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 ;)

Link Day Friday | Mason Jar

Mason Jars ideas and inspirations from around the web –click images for links as well…

dream jar

from deidra roe’s blog

First and featured image, from Deidra Roe blog

My ideal jar keepsake craft, would be a yearly Gratitude Jar. Each family member might have their own personal jar, decorated just for them, storing it in their own space. It’s a great idea for all aged children, exposing them to gratitude and positive attitudes. We would open up our jars once a year or six months depending on size, and join together in celebrating our accomplishments and making it through maybe sometimes we thought we needed more than we already had. It’s a celebration of Life in my eyes!

You could also use this same idea for Prayer Jars. We have had one at my mothers home for years! its an old coffee tin–extra large lol! Yours or your children’s, one on one, personal requests sent to God. You would be surprised to see at the end of the year (or whatever term you should chose) at the things that your children are actually asking for!

mind jar from calm-down basket

mind jar tutorial and ingredients as shared first on Here We Are Together blog link in photo.

Mind Jar post from the blog here we are together is an idea extended from their Calm-Down Basket creation. The baskets can contain items and ideas to assist children with angry moments–I’ve heard these baskets been called: mindful basket, minute basket, time-out, time-in baskets, etc … give them a google and you should find many useful ideas ;) I know I have for moments with my tiny monster lol!

For decorating, personally I love the idea of a plain cover with matching plain label then, adding on your dreams, goals, or thanks, a few different cuts from your favorite scrapbooking pages. Preferably, whatever style of papers compliment your home decor.

These are just some of the photo finds on line, for more inspiration.

little lovables memory and gratitude jar craft tutorial

Little Lovables blog Memory and Gratitude Jar craft tutorial

This image is from the tutorial for their Memory or Gratitude Jar, from the Little Loveables blogspot.

Memory and Gratitude Jars

memory/gratitude jar tutorial contained in image link

These jars are with the focus on gifts and memories. Creating a jar crafted by you or the little ones, with tiny written special moments between you and the person you are gifting your jar too. From the children to their Grandparents filled with fun-loving memories is a great start. Using these as a gift for a teacher I think is a spectacular idea for the LO’s (‘little ones’ if you’re new to blogging world). A definite unique idea teacher can leave out on display for years to come, from little Tommy Trouble in third row ;) Personally, could just imagine the cutest sayings coming from the youngsters around me, lol!

These can be used for all types of achievements as well! I think School graduation counting down the days to school graduation, with little notes of what you learn each day prior, is another unique idea. God knows I learn something new everyday I should be keeping track of!

Ideas for what to write on:

From a Turkey Treat Jar for toddlers from Toddler Approved. I appreciate the idea of the paper shapes and size used here.

toddler approved

Toddler Approved post Turkey Treats

nose for freedom's diy dream jar post

Nose For Freedom post containing simple instructions for fun with writing papers, for inside dream jars. link in photo.

DIY Dream Jar

Tutorial for paper included in image link.

Mason Jars have so many different uses for inspiration!

Follow my Children’s World Board on Pinterest for everything childhood related.

If you have created any type of these, leave us your link in the comments below, so we can visit to check it out! Remember to say your prayers and count those blessings today.

JayNine
xox

Link Day Friday

Link Day Friday
welcomes the following links for the Following described needs:

HIP HOMESCHOOLING MOMS:
Best network of blogger moms out there! Always useful links, tips, activities, advice and more from moms all mover the globe–whom homeschool. NO, I don’t personally homeschool. I utilize their links and posts for different activities. I gear the to my LO learning difficulties and preschool type play learning (if they’re not already about that)!

A MOM WITH A LESSON PLAN:
Another blogger mom, Jill or Jillian, found through the Hip HomeSchool Moms above and found…LETTERS: a focus on ‘a letter a week activities’. I also apply the same ‘geared to preschooler’ rule of mine, to any older age group activities. Example: nstead of using a bunch of questions or words; I will use one letter sound and 2 words that rhyme, for that one week.

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*Image borrowed from and credit due to: Jillian at A Mom With A Lesson Plan*

READING: Be sure be sure to check out Jillian’s tab READING and all posts under the reading category! Please, especially the “10 Book Activities” to get you started on your own books, and visit the 5 Reading Pinterest boards!

TELLING TIME:
The Carrots Are Orange mom blog, with many different learning acitivities. My favorite right now, which we are beginning to learn just this weekend and next week: Telling Time! Utilizing tools such as the book and concentric circle Marnie shares int the Telling Time Post. Subscribe to Marnie at the “Carrots Are Orange” (love the blog title) for updated posts, via email. Learn more about her montessori teaching and activities on her website.

STORYBIRD:
The last link that I have not much time to describe, you MUST check it out, sign up, create account, free, and start exploring the book writing and sharing on. Right now, I don’t remember who’s website I found this one from but, it’s ideal for all types of reader levels! HERE are the results for a search I did, entitled ‘PRESCHOOL

…from what I got at first glance and understanding from my iphone running out the door in rain for children LOL…It’s an opporuntity for readers to create their own stories, share them on line through social media, and the StoryBird.com website. My idea was that I would sit and explore with LO, and see if we could read the stories created by the folks we follow for preschoolers!?

Hope some thing here inspires you this weekend. These are just some of the few of favorites I have in my collection; of which I will share more with you as time permits.

For INSTANT GRATIFICATION (you know how we ALL love that)!
Follow my Children’s World Pinterest Board! OR me on Pinterest.

xox JayNine
Happy Weekend