5.24.2015

My Canada Day Decorations

Summer is on it's way and soon Canada Day will be here, on July 1st!
It's easy to find lots of neat ideas for the Fourth of July in the US, but Canada Day ideas are harder to come by it seems.

I decorated my mantle for Canada Day and I still have a few more projects I would like to do before Canada Day comes. Here's how my fireplace mantle looks.....

I got the pair of printables in the blue frames from this website
The 8x10 printable of the Canadian National Anthem with the blue & white striped background came from this website.
Keep Calm and Love Canada print from Etsy.
I found this print on Etsy.


Below are photos of my Canada Day crafts and desserts from past years. Click on each photo to go to the post!











5.13.2015

My Daughter's 5th Birthday- Frozen Theme!

My daughter recently turned 5 and had a Frozen Birthday Party to celebrate! She had been talking about her Frozen Party daily for a good 9 months or more before it took place, so it was a highly anticipated event in our family.



I really enjoyed planning her party. I had bought some glittery decorations back around Christmas with her party in mind.


Under the "Happy Birthday" banner, I made a banner using the glittery ornaments I bought back in December to make another banner of snowflakes and other things I thought would work well with the Frozen theme.


I printed off the 4 printables from this website, then made another one to match (the middle one- "Love is an Open Door" in order to include that quote as well.


We had a family party in with cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and served lunch at that party- hot dogs, my daughter's favourite. We also had veggies & dip, fruit, cheese strings, chips, etc.

Later on that same day, we had another party with her friends. At that party we had fruit, veggies, chips, cheese strings, and other snacks and treats. {I have learned that there's no point in trying to feed kids lunch at parties. They are too excited to play and don't want to actually eat too much and so much food gets wasted.}


The birthday girl by the island before her party started.


I drew Olaf faces on the string cheese with Sharpies.


I printed off the food signs from this website.



I used pineapple juice on the apples so they wouldn't go brown. {Lemon juice works as well, but is too sour for some kids.}
I printed off the water bottle labels from this website.

For "Kristoff's Ice", I made the Jello Recipe from this website.


I printed off this "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" print that I found in Google images.


For the blue punch, "Elsa's Punch", I mixed blue raspberry Hawaiian Punch with lemonade I made from frozen concentrate, and Sprite.

For the purple punch, "Anna's Punch", I just made up cans of frozen grape punch and mixed it with Sprite,



The birthday princess and her cupcakes...


I used glitter sprinkles, and frozen gummies I found at the store at Valentine's Day/Easter times and made the cupcake toppers with printables from this website.


Both my girls wore Frozen shirts for the party and I made an Olaf shirt for my son using a plain white tshirt and Sharpies.


I had lots of games planned: musical chairs using Frozen songs, freeze dance using Frozen songs, Pin the Nose on Olaf, and Olaf Bowling that I made using empty kleenex boxes that I covered in paper. The kids weren't as interested in the games as I hoped they would be. I think they were a bit young to stay focused on anything for more than a few minutes.


For the treat bags I made up a gazillion "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" bags (I made the labels for the bags) and the kids also got ring pops, ring pop gummies, rockets, tattoos, stickers, blowouts. I made 24 treat bags to have enough for cousins, friends, and my 3 kids. Oh so many!


We had fun celebrating my daughter's 5th birthday with her Frozen Parties!




5.07.2015

Chore Charts

A couple months ago, I finally made chore charts for my kids. 


I made a morning checklist for each of my kids. My oldest is in school, my 2nd child is starting kindergarten in the fall, so getting her started with this early has been helpful. My youngest is only 1 and a half, so hers won't be in use for a while yet. But I made one for her anyways.



I also made a chore chart with age appropriate tasks that they can help out with. This is pretty straightforward. When a child completes one of their chores, they can put a check mark under their initial for the corresponding task.



I put each sheet into a frame, over top of a piece of red & white chevron paper. A strip of it is visible at the top and the chevron is slightly visible under the rest of the paper.I wanted it pretty basic, but a little bit of colour and pattern from the paper makes them a bit more appealing.



I hung them up behind the door in the bathroom. I'll add the chart for my youngest when she's older or if this system doesn't work anymore, I can create new charts and switch them out. We'll see how it goes.



The day I hung these up, my kids did all the chores and were so excited to check things off. I hope the novelty doesn't wear off for a long, long time!



My printables are super basic, but I'm sharing them for anyone that would like to have them. Click on the link underneath each image to download!
My Morning Checklist Free Printable

Morning Checklist Free Printable

The Chore Chart Free Printable

How do you keep your kids on track in the mornings before school?
What chores do your kids do?


5.04.2015

My Laundry Room

I don't have a finished laundry room. But I worked with what I have and made a space that I like, because with 3 kids I do quite a lot of laundry! You don't always have to wait for your spaces to be all finished and perfect and "magazine worthy" to enjoy them.

Having this large counter over my washer/dryer is so nice for organization/storage and for folding. (Although I don't usually fold clothes down there.)

I put all my laundry detergents and stain remover, etc in a plastic bin so they're easy to access, but contained.
Having paper towel and small towels handy is a good idea when doing laundry.

I added chalkboard labels to these bottles/ jars. The mason jar in the middle is filled with dish soap as that can come in handy for certain stains, just like the vinegar and baking soda. I added the pump onto the mason jar to create a cute soap dispenser.

I repurposed some jars and added vinyl onto them and have them to hold various sizes and colours of clothespins.
The Laundry quote print is one that I got HERE. I love seeing it often as I reminder to not wish away the hard days with little kids, cause they grow up much too quickly!

I have another repurposed jar to hold tea lights. I added another chalkboard label onto a jar I bought from Target to hold all those little things left in pockets. I have a little basket that holds the dryer sheets.
The large basket holds all the larger things like the iron, washing bags, extra clothespins and vinegar, etc.

The blue cabinet on the wall was there when we moved here a couple years ago, It's where all the household cleaners and chemicals live.


After I took the rest of the laundry room photos, I added these prints onto the wall.
Laundry Print from HERE. (I modified it to make my own)
Laundry Guide Printable from HERE.

 

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