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24 x Christmas

Ho ho ho hoooo…
 
it’s time for Christmas and here comes our annual advent calendar of winter activities:
 

 
1.Its time to let winter in our home – first xmas decorations. It wasn’t easy to stop my girls to do it straight away after Lo’s birthday on 17th November. Lights, snowflakes, Christmas box stories, flavour of summer herb tea wrapped into the winter orange coat reminds me about 1 December.
 
2.Winter science – fizzy xmas stars
http://www.science-sparks.com/2012/12/30/ice-play-ideas/
http://www.science-sparks.com/2013/07/22/baking-soda-ice-cubes/
http://inspirationlaboratories.com/frozen-vinegar-cool-summer-science-activity/
 
3. One of our advent craft is wrapping paper, this year our theme is fir and star. For this we will use triangle shaped stamps made out of potato:
http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-roller-printing-tutorial
http://theperfectpearpair.blogspot.nl/2011/11/diy-potato-stamp-wrapping-paper.html
 
4.December – It’s a Sinterklaas dinner time. In the Netherlands Xmas comes earlier, so we gonna celebrate it with creating winter wreath. We are kind of traditional in this. We mostly using wicker and dried fruits, this year we will also use eucalyptus leaves. Here are more original idea of making wreath with using wool:
http://cottageintheoaks.com/2013/11/tufted-wool-wreath-diy/
 
5. Card crafting afternoon.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/christmas-cards-you-can-diy-in-under-an-hour?sub=3525232_4377193#.pqYoRMjeAw
 
6. Diy your own xmas angel. I just love this idea. Simply beautiful.
http://funezcrafts.com/Easy-Angel-Crafts-Wire-Angel.html
 
7. Let’s craft some fun…
http://kixcereal.com/kix-cereal-paper-plate-christmas-characters-santa-rudolph-snowman/
 
8. Planing some friends on the weekend, new table décor would be just great. What about candle holders?
http://thebridenextdoor.fr/2013/01/02/photophore-diy/
 
9. Kindness elfs will make some gingerbread cookies for special people.
 
10. I like an idea of ice skating and ice skating in the Winter Station sounds even more attractive. What about you, do you like ice skating?
 
In 1954, the Spoorwegmuseum (Railway Museum) found a permanent home at the Maliebaan Station, one of the stations just outside the historic city center of Utrecht. In recent years, the station and museum have undergone extensive renovations to restore it to its 19th-century appearance. The grand station hall and the waiting rooms, including the Royal Waiting Room, remind one of an elegant era of steam, wood and shining brass. Every winter the museum adds to its charm with the addition of the Winter Station. Ice skating is a popular Dutch winter pastime, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Fortunately, the Winter Station transforms part of the museum into an indoor ice skating rink, surrounded by old trains, a carousel and a festive winter atmosphere. Visitors can even roast marshmallows over open fires outdoors.
 
11. Invite a friend for a dinner ☺ Candles, comfort food, hoodie and oma’s knitted socks… Sounds like a big winter hug,isn’t it? That’s the one reason I like winter.
 
12. It’s Saturday… xmas market could be an idea :)
http://www.brunnvalla.ch/christmasmarkets/netherlands.html
 
13. Light up second candle and visit neighbourhood city… More lights…
 
14. Kindness elfs – Music for soul. Search for xmas music, there must be some in your or neighbour town.
We are having Christmas Charity concert in the Church in the city of Hague. And if you are near by, please come and join us:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1527869134199879/
 
15. What about your made present for friends and grandparents… We gonna make lavender body butter to treat winter cold. Here are some ideas:
http://littlegreendot.com/homemade-body-butter-recipe/
http://wellnessmama.com/6544/whipped-body-butter/
http://livesimply.me/2014/04/16/homemade-moisturizing-lotion-recipe-no-coconut-oil/
 
