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Certificate of Awesomeness

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Certificate of Awesomeness

Free Printable Certificate of Awesomeness

Certificate of Awesomeness – We’ve all had those moment as parents where we realize that we’ve dropped the ball – recently I had such a moment. I went to pick up my daughter from school and noticed that the teacher was frantically chasing down kids to give them really cute cards of congratulations. The kids were so excited to be receiving these colorful and vibrant cards. Before we knew it, the cards were all handed out and Noelle hadn’t received anything.  I noticed small tears welling up in her eyes. When I inquired about the cards it turned out that they were given to the kids who had read 100 books at home. My heart started pounding and my face went red… oh no… this was all my fault. I had to admit it, I hadn’t been keeping up with the book tracking journal and hadn’t handed it in.  We faithfully read with Noelle every night so I know she should have received the proper accolades for her achievement. Noelle managed to hold back the tears but I knew she was quite upset, especially seeing all the other kids excitedly comparing their cards.

Once we had left school, I admitted my failure to my daughter.  She was upset with the situation but didn’t really say much more about it. After a few guilt ridden days, in an attempt to restore my status of “best mom in the world”, I came up with a plan to resolve the situation. I decided to create my own award… a Certificate of Awesomeness.  I cobbled a certificate together, making it fun and colorful, all the time having visions of my teary eyed child in my minds eye. We finally presented her with the certificate and she was thrilled – it’s posted on the bulletin board in her room now and she often looks at it with pride.

I made this certificate generic in the hopes that others may find it useful if they ever have a slip up and need to pander to their child.  Or sometimes your kid just does something particularly amazing that you want to recognize. Now you can simply print out this certificate and show your child how proud you are of them.  This is also great for teachers, counsellors, grandparents, therapists and nurses, etc.

Click here to download your “Certificate of Awesomeness.”

Certificate of Awesomeness

Certificate of Awesomeness

 

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Thanksgiving Printable Place Setting for Kids

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Thanksgiving printable for kids.

Thanksgiving printable for kids.

Thanksgiving Printable Place Setting for Kids – It’s hard to believe but it was over a month ago that we celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada.  We had the fortune to be invited to two fabulous dinners.  Along with my food contributions, I also brought along a fun Thanksgiving printable for the kid’s place settings.  Just print out these coloring pages and place where the kids will be sitting for dinner.  This will give the kids a fun activity and keep them entertained while the adults get all the wonderful food on the table. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

Get your Thanksgiving printable here.

Looking for more great kids printables: Monster Coloring PageBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

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Thanks for reading! ~ Jamey

Thanksgiving printable place setting for kids.

Thanksgiving printable place setting for kids.

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Blank Faces Coloring Page 2.0

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Blank faces coloring pages.

Blank faces coloring pages.

Blank Faces Coloring Page 2.0 – Thanks to all the incredible comments and feedback I’ve received from my original “Blank Faces” post, I’ve decided to do a follow-up post.  When I originally created this page it was just a cute colouring page I threw together to entertain my daughter.  Never is my wildest dreams did I expect the mass interest in something that seemed so simple and unassuming.

Since releasing the original post, I’ve been contacted by hospital staff, researchers, teachers and therapists.  It’s currently being used in emergency rooms, pediatric cancer wards, special education services, Autism research groups and psychologist’s offices.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all the parents and grandparents who have thanked me for helping to keep their little ones entertained too. I have been overwhelmed with thanks and this simple and innocuous coloring page has opened my eyes to the world of need out there. With that being said, this coming week I have an appointment to visit  my local hospital to donate a large package of  “Blank Faces” coloring pages to our local pediatric ward  (as well as the Robots page, I-Spy, and Jellyfish bracelet templates).

One bit of feedback that I received from my original design is that people wanted to see more ethnically diverse faces so that a variety of children can relate better to the images.  So with that in mind, I have created the next in the series of faces that I hope will accomplish that task.  I want to say in advance that obviously these images are huge generalizations and I am wary of doing anything that may offend or neglect certain individuals or groups.  So please keep in mind that this was only created with the best and noblest of intentions.

Please continue to comment on what or who you printed these pages for.  I love hearing from you.

Download your blank faces coloring page here.

Looking for more great kids stuff: Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets, 10-minute superhero costume, printable robot colouring page , DIY I spy game, good karma cards, family movie night tickets

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Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

Free printable blank faces coloring page.

Free printable blank faces coloring page.

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No Bake Energy Balls

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No bake energy balls

No bake energy balls

No Bake Energy Balls – Who doesn’t enjoy a sweet, chocolatey treat from time to time.  I know there are moments when I just have to have something sweet, especially after a meal or for a mid-afternoon pick me up.  A couple of years back, my girlfriend gave me this recipe and she got it from another friend so we don’t actually know where it came from.  This is the kind of treat that I don’t mind putting in my child’s lunch or to give for an after school snack.  I keep them in the freezer and then just pull them out as I need them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3/4 raisins, cranberries or currants
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup toasted coconut
  • 1/4 sliced almonds

Directions:

    1. Toast the sunflower and sesame seeds.
    2. Toast the coconut and almonds (careful, it burns quickly if you don’t keep and eye on it). Allow to cool and put into a small bowl. Set aside.
    3. Mix all the ingredients except for the coconut and almonds. If your mixture isn’t quite sticking together, add a little extra honey.
    4. Roll the mixture into balls (I do them about the size of ping-pong balls) and then roll them around in the bowl of coconut and almonds for the outer coating.
    5. Store them in an airtight container and keep in the fridge or freezer.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  Check out some of my other recipes including: Bailey’s dipped toasted marshmallows, zucchini quinoa patties, perfect chocolate chip cookies, marinated feta cheese, mediterranean hummus

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Thanks for reading!

~ Jamey

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