Face Painting…

I’m always looking for something fun and creative to do with my 3 favourite little ones.  A couple weeks ago, I had this idea to get some face paints.

What kid doesn’t like face paints?

I told the kids that if they did their very best on all their school work, I would paint their little faces.

Of course they did their very best…

and we’ve been having face painting fun ever since.

I’ve even painted other little kids faces who have made their way to our campsite to let me know they like my work!  Our site was very popular this weekend.

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There have been a lot of masks, butterflies and glitter…

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and Super Heroes…some I’ve never even heard of (Blue Beetle? Huh?).

It’s so easy to do and the kids love it so much.  We’re all having a blast coming up with original and some not so original idea’s…and seeing how they turn out, even if they aren’t perfect. The little Monkey was totally impressed with his Eeyore face, especially since Eeyore is his favourite stuffy  who goes everywhere with him.

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The paints are hypo-allergenic and non toxic (that’s always good, right?) and they’re super easy to clean – even the black comes off completely with just a wet cloth.

It’s refreshing to find something fun and exciting that the kids enjoy but is still super easy to clean up!

So if you are looking for something fun, silly, creative and easy to clean…think about face paints!

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Mother’s Weekend…

It’s that time of year again where mothers around the world are shown how much they are loved through random acts of love.

For some it’s breakfast in bed, or little works of art lovingly created with gobs of glue and copious amounts of glitter, or little home made coupon books filled with free hugs and kisses.

Whatever the way it’s celebrated,

one day is just not enough for me, which is why we decided to do a Mother’s Weekend this year.

A camping Mother’s Weekend of course!

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A weekend filled with fun digging in the dirt, playing at the playground and lots and lots of face painting.

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A weekend of reading books, singing songs and lots and lots of snuggling.

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I love being able to use the Mother’s Day card all weekend…

I say things like “No arguing…it’s Mother’s Weekend!”

Or…”Come here and give me hug…it’s Mother’s Weekend!”

The kids love it also.

They say things like, we have another surprise for you and hand me dandelion.

Or they run up behind me and give me a big hug and kiss and say “It’s because it’s Mother’s Day and we love you!”

So yes, Mother’s Day is too short.

It should be Mother’s Weekend because it’s just too wonderful of a holiday to be just one day.

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But Does It Work?

Between Pinterest and Facebook I get so many tips on crafts, cleaning, DIY projects, cooking and healthy eating just to name a few.  They all sound very cool but I often wonder if they really work.  Lately I’ve been trying things out just to see what happens.  Some have work, some haven’t but either way, I thought it would be fun to share those results with you.

A while back I came across a tip to use Goo Gone on my stainless steel for a perfect shine.

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With three sets of small fingers in the house, all my stainless steel appliances are constantly smudged.  If that wasn’t enough, I’m one of those people who tape things to the fridge all the time and as it turns out, stainless steel is not scotch tape friendly.

So this is what my fridge looked like…

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Note the thoroughly taped star charts that are on there!

It wasn’t just the tape either, there were stains that wouldn’t come off and I had tried all different types of polishes and home remedies.

I figured if the Goo Gone could clean my fridge, it could probably clean any stainless appliance out there.

So I took on the challenge!

First I soaked the spots with Goo Gone…

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Then I rubbed it gently but firmly with an old, clean face cloth which I decided to use because it has texture but it’s soft.  I didn’t want to scratch the surface.

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It took a bit of rubbing and some patience but within 30 mins the Goo Gone managed to do what no other polish or cleaner could do.  I gave it a little shine with a polishing pad.

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I think the results are pretty impressive!

Thank you, to whoever thought this one up!  Now if I could just find a way to get the appliances to polish themselves!

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Double Pinwheel…

Yesterday I promised more about my last quilt.

I wasn’t going to do a post about it right away but I’m just so happy with how it turned out that I just had to show it off.  There were many new  techniques on this quilt that I was trying for the first time.

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The pattern was new to me, it’s called a Double Pinwheel,  and I was so pleased at how all the pieces matched so perfectly.

