26/52 & Things Kids Say June 2013

Somehow another month has passed and I am looking back over the things that Pebble has been saying:

Whispering into Rocky’s ear: I love you.
To me: That’s for him and then when he opens his mouth ‘I love you’ will pass on to you, then you will whisper it to Daddy and Daddy will whisper it to me and it will go around and around and around. 

To Dad on the phone: I miss you, I love you, I want you, you are my best friend, bye bye!

While watching the Admiral on top of his ‘ship’ in Mary Poppins: Why isn’t he on his real boat? 
Me: Maybe he’s a bit confused. I think that he thinks that is his boat. 
Pebble: Daddy says it’s because he’s old. And I think that he is old because I looked at him and his face looks all squashy. 

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week

Pebble – 3 years, 5 months – I have no idea what this expression is!?

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week

Rocky – 16 weeks – happy little dude (though that might not have been the usual this week!).

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013

52 A Portrait a Week

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The Weekly Kids Co-Op

No round up today to go with The Weekly Kids Co-Op because:

Weekly Kids Co-Op

Here it is!

p.s. I really, truly am getting that column width issue fixed very soon. Hang in there.



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Vaccination Reminder App and Other Internet Goodies

Want some help to remember those vaccination dates?

Or trick out your blog?

Or figure out the video gadget on Instagram?

Say no more! I’ve got some goodies just for you.

Save the Date to Vaccinate App

Save the Date to Vaccinate

The Save The Date app is a great little tool that helps remind you keep on top of your children’s vaccinations. I need all the help I can get to remember these things! Created by the NSW government, it’s really easy to use and is available for Android or Apple.

8 Simple Tutorials to Enhance Your Blog

8 Simple Tutorials to Enhance Your Blog

I love a bit of blog tweaking and my lovely friend Bekka from Just for Daisy has been busy writing tutorials for doing just that. Follow her instructions for adding a button to your blog, creating social media buttons, adding clickable images tabs in your sidebar and lots more.
How to use instagram video

Instagram Got Video

Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim is great at capturing new social media tricks and reviewing them simply and beautifully. She has done it again with her tips for using the new video feature on Instagram.

Want more internet goodies? Set the kiddies up with some colouring pages, teach them number recognition or automatically back up your mobile phone photos.

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Drawing, Clay Bead Making and Weaving {Book Review}

Every day Pebble asks me, “Mummy, can we do art together?”. Every. Single. Day. The answer is usually yes, but lately with baby Rocky on the scene our art has been quite limited. If we do ‘art’ it’s this: Paper and pencils. Play dough. Water colours. These are all good options, but it’s very different to our pre-baby art explorations.

All that changed with the arrival of a lovely parcel on our door step. It was a very special book, Time to Create, written by my friend Christie from Childhood 101. I was so excited when it arrived and am only too delighted to have been asked to join in the Time to Create blog tour.

Disclosure: I purchased my own copy of Time to Create, and have been given one copy to giveaway to Octavia and Vicky readers. I was not paid to review Time to Create. All opinions are honest and are my own. 

Time to Create by Christie Burnett

Time to Create is a visually beautiful, easy to read book. There are lots of ideas to choose from, using many kinds of art forms and media. There are ideas that Pebble and I have tried before, like painting, collage and drawing, and plenty of ideas that we haven’t done so much of, like sculpture, textiles and photography. The best thing is that all of these art experiences are so very doable. It is very easy to flip to a page, choose an experience and get started. I also love that each art exploration is hands-on and is all about the process of creating art, not just a finished product.

As well as many ideas for art experiences, the book provides information for adults on how children learn through art, and ideas for talking with children about their creativity. Each art process in clearly set out and easy to follow, and allows for literally hundreds of interpretations. Time to Create is an awesome launch pad for children’s artistic explorations.

Pebble and I have only just begun to explore the ideas in Time to Create. So far we have enjoyed creating with weaving, drawing natural objects from observation and making salt dough beads. Pebble has her eye on trying drip painting next and I’d love to do a photography experience with her. I also look forward to repeating our art experiences and extending on them further – perhaps weaving with natural materials or making salt dough mosaics. The options are endless! Here are some photos of our art explorations so far.

Drawing natural objects from observationDrawing natural objects from observationDrawing natural objects from observation Salt Dough BeadsSalt Dough Beads Salt Dough Beads Weaving 2 Weaving Weaving

Time to Create: Hands On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children is now available internationally through all major online booksellers, including The Book Depository, Amazon, Fishpond and Barnes & Noble.

Want to know more about Time to Create? Keep an eye on the following blogs for upcoming stops along our international blog tour…

Picklebums . An Everyday Story . Learn With Play At Home . Octavia & Vicky . Sesame Ellis . Nurturestore . Simple Kids . Our Everyday Things . Rainbows Within Reach . Teach Preschool . At Home With Ali . Go Explore Nature . Not Just Cute . Lessons Learnt Journal . PreK+K Sharing . The Imagination Tree

Time For a Giveaway!

Time to Create by Christie Burnett

Thank you very much to Christie for offering one copy of Time to Create to one lucky Octavia and Vicky reader. To enter the giveaway please answer this question in the comments: What was your favourite art form to explore with when you were a child?

Giveaway closes 11:59pm (AEST) on Sunday, 30 June 2013. The winner will be announced on Monday, 1 July 2013. International entries welcome :)

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25/52

25-52 Pebble

Pebble – 3 years, 5 months – Fishy face in the bath.

25-52 Rocky

Rocky – 15 weeks – make time slow down, please! I love this age. He is so smiley and cuddly and such a joy.

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013

52 A Portrait a Week

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