is taking good care of yourself. Simple scenario, if you don’t take care of yourself, how will you take care of your grandbabies? Practice good healthy habits. Eat right, get plenty of exercise and try and turn in early at night so you get the rest you need for the following day.

Support – Join a support group so you can share your concerns with others that relate to the same issues as you. This in itself can be a great help when it comes to your spiritual and mental self. A support group can often give you various perspectives on the many issues that surround your new day to day life and parental responsibilities. Also, if you have a loving and supporting spouse that is going to participate in caring and disciplining, that will most definitely be a big plus.

Parenting Class – You may not think this would be required, especially if you’ve raised more than one child. Trust me, a refresher parenting course may be just what you need. Things have changed a great deal in the past 20 to 30 years. When we were expecting our first (and only so far), I attended a class with my daughter-in-law, it was quite the enlightening experience. I could not believe just how very much I learned in that one afternoon.

Religion – God should certainly be the center of our lives, in everything we do. If you believe in God, prayer and fellowship with others in your community will be a tremendous help. Remember, God takes care of those who help themselves. Many think that phrase is in the Bible, however, it is not. It’s a famous quote from Greek mythology. Pray to Your God and teach your grandbabies to pray.

On the financial end of things, you may be able to get some financial aid. I’m sure it will depend on your income and various things. Check the following page for details Here

Above are just 4 things (the most important IMHO) to think about if you decide to take over parenting your grandchildren. It certainly won’t be easy. Take into account the tips above and also take life day by day and don’t worry about tomorrow. Worry only yieilds stress. 😉

Article By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is passionate about her Grandmother status and loves to share photos, advice, Grandparenting Articles and Tips

Tammy also has been successful in the work at home industry for many years. She is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. She offers free job leads for the job seeker, as well as other work at home resources, work at home articles, tips, and more at http://www.onestopwebemployment.com