Beautiful Flowers Made Out Of Orange’s Peels

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Dried Orange Peel Roses (image source)

Flowers Made Out Of Orange’s Peels

Orange’s peels are versatile, as it seems! Remember the dried Toddler Fun Making Ornaments With Dried Citrus Fruits article? Here is another idea on how to use the peel. Make amazing flowers out of them. And the kids can easily help at any stage. Just the peeling will be have to be done by a grown up. And maybe when you need to stabilize something with a toothpick, you should do that, too, if your kids are not old enough. All the other stuff – making the oranges, arranging them, dust them with some confectioner sugar, and eating the oranges, of course (lots of vitamins and Vitamin C!) – all can be done by the kids! So, here is how to do it and some ideas to display them.

How to make orange peel roses

It is really easy. Peel the oranges carefully and then just roll them up. Ready are the roses!  When they are fresh, they are great decor for salads or other dishes, and if you let them dry, they can be used for decorating your home. By adding some essential oils or cinnamon sticks, they will make the room smell wonderful.

How to make orange peel roses

How to make orange peel roses (image source)

Decoration ideas

They can become pieces of art

Framed orange peel roses

Framed orange peel roses (image source)

Roses of other citrus fruit peels

You can use other citrus fruits as well. Then you will have a nice variety in flower sizes and colors!

Roses out of citrus fruit peels

Roses out of citrus fruit peels (image source)

Other flowers out of citrus fruit peels

And lastly, by cutting the peel on the one side (zick-zack or curves) and then rolling them up, you will get some beautiful flowers, even other than roses!

Various flowers out of orange peels

Various flowers out of orange peels (image source)

 

DIY balance beam for toddlers using carpets

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Carpet rolls (image source)

This one was discovered by my kids. Here in Greece, most of us have winter carpets and – not that necessary – summer carpets. So, the time came for us to roll out our winter carpets, as annoying as it is to try to get some play dough out of it. We rolled the first one out, but, something – I don’t remember what – happened and we let the second one rolled up on the floor. The minute the kids saw it, the fun began! Up and down, back and forth, crawling, running or balancing, they couldn’t get enough of it!!! It is kind of safe, since it has almost no height and we have it on the other carpet, so even if they should fall – which has not happened yet – it won’t be a hard fall.

It is so funny! You go out and buy all this stuff for them, only to find out that an everyday item could be so much more entertaining. And it is good for gross motor skill and balance skill development, too!!!

So, we let the carpet a few days rolled up, luckily the weather is warm enough until now. And also, the carpets are so old, we don’t mind if they get fed up some more… after all, it’s highly unlikely that they will survive the next few years.

If you have somewhere an old carpet, bring it into the room, tie the ends with some tape so it doesn’t roll open, and let your kids enjoy it!

DIY balance beam

DIY balance beam

Meatballs on a Stick

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Meatballs on a stick

So, that is a photo of meatballs I made following my meatball recipe. As I have said in another post, my kids like their food on a stick, so that is exactly what I did! Now that my little girl is a little older, I cooked them in the oven.

I am a little reluctant to upload my own photos, since I am really not in any way a good photographer, nor am I a – even remotely close to – professional cook. I have no idea how to place dishes, how to arrange the food, how to use light, etc. Really, no clue whatsoever!

But, despite that, I will from time to time post some photos of the things I cook or make with my kids, asking you not do judge them too harshly🙂

Healthy and Fun Pizza for Kids

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Funny pizza face (image source)

Today, I thought I could share with you my favourite recipe for home-made, delicious and healthy Pizza!!! I mean, who doesn’t love Pizza? I don’t think a lot that can resist a slice, especially if it is home-made, with the best ingredients and toppings of your choosing!

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We made pompoms!!!

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Those are the first tries – it’s going to get better, I promise!!!

As promised, I took my kids today outside and on the way to the grocery I made a quick stop at a store with yarns. We made plans to have some fun play with pompoms!

I bought a few nice ones – actually some were chosen by my three-year old son (you know how they choose, right? Son: “That one mom, I want that one!” Me: “Oh that’s nice! But isn’t this one with the many colours super-great?” – Well, it worked half the times and we fortunately avoided that awful brownish one he wanted at first!).

So, back at home, we began with the pompom making!!! That was fun!!! First, I tried a few methods and determined that I liked the one with only using the hands better. Next, I asked my boy for his helping hand. Literally! I used his sweet little hand for the first step. He was delighted! I don’t think he stands often that still for that “long”. Meanwhile, my 18-month old girl decorated the whole house laughing and running around with the neon-yellow yarn! She was having a blast!!! As soon as my son’s job was done, he moved on helping her decorating! You can imagine what my house looked like!

Next I made the knot (it has to be as tight as possible). And then the cut with the scissors (you’ll need a good scissor for best results). And then… well then… well, at least my kids loved them, lol!!!

It took a few moments for me to realize that trimming the yarn was of out-most importance!!! Also, I maybe should choose some thinner yarn next time. Oh, and next time I’ll choose some funny yarns, too. You know, those fluffy, or flattened ones. And I saved the yarn that was trimmed. I really don’t know why!!! Maybe I’ll find some way of using them, stuffing something with it, perhaps.

Anyway, it was fun and we will surely make lot’s of them – after all, we have the yarn!!!

 

Amazing pine cone roses to make with your toddler

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Pine Cone Roses in a Vase (image source)

Now, tell me. Isn’t that a beautiful idea? And easy (I love easy!!!).

