Link Day Friday | It’s Time Its Time

It’s Time guys! Time for Link Day Friday shares and, to announce the theme for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for this coming week. Get your pens, pencils, craft boxes, and camera’s ready STAT! Its going to be a quick one.

And the Theme is… “One Shot, Two Ways“. Be sure to read the detailed challenge rules in the link. These include more guidance and options for your photos, with links to other photography tips and tricks. To join in the photo challenge or writing challenges subscribe to the Daily Post. I am so glad I did! Pssst! Visit my other weekly photo posts

One Shot, Two Ways

one great craft shot, one way … Our own personal water bottle paint craft

 The perfect colorful crafting photo, covering two bases, and introducing the next subject:

One Shot, Two Ways

our perfectly crafty shot, a second way…using plastic water bottles, paint; elastic ;)

Link Day Friday 

Now, for the links– I get excited when readers stop to click for a peek at these links;) More then just sharing the information, I have been following these sites and their curators for some time now. They’re part of my routine. Alot of them share even more blogger resources. Trust me, keep these on hand! I promise they will delight your inbox and are each creative, worthy reads. Whichever you chose here’s the best of late:

1). Sash, curator of Inked In Colour:  

Outside of her blogs natural exterior beauty, Sash expresses herself passionately on issues important to her, and her readers.  As an Australian born woman she offers thought and conversational provoking view points with graceful assertiveness. As a Mother, she offers us an in-depth look into her experience in fostering creativity in children, plus her parenting and the ever so relatable piece containing bitter/sweet battles with child- ‘Weaning Hell‘! We Moms have all had some trouble with that at some point! 

2).  Handmade Charolette 

A site you may already be happily familiar with. Handmade Charolette is a web-collection full of blogging Mom’s providing inspiration for creative learning, and handmade DIY projects for children. The main focus by its creator, is on DIY Crafts & Design for Kids. Like them on their  Facebook Page for much more community communication, follow up photos, and further fun links.

3).  Discovered through Handmade Charolette’s contributors, was the  Natalia Kramer on her Google Plus Profile. Posts, photos, and links of her DIY craft projects. Kramers designs bring a child’s imagination to life, with designs jumping off the page! 

4). Small for Big 

…is where I found a valuable ABC’s Letter Playground idea link! Mari Richards‘ blog contains happy colors, and crafting DIY’s I just cannot explain in words. Her children’s toy finds beyond creatively unique.

Share your favorite creative kids activity, craft makers, DIY-ers, or your own link below.

We’re a busy little family this weekend. Maybe I’ll upload “One Shot, Two Ways” at some point again, when time;) Check out my Pinterest Boards for much more “pin-spiration”. Children’s World, DIY, and Land Of Etsy are full of useful information.

JayNine xox

Bikes and Puddles

No signs of life in our neighbourhood.
The odd car passing.
A person heard coughing, here and there.
A distant car door shut.
I know there’s sounds of life somewhere in the distance…
It’s just not here…it’s silent,
on our child-filled street?

Why?

Because it rained?! And, besides, there’s still clouds in the sky!?

SO?

Didn’t you like to run, jump, splatter, splish and splash, or ride your bike through the huge puddles after the rain? Watch the back wheel create large waves of dirty water stains up your back? WOO HOO! RIGHT? The fear of the ‘impending doom’ riding next to the far off thunder sounds, a screech with each lightening bolt ‘over there’ once the storms passed? Remember the absolute freedom of bike riding? The inner sense of enormous accomplishment and fearless puddle riding! Feel It!Feel that wind in your hair!

Why Not let Your children?

Why not Let your kids be kids?

Last night we were out riding bikes, making water splooshing videos on @Instagram, right after the rain.
TRUTH: we didn’t melt when it started to spit either! We jumped, ran, rode, played Swamp Monster games, chasing each other, in our running shoes, wet clothing, and we LIVED! We did it with no cell phone interruption, and one on one pretend role play! Me and the LO. AND, The carpet and the floor survived too, even when we came trudging water and dirt, laughing our heads off through the house, after 8pm at least! lol!

Funny, I started writing this post last night after rain play (too tired to finish); and woke to this Orange Rhino post entitled,
“If I Were A Kid” …

Yep, me and my 4 year old. Alone. Not a child in sight. We even watched one child wave from inside her porch (looking sadly, maybe wishing her mother would let her out in the rain to play)…

My question to you is Why Not? Why Not let them play in the rain? Why Not let them play After a rain? It’s thee best time to play outside and interact.

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We live directly across the street from an entire huge ‘complex’ of homes with neighbourhood children. Some dangerously silly: some of whom I scared away from the road for waving and yelling at passing strangers cars last week (that’s a whole other ‘stranger danger’ post maybe their parents should have read?)…but, they’re hiding from the porch during rain? Are they out of towels? We have lots of towels!
In fact, we even bring towels to the local family park after the rain!? Why Not? Why Not wipe down the slides, swings, monkey bars, right after that terrifying Rain Water, and Let Kids Be Kids?

Let me remind you Moms and Dads alike: You Were Kids Once!

All of the pesky annoying frustrating situations you put your parents through, You survived! Even They survived! Let them spill, smile, make a mess, jump in puddles, stain their clothes(perish the thought!) even the ‘name brand’ ones (if you go there–I don’t!) Look back at your own experiences in childhood. Remember the irresponsibility and the light heart; and freedoms that made you feel…Now, take YOUR children there.

Let us know what activities Your Parents didn’t agree with that You Did and now allow your children to do? Maybe let me know why they’re not allowed out to play in the rain? Share your fun stories you do differently that make other parents ‘wonder about you’ lol!
I know MY neighbourhood does! And Im ok with that!

JayNine xox

Images are all I had time to post from last night. TIP: look at it like a flip-book! So Cool!
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