I think I was kidding myself thinking I will be able to post everyday once the kids are off school. We did do a couple of projects but for now I will post the one we did for father’s day. I wish I posted it earlier but to be honest I did not have time. So here is what we did, I saw two ideas on Pinterest and kind of combined them together.
*The First idea is to take a picture of the kids holding a Frame or a paper ( you can get as creative as you want to be) with a “U” is —— ” written on it and you fill in the blank with what you want to write. And no “is” is not a spelling mistake because it stands for Dad.
*The second idea is to take footprints of your kids on a paper and then trace it on a shrinky dink, color it ,shrink it and attach it to a cardstock with the poem glued on it( I will paste the poem at the bottom) with a keychain.(We did not do the keychain but I took a picture of how it will look like ).
*So What I did is I bought a frame that had 6 individual pop up frames in it. I have four kids. I added the pictures of my four kids holding the “U is—-” picture, in one frame I added the shrinky dinks footprints and in the last frame I added
-Keep Creating Memories – Josiane
“My Footprint is small but getting bigger everyday,
I am learning how to be big by watching you work, love and play.
Remember when your days are long and you can’t walk another mile,
That this little footprint makes it all worthwhile.”
Summer vacation officially started today for our family!!! I am so excited and looking forward to do some more projects with the kids. During the school year I have to sneak in the projects between homework and activities. At least now we do not have to stress about it.
So last week I went to Michaels to kind of stock up on few material for the projects and they had their flip flops on sale for $0.99. ( They might still have them now). I remember seeing a DIY flip flop on Pinterest using only flip flop and ribbon or fabric. So I grabbed one flip flop of each color along with some ribbon.
All you have to do is cut the ribbon or cut strips of fabric and tie it with a double knot along the flip flop straps. You can also add a flower in the middle.
It is a very easy and quick project.
Keep creating – Josiane
We never had a Memorial weekend tradition but it just happened that the past two years, we went Cherry picking during Memorial weekend. So this year my husband suggested we try and make it a tradition each year. The only thing that we were worried about was the horrible traffic we hit going there, and even the traffic at the cherry picking place.
So we decided to go on Friday instead. It worked great since my kids were off on that Friday. We also decided to try a new place, Nunn Better Farms in Brentwood, CA. We heard great reviews and I am so happy we went there, most of the trees had low branches. It was very easy for my kids to pick up the cherries. They went crazy picking, they picked 12 lbs!!!
Now that we picked the cherries and spend only 20 minutes at the farm, we were not ready to go back home. It took us around an hour to get there. So we decided to go to a park we discovered 2 years ago, The Veteran Park. We spent around 2 hours there. There was a new play area for the kids that was not there the last time we visited. They loved the new play structure!
My son had a rocket that flies when you add Baking soda and vinegar to it, and he wanted to try it for the first time. I thought it would be a very easy activity, but after 5 trials we gave up. I thought he would be disappointed but he enjoyed the trial so much and we laughed so hard that by the end of it we were just satisfied by the time we spend.
I could say we had a great time and looking forward for next year!
If you live in or near the Bay Area, Nunn Better Farm is a great place to go to for Cherry picking. If you don’t like cherries, there is a lot of other fruits you can pick. Just make sure you have cash because they do not accept anything else.
Last year we did a lot of projects with ShrinkaDinks. For those of you who haven’t heard about ShrinkaDinks, they are sheets of special paper that you decorate and then bake. Once baked they shrink and become hard and you can use them as charms for necklaces, bracelets, you can even do bookmarks , signs etc.
Since last year we kind of forgot about them and haven’t done a project since. But it wasn’t until I saw one of my friends wearing a necklace, made from ShrinkaDinks, by her kids that I remembered how fun it was plus I loved the idea of wearing a charm on my necklace made by my kids. So I bought the ShrinkaDinks ( from amazon, but could be found at target or michaels) and got the kids engaged in them again and loved the outcome:) got my small personalized necklace charm out of it;). My kids’ friends were here too and they all just loved it and specially that they were doing personalized charms for their mom and friends.
We printed out templates too, the girls wanted to create their own designs but the boys just wanted their designs from the templates. And the best part was watching the charms shrink in the oven which only takes about 2 minutes.
Hope you get to try them they are a fun project to do! Hope you create this memory;) Josiane
I bought those podgeable papers at Michaels last week along with a $2 frame ( not wooden but from thick craft paper). Today my daughter and I decorated the frame and it was so easy to do. All you have to do is choose the design you want from the podgeable paper and add Mod Podge to it and stick it on the surface you have. We used different designs and at the end we cutout a flower and added it as a second layer. The nice thing is you can add as much layers as you want as long as you let each layer dry out before you add another one.
After we were done, we sealed the whole frame by adding a coat of Mod Podge on top. You can stick the papers on any wooden material and even on glass.
Happy crafting!! (Josiane)
This week has been a very hot one. I have been trying to do indoor activities with my 5 yo, since he finishes pre-k at noon and we barely have time to go anywhere before I have to go pick up his elder brother and sister. So today o got out some paint, added three different colors to a zip lock and taped it to the table. It is a mess free activity and it lets their imagination work.
After mixing the colors my son was trying to draw with his fingers and then erase and draw again. Son is happy and mommy is happier she doesn’t have to clean paint today 😉
Today my kids had half day at school and usually on half days they have friends come over. Again it is a hot day so I found this activity online and prepared it yesterday.
I filled a large balloon with small stuff like beads, mini cloth pins , confetti , google eyes and pompons. Then filled the balloon with water and froze it overnight. I gave the kids the frozen ice and had them dig for the “treasures”. It was a hit!!!