creative kids – family puppets

We are loving this creative use of the latest family photos!  As you can see here, these photos have been turned into the cutest little puppets.  Another fab idea is to skip the glue and string and simply add magnets to the cut outs and pop them on your fridge. Either way, this idea is a winner!

blog puppet dolls

pay it forward – kmart wishing tree / salvos appeal

One of the charities we always support at Christmas time is the Kmart Wishing Tree /Salvos Appeal who help assist families in need over the festive period by, amongst other things, collecting donations and gifts for family members who may otherwise go without.

If you also like to support them and would like to purchase your gift from our little store, just shop as usual then use the promotion code WISHES on check out so you dont pay any delivery fee.  Be sure to include a gift message if you’d like one included.

We will gift wrap it, add in a little extra gift from us, and deliver it to our local Kmart store for you.  We’ll be doing deliveries weekly up until Christmas and will post photos here for you all to see.

There is no minimum order and no limit on the number of gifts we will wrap for you.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy. x

 

free printable reward charts

How divine are these free printable reward charts to help your little ones track of their stars?  Just had to share them with you.

You’ll find more whimsical printables for various occasions, including some beautiful Christmas gift tags, on this quirky and oh-so-fabulous site Arian Armstrong.

Hope you find them helpful! x

finding my sense of wonder

Driving to the supermarket with my ‘middle sized’ in the back seat yesterday, his little voice asked “Mum, can we go for a walk on the beach?”

Normally my response would be “Next time honey” because we’d be rushing from A to B, however yesterday I chose to say “Yes”.

Just the two of us, holding hands, collecting shells and watching kite surfers.  The wind was craa-aaazy so they were the only people on the beach apart from us!

Instead of walking the supermarket aisles we climbed sand dunes, made footprints and chased shadows on the sand.  And we ran really, really fast straight into the wind.  The look on his beaming, beautiful face said it all.

It was only half an hour but it filled our souls and left us with that ‘summer is just around the corner’ feeling.

The groceries still got done eventually and the world just kept on turning.  A great little reminder to stop and smell the roses (or the sea air, country air, whatever it might be for you) and to choose to say yes instead of no a little more often.

family bucket list

Here is a fab way to curb those “I’m bored” complaints from the kids and also to keep your own wishlist fresh in your mind.

Have everyone in your family list their wishes and dreams of places they’d like to go, things they’d like to do.

Pop each card into a jar or box and then randomly select.

You might want two jars – one with big picture dreams like “Visit Disneyland” and one with more readily achievable day to day goals like “Go to the Zoo” or “Eat Yum Cha”.

Another option is to have a jar for each family member and kids can select one of their cards as a reward for good behaviour.

image courtesy of tatertotsandjello.com

hearts and hands tree

This little idea is so simple yet beautiful.

courtesy of puttiprapancha.blogspot.com

Make your own ‘Hearts and Hand Tree’ using your little one’s hand to make the tree trunk – you can trace around it or use paint and stamp their hand print on.

Add your own love heart leaves by using a heart shaped paper punch (if you have one) or help your little one cut them out.  Use an old magazine, old gift wrapping paper, newspaper  -whatever you like!

I think this one would be gorgeous framed.  In no time at all you are sure to be marveling at how little their hands were.

Enjoy!

loo rolls – we love ’em

We just love a clever idea around here.  Whether we come up with our own or come across some other clever clog’s creation, we will share it with you here.  Promise.

Let’s start with one of our favourites – toilet roll dudes.  Grab all your old loo rolls (start saving them now ’cause we have plenty more ideas for them!), bits and pieces of coloured paper, feathers, googlie eyes if you have them (if not, you can buy a pack at Woollies for about $2), foil, whatever you have on hand.

The best thing about this is there are NO rules.  Add glue.  Go crazy.  Done.