Pinterest Sharing #4 FATHER’S DAY

Father’s Day is fast approaching in our part of the world. I wanted to share with you some ideas of how you can make this an awesome day for Dad to remember.

We will hopefully being going to our favourite beach for breakfast and a play at the rock pools. Our kidlets will be making something at school and Kindy as well as making something with me. We do not buy big presents for these days. It is more about the time spent together and doing special things for dad.

One gift I wish I had got organised can be found at Poster Candy. You can head there, choose a design and upload your Instagram photos that get put into a poster. Once received you can frame it and voila, a poster of all your favourite photos.

 

Below is a link to my Pinterest Board where I have pinned ideas of things to make and do for dad on Father’s Day. Just click on the picture and it will take you to my board. Have a great Father’s Day.

 

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Pinterest Sharing #3

Pinterest board #3 is ready to share. I find when I pin I do just that. I do not check where the pin has come from. I am therefore doing two things at once, checking all the pins are worthwhile and sharing my boards with you – the lovely Mum on the Run family. This board is one called Fabulous Family Fun. On this board I pin ideas to do as a family. Pop along and have a browse. You will need a Pinterest account which is free and easy. Click on the picture below. Enjoy!!!

 

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ANZAC Day – 25th April

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Next Thursday 25th April we celebrate ANZAC day.

According to the Australian War Memorial, “ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.”

If you would like to read more information about this special day head to http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/anzac_tradition.asp

The kidlets always do activities at school (past teacher experience) to learn about this and we have a national holiday on that day. A tradition we started in our family is to make ANZAC biscuits on ANZAC day. I am going to make it as a slice this year.

I have also been looking for some other resources online to have some fun with the kidlets. Check out my pinterest board for some ideas I have found so far. Click on the picture below to take you there.

Gabbylocks has said that she wants to march this year so I will be taking her to the March on Thursday morning.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who grieve and remember lost ones on this remembrance day.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
 Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
 At the going down of the sun and in the morning
 We will remember them.

Rogan Turns 4

Last week Rogey Bear turned 4. I finally have the time to share some special pictures of his WEEK. He had his first real party and I really limited the number. He invited 6 but only 3 could make it, which suited me fine. All in all there with 6 kidlets as Rogan’s big sister was there as well as a sibling of one of his friends.

Birthday Morning – present from his big sister

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A new tradition – comparing heights on birthdays

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The little party table is set

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Tiny teddy cars – Yum

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Some table snacks in individual cups

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Birthday cupcakes

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Cars painted and ready for wheels and decorating

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Ready to race

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All in all it was a great time.

Reindeer Cupcakes (Christmas Cooking)

We are cooking up a storm for Christmas. Here is our recipe for Simple Reindeer Cupcakes that you can do with the kidlets. I love to make cupcakes from scratch but when time is an issue, I find the packet mix ones are so much easier.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 packet of chocolate cupcake mix

Jaffa lollies or round red ones that are similar

Green and White M&Ms (or equivalent)

Pretzels

Black writing gel or icing

 

METHOD

1. Make cupcakes according to packet directions.

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2. Ice cupcakes according to packet directions (or your own version of chocolate butter icing will do).

3. Organise the items for decorating.

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4. Create your reindeer Cupcakes. Pictures are below. I did one first for them to copy.

* Place a Jaffa lollie for the nose.

* Use 2 green or 2 white M&Ms for the eyes.

* Place a small dot of icing gel in the centre of each eye.

* Break a pretzel in half and sick into the cake for antlers.I have seen it done by using a whole pretzel per antler.

This is what my 6 Year old, Gabbylocks, came up with.

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As Sharing is Caring, I should share my 3 Year old, Rogey Bear’s attempts. Let them be creative at this age.

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This is a very basic Cooking activity with the kidlets. To make them look a little more authentic, you can place a small cookie on the cake first and then stick the nose onto that. I wanted something quick and simple as the concentration span in my two is very limited, especially Rogey Bear. I am even giving the Gingerbread ritual we have a miss this year. Too much concentration needed to decorate the houses. This was fun.

We are making Holly Cupcakes later today which I will post too.

Happy cooking

Paula

Advent Calendars (Freebies)

Do your kidlets have advent calendars? I have not started using the bought ones that have a chocolate a day. This is obviously a personal choice. For the last few years I have used a wooden one that is reusable. It had a small ornament but a few easily got lost. Last year I made my own reusable one as Rogey Bear was old enough to get excited about opening the box everyday. I had to have something big enough to hold 2 treats.

I bought some mini brown boxes from spotlight, made up numbers to cut out and glue on. I also found some different pieces of Christmas scrapbooking paper and went to it.

Once complete I made up a list of activities or treats to go inside each box. The activities depended on what we had in store on our calendar. I made sure there was not a lolly or sugar treat in every box. I have attached a free printable of the number sheet and the activities that are going into our boxes.

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Once they are ready I attach them to the wall with Command strips which seem to work a treat.

2012-12-01 20.01.03 The final product looks something like this.

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The kidlets are so excited about opening the boxes. Secretly, so, am I.

Paula  ♥

The Tooth Fairy Visits (Family Fun)

Finally the tooth is out.Gabbylocks has had a very loose tooth for a couple of weeks now but not quite loose enough to pull out. The tooth decided to finally fall out at 5.45am in the morning. Why am I not surprised. Secretly though, I think I was more excited about the tooth than Gabbylocks was. I love organising parties and events and this was going to be an event to remember.

Last night we got set up for the Tooth Fairy's visit. This was a good excuse for me to get Gabby to clean her bedside table. We got out the trinket box she received for her Baptism from her Aunty and Uncle. A soft tissue was laid inside. Then we carefully placed the tooth and a flower bead as a gift for the Tooth Fairy. We hoped she liked pink. Finally we closed the lid. I told Gabby I needed some sleeping shots that the Tooth Fairy wanted. I had to email them through when she was asleep. Technology is great these days. Lights out and an exhausted, yet excited Gabby fell asleep.

                 

 

Let the sneaking begin. I had come across a website that had a letter from the Tooth Fairy that was easily downloaded for free. If you wanted to add a peronal name there was a small charge but  I was happy with the freebie. The link is http://www.toothfairyletter.net/ .

 

The best treat was going to come with the photos I had taken. A fantastic website, www.capturethemagic.com allows you to upload your photos and, for a small fee, add images of the Tooth Fairy to them. I took three photos and completed this very exciting task. I paid for an annual subscription as it includes opportunities for Christmas and Easter photos.

 

 

They were ready immediately, to download and print out. I have included them for you to look at.

 

I think it is so cool. Our Tooth Fairy left the letter, 3 photos and some purple Fairy Dust, along with some coinage. We decided to be tame and put in $1 with a couple of 5c pieces. I think the experience of the visit is more exciting than the money.

 

   

    Gabbylocks was so excited this morning and wanted to show us everything. A memory we will not have for years to come.

 

 

 

 

I love traditions and events. I hope this will give you some inspiration.

 

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