28 February 2013

Action Pack Magazine: Water Edition

Action Pack Magazine has launched its Water issue today; the first of 4 element-themed issues for 2013. And I'm a contributor! I designed a water themed word search / colouring page. I can't show you the whole thing ... but here's a teaser of it in progress ...

Of course that's not the only reason to go check it out. 

The breadth of water related fun is impressive ...

  • Jo Newmanmake natural watercolour paints + salt from the sea
  • Susan Schwake: learn water colour techniques
  • Vicki Smith: make paper mache bowls
  • Marcie Cuff:  send a message in a bottle
  • Kathreen Ricketson [the editor]: investigate ocean flotsam + jetsam, make ephemeral beach collections + experiment with sea jellies
  • Gina Vida: make 2 ice projects
  • Helen Bird: make fun felted project
  • Natalie Kramerexperiment with water tension four different ways
  • Jo Ebisujima: experiment with water density
  • Alex Kelly: go fishing + learn a lot about fish while using a Japanese printing technique
  • Melissa Wastney: bake water crackers 
  • Lucy Hordern: make water bottle rainbow 
  • Dawn & Wesley Smith: make a water rocket
  • and me and my little word search / colouring page

And here's a freebie project for you: Joanie Gorman makes toy boats with cork sailors.

For your downloadable pdf of the whole magazine ($6), click here.

26 February 2013

My 365 Grateful Project: Week #42

Find Something For Which to Be Grateful. Take a Picture of It. Repeat 365 times.

DAY 288: February 18, 2013  |  What happens when you put soda in the freezer without a timer. Grateful for Hubs cleaning my mess! Without eye rolls! #365grateful

DAY 289: February 19, 2013  |  Opportunity to enter contest to see @oliverjeffers live! #ohpleaseohplease #365grateful

DAY 290: February 20, 2013  |  Grateful for running into this blast from the past in a random Gastown washroom #ohnazzy #canucks #365grateful

DAY 291: February 21, 2013  |  Spud ready and waiting for daddy to take him to school. #365grateful

DAY 292: February 22, 2013  |  A pretty day to have a Friday. #365grateful

DAY 293: February 23, 2013  |  First-timers at the Cheesecake Factory. Love my dates! #365grateful

DAY 294: February 24, 2013  |  I'm playing chess with Mr. Baseball #365grateful

22 February 2013

Photo Friday: A Day in Greenwich

When planning our trip to London we looked up a friend who was temporarily living, well, in London, we thought. It turns out, with 2 young boys, they opted for some greener pastures; a short train ride away, to Blackheath. She invited us out for the day and took us to Greenwich.

The weather was stunning. Everyone was enjoying the park. Here we ogled at the Greenwich Mean Time clock we've heard so much about all our lives.

And here the kids are measuring their feet up against the standard measure of an imperial "foot".

And the view from the clock. More green space. We decided to walk down to find some refreshments.

But first a little cruise through the local market.

And finally a stop in a local pub. The parents talked about life living abroad. And the kids talked about math, of all things.

If you are ever in the neighbourhood, check it out.

Thanks to Delicious Baby for hosting Photo Friday.

21 February 2013

Video for Pink Shirt Day: To This Day

Pink Shirt Day is coming up on February 27th ... a day dedicated anti-bullying which is what inspired Canadian Poet Shane Koyczan’s To This Day Video: "a collaboration against bullying". The words made me cry and the collaboration of animation is something I've never seen before. Check out the credits at the end showing the heroic number of animators involved — impressive.

Note: it's not necessarily suitable for all ages ... you be the judge for your little folk.

20 February 2013

Roundup: Kits. All kinds of kits.


Make 'em. Buy 'em. I don't know what it is, I can't explain it, but if you theme a bunch of thingys and put them in a cool receptacle ... I'm probably going to want it. So, I've started a Pinterest board ... all about kits. Anyone else have a weird obsession with kits? Here are some faves ...

Crazy-cute Road Trip Kit by One Charming Party

Make your own Cleaning Kit for kids by Modern Parents Messy Kids

Taco Kit ... giving the gift of food to new parents for example ... by Kitchn

Ice Cream Sundae-making Kit by Family Bites

Make your own Postcard Writing Kit by Apartment Therapy

Beautiful Custom Letter Writing Kit seen on Playful Learning

Little Librarian Kit seen on uncommongoods

Knot-tying Kit seen on Imagine Childhood

Fort Building Kit by Saltwater Kids

Tool Kit for kids as seen at Fat Brain Toys

Kiwi Crate craft subscription. We tried this out and loved it ... see our post here.

Be still my heart ... a field journal kit by Tom Bihn

We also made a travel journal art kit for our big trip.

Emergency Kit ... a fun one with UNO by Parents

Housewarming Bucket Kit by Martha Stewart

We made this kit last summer to give to someone homeless or generally in need of a little bag of goodies. It took us to December to find it a home ... we added some tea, warm mitts, a note book and pen and found someone on Christmas Eve who looked like they could use a little cheer.

Can't get enough? Check out a whole board dedicated to kits here.

18 February 2013

My 365 Grateful Project: Week #41

Find Something For Which to Be Grateful. Take a Picture of It. Repeat 365 times.

DAY 281: February 11, 2013  |  Pictures re-hung after a fresh coat paint (3 actually) thanks to Hubs! #365grateful

DAY 282: February 12, 2013  |  Neon at dusk #365grateful

DAY 283: February 13, 2013  |  Valentine Surprise Ball appreciation #365grateful

DAY 284: February 14, 2013  |  Now deemed a "trusted traveller". Can't wait to try out my shiny new #Nexus pass. #365grateful

DAY 285: February 15, 2013  |  Date night. Third one this month! The Fish Shack. Fuse at the Art Gallery and wandering Granville. Because we can. #365grateful

DAY 286: February 16, 2013  |  Hubs is a breakfast making machine! @greatguin #365grateful

DAY 287: February 17, 2013  |  I don't even normally like these ... But I sure am appreciating them today. #365grateful

See Week one here.

14 February 2013

Valentine Surprise (Heart) Ball

We did this last year ... loved it so much we did it again!

Here's what's inside ... including a love note from each of us ... oh, and a lot of chocolate!

Valentine Lunch: Shot through the Heart

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

· Wieners cut and skewered with dry pasta into heart shapes plus cheddar arrowheads and feathers
· 2 small cheese hearts
· Grape tomatoes cut and skewered into heart shapes including cheddar arrowheads
· Underneath is a heart shaped cucumber piece and a big cupcake

Pinterest comes through again. I collected a few Valentine themed favourites on my Sweet Valentine board. Check it out.

13 February 2013

Class Valentines: Giant Pencils Made of Treats

A few little cupids have been busy-busy, making treats for Spud's classmates.

Check out the giant pencils all lined up ready for the big day!

· Rolo
· Hershey's Kiss
· Strawberry Marshmallow candy (eraser)

· Glue dots (to stick the kiss on the end of the rolo)
· Yellow construction paper
· Tape
· Aluminum Foil (rolled tight to hold in the "eraser")
· Pen (Spud wrote the name of his class "3H" on each pencil)
· Valentine Stickers

Inspiration? In a word ... Pinterest.

12 February 2013

My 365 Grateful Project: Week #40

Find Something For Which to Be Grateful. Take a Picture of It. Repeat 365 times.

DAY 274: February 4, 2013  |  Look what Hubs gave me! A notebook with #van2010 banner cover. #365grateful

DAY 275: February 5, 2013  |  Green in winter. Lots of it. The good side to living in #raincouver. #365grateful

DAY 276: February 6, 2013  |  Finding random self portraits of my boy on my phone gives me happy squishy feelings #365grateful

DAY 277: February 7, 2013  |  A little design project I've been working on ... that's dear to my heart ... hot off the presses! #365grateful

DAY 278: February 8, 2013  |  Doodlemania in front of the TV with Hubs = happiness #365grateful

DAY 279: February 9, 2013  |  Mimosa with the birthday boy! Grateful for this man every day! #365grateful

This is 12 hours later after an afternoon at the boat show (a birthday tradition), all-you-can-Brazillian-BBQ with friends (surprise!) and an after dinner drink (just the two of us). Happy.

DAY 280: February 10, 2013  |  A just-because gift of strawberry hibiscus tea. Thanks @pyrrah_phorge #thoughtful #365grateful

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