Father’s Day ~ Print It!

 This is my last Father’s Day 2011 post…..I promise.

I just had to share these amazing and creative free printable designed by other Mummy Bloggers out there in the blogosphere!  Why not use this weekend to print away!  Simply click on the link under each print and discover a whole new world of bloggers and printables!  These are free printables.  A lot of love and time went into them so be kind, say hi, and let them know “a little birdie sent you”!

rebeccacooper.blogspot.com

This one has my name written all over it.  Well his name actually!  Gorgeous framed or use it as a card.  It even comes in a variety of colours! 

bnute.blogspot.com
bnute.blogspot.com

Remember how much I love “chatterboxes”? This is a great one!  He may even “land” on “Have the remote all day!”   Easy to make, the kids can even help!

anythingbutperfect.com

Got a bike loving Dad or even one who loves to help their kids on their bikes?  This play on words is just brilliant!

delightfullynoted.blogspot.com

This one is great for grandfathers as well!  I know we don’t really call soft drink “pop” here in Australia, but the idea is still so effective.

LivingLocurto.com

Some special coupons for Dad.  A card and a gift in one!

pizzazzerie.com
pizzazzerie.com
pizzazzerie.com

Thats right, three from Pizzazzerie, because this lady knows how to make great printables.  These are great for cupcakes, or put them on a bottle of his favourite drink or make them into a banner!

handsonhousewife.blogspot.com

My absolute favourite!  I LOVE the Keep Calm and Carry On series of prints and this one is perfect for Father’s Day!

mydelightfuldesigns.wordpress.com

This one even includes a design to be used as an iron on transfer!  Why not surprise Dad with his own “Super Dad” T-Shirt!

 Now there are no excuses to not make something simple yet beautiful for that special man in your kids life, so print, make and enjoy Father’s Day!

A little birdie saved my fashion – Birdsnest

Remember how much I just LOVE clothes shopping with two children?

The hijacking of other peoples changerooms, the awkward looks from shop attendants and not to mention the hours spent hunting  for something vaguely resembling fashion, in stores that clearly have no desire to cater for Mums!

Somewhere between the birthing suite and maternity bras I have lost all contact with what is “in fashion.”  I used to love to dress in the latest styles but my changing body shape and limited magazine reading time has left me dressing like a schlumpadinka (thanks Oprah)

I need a stylist.  I need a makeover. I need a saviour.

I. HAVE. FOUND. THE. ANSWER.

SIT DOWN.   THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

Enter….

 

Birdsnest is not just sensational because, like me, they have a love of bird logos. They have more than a clever gimic to woo online shoppers.  They have a concept that is an online clothes shopping revolution.  Think shopping in your pyjamas, with a stylist, your honest best friend a social ettiquette expert and a babysitter.   

Enter their online store and…..

You can shop by body type 

 By occasion

 By Personality

and even by colour. 

 You can even browse their huge range of completely styled outfits.  

Take the guess work out of do these shoes go with this dress!

Once you have chosen your outfit or item of interest (and believe me there are a million possibilites)  They become your own personal stylist and ettiquette expert.

I can now see a fully styled outfit with each individual piece priced AND it even lets me know what body shapes and occasions it would suit! 

Birdsnest do not just  stock womens fashion.  They also have a great range of mens and kids clothes, as well as the all important accesories.   But who am I kidding…it’s all about me!  Finally a store has listened to its customers.  Variety, quality, a range of affordable price points and most of more CONVIENIENCE!

At long last I can bid farwell to my changeroom nightmare.  With a cup of coffee, tucked up in my warm bed I can now shop for the latest fashion, with my secret stylist ready to tell me if my bum will look big in those jeans!

you can find Birdsnest at

www.birdsnest.com.au

This is NOT a sponsored post.  This is just me sharing my own DIVINE fashion finds!

Wordless Wednesday ~ Sneaky!

Who stole the rice bubbles from the cereal jar?

Little Miss A’s latest snack favourite!  Dry rice bubbles by the handful!

Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday

Father’s Day ~ Make It!

Can you believe that  Father’s Day is just around the corner?  

It usually fills me with dread!   I leave it to the last minute and then resort to getting the kids to do a drawing, pop it in an envelope with a gift voucher and Father’s Day is done!  But this year I WILL BE ORGANISED!  

Here’s what is inspiring this me Father’s Day.

It all starts with the card…This is an amazingly clever and relatively simple idea that anyone with a computer and printer can do at home!

733blog.blogspot.com

Just as easy is framing an inspirational quote about Fathers.  I just love the bus scroll style!  You can find them online or try making it yourself online at wordle! 

blogginwithbobbi.blogspot.com
eighteentwentyfive.blogspot.com 

Short on time?  Get the kids organised for a creative photo! Then just print and frame or have printed onto a canvas!

twogirlzstuff.blogspot.com
tattertotsandjello.blogspot.com

Handprint Art……take two hands and a little paint and you have a gorgeous keepsake of your little ones at this moment in time that Daddy will treasure forever!  I may even just use this idea in the classroom!

