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 and yet here I am 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 that; my own anxiety! 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. Looks like she’s all grow’d up and so I guess now, it’s my turn… What confuses me is that when I looked ahead from her younger years, I did not think I would feel such a strong sense of having to let go this quickly. I thought I had til at least teen-age lol. It has happened sooner than I had planned that’s for sure. 

I have come to terms with my own parental-separation anxiety, is 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. 


We shall see what comes to the table next to get through. Hopefully, I will be able to start posting here again to keep track. Because I Promise, it is always something! 😉

Hope you will visit again soon! 💗

Your friend,

Jaynine


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Homemade Pixie Dust Recipe

LO has been asking and asking and asking since watching Disney’s Tinkerbell and The Pirate Fairy, to make our own Pixie Dust. (She’s got high hopes for her Moms creativity levels, let me tell ya’!)

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I honestly kept saying yes with the hopes she’d soon forget the idea all together! Hey, no need to get mad, its not like I really wasn’t ever going to do it. This was not an activity I was looking forward to doing with my destroyer! I could see it now….  the food-colour-dyed Epsom salts all over our apartment, in the cracks of our newly laid laminate flooring, and her hair, oh her hair…Oh the four day hair washing that already comes from playground sand. & now add salt!? inside? us ? salt!??  oh no no no! … (dyed salts were the only idea I had in mind at the time)??!!! Oh Perish the thought!! I imagined the worst and so I left all ideas alone.

Since Springs arrival (the Season, not the Weather!), I had been brainstorming. I’d been trying to figure out different things to do with sidewalk chalk! … Sidewalk Chalk, sidewalk chalk, every Easter, more & more Sidewalk Chalk!!!! We always have left over that I keep throughout the cold months, and end up throwing out in Spring cleaning!! This year, I was determined to find another use for them–and I finally did!
Our Bright IDEAS Out of that combination, our HomemadePixie DustRecipe was born. I have created a simple & quick, fool-proof recipe for making Homemade Pixie Dust! even the children can make!

{*Please read the PARENTS! section below post before performing this activity*}

TOOLS all you and your little pixie need are:

–  last years bits ‘n’ pieces of Sidewalk Chalk 

–  a handheld Cheese Grater

–  empty {cute} kitchen containers 

–  Dollar Store Glitter in choice colors

PREPARATION:
*During the preparation, watch my fingers Mum!

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Get your LO to grip the handheld (cheese) grater, with one hand. *I use the smaller holed grater for best results. I haven’t tried regular sized because I was more worried about finger cuts with LO’s smaller fingers.

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Second hand holds the chalk to perform the downwards scrapping action on grater, just like when grating cheese, right inside/over your containers. There’s really not much force required to transform the chalk to powder, making it simple for littles.

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This produces the powder or dust like, effect from the chalk. Now, add about a couple handfuls tablespoons of glitter for sparkly results, and watch your eyes! I sent LO for a trial run, at the highest step to better watch the dust float through the air. I suggested with throw into the wind and air, so she didn’t just throw the glittery sparkles to the ground.

20140505-093556.jpg Our first batch of our Homemade Pixie Dust, was made up in our indoor chemistry lab aka, the kitchen. You can take always your tools outside and sit on the grass, as we did to prep our second batch. **You will NOT FLY but, let your imaginations soar!** I am sure your littles will have tons of fun!

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….. and …. the first throw!!!??

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TIP:  Since she was a young toddler, I have watched my daughters hand-use choices (I just couldn’t think of a better way to describe that) in all different activities. Mainly so I can assist her in future pencil holding and writing abilities.

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HOMEMADE PIXIE DUST RECIPE

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Also due to her families history of ambidextrous habits and their artistic genes. So I'm trying to inspire a young Van Goughsue me lol! I actually encourage her to give both hands a turn in exercises like this. Give it a try with your children, and come back to report with your findings. I’d be interested in hearing them!

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{cute}:  Your LO will be use this cute container to pinch ‘n’ toss the final product from. *For cute photo opportunities, we used our children’s (dated) stainless steal kitchen pot with lid (wind protector) from IKEA. As far as the photos are concerned, we don’t own a working digital camera, but I wish I did. However, even our iPhone-class photography results look amazing because, the children have so much fun with this activity in the mix!

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please, remember to have fun! Think like a kid today ;D
ENJOY, 

JayNine xo

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PARENTS:
You might want to consider a few of these warnings before doing this activity. This pixie dust does not make anyone fly. Be aware of the ideas you’re sharing with pretending. One knowledgeable of your childrens age and maturity levels when pretending. :) Watch your childrens fingers during prep, or with any sharp tools. Watch childrens eyes during activity. You might want to warn and remind the children consistently, not to throw the dust at each others faces, or eyes, but into the air instead. Use outdoors only. Chalk colors if get wet might stain clothing or hands. With all my warnings still, accidents do happen! Importantly, I am no chemical scientist, J9sopinion/I am not responsible for any such accidents thank you. I do not endorse nor oppose (and I am NOT paid or compensated in any form, for mention of any), the use, or purchase of, any/all mentioned products and/or ideas expressed. I am also not a real Walt Disney “Dust Fairy”–lol who knew right?! :)  No copyright infringements intended re: Disney.

 I DO Suggest highly, that ANY activity that involves even the slightest sharp of objects (or not) regardless of age or skill level, be done ALWAYS WITH ADULT SUPERVISION. This posted activity is NOT a suggestion to perform, but merely my shared personal experience;

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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ice storm broken trees

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.