 It’s a lot easier to do than it looks!

Something else I tried that was new was the wavy edge finish all along the quilt.

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Again, I was surprised at how well it turned out.  The waves came out completely symmetrical  something I wasn’t sure would happen.  Binding turned out to be a lot more difficult on a wavy edge than on a straight edge. I had to seam rip the first corner, but it didn’t take long to get the hang of it and the remaining three corners went well.

The last technique I tried was using a stencil as a guide for my free motion quilting.

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That had it’s own unique issues.  It took a lot of time just tracing the stencil to the quilt using a disappearing ink marker.  I ended up destroying two of them by dragging them through the stencil.  Eventually I ended up switch over to the stencil spray.  I had a hard time controlling the amount of spray coming out, but it definitely went faster.  I’m going to have to do a little more practice in this area.

In the meantime, I think the final outcome was beautiful.  I really love how the quilting turned out because of the stencil.

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I’m ready to start my next quilt – I’ve even purchased the fabric.

Here’s a preview!

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The Mummy Returns…

It has been 2 months since my last post.  I never intended to take a break but I needed one.

The long, long winter had taken it’s toll on me and I just didn’t feel like doing anything for a while.  Since then the weather has warmed and brighten and so has my mood.

During the past two months we managed to keep ourselves extremely busy in the Honestly household with lots of activities and even a new furry little friend.

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There’s been a lot of talk about getting a puppy recently, something I’ve tried to avoid until the Milk Monkey was out of diapers.  Then I met I Jack.  He won me over instantly with his sweet little personality and his warm, cuddly ways.

He’s been a wonderful addition to our family.

The Princess has finally started gymnastics!

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She’s wanted to join for a while now but for some reason or another we just didn’t sign her up.  We tried to get information from one of the gyms around here but we could never get through to them and they never returned our calls or emails.  In the meantime a new gym opened and just recently we stopped by to check it out.  As it turns out they have a home school class.  We signed the princess up, even though she was the only one in the class in hopes that other home schooled children would show.

They did!

Last week there were two other girls and the Princess had so much fun.  Even more exciting is that because of this gymnastics class we have finally found a home school group that we want to join!  I’ve come to realize over the years that what some people might call procrastination is actually just me listening to that still small voice.  Too often, I’ve waited to fully pursue something, only to wake up one day and aggressively search out that very same thing.  In turn, leading to open doors of opportunities  that I could never have arranged on my own.  This was definitely one of those times and I am grateful for it.

In my last post I had just started a quilt for my dear Nanny.  I managed to finish it in time and give it to her at Easter.  Here’s a peak for now…

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I will post more on this another time.

I’m so glad spring is here and the camping season is about to begin.  I’m thankful for the sun, and the fresh cool air.  I’m looking forward to all the summer adventures that are in our future!!

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National Craft Month…

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March is National Craft month, so the kids and I have been busy being crafty.

I’ve finally started a new quilt, one for a very special person in my life.  This particular quilt is for my Nanny.  Not the babysitting kind of nanny, the British Grandmother kind.   I’ve wanted to sew a quilt for her for a while now, and I’ve been looking for just the right fabric and pattern.  Something beautiful, classic and elegant just like Nanny.

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The Princess and I took a trip out to the fabric store and scoured the isles searching for the perfect selection of fabrics.  I must have looked at every single quilting fabric they had in stock with the help of my Princess.  She had a lot of suggestions.  A lot!  Slowly, the painting came together and we choose 4 beautiful fabrics with a very classic, vintage feel to them.  Standing alone they had a bit of a farmhouse feel to them but paired up with a beautiful white fabric they took on an elegant feel.  The contrast is delightful.

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I know they’re the right fabrics when I fall in love with them!

Such wonderful fabrics required an equally pretty pattern to display them properly and I decided on the double pinwheel.

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It’s a lovely pattern.

I plan on finishing the quilt off with scalloped edges and quilt it with beautiful flowers throughout the whole quilt.

