11 Things To Do With Kids Art

 11 things to do with kids art

Are you forever surrounded by little people’s finger paintings, endless crayon drawings and paper plate craft?

Are you a sentimental hoarder like me? Then this post is for you! It was inspired by a link I shared last week and a conversation on a local facebook mummy group I belong to.

Seems I’m not the only one drowning in my little Picasso’s works of art. So here’s 11 things to do with kids art…

1. Turn them into 3D Toys

As I shared last week, I’m dying to give this one a go.
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2. Turn them into Custom Mini-Masterpiece designs

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3. Include a favourite piece on your photo wall

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4. Use as wrapping paper

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5. Hang with string and pegs in the kids cubby house or playroom

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5. Turn them into fabric, wrapping paper, cushions or even wall paper

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6. Create a memory book

See post by Beth at Baby-Mac – how to make a photo book using iphoto.
Or use SnapfishKikki-k Albumworks, Momento Big W or many of the other photo book makers.

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7. Store them in a Folio like this one from Officeworks

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8. Use an app like artkive

9. Laminate your favourites

10. Simply photograph, store on a hard drive them and dump them!

11. Or if it breaks your heart to throw them away, get Daddy to ‘take them to work’.

What do you do with your kids art?  I’d love to hear… share your ideas in the comments below.

Shannon xx pink
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The Link List 1

Link list

Hello hello!

Happy Saturday! There’s something rather lovely about Saturday mornings. The whole weekend ahead, so full of promise! I hope yours is shaping up well.

I have a busy one with three nights out IN A ROW! It’s been a while since I’ve done 3 in a row. Like, since the 90’s! Thankfully my little bro gave me some advice… Just go hard on nights 1 and 3 and you’ll be fine. Righto bro!

So today’s post is all about links! I love me a link list and can get lost for hours devouring just… stuff! So after being inspired by my Clever Cookie friends, I thought I’d give it a crack.

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I used to be the biggest magazine junkie. Working in media meant I was on pretty much every subs list (even those crazy niche publications). But it seems my magazine junkie days are pretty much over, apart from a few faves of course… Real Living, The Collective, the occasional Harpers. Oh, and the odd gossip rag when I’m in the hairdressers chair!

Besides these few, I actually enjoy reading blogs so much more anyway. Real people writing about real things is totally my cuppa tea. I love the variety of content on offer.

So with that in mind, here’s some bits and bobs I’ve spotted around the place this week that I thought you might like. Pop the kettle on…

  • Do you find it hard to throw away your children’s artwork? Bring them to life and turn them into 3D toys thanks to this Aussie mum. The cutest idea I can’t wait to try.
  • Remember flip books? Check out this proposal!
  • Inspiring Australian of the year, Rosie Batty has launched an app to help women avoid unhealthy relationships. Such important work she continues to do.
  • Been to Dubai? If not, you will want to after seeing this.
  • I’ve been completely hooked on the podcast, Serial and now that I’ve finished all 12 eps and read Smaggle’s discussion post, I’m wondering what to listen to next to fill the void. Any suggestions?
  • Ever wondered what’s in lipstick? Kristy from Loulou Zoo explains. Apparently the average lipstick wearer consumes up to 400 lipsticks in a lifetime! OMG!
  • Bad Mood? The lovely Jess from A Little Part Of The World will help kick it to the kerb with her tips.

So, there you have it. If you too love a link list, be sure to check out The Ultimate Rabbit Hole hosted by Karin from calm to conniption and her awesome Ultimate Rabbit Hole co-hosts – Sam at The Annoyed Thyroid, Jess at A Little Part of the World and Fleur at Our Urban Box.

Your weekend reading is sorted! Enjoy!

Shannon xx pink

I heart music: Workout Playlists

Hi Everyone!

If January is the month of New Years Resolutions, then February must be the month for breaking them.

Time to check in on all those health and fitness resolutions. How are you tracking?

To help you on your way, I thought I’d share my go-to running/workout playlists… the tunes that get me through those gruelling gym sessions, runs, yoga practice or simply help me clean the house.

Workout playlists

Music is an absolute MUST for me when exercising. If I don’t have a mix of fast, sometimes heavy, upbeat, mood boosting tunes right in my ear, I’m just not all that motivated and it all becomes a bit of a chore.

According to my Huz, most of my ‘Run to Paradise’ playlist makes him want to stop living. Yep, he actually said that! Ok, so it may contain some questionable pop tunes and um… wham. But this is a guy who likes to listen to slow songs that tell a story when he runs. He says he likes the distraction. And he also listens to the cricket sometimes… whilst running. Urghh, Snooze! It’s boring enough on TV!

