Raising Memories: August 2010
  

Monday, August 30, 2010

Morning Schedule Chart

We're getting ready for school over here and it was time to make a Morning Routine Chart! We've gotten a bit more detailed since the morning routine chart we made in January.

Here's what we came up with this time:


You can find these little icons on DoToLearn.com. (I googled to find some of the ones that weren't from that website)

Now we're working on making a job/responsibility chart for Talia- I'm making a list of things she can do, and then I need to decide how much I want her to be responsible for without overwhelming her. I'd like to have an official chart (we haven't done this yet, and feel it's time). Any suggestions? Websites with good ideas? Things that worked (or didn't) for you? Let me know in the comments!

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sharing Time

While you're here, why don't you enter this week's $55 CSN Stores giveaway?


Last week's Sharing Time favourite was Safe to Eat Raw Cookie Dough by Colette at "My Computer is My Canvas"- check it out!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Giveaway (CSN Stores)

When I was engaged, I looked into several different types of dishes to register for and in the end, we registered for these Corelle dishes:



I love them because they are chip resistant and it takes a lot to break them. They are serving us very well (going on 7 years strong ;). I was looking at CSN Stores' cookware section and admiring some of the newer Corelle designs. I think the square plates are a cool look, and I've always wondered if I should've registered for this design:




Why the random trip down memory lane? Well sometimes giveaway posts are kinda boring,so I thought I'd share a random tidbit from my life with you. Now you all know what we eat off of... cuz that's not boring... and hey, maybe you could get yourself a sweet set of dishes if you win!

On to the giveaway!

You've seen me post about CSN Stores before and some of the cool products I've had a chance to review, and now it's time to share the love! CSN Stores is going to give one of you a $55 gift certificate to any of their stores, for anything you want! Nice!

Sooo... You want to win??

How to Enter:

Leave a comment for each entry!!

Mandatory Entry:

Either be a Follower of my blog (scroll to the bottom of the blog to find the widget & click on the Follow Button); or subscribe to my RSS Feed

Extra Entries:

Leave a comment, telling me what you would buy if you won!

"Like" Raising Memories on Facebook

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Post about the giveaway on twitter, your blog, or facebook, with a link back to the blog. (You can get 2 entries for this one, so post two comments to let me know you did it! :)

Giveaway Details: This giveaway closes on Friday, September 10th. The contest is open to the U.S. and Canada. A winner will be chosen randomly from all of the comments. Winner will be contacted by email (please include your email in your comment if I can't find it through your profile). If you do not respond within 48 hours after I email you, a new winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the blog on Monday, September 13th.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Melanie & Madeleine ~ Portraits

Melanie won a session from me in a contest. She and her friend Madeleine and I got together to do some portraits this summer in downtown Kitchener. They are both into modelling, so this was a new experience for me!

Here are a few of my favourites of Mel:



And my absolute favourites from the session:



Thanks for a fun session, ladies!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sharing Time

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Superhero Birthday Party!

Back in June, I posted about a birthday party that we went to for one of Talia's friends. It was all put on by his mom, my friend Kristina. It was AMAZING! I had so much fun, just watching the kids & thinking about how fun it would have been to go to a party like that when I was little!!

Here are some pictures from the day:

Things this mom did to make the day special:

1. Sewed a personalized Superhero Cape & Mask for each child
2. Made (with her boys, ahead of time) an awesome monster pinata for the superheros to defeat on the day of the party
3. Made the amazing superhero cake you see in the photos
4. Had games to test their superhero strength and speed, etc. (with fun prizes)
5. Had an obstacle course in the playroom (that involved climbing through a cave, flying over a city, jumping off of a table into a pool full of balls (SO FUN!!), and more!

Such a fun party idea! Now, someday, I hope to make a superhero cape for Katrina... one more sewing project to add to my ever-growing list! ;)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hair Clippies Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations, Justine M.! You won the set of Hair Clippies from Ari's Bow-tique! You're gonna love these! :)


Thanks to everyone for participating & checking out this great etsy shop!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fun with Dry Ice!

Ken works in a hospital, in a lab, doing research for his PhD. One day he came home with some dry ice and he & the girls had a lot of fun with it!