 

smilemonsters.blogspot.com
bystephanielynn.com

Hobby Specific…so these ones don’t suit my husband but if he had a hobby they are a great idea.  It’s all in the packaging!  A cute box filled with fishing hooks? 

bedifferentactnormal.com
Martha Stewart

A written snapshot!  This is a hit in my classroom every year!  I do it for Mother’s and Father’s day.  I ask the children some questions about their parent and record their answer word for word!  I especially love their answers to how old their parent is!

bigdandme.com
creativehomemakers.blogspot.com

SO there you have it some creative and easy things to do at home for Father’s Day.  What does my husband want for Father’s Day?    Wait for it………………….

 

 His very own Kitchen Aid!!!

I kid you not!  He is an amazing cook and has been asking for one for ages!

 I think he may be waiting a little longer!

Make me a Costume! Make at Home Costume Ideas for Book Week

Make me a costume Mummy!  Sound familiar?  It’s that time of year again, Book Week!  With Book Week comes the yearly mayhem of costume making!  If you think making a costume for a child is hard, imagine what the teachers go through! Some book week costume making tips

  1. Does your school have a theme? Many schools make it a little easier by having a theme such as nursery rhymes or fairytales 
  2. Is it a book character?  The line between book and movie character has become a bit blurred.  Rule of thumb was the character first found in a book?  Does your child know the “real” story (the book version) if so…go for it! 
  3. What do you have at home?  Home made costumes do not need to be time consuming or require loads of creativity but always look more effective!  Every year I see a million store bought Disney princesses and it just melts my heart to see a homemade costume lovingly made (it’s must be love if you made it at midnight the night before!)

So get the glue gun ready, here is this years compilation of easy to make at home, book week costumes.

Caterpillar or Butterfly
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Just use your child’s ordinary clothes and add some cardboard painted wings!

Owl
The Owl and The Pussy Cat
The Sleepy Owl
Owl Moon

   

Isn’t the first little owl tooo cute to hoot!  The key to the owl costume is definitely the scalloped fabric and a very simple mask.  As you can se by the gorgeous pink costume, it can look effective without being realistic!

Lamb or Sheep
Where is the Green Sheep?
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Russel The Sheep

 
Take an old shirt and cover it with cotton balls.  Wear all black or white underneath (or green if you are the green sheep) and you have an easy costume!  Don’t want to spend all day gluing cotton balls on?  Cut out a piece of contact the same size as your shirt and staple it on with sticky side up.  Push the contact into a pile of cotton balls and there you have it!  They wont last a lifetime but will last a day!
Or
Hav an old wool pillow case at home?  Cut some arm holes pop it over your plain coloured clothes and instant sheep! 
 
Spider
Incy Wincy Spider
Charlotte’s Web
One Hungry Spider
    
       
So many easy variations of this Spider costume!  The first picture is a simple black outfit (that you probably have in your cupboard) and add some string web to the sleeves!  If you have extra time the spider hairband would be easy to make and really sets off the cute factor!  
The second picture is a black outfit, with two pairs of blackstockings stuffed with newspaper and attached to the back of shirt.  I love the googly eyes glued onto the beanie!
The Third uses black socks to make the spiders legs and how gorgeous is the Mother’s costume
Wolf
Little Red Riding Hood
Three Little Pigs
Where the Wild Things Are
Hattie and the Fox
Enter the hoodie!  This has to be one of the easiest costumes for boys!  Plain brown or even grey tracksuit with hooded sweatshirt.  Cut out some white teeth.  Staple them on and maybe add some big eyes!  Wolf or fox or even monster form Where the Wild Things Are?
Eloise
Eloise WAS A BOOK CHARACTER long before Disney kidnapped her.  This is an easy outfit that requires no glue gun!  A simple black skirt, black suspenders, white shirt, knee high socks and of course the trademark red bow!  
 Dragon
Puff the Magic Dragon
Rascal The Dragon
Dragon’s Dinner
That’s sponges cut up into triangles!  Simply hot glue them down the back of any plain outfit and you have instant dragon (or even a Dinosaur)!  Even better if you can glue them onto the head part of a hooded sweatshirt or beanie!
Safari or Jungle Explorer
Walking through the Jungle
Rumble in the Jungle
The Jungle Book
This is exactly what I am talking about when it comes to simple and yet so effective.
You would have all of this in your house!
Tiolet paper rolls, brown paper bags and a bit of string!
Paper Bag Princess
A teacher favourite!  Take a large paper bag cut some arm holes in it, add a tiara or crown and you have a “Paper Bag Princess!”  These extra large paper bags can be hard to find in Australia but you can use butchers paper (ask your child’s teacher to borrow some!) or even  brown paper off a roll cut and stapled into a dress shape!
 
 
Chika Chika Boom
This is a much loved Early Childhood Children’s book that teaches the alphabet.  If you don’t have overalls like the picture above.  Brown Pants (for the trunk of the tree) and a green shirt (for the branches) and just add some alphabet letters!
 