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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:

Before ice storm 2013

Before Ice Storm 2013



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. 

By the fire

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 

Ballerina Barbie

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 …


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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

 

Some DIY | Some Lessons

Firstly, I must give credit where credit is due:  

The Proper Pinwheel

image credit belongs to The Proper Pinwheel more below:

The above photo is NOT mine but used as reference to the idea behind the project. This idea was not mine but, is my own version of the ever popular DIY creative, Lexy Ward via The Proper Pinwheel. Please follow all of Lexy’s social media networks to see more of her genuinely unique creations Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr; but most important Subscribe! The inspiration for my post here was her Potato Stamp Neon Napkins DIY. If this project doesn’t interest you, Lexy B Ward projects can also be seen on the best DIY community on Curbly.com!

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OK, Now its time to talk about ME lol! As promised, I have much new fruitful learnings to share with my fellows here, from the many adventures  throughout our “lovely” Summer experiences! Like I say, “Onward and Upward”

SOME DIY

As you all know I am convinced in some delirious part of my brain, that I can complete a DIY! In fact, I have semi-completed 1 so far. The painting and gluing will be the last steps to the (DIY towel rack) completion. In the meantime, I have also added to the mix a few more pieces of DIY inspiration for our new white walls/blank canvas, in our (rental) apartment we have at our decor disposal now. I myself am almost frightened of what I will do or think of next. 

SOME LESSONS

And, that fact, has got me thinking alot more lately…I have always had a fear of completion. I dont know where it stems from. When I was a full blown alcoholic/addict, I had never completed any thing in my life, from start to finish. Not Once. Besides grades 1 through 11. Even my University career has been shortlived or started and not finished; ever. Tried twice already, and I am soon on my third; so I’d better figure this out FAST! TEEN’s own University career is up for discussion as of late and I’m feeling inadequate for advice or inspiration, never having completed my own. Of course, its for one reason or another. It’s never that I’d set out to start something and not finish–it’s just seemed to always turn out that way.

I even remember giving birth to TEEN, saying to my Mother “hey, thats the first thing I have ever done full circle, from start to finish Mom!” The second thing I ever completed once the one thing that saved my life. The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (with a Sponsor). The memory of finishing the 12th Step is clear as yesterday. It was 8 years plus ago. We sat on a bench outside our meeting space, under a low-rise condominium. The second we completed the reading portion a splash of fresh fallen rain water fell beside us with a loud noise that made us startle! The water represented for me the baptism of joining my new life. FYI – I also promised a post regarding my addiction experiences. I will get around to finishing it … soon ;) 

Told you I learned alot from our experiences this summer. About me, my children, my family, friends, neighbours and beliefs. There’s a few things I am working on inside. I have much more to share but, lets talk swag decor now (lol! swag).

THE GOOD STUFF:

My Photos:  

Presenting the first to be completed actually, my Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp Art

Dollarama | Crinkle-Cut Potato Slicer

Our potatoe slices made with the Dollarama six year old ‘crinkle-cut potato slicer’

I chose this crinkle-cut slicer to create a unique characteristic in our DIY (to be different from the original idea as well); hopingto give a wavy sort of look on the paint. 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp

OH! Cut potato in opposite directions again for uniqueness in our interpretation


Grabbed LOs small already cut-off black shorts, knowing the next day was to be a hot one here. The black helps boast the bright neons chosen for paint. Age and condition of the shorts only assisted me in being ok with messing up, which is always a great possibility when I set out to do, anything;)

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamped clothing choice

TIP:  Slip cardboard between fabric to prevent sticking, bleeding of paint colour, & preventing ‘bunched up’ paint stamp


YES, I thought of that TIPall on my own ;D  

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamper

just a cool shot


 

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aww … our first stamp – nail biting!


 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - LO

LO is now an experienced fashion designer


LO was so excited to wear her shorts I don’t know how I managed to get her to sleep. Next day we both decided to show off our home DIY ‘fashion designs’ together! I love watching LOs posture just rise three-feet higher as she prances into school, announcing her creation to impressed teachers and classmates. With her developmental delays LO doesn’t have many other children understand or approach her for play. I encourage her creativity to offer her a way to introduce herself and add more verbal communication between her and her fellows (at daycare/”school”). 

The sweet reveal images:  

 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - tank top reveal

here she is! my tank top reveal


Unfortunately, LO wouldn’t stay still for a photo of her shorts. They all appear too blurry to post. Now, remember I am no photo genius or no DIY genius! The next shots were fun in the moment try-ons and non-professional. 

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Oppsie! NO I am NOT pregnant, although this photo makes it look like I am from a distance!


Definitely no chance of pregnancy with this blogger…last photo is my favorite. The back of my tank top turned out much better than the front; probably because I did the back last. Next time I will learn the mistakes that way. 

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completed project #1 ;) We actually got compliments all day about our clothes!

Remember, This is just one of the projects I have started around the house. PLEASE, I welcome the push to see me complete and POST my projects! I’d love to hear your colour recommendations, or different ideas and inspirations you’d like to share with me. Consider me your DIY Ginea Pig:  If I have the tools, I will try it! Leave behind a link to ANY DIY projects you’ve posted completed or started LOL around the house; you know, so I know Im not alone in learning how to FINISH things! 

JayNine xo 

As I have said in the past, if you like my photos and wish to use them, just ask or drop me a line of the content it’s been featured in, thanks. Remember, these are my family time photos and I expect them to be shared in the same manner.