Olympics 2016 Birthday – Preperations

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There’s only a small window (birthdays / years to be exact) of opportunity in which your children want or will allow you to do themed birthday parties.If you browse through the blog you will come across a few.

My window is slowly drawing to a close and since the Olympics happens every leap year (4 years)  I had to cease the moment.

It’s its great that the Olympics fall during both boys birthdays so it’s an ideal theme to pick.

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Lets get started, whats on my list (Boys Birthday 2016):

  • Budget
  • invites (decide on a look that will take you through to the end, the thank-you cards or party favour gift tags)
  • location – a great venue that will accommodate all your guests ,the theme and games you would like to do.Also needs to suit your budget.
  • menu – very important as this is what I call an all-in-one as my family (think my Big Fat Greek Wedding family and you have an idea as to how big ours is)will also be invited so its class mates and family.I do try and make it as healthy as possible and do a variety of foods and I also have finger foods both sweet and savory.
  • Party favour ideas – One of my favourites things to hunt for as I am very against the sweet pack and I try and find items that will go with the theme.
  • Budget – very important as you can really get carried away if you don’t restrict yourself and I really don’t want to go crazy spending money on disposables I’ll never use again.
  • Gift ideas – lets not forget not only are we throwing a birthday party for our children but that there is also a gift that goes with their special day.There will be family and friends who will ask you if there is anything your children might need or want(we have that kind of relationship)so the months nearing their birthdays the boys don’t really get any toys or rewards , but on any random shopping sprees if they see something they like we take out mom’s phone and take a photo.This way if someone asks we simply give them ideas ranging on the budget the person has.
  • Decor – keep it simple and cheap.I usually use either disposable table cloths (super cheap) or we use the white catering table linen my mom made a few years back.I like to use glass for drinks and only ever have a few paper cups for the really small  kids, however in saying that if i look back to last year the paper cups were great because kids don’t sit around with a cup-in-hand and chat that drink up and go so perhaps I’ll use those paper cups again.I also purchase take away card board boxes or the aluminum  ones (really cheap from the Crazy Store) these are ideal for takeaways – all those yummy leftovers get to go home with your guests.
  • Photobooth – old wood board will be getting a chalkboard revamp to look something like:
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  • Games – With it being the Olympics we definitely doing sporting events that everyone can do from the 3 Legged Race to giant eggs and spoon races.Yup moms I’ll be  Papiermâché -ing  giant balloon eggs for the races.Rope for the Tug-of-war I found at Builders Warehouse.

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I print out my list and carry it around in my handbag.It looks like a hot mess when I eventually take it out my bag once the party is over and done with but this sort of list is a big help during my preparations.

Notes:Although the boys birthdays are during the month I always plan and host their birthday party on the last weekend of the month.My reasons……….

  1. Budget – I like to know that I can afford this birthday party.I do purchase a lot in the months heading towards their Birthday month to help the budget stretch.
  2. Weather – it starts getting warmer as we head into the next season so making their birthday later in the month means better weather for the party.

Change our world for good #COWFG

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We got a little ARK this weekend from my MIL.

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I loved the idea behind it and did more research on the project,our world is in such turmoil, our lives are pretty much exposed to sadness, hatred and disaster daily so when we can do something to change it, to be the positive in our own lives and in the lives of others …why not!!!!! this is what their website had to say about this awesome initiative:.

When one does something bad, negative energy is created. But when one does good, positive energy is created. 

The world is awash in conflict; malice and misery.

With the global calamities of our time there is a critical need for positive change in the world at large.

The sole aim of this project is to remind people that every single person has the ability and ultimately, the responsibility to make the world a better place through positive actions – basically, through goodness and kindness.

We have embarked on an ARK campaign (ARK – Acts of Random Kindness).

[ ARK – ACTS OF RANDOM KINDESS ]

The mission statement of this campaign is Change Our World for Good. The goal is to distribute charity boxes in the shape of an ARK. The label on each charity box read: “Change Our World for Good” When full give me to someone less fortunate. Our organization will not take the charity boxes back as this is not a fundraiser.

We simply want to encourage people of all ages to increase in acts of goodness and kindness. You can help by spreading kindness across the globe by posting your ARK on Facebook or Twitter using #COWFG. Share your stories, post your pictures, get involved. Be part of the kindness movement.

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Click on my images and see whats written on the molding of the plastic Ark.
Connect with this amazing cause via their website, facebook page and twitter.

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Remember to share your A.R.K pics  via facebook, twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #cowfg

30 Minute BK-2-School DIY : Personalised Chair Bag

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You’ve seen it time and time again. #iheartpersonaliseditems

When we were getting ready for our 1st day back last night I noticed that the chair bag had a little hole.I’ve always got some felt pieces lying around so I got onto my computer printed out the name in really big letters and in 30 minutes I was done.He was the talk of the classroom with his cute new personalised chair bag.

