Make shopping for this Mother’s Day as easy as can be, from the comfort of your own home!
Some of you may know that I am an Independent Jamberry Consultant.
I have teamed up with consultants representing ViVI Jewelry, Thirty-One Gifts, and Young Living Essential Oils to create an online shopping experience where you can shop through us to treat yourself or the women in your life to something special!
Each consultant is offering a raffle of their own to customers that place orders directly with them. The details for these raffles are on the Facebook Event Page, but here’s a visual for you!
For each consultant you purchase from, you’ll earn one star. All four star achievers will be entered to win our larger raffle that contains one Jamberry Mother’s Day Gift Set, one Young Living Lavender Essential Oil, one Thirty-One Keep It Tote, and one $25 gift certificate to ViVI Jewelry!
If you order from me for Jamberry products, I will receive a commission. None of the other links are affiliate links, but I am going to provide you with everything you need right here!
Feel free to share this event with those you think might absolutely LOVE it, by clicking on “Invite” within the event, and selecting “Share Event.” Then choose where you’d like to share it and add your own personal message!
All of the links to order through are on the event page, but I’m sharing them here as well.
ViVI Jewelry Go here and click on “View Collections,” then “Shop by Catalog.” You can visit Janice’s Facebook Page too! “Like” it if you wish!
Thirty-One Gifts This link will take you straight to this specific party to shop. For the future, you could purchase here. Also, feel free to request entry into Sara’s Facebook Group.
Young Living Essential Oils is the place to browse the catalog, but contact Becki through a private message with what you’d like to order so it counts! (You’ll find her on the event!)
Jamberry Nails Go here to shop the catalog and be sure to select “Online Mother’s Day Shopping Mall” as the party upon checkout! Here is a link to my Facebook Page. “Like” it if you wish! Feel free to request entry into my Facebook Group as well.
I’d also like to take a minute and invite you to listen to a Jamberry Opportunity Call led by Jamberry Home Office! (This is only for residents of the U.S., including Puerto Rico, Guam, and APO/FPO and Canada.)
It seems that thank you notes are a thing of the past for most people.
They might argue that they cost too much.
Some might say they just aren’t necessary.
Others see them as a waste of resources…as in “they’ll just wind up in the trash anyway.”
I beg to differ.
I am glad that thusfar in my life, sending a personal thank you note to anyone that has given me anything, whether it be a gift, money, second-hand items, time, hospitality (like watching my children without payment or hosting a family weekend away), or an unexpected treat of one kind or another, has not been a burden of any kind on me or my family.
Bring Back Thank You Notes!
First, let’s remind ourselves of what a thank you note is.
A thank you note is a small gesture to show gratitude for someone else’s efforts.
It’s a way to simply acknowledge that someone’s work, thoughtfulness, or act of kindness and love has not gone unnoticed.
It allows the giver to know that the recipient received the items.
It is a way to communicate, on a very basic level that seems all but lost these days.
Do they cost too much?
I don’t think so.
Yes, the cost of stamps has increased dramatically over the years and it’s likely that the note and envelope either get recycled or tossed, but rarely is the cost or time invested with a thank you note more than the cost or time involved with the initial act.
And, sometimes, it may be worth even more.
Are they necessary?
I think so.
Saying “thank you” is not something that we should let disappear in our culture.
The only way to insure that this doesn’t happen, is by teaching our children to say thank you, not only in custom, but also through the act of writing a paper thank you note.
I remember when writing letters was the main way I “spoke” to friends I had met at summer camp that lived on the opposite side of the city or my cousins in another state.
Technology has changed that form of communication into something quicker, cheaper, and a bit more impersonal.
If you embrace technology more than the act of writing a personal note, call and say thank you or text a quick message, or even step that up a bit and attach a picture of the gift being used or a video of your children saying thank you.
I ask you to pause and think:
How nice is it to get real mail amidst the junk that hits your mailbox?
How excited do children get about creating and writing valentines to other kids in their class?
The joy of “snail mail” is still alive! Why not attach it with the importance of thanking people for their efforts and thoughts of you!
If you still don’t want to invest the time or money it takes to write thank you notes, consider sending fewer notes for more occasions. I tend to group my birthday and all of our Christmas thank you’s together. Or I combine both boys’ birthdays, my husband’s birthday, and Easter together.
I want my children to grow up thanking others. I look for ways to incorporate writing and communication into our daily lives. Thank you notes are a perfect place for these goals to come together!
In the example above, you can see that they aren’t even writing words yet, but I can have them tell me what to write, creating the language experience. They can add pictures and stickers or stamps!
Here, my oldest practiced his self portrait and extended it into drawing his brother as well.
Creating a self portrait is not your typical selfie!
When I taught in the traditional classroom, creating self portraits was something I had students do whether they were four or nine. In fact, I’d have them draw one on the first day of school and one toward the end of the year and to see the change over time was always so interesting.
