Saturday, 28 April 2012

Crayon resist painting

For painting day recently Master D used crayons on bright orange paper.


Before using some blue watercolour paint, left over from another painting day, over the top.


At first he was frustrated that the paint wouldn't stay where the crayon was. Soon though he seemed to enjoy testing the resistance out!


Afterwards I left him with some paint and paper while I was breastfeeding Little Miss Q and here is what he did!



Happy painting, Kelly

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Happy lil ❤'s are baking #17


What did you bake or cook with your kids this week?

Below is a linky list so you can join in the fun and start sharing what you bake with your kids! Family favourites, new recipes, cultural or traditional recipes - you name it, we'd like to read about them, and if you include the details, try them out :-) 



Anzac day was yesterday ~ lest we forget

{taken with a phone}
Master D and his dad baked Anzac biscuits. 
These biscuits were sent to the Australian and New Zealand troops during World War I.

Pauline from Lessons Learnt Journal shared her yummy Anzac recipe last week and here is ours *smile*


Mix your dry ingredients together while the butter is melting. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry.
Roll balls and place on baking tray... eat a couple because they are tasty... leave lots of room for spreading
Bake for around 12 minutes at 160°C (about 320°F) 


Enjoy!


We can't wait to see what you've been up to in the kitchen with your kids!

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~ And check out Kids in the Kitchen for more ideas and to link up

Happy baking, Kelly 

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Our weekly rhythm


Having a weekly rhythm works for us. We look forward to each day and are excited by what they bring. And I love how a rhythm flows and adjusts to our needs, because although I love my lists and order in some parts of my life, at home with my kids I prefer a more fluid approach.


Monday is painting day

We start our day at Waldorf playgroup which is a great way to start our week! We enjoy the gentle flow of the morning and feel revitalised and ready for the week ahead.

In the afternoon, after nourishment and a rest, we paint! We enjoy painting on various surfaces; wood, glass, fabric, ourselves, and of course paper *smile*


Cleaning day is Tuesday

We wash clothes, fold, dust and generally tidy up. Since I'm not much of a cleaner we also often go on outings to the library and post office, or adventures to gardens, museums or the like!

We love Wednesdays - baking day!

Often Master D wants to get going before we have even dressed for the day, so often if you popped in on a Wednesday we would be baking in our pj's *smile* And we love sharing our baking adventures at our linky ~ Happy lil ❤'s are baking ~ and we love to be inspired by your baking too!


Crafting day comes on Thursday

Sometimes we'll play with playdoh, modelling wax, cardboard or needle and thread - the possibilities are endless really! We have lots of fun trying new things, especially when we can include Little Miss Q in the fun too *smile*


The kids also love that on Thursday Little Miss M and her mum come to visit and play...


Friday is outside play and gardening day


Although we enjoy the outdoors most days, it's nice to have a day where we really focus on nature. We might just play in our backyard or do some gardening. Little Miss Q is enjoying investigating dirt and mud at the moment!



Weekends are family time

And we enjoy just spending time together, working on projects inside or out. Catching up with family and friends, with some relaxation and good food thrown in for good measure.


I was inspired by the talented Mama West Wind of Chocolate Eyes to prepare our rhythm visually. And Master D loves being able to check it, which is also great for keeping me on track too (no skipping painting day, or rather cleaning day!).

Do you use a rhythm for your days?

Sharing on Crafting on at Frontier Dreams :-)

Warmly, Kelly

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Happy Family Times #5 ~ treasure hunting


Have you done something fun with your family? 

Carrie from Crafty Moms Share and I host  ~ Happy Family Times ~ so we can all share fun family ideas and hopefully inspire each other! So if you all danced one night, went for a walk, or enjoyed a special outing please link it up!


We've been treasure hunting!

~ hidden treasure!~
Master D has been inspired since enjoying an exciting lolly treasure hunt at a friend's birthday party
Since then we have all been going on treasure hunts together *smile*


And for a boy who loves dinosaurs what better treasure can there be but dinosaurs!
The treasure has been found behind mushroom stools....

...in fairy gardens (that are somewhat overgrown!)


...up high in partially built cubby houses...


{Another kind of treasure you might find hidden in plain view in our garden *smile*}


...on top of plants


...even buried amongst some sad looking strawberries (they have just been transplanted)


What fun!


We can't wait to see what your family has been doing!

~ please link up (family time oriented giveaways are ok, but please no Etsy shops)
~ use our button so others can join the fun (from the sidebar)
~ we'd love for you to follow us {Crafty Moms Share} and {Happy Whimsical Hearts}
~ check out our Happy Family Times Pintrest board where we will be pinning some of our favourite ideas 
~ also check out the Outdoor Play Party at Mama Pea Pod

Warmly, Kelly

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Easter wrapper art!

