Sunday, 5 July 2015

Viva Vantage & Cozy Coupe Makeover



Sun faded toys usually are unavoidable and can look a bit lame and boring in the backyard, or at least that's how we look at things around here. I don't like having boring faded toys in my yard,they just look so sad. So my sons Little Tikes Cozy Coupe was in desperate need of a face lift. 

I got started scrubbing all the dirt and mud off,which was no easy task since my kids enjoy mud bogging in the backyard. But I used my Viva Vantage paper towels to get the job done. I only had to use 2 sheets to remove all that grime! This paper towel is super strong, absorbent, and has great scrubbing power!


Once the car was clean it was time to take this tiny car to the next level with some of my artwork. I used permanent paint markers and went to town. 


I added some fine lines, racing stripes, an awesome skull, an adorable face as well as some cheeky back talk to turn this car into a prized gem. 


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Keep Cool With A Water Relay


It is so hot out where we live, we have been reaching 40 degrees Celsius and just boiling. The kids get a bit grumpy when it's hot and they proclaim that they are bored and don't want to play in the sun because it's too hot. So I thought of a great way to keep the kids entertained, cool, following instructions, and working on their hand eye coordination. 

A water relay is the perfect way to beat the heat. I simply filled small containers with water and set them up on obstacles the children need to tackle while holding their container of water, the object of the game is to get through each obstacle without spilling or with spilling as little water as possible.

 Each obstacle was different, like riding a scooter with one hand while holding the water. They ride the scooter to a designated spot and return to a bucket where they pour in the remaining water. They accumulate as much water from each container and obstacle and I measure who got the most.

Other obstacles included pushing small trucks and strollers with containers of water as well as trying to go down a slide with a small awkward container of water. The kids had a blast filling the bucket and when they were finished and I had marked there line I dumped the collected water on their heads. 

How have you been beating the heat?

Friday, 26 June 2015

Cheap DIY Silhouette Shirts


I absolutely love the look of these awesome shirts I made for my kids and I. There are tons of tutorials on screen printing and what not but they are all pricey and can cost quite a bit by the time your done. So the solution is to find a better way to get your personalized look on your shirt. 

I had this great idea as soon as I found Tulip Fabric Spray Paint! All you need to do is make a stencil and spray the shirt. Well first I made my daughter this one:

I made myself one with a big buck head to and it looks wicked cool. And then I made my oldest boy this one: 

They are really neat looking, and they are as simple as:

  • Find a picture you like the silhouette of
  • Cut it out
  • Glue it to the shirt using washable school glue
  • Spray with Tulip Fabric Spray Paint
  • Let dry for 4 hours
  • Turn it inside out and wash it
  • Wear it
Boom your done. Now you can create numerous new looks with one bottle of paint and some cheap shirts. I found a few of mine at Walmart for $3 each and second hand stores for $1. The bottle of spray paint was just under $10 and can make lots of shirts. 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Preventable Death Of Children


My kids are my life, most parents feel the same way. We all want the best for our kids and try to do our best to create a happy, healthy life for them. A couple of things have really tugged at my heart strings this week regarding children and safety. 

First one of the kids in my sons school was accidentally ran over by a vehicle and left in critical condition, he is the sweetest boy and I hope he pulls through. If you would like to read his story you can do so here: Jonah's Story

The boys accident was completely avoidable and preventable. 

The next tragic story I just read about and didn't even think was a possibility is leaving your child in a hot car. Apparently this happens more often then you would think, people are totally crazy about when people leave dogs in cars but what about a child? Until I read this story I wasn't even aware of the problem. This is not something that is labelled as bad parenting either, we all make mistakes and even the most caring, loving, and careful parent can make this mistake.

So parents I want you to read these stories and think long and hard about what can happen to your precious babies. Think about how you would feel when you are the one responsible for the death of your own child, and how you would face the other people in your life to tell them the tragic news. Maybe this will make you more aware of the possibilities of preventable deaths. For more information on children and vehicle safety go to http://www.kidsandcars.org/

Friday, 19 June 2015

Duck Breeding Facts & Information


I have been raising birds for almost two years now and have learned so many things it is amazing. Ducks have got to be my favorite bird, closely followed by chickens, I also raise quail but I'm not much of a quail person, they are high maintenance.


Breeding ducks and hatching eggs has been a fun experience for sure and I have learned a few things I thought I should share so here are some duck breeding facts:

  • Ducks breeding period is from late winter to early summer, although some breeds will lay all year.
  • Mating can be violent and stressful on females, they can lose a lot of feathers and get injured during mating.Males bite down on the scruff of the neck causing painful marks, bruising and even cuts.
  • More than one female per drake is recommended, I have just the pair of Welsh Harlequin ducks and my female is very sore and tired looking. 
  • You may need to separate your males and females if mating becomes too stressful.
  • Male ducks will try mating with other species, such as chickens, I have seen it.
  • Most duck breeds produce an egg a day, which can be very exhausting so be sure to provide adequate food and drinking water.
  • Not all ducks will become broody and hatch their own eggs, u may need an incubator if you want ducklings.
  • Fertilized eggs can be eaten jut like chicken eggs, or sold to others to hatch. 
  • Ducks can be a good way to make money, I sell my ducklings for $10 each, fertilized eggs for $2 each, and full grown for $25.  
All in all I love my ducks and all my birds, it has been fun learning with my kids and being able to teach them where their food comes from. I also love the fact that I am not supporting the giant egg factories where birds are kept in harsh conditions.