All Grow’d Up

Not sure who is feeling greater the Separation Anxiety here, myself or my 5 year old? Almost joining the 40’s clubs, I have been feeling strangely ‘under the weather’ since Wednesday morning, exactly. How does this relate to any form of separation anxiety? I think the YUCK I feel is just my own anxieties! The youngest is moving up in the world and has started her first week of half-day Junior Kindergarten. (I’m estimating, thats probably around the Pre-K mark for my good ole’ American readers).

While the last three years or so my life has been completely thrown upside down, my energy, organization skills, efficiency in everything I used to do, has been absolutely exhausted and my soul strength utterly depleted (that is no estimation!). I simply still cannot help but believe that I, as the SSAHM (SINGLE Stay At Home Mom of 2) that has conquered bankruptcy twice (both times, financial, emotional, & spiritual) overcome homelessness and food-less-ness more times than I care to admit (which we may or may not still struggle with at times)….. this woman of all silver-linings and positive attitudes, find myself having real life separation anxiety from sending my LittleF to Pre-K like this. !?!?! Really? 

I find it difficult to believe I am having separation anxiety. But I guess I totally am! Yup! Really! Looks like she’s all growled up and now it’s my turn…. Thanks for listening to my rant! 

PS ….this is a 2 year old post, true story post!  I am just getting around to publishing it. I thought it’s important to share my experience– so others that might be feeling the same way, will rest assured it’s a normal part of the process. The entirety of the rest of our lives watching our children grow now, is now about letting go really. Well do this together πŸ’—

Your friend,

Jaynine

UPDATED: Β @HeyDay Photo App Review

*URGENT UPDATE*:

For all users of the heyday app... The creators ditched this creation. The owner was just featured in a fortune.com article. He’s just picked up, left behind, leaving NO NOTICE NO RESPONSE on ANY Social Media Accounts, regarding this fact. He’s picked up a new giant idea, and just walked away… All servers containing our FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHYS, NOTEs with THOUSANDS of Memories we took time to Write Save and share so that we could have them FOREVER, to NEVER be FORGOTTEN…. All Gone.

Just gone.

No answers. Tweeted, Instagramed, face booked, and commented everywhere I could:  NO RESPONSE. I even messaged Heyday’s every person tagged in his Instagram account pictures. Website: GONE. We need to get togethe to address this and I have started the process through Apple Support via their Twitter account. 
So I DO NOT RECCOMMEND THIS APP! I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANY APP MADE BY THE CREATORS OF THIS APP!

ALSO, in closing, I am trying to reach out to as many Heyday App Users as possible, and gathering names and then continuing to keep trying to reach the x owners for CLARITY ANSWERS AND ASSURITY as to WHAT happens now? Where are our photos? How do I know you won’t use my photos in any dishonest manners? WHO does have access to our photos and memorable moment so? 

WHY? 

WHY?

WHY ? WHY, were we NOT given the opportunity to write down, re-download, get back, ALL OF OUR MOMENTS AND PHOTOS FIRST, before you (extremely dishonestly) just disappeared? NO NOTICE on your website, NO Posts on your instagram? Your facebook? NOT EVEN A GENERAL EMAIL sent to your ongoing Customers?!?! HOW could you do that? WHAT will we do now? 

Where are our Notes? Why would we Not be given some kind of notice?…. 

Many other apps have done and DO, out of RESPECT for THEIR customers they’ve stored their PHOTO Memories of, for YEARS.   ESPECIALLY when the service that’s provided, INVOLVES FAMILIES photos, and life memories, moments that will never be brought back again, not ever, of real lives, of their unique experiences!…. AND, I am both disgusted, and I am committed to finding ANSWERS

Please leave a comment or go through my Contact Page to leave your name, email address, and maybe your Twitter and Instagram names so that I can message and tag you further, when and, If I figure out what happens next, with our photos and notes contained within the @Heyday app –that is just no longer useable now. Just fell off the planet I guess. Please be patient as I do receive a lot of emails via my blog.

THANK YOU SINCERELY, Jeanine 

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*URGENT:  DO NOT DOWNLOAD this app entitled “Heyday – Journaling. Reimagined.” created by “Hey, Inc.”

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A quick photo app review for you before the holidays really begin! 

