Yup, Hoppy Easter I said It

Yup, a Happy Hoppy Easter to you all!

I have SOO many excuses reasons as to why I have not posted but, let’s talk about the far more beautiful I found this morning. Sorry kiddo’s this ones for the adults :D

Ok, QUICK, before the family arrives take a quick visit to find thee most beautiful Easter Bunny Bunting {plus, free quick printable} in the sweetest colors, available via The Sweetest Occasion.

Just print out the bunting (a simple pdf file) on cardstock, glue, hang on some string or ribbon and voila! The sweetest Easter decor! {{ Plus, visit the entire website while you’re there. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.}} You’ll be left inspired and craving to create more than the norm.

Here’s a photo (rights belongs to its creator) of this simple stunning Easter Bunting (or garland here in Canada) so you can have a taste of what to expect:

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Here’s a peek at our one Easter Egg I made with LO yesterday LOL! Nothing like the Sweetest Occasion but, we had good intentions. (Forgive us, we’re both sick!) You guessed it FROZEN themed.

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FYI– blown egg, dipped in neon blue liquid food coloring, DollarStore sticker mirror glued white teeny Pom poms on top like snow, and the rest is all hot glue gun and sprinkles :D {{ Next week I will share all our Easter projects late with you. They’re sure to inspire many other craft ideas for you and your children!}}

I have also been working on many more posts behind the scenes, to share with you over the coming Spring weeks for Moms and Children. I look forward to catching up with all of my WP Fam soon!

For now, have a Happy Easter from our family to yours, we pray you see and feel the experiences The Lord has set out for you today, and everyday.

God Bless,

JayNine and Girlz

PS ** Have you lost your creative inspiration to get involved with your childrens crafts and activities? It’s happened to us all. Things are looking up^^ Visit the links I’ve gathered on Pinterest –>> Childrens World, Childrens World 2 – Education, Kids Spaces (new*) hashtag #KidsSpaces. Now, the best board for last: Kids Art. Using the hashtag for my easy pin searching #KidsArt2014 and #KidsArt.

My Kids Art Pinterest Board was created recently inspired by the incredible batch of blogging moms. Don’t take my word for it go visit them on Pinterst now. Your arts’n’crafts world will never be the same:
Titled, the Rockin’ Art Moms **

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Made By Joel

Today, I am excited to share our personal experience with one of our new favorite websites! (Especially helpful when we were locked up indoors during the dramatic city wide Ice Storm Ontario 2013)

Made by Joel

Joel is a world renowned designer of all things children. Fabric, wood, clothing, DIY, decor, toy making, hand-drawn and beyond. (Links on where to purchase his creativity book for here).  

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On his website you will find a dropdown menu for Free Printable Activities. Here is where we found the many of our Printable Toys and activities that kept our hands warm and head in the game over the last few  weeks  months. This deep freeze has been quite impossible to handle. It has just resurfaced its ugly head this past week, again. More temperatures around the -24 mark, with outlandish windchill values of -44 and colder.

20140124-133816.jpg Navigating around Joel’s on line playground is not only user friendly but, it’s fun! As we printed the fold, cut, & colourable paper town pieces throughout the site, I discovered using cardstock paper can make standing each piece up individually easy. I had more fun than the young I’m sure. I also had to add my glittery touch to my great looking lamposts here, with gold glitter glue placed on light!

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Since our traumatic Ice Storm hit, I have been extra kid creative around the house–& at the house I babysit 2 boys as well. Poor parents there, can barely see their new fridge or out their front looking window LOL ;D 

 

 

There are so many free printables available on line for children. I have found many for adults as well. What I was searching for this time was a site we could ALL enjoy creating from. That’s when I accidentally happily found MadeByJoel.com.  I took the initiative to save each file I could in our ibooks PDF library for future use. Then, printed each of our choice Paper Cities, People, and Vehicles, on a thicker cardstock paper. Each of the paper playful items we printed stood and were stronger with this choice paper. Made for fun decorating, worked with various coloring utensils, and even added our own special touches like in the pictures below!

 

 

There is much design to enjoyed through the talented father and husband Made by Joel for those of you with children, or children at heart, for the young and old, plain or bold. There is something for everyone. I really hope you will take a look around at his art. You’re certain to be inspired if you do!

What are your favorite adult or children FREE Printables websites you chose for coloring or printable activities with the kids, or alone? Share in the comments below! 

