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Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Picture Frame



Step 1:
After laying down newspaper or paper towels, paint the picture frame with black chalkboard paint using a small brush. Let first coat dry and apply a second coat. Allow frame to dry overnight.

Steps 2 and 3
Make varying lines on the surface of the picture frame using the chalk marker. Next, with a damp rag or paper towel, wipe over the surface of the frame to remove the layer of chalk. Repeat this process twice. This seals the frame with the "chalk" to protect the surface for continued use.

Step 4:
Use your ruler and pencil to outline your words. Be sure to have fun experimenting with different designs or doodles! If you don't like it, don't worry, just erase it and try again! Once you are happy with your lettering, move on to the next step!

Step 5:
Go over your design and lettering with the white paint maker. Be sure to use this marker only on the words you want to stay on the frame permanently.



Steps 6 and 7:
Add thumbprints to make a heart! Here we created an "O" to embellish the word "YOU", however, you could add hearts any where on the frame!

Steps 8-10:
Lastly, add what you love most about your sweetheart using the chalk marker. The best part is you can change it every day to say something new! When you are ready to erase, just use a damp cloth to wipe it clean and voila!

Love this idea but not up for a DIY project? No problem! My Four Bears has you covered. Check us out on Etsy!
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Focusing on the Why

Focusing on the Why

Working on my to-do list and trying to motivate myself to actually get up and do it. Today is my first day home all week and I have so much to do. But I am so weary due to a busy week and lots of gray skies. I'm reading a good book that is calling my name and my pajamas were so comfy. Some days it's so easy to be productive and get through the list and sometimes it's like trying to move in quicksand. It's days like today that I really have to focus on my WHY. Why do I really need to do what's on my list? Why do I need to go to the store? My family needs a healthy good supper, sitting down for a meal is a priority, I don't have time again to go until Friday afternoon. Why do I need to clean? I want my house to be a relaxing and inviting place for my family to enjoy and a place for them to find refuge from a busy day. A messy or dirty home would not be that. Also, no other time to do it for a few days. I need to exercise? Why? Because it lifts my spirits, it gives me more energy and it gives me a sense of accomplishment. It also keeps me healthier and helps me fit into my clothes. I need to spend one-on-one time with TJ without screens or technology. He needs his momma. He needs that time to feel needed and loved. He is going to school next year and that time won't always be there. What is your why for the things you want or need to do? Remembering your why's is what is going to keep you moving forward and to give your best! Instead of focusing on tasks today focus on the why behind them! #mywhy #thegiftofblooming #newyearnewbeginning #isaiah4319 #sotired


Thanks!
Heather Wright

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Fun Snow Day Activities.

Fun Snow Day Activities.

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Create Your Own Thanksgiving Chalkboard! 

Create Your Own Thanksgiving Chalkboard! 

This is a fun easy project, to do with the kids, that is sure to add a personal touch to your fall decor. 

Supplies:
• Clipboard 
• Black Chalkboard Paint 
• White Paint Marker
• Brushes 
• Orange, Brown and Green Paint 

Cost is under $10 
Clipboards can be found in a two- pack at Walmart so you will have enough supplies to make two chalkboards. These make a great gift so why not make two!


Step 1:
After laying down newspaper or paper towels, paint board with black chalkboard paint using a small brush. Be sure to get the sides. Let first cost dry and apply a second coat. 

Step 2:
Using a pencil write whatever saying you like. 
Here we used, "We are thankful". You could also write "give thanks", or "today we are thankful for". Once you are satisfied with your wording trace over the pencil lines using your white paint marker. 

Step 3:
Time to add the pumpkins! Using a small amount of orange paint, help your child dip their knuckles in the paint and stamp it on to the board. Next, help your child use their fingers to make a stem and leaves with the green and brown paint. 

Step 4:
You're done! Just add a favorite picture, a cute note, even a Bible verse!
This is a great way to talk to your children about being thankful. Use chalk to add something to your list each day. What a great conversation piece for the Thanksgiving day table!

Love this idea but not up for a DIY project? No problem! My Four Bears has you covered. Available on Etsy!

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Summer Activities

Summer Activities

Please check our Events for upcoming activities.

A few more we'd like to point out:

May 5th-June 30th, Thursdays, 6pm
Concerts on the Square
Market Square (Downtown Knoxville)
(865) 215-4248
www.knoxvilletn.gov/concerts
Live Music (check website for artist schedule)


May 7th through Sep 11th
All Knox County Splash Pads Open for Season!
Knoxville County Splash Pads
(865) 215-6600
www.knoxcounty.org/parks/rec_activities.php


Early May: Strawberry Picking
Early June: Blackberry/Peach/Blueberry/Apple Picking
The Fruit and Berry Patch
4407 McCloud Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37938
(865) 922-3779
www.thefruitandberrypatch.com
Head out to the u-pick fruit and berry patch for strawberries and many more fruits as summer arrives!
Free to pick, pay by weight for fruit.


June & July, Mondays & Thursdays, 9am-7pm
Safety City Knoxville
165 S. Concord St.
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 215-7103
http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/police_department/support_services/safety_city_knoxville
The program will teach K-4th grade children about vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle and fire safety.

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