What do you have to do? Well, first, grab a lovely bag (some have a special “treasure bag”) and then take a nice walk with your kids, gathering some well-shaped pine cones and suitable wooden twigs. While gathering, try to get writ of all the seeds that could be in the pine cones. Back at home, the next fun step can begin! Painting!

Take all the possible measures to avoid getting paint all over your place (hint: you’ll never get 100% protection!). And then just paint the pine cones together with your kids in bright colours and the twigs dark green (or whatever your kids want, why should they be restricted?). Toddlers can help just as well, just use some appropriate colour material. The result might not be that nice as in the picture, but, really, who cares about the results? It is all about the fun!!! Next step is to make the leafs, two for each rose are enough. Just get some paper and paint. Then cut out the leafs. Ready! The last step is to put it all together. The suggestion is to use a hot glue gun and glue for doing that.

For more information and step-by-step images and instructions, visit http://www.creativegreenliving.com/2013/07/craft-camp-day-3-pine-cone-roses-from.html

 

My first award!

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What better way for me to close a somewhat stressful day, than to accept my first blogging award, ever!

Thank you Sanjana from http://feedingthesonis.wordpress.com/ for nominating my blog, you can’t imagine how much it means to me!

And of course thank you from http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/ for creating such a great award! It is worth the effort, cause it makes people like me happy!

So, now the difficult part. I am supposed to write some random thing about me! Well, let’s see… So, after about 10 minutes of thinking what to write about me, I decided to write that I love going to a certain playground on the beach on a sunny early spring Sunday with my kids!!! It is the best thing to do on such a day!!!

The next thing to do is to name 5 blogs that I, and I quote “enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts”. So here they are!

1.  http://mysmallpotatoes.com/

2. http://sweetrevelations.wordpress.com/

3. http://nothymetowaste.org/

4. http://5kidswdisabilities.com/

5. http://kidsheartrealfood.com/

Thank you everyone!!!

Toddler Fun Making Ornaments With Dried Citrus Fruits

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What an awesome and beautiful idea to do with the kids before Christmas! Sooooo nice! You can use any citrus fruit you like; oranges, mandarins, limes, grapefruits or lemons. Then, you have two choices. Either cut the fruit carefully into … Continue reading

Toddler Fun Play with “Mais”

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Autumn tree decoration (image source)

So, do you know the craft material “Mais”? It’ s an amazing, versatile, creative toy! They are like those eco-packaging material, with the difference that they come in colours! They stick together just with a little water and you can cut them, in order to get the shapes that you need. It’s a really great toy for toddlers and younger children. It promotes fine motor skills, colour recognition, imagination and creativity. You can really build whatever you want with it – well, we build mostly chains, but that’s another story! – and here are some examples of what you can do with them. …continue reading…

Sock snowmen

 

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Cute Sock Snowmen (image source)

I had to share this, they are sooooooo adorable!!! I will definitely try to make some of them together with my kids (well, at least with the older one). When I do – and if they are somewhat presentable🙂 – I’ll post the pictures. The link for the really easy instructions is http://www.darkroomanddearly.com/2011/12/10th-day-of-christmas-sock-snowmen.html

Fun Toddler and Kids Food – Rolling A Toast

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“Sushi” toast rolls (image source)

So simple and yet mouthwatering! Just get (or make!) some whole-grain toast bread without crusts – or cut them off. Then flatten the slices with a rolling pin. And now get creative! Use whatever ingredients you like. Tomato, cucumber, cream cheese, ham, the variations are countless! You can combine  fruits as well. Once you have arranged them on the toast, all you – or your kids – need to do, is to roll them up. If you want you can cut them in a way that they get a “sushi” look, or you can grill them. Tasty!!!

For a sweeter rolled toast you can try the French toast variation, proposed by http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com. Don’t they look awesome?

French Toast Cheesecake Roll-Ups

French Toast Cheesecake Roll-Ups (image source)

Snowmen inside your home

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Fridge snowman (image source)

I just love this idea. So easy, the kids will have fun and it will be such a beautiful decoration! If only we had a white refrigerator! But for those who have one, check it out!

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Fridge snowmen with large hat (image source)

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Dad Fridge Snowman and Son (image source)

Tips for your toddler’s finger food and a meatball recipe

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Turkey meatball (image source)

Somewhere after the age of 9-10 months, babies start demanding to eat food with their hands. And by all means, let them do exactly that! It will create a mess, agreed, but it is a very important development stage for your baby to do exactly that. It needs to explore the food, get to know it, examine it in every aspect, not just to fill its belly. So, in order for your baby to get to love food for what it is, you need to keep in mind a few things:  ...continue reading... continue reading

A little different “Souvlaki”

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A different sandwich (image source)

My kids love to eat food on a stick, like “Souvlaki” or kebab. So, here is an idea, colourful, fun and nutritious, if you choose the right ingredients. Use whole-wheat or multi-grain bread, even better if it’s home-made, turkey fillet, high quality cheese (e.g. Greek Graviera Cheese) and vegetables, like tomato, cucumber, carrots, baby spinach leafs or some other green leaf vegetable. Then use some fun cookie cutters and …continue reading…

Toddler felt christmas tree

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Toddler decorates tree (image source)

This is a great and fun activity for your toddler. Just get some green felt and cut out a large Christmas tree. Then, using different colours, cut out some decorations and make candles, gifts, ornaments and, of course, a star for the top! Put some self adhesive velcro on the back of each decoration item and your toddler is ready to enjoy it! Again and again and again!!! This works also with plain paper, but you will need glue to get the items to stick, excpet if you think of another solution, e.g.velcro on both, items and tree.