 
I had my heart set on wearing the Paper Bag Princess costume this year, but the Spider Web String arms with cute hairband has my name on it!

Edited to add a READER REQUEST –
Kelly is looking for a costume for an “Outerspace Theme”
 
White long sleeved shirt, Grey pants, gumboots a painted box and a hole cut in a bucket! Instant Astronaut!
With a few colour changes he could be an out of space robot!

 

I’m Grateful For ~ Motel Rooms

The anonymity.  The service.  The convienience. The realtive peace and quiet.  There’s a lot to be grateful for after a short stay in a motel room.

Last week I went away for four days.  Although I had most of our extended family accompany me on our little get away.  I travelled without Master O or the husband. There is something quite exhilarating about escaping your daily routine.   

I’m grateful for the service.  I think I took Motel room service for granted before I was  a Mum. Now I bathe in the convienience of being able to wake up, eat and then go out leaving the towels on the floor, the bed unmade and the dishes on the bench, knowing I will return to a spotlessly clean room.  At what other time does someone replace the shampoo for you, make sure you don’t run out of toilet paper, stock the cupboard with clean towels, and make sure your kitchen is stocked with fresh milk.  Absolute bliss.

I’m grateful for not having to cook.  Staying in a motel room without cooking facilities is the perfect excuse for not having to cook.  We ate out, three meals a day for four days.  More restaurant and cafe dining than I have expereienced in the last four years.  I actually caught a vague glimpse of my former life before children, when I could enjoy my coffee hot and my breakfast at a table not in the car.

I’m grateful for the time.  Not just the time with family but the sudden amount of unused time on my hands acquired from living within the confines of one room and a suitcase.  I am not usually found living on the minimalist spectrum.  But suddenly I was confronted with only having one outfit to choose form in the morning.  No time spent searching for lost socks in the laundry.  How far can one sock go when you “live” in one room?  Getting ready to go out, which is usually almost impossible, suddenly became easy thanks to the bathrooms close proximity to the portacot and the portcot being in the lounge/tv room.  LOVE It!

I’m grateful for the peace and quiet.  Ok so it wasn’t deadly silent and our room was outside the at times noisy lift but for four days I didn’t hear arguments over LEGO, or a caotic classroom or the shrill of the home phone.  I even found time to read a magazine, in my bed, in a silent room!

But mainly I’m grateful for home sweet home.  There is nothing like returning to smothering 4 year old hugs, your own bed and I hate to say it but the comforting hum of the washing machine whilst I enjoy my luke warm Nescafe.

Linking up with Maxabella Loves

Image via ~Here~

How to Build A House ~ Things I Know

 

With the recent wheelbarrow full of building and renovating shows we have been spending a lot of time starting sentences with….In our next house…..

We have never renovated but currently live in a house that we built a few years ago.  It was our first building experience and was a steep learning curve! 

I know…. that the more you buy yourself, the more you save.  We sourced and purchased everything we could ourselves and literally saved thousands.  Don’t just rely on the costs and items the builder specifies.  Ask if you can provide your own items and they can deduct them from the build cost.  Internal and external doors, lights, floor coverings, bathroom fixtures including towel racks and toilet paper holders even the kitchen sink.  Not only did we save money on the actual “builders cost” for these items but we got exactly what we wanted and not the limited range the builder provided.

I know….that the more you do yourself, the more you save.  We did all the landscaping, mailbox, retaining walls, driveway, clothes line and even some cleaning ourself.  This also meant that we could delay some costs until the end of the build time. For example, instead of outlaying for turf months before we needed it and whilst we had a lot of other expenses, we could wait until we had the money and were ready for it.

I know….sometimes bigger isn’t better.   We really did our homework when it came to choosing a builder.  Lots of the larger builders had beautiful display homes and cheap prices on display but underneath the fine print were long build times and hidden costs.  We went with a smaller, family owned builder and had our whole house finished in under 5 months.  Whenever we wanted to speak to someone we could speak to the owner of the company and not get referred to a random middle manager.

I know….little things matter.   If that crooked tile is bugging you when it is laid, it will still be bugging you eight years down the track.  Fix it before you move in!  

I know…there are some things better to buy now not later.   Putting in airconditioning was going to cost us a small fortune.  With all the other budget blowouts it just seemed like too much money at the time.  Now, a few years later, it is going to cost us double the price to get half the size airconditioners.   What would have been a simple job whilst building is now almost impossible.  The initial cost whilst building would of cost us a few extra dollars a month in our mortgage repayments and now if we want it, we have to find the money upfront!

I know…I loved every stressful, exciting, proud and exhilerating moment of it.  

I know… don’t want to move house but

I know…I would do it all again.

Linking up with “Things I Know”

I know…that the house above is not mine.  I know…that it is for sale if you have a spare 58 million dollars here 

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday

 

This photo reminds me that they will always have that brother sister bond, even when now, more than a year after this photo taken, their bond involves wrestling, snatching, screaming and even the occasional pinch and scratch. 

Playing along with My Little Drummer Boys 

and Faith, Hope and a Whole Lotta Love