At least once during the year, likely toward the beginning, I would center a lesson around self portraits.
In younger classes, there would be more than one.
Creating a self portrait teaches students to be aware of themselves. Where is her head in relation to her body? Where are her feet in relation to her legs?
It also teaches children spatial awareness. Where should he begin…with his feet or with his head? Where on the paper should his head be placed? How far down should his arms go? How can his whole body fit on a single piece of paper?
A Lesson on Creating Self Portraits
Whether you are in a classroom, or teaching a child at home, here is a simple lesson on creating self portraits geared toward young children, anywhere from age 2 through age 6. Keep in mind that their final product will show various levels of writing development, depending on what stage of writing they are in. (Basically, a two-year-old’s drawing should look very different than that of a five-year-old.)
The teacher will need to model how to draw a self portrait.
Gather the children around an easel or board and clip a paper to it.
Narrate the process as you walk through the steps.
“I am going to draw a picture of myself. I am going to start with my head.”
Use your hands to show your actual head on yourself so students are aware of what you talking about. The visuals also help English Language Learners (if you’re teaching in an English speaking classroom.) and build vocabulary for all students.
“What shape is my head?”
“I think it is like an oval or a circle. Let’s see…where should I place my head on this paper? Should it go down here? (Point to the bottom half of the paper.) Should it go over here? (Point to the side.) Or should it go up here? (Pointing toward the top.)”
Then talk about how close to the top of the page your head should be placed. Do you want to leave room for a hat or hair?
Draw the head shape.
“What do I have on the side of my head?” (Ears…Point to your ears. Draw your ears.)
“What do I have on top of my head?” (Hair…Point to your hair.) “What color should I use?” (Draw your hair.)
“What is on the center of my face?” (Nose…Point to your nose. Draw a nose.)
“How many eyes do I have?” (Two) “Where would they go? One would go here and the other would go here.” (Draw the eyes.) “What color are my eyes? Did you know some people have blue eyes and some have brown? Others have green! Isn’t it neat to see all the differences that surround us? Now, what is right above my eyes? (Eyebrows) What are on my eyes?” (Eyelashes)
“What is below my nose?” (Mouth) “What sort of feeling should I show on my picture? Do I want to be sad (frown), happy (smile), or maybe excited (open your smile) or scared (widen your eyes and make an O with your mouth)? I think I want to be happy on my picture.” (Draw the mouth.)
“OK, I think I have most of the details for my head and face. Now, do I draw my stomach next? (No.) Should I draw my legs? (No.) What’s this? (Point to your neck.) That’s right…it’s my throat and neck! What comes after my neck? (Slide your hands down your neck and out to your shoulders.) My neck comes down from my head and then my shoulders come out.”
Taking time to point out what happens from the head down to the shoulders helps children visualize that the body has dimensions. We are not stick figures. As you draw the neck going out to the shoulders, do one line at a time and then point out on yourself the side of the neck that you just drew.
“What happens at my shoulders? What are these? (Draw attention to your arms.) Okay, I need to draw my arms. How far should I go down? Do my arms touch the floor? Should I go down to the bottom of my paper? (No.) OK, I’ll stop here.”
“What are these?” (Point to your armpits.)
Pointing out your armpits can lead into a discussion on how your arms are separate from the trunk of your body. Draw the arms with a space between them and the main portion of the body, stopping at the waist.
“What is on the ends of my arms?” (Hands)
“How many fingers does one hand have?” (Five)
“Let me see if I can draw my hands.” (Draw both hands.)
“Now, let’s look at my paper. It looks like we have gone half way down the sheet with half of our body. That’s good because we have left space for our legs and feet! Let’s draw those now!” (Continue side lines past hips and down outside part of legs.)
“What do you notice about my legs?” (Wait for replies)
“How many do I have?” (Two) “That’s right…I have two legs. I want to make sure that I draw two legs on my picture.” (Draw the inseam portion of the legs.)
“Now, what is at the bottom of my legs?” (Feet) “I think I’m going to draw them in shoes.” (Draw feet.)
“Wow! Look at that! We worked our way from my head all the way down to my feet, using our paper wisely! We started toward the top and then…”(Walk them through all of the steps as review.)
At this point it is an option to add a background. Do you want to be at the beach or standing in the grass? Where is the sun? Where would the grass go, etc.?
“Now it’s your turn to draw a self portrait! Remember where we started and go from there. Remember to think of your own body as you draw!”
Then students have independent practice making their self-portaits and the teacher can monitor and assist as needed.
Below you can see my example (See, you don’t have to be an artist!), Big Brother’s portrait (He grew tired of detail by the time he reached his hips.) and Little Brother’s portrait. This shows a great example of the writing stages that I mentioned.
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