What you need:

  • Small Piece of Felt (The size of A4 will be perfect
  • MS Word – Go to Insert
    1. Word Art
    2. Pick the very 1st one on the list
    3. Type your 1st letter
    4. Change colour (I made mine a solid black), font (I used a simple print font) and size (350)
    5. Do all the letters of the name
    6. Print page out
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Cold Glue / Fabric Glue

To Do:

  • Roughly cut out each letter

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  • Pin the papered letter onto the felt

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  • Using a good scissors cut through the paper and felt
  • When all the letters are cut out strategically lay them out on your chair bag

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  • Using the glue on the back part of the letter glue them down where you want
  • Allow to dry – I just let it dry over night and this morning it was set and ready to take to school

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Nice and easy just the way I like it!!

 

 

Planes Themed Party

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We have avid future pilots in our little family.So it was no surprise when asked what kind of party was wanted the answer was Planes.

We came across the venue at the beginning of the year and booked it straight away for the boys birthday later in the year , it seemed we always managed to find ourselves hanging out there on a weekly basis.

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The clouds I made using the following tutorial:

How To: Make Your Own Surreal DIY Cloud Wedding Backdrop

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I don’t do sugared party favours but try my best to get something to go with our theme each year.This year was no different ,I came across these for R 5.00 each  almost as soon as the theme was decided on, each child received a blow up plane as their party favour.

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Upon arrival the guests received a passport (which they had to fill with “Stamps”, I found sticker sheets of different flags of the world at the Chinese market so this was their challenge.

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Each section of the playground was a certain country and they had to complete the obstacle before getting a stamp on their passport.

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They loved this and were super hyped to travel the globe so to speak lol!!!!

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My favourite props for the birthday were these awesome locally made aeroplanes I used as decor everyone has asked me where I got them.

I had purchased theses awesome suitcases from Merrypak but sadly the courier company only arrived when we were at the party already – had I had them I would have not blown up the aeroplanes but instead placed them in the suitcases.

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http://www.merrypak.co.za/product-category/boxes/boxes-suitcases/#prettyPhoto

 

I made the invites myself and the Passport I found online and added to the theme.I also made photobooth signs.

Here are the templates:

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They loved their party so much , when we got home I was asked if they could have another Plane Themed party this year……………………..NO I don’t think so!

This year’s theme will be the Olympics as their birthday is smack bang during the Summer Olympics , drop on by from time to time because I DO promise it wont take a year to post about their party this time round 🙂

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Pick n Pay’s SUPER ANIMALS – Collection

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If you anywhere close to my age you’ll remember hours of fun with family and friends playing with your TRUMP CARDS.I remember we had Dinosaurs, Fast Cars , Trucks and Planes (These were mostly my brother’s choice but we all still played).

You probably heard the launch this morning on the radio.Super Animals from Pick n Pay.With every R 150.00 you spend you get 4 cards.

What fun its going to be to swop and play – there are 108 cards to collect and this promotion will go on until 4th of September.

I’ll definitely get the merchandise especially the sound card reader.

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The animals are subdivided into certain categories:

Deadliest, toughest ,smartest, loudest etc (click above to have a look).

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I love that the children will be learning whilst having fun for this I’ve given this PNP fab find a brilliant a big two thumbs up!!! 🙂

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Don’t forget to get the app.

https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/pick-n-pay-super-animals/id1128335747?mt=8

Enjoy and happy collecting

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All pics from the Pick n Pay website

Checkers LITTLE SHOP Collection

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A while back us parents were running around collecting Stikeez , going on Social media swopping with other moms it was crazy but lots of fun for both children and the parents(well at least it was in our household). Our collection still gets taken out and played with.

So lo-and-behold when I walked in to my local Checkers and found the LITTLE SHOP  Mini Collection,  I grabbed the Collectors Case(R 29.99) straight away (I left this  for last previously and had hubby running around Joburg trying to find a case).

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The Little Shop Mini Collection is simple – For every R 150.00 spent you receive one Little Shop item to add to your collection.

I’m in love with their ad – CLICK HERE TO VIEW

My little one recently learned about money at school so we play “shop-shop” daily.He has a little till and all my gift voucher cards are used as debit cards and I have to collect all our cereal boxes and shampoo bottles etc so he can stock the store.Its great fun and he is learning at the same time.The LITTLE SHOP collection arrived at the perfect time.

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Next on our list is definitely the Cardboard LITTLE SHOP HOUSE (R 149.00) so we can really make the whole at-home-store more realistic.

Smses have been sent out as well as group Whats App Messages to relatives asking them to please shop at Checkers and keep the kids in the family in mind lol….what we do for our kids!

Good Luck and happy collecting 🙂

Footnote:Pics from Checkers Website

Finding Dory Giveaway

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Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory, opening in 3D on June 16, is the anticipated follow-up to 2003’s warm-hearted blockbuster, Finding Nemo. It takes place shortly after the events of the first film, and features a wild array of brand new characters to complement the ones you already know and love. And while some of these new characters have been discussed, they haven’t all been seen … until now.

There is much excitement in our household and we counting the days for the movie , Finding Nemo was the 1st DVD I ever got for my little ones.I’ll never forget it because we watched it over and over and over again.

