Wednesday, June 19, 2013

{freebies} thank you for helping me grow.




we're on our last days of kindergarten. a whirlwind year filled with lots of learning, proud art projects, anticipated gym days, and new friends.

hannah really loved her teacher this year, equally, she loves flowers and plants. so, off to the garden centre we went.  she picked this beautiful blooming coral begonia, and i designed a quick little banner to tuck into the plant as a thank you - just like my father's day printable. the ceramic plant pot is from IKEA.

there are so many fantastic gift giving ideas on pinterest, especially for teacher appreciation, and i loved this little phrase so much.   i've designed a free printable for you to download and include in your own teacher gift!


{instructions included}


Monday, June 17, 2013

{yummers} kale chips from our raised garden.



this Spring we built a 12 x 4 ft cedar garden box. our backyard is tiny. i mean... really tiny, so it was the perfect fit in front of our back laned garage. my oldest already has quite the green thumb. last year we had a container garden on our deck with blooming strawberries, flowers and herbs.  she was always tending to the plants and watching them carefully grow.  needless to say, the garden box has provided ample entertainment for everyone.  this year we planted basil, parsley, kale, butter lettuce, spinach, radish, walla and sweet onion, peas, carrots, and two pepper plants, along with strawberries and tomatoes on our deck. luckily, we've had a record rainfall and it's been growing so well!

there's nothing better than whipping up wraps or sandwiches for lunch and running outside to pick some fresh lettuce to tuck inside.   a favorite snack around here are kale chips.  my boy could eat the entire batch! i bake them weekly for a treat or serve them as a side with a BBQ burger dinner.  here's a recipe to make your own.  give them a whirl - they'll either love them or hate them!

baked kale chips

1 bunch kale
1 tsp olive oil
your choice of seasoning or topping
{sea salt, fresh ground pepper, chili, lime, fresh parmesan}

preheat oven to 350°F. line baking sheet with parchment. wash and thoroughly dry kale. remove the leaves from the thick stems and cut or tear into bite sized pieces. place kale in bowl and toss with olive oil and seasoning. place kale on baking sheet.  bake about 12-14 minutes, tossing them around as they shrink to make sure they evenly crisp up. let cool for a few minutes and serve.






Friday, June 14, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

{freebies} summer treat tags.


i can't believe it's june and the end of a whirlwind school year is upon us.  we're looking forward to summer holidays around here. we've began an exciting summer bucket list and we have a few fun trips on the calendar. and, we are counting down the days until we move into our new home!

for each special day celebrated in school, my daughter and i craft a special treat for her to gift to her classmates. we try to make most of the treats candy-free, although sometimes that doesn't always happen... for her year end treat, she chose water bomb balls and a set of colourful mini bubbles. we packaged the goodies in cute bright orange polka dot zip bags from target that came 20 in a pack for $1!  to finish each treat, i designed a playful tag to top each bag, customized with her name.




although the school year has already ended for many, i've designed a summer treat tag for you to download and print - perhaps pin or print it for next year!  there's also plenty of room for your little one to sign his or her name.




Monday, June 10, 2013

{say cheese} instagrams around our home.


i'm a bit of an insta-addict to say the least.  i absolutely love instagram.  i follow and correspond with some amazingly creative gals who inspire me daily through their photography.  my instagram is a mini blog for our growing family, capturing our real daily life one snapshot at a time. i also consider it an art form, always seeing the beauty and unique in the ordinary.  and, rather than having the memories sit in iPhoto, i love printing and displaying them in different ways around our home.



1. this little collage lives behind our master bedroom door. this print from Justine Ma was obviously awesome all on it's own, but with a few of our fave instagrams hung with my favorite gold dot washi, it brightens up an unoccupied wall.




2. before Christmas last year, i sent our memories off to stickygram and had a three sheets of magnets made. i also kept a few aside for gifts to tuck inside our holiday cards.  our collage of magnets cover our fridge, perfect for hanging kid art.




3. last Easter, i took advantage of a 20% off sale through www.posterjack.ca.  i selected a 20 x 28 poster size print using one of poster jack's user friendly grid layouts.  each of our posters has 35 photos. i framed the them in ikea's ODBY frames just like our gigantic family photos in our family room.  we haven't much wall space in our cozy home, so they're hung on our landing beneath the gorgeous maskros pendant which casts some delightful shadows in our stairwell.   see more photos of this display.




4. my most favorite display is using the DIGNITET curtain wire and the RIKTIG curtain clips from ikea. after installing the wire and clips beneath an awesome piece of wooden art. i printed out 3.5 square instagrams on photo paper right at home on my HP printer, cropped them and clipped them onto the wire. i love changing swapping these photos frequently. it's a special spot in our master bedroom!

how do you display your instagrams?

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