Thursday, July 25, 2013

Forest Fairy Play


Butterfly and I explored a forest with some friends one day and one of the forest assignments was to go off together to a secret part of the forest to build a Fairy House!

       

We found a pile of chopped wood and a bunch of fallen pieces of bark from the pile.
Butterfly got to work making a secret little house for the forest fairies.

       

While she was constructing, we talked about the forest sounds we were hearing and even found a little green caterpillar under the branch of leaves we were sitting by.


We looked up at the forest tops together and Butterfly mentioned how peaceful this was.


I stated that I was grateful for the trees and the sun shining for us today.


We continued to explore the forest a little more.  It was a pretty time together, to be immersed in nature, talk about what we saw, and to remember to chat about the gratefulness we feel for it all.

       

Butterfly was excited to leave the fairy house in  the forest in hope's it will be inhabited during the night!


And speaking of fairy gardens, remember the ones we made together earlier this season?

        

Look how much the fairy flowers have grown  in our little gardens now!

 

It's a little forest for the fairies to hide in when they want privacy in their fairy homes.

        

Butterfly still checks the fairy gardens to find little surprises that fairies leave her!


We enjoy the time spent together, especially when it's wrapped in pure nature with a dash of imagination!



Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Sunny Fun Salad


I made up a fun Summer Salad recipe to go with my Summer Sunny Fun Pinterest group board!  My Summer Sunny Fun Pinterest board has lot of ideas on what to do with the kids this Summer!  So many other mommy bloggers have joined me and pinned so many of their Summer ideas too!

I came up with this healthy recipe for a Summer dinner for my family, plus some to share with our Homeschool group, and thought  I'd share the recipe here.  I had searched lots of recipes online with the ingredients that I had and decided to just throw those out the window and make it up as I go along!



I decided to call this my Summer Sunny Fun Salad to match my Summer Sunny Fun Pinterest group board!


So this salad is loaded with yummy veggies!  I try to include lots of fresh veggies from the outdoor farmer's market if I can.  First I sauteed with oil, the harder crunchier veggies to make them softer, like the carrots, celery, peppers, some zucchini and even radishes!  Lots of chopping up to do on the cutting board!


To make the process faster, I'll find a pot lid to cover them on the frying pan for a few minutes for quick steaming, it gets them soft and cooked a little faster!


Hello yummy-ness!  Check out all those colours!


While all that veggie action is happening, I had some brown rice cooking on the stove top as well.  You  can use rice or quinoa or pasta to go with  this.  We had brown rice this time, I think next time I will try this with quinoa.


When the veggies were done- not very cooked, but enough to poke a fork through, I drained all the loose oil from them in a strainer.


Let's get some protein action in here!


I rinsed some prepared organic beans.  A mixture of them.


I got out a bunch of spices to play with.  I used a dash of vinegar and extra virgin oil, even a splash of lemon juice (not shown in picture), I used some salad salt, pepper, basil and oregano.  Not a lot but enough to give a taste.  That's right, this chick has no teaspoon or tablespoon measurements because  you get to make it the way you like it! Hehe :)


Mix it all together, add in some chopped cucumbers, chill it in the fridge, and then bring it out for dinner and let's have a Summer par-tay!


Now this has made me hungry for it, I think I will make this for our outdoor backyard dinner tonight!! Mmmmm!


Come follow my Summer Sunny Fun Pinterest group board!

 Check out this Sunshiny Craft idea that is fun to make during a Sunny Summer!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Daria Music


Daria from Daria Music sent us this wonderful package of her World Music for Children.


Daria sings lots of music from around the world and introduces many types of instruments and beats that are used in many cultures to give children a variety and an appreciation for all types of music.


I thought this was a great opportunity for Butterfly as I try to provide this to her all the time when we play all kinds of music from the around the world.


Daria has great craft ideas on her site, especially ideas on how to make different kinds of instruments.
We decided to make our own didgeridoo, a large wooden Australian wind instrument.



We used a long mailing tube from our 100 Chart Poster that we had ordered from Amazon.


I used some coloured duct tape to cover mailing tags to make it prettier and some tape on the two ends of the tube.  I folded some tape inside at the mouth piece end that she would be making the sounds with.


Didgeridoos are usually very decorated, so Butterfly got to work right away decorating hers with Sharpie markers and stickers.


Notice how we changed around our school room that includes a big girl table now and access to all the craft supplies and activities that she wants to create with!


Didgeridoos are big!  She continued her decorating on the floor :)


It was ready to play!  Did you know when you blow into the didgeridoo you use a "raspberry blow" with your lips?  We used this video to learn how to play ours and to make it sound like a real didgeridoo.


Check our Daria's Didgeridoo song "You Gotta Didg" and some of her other music videos!



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