For me, the right song at the right time can inspire me to sprint the last couple of minutes, or get me through that last set. Even if it is daggy 80’s pop or Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift

I also love listening to music during yoga and I’ve been loving the playlist {link below} from Strala Yoga. Tara Stiles is my yoga hero {and girl crush}, a model turned yoga instructor and founder of Strala Yoga in New York City with an awesome approach to yoga, of which music is a big part. She doesn’t follow any particular yoga discipline and focuses purely on its physical aspects and health benefits. Not that I don’t like the traditional and spiritual side of yoga, I actually really love that too, but I do find Tara’s approach quite refreshing.

So, here’s my Run to Paradise playlist and a few others I follow and listen to regularly:

1. Run to Paradise – featuring 46 songs {3 hours} to get you moving!

2. Pop sugar ab workout mix

3. Champagne Cartel Running Songs – The lovely ladies at Champagne Cartel put together this epic, 8 hour playlist. One of my current faves!

4. The Glow’s 20 most popular workout songs right now. About a year old but still a goodie.

5.  Tara’s Strala strong Summer 2013 – Yoga tunes with a difference.

6. And for a bit of girl power, you can’t go past this one, also from PopSugar – Single Ladies playlist.

If these don’t float your boat, try a quick search on Pinterest. There’s a workout playlist for everyone, and I mean EVERYONE! A country music fitness playlist, a Christian workout playlist, a pissed off workout playlist AND even a Disney workout playlist!

I’d love to hear what your fave work out tunes and/or playlists are.

Share in the comments below.

Shannon xx pink

There she goes…

There she goes…

There she goes

Breaking our hearts into a million pieces and making them burst with pride all at the same time.

No wonder I was so drained today. It’s exhausting all the ‘heart breaking’ that occurs with every ‘first’.

The first immunisations, the first birthday, the first day care drop off, the first day back at work, the first day of pre school, first ballet concert, first lost tooth, and perhaps the most epic first yet… the first day of school. Today! The place where those big developments will happen right before our very eyes. Routines will change and her confidence will soar.

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The night before the big day, you were a bit anxious. You weren’t sure about this whole school thing. I had given you a Guatemalan worry doll and told you if you ever have any worries you just tell them to the worry doll, pop it under your pillow and by morning time all your worries will be gone.

You asked me, “do I tell it to her or just wish it in my head mummy”. I told you to tell it aloud and you held it up close to your face and said “I’m worried mummy will go away at school and not come back.” More heartbreak!

I explained that someone who loves you will always be there to pick you up everyday. You popped the worry doll in its little pouch under your pillow and when you woke this morning you came running out to us saying, “It worked mummy, the worry has gone away!”. And you were so excited. You couldn’t get that uniform on quick enough.

We took a truckload of photos and you insisted on having one with Rio your bestie. You’ve been showing her so much affection lately, more than normal. You talk to her like she’s a person and gosh it makes our hearts sing.

M & Rio

Then it was time. You climbed into the car and insisted on doing everything, all by yourself. Suddenly you’re a big girl with new found confidence.

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The P&C prepared ‘tea and tissues’ gift bags, inside – a packet of tissues, chocolate, a tea bag and this poem. I read the first line, welled up and couldn’t even look at the rest of it. Not sure how, but I held it together, for you. I looked around and I could tell that every mum was feeling the same, probably some of the dad’s too. Just holding it together.

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While we were waiting to find out who your teacher would be, you found your pre-school and ballet friends and it was then I knew you’d be ok. Smiling, giggling and skipping around.

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You were introduced to your big year 6 buddy and off we went to your classroom. You hung up your bag and your buddy gave you a beautiful handmade card. Then you met your teacher, put on your name tag and sat down next to your friend, our next door neighbour. Born days apart, what were the odds of the two of you being in the same class! You smiled and laughed with her and it was time to kiss you goodbye and leave.

Just like that the big build up was over. We left and that’s when the mumma tears started. And good ol dad laughed as he captured it on camera!

Suddenly I was taken back to my first day of school, remembering the girl I sat next to crossed legged on the classroom floor. We’re still bff’s today and she was maid of honour at our wedding. Your Auntie Shell Bell.

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Now it’s your turn to create those friendships and precious memories my little one.

So my girl… learn, play, read, listen, create, sing, laugh {always laugh} and continue to be who and how you are.

You can be whatever you want to be baby girl… Go ahead and paint the sky!

Shannon xx pink