JayNine xo

Welcome, Words, & Winter Woes

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The December 2013 Ontario Canada Ice Storm… the mess

 CATCH UP:  Welcome Back! Let’s get right into what’s been taking up all of my time…Weather! No, I am not a weather man/person, the whole North American Content seems to be under a sinister snow attack courtesy of Mother Nature herself! 52% of the US as reported here in Canada, is under record breaking snow falls and low temperatures. That’s now. Over the last two months of my hiatus we had (hydro) power in time for Christmas Eve, an 8:15pm New Years Eve countdown (perfect for me!) and got back my laptop!

Now, I can use the amazing “Press This! to post! Be prepared to find simple easy linked posts, sending you straight through to a website that I have found interesting for me, and possibly useful for you all ;D  I will attempt this through WordPress’ Google Chrome Extension. It’s kinda like the PIN IT! is for Pinterest but only for posting on your WordPress Blog.

Why haven’t I used this before? Well, that’s because up until finding the kindest computer man on the planet, I had no hope to ever being able to use my laptop again!  HOORAY! I got our home laptop baby back and up to work just two days ago. Benefits of small town kindness. (If you ever read my blog, many thanks again Ron & family ;) AND, the extension itself is NOT available for mobile device internet browsers, like safari on Apple devices. Outside from the Laptop that was in the shop for four months, we use mobile only, which I actually prefer. So this is a treat being able to have the Laaptop back and I’m going to enjoy it lol.

 

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WELCOME: With a renewed New Years blogging spirit, you will see and hear from me much more than you have before. Not going to make promises, resolutions, or commitments more than a once a week post, for now. Not even sure what I will be posting about, which leaves the mind open for suggestions, learning, and trying new things! I do commit to be true to myself, honest, creative, and complain a little. Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Now that you have been forewarned you might want to press that little follow button floating around the right bottom of your screen, or enter your email address under the follow by email option up there. OH, if you have a change to suggest with the format of the email you receive, be sure to message me personally HERE, because I truly enjoy hearing from you.

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VISIT:  I follow alot of great freaking-fantastic bloggers as well!  They’re the true writers/bloggers! They share much thought-provoking conversation. These skilled folks induce much responsive conversation both inside my head, or in my draft box mostly lol. Be sure to check out that list entitled “Inspiring Bloggers” in the side bar links too. They will have no problems keeping you entertained and offering you the most interesting reads until my weekly returns, trust me! Some of the subjects covered are laughter, sweet & smart living in 300SQ FTdepression and anxiety (incredibly talented writer here), home DIY’s, creativity, fun kids stuff, healthy moms kids stuff, best homeschooling momma, opinionated, and what everyone needs, yes, a Cranky Granny. A few of these bloggers offer free giveaways as well. Guess you’ll have to visit them all if you want to find them ;D Now for more… 

PICTURES:  

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outside of the damage some of the photos were beautiful. i showed the LO the thickness between the ice & the branches. an obvious difference!


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looking ahead at the girls as we trudge under the falling trees.


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this is not even near “tall” when compared to the real tall trees lining our streets. the devastation was worse in other areas…


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as we turned the corner the next street was like walking in a labyrinth of fallen slick ice trees. each & every tree on this street hung perfectly over the sidewalks. dangerously…

THE ICE STORM:  For now, we in Ontario, Canada have been in recovery from the Ice Storm 2013 that literally fell on our heads and homes this Christmas Season. For a bitter total of 9 days, (plus that for some) 500,000 residents of our closest big city (Toronto), our town, and our surrounding neighborhoods big and small, all had no power. none. absolutely none. meaning no heat, spoiled food, no elevators, city buildings, and very busy emergency vehicle response teams. That was terrifying, besides being in the dark everywhere… the individual struggles alone were/are endless even still.

When it comes to weather-watch, we are all as a town and city, still under much stress or heightened awareness for now, from that devastation. Many of us are still without food replacements, from all we’ve lost in that Ice Storm 2013. (including us, neighbours, & friends we know included!)

Just yesterday at the grocery store normally very quiet and slow on Sunday’s, I watched bunches of shoppers scurrying around, seemingly collecting and collecting all over again. We just last evening again, received more snow storm warnings, freezing rain warnings (that’s the scary one), even blizzard watches in areas, and the coldest Windchill Warnings. OH, my favorite NewsTalk Radio Station just reported “feeling like -42 with the coming windchill, even colder”. It will take 5 minutes before your hands or uncovered skin will be frost bitten. Coldest that I remember in years, arriving today and tomorrow.

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As we walk further, it’s like each tree was mis-planted, UPSIDE DOWN–some of these are not perfectly clear because it was a cold night walk.

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and as you look across the street at this row of trees, they ALL look like they’ve been planted UPSIDE DOWN…it’s very sad

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As I was saying I headed to the grocery store yesterday to grab the necessities because we spent 9 long days plus, trapped indoors in that last ice storm. I wanted to be prepared as much as the next guy. I think we’re still on edge. We are walkers and even during the storm, the sidewalks (understandably so) were the very last things the Town Employees were working on clearing. With as much as 10 cm plus (don’t know the real numbers) of layered ice on the sidewalks and my disability, there was NO WAY I was able to get the kids out and about for any reason at that time. Including food. The Town (& city of Toronto) are all just beginning the clean up. The cost? $75 Million Dollars. As individuals and families touched by this record breaking catastrophic storm, we are all trying to clean up and calculate each of our own personal damage caused as well. For us, we were lucky as far as having heat, power, hydro, however we could not get out to replenish food due to sidewalks.

We all snuggled in together over a long Winters (past) weekend with candles, water, and blankets prepared. OH and a handful of noise makers in case the kids start their back to school week, without school :D Mine had school but some of our family members and surrounding schools did not due to this second snow storm! Some just got back to school today. Happy to report no loss of power yet but, I have to admit it is a worry much on the mind. There is still much more to come tonight and tomorrow.

(.. Ohhh, My aching head…;) 

NOW the good news the brighter side, the silver lining; as my regular readers know I always find and share. We only lost power for a total of 2 days, we had much to be grateful for and spent a lot of time praying for the safety and needs of others. Speaking of prayers, unfortunately, even our church closed and missed it’s very first Sunday service ever! 

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Just after Christmas the street trees looked like glistening tinsel or lined with CHRISTMAS lights

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This was not our tree. This was a neighbours tree that actually crashed completely on their vehicle, which luckily wasn’t damaged

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a look at our ice covered trees

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our backyard ice rink. the trees above our train tracks here were literally crashing and inside every 3 minutes during the Ice Storm 2013, we could hear them falling. Super Loud & when no power: super spooky too

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Ice Storm Bundles ;) This is mainly what we did over freezing ‘holidays’ ….

As a sweet family of three girlies, we got much anxiety ridden time to hang together.  iPads in hand, we searched websites for some crafting, DIY’ing and coloring activities to keep us busy. Over the Ice Storm and this past cold and snowy weekend, we found even more! We were able to print many different items to play with after coloring and decorating. I will be sharing them via the Press This Google Extension which I am so excited about! The next post will be a look into this.

Really good to be up and blogging again. Look forward to catching up soon! How was everyones holidays? Did you get stuck indoors due to weather? Does your family have a special traditional activity you preform together over the holidays? Did you go somewhere warm? Skratch that I don’t actually want to know the answer to that question LOL ;D Kidding, Share away folks! Did you know anyone in your family or friends that was here in Ontario Canada during our wretched storm? Were they affected in anyway? did you travel during this storm? plane flight delays across country?

Happy New Year,

Jaynine ;)

P.S. We are still waiting patiently for nice above minus 30 weather so we can get out and do more of this:

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Before Ice Storm 2013



Gimme a Giveaway: The Smitten Collection

JayNine:

Looking for new prints for the livingroom walls? Here’s a chance to WIN from some of the greats on etsy! Another of our very fine WordPress hosted blogs, is running a contest to WIN your favs. Enter through here, or the original post January Giveaway, from OurHumbleAbodeBlog. :D Be sure to visit both etsy shops that present more of the artists work for sale as well.

JayNine

and hey! Happpy New Year!

Originally posted on Our Humble Abode:

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for entering!  See who won here.  

Happy first Friday of the new year!  The Smitten Collection is here to celebrate with beautiful art with a humorous side.

This Gold Foil Heart To Love and Be Loved print is perfect for a bedroom.  And hello, it’s gold.

Bonjour Mon Amour, for that special someone.

The Cat’s Meow is just too cute and fun.

Who can resist a Gold Flamingo?  That’s right, you can’t.

And we’re teaming up so you can get your hands on any text bubble art, like You’re My Lobster Text Bubble Cut Out.

The Goods: One print of choice from The Smitten Collection and one Text Bubble Cut Out from me.  

To Enter:  Leave a comment, which can (but doesn’t have to) include our Just for Fun question.

Just for Fun: What is your main home…

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Fake Snow Recipe

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Hola! From Ballerina Barbie on the puffy white slopes of Canadian Snow .. Fake Snow that is!

We got this fool proof Indoor Homemade Sensory Snow recipe of fun, for many cold winter afternoons, via Mommas Fun World!

Ready for the RECIPE:  get your notebooks! 

- Baking Soda and 

- Conditioner! 

Amazing eh? Take a peek through at her recipe here for measurement numbers, because I altered mine by eye and it worked perfectly for us. 

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A perfect winter scene with the rooster warming by the Barbie firepit

*TIP  I would chose a white or clear conditioner. A pleasant smelling one as well, or scent-free, sensitive for those with skin allegies. LO has sensitive skin but for the amount she got outside of on her hands, it caused no disruptions to the rest of her body ;D 

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Best shot! Ballerina Barbie, perfectly brozed, in swimsuit, classic wave, in the snow! Love this shot!

Went to the local Loblaws (large grocery chain for you not in Canada) straight to the CLEARANCE section (as I ususally do .. shhh… lol) and search you will find one. The alternative is chekc the regular shelving for SALE items. I found ours there, a name brand for $1.63! BAM! What a steal.

Firstly, we don’t have a huge table space to play with this messy stuff, so we lay down an old sheet; lay the RubberMaid Bin lid on top of the kid size table. Turn the lid upside down and voila–>a protective ledge for no spill overs. I do suggest a space that can get messy and is rather simple to clean. TIP*  I keep our floor vaccuum in livingroom on days of indoor play for quick clean ups.  

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“MLP” treasure chest filled with clear tiny diamond shaped pieces -AKA- “the Snow Queens Treasure crystals” dug out, found buried in the snow ;)

I’m real sorry about the foggy image quality. iPhone 4S is my only digital camera device (for now). Plus, I think the glimmer off the foil didnt help in its inability to focus clearly!  

TIP*  I used aluminum foil to cover the play surface under the fake snow, on the bin lid, to create the illusion of more snow! Adds to the glimmer in the natural light, like real fresh fallen snow. First time we addedsome silver glitter.

This last (3rd) time we played with it (as I only have 1 youngster), we added blue food colouring because we were throwing it away. This mixture sat fine in the fridge for over three weeks. I left the folded foil atop, so LO could use her independent and get it from refrigerator herself :D

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Added the blue food coloring on the foil to create the likes of an Ice Skating Rink! Love how it worked with the ducks we chose! 

 The texture of this indoor snow is actually more like that of a fresh fallen powder snowfall. Now, you will not able to use cookie cutter shapes with but sometimes the fun is just in the mess-making ;)

However, we were able to pat it together like real snow. Then, 

TIP*  We used buttons and other oddities to creat imprints, foot prints on the packed piles. To my surprise, LO added her smallest DollarStore farm animals for fun in the snow as well. 

 

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Husky was closely watching the farm animals.

Here’s Mr.Piggy eating from his ‘trough’ LOL but, I cannot find the photo of him “rolling in the snow”!

The one thing we change up is the original recipe to lower quantities a bit. The more larger mixture seems to go bad before we get alot of use out if it!

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 A wee sneak peek into the continued part of this mixture, we carried outdoors next …


Visit Momma’s Fun World for more great winter indoor and outdoor kids activities, this recipe, and more sensory play. Follow her social spaces on Pinterest, FacebookTwitter, and G+Plus!


TIP* Hey guys, yes we’ve been M.I.A. for a long while–too long. We hope you’ll stick around and visit again soon. I have a lot of kids activities, childrens, tecahers, homeschooler, and all age resources to share with all my parental followers. I have some laughable photos to share from our instagram and holiday family visit nights. Reviews to be released Monday, of various iTunes AppStore Photo Apps to add to my collection here; that you will LOVE to add to your own mobile devices. Grab a tea and read about me here, here, and here. There’s years and years of my resource finds through Pinterest and all of my social media connections are up for following or reach out to me through About.Me <–another social service I absolutely reccommend for those with more than 4 social media icons in their emails! 

“Ya’ll Come Back Now, Ya Hear!”

May You Each Be Blessed and Enjoy a Happy Safe Holidays,

Jaynine and Girlz