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Certificate of Awesomeness

| Kids Fun, Printables

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

Looking for more fun…Kids (and their parents) will love these 40 projects that include simple beading, sewing, felting, bookmaking, and so much more in the book Craft Camp: Over 40 Fun Projects for Kids


Thanksgiving Printable Place Setting for Kids

| Cooking, Kids Fun, Printables

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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Thanksgiving printable place setting for kids.

Thanksgiving printable place setting for kids.


Sign for First Day of School Photo

| Kids Fun

Printable first day of school sign.

Printable first day of school sign.

As the Staples commercial goes, it’s almost “the most wonderful time of the year.”  Summer has already flown by and the first day of school is almost upon us. I adore the summer but there’s something so nice about the structure and routine of starting school again (that’s saying a lot coming from me as I usually hate routine).  Last year I spontaneously made a Grade 1 sign early in the morning for Noelle to hold for her first day of school photo. I kept the file so that I could just change the number for her Grade 2 photo and all the rest from that point forward.  Since I already had these made I thought it would be nice to share.  Just download, print and capture another memorable day in your child’s life. These printable signs are from Kindergarten all the way to Grade 12 (yes, I know that using these signs for the next 12 grades will never likely happen but here’s to dreaming).

Download here.

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Easy To Sew Skirt – Great For Newbies!

| Crafts & DIY

Easy to sew skirt - great for newbie sewers.

Easy to sew skirt – great for newbie sewers.

Easy To Sew Skirt – Who knew a sewing machine could be so great (well, lots of people obviously – it just took me longer to figure it out).  After I got over my initial fear of sewing, I actually managed to create a few cute projects.  My second project was a super easy skirt for my daughter.  It turned out pretty well and I thought I’d give it another go with some beautiful new fabric and document the process this time – why not help out a few newbies who may be nervous about sewing too. If I can do it, anyone can. This skirt can be made in child or adult sizes.

I originally found this wonderful sewing tutorial on YouTube by craftyamy93 – what a great job she did explaining everything. To watch this fabulous video tutorial go here.


  • Sewing machine with corresponding coloured thread
  • Fabric
  • Elastic (thick width)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Clothing iron
  • Pins
  • Chalk or Fabric Pen/Pencil


  1. To get the size for the elastic, measure the elastic around your waist so that it’s a little snug, cut to size, pin the elastic right sides together and sew – double stitch and finally top stitch.
  2. Measure the length that you want your skirt to be and then add 2″ for seam allowance.
  3. To figure out the measurement for the width of fabric you’ll need, stretch the stitched elastic as far as you can, measure and then double that measurement.
  4. Cut the fabric to the correct measurements.
  5. Turn fabric inside out so that the good sides face each other, pin two edges together and sew with a 1/2″ seam. Iron seam flat. