DIY Mommy & Me Journal: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

September 24, 2013

Encourage Journal Writing and create a personalized keepsake with a Mommy & Me Journal from

Week at a Glance

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
  • Step-by-Step DIY Mommy & Me Journal
  • Encourage Journal Writing
  • Create a Personalized Keepsake

Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Big Hugs, Little Hug by Felicia Bond

Why we love this book:

A Mommy & Me Journal deserves a sweet Mommy & Me book. Big Hugs, Little Hugs was included in our list of 10 New Favorite Read Aloud Books. Yep, it’s that sweet! Of course we all know Felicia Bond as the bestselling artist of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Her adorable book Big Hugs, Little Hugs is for the wee little ones in our audience. The simple opposites text invites little ones to chime in as you read aloud.

Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond

The totally unique collage art shows quite a variety of animals hugging. Take a peek at the illustrations. They are bold and beautiful and fabulously different. The illustrations are definitely worth sharing with older children.

Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond

The message about the universal language of love is plain and simple . . . Everyone hugs . . . all over the world.

Mommy & Me Journal

Mommy & Me Journal

I saw the idea for a Mommy & Me Journal at It’s Always Autumn and knew it was definitely something I wanted to do with my kiddos. The Mommy & Me Journal is a place for Mommy & Kiddo to write notes back and forth to one another. MacGyver and I have done something similar in his Reading Response Journal and he absolutely loves writing back and forth. When I introduced the concept to MacGyver and Miss Enigma, they both went wild over the idea.

This is certainly not exclusively a homeschool project! If my children attended school this idea would be even more inviting! A simple way to correspond and stay connected with my child, while encouraging informal journal writing.

Mommy & Me Journal


  • plain journal or spiral
  • art supplies of choice
  • I searched quite a while before finding these random journals at Marshalls. I wanted a cover on which we could draw. I was about to bind my own with chipboard covers at a local copy shop. Thank you Marshalls! The letters on the journals were a bit random but with our creativity we made them work.

Mommy & Me Journal

Step 1: Plan a Design on Paper

  • I let each of the children create their own design.
  • The one requirement was that the design must included both of our hands (Mommy & Kiddo).
  • Miss Enigma went for a design with hearts while MacGyver created a flower and a hummingbird.

Mommy & Me Journal

Step 2: Draw Design on Cover with a Pencil


Mommy & Me Journal

Mommy & Me Journal, Miss Engima, age 6

Step 3: Outline Design in Marker


Mommy & Me Journal

Mommy & Me Journal, MacGyver, age 10

Step 4: Put Final Touches on Design

  • MacGyver used both marker and colored pencil on his design

Mommy & Me Journal

 Mommy & Me Journal Covers

Miss Enigma and MacGyver

Mommy & Me Journal

Mommy & Me Journal, MacGyver, age 10

Step 5: Write a Note to Mommy

  • Get ready to write! My kiddos are quite eager to write and exchange notes!
  • I never correct the children’s writing in their Mommy & Me Journal.
  • These journals are simply for fun and for bonding between Mommy & kiddos.

Mommy & Me Journal

Step 6: Place Journal on Mommy’s Bed When Ready to Trade Notes


Mommy & Me Journal

Step 7: Mommy Puts Journal on Kiddo’s Bed When Ready to Trade Notes


Mommy & Me Journal

Step 8: Read, Write and Repeat!


Mommy & Me Journal

Both of the kiddos are enthusiastic about trading notes with Mommy. This has been a fun way to encourage journal writing.

I know that these journals will become a special keepsake for both me and the kiddos.  I also hope this type of informal journal correspondence will keep communication open as they get older and enter the elusive teenage years.

Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond

We’re GIVING AWAY one Hard Cover copy of Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Did you keep a journal or diary when you were a kid? Do you still journal now?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, September 29, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, September 30, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H September 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I journaled sporadically when I was young, and that’s about how good I am at it now too! ;)

Tiffany September 25, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I never was very good at keeping a journal.

Robin September 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I love to journal my ideas. Children inspire me me and I am always coming up with a good idea. Someday I hope to publish a book and my journals will help me sort out the best ideas!

tammy c. September 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

yes we journal all the time with pictures and writings still do

Natalie September 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I journaled a lot when I was a child, and now do it sporadically, mostly at times of stress. I love the idea of “Mommy and Me” journal, but I feel that my husband might feel left out. Perhaps it might make sense to have a “Parents and me” journal :)

Jeannine September 26, 2013 at 8:01 am

Natalie, I actually have an idea about that. Daddy won’t be left out.

Anna@The Measured Mom September 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

What a beautiful idea! Thanks so much for sharing at After School.

Anna@The Measured Mom September 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Featuring on Monday :)

Ellie September 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I’ve never consistently kept a diary — just on and off occasionally. Wish I had! I love your ideas.

Amy B September 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I journaled as a child but haven’t done it in many years.

Jo October 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Wow this is a beautiful idea!! I stumbled upon your blog through Hip Homeschool Mom’s blog. I am so thankful that I did. I love this idea and I am definitely going to have my daughter make one of these journals for her and I. I truly love this. Thank you for sharing.

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Gabby September 18, 2016 at 12:12 am

What a beautiful idea!!
I have at different times in my life wished fervently I had been more consistent in keeping a journal. How helpful and insightful it would have been to look back on !
I was looking for a way to do this with my little one and I think this would be a brilliant way to start. Thank you.
I would love to hear any other ideas to help create a bond with kids, and foster rhythm in their lives.

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