PLEASE NOTE: Dry ice is dangerous!!! In our case, we had Ken supervising very carefully- it's not good to actually touch the ice! If you want more info about dry ice, you can find it online!

Pretty sure this is what he did:

- Fill pot with dish soap & HOT water, in sink
- add dry ice, watch steamy/bubbly stuff bubble up
- squish the steamy stuff & watch it float away like mist!

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Rain Painting!

I saw this fun rain painting idea at Little Page Turners.

You'll Need:

- card stock
- Food colouring
- Rain (preferably not pouring)

Here we are, having fun!


A Tip: Beware the food colouring!!! (Katrina's coat let the colour drip right off, Talia's wasn't exactly a rain coat, so it stayed on hers- I threw it in the wash right away, and luckily saved it! So, I recommend being careful about where you hold the paper- for us, the rain was splattering the food colouring right up, onto their clothes!)

Check out Little Page Turners to see what they did with their finished product! Our's looks cool with all of the colours, but we haven't used it for anything yet! :)

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Personalized ABC Book

I made this ABC Book for my girls, from a Heritage Makers template. It was so easy to do - just upload your photos, change a few of the words, and publish! I love it!

Can't wait to show you a similar project that I should be receiving in the mail any day now!



(You'll notice my little product notes in the photo- if you didn't arleady know this, I'm a Heritage Makers consultant ;) So, if you want to make your own, you can sign up under me & I'm here for you when you have questions- just shoot me an email! :)

And if you're interested in becoming a consultant, let me know & I can send you some great info! :)

Want an extra entry in this week's giveaway? Become a follower & comment on this entry to let me know you did! (Or if you're already a follower, let me know! :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Personalized Bracelet- Last Chance!

I recently received my personalized keepsake bracelet from Heritage Makers!
I really love it!


I wanted to share it with you now because Heritage Makers has decided not to sell photo jewellery much longer (at least for now). So, August is the last month to order! They're having a sale as well, so it's the perfect time, and last chance to get one for yourself! If you're interested, there is also a necklace available (with 1 or 3 charms, and you can order extras).

If you want to order one, just click here to sign up for a free account & get started, or send me an email & I can help you out! :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sidewalk Paint

I love the idea of sidewalk paint! My friend Cheryl posted about making some & when I saw how easy it was to make, I knew we had to do it this summer!

So, we set out to do it & look how fun it looks!



Here's How to Do It:

1. mix equal parts cornstarch & water (I think we did a half of a cup of each and it was just enough for us to play with- when we ran out of it, we were ready to be done). As you can see from the pictures above, Katrina had fun mixing- it's nice that she's old enough to take part now!

2. add food colouring! (we love this part- so fun to mix!) Talia did the colour mixing. We only added one or two drops to each colour, and we made 4 different colours. Most of our paint dried to be almost white, so I'd suggest using a bit more food colouring- just be careful not to go overboard or you'll have some colourful mess ;)

3. Get some brushes, go outside, & be artistic! :)
Talia & Katrina started picking things from the lawn & using them as paint brushes- so creative! ;) You'll also notice that Katrina saw the paint brush & immediately thought nail polish & went to work decorating her toes ;)

This was such a fun activity! Definitely do it!

Want an extra entry in this week's giveaway? Just post a comment on this entry! :)

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Vanessa & Joe (Wedding)

I'm excited to post some photos from Vanessa & Joe's wedding! I had a great day photographing their wedding & I'm really happy with the results- it was hard to narrow down the photos to share here! I've put together several storyboards from the day to show you:



















Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sharing Time

Don't forget to enter this week's Giveaway!

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Dad's Rootbeer

Another Father's Day post in July... (but this is the last one for 2010 ;)



This was my take on Amber's Rootbeer Tour... I used some of her labels for fun, but really I used all Dad's Rootbeer, because that's what Ken likes :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Review & Giveaway - Ari's Bow-tique

A while ago I came across Ari's Bow-tique on Etsy & I loved the look of her products. She sent the girls & I some products to try out & I was not disappointed! I was so impressed!

The thing I love most about her hair products is the no-slip feature! It REALLY WORKS! And I'm telling you, Katrina's hair is NOT good for holding clips- it's whispy and fine and there's not a ton of it ;) Talia's hair IS thick and there is a lot of it, and we loved the products for her as well!