Hopefully, it’ll be finished by the time we head out to Canada in the next couple weeks.  I would love to surprise Nanny with the quilt and spend some time with her.

For those of you who have the pleasure of knowing Nanny, please do not mention the quilt to her!

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Homemade Bath Finger Paints…

The other day someone posted a picture on my Facebook page that had a recipe for bathtub finger paints.

It was the perfect thing to spice up our uneventful evening!

I gathered all the ingredients and the kids and got busy.

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I had some egg cartons that I thought would work well as little containers.  I decided to mix up four colours for each child so they could all have a try.  It didn’t go so well at first..

The Official Recipe

1 tbsp of cornstarch

4-6 pumps of baby shampoo

2-3 drops of food colouring

1-2 teaspoons of water

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Our recipe was more like:

1 tbsp of cornstarch in each egg cup

1 medium squirt of children’s shampoo

Realized it wasn’t going to work mixing it in the little egg cartons.

Dumped it all into a bowl, and added a really, really big squirt of shampoo,

then added some water until it seemed like a nice consistency.

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At that point I poured them into the little egg cups and let the kids choose their colours (I chose the Monkey’s).

We ended up putting way too much food colouring in.  We only had the gel type so drops were more like squirts.  It was still ok, even with all the dye it only left marks on the kids, not on the tub.

The paints were great!  Everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the little Monkey who was completely into it.

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They didn’t look as fancy as the picture on Facebook, but they worked really well.  We will definitely do this often.  In fact, there was some of the pre-dyed mix left in the bowl so I left it out overnight to see what would happen.  I was surprised to see it stayed the same.  I’m going to look for some containers so that next time I can mix up a big batch and store them for quick and easy bath time fun!

The only downside to the paint was a very upset little guy who didn’t want the fun to end!

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Glorious Bedtime….

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Today was one of those days where I was contemplating my options.  I began making plans to escape – where would I go…who would I bring and how long would I stay?

It was one of those days where the ring of the phone made me huff and dramatically throw my arms up while mumbling phrases like “What know?” and “How am I suppose to get anything done?”

Today I poured myself a glass of wine at 4:30 just to celebrate the Monkey’s long nap, not caring that it would eat up 5 very valuable Weight Watcher’s points.  It was worth it!

Today was a long, difficult day!  The Milk Monkey has been sniffling, sneezing and coughing.  He’s broken out in hives and has not been a happy little guy.

When the little Monkey isn’t feeling well he’s a little ball of terror – and that’s putting it mildly.

He makes sure we all know he’s miserable and he…is…very…trying.  He quickly wears my patience thin and that’s even with the extra portion from the sympathy of his situation.

He spent the day hitting his sister on the head with books, throwing toys at us and trying to steal school supplies – running with sharp pencils is always discouraged, even when not feeling well.

He wiped boogers on my clothes, pulled hair, screeched, threw food around and cried

and cried

and cried.

Daddy came home early to help relieve some of the stress.

He probably wished he hadn’t.

As soon as school was finished for the day, the Princess and the Professor ran to their rooms to play out of their brother’s reach.

Bedtime was a glorious event in our house tonight!!!

The Monkey had a warm shower, was dressed in snuggly pj’s and had his favourite book read to him.  We sang songs and tucked him in.

After the bedtime prayer and a few kisses, peace fell upon our house.

It’s wonderful!

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A Little About The Professor….

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After a year of writing about the Little Professor, he decided he had a few things he wanted to say himself.  The following is what he wrote:

Hi, I am the Professor.  I am 7 years old.  I feel glad because I’m the first child.

I like being the first child because:

  • I don’t have to nap anymore.
  • I am the biggest.
  • I get to ride big kid rides.
  • I have my own bed.
  • I have my own computer.
  • I have my own 3DDS.

And here are some things I don’t like:

  • The Princess bugging me, as only a little sister can.
  • Not getting my way because I let the younger ones get their way.

Sometimes I don’t get as much attention as the Milk Monkey does, but I don’t mind, he’s my baby brother.

So again, I like being me.

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