Saturday, 13 December 2014

Upcycled cardboard Christmas decoration

I'm posting a few pictures of our upcycled Christmas craft. We cut out the shapes out of cardboard, the kids painted and I decorated them with the golden detail (if you don't have golden paint use glitter). And now off to baking gingerbread cookies. 

See you soon.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Sticks and branches

We brought home lots of sticks and branches with the intention to make stars out of them. It is handy to walk with a pram. I had planned to wrap the sticks with wool but when Mathilda saw the glittery and sequin ribbons we changed my mind. The stars look even better. One of it is resting at the top of our Christmas tree. I'm really looking forward to my kids ideas :)

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Zimtsterne und Vanillekipferl - recipes

In the first years after I came to Dublin I used to meet a group of German friends to bake together Christmas Pl├Ątzchen. We baked various kinds of those festive cookies, but unfortunately I cannot remember which ones and cannot see it from the archive pictures. We then brought the confectionery with us to work to make the advent days fly quicker.

After Mathilda was born and the time became too scarce I forgot about baking Pl├Ątzchen. Besides some of the girls moved back to Germany or head off to see the world. A couple of days ago however we visited a friend with whom I used to bake. She took out a yellowed with age cookbook by Dr Oetker and Hugo would not let us leave without borrowing the book.

We decided to go for Zimtsterne and Vanillekipferl - a perfect couple, for the first you will need 3 egg whites, for the latter 3 yolks. I modified the recipes. After all I used to bake the cookies in the careless days of using white sugar and flour :) And I simplified them as baking with my kids is like baking with two octopi.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

gifts to make

I have a friend who loves getting home-made hand-made gifts. She prefers them from the bought ones. Every time she receives one her eyes get a little bit sensitive but still she insists on getting them :) I've been preparing a parcel for her and among others I'm going to give her the dried herbs.

Maybe you would like to use any of the below ideas. They are mostly easy to make, maybe with the exception of the doorway theatre. You can find the links below. Happy crafting!

Home-made dried herbs - picture below - might be a mixture of home-grown and bought herbs.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

kids craft recycled wrapping paper

I'm noticing a wave of Christmas crafts flooding Pinterest and I'm joining cheerfully :) Last year we recycled wrapping paper into kids crafts. This year we will recycle kids Christmas crafts into wrapping paper and who knows after that we might recycle it back into kids art.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Kindness advent calendar

I've been reading a lot about happiness lately. Reading, listening to and watching actually... Did you know that there was a connection between being happy and being kind? It sounds obvious but now has been also scientifically proven.

Did you also know that if you are exposed to positive information you are more likely to pass the positive on?

I thought that December with its advent calender would be a perfect month to practice acts of kindness, therefore the idea of kindness advent calendar.

Let's positively experiment and see how happy will it make us. I need to admit the idea alone has a kind of uplifting effect on me.

I won't worry though if on a day or two I will not be able to be as kind as in the calendar. It's more about shifting the mind towards happier thoughts not about stressing out.

Here are some places where you can look for ideas:
Random Acts of Kindness
Oprah's Acts of Kindness ideas
Buzzfeeds ideas for Acts of Kindness

Good luck and let me know how it went!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

You must know this book. I'm sure you do but I still wanted to tell you how much I like it. A lot of books are passing through our hands. We borrow piles of them from our local library and buy a few every time we visit Poland. There are many lovely books out there but this really is a special one. It's smart (I wish I was as quick-thinking as the mouse), funny, interesting and beautifully written. I read it aloud to the kids and again and again and in the meantime they already do other things because how many times in a row can you listen to the story but this book, well, this book is good ;)

Soundtrack from the movie...

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Happy Halloween

- Mathilda, what are the colours of Halloween?
- Black, white, orange, grey... and pink!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

A "letter" to you

I probably do not need to give you any instructions - just cut the letters out and stick on the paper to make this simple kids friendly birthday card. It is a little bit more tricky were your birthday girl's name is e.g. Elizabeth but means more practice :)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Ancient Greece - learning through playing

This post was made for a fellow blogger who is a home educator. I hope that she can use the ideas for teaching her daughter about ancient Greece.

Let's go!