Bloggers Spotlight #76

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8 Good Books That Teaches Feelings and Emotions

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Goodnight Moon Free Printable Pack

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Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

Monthly Crafting Book Club for August – Back to School Books

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Summer Rolls

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Bloggers Spotlight #75

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Bloggers Spotlight #74

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 74

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Camping Activities

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DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case

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DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case

DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case - Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

This month for the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are focusing on Back To School Books & corresponding crafts.  I decided to do a general back to school craft and do a pencil case. Easy for a child to help make as well.  We picked some fabric at Walmart and grabbed some duct tape so we could make a fun craft.

Purple Pencil Case

I saw a bunch of different types of DIY pencil cases and decided to give it a go.  I was a big fan of duct tape in high school and made a bunch of things from it.  Now it comes in fun colours and there are so many more options.

DIY No-Sew Duct Tape Pencil Case - Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

This is a super easy craft to make and you don’t even have to sew it!

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Materials Needed:

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  • Material
  • Duct tape
  • Zipper
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon and other embellishments

 

How to Assemble:

Have fun with your material and duct tape and pick something you enjoy.  I bought the pre-cut material at Wal-Mart but still found it needed a trim.  Trim your material to the desired height, made sure that the width is the size of the zipper.

pencil case step 1

Put your material, print side down, on a hard surface and cover in strips of duct tape.  Then flip it over and trim the access duct tape.   Fold it in half and press a little along the middle to make it stick.

pencil case step 12

Use a glue gun to attach your zipper to one side.  Be careful not to get any glue on the zipper (I did and it makes it hard to open, oops! But making it extra toddler-proof).  Then fold both sides into the middle and glue the other side, go slowly as the glue dries fast.

pencil case step 123

Turn it inside out and use the glue gun to glue the sides.  Turn it outside again and voila, you have your case!  Now decorate with ribbons and whatever else!

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Check out some of the other crafts the Monthly Crafting Book Club has done this year:

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

 

Here are some of our favourite Back To School Books:

First Day of School

If You Take a Mouse To School

Llama Llama Misses Mama

What is your favourite back to school book?  Tell me in the comments below!

Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

Are you interested in joining us?  Check out our Facebook group here for a list of upcoming books and projects.

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Bloggers Spotlight #73

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 73

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Camping Hacks

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DIY Sugar-Free Freezies

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

It’s summertime and that means it is really hot in Ottawa, Canada.  My kids like to endulge in cold treats.  Especially when playing outside.  I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a DIY Sugar-Free Freezies recipe to give them on hot days.  I prefer to give them things without sugar added (aka naturally sweet) for health reasons.  Lately studies are saying how bad sugar is for you.  I am on Weight Watchers and sugar is a lot of points, so I try to keep it for the really good treats.  I’m not totally crazy about sugar, I let them have timbits and cake.  Plus I know my hubby is always giving them ice cream and chocolate when he is eating it.  But I try to help them make healthy choices and eat healthy as much as I can.


DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies

 

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

My kids had so much fun helping me assemble the ingredients and mix them together.

The waiting part was very hard for them though!

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.  DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

5.0 from 2 reviews
DIY Sugar-Free Freezies
 
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Recipe type: Frozen
Ingredients
  • Banana - ripe
  • Mango - cubed
  • ½-2/3 c greek yogurt (I use 0% fat)
  • ½ c of coconut milk
Instructions
  1. I mixed everything together and blended it with my hand-help immersion blender (but a regular blender or food processor works well too) until smooth with no chunks.
  2. Next using a spoon I filled up the silicone freezie molds and put them in the freezer until after nap time.

 

Now is the fun and sticky part!  I let the kids take the DIY Sugar-Free Freezies outside (not on my clean floor please!) to enjoy them.  Then get sprayed with the hose (which they think is awesome) or swim in the kiddie pool to clean off.  Success!!  Kiddos and hubby liked them!

Check out this recipe for DIY Sugar-Free Freezies #freezies #freezie #Popsicle Click To Tweet

 

What is your favourite recipe to use in freezie or Popsicle molds?

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.  Follow Raising Fairies and Knights’s board Vegetarian Yummys on Pinterest.
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Bloggers Spotlight #72

Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 72

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How to Camp with Little Ones

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Weight Watchers Planner Stickers

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Weight Watchers Planner Stickers

Weight Watchers Planner Stickers - Weight Watchers Planner Stickers - Help track your triumphs and milestone's with these stickers to help on your weight loss journey.

Who else loves planners?   I love to use my planner to stay organized.  I also hate having a lot of books lying around and reminders everywhere.  Therefore I like to make my own stickers for just about everything to make it easy to stay organized.  I love these stickers as you can keep track of your meetings and weekly weigh-ins in the same planner.  This makes it so easy to look back and see your progress each week to celebrate all your hard effort.

 

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Weight Loss Printable Planner Stickers




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Weight Watchers Weekly Meeting Stickers

 

What stickers do you use to help you get organized and stay organized on your journey to better health?

