Handprint Christmas Trees

We are celebrating Christmas at my sisters house this year and since she doesn’t have a Christmas tree the kids and I decided to make her one. new pics 892

I’ve been making handprint Christmas trees and reindeers this week with the family daycare children, so Jas, Billy and I decided to do some handprints of our own.

1 hour and 112 handprints later we had enough for a big tree.

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The tree is about 1 metre in height, which doesn’t seem too big except when you compare it to the ones I do with the children. A4 size, perfect to send off to Grandparents!

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These really are effective and I know there are many tutorials out there.

So here’s what I do-

Paint your child’s hand with green paint and stamp at least 12 handprints onto white paper. (I do six of each hand so the thumbs point out on both sides of the tree).

Leave to dry and then cut around each handprint.

Stick then all together with a glue stick in the shape of a tree, add a trunk and a star on top and that’s it.

Simple, fun and most of all MESSY! Look at that concentration.

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Tomato Salad

This is a recipe for a tomato salad that my family will be enjoying with our Aussie BBQ on Christmas day.

My sister in-law made this for us a couple of years ago and since then I have been passing it along to many others that enjoy it. There are only four ingredients so its super easy to make.new pics 819

Ingredients:

3 punnets of cherry tomatoes

1 bunch of basil

1 block of fetta

8 slices of prosciutto

Directions:

Cut up the prosciutto and lightly fry with Olive oil. Allow to cool. (I don’t drain the oil off as this adds to the flavour of the salad).

Wash tomatoes and cut in half; pop in a salad bowl. Wash basil and tear apart leaves into pieces. Crumble in the fetta.

Add the cooled prosciutto and mix it all together. Now go and EAT IT! YUMMO

This really needs to be made on the day as the tomato sweats if left for too long and although it tastes just as good for leftovers the next day it wont look as good!

Reindeers

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Christmas crafting is in full swing this week with the family day care children.

We have been busy making reindeers today.

These are very easy to make and super cute to have as a keepsake.

I had a little helper too which is always good to help with little wriggly painted fingers. Here’s what we did:

We painted both little hands and stamped two red handprints out onto white paper.

Trace around the little ones foot and cut it out (You can also use a painted footprint).

Wait for everything to dry and cut around the handprints. (Older children can do this themselves).

Now you can either stick all your reindeers all together now or if you have access to a laminator pop your handprints and footprints through that and stick on the eyes and button nose later. Cut around your reindeer once more.

All done!

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Very simple and very cute.

Chickens

We had to say goodbye to Jasmines babies this week. They were just getting to big and were making a mess all over my deck, where they would roost every night. We already exceed the maximum no. of chooks in a residential area, even though we are right on the outskirts.

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The babies have gone to stay with our other chooks and ducks at my mums house. Jasmine took it hard, as she was still caring for them as they were her babies. Haydn and Jas released them into Nan’s chook yard and we stood and watched as they played happily in their new surroundings.

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Billy took the time to get reacquainted with Charlie who sat and waited to be picked up by him and is still as friendly as ever.

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Separate rooms

I’m so lucky to have kept my kids in the same room for so long. Last week Jasmine decided that since she if off to school next year that it’s time she had her own room.

We have 3 bedrooms in our current house but one was being used as the playroom. A place where they could play and not make a mess of our living spaces. This is now Jasmines room and Billy is still in their old room. It took us all day to sort out what goes where and she had to set all of her little knick knacks up herself.

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Billy cried his little heart out for hours when he realised what we were doing and there was nothing I could do to comfort him. Poor little man, broke my heart and I almost caved in and returned Jasmine to him. Jas eventually calmed him down with promises of sleepovers in each others room and he could read books with her each night. It’s actually easier to get them both to sleep as Billy can talk as much as he likes now without disturbing his sister!

Wes Wally

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Recently we celebrated my brothers 21st birthday party by dressing up as Where’s Wally and participating in a car rally which took us to the party destination. Each car was  given a sheet of tasks that we needed to do and there were objects that needed to be collected along the way. All of this needed to be documented by taking photographs, creativity was the key.

There were five car loads of teams ranging from 3-5 in each car. I went with my sister and dad and my other 2 sisters took my kids. 

I love some of the interpretations

(Down the nearest slide)

slide2)   wizard

 

(A picture looking sick near a hospital sign)

hospital sign   hospital sign

 

(I can’t believe we all fit in here!)

fit1    Fit   

(Reflection)

  reflection1    reflections

 

(Jump)

jump1    jump

It was such an original day and my mum worked hard organising and setting up.

Happy 21st Birthday little Bro!

Advent calendar

Hi everyone, I’m still here. I’ve been battling a shocking chest infection these past two weeks and have not felt like doing much at all. I refuse to take antibiotics, they seem to cause me more problems then help. So I decided to battle through and I now feel like the elephant has been lifted from my chest and I can breathe again. Yippee!

We have jumped head first into the Christmas spirit and have been busy putting up the Christmas tree, Christmas crafting and I even made my very own advent calendar with scraps of material.

It’s pretty crazy but oh so fun, I put a little surprise in the pocket each night for the children to find in the morning.

Advent

We don’t spend allot on our children at Christmas time as we believe less is more. So an Advent calendar with some little treats each day is a fun way to celebrate as well. A few of the things that I have for the advent calendar are:

  • Notes with little clues- this sent us on a search and at the end there was a Christmas book and we have also found a colouring book and a felt board.
  • New Toothbrushes
  • Some funky pens
  • Door Letters for their bedrooms
  • Chocolate
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Glitter pens
  • Little ornaments
  • New socks/undies
  • Art supplies

You really can have fun with the concept and do what suits your family. The kids love it!