Lorena pays such attention to detail- the bows on the clips were perfect! She does a very nice job- they're beautiful!

She has some other products in her shop as well, so you'll definitely want to check it out!

Oh, and just another reason why Lorena is so great? She's going to send one of you this amazing back to school set of clippies, worth $67.50!



Here's Lorena's description of this package she has put together for you:
There are 13 solid tuxedo bow clippies and 13 theme clippies for various occasions throughout the year. There is one for someone in the U.S. and a little bow clippie for a Canadian winner. This would be a great set for "first timers" going to school or any little one going "back to school".

Sooo... You want to win??

How to Enter:

You can enter up to 6 times- leave a comment for each of the following that you did or have done:

Post a comment, telling me what your favourite thing is at Aria's Bow-tique

Be a Follower of my blog (scroll to the bottom of the blog to find the widget & click on the Follow Button)

"Like" Raising Memories on Facebook

Follow Raising Memories on Twitter

Post about the giveaway on twitter, your blog, or facebook, with a link back to the blog. (You can get 2 entries for this one, so post two comments to let me know you did it! :)

Oh, and if you're actually a reader of the blog, stay tuned this week, because you'll find some extra ways to enter in the days to follow! :)

Giveaway Details: This giveaway closes on Friday, August 13th. The contest is open to the U.S. and Canada. A winner will be chosen randomly from all of the comments. Winner will be contacted by email (please include your email in your comment if I can't find it through your profile). If you do not respond within 48 hours after I email you, a new winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the blog on Monday, August 16th.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tie for Dad

We made this tie for Ken for Father's Day (a wee bit late in sharing this, I know- I've got a lot to catch up on! We've been busy around here!!)



What We Did:

1. Traced one of his regular ties to get the size & shape right (onto 2 pieces of cardstock, which we cut out & taped together).
2. Used blue streamers to wrap around & around the tie (taping at the back, as necessary)
3. Decorated with markers
4. Hole- punched 2 holes at the top, sides
5. Added string

And Voila! A beautiful tie for Dad to wear to church on Father's Day! :)

Note: You might try reinforcing the streamers by laminating it- this tie needed a few touch ups throughout the day as the tissue paper rubbed on things.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Review (Kids' Shoes from CSN Stores)

I recently ordered two pairs of shoes online at CSN Stores for Katrina.

The first is this pair of Rileyroos:

I'm a definite fan of these shoes! I love the way the soles are! They've got a good grip, but they're in 3 parts, so that they are still really bendable. And besides this feature, they are ridiculously adorable!!! They're also very easy to put on- yay for velcro! ;)

The second is this pair of Wee Squeak Shoes:

I think they're adorable as well, and they are so fun because they squeak! When we put them on her it was so fun to watch her reaction as she started walking and realized the squeaking was coming from her own feet! :) They are well made, and the squeaker can be taken out when you need quiet.

Overall, I'm very pleased with both shoes, but so sad because the Wee Squeak shoes are too tight! She was able to put them on & every time she saw them, she wanted to put them on again, but they're really too small. So, my advice when shopping for kids' shoes online, is to follow the sizing charts, but buy a size up! If they're too big, at least they'll grow into them! The Rileyroos fit, but as soon as her feet grow, she'll be out of them, so I probably could've gone with a size up for those as well.

Again, I had a great experience shopping at CSN Stores! I only wish they shipped their kids' shoes to Canada, but I'm lucky to have a sister & sisters-in-law who live in the U.S. & a mom & mom-in-law who like to visit them! ;)

If you haven't heard about CSN Stores, let me tell you the perks as I mentioned last time I posted about shopping with them!
-they have major selection
(there are so many great products available through them!)
-their prices were really good
(this is definitely an important factor for me)
-and their customer service was excellent.
(I had a couple of questions during the process and I received very quick and helpful responses.)

I definitely recommend CSN Stores but I warn you- once you start checking them out, you may have a hard time tearing yourself away! ;)

This was not a paid post- the opinions shared are my own. Thank you to CSN Stores who supplied this product for the review.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sharing Time

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