16. Home made winter treat … when it comes to the winter holidays, the true Dutch passion lies with oliebollen (fried dough balls) and poffertjes (mini pancakes). Stalls, converted trucks, and pop-up buildings begin appearing in Dutch cities across the country in this season ☺
We call them happy balls, we know they are not so healthy but they make you smile… and it counts, right… Family movie and oliebollen (in Latvia we have something simmilar called „ Žagariņi“) is just perfect happy couple.
Recipe of happy Dutch balls:
http://dutchfood.about.com/od/breadspastriescookies/r/Oliebollen.htm
 
17. Winter theater or ballet with classic Christmas story? Last year girls first time went to real classic ballet, they loved it so much, that we made it as our family tradition – at least once a year to join the Ballet or Opera. This year we are lucky to have Nut Cracker in the neigbour town, Amsterdam. mmm… brings me back to the memory lane.
http://www.operaballet.nl/en/ballet/2015-2016/show/nutcracker-and-mouse-king
 
Im sure they gonna love it… as they love to watch it on youtube and ask to repeat it not just once.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtLoaMfinbU
 
18.Kindness elfs will make Xmas for birds :) Let’s make it together! Here are some nice ideas how to make bird feeders:
www.homemadehomeideas.com/19-beautiful-diy-bird-feeders
 
19. Dream comes true – This day is about little wishes, little ideas, which girls would love to alive and I will be the fairy:)
 
20. Lighting up the third candle and exploring Lights in the city…
I found this one as an interesting project:
TheTrajectum Lumen is a series of light art installations throughout the city, ranging from quickly changing patterns illuminating a small opening off the Drift canal to the illusory spill of light onto the ground from the Janskerk (St. John’s Church). The lights go on at dusk and stay on until midnight, and anyone can follow the map or app to see them on their own.
The Dom Tower also lights up each evening as part of the Trajectum Lumendisplay, but this winter, it will also be part of the Night of Light at the Dom, taking place November 15th and December 20th. This spectacular event is a large party with DJs and musicians performing at the base of the tower, while light, art, video and graphics are beamed onto the walls of the tower.
 
21. Twinkle, twinkle little star…DIY Fairy shoes for festive nights.
http://www.lovemaegan.com/2011/07/diy-dolce-gabbana-gold-jewel-embellished-shoes.html
 

22.Make your own Xmas story
Some ideas and templates for window decorations:
Make your own Xmas story Templates for window decorations:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/560979697306976613/
 
https://faltmanufaktur.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/faltmanufaktur_reindeer_template.pdf
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ramosnobre/5238127798/in/photostream/
 
http://www.shabbyartboutique.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Shabby-Art-Boutique-Township-Candle-Holder-template-1.png
 
http://www.shabbyartboutique.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Shabby-Art-Boutique-Township-Candle-Holder-template-2.png
 
http://lespassionscreativesdemarie.centerblog.net/rub-silhouette–7.html
 
http://www.fichier-pdf.fr/2014/12/07/villagelumineux/
 
23. Sweet treat for xmas eve…
http://howveryus.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/caramel-cider-cinnamon-apple-pie.html
http://doriannn.blogspot.fr/2013/09/le-nouveau-750g-le-mag-est-arrive.html#
 
24. Let it snow on xmas eve:) Merry, merry Christmas!!!

24 times xmas

hello, december!
 
this year, in addition to our traditional xmas calendar we added a beautiful idea of Kindness Elves, inspired by Ana from Imagination tree :) thank you for this lovely idea… we couldn’t even wait until xmas, so we began earlier. our first wrapped presents are already on the way to children’s homes in Latvia :) this is a great way to show love, kindness and gratitude to kids. we spent a wonderful evening preparing presents and talking about sharing, giving and spreading love to people around us. hug your family, send a letter to your friend and give a smile to a stranger on the street…just GIVE!!!
 
here comes our 24 magical sacks with letters from kindness elves and ides for our xmas time:) enjoy!
 

 
1. create a new tradition for Christmas with the Kindness Elves.
http://theimaginationtree.com/2014/11/25-ideas-the-kindness-elves.html
 
As next of #kindnesselves activity will be DIY present for children in India. In this idea we will support Yoga Gives Back organization and will send xmas presents to my yoga teacher from Yogaplace, who is already months in India and share love with children there.
 
2. make your own gingerbread dough. this year we choose vegan receipe from minimalistbaker:
http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-gluten-free-gingerbread-men/
 
3. craft your advent wreath. we usually use natural materials… some leftovers from summer and autumn (nuts, dry flowers, berries, etc.) and we also like to add some gingerbread cookies.
http://www.cozycottagecute.com/2010/09/diy-fall-wreath-picture-tutorial.html
 
4. make your own table decors for xmas dinner.
we will make napkin rings with recycled material: toilet paper rolls/ papaer towel rolls covered with ribbon lace http://www.pinterest.com/pin/513058582523804212/
http://tatertotsandjello.com/2010/02/burlap-napkin-rings-tutorial-dollar.html
 
5. make a meal and invite some friends.
as we are living in Netherlands, we are lucky to have two Santa Clauses. Ziemassvētku vecītis (in latvian Santa Claus) is coming on 24th of december from North Pole and another one is dutch Sinterklaas (also known as Saint Nicholas), who came this year on 15.november and stays until 5.december – Dag Sinterklaas. We are making dinner for our friend Ana from Portugal :)
 
more about who is this old man with white long beard coming from Spain with boat and a lot of helpers -Zwarte pieten – you can read here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwarte_Piet
 
6.diy xmas tree decors with clay
http://tracksoffoxes.com/tag/clay-christmas-tree-decorations/
 
7.light up second candle and go for a family walk in the neighbourhood xmas market.
 
8. make or buy a bird feeder and start to feed birds in the garden each day until spring is coming.
There are a lot of great DIY bird feeders using pine cones and other ingredients on Pinterest, this yea we will make orange bird feder:
http://sherisilver.com/2012/11/27/dailybuzz-moms-9×9-kids-holiday-crafts/
 
9.it’s time to make some homemade cards.
 
10. snow bird crafts.

http://easyorigami.me/origami-crane-tutorial/1082/

 
11. DIY xmas wrapping paper – we go for polka dot: http://squirrellyminds.com/2012/12/07/diy-polka-dot-wrapping-paper/
12. snowflake crafts. we already made paper snowflakes for lorena’s “frozen birthday party”:
http://www.marthastewart.com/276331/how-to-make-paper-snowflakes/@center/1009041/christmas-crafts-projects#169464

now will try to make glue gun window snowlakes:
http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/2012/12/use-hot-glue-gun-to-make-snowflakes-on.html
 
13. make an easy table cards for your special xmas dinner – cones with name tags
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/174092341817127541/
 
14. go for a xmas trip to another city, search for xmas lights, hot chocaaaalate and pancakes. we are going for family trip to Cape Verde, so next ideas we will fulfill there. xmas movie on the way….
 
15. xmas peanut crafts
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/53409945552108893/
 
16. xmas tree preparation… we wont be home in christmas time but i still think it would be great to have xmas tree in our holiday house, found couple great take away ideas:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Book-Xmas-tree/

http://lovetaza.com/2011/12/holiday-guest-post-holiday-mantle-craft-from-candice-stringham/
 
17. surprise night expedition… Here are kidsactivitiesblog idea: Have Daddy tuck the kids into bed while you (sneakily) prepare hot cocoa in travel mugs. Run the mugs and cozy blankets out to the car and then dash up the stairs to the kids’ rooms. Open their doors and shout Surprise!!!! Get them out of bed and go on a hunt around your neighborhood (in jammies!) for the best and brightest Christmas light displays. The kids will love the element of surprise and the hot cocoa!
 
As we will be in Cabo Verde, we will attend Turtle SOS organization for turtle saving activity. #kindnesselves

http://www.mydestination.com/capeverde/things-to-do/122139/turtle-sos-cabo-verde

 
18. give love and donate. we found organization in Sal (Capo Verde), where we will bring girls drawings, school items for children in Africa. Teach your kids the true spirit of giving. #kindnesselves
 
19. make a family handprint christmas tree and send it to grandparents http://www.mamasmiles.com/fun-christmas-craft-family-handprint-christmas-tree/
 
20. search for xmas lights in yours or neighbourhood city.
 
