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Friday
May062016

My life has been fully blessed with mothers—my grandmother, mother-in-law, my sisters and sisters -in-law and of course, my mother. I have so much to celebrate this weakened including  my own motherhood and my two fantastic kids!

It is so nice to spend time with the women in my life and I find that going out for a meal is a great get-together.  Brunch is always a welcome option with kids and there are so many to choose from in the Ottawa area this year.  Looking for a great location?  Try the Museum of Nature, The Chateau Laurier, Le Café at the NAC, Petit Bills in Westboro, Stone Faced Dolly’s or the Brookstreet.

As a Mom, I know how special this day can be for my children. They get so excited to make me hand made gifts and to do something special. I keep a board of my favourite Mother’s Day crafts on my Pinterest Board 

Looking for more great ideas and suggestions.  Have a look of some recent Mother’s Day TV appearances.  I have posted the videos for you below. 

Happy Mother’s Day!  

Mother's Day Ideas

CTV Morning Live - May 6, 2013

Julie prepares a Foodland Ontario Pizza Party Salad, makes stepping stones and shares ideas for Mother's Day gifts and crafts

 

Decorate the House

Festively decorate the house with balloons, streamers and a big bouquet of flowers on the dining room table.  This will be sure to surprise her.

Extra Touch

These helium balloons are so much fun.  Hang family photos and messages on ties.  What a beautiful idea.

A Homemade Mother's Day Card 

All you need for this activity is a pair of scissors, coloured construction paper and markers or crayons.

Cut the piece of paper into a shape, like a heart. If your child is old enough to write, have them write a message on the card. If they cannot write, you can write "Happy Mother's Day," on the front of the card. On the inside, let your child draw a bunch of pictures. Stickers can also be added.


Keepsake Box 

For this Mother's Day craft, you have a number of different options. Your child can either decorate a shoe box with paint, construction paper, markers or stickers. Or, you can purchase a wooden box that your child can paint and decorate themselves. These boxes are often affordably priced and sold at most craft stores or online.

For an extra personal touch to this homemade Mother's Day gift, you and your child can add a few more item. Have them draw a picture for their mother or add in a few family photographs.

Stepping Stones

Stepping stones for the garden, especially those that include dates or hand prints are gifts that Mom with cherish.  This is an easy craft.  All you need is a little imagination and some special love for mom. 

 

http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/steppingstones/a/040201a.htm

Framed Family Drawing

A simple drawing from your child can make a great Mother's Day gift. What you will want to do though is put the drawing into a picture frame. If you do not have an extra picture frame around your house, many dollar stores sell frames for certificates, which can fit most blank sheets of drawing paper or computer paper.

As for what your child can draw, colour, or even paint, have the theme be family oriented. They can draw a picture of your family. Finger paints can also be used to make a page of your child's handprints. Multiple paint colours can be used to create a colourful masterpiece. If your child can write, have them write a simple note, like "I Love You Mom." Remember, be sure to frame the final result.

Decorated picture frames

Grab that camera and be on the lookout. Surprise Mom with a picture frame holding a photo of her and her little ones in a tender moment together. You provide the photo, and let your children decorate the frame. Purchase easy, plain wooden frames for your kids to decorate; these can be found at any craft store. Let children paint, add stickers, write words or glue sequins all over.

Make a Mother's Day Appreciation Jar

Purchase a small decorative jar with a lid to serve as the container. Cut dozens of slips of plain paper. On each paper, write the reasons why you love Mom. Ask your children to write messages of appreciation and love to their mother as well.

Make an Easy 'Love' Book

This craft is all about finding ways to tell Mom you love her. Purchase a decorative journal (or create your own simple book) and help your kids write all the ways they love their mom on the book pages. Be sure to throw in your own special messages of love.

Older Children

Have  older children pick out a book by one of Mom's favourite authors and have them write a short dedication that tells her how much they appreciate her and how she's earned time to relax and enjoy. 

 
Have the kids volunteer to do community service with mom. It's a great way to spend time with together and teaches the kids about helping others. Depending on Mom's interests, sign the kids and Mom up to volunteer at the local animal shelter, soup kitchen or retirement home.
 

 

 Make dinner for Mom

I love this pizza party salad from Foodland Ontario 

 

Extra Touch

Make an easy arrangement of twigs and decorate your dinner table with your favourite pictures of Mom.

 


 


 




Wednesday
Mar022016

SPRING PROJECT #1

Providing a supplemental food will help ensure birds have enough energy to stay warm. Calorie-rich black sunflower seeds and preservative-free suet are great choices. Place feeders at different heights to attract different species. Platform feeding areas attract jays and grosbeaks, while titmice and finches enjoy hanging feeders. Ground feeders like mourning doves and juncos will take care of any seeds that fall from elevated feeders.
  1. Continue to stock feeders. Early foods are still scarce, and there is still the possibility of snow.
  2. Place raisins and other cut-up fruit in bare spots under a tree to please early birds like robins.
  3. Set up and fill a bird bath once temperatures are above freezing.
  4. Put out hummingbird feeders so early arrivals have a source of nectar while flowers are scarce.
  5. Leave scraps of yarn or cut hair in your yard for birds to use as nesting material.