So I wanted to share our excitement with you.

I’ll be giving away this gorgeous Jumbo Art Pack to one lucky person.

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What do you need to do?

  • Select one Social Media Platform to LIKE/Follow and SHARE (additional likes to the other platforms will be extra entries into the giveaway.
  • This giveaway is a National Giveaway (South Africa ONLY)
  • Giveaway will be sent to winner via courier
  • Giveaway will close on the 15.06.2016 at Midnight
  • Giveaway will be announced on the MY GIFTS FROM ABOVE Facebook Page on the 16.06.2016.
  • All valid entries will be selected by Random Name Picker

T&C’s

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook,Twitter,Instagram,Disney,Pixar or Butterfly Products.This giveaway is non-transferable.

Good Luck !!!!

 

 

KNITTING SERIES – TEDDY BEAR – PART 3

 

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Half way……

By know you should have knitted 36 rows with the 3rd colour which is your jersey’s colour.

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Next :

Teddy’s jersey in finished (Teal/Green), start on the head (yellow) 40 rows.

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Then:

Continue with an additional 40 rows – you are now on the way to starting the back of your teddy.

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Thereafter you will knit in the jersey colour again – 36 rows.

All the best

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KNITTING SERIES – TEDDY BEAR – PART 2

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We slowly getting there.

Its the weekend so I’ll probably accelerate in my knitting.

So far we have the two YELLOW Feet , two GREY legs which we then combine after 40 rows on both legs.

The combining comes when you have knitted the 1st 15 stitches and you tie a little knot with the cut wool (in what will become the inner leg)and the wool you working with.

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You will them have 30 stitches in total and knit 20 rows – this will be the upper part of the pants.

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I’m so excited to start on the jersey portion of this project.

Have a fab weekend

xxx

 

 

Knitting Series – Teddy Bear – Part 1

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I know what you asking….how old are you?Only grannies knit hun!!!Right……..Wrong!

My gran taught me how to knit (she tried and I failed dismally and the ball of wool and the needles were put away…far far away)then when I was in the 7th Grade my sweet dear Mrs Tarnow had us make a teddy bear, all brown with a yellow scarf if I recall – this too was a massive two thumbs down.

Sadly I wanted so much to have been the type of mom who had knitted something for her baby before their birth.I visualized massive holes everywhere and just didn’t have the courage to make anything for my babies. 🙁

Fast forward a good 20 years and here I am , working hard at this awesome job we call “MOM” and all the job descriptions it comes with..Well last year this job description also needed the “Knitting” box ticked off.My son was in 1st Grade and there was a request for moms to knit teddies for the Teddy Bear Clinic ,  a comfort for children who have been raped and abused.How could I say no?I accepted my own challenge and went out and bought a few balls of wool along with some knitting needles and I began.I had to read from a pattern , something I hadn’t done in 20 odd years.I mean all I remember was the knitting lingo “knit stitch and pearl” but I tried my hardest.

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This is my 1st attempt – hubby says the poor guy needs a horse now as he looks like he can easily mount a horse no problem with that wide gap between his legs.There was much disappointment from my part and loads of laughter from myself and everyone who say Eastwood the Bear.

I persevered and asked the teacher if I could see one of the teddies the other moms had made.What I got was a perfect example, beautifully made it was just too cute and thanks to that mom it restored my confidence and I went out and bought a few more balls of wool.FYI: I bumped into said knitting mom outside the school one afternoon and asked her a few questions with regards to knitting, this amazing mom knits one of this teddies in 3 days (at the time she had a teen, a 1st grader and a baby at her hip) #amazingmom

To date I’ve made 12 or 13 teddies and I’m very proud.They lots of fun (oddly I have to agree with Julia Roberts and say its pretty relaxing) and they got to a really great cause.

Here how we get started:

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Step 1:

Go shopping – always a great start if you ask me.Any good habby will have what you looking for Chamdor in Edenvale is pretty good as is Habby Hyper in Alberton.

You will need:

x3 Balls of wool – Go crazy see which colours match , get one ball thats multicoloured or has glitter specks etc (this will be for the jersey)chunky wool is best – don’t even think about those thinner balls of wool unless you use smaller needles.

If you haven’t got knitting needles now is the time to get them – I bought both 3.5mm and 4mm

Stuffing – the hypo allergenic kind

A teddy nose and two eyes – the kind that has those button locks so little mouths cant chew them out or swallow them.

x1 Stitch Holder aka as a Knitting Pin (Looks like a giant safety pin)

Step 2:

i selected the yellow for teddy’s body and thats where we start.

Cast on 12 stitches.

I’ve posted links to you tube videos to assist you if need be.

Then you going to start –  15 KNIT stitch rows for the foot.

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Then its onto the leg – I used the grey ball of wool and thats 40 rows

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Once you have done the 40 Rows –  snip – feed it into a Stitch Holder aka Knitting/crochet pin

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You also get ones like this

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Happy knitting guys