If you follow my blog, you know that I frequently use tablescapes and other elements of home decor as teaching moments. I have always had a few places in my home that I decorate for even insignificant holidays or special times in history. Just a little change gets the attention of the little ones and often opens conversation about things that children need to learn. Sometimes, the adults learn new things ... too!
About a year ago, Phoebe was riding in the car with me when we were stopped at an intersection and asked for a donation in exchange for the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Buddy Poppy. It was a flower, so immediately Phoebe wanted it and she wanted to know why the men were "selling" them. We had a big conversation about donations and the VFW. I decided she wasn't old enough to hear the whole story of the poppies and I also decided that I would create a time when we could talk about the poppies later. She probably still isn't old enough to know too many of the details, but we'll see.
I've had the hand painted hearts in the upper right corner of this picture ... for years. I just picked up the other sign and the bottles at Big Lots! I love that place for inexpensive decorative items.