Monthly Archives: July 2010

10 Ways to Make Today Magical

Happy Monday!  I’m still on hiatus but had to bop in for a quick list.  We’re off tomorrow morning for a quick trip with friends who are moving away soon, and then off the next day for another trip to Nebraska.  In between, there are dental visits and other to-do items, but we’re focusing on the fun bits!

Here’s a few ways to make some fun memories this week…

1. Gather up some nut halves and make some darling little creatures like these from Sunshine Daydream.

2.  Get some bags of water balloons and have a massive water balloon bash.  We especially like to throw them super high above our own heads and then run close enough to get wet when they crash down.

3.  Bring your child flowers.

4.  Put some decorative treasures in the yard or garden and move them every few days so the kids can have fun discovering them anew. We have colorful mushrooms that we move all over the yard, tucking them in out of the way spots as a sort of a garden treasure hunt.  The kids love to take turns helping me hide them, too!

(Photo by Victoria Bayer)

5.  Try making some Aussie camping food — damper on a stick!

6.  Buy or make several sets of wind chimes and put them up in the house and garden.  Ask them to help you make up a meaning for what it means when they clink– maybe the wind just blew them a kiss, a fairy entered the room, or someone’s wish came true.

7.  Make some lavender sugar.  Put a dozen or so lavender heads in a jar of fine sugar and leave for about two weeks.  Use in tea, cookies or any other recipe where you want the delicate flavor.  You can also use lemon verbena leaves and other delicious herbs for other flavors.

8.  Cut an old sheet into large wings, have the kids color it with markers, and pin or stitch it to an old shirt.  Have the kids run around as butterflies.

9.   Paint masterpieces on your toenails.  Boys too!

10. Introduce the kids to something you loved as a child….. cross-stitch, “Black Beauty,” Malomars, roller skating…. start a new tradition and enjoy it all over again!

And with that, my dears, I’m off again for a bit.

Kiss your children, count your blessings, and don’t forget to take care of you!

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Break Time

I’m taking a little blogging break.  I’ll be back soon!

In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves and have chocolate.  😉


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Make Your Own Canopies!

I’ve coveted these canopies from expensive children’s stores for years and never dreamed they could be made so easily.  It’s basically a hula hoop, some fabric and trim!

Family Fun has the simple instructions.

Happy Friday!

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Make a Pom Pom Shaun the Sheep!

I love this craft!!!!  You can make these adorable sheep from wool yarn, and even shear them!

You can make a whole little flock for the kids to play with.  You can even make them out of recycled bags.

Head on over to dad can do for all the instructions and printable patterns.

Happy Thursday!


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Victoria loves to take pictures.  Alex does not always love to pose for them.  When he is in the mood for the papparazzi, he tends to act completely goofy.

Here’s a few pictures my oldest took of my youngest recently.  They make me smile.  🙂

Happy Wednesday!


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Ten Ways to Make Today Magical

Happy Monday!  Here’s a few ways to make some memories this week….

1.  Throw a costume party picnic in the park or back yard.

2.  Go rock climbing — the old fashioned way.

3.  Wash the car together.  It sounds like work to us, but it’s great fun for children!

4.  Bury tiny treasures for the kids to find in the sandbox.  Good choices include dragon tears (those flattened colored glass marbles florists use) and rocks that have been painted gold.

5.  Buy a pack of old fashioned clothespins and make clothespin dolls.

6.  Make a customized crossword puzzle for your child.

7.  Alter a set of the kids’ sheets.  Take a light colored, older sheet set and give the kids permanent markers to doodle, draw and otherwise personalize.  This is the perfect way to give new life to stained or worn sheets!

8.  Leave tasty treats for the squirrels and then hide somewhere and watch to see if they come snatch them.

9.  Paint chalkboard paint on something unexpected so the kids can draw on it.

10. Have afternoon tea.  Brew up a pot of something tasty, get out some wonderful china cups and cookies, and sit and be fancy together.

Have a wonderful week!


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Colored Water Busywork

Here’s a simple way I keep my boys happy when they’re bored and I need a few minutes to finish supper.  Fill an ice cube tray or muffin tin with water (half full) and add a few drops of food coloring to about half of the cups (put a towel underneath for little ones who are prone to spills).  Then give them eye droppers or medicine droppers to mix and match the colors.

This is surprisingly fun for kids and very calming for my boys.  They love to make a rainbow of colors and shades.

They can also drop the colors onto coffee filters, newspaper, light colored construction paper or other absorbent paper to make patterns with the colors.

It’s simple fun, with a little color theory tossed in!

Want to add to the fun?  Tint white vinegar instead, and then give them each a little bowl of baking soda with a baby spoon afterwards.  They can add a tiny scoop of baking soda to each cup and see what happens!  In color! 🙂


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