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Blotto painting lion – kids art and craft


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A fun and alluring art project for kids. So fascinating that when you open your paper to reveal the lion face, you think it’s a painting that took days and hours to accomplish while it’s just done in 5 easy minutes!

Blotto painting! A surprise painting to discover when the paper is unfold.

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Fold a white paper in half, better a thick one, than open it to put drops of paint in the center, using the lion colors, different browns and yellows.

Close it again and rub gently the paper to help spread the paint, in a circular move to obtain a round face, and finally open it to reveal your surprise lion face.

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Surprise surprise! what a beautiful lion face, the look of surprise on Nady’s face was priceless! Leave it for several hours to dry completely, better for overnight, not to risk loosing all the arbitrary details you get from the wrinkled paint.

We cut the face to paste it on a frame (white canvas). Then we drew eyes, nose and mouth with a black marker. Lions have always been symbolic of ferocity and strength, so it’s time to make his mane that makes him so wild.

Using yellow paper yarn, cut different lengths to paste all around the face.

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Et voila our lion! It’s for a school project, can’t wait to return it home to hang on the wall in Nady’s room where he has his favorite pieces.

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It’s a great fun project to fire your kids imagination. All parents should favor the imagination of their children and feed this power. It’s like revealing the natural genius in them. A child with a good imagination is a happy child. He is more alert, presenting ability to cope with life’s changes, and more likely to grow into a secure adult.

For all the people who thinks you should be an artist to craft with your kids, or crafting with your kids will make them grow to be artists, i want to tell you, a creative child, is not necessary growing into an artist adult.

Creative people see things in different ways and find solutions to problems others might miss. Problem solving and innovative thinking begins with the power of imagination. Imagination ignites the forces of creativity in your children.

Last but not least, leaders are creative people!

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Napkin folding heart


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Dress up your table with a flair, and make this valentine meal a memorable one.

Beauty is in details, one small decorative element can add all the glamour needed, for a romantic ambiance . To fold a napkin into heart, will only take 2 minutes of your time. Follow the step by step tutorial scheme:

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So easy! You don’t need to be an origami master to energize your valentine table with this beautiful heart. With a will and passion everything can be done, and the most important is your personal touch that makes the occasion memorable.

Choose the paper napkin color to suit the mood you are creating. You can use towel as well, but to have a perfect outcome you need to iron the folds to keep them pressed.

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I hope you all get an unforgettable Valentine, pink in your love, white in your heart and gold in your pocket 😉 euhhhh or diamond….

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Expressing love and gratitude


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This is the third year in a row we enjoy this beautiful game of love. This year we revisited it as per Nady’s request, who is so proud and happy of what we love and appreciate in him.

The beautiful part of this game this year is that he was teaching his youngest brother the rules of it and he was expressing his recognition to us (mom, dad and brother) through words that were my daily serotonin and immunity dose; lets say i was waiting impatiently for his heart everyday. Trust me you never expect the attention to details and the quantity of emotions kids can express. And yes the recognition to the smallest things you do to them!

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It’s so important to tell your children “I love you” everyday. Knowing that they are loved unconditionally, develops their secure attachment to you. Strong closeness to the family will lead no doubt to positive relationships in adulthood and high self esteem.

So the aim of this game is to put the reasons i love him (mainly appreciating the good things he does and expressing my big love and pride) in written words on cutout hearts to celebrate love.

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As i always say, many of you stopped celebrating valentines for how commercial it became. Don’t lose faith in this beautiful occasion and teach your children about love in deep and expressive ways.

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This year we are hanging the hearts as a garland. Last year we did a frame of love, and the year before it was a wheel of love. You can click on the hyper link to review them.

If you like this game and wanted to do it with your kids, click here, to download the file of hearts to use. Enjoy writing on the hearts the many and endless reasons why you love your children and husband/wife too 😉 It’s not just for kids! Do it to your significant other and let love flourishes in your hearts and homes! You can do it over a week until valentines day comes or even extend it as much as you want to enjoy.

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Don’t forget that love is not only words, it should be followed by actions, and the most important the presence. Be present for your kids, in love, protection and service. Happy valentines xx

My PRECIOUS part of me

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How to DIY an angry birds birthday party decoration


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19 december 2012, a miracle was born and my world hasn’t been the same since! Today my first son, Nady, turns four.

