Good Karma Cards

| Kids Fun

Why not reward good deeds. Print out these fun cards and bring on the good karma.

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.

Print out these cards for all the good deeds your children do.

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Summer Fun Activity List – Printable

| Kids Fun, Outdoors, Printables

50 summer activities to keep kids busy and having fun all summer long.

50 summer activities to keep kids busy and having fun all summer long.

No more teachers, no more books… yeah, summer’s here! Oh wait, that means it’s up to me to keep my child entertained for the summer. I’m horrible at imaginary and make believe games like the ones my daughter and husband play – I completely admire the skill to be able to just make up random stories on a whim and have incredible imaginary adventures but that’s a skill I simply don’t possess. Fortunately, I bring my other attributes to the table, mainly creativity. So, with that said, I decided this year to be proactive in my summer fun activities and create a checklist that we put on the fridge to use when we’re having trouble coming up things to do. Maybe if we’re diligent, we can make it through the entire list this summer. I had lots of ideas myself but also found some great activities online.  I’m sure I’m not the only parent out there trying to come up with activities to entertain the kids with, so I’m putting this list on my blog for others to print out and use too.

Download your “Summer Fun List” here.

Also, don’t forget to check out some of the kids activities and ideas I’ve posted previously on my blog:

It’s the first day of summer vacation for us here in Victoria so Noelle and I are off now to go complete the first item we’ve chosen from our list (find smooth rocks to paint and decorate).  Enjoy and have a great summer!

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Garlic Scape Pesto

| Cooking

Easy to make Garlic Scape Pesto

Easy to make Garlic Scape Pesto

Last week I saw a Facebook post from a British Columbia based seed company called Westcoast seeds.  This is where I purchase all my seeds from and they’re always a great source of local knowledge. The Facebook post was perfect timing since it was all about garlic scapes (garlic scapes are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants, although they do not produce flowers).  I was just looking at my garlic and noticed all the scapes and wondered what I was supposed to do with them.  This is the first time I’ve grown garlic and it’s all new to me so I take whatever help I can get… thanks Westcoast seeds!

You’ll see from my photos that the scapes are simply stunning. Perhaps it’s the designer in me, but all I see is the beauty in the shape and colour of these curly flower stalks.  The Facebook post mentioned that it’s best to remove the scapes from the garlic at this point but also mentioned that some people like to make pesto with them – perfect, another great culinary experiment to attempt!  So, although I found it hard to do, I managed to chop off the beautiful scapes and take them into the house to experiment with garlic scape pesto.

Please take a moment to “ewww” and “ahhh” and gush over the photos for a moment – seriously, another of nature’s splendour’s.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup garlic scapes, finely chopped (6-8 garlic scapes)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds  toast them lightly, if you’d like)
  • About 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon

Directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until entirely mixed.  Feel free to add a little extra olive oil depending on the desired consistency.
  2. Serve with crackers, toast, pasta, gnocchi or rice. Enjoy!

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Fancy Feathers – Printable

| Crafts & DIY, Design & Technology

Printable feather design. Great to spice up gift wrap.

Printable feathers. A great way spice up gift wrap.

Fancy Feathers Printable – Feathers, feathers – everywhere!  I’ve really enjoyed the feather trend that we’ve been seeing over the past little while. The graphics and watercolours out there are just gorgeous. But feathers aren’t anything new or even a fast fading fad. They have captivated people’s creativity and imaginations for centuries – just look at how they were worn over the years; by shaman, by those of higher social standing, in Native American headdresses, by Kings and Queens, by Parisian cabaret dancers, and now in the weird and wonderful hats of the royal monarchy.

Inspired by these designs I thought I’d come up with my own version of feather design but something practical.  Print these out and use however you want; to spruce up newspaper gift wrapping, to make a banner, a wreath, as place setting name tags, to add to homemade cards or in scrapbooking. I’m sure the kids will think of lots of fun things to use these for too.  So many uses.

Just print out the feather design on some fun and colourful paper and then trim into the feather shape by following the cut lines. Score down the middle of the feather for some added detailing. I’d love to hear what you’re using your feathers for – don’t forget to send me your comments and ideas.

Download file here.

Do you have a cutting machine like Sizzix eclips™, Craftwell eCraft™, Black Cat Cougar/Lynx™, Boss Kut Gazelle™, GCC™, Pazzles Inspiration™, Silhouette SD/CAMEO/Portrait™, Silver Bullet™, USCutter™, VinylExpress™?  Download the cut files for your machine here.

This pattern is designed for personal and educational use only, not for business use or resale. Credit & Copyright remains with Jamey Ekins as the original artist and designer. If you’d like to use for commercial reasons, please contact Jamey Ekins for a quote.

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