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Mom, You’re the real MVP!!

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As you may have heard and or seen, the Golden State Warriors recently triumphed over the Cleveland Cavaliers to claim the 2017 NBA World Championship title.  My son and I are Golden State fans through and through.  He has been playing basketball for 2 seasons now and it has quickly risen to the top of his favorite sports.  Ever since our Warriors took the gold, he has been OBSESSED with that gleaming trophy they took home.  He would ask me at least once a day when he could win one of his own.  Of course I told him he’ll win it as soon as he’s drafted into the NBA!  I figured since he’s only 7 now, that’s a long time to wait for a trophy.  So I decided to make one that he could call his own.  Besides, I figure he deserves a trophy for winning the Mom’s Heart World Championship anyways.  

So I started brainstorming and looking up photos of the trophy so I could try my best to mimic it for him.  After a mix of Dollar General hunting and salvaging from old projects in the garage, I ended up with the following items.

– 1 Tall Plastic CupIMG_0969

– 1/4″ Dowel Rod

– 1 Small Square Gift Box

– 1 Can Metallic Gold Spray Paint

– Hot Glue Gun

– 1 Mini Nerf-like Basketball

 

IMG_0977I started by taking the lid off of the gift box for the base of the trophy.  I cut a hole slightly larger than the bottom of the cup so it could slide down into it for stability.  I applied the hot glue both above and below where the cup met the lid, creating a seam on either side.  Next I poked the dowel rod into the basketball and glued the combination to the inside wall of the cup.  I then cut a circle out of the bottom of the remaining piece of the gift box to enclose the opening of the cup (also cutting a small circle out of the larger circle for the dowel rod to fit through). 

 

IMG_0990After gluing the top piece, I was finally ready to paint.  I setup a small cardboard backer in the garage and went to town with the metallic gold paint.  I applied a second coat for some durability and good measure and WALLAH… this was the final product! 

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Lakeshore Isn’t Just For Teachers

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logoI had an opportunity to take a tour at the Lakeshore store in Henderson. I absolutely fell in love with the store! They have so many fun products that are educational and resourceful.

 2016-11-03_12-51-47_786I think the best thing about the store is the employees: each is as passionate as the next. I was able to browse the store on my own and watch the staff in action. I noticed that some of the customers were frequent shoppers and the employees were able to address them by their first name. My second favorite part of the store was all of the neat stuff on display.  The store has a lot of demos that you can test out. I really love this idea:

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I can literally bring my child in and see if an item truly interests him.. I have not met one parent who has bought something for their child and he/she ended up not liking it nearly as much as the parent. That toy eventually ends up sitting on a shelf – I am guilty of this myself! I have a few items on my shelf yet to be played with! So now you can see how important it is for the child to be able to interact with the toys before buying! 2016-11-03_12-34-30_609

There were a couple more things that absolutely impressed me about this store. Lakeshore has been developing their own products since 1988, which is really impressive. Each of their products are developed with quality and safety in mind and nothing less; if it does not meet their requirements, it does not go into production.

 

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(click the picture to link directly to lakeshorelearning.com)

Visit the Lakeshore website and click on “Resources” you will find a lot of helpful and useful information for parents and teachers including Printable Worksheets.

 

Lakeshore has free crafts for children in their stores, so bring your children and let them enjoy creating and crafting at their own pace. Lakeshore also has a Teachers Club Membership that you can join. Teacher’s Club members save 15% on hundreds of classroom it644574_121716ems every day, including charts, calendar cutouts, calendar days, bulletin board aids, banners, headliners, stickers, notepads, punch-out letters, name tags, nameplates, accents, certificates & awards, incentive pads, borders & bordette, plus so much more. Once you sign up don’t forget to keep an eye out for your first email, it will contain a one-time coupon for $5 off a purchase of $5 or more, which will come in handy.

Lakeshore also has Teacher Workshops which each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance and also be eligible for fun door prizes all just for attending the free one-hour kids/teacher workshop.
In order to attend these free workshops, you will need to call ahead, at least 2 days in advance, to RSVP to 702-396-2890.

 

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Overall I was really impressed with Lakeshore. I wished I had known about this store sooner, it is never too late though and I am glad I found this store. I am extatic that I now have an educational store that I can pick up a thing or few to help with my son’s continuing education. I encourage you to bring your little ones to do crafts, explore the store, sign up for a workshop yourself and even meet the friendly staff. I promise you definitely will not regret it!

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