21. read xmas story
 
22. learn about xmas traditions in your country or if you already know them all, search for different countries traditions. we will learn about Caboverdian traditions, interesting… do they have any?
 
23. make a list of everything you’re grateful for and stick it onto a happy/ thankful xmas tree or put it into the gratetude jar, which you can fulfil during the next year. hmmm…great idea also for New years eve…
 
24. christmas morning breakfast – lazy morning in pj, give out free hugs to all friends and family today! Hugs release endorphins and make everyone feel happy. #kindnesselves
 
Have a joyful Christmas season planing!!!
 
anita

in the world of animations…

cookingpoetry presents sunday animation – living in the farm. made by cooperation #fatherdaughters…
enjoy!!!

 
at the begging they were super exited, then in the middle of the process they were kind of bored and at the very end, after watching their super little animation (10s), they wonder how long it gone take to make 1.5h long animation… a lot of work huh?

are you ready to make yours? here are some tips, how to make it…
 
u will need:
1)film maker – daddy patience…
2)animator’s patiance – it’s a very detailed process, nothing happens fast
3)animation surface – we used table
4)decorations and actors – we used farm and farm animals
5)web camera and movie editing software – we used HD web cam and monkey jam stop motion animation program,which u can download it here. There are also other tehniques if u want use regular camera. This time we thought it’s easier to use web cam directly with animation software.

 

 

 
5 steps how to make animation:
1) set up your software and connect web camera to the computer
2) set up your scene and your actors
3) place your web camera to the scene and make sure it’s in a stable position, be aware not to touch it or move it. we placed our web camera on the tripod.
4) using software, capture frame by frame. From frame to frame move your main actors – it has to be very slow, approximately 5 mm from one position to another… here comes big patience and careful work not to distroy or move any other objects in the same screen :) we did our best :)
5) and the last part is exporting all your frames into the video file
 

 

 

hip hip…

xxx

christmas, merry christmas, xmas

midnight dancer

are u ready for a spooky one? i wasn’t until today…and yeah, i love spontaneous ideas….its a completely different energy, and a lot of fun in creation process
 

 
here comes an easy (DIY) bat shades for your special party mood

 

material
printed bat template


scissors
paper
shades, glasses or goggles
hot glue or double side tape if it’s for one time use

 

 

 
directions
cut out printed template
stick to the glasses
and happy haloween!!!

autumn coronation…

welcome… cool sunny mornings, smell of pumpkin pie in the kitchen, autumn leave fights (catching falling leaves), mushroom hike in the woods, family picnic under an apple tree, umbrella walks, candle light dinner…
what is your favourite autumn activity?
 
autumn adventure continues… lo becoming a queen of autumn

 

arī pie mums ir iestājies rudens… dzestri saulaini rīti, ķirbja pirāga smarža krasnī, rudens lapu cīņas, sēņu pārgājiens mežā, ģimenes pikniks zem ābeles, lietussargu pastaigas, vakariņas sveču gaismā…
kāda ir tavas mīļākās rudens aktivitātes?
 
rudens piedzīvojumi turpinās… LO ir oficiāli kronēta par rudens karaliene

 

 

DIY autumn leave crown
matterials
autumn leaves
little tree sticks

 

DIY rudens lapu kronis
nepieciešamais materiāls
koku lapas
mazi žagariņi/kociņi

 
directions
one by one join together leaves using little tree sticks until your crown is big enough.

 

 
norādījumi
izmantojot mazus koka szariņus savienojam vienu pēc otras lapas līdz kronis ir gatavs.