 

Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders

what you’ll need:
-3/4 cup birdseed 
-1/4 cup water
-1 small envelope of knox gelatine
-twine or string
-cookie cutters, molds or mason jar lids
-wax paper

what you’ll do:
-mix together the envelope of gelatine with 1/4 cup of water and bring to a simmer while stirring. continue stirring until the gelatine is dissolved.
-remove from heat and let cool for a minute.
-stir in the 3/4 cup birdseed. adding a little more if there is liquid still in the bottom of the pan.
-lay your cookie cutters out on wax paper and fill half way with the birdseed mixture.

-cut your twine, knot the end and push the knot down into your birdseed.
-continue filling with birdseed, covering the end of your twine and knot.
-push the birdseed evenly into the cookie cutter until it’s full.

-allow them to dry overnight. turning them over every now and then.
-remove from the cookie cutters and hang them in your trees.
-then wait by the window to watch for your first guest.

Thanks to eighteen25 for the idea

Bagel Bird Feeder

1 day-old bagel
Lard
Birdseed
Jute or string (for hanging

Spread entire bagel with lard. Place birdseed on a paper plate. Roll the bagel in the birdseed. Tie jute or string through the hole of the bagel to hang the bagel. The birds can eat the whole thing!

 

This is easy & fun for a children's project. Tie this in a tree somewhere near a window if possible. Children love to watch the birds have the snack that they helped to make!

Pine Cone and Peanut Butter Bird Feeder. 

Thursday
Feb042016

Lemonaders! Come Party with Sparty!

To reward you for your hard work, Spartacat is inviting Lemonaders past and present as his guest for SATURDAY FEBURARY 20th's game! If you would like to join the Lemonade Brigade? You too can join in the fun!!!

Over the past three years, our Lemonade ‪#‎STANDEMONIUM‬ participants have raised more than $190,000 for cancer care - now that's something to celebrate!

And that's exactly what we're going to do on February 20th! Join us at Canadian Tire Centre as we officially kick off the 2016 Campaign in a night dedicated to the Lemonade Standemonium and the difference this group of kids has made in our community.

Our incredible sponsors Cardel Homes OttawaAssurances Palladium Insurance & Accora Village are offering FREE tickets to every youth participant who has taken part in the event over the past three years...and every new kid who signs up for the campaign this year can get a ticket for the game for just $25.

All you have to do is sign up for this year’s campaign! You can join a team, or you can sign up to host a lemonade stand of your own…and once you sign up, you’ll receive a promo code to redeem your ticket.

Additional tickets for friends, family & supporters can be purchased at just $50 per ticket (retail price: $76.50). Note: all children attending the game must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit www.ottawacancer.ca/lemonade, email lemonade@ottawacancer.ca or contact Erin Nazarali at 613-247-1920 ext. 228.

See you there!

Friday
Jan082016

Easy Five Ingredient Meals 

 

 

The five ingedients

  1. Chicken - cook one at the beginning of the week or buy one

  2. Rice

  3. Chicken Broth

  4. Eggs

  5. Veggies - fresh

The Recipes

 Family Meal Fritatta

Get creative with this recipe.  You can change the ingredients to Chiken, Potatoes and Spinach.   

 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

 

Chicken Fried Rice

 

 

Thursday
Dec032015

25 Days of Giving

This is one of my favourite advent activities.  For the past three years, we have brightened the lives of others during the Christmas season by putting the focus on giving, sharing, caring and love.  I know that over the years, we have made the season of giving special for those around us.  There are families in our community in need, there are people who are lonely and there are friends who could use some cheer.  Plan you 25 days and show someone the love of a kind gesture this holiday season.  Here are a few ideas. 


1.  Make your Christmas countdown meaningful. Shop your neighbourhood #shoplocal
2.   Give Blood
3. Participate in Eggs.ca Heart for Africa helping feed a hungry world with nutritious sustainable eggs. http://www.eggfarmers.ca/heartforafrica/
4. Support the snowsuit Fund - some locations are accepting gently used and new snow gear - http://snowsuitfund.com/support-us/
5. Do a wagon food drive in your neighbourhood for your local foodbank
6. Particpate in the shoebox project - http://www.shoeboxproject.com/home.html
7. Bake some cookies for your neighbour, a friend, or a family who could use some home made holiday baking!

8.  Buy your loved one something special and at the same time give to your favourite charity via FlipGive.com

9. Donate a new toy to Toy Mountain - http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/toy-mountain
10. Give yourself a treat -  go for a run or walk in the good outdoors, go to a yoga class,
11. Make some soup for your soul and share it with a friend. Great recipes using local produce at FoodlandOntario.ca
12. Put some change in the Salvation Army kettle.
13. Shovel your neighbours driveway.
14. Volunteer to wrap presents for someone who could use the help and company.
15. Help a furry friend.  Donate to the local animal shelter.
16. Make a call.  Reach out to someone that you have not heard from in a while. 
17. Make Christmas cards and bring them to the hospital to be handed out.
18. Give away your parking spot at the mall.
19. Wrap up some new Christmas pjs for a child in need.
20. Carry candy canes and give them out randomly.  Wish people a merry Christmas.
21. Offer to help an elderly neighbour put up Christmas lights.
22. Buy some new coloring books and crayons and leave in a hospital waiting room.
23. Bring hot chocolate to your bus driver.
24.Make someone smile.  Tell them a Chrismtas joke.  ?  Where do snowmen keep their money?
-  Beats me -  In a snow bank.

25. Give a teacher a bag of school supplies.
Smile at everyone you meet.