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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
 

 

 

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 :)

in a royal mood – lo’s 3rd birthday party

back in time, november 17th 2012, little lo’s 3rd birthday…
it’s not a secret that there is a little princess in each of us (sometimes even more), who dreams to be rescued by a loving braveheart… and it’s so cute, lo still believes that her charming prince is daddy
so we had a party with princesses and knights, perhaps she will change her mind… lolz
 



 
bites and pieces

 
craft (recycled)


 
invitations & birthday goodies


 
head accessories for little ladies (soon in the blog)

 
party people

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.

letter school printables: letter / burts t

Letter/ burts T (toddler / 2-3 gadi)


Letter / burts T (preschooler / 4 -5 gadi

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

day of magic – katrina’s birthday

a day in circus… my little girl turns five :)

 
devil in details…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
water fun

 
someone got bored… lol

 

 
plastic cup activity

 

 

 
circus crafting (more about it in the next week’s post)

 
arty party

 

 

 
paper rain

 

 

 

 
party people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
magic happens

 

 
hip hip hooray!

diy – chalkboard bunnies

i bought a chalkboard paint… turns out it can be “extremely” addictive although probably not the worst addiction. it’s an easy way to make old things new again. thanks to the simple and yet unique feature of this paint my old food tray has a new life, girls dining table has transformed into new art space and even eastern eggs are coated with this paint. i still have some leftovers… so what’s next on the retransformation list?!
 

chalkboard bunnies
material
chalkboard paint
paintbrush
plastic eggs (blown or foam rubber eggs)
colour paper
scissors
glue
 
instruction
step 1 – colour your easter eggs with the paint using a small brush. (it took me 3 days as u need at least 3 layers).
 

step 2- paper crafts – e.g draw bunny ears on the paper and cut them out. glue them on the coloured eggs.
 


step 3- use chalk to draw things on your bunnies (e.g faces, greetings, names, etc.) katrina and lo drew their bunny families – mum, dad and baby…
 


let’s play!