 

 

 

 

back to school, back to numbers…

she did it….. lo has finally memorised numbers n now she wants to count everything and anything. therefore we want to celebrate it with u and share our victory game- DIY Clapping Numbers…
 
materials:
• egg box
• scissors
• 10 “kinder surprise” plastic eggs
• piece of paper
• chickpeas

 

mūsu matemātikas lāde ir bagāta ar dažnedažādām skaitļu/ ciparu spēlēm – jaunizgudrotām, aizgūtām, pašdarinātām, pirktām, taču lo ciparu uzvaras spēle ir tieši šī, ciparu plaukšķināšanas spēle
 
izejmateriāli:
• olu kaste
• 10 “kinderolu” trauciņi
• papīra loksne 10 cipariņiem (1x1cm platumā)
• zirņi (mēs izmantojām turku zirņus)
• līmes pistole
• flomasters


 

preparation:
• cut ten 1×1 cm paper squares
• write numbers 1 to 10 on each of them
• stick little squares on the plastic eggs

 

spēles sagatavošana:
•sagriežam desmit 1x1cm papīra kvadrātiņus
•sanumurējam šos kvadrātiņus no 1 – 10
•piestiprinām tos pie “kinderolu” kastītēm


 

• fill each egg with an equal number of chickpeas

 

•katrā “kinderolu” kastītē ievietojam attiecīgo daudzumu zirņu


 

• open the egg box and write numbers 1-10

 

•sanummurējam olu kastes iedobumus no 1-10, lai katrai oliņai ir sava mājiņa


 

instructions:
1. close your eyes and choose one of egg, say the number you have picked

 

spēles noteikumi:
1. aizvērtām acīm izvelc vienu no kinderolām, nosauc ciparu


 

2. surprise… open your egg and count out load how many chickpeas do you have. (you can make it a bit more difficult with a wrong amount of chickpeas).

 

2. parsteigums… oliņā ir kaut kas iekšā. atver kastīti, izber zirņus un saskaiti tos, pārbaudi vai oliņā ir pareizais zirņu skaits (velāk var mēģināt zirņu skaitu jauk)


 

3. put all the chickpeas back in the plastic egg
4. clap your hands as many times as shown on the plastic egg and count it out loud. lo favorite part :)

 

3. saliekam zirņus atpakaļ oliņā un novietojam sev blakus
4. dubults neplīst… skaļi skaiti un vienlaicīgi sasit plaukstas – viens, divi, trīs, četri… (atbilstoši ciparam). šī ir lo mīļākā spēles daļa:)


 

5. now you can put the plastic egg back in the box in the right place
6. take the next plastic egg and repeat the task until you go trough all the numbers.

 

5. atrodam, kur dzīvo oliņa
6. tā turpinām līdz visas oliņas ir atradušas savas mājiņas


 

focus pocus, u did it :)

 

fokus pokus, tev izdevās :)

diy – paper tissue head accessory/ bow tie

first time i made paper tissue accessories when katrina and lo had singing class performance and they had to wear yellow. we didn’t have much of yellow in the closet at the time …
 
that day I had a lunch with a friend and on the table i had yellow napkins. at that point i had an idea to make head accessory out of paper tissues.
 
later on for katrina’s “circus” birthday party this idea was brought up once again. together with kids we made little crafts- party head acssesories for girls and bow ties for guys
 
paper tissue headband and bow tie

 
materials
paper tissues
lace or rope (i use paper rope)
glue gun
scissors
headband
 

 
instructions:
headband with bow
step 1 – make a bow – band paper tissue in the middle several times with rope, glue rope ends
step 2 – band headband with the same rope and also glue the ends
step 3 – stick together headband and bow with glue gun


 
bow tie
to make a bow tie use the same method like before, just instead of headband use a rope. for adults u can also use thumbtack.

diy – father’s day love letter – chalkboard cups

sunday, june 16th, father’s day … did u know abt it?
here, in the Hague, it’s a very special day… in school girls been preparing gifts already for a week. they are so exited how they gone surprise daddy in the morning. it’s a challenge to keep it as a secret…
 
we also made our present at home – a love letter on chalkboard cup (diy). i love the idea of making ur everyday special with a little note on your morning cup.




 
dad’s day chalkboard cups
material
cup
chalkboard paint
brush
coloured chalks
 

 

instructions
step 1 – colour cup (2 – 3 x) with chalkboard paint, better to do it four days before u want to write on it
step 2 – improvisation – use chalks to write ur special dad’s day message
step 3 – surprise your daddy with big morning hugs and personalized cup of coffee
 
have a sunny, funny weekend