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Weight Watchers Planner Stickers - Weight Watchers Planner Stickers - Help track your triumphs and milestone's with these stickers to help on your weight loss journey.

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Bloggers Spotlight #71

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What it’s like to have Pagan Friends

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for July – Camping books

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What it’s like to have Pagan Friends

Ever wondered what it would be like to have Pagan friends?  Think it would be weird?  Wonder if they would stick out and make it obvious they were not Christian?  Probably not.  You have probably known Pagans at one time or another in your life and may or may not know it.

First of all what is a Pagan?  How is it different from Wiccan?  The easiest way I can use to describe it would be to say that Pagan is like the spirituality view (aka Christian) while Wiccan or shaman or kitchen witch would be the denomination (like Catholic or United).    Telling a Pagan they are going to hell is funny, since we don’t believe in hell or the devil.  We believe (many at least, there are always exceptions) in reincarnation.  So no, we do not worship the devil as we don’t believe in one.  We do believe in good and evil though.

One thing that is similar between pretty much all religions or spirituality beliefs is the Golden Rule or the Rule of Three fold.  The Christians have do unto others as you would have done unto you.  Pagans believe in the three fold rule, whatever you send out into the universe comes back to you three fold.  If you are worried about a friend being a Pagan or a witch and putting a spell on you, I wouldn’t worry.  They would only be sending out good vibes for you, otherwise it would come back three times as strong to them.  No one wants to put that kind of negative energy out there.




Some different things you may encounter

with Pagan’s or Pagan kids:

A lot frequent Pagan festivals and rituals

They are not as scary as they seem.  A lot of non-Pagans called “Pagan friendly” attend.  No need to be Pagan only to go!  They have workshops during the day, concerts, rituals, and drumming & dancing at night.  Rituals are actually mostly people standing around in a circle outside.  Usually with one or a few people in the middle talking.  If you are ever at a festival some may even allow you to sit on the outskirts to watch.

The night life, specifically the drumming & dancing is the best part of festivals.  A huge bonfire in the middle, 20-30 drummers and  50+ people dancing around in circles.  This is the highlight of the festival and always lots of fun. I have little ones asleep in the tent so I have missed this for the past five years, but it is a great way to get in some exercise, meet new friends, and have a blast.

Around holidays:

  • They may celebrate double the holidays you do.  Or celebrate things twice, or only the Pagan version.  Many mainstream holidays today had their roots in Paganism.  When the church started converting people thousands of years ago they found it was easier to keep similar holidays to what people were used to.  Thus we celebrate a lot of things twice.  Yule is December 21 & Christmas is December 25.  Ostara is March 21 & Easter is usually a few weeks later.  Mabon is September 21 & Thanksgiving around October 11th.Most of these we celebrate with a family dinner (sometimes with extended family).  We often exchange gifts, usually home-made for the Pagan version.
  • You may receive random gifts around holiday’s you have never heard about.  We often give Ostara baskets or treats to our family, friends, & kids teachers.
  • You may hear traditional holiday songs sang with changed pagan tunes: Jingle Bells, Walking in a Wiccan Wonderland, Silent Night, etc.  My son also asks for chants at nap time to fall asleep.

Other Things you may encounter:

  • We like to dress up all year round!  My kids dress as fairies, dragons, witches, etc. on a regular basis.  We frequently carry belly dancing skirts in our purses to put on at events and festivals.  We also like to wear cloaks and capes as much as we can!
  • They will have odd decorations in their house like brooms, wands, gemstones, goddess statues, books, tarot cards, mini cauldrons, etc.  You may also find some typical decorations we use for magic like candles, incense, and seasonal decorations.  NOTE:  It is always polite to ask before touching someone’s magic tools.  Most people don’t want them touched by others and they are usually only used for magic purposes.
  • Some Pagan’s have altars outside or inside, as with the tools above, look all you want, even compliment.  But please, do not touch!  Pagan’s believe each item has a certain “energy” and when you touch it, you throw that off or change it.
  • They may say things like “goddess bless”, “thank the gods” and other witchy phrases.  Like with all religions, take it as meant.  If someone says they are praying for me, I do not get offended, people mean it with love and I can pray to my gods in return for them.  If someone is sick, needs a prayer or is dying, Pagans often light a candle for them.  So if someone says they will light a candle for you or a loved one, it is meant like a prayer.
  • Pagans and other witchy people have an obsession with all things witchy.  That may be Samhain (or the traditional Halloween), Harry Potter, bones, stones, fire, anything.  We have pumpkin and witch decorations around year round in this house. My kids also ride toy broomsticks (meant as a sweeping kit not for magic!) and play “witch”.

 

 

 

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I have a pagan group board below (as well as seasonal for each Pagan holiday) if you are interested in joining any of them then make sure you are following me on Pinterest and comment below which one you want to be a part of.

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