Four precious years with you my son, gave to love different meaning and to life new dimensions. You are my joy, my best genes, my faith and my eternity. If the earth turns around the sun, then the sun must turn around you or else where he will get his radiance from….

Nady is a big fan of angry birds, lately everything in the house turned to be branded as angry birds star wars, angry birds space, angry birds go…. We are living in an angry bird world, so it wasn’t unexpected to ask for an angry birds birthday. I guess i said angry birds six times in one sentence, so imagine how many times i hear it in one day !

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I wanted to surprise him with the decoration, cake design, animation… basically with  everything! All i wished for is to see that awesome look on his face when he sees the set up and i believe i succeeded. It was a very nice party, and I would like to share with you some nice decoration ideas that i crafted myself and made all the difference!

Angry birds star wars banner, calling for action!

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Click here to download the high resolution file 2×1.3 meters without the typography, to add your personal text!

Angry birds lanterns! All you need is to cutout the faces i prepared for red, chuck and pig.

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I prepared vector files, easy to be resized without affecting the resolution. To download them, click on chuck, pig and red. Resize it depending on your lanterns sizes.

Angry birds flags, four colors/birds design. Green for pig, red for red, yellow for chuck and blue for jay, jake and jim!

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Click on red, green, yellow and blue to download editable vector files for the buntings!

TNT boxes for more action!

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Very simple, just get some brown boxes and stick TNT stickers, pile them and you get a nice decoration element, to add more fun and action! And here is attached a printable  tnt-sticker. 

Cupcake angry birds star wars toppers! Glue two circles on a wooden stick and insert it in a cupcake to see this beautiful display!

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Click cake-topper and cake-topper-2 to download the printable files.

If you are wondering where i got the display boxes from, you can find them in Ikea!

Here is a nice way to display the marshmallows and pop corn!

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Stick pig face on a bucket and put a catapult!

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To make these TNTs, you need to roll 5 or 6 red cardboard into cylinders and stick them together with black tape. Glue beige thread on top of each to make them look realistic.

M&M bottles as angry birds food!

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Click here to download the high resolution file of the bottle tags!

Angry birds nest!

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A creative and fun way to present the pretzel sticks and nuts!

Angry birds water! Click here for the printable tag design.

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Giveaways bags!

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I chose two characters, red and bomb and stick their faces on the corresponding bag color, red for red and black for bomb. (I’ve attached already the faces printable files in flags)

And finally, the t-shirt design as per nady’s request! Click on tshirt to download the high resolution file to be printed on a white tshirt.

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Advent calendar – Santa claus beard


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Welcome to that time of the year that works magic on my serotonin! They say in each one of us there is a hidden child… mine really likes to have an appearance around Christmas time.

…Everything gets dressed in festive look; windows at the shops are more joyful, same food and desserts taste better, red and green are not just ordinary colors anymore and all eyes are on that enchanting sky hoping to see the red nose between the stars…

It’s the time when we all pause and reconsider our values, belief and attitude.

It’s the perfect quality and happiest time with the family, especially for those living abroad, but unfortunately this year we can’t make it back home for the reunion… It’s sad we are not sharing this Christmas with the family, but thinking positively, Santa got me an early gift this year, I have a new friend. And this is what Christmas is all about; something new and precious is born…

Today is the first day of the festive month and i am aaaaaaall ready for Christmas, this buzzword “Christmas” you will be reading zillion times in my posts during December until we reach the D day. So let’s start the countdown folks!

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This year i have to prepare 2 advent calendars, one for Nady and one for Joud! They are both about Santa’s beard; one is trimming it while counting down to reach Christmas and the other about growing it, since Joud is only 16 months and can’t use scissors, sticking cotton balls on the beard was a good and fun idea for his age.

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If you are wondering about the fun part, the daily sweet or toy, Nady will find it written behind each strip he will cut and Joud will collect it from the christmas tree 🙂

If your kid’s age let you take the advent calendar to the next level, don’t just offer sweets or toys, you can teach them the real meaning of Christmas by putting words of values (such as faith, forgiveness….) instead or along with the daily surprise.

Click here to download the trimming option and click here for the growing one.

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