{Master D creation}

So the Easter Bunny has come and gone. We've eaten enough chocolate for a month (ok, maybe for a couple of days....) And there are lots of pretty shiny wrappers left behind...

What are we to do?...


Add some paper and some glue...


What fun shiny pictures we can make!

{Master D and Mama creation}

 Happy crafting, Kelly

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Happy lil ❤'s are baking #16 ~ and a giveaway


What did you bake or cook with your kids this week?

Below is a linky list so you can join in the fun and start sharing what you bake with your kids! Family favourites, new recipes, cultural or traditional recipes - you name it, we'd like to read about them, and if you include the details, try them out :-) 



This week we made apple, plum and berry crumble for dessert *smile*
We used our new cookbook ~ Helpings: real food for young people by young people by Charlotte Wood and friends

{my copy ~ bookmark and all}
This is a great cookbook about using real food so we can remember what food should taste like.
Think fresh seasonal produce from your own garden, farmers market or your friend's veggie patch.

The recipes are super easy to follow and have options for different budgets and dietary needs.
And there is even some good humour, and interesting facts and figures thrown in!
 For more about the book click here.


And I'm very excited because... I have a copy for one of you!!
(Thank you to The New Literacy Programme)

To enter, leave me a comment...

For extra entries:
- 'like' Helpings on facebook
- share this giveaway on facebook 
(just pop back to tell me you did)

{giveaway closes on 30 April}


For our crumble we used what we had on hand...
Apples, frozen raspberries and last season's stewed plums.


After preparing the fruit we stirred it up over a low heat with some honey.


For the crumble we mixed flour, oats, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, together with some vanilla essence.


Put it all together and dollop some butter here and there *smile*

What a hit for dessert!!

{my camera battery ran out straight after this pic!}
I know we are going to use this cookbook all the time!
And I bet the kids will enjoy using it on their own as they get older too *smile*


We can't wait to see what you've been up to in the kitchen with your kids!

~ Please link up
~ Use our button (from the sidebar) so others can join the fun
~ I'd also love for you to follow us, and why wouldn't you want to ;-)
~ And check out Kids in the Kitchen for more ideas and to link up

Happy baking, Kelly 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Happy Family Times #4 ~ cubby house building



Have you done something fun with your family? 

Carrie from Crafty Moms Share and I host  ~ Happy Family Times ~ so we can all share fun family ideas and hopefully inspire each other! So if you all danced one night, went for a walk, or enjoyed a special outing please link it up!


We've being working on a very special project *smile*
Who doesn't love a great cubby house!


We can't even wait until we get out of our pj's some days (this is becoming a bit of a theme!)


We all enjoy time in the sunshine helping in the construction... or simply playing and exploring


This is going to sound rather mushy ~ but what a wonderful dad!


Building, building...


Mmmm, what's this stuff?


A wonderful work-in-progress *smile*


We can't wait to see what your family has been doing!

~ please link up (family time oriented giveaways are ok, but please no Etsy shops)
~ use our button so others can join the fun (from the sidebar)
~ we'd love for you to follow us {Crafty Moms Share} and {Happy Whimsical Hearts}
~ check out our Happy Family Times Pintrest board where we will be pinning some of our favourite ideas 
~ also check out the Outdoor Play Party at Mama Pea Pod

Warmly, Kelly


Saturday, 14 April 2012

Brotherly love & an army men mobile (yes really)

Watching my kids play together brings the biggest smile to my face. They really seem to enjoy each others company, and Little Miss Q thinks Master D is the funniest person in the world!

Recently, while Little Miss Q was sleeping Master D made her this army men 'mobile' for her to play with while at the dinner table.... (interesting idea!)


She seemed rather mesmerised by it and he was so proud!


Incidentally the army men were 'traded in' for the rainbow of play silks recently ;-)

Warmly, Kelly

Friday, 13 April 2012

Our Autumn nature table


I adore Autumn *smile*
The windy days and changing leaves...
The chill mornings followed by warm and sunny days...

~ mama made Autumn gnome and apple tree ~
 We are lucky that where we live we get four distinct seasons (well normally....)
And we are enjoying observing and celebrating Autumn.

~ Toadstool and gnome made by Nicole of My Rhythm & Rhyme in Motherhood ~
On our nature table we have some sweet scented lemon verbena. 
This is probably my favourite plant and makes me think of my childhood. It's delicious!


Happy days, Kelly