January 26, 2015

Toddler Crafts: Button Art #craftymom

I've always been a crafty gal; in addition to a great DIY, I love painting, knitting, scrapbooking, etc. Well, now I'm a crafty mom. Isabelle seems to have the same love of arts and crafts as I do, so every day, we do some sort of craft. Some days, we make a work of art, other days...well...not so much.

I get most of my inspiration from other moms on online or on Pinterest, but I could also spend hours in a dollar store finding inexpensive ways to make mini masterpieces. Truth is, I may have been a kindergarten teacher in another life.

Button art is great for toddlers or young children; it works their fine motor skills, doesn't make much mess and can be achieved for less than $5.

You can make this art with one trip to a dollar store, or by scouring your drawers and cabinets. 

You'll need:
  • Buttons of various sizes and colours
  • construction paper or foam to make the letter
  • cardboard, cardstock or canvas for your backing
  • white glue & mini paintbrush

My Dollarama sells canvases in many different sizes and I prefer to use canvas for heavier art pieces. The smaller sizes are about 2/$1. Adults, cut a shape or design with construction paper or foam. For monogrammed button art, opt for the first initial of their name. Glue it to the canvas or board. On a piece of tin foil, pour out some white glue and using a paintbrush, allow your child to paint glue onto the back of each button and press onto the letter.

Leave to dry and admire! This button art can be framed or left as is.

Do you have any great toddler art projects to share?

December 30, 2014

Happy New Year's Eve Eve! #januarycleanse

Happy New Year's Eve Eve! I took a well-needed week off blogging to celebrate Christmas with my family. It was a beautiful, albeit busy, week. I think we all need a vacation now. I hope your holidays were lovely as well.

As we gear up for 2015 (how the heck did that happen btw!?), I always like to reflect back on the year that has passed and instead of making a formal "resolution", I come up with tasks or activities going forward that will benefit me and my family's life. 

In 2013, I wrote about the Good News Jar, an easy way to celebrate special, fleeting moments in your life. I may bring back the Good News Jar for 2015. It's also a great way to remember when your child hits major milestones (ie. crawling, walking, talking, etc).  In 2014, I wrote about our Mini Savings Plan, which I'm thrilled to report is done and we did it! I'm not sure we can fully commit to another year of weekly savings, but I still love the idea and maybe we can adapt it somehow.

December 17, 2014

For the Gal Who has Everything #sanctuary #contest

I've been told -- on more than one occasion! -- that I'm a difficult person to buy a present for. I don't get it; every time I go shopping I find tons of things that I like, and as I've told my hubby on MANY occasions, you can never go wrong with jewellery. Am I right, ladies? It doesn't have to be diamonds or expensive jewels -- costume jewellery works well, too. Anyhow, I digress.

December 16, 2014

Great Gifts for the Kids on Your List #kidsgifts #christmas

There are only 9 days left until Christmas, although the 8 nights of Hanukkah begin tonight! Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating. 

Despite being super organized at the beginning of the season, I still have a few lingering gifts to purchase, and I only have about a week left! If you need gifts for kids at school, kris kringle exchanges, or stocking stuffers, I've come up with a list of some great, inexpensive toys and games for the kids of all ages. 

December 15, 2014

The Final Countdown to Christmas - 10 days left!

One of my favourite things about Christmas isn't receiving gifts -- although I really do enjoy giving gifts and watching people open them! To me, Christmas equals family time and celebrating with loved ones; that means dinners and parties, outdoor activities and events. I love turning these experiences into traditions and we are slowly developing our own family tradition with the girls. 

Of course, each year we always take a photo with Santa and we play in the snow, but we've also made a gingerbread house this year and taken the girls to the Santa Parade. Next year, we hope to venture to the Christmas Market in the Distillery District, as the baby's still a bit young this year. 

Donny's family has a tradition of baking Christmas cookies each year. Now, I do appreciate a homemade treat, but as I've disclosed here in the past, I'm anything but a baker. For the first time, I joined in on the baking fun and we made HUNDREDS of cookies for the holidays.

December 12, 2014

13 Days Til Xmas: Holiday Parties & R.I.D.E #ridechecks

We are less than 2 weeks until Christmas, but between now and then, there will be many reasons to celebrate, including family gatherings, work parties, holiday festivities, etc. Undoubtedly, there will likely be tens of thousands of people celebrating this weekend; my husband and I will be getting dolled up for a function, too, and I'm thrilled to have a night out!

This time of year is a perfect time to remind everyone how uncool Drinking and Driving is. I mean, I feel like we've been talking about this FOREVER yet I'm amazed and disgusted at how so many people still get behind the wheel intoxicated. It seems like common sense and yet we hear stories all the time about lives being torn apart due to a drunk driver. 

December 11, 2014

14 Days to Go: SNOW DAY!

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the lustre of midday to objects below,

when, what to my wondering eyes should appear
but un-ploughed roads and snow mountains to clear!

If you're in the GTA, you are likely experiencing the first SNOW DAY of the season! While it is very pretty to look at, I do NOT like driving on days like today. Luckily, being on maternity leave means I didn't have to drive to work, but I did have to venture out this morning. Be safe out there, folks. It's messy.