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23 January 2017

Make a Fun Paper Bag Monkey Puppet With Your Preschoolers

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When planning the Letter M is for Monkey lesson for my preschool class, I was convinced I would find so much material that it would be difficult to decide what I wanted to use. Not! It was shocking to see how much WASN'T on the internet for monkeys. Really? 

So, it presented an opportunity for me to create my own. Of course, when it comes to stories, Curious George fills the bill. We borrowed a DVD from the library with a series of Curious George cartoons on it. We also read Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed! The library has a number of great picture books that tell about monkeys. But I still needed a craft!

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Three puppets made by Preschoolers!

Our craft was a puppet.
This lunch-bag puppet is my creation. I found a few ideas online that I kind-of liked but the final product is original. Please feel free to use it. 

Monkey Fun Facts: 
Monkeys have tails - apes do not. Guess what? Chimpanzees are apes, not monkeys. I must admit, when I learned that at first I was a little sad. It was a childhood myth I need to get over LOL!

Famous Monkeys / Apes:
  • Cheetah - Tarzan's chimpanzee friend
  • King Kong - a gorilla; King of the Apes
  • Dexter - a capuchin monkey featured in the movie Night at the Museum

Paper Bag Monkey Puppet

paper lunch bags
Card or cover stock 
glue sticks
Elmer's glue
googly eyes*


  • Print pattern 1 and 2 on card-stock.
  • Color the parts on page #2 before cutting the pieces out.
  • Cut out pieces on both pattern 1 and 2.
  • Using Elmer's glue, attach the head to the foldout part of the paper bag.
  • Glue on the face piece with eyes and then the part with the mouth partially covering it.
  • Glue the arms in between the fold of each side of the bag.
  • Attach the hands to the arms
  • Glue the tail sticking out of the fold.
  • If you prefer googly eyes, glue them on last. There are dots for eyes right on the pattern that also look cute!

Monkey Puppet Pattern #1

DIY puppets

Monkey Puppet Pattern #2

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22 January 2017

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #4

This Week's Features
Chicken Tortilla Soup - Simply Stacie

Marbled Clay Ring Keeper DIY - Sum Of Their Stories

Tangy Sesame Chicken Wings Recipe - A Dish Of Daily Life

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20 January 2017

Want To Win 4 Dreamy New Pillows? Enter To Win! #Giveaway

This author received four pillows from Brentwood Homes to review - the opinion reflected here is 100% my own. And guess what? Brentwood is giving away 4 dreamy pillows to one happy winner! Be sure to enter for a chance to win [below.]
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What is a good night's sleep worth to you? I value my sleep highly. After a great night's sleep, I wake up so ready to take on the day. Don't you?

As a healthy diet and regular exercise are important to our well-being, so is sleep. Sleep refreshes and energizes us. Sleep rejuvenates our organs and encourages healing. Sleeplessness, or a fitful night's sleep, do just the opposite. We need our sleep!

There has been a lot of talk, lately, about pillows. Not all pillows are the same. Having the right pillow contributes to that great night's sleep we were just talking about. So, when I was asked to try pillows from Brentwood Homes, I jumped at the opportunity- in fact, I needed them. Some of our bed pillows were really worn out! 

They sent me two of the Helena style and two of the Carmel. I love both. The Carmel is a bit firmer, perfect for those who like to watch TV or read in bed or just like a firmer foundation on which to lay their heads. The Helena has a softness that is so nice to the touch. I like that one for when I drift off to sleep. 

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The Giveaway:  Some wonderful person is about to WIN four pillows just like the ones I have!  Yes, for three weeks we are holding an exciting Brentwood Home dreamy pillow GIVEAWAY. 
Enter here:

In addition to the luxurious feel of these wonderful pillows, I love that they are handmade right here in the USA - Los Angeles, California to be exact - and shipped right to your door. 

This is what they looked like when they arrived - notice how interested our granddog, Murphy, was. I had to move the box upstairs to our kids' room to get it away from our furbaby! They come two to a box, each wrapped in a plastic roll. I carefully freed them, using scissors. Soon as the plastic was off, they puffed up. Fun!

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You will appreciate the care that goes into their products. Take a moment to read The Brentwood Story. You'll see what I mean! 

These pillows are just a snippet of all that they make with such loving care. They also produce mattresses, adult pillows of several kinds, nursing pillows, products for babies and kids, a variety of types of bedding and pet beds, too. [Don't tell Murphy! LOL]

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Our giveaway goes for 3 weeks so come back and enter again and again. Tell your friends, too! Tweet this invite to share the news? 


Note: this author is a Brentwood Home affiliate. Anything that you purchase from Brentwood Home through my blog, Ducks 'n a Row, will result in a small commission for me with NO increase in price to you. Win-win! 

This is how it works. Come to Ducks 'n a Row and click on a Brentwood ad anywhere on the blog or a Brentwood link in this post and it will take you right to their site. That is all you have to do - then have fun shopping! :)

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19 January 2017

Recipe Sharing Party

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Welcome to the Recipe Sharing Party!

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Here are our simple party rules...
  • Add up to TWO single recipe posts of your own that we have not seen....this is not a recipe collection or wise advice about nutrition, please. Share single recipes only... otherwise, Yummly will reject them - they only take one individual recipe at a timeNon-recipe posts will be deleted from our party.
  • Visit ALL of the others (Please bookmark this party to come back a few times for late-comers.)
  • Yum every recipe and Pin every recipe.
  • Why Yummly? It is a huge source of food blogging traffic.
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17 January 2017

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 209

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Welcome, dear friends!
~ This week starts out with a little surprise as we introduce 3 improvements!~
We are excited to announce three changes that we will test for the next several weeks to see how it goes. As you know, it is very important to us that all of our guests have the best opporunity to have their work seen and appreciated. The more popular this party becomes, the less likely it is that those arriving after the first hour or so will receive much attention. Your posts can get lost in the crowd so, this is what we are going to do ...

1. We are putting the newest additions at the top. That way everybody will be "first" for a short while, at least.

2. Your pictures will now be VERY LARGE- again, so that we can all really appreciate them.

3. Finally, we are simplifying our social media. Each week the social media links for our hosts will be one type only. This week is FACEBOOK week, next week will be Twitter, and so on. We will be rotating through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram one week at a time to make it easier for you to follow us without being overwhelmed.

The party features will continue to be based on clicks so please do visit as many others as you can. After all, this is a party so let's mingle!  

Now, let's take a look at what you viewed the most last week!  

Most Viewed
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One Pan Mexican Pasta - Jenns Random Scraps

Editor's Picks
How To Make $2000 A Month On The Side - Busy Budgeter

Honey Sesame Chicken - Money Saving Queen

So let's get this party started!

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