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That craze called LOOMS

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Hi Everyone, sorry for the absence.

Today I have created a little something that I thought might be a nice swap for the girls at my Girl Guide district as a token of thanks for selling biscuits in the upcoming biscuit selling season.

I had seen this loom idea floating around on Pinterest for a little bit and had wondered what on earth it was. Then at school the kiddos started bringing in these little rubber bands and asking if they could loom at before and after school care.  I was like sure, as long as you clean up afterwards.  Soon more and more kids were brining this craft craze in left right and centre.

I have bought so many of the little rubber bands for the kids I would hate to count how many they have actually gone through.

I myself then fell into the craze and bought a loom and some bands.  I wanted to try and make the charm that looked like the samoa cookie, but that was FAR too difficult so I tried the plain shortbread one that Made by Mommy has made on the loom which is part of the bracelet.  She give instructions at the beginning of the demonstration how to make the individual cookies into charms.

It took me a few frustrating goes ( I have no idea how the kids can be soooo patient when they are doing this) but I finally got one done and its not too shabby if I do say myself.

 

I hopefully will be making a post tomorrow for easter with my cute easter gifts for my family

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Busy Busy Back to School!

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This month has flown by so quickly, I almost can’t remember the last time I posted!

School came back  on 29th Jan and I have been flying by the seat of my pants ever since.  I am 4 staff members down too which doesn’t help.  3 of my staff graduated University and were lucky enough to get teaching jobs mainly in North Queensland and out West.  Then the last of my missing crew resigned while they were overseas leaving me a little in the lurch.  So now recruitment begins for some newbies.

We have been on pinterst overload for a quite a period of time during the last month, particularly with Valentines day, and my own personal adventures at home. 

Here is a list of the many fun and exciting things I have made and done

BBQ Pulled Pork (I didn’t put any worcestershire sauce in it bc I am allergic to seafood – you couldn’t even tell!)

Bacon and Mushroom Quiche with Gruyere and Thyme

Brownie Batter Dip

The Post Card Exchange continued (The Ranger Guides are absolutly loving it!!) I think we have 20 postcards so far!

Greek Chicken Burgers

I love you to pieces cards to Valentines Day {Freebie}

– Chocolate Brownie for a comparision between Boxed brownies and from scratch at Ranger Guides (These Brownies won by the way! They were delicious!)

–  Salt Dough medals for the Winter Olymic Games (This is the inspiration, not the recipe…we just used normal salt dough :))

I’m sure there is more, but I just dont remember!

The kids have loved all of the activities and even ask to specifically use Pinterest for ideas.  I will add links to them all and photos later in the day, but for now I need another coffee and in 20 min the kids will be off to school!

Postcard Trading for Thinking Day

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Now for those of you not up with Girl Guide/Girl Scout lingo Thinking Day is Feb 22 and is a day to celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD). WTD is an opportunity to celebrate international friendship, learn about and take action on important issues, and fundraise in support of the World Thinking Day Fund (from the WAGGGS website).

Cruising around on Pinterest one day I came across the Postcard Exchange.  Now I had just started back with my old unit and was excited to be able to find fun stuff to do with a group of 14-18 yr old girls.  I thought this would be an awesome idea so I shared it with the other leader and the girls and the idea was received very well.

We have written to units in  variety of countries and have started receiving some postcards back.  I also ordered us some patches for the girls who participated.  Here are a couple of cards that I have gotten back, and the patches that I ordered.  They are super cute and I can’t wait to hand them out.

Patches and Postcard from DC

Patches and Postcard from DC

Lots of Pinteresting……

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So since Friday I have competed 4 Pinterest projects. Today is Sunday.  I think that would have to be my record!

On Friday at school I made use of the 50% off and got some sturdy containers to make some better quality glue sponges.  I learnt some neat tricks off Mr Greg over at Kindergarten Smorgasbord, of spritzing the sponges with a little water to keep them moist.  I’m not 100% sure about his Listerine idea, personally I would just dump the sponges and start again.  Here are a couple of pictures of the glue sponges, I am off to get some Elmers glue tomorrow to finish them off as my glue has gone yuck.

Glue Sponge - before

Glue Sponge – before

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Glue Sponges – after

 

My next little trail was sewing some old guide badges together to make them easier to sew onto my never started but long thought about camp blanket.  I didn’t pin it but I found it while I was trawling around for camp swaps.  If I come across it again I will put the link up.  So I’m 99.9% sure this is the blog where I found it, it seems pretty familiar.  This is how my badges looked/turned out.

Stage 1 and 2

Stage 1 and 2

Final Product

Final Product

Tonight I cracked out 2 Pinterest project.  The first was a Warm Potato Salad courtesy of Martha Stewart.  It was such a nice dish to eat on a cold night.  I served it with roasted beets and supermarket roast chicken.  Simple but delicious!  The goats cheese mixed through gave the salad a creamy dressing that is so much better than what Mayo is in a potato salad.  I will be interesting to eat the left overs tomorrow for lunch to see what it is like.

Warm Potato Salad

Warm Potato Salad

Project 2 is REFRIGERATOR OATMEAL!  I know is a bit cold at the moment to be thinking about cold summer type oatmeal, but its always fun to think about new things to eat at breakfast, especially when you don’t eat it that often.  I found my recipe here, at the Yummy Life.

Refrigerator Oatmeal

Refrigerator Oatmeal

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Refrigerator Oatmeal ready to go!

There are 6 initial recipes and then another post with another 8 recipes.  I chose the apple and cinnamon one.  It is always one of my favourite flavours.  I am planning to have it for breakfast in the morning.  If I remember to take it to school with me.  As you can see my coffee jar has come in handy once again.  I can’t wait to try it in the morning!

Well it’s time for bed as another week begins.  The last week of term! 5 days until its sleep-ins, early finishes and exciting times!

 

Whoops its been a while !

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Hi Everyone!

Sorry its been a while since I last posted, but it has been a little crazy round here.  I have been busy organising Vacation Care for the Winter break, and have been busy dredging Pinterest for some amazing ideas for art craft and other activities.  The themes that I have been looking for the most are Down at the farm, winter wonderland, games and  not to mention recipes for the cooking that the kids want to do.  I have managed to find some amazing stuff, but you will have to wait for about 4 weeks to see the finished product. 

One of the days during Vacation Care we will be looking at the work UNICEF does for less fortunate children and what we can do to help.  I found some anazing resources on the Australian UNICEF website to use including some truely beautiful photostories.  UNICEF Australia have pinterest boards which can be found here.  They have awesome fundraising ideas as well as some just plain amazing links.  Hopefully the children will be interested in it and want to learn more about advocacy and how they can help others! 

I have recently been ‘conned’ into becoming a leader at my former Ranger Guide unit.  I know the leader there well and saw her back in September and she was like ‘please’ …we need someone else.  So since then I have been um-ing and ah-ing and last Sunday I decided that I would say yes and go back.  Its been nearly 8 yrs since I was last involved with Girl Guides, but it feels like nothing has changed, except the girls in the unit.  So here begins another interesting journey in my life (and a lot more pinteresting pins and posts)