Celebrating Ground Hog’s Day

Groundhog’s Day is always on February 2nd. The official groundhog is called Punxsutawney Phil because he lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in a burrow on Gobblers Knob.     According to legend, carried from Germany by early settlers, if the day is bright and sunny and Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of wintery weather. If the day is overcast and he does not see his shadow, the weather will begin to warm for an early spring.   The customs and stories make it a fun day to celebrate with kids.

Kidzone.com has a little Itsy Bitsy Book about Groundhog’s Day for younger kids to color and for adults to help assemble.  You can find the link to print it here.    Easy to follow directions are found here.



Make this sandwich with dark  wheat bread, peanut butter and jelly, a banana, a dark grape , and edible grass, such as shredded lettuce or tinted coconut.  Kitchen Fun With My Sons has  complete directions for this clever    Ground Hog lunch.

First little groundhog digs a home in the fall,
And curls up all winter rolled up like a ball.
Second little groundhog comes out of his lair,
On February second to get some fresh air.. .
To see the rest of this song and find  templates and suggestions to make groundhog figures to go along with it, go to DLTK kids.

A cute ground hog made from a fun sized candy bar perched atop a chocolate cupcake surrounded by  frosting.  Sweetology has how to directions and links to the inspiration along with cute photos of her adaptations.

Happy Ground Hog Day — sunny or cloudy!

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Get Well Bag

Get Well Bag with gifts for someone in hospital or under the weather -- A Pinch of Joy

Bag packed with small comfort items for someone who is ill

Last fall,  I mentioned my sister Vee had surgery and a few weeks recuperation.  Having gone through that a couple of times myself, I’ve been surprised and pleased by the thoughtful little gifts people would bring when they visited.   Hand sanitizer when you can’t jump up and head for the sink, a lidded water bottle that is easier to handle than a hospital glass and straw, eyeglass cleaner when the glasses are gunked up from being put on and off a dozen times.    When you are stuck in a hospital room little things can mean a lot.    Or perhaps someone is under the weather and not quite mobile enough to get the little things needed for comfort.  A Get Well Bag takes care of  those problems!

You can make your Get Well Bag as big or as small as you like.  I purchased a vinyl tote bag (because I liked the matching note book and other accessories!) from Michael’s.    Here is a printable list of some things to put in a Get Well Bag.  Or just pick one or two to add to a card.  However you do it, your thoughtfulness will be appreciated.  The markers were included in the photo because I knew Vee would have little visitors – then they would not fit in the box for mailing – sorry!

Ruana and Hot Cold Rice Bag Vee also received the ruana from this post and the hot cold rice bag from this post.   Several people told me the ruanas were ideal for hospital or nursing home use.  Not only because they keep the shoulders warm and the back covered, but they are loose so they don’t get in the way of medical procedures.

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Valentines Day printables


Valentine’s Day is only a month away!  Forever in Mom time almost–but coming soon.  I’ve rounded up  some ideas early so they are ready when you are!


Catch My Party has tons of free Valentine printables.  There is everything from invitations, to party printables, valentine cards and a valentine banner!    Good for classroom or any Valentine party.





My Computer is My Canvas includes a free printable tag.   She filled snack-sized zip baggies with Valentine Bark (recipe link included), then  stapled the printable tag to the top!  Perfect treat to give to BFF’s, teachers or as favors at a party!



From Martha Stewart comes this simple idea.  Cut a fat heart from paper that is patterned on one side and white on the other.  Write a message on the white side.  With patterned side of the paper facing down, fold as shown and seal with a sticker. Easy peasy!





Add an adorable touch to your Valentine’s Day with cards featuring Mickey & Minnie. Disney Family has a set of eight different valentines on one sheet.  Free printables using regular paper or cardstock.  Follow the links to find other Disney character Valentine cards.




Pumpkins and Posies
has a set of four contemporary printable valentine cards.





Other Valentine Roundups by A Pinch of Joy

No candy Valentines for Kids
Valentine Crafts for Kids 
27 Valentine Printables for the big and little loves in your life
26 Valentine Ideas for all ages
Valentine Printables – for parties and preschoolers

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