DIY Winter Mini Box Houses

Happy Holiday Season Everyone!

Just a quick link share for you to check out these gorgeous DIY handmade Winter “Mini Box Houses” for Christmas crafts with the kids. 


..please note:  this photo & credit belongs to Nim C from all things Nim & has been shared here for entertainment only. You do not have rights to copy or redistribute, unless contacting owner yourself.. TY

These are made by Nim C from @allthingsNim <–Her Instagram Link for more gorgeous fun & DIY’s! 

https://plus.google.com/+AllThingsNim/posts/9NRrBAhYFd1?_utm_source=1-2-4

Thanks for dropping by,

Jaynine 😉

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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.

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:

Before ice storm 2013

Before Ice Storm 2013



24 Merry Days 2013

24 Merry Days 2013

A fabulous ton of seriously incredible DIY’ers, artists, designers, and serious inspirational bloggers, have joined together for their presentation of “24 Merry Days 2013

Contests, links, projects, design, from fabric, candy canes, recipes, to wall art and DIY; please go share in their spread of holiday cheer & while you’re there:

!!!ENTER A FAB CONTEST OR TWO!!!

This has been the first in a while “Link Day Friday

Consider this your CHRISTMAS WARNING:

“I’ll be Back” … Just in case you thought you were rid of me ;)

Yours Truly,

JayNine xo


*reminder, most of these contests are only open to U.S Residents only. I will share the links to the Canadian ones, as I find them. For now, this posts for you my U.S friends ;)

Update: Girls FOUND SAFE …(2 of them)

Samantha Cowen & Josee Charbonneau have returned home safe.

Samantha Cowen & Josee Charbonneau have returned home safe.

It’s NOT all that are found but out of the 2 new missing, 2 have been found!

Samantha & Josee Have Been FOUND SAFE! –LINK Courtesy of the caledonenterprise.com/

Such a great email to wake up to! It’s bitter sweet however because it reminds us that we are still 2 out of 4 total missing teen girls in the last 5 months…brings deep sadness thinking of why can 2 return and not the others.

My prayers and hopes for A Seasonal Miracle however, have been restored. Please join me in hope, help, support, in love and search for the remaining missing:

Tweet Hashtag:  #findMilaJohnson for Mila Johnson of Brampton, Ontario, here in Canada. Missing Since:  AUG 3rd

Tweet Hashtag: #findMilaJohnson –LINK Courtesy of theStar.com/

and #MelosaCarrio #Orangeville #Ontario #missing since:  AUG 11th  Missing #Orangeville #MelosaCarrio Teen Girl –LINK Courtesy of Orangeville.com/

*Just a friendly reminder* I am NOT an officer, reporter, or anyone special in regards to writing these posts or in finding these girls. I am a single Mom with children and I put myself in the shoes of these hopeful parents and just trying to HELP in anyway I can; in Talking About #OurMissingYouth …ONLY because, if I were in their shoes, I’d hope the public would CONTINUOUSLY Tweet, Share, Hashtag, Post, Search, Look, Listen, Whatever; to assist!!!
Keep Tweeting People…Do NOT Give up. #findMilaJohnson

Feel Free to Leave a Comment below with a PRAYER words of HOPE, KINDNESS, or STRENGTH for the parents of these girls and I will insure its delivery to the parents, as we have met #findMilaJohnson in years past.

In Love and Strength, Many Thanks
J9

Bramptons Missing Teen Mila Johnson

Bramptons Missing Teen Mila Johnson

Our GREEN CHRISTmas!

Forget BUYING TONS N TONS N TONS OF GARBAGE for holiday gift wrap folks, especially those with children!
Buy a $5-$10 roll (or 2 or 3 like in our home LOL) of easel refill paper n start decorating your own personalized gift wrap, specifically designed for each gift, for each person individually! Snowflakes for Grandma, Penguins (to the best of the art ability u have LOL), trains, planes n automobiles for the little tykes you’ve bought gifts for this year!

This has become, as of recent years, a FAMILY TRADITION of sorts! CHRISTmas Music playing in the background, hot cocoa, near the Christmas tree!
Now, lay out ur roll of easel paper, ALLL the way across ur living room/dining room as far as u can unravel it! Pull out every stamp, glitter glue, glitter, glue, lol, stickers, pipe cleaners (great for tying odd shaped gifts up at top), paint, crayons, markers; and my favorite:
LAST YEARS CHRISTmas cards (NO ones EVER told u WHAT on Earth to do with all the endless CARDS of Christmas’ past–THIS IS IT!) pretty pictures, ALL craft or scrapbooking stuff you’ve somehow accumulated over the years; n watch the REASON FOR THE SEASON COME ALIVE IN UR OWN LIVING-ROOM! Decorate the entire roll or small pieces at a time but, ULL find use for it all!
The leftover pieces, post on the fridge or art wall in your home, for display! OR, use it as a backdrop for a PICTURE of the kids, that you’ve taken of them while creating this craft, n FRAME it, display for memories!

THIS is where the Holiday Spirit is folks! In ur children’s faces n hands, when they’re creating their very own special gift wrap for the gifts of others. It’s a wonderful way to have talk time with the kids that don’t talk n for parents to really get to their children’s levels n “craft out” with ur kids! N the end product when gifts r wrapped is more beautiful n appreciated than just a wrapping paper roll from the stores, thrown into trash! There’s just not enough to b said about this GREAT GREEN GIFT WRAP IDEA! The possibilities r endless! Use ur imagination n ENJOY the Season n the precious moments with ur loved ones!

P.S.
we do this at birthdays thru out the year as well…it’s a great, creative, connection time!
REMEMBER, Allow the kids to b kids get dirty messy n HAVE FUN!
(TIP: we always lay an old sheet down or 2, under our paper for mess)!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS,
Jeanine H