For those of you that have been following me for sometime, especially HERE on My Instagram, you know I LOVE a great photo effect and photo storage (Apple iTunes) App!

This specific one I wanted to share right away (without editing or thought) because, it will be thee perfect addition to your iPhone camera for Christmas time!

If you’re travelling around to families houses, from one town to another, you will find this app absolutely perfect for your hectic schedule. I am a pro at that, trust me here…

PHOTO 1

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From indoors to outdoors, here’s our latest “Saturday Afternoon”…

I have yet to find an app I appreciate more. Now that being said, I do love my other photo effect apps for playing with colour, edits, and effects but, this app is different.

First, its called
“Heyday – Journaling. Reimagined.” created by “Hey, Inc.”

In my personal experience, this app is better than iPhoto, Instagram(<–follow me there;); or any photo storage type app I have purchased through Apple, iTunes AppStore.

An intuitive, organzied, systematic photo storage app. All you do, is take the photo, leave the rest, up to the app…

In the HeyDay the app:
Stores all photos taken by date, time, sequence. Also, labels each with its time frame ie-“Sunday Afternoon” to separate, “Sunday Evening”.

Arranges, and or re-arranges each photo collage or section the app itself creates for you.

Best Features:

A-  Easy date storage for remembering when photo was taken precisely.

B-  With the added option for you to socially share each of these sectioned and timed collages. (Through Facebook and beyond). 

C-  While enjoying a look at the gorgeous layouts the Heyday app creates for you, go into each photo, change its position, drag and remove one you dont like, or “add/swap” the images you prefer!

D-  Ok, I do not personally use this feature mainly because we don’t travel very far as we used to, without a vehicle of our own, the Location Services! Turn these on and always be able to share with the children exactly who’s house you were celebrating at for turkey. Skip the kids arguments and turn ON your location services within the app itself. 

On top of that, one great shot just a bit too dark, sharp, or not on the images focal point, tap it and readjust its positioning. Chose from excellent photo effect filters for the perfect result; which are already included in the download!

Brings me to the Best Part:

Affordable price, and No hidden “in-app purchases” required to buy the photo effect filters and best qualities. All around the best holiday photo app for the organized, digital, photo taking Mom.

…or wait is that disorganized rushing Mom whom has no time to re-organize photos? 

Yep! That’s Me! 

I realize that our camera rolls now provide this type of info. However I don’t remembering seeing the photos by time nor with such simple good looking aesthetics either. I’d like to remind you as well for those whom love to share some photos socially once in a while, the camera roll does not offer an already well-crafted collage of your photos in various filters effect options. 

So there! 

Go get your Heyday and Hey! Enjoy your day! 

“Happy Holidays, eh?” :D

Your Canadian Friend,

JayNine xox

Get all the photo apps you need, in ONE Great APP:
HeyDay by Hey, Inc.

 

* I am not paid for any of my posts not do I oppose, sell, or promote the use of any product I share about here. I simply am sharing with my readers my honest personal experience with my favorite things in the world * Jeanine H of j9sopinion

PHOTO 2 “Sunday Evening”

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Entitled: “Sunday Evening” by the app itself, I welcome the Organization!

PHOTO 3: SUNDAY AFTERNOON

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UPDATED

In closing, I will be very careful, research more, and probably won’t actually download any “new” photo Journalling apps–thanks to this experience with @Heyday … I do not regret easily, but this one I do. In my downloading and Apple purchase history, I have  downloaded about 1,200 apps in total:  this is the first experience of this kind. Hopefully the last. Even though I have lost money on crappy apps, I’ve let it go a lot faster. I didn’t even bother writing bad reviews! I could not even tell you their names. This one will stick with me for quite some time. It was four years plus of our lives in photos. 

Thanks  for the Life Lesson in Technology department Chen. Someday I hope you come back down from your new “Stolen” high —

(“Stolen” is Chen’s newest highly successful gaming app appropriately named after it follows his dropping off the world from his heyday app) to give back to the little people whom supported you through Heyday

Thanks,

Jaynine
 

Gingerbread Tree Ornament Tutorial

A simple DIY Ornament Project, with a maximum beauty for result. Click through to see the Tutorial for these lovely holiday ornaments. Happy Holidays!
Jay-Nine ;)

The Blue Brick | Inspired Yarns

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Today I wanted to share a super simple technique for producing gingerbread men tree ornaments! Tito and I will be giving these to our friends as stocking stuffers this Christmas, but they also make very cute gift tags.

You will need:

  • Polymer clay (I’m using Sculpey III, colour β€˜gold’)*
  • Talcum powder
  • Cookie cutters
  • Inka Gold Metallic Rub (optional)
  • Acrylic Ink, and a small paintbrush
  • Something for making impressions in the clay (I’m using soap molds and dollar store jewellery)
  • Either a pasta machine or an acrylic roller to roll out the clay
  • Resin (optional)
  • Drinking straw
  • Wax paper

*A quick note on polymer clays:

Sculpey is more brittle than fimo when cured. Fimo is stiffer and harder to work with when not cured. I prefer Sculpey, but to add strength and gloss to my pieces I add a coat of resin at the end. If you are skipping the resin…

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Kids Clay Donut Art

For whatever the reason(s) may be (and I had started with a pretty long list in draft i decided not to air LOL), I just cannot seem to organize a darn thing anymore: my thoughts, my words, my blog posts, nothing. I am completely frustrated and all over the place at this point but, I have been itching for weeks to share our latest projects with you all.

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This small project was so simple and quick with colorful results. One those activities that will bring together multi-aged groups of kids, to the table for some creative time!

START WITH:

+ AMACO Sculptamold modelling clay bag
{ We ordered ours via Amazon.ca as in Canada. If you follow links to US bloggers, you’ll find much cheaper better pricing }
+ water
+ mixing bowl {we use our designated clay mixing glass bowl}
+ kids art deco items like sequins glue donut colored acrylic paints for base, gesso *optional, any other colors for icing of your choice. { we Googled for inspiration results here}
+ PLUS, Puffy Paint: the most important * material *

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AND:
+ follow simple directions on bag
+ mix two parts clay, to one part water. Do not over water!
+ silicone donut molds { for my US readers I found these } Whatever shape you do chose,
* Keep your selection simple as its easier for kids to complete. I added a thin PAM Oil Cooking Spray layer to our molds for easy removal.

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It is difficult however not to end up with air bubbles (or tiny missing spaces) within your finished product. I found it added to the authentic look of the donut though.

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When filling, we pushed, stuffed, jammed, and even added moistened fingers ( wet with water) while kinda forcing the mixture, into the molds. The slightly wet-fingered pressing, gives a close to smooth finish to the donuts exterior as well.

Sculptamold starts to dry after 30 minutes kinda like Plaster Paris. To prevent longer drying times from sitting in the silicone overnight, and so children could get to the decorating already: I pulled out the donuts out after 45 minutes of the mixture settling.

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{ * The first time I tried project alone, the donut was still moist along bottom for days, from leaving it to dry IN molds! }

NOW, time to get out the acrylic paints of donutish colors for decorating! { You can also use white gesso as a base }

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NOTE: This clay post of mine, was directly inspired byAna at her creative children’s art and activities blog: Babble Dabble Do. Check out about Ana, and her added nature twist, to her simple Sculptamold Fruit Bowls art project for kids, done with her own children. { be sure to visit the post for more kid fun inspiration! }

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Now, Mom! Let the kids put too much, overflowing glop. It will DRY! YES, even our $1.00 for 3pk of cheap puffy paint from Dollarama dried fully after 24hours!

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Here’s the kids version:

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See, drippy goopy sticky ooey-gooey yummy, sloppy, or perfectly positioned, donut icing. It truly makes the project.

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WHEN YOU LEAVE
VISIT: ROCKIN’ ART FOR KIDS!. You will find, plenty of their own and other bloggers, kids activities surrounding art; plus a multitude of genius Summer fun ideas, for you to share with your kids.

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BEWARE: Your world of ideas for measly “arts ‘n’ crafts” is about to be blown out of the waters! Hang On & Have Fun!

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DIY: Dreamy train

Lately, I have been finding some seriously creative paper crafting blogs. So wonderful in fact, that I have re-blogged them here. Take a look through the links to post, at a different type train set DIY, via Lullaby Diaries.
Jeanine ;)