Free iPhone Wallpaper and Backgrounds
Blue Theme – iPhone Wallpaper and Background – Is your iPhone like another appendage of your body? Mine definitely is for better or for worse. I wouldn’t even want to take a guess at how many times I use my phone each day… I’m sure it would be a bit scary. That being said, it means that I’m staring at the same wallpaper background dozens (sure, we’ll go with dozens) of times a day. It’s time for a change. Truth be told, I think I still have the original background I had on my old iPhone 3G – yikes! So I created a fun little package of iPhone backgrounds that you can switch up on the fly. Just download, save to your phone and then just swap out whenever you’re feeling bored.
Click here to download. Once you download the folder, unzip, transfer to your iPhone and add as your new wallpaper or background.
Download all 6 of these FREE iPhone wallpaper backgrounds
DIY “I Spy” game for kids.
DIY I Spy Game – Kids love those fun “I Spy” bestseller books by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo. I remember when Noelle was a little younger, we used to make weekly visits to the library. After story time we’d check out all the great kids books but she was always drawn to the colourful and intriguing images on the pages of the “I Spy” books. We could literally spend an hour going through these books and when children are young, anything that captures their attention for that long is a miraculous thing.
I was thinking about how clever and yet how simple they are and thought it would be a fun little project for Noelle and I to create our own “I Spy” page. We set off on a mission to find all sorts of fun little household objects for our collage. Making the page is half the fun. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and would be great with more than one child – they could each make their own pages or work together to create a collage. If you get a chance, photograph each page and then you can print these out later for camping, car rides or a rainy day activity.
The photo below is the “I Spy” collage that Noelle and I made. You can download a printable version here that has a list of all the items and then blank spaces for children to find the quantity of each item.
- Talk with your kid(s) about what are appropriate objects for the collage (adults should be responsible for any sharp objects like pins) and then go find the items that will help to make up your DIY I Spy page. Remember the smaller the objects, the more you’ll be able to fit onto your page.
- Once all the items have been collected, sit down and try to lay them out randomly on a the page in a square or rectangle shape. At this point I would try to take a photo of the collage before it gets messed up by sweet little investigative hands.
- Now the kids can start searching through the collage to find all hidden objects – writing down everything as they go along (ex. 4 buttons, 2 dinosaurs, 5 purple flowers, 1 deck of cards, etc). If writing is too difficult for kids, then they can do it verbally or have an adult write and work through the list together with the kids.
I Spy activity page for kids
A great meal idea for meatless Monday’s.
Recently on the local news, the city of Vancouver, BC announced that they will be officially commencing with Meatless Mondays, encouraging residents to forego meat for one day a week for the sake of the planet and their health. As with everything that’s considered “change” there’s been a bit of controversy around it. Michael and I have been trying to cut back on the meat we eat on a weekly basis for a few years now and at this point we eat meat about 3-4 times a week now. It’s nothing I work too hard at or even think about any more. Fortunately there are so many great alternatives to meat available to us.
Last night I made some wonderful zucchini quinoa patties and thought it was worthy of a post. Our entire family enjoys them, even picky Noelle. It’s nice because you get some veggies and protein in one nice little package. I try to keep the frying down to a minimum, I lightly brown the patties and then I cook them through the rest of the way in the oven.
This recipe has been slightly modified from this original recipe.
FOR THE CAKES:
- 2 cup shredded zucchini
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup cooked jasmine rice (feel free to omit and just use 2 cups of quinoa)
- 1 egg
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- ½ cup of green onions
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- ½ cup panko crumbs (or more breadcrumbs)
- ½ cup parmesan cheese (freshly grated is best but use what you have)
- Zest from 1 lemon
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 2 tsp oil plus more for frying
FOR THE YOGURT SAUCE:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt (use reduced fat yogurt if you’d like)
- Juice from ½ a lemon
- 1 tbsp of freshly chopped oregano
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- Combine and thoroughly mix all the yogurt sauce ingredients together and let sit in the fridge until the patties are ready to be served
- Sprinkle ¼ tsp of salt on the shredded zucchini, put in a colander and let sit to draw out any liquid.
- Heat oil in a medium skillet and add garlic and green onions, ¼ tsp salt and pepper and cook until veggies are slightly soft. Remove from heat, drain off excess oil and allow to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs, panko, parmesan cheese and lemon zest. The mix in lemon juice, quinoa, rice, and cooked green onions and garlic. Add in egg and shredded zucchini. Mix everything together thoroughly and start forming balls (a little smaller than a golf ball) and then carefully flatten into a thick patty.
- Preheat oven to 400 F
- Heat oil (just enough to evenly cover the surface entirely) on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Carefully place patties into the pan and cook for a few minutes on each side until it starts to lightly brown and get a little crispy. Remove from pan and place to a paper towel covered plate. Dab off any excess oil with more paper towel.
- Move patties onto a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 15 minutes, turning over at about the halfway point.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and serve with the chilled yogurt sauce on top.
Why not reward good deeds. Print out these fun cards and bring on the good karma.
Good Karma Cards – Recently a friend of mine posted a question on Facebook to get her friend’s opinions about whether kids should get an allowance for doing chores or whether chores were simply considered a regular duty in which everyone in the household contributes. Wow, did her question spark a storm of responses. I was really amazed with the variety of opinions as well as how passionate people were on either side of the debate. I have my opinion on this issue but seeing how people reacted to her question I think I’ll just keep it to myself for now.
One thing that I will share however, is that in our family, doing random acts of kindness are just as important as chores. We feel that it’s really important for our daughter to go out of her way to help out when she has the opportunity. Part B to this is that I want my child to do these things without any prompting from my husband or myself… that’s when the real magic happens. That being said, we have many conversations about what good deeds are and the ways to help people. Here are just a few quick ideas:
- pick up litter at the park or on the beach
- pull weeds in the garden
- bring cookies or treats to share with your camp or class mates
- take a dog for a walk
- help your teacher clean up after class
- stand up for someone who isn’t being treated properly
- offer to carry groceries into the house
- make “hello” or “miss you” cards for friends or family members
- pack up and deliver gently used toys for those in need
- read a book to a younger child who can’t read yet
- sort and take dirty laundry to the laundry room
- give someone a well deserved compliment
- spend time with an elderly person who may be lonely
- offer to sweep or vacuum the floor
- hug someone who looks sad or upset
To help encourage this behaviour on a regular basis, I’ve created a printable “good Karma card”. Once the child has completed 10 good deeds or acts of kindness they will get a reward. Get your good karma cards here.
Now get those kids out there and lets help make the world a kinder and nicer place to live.
Print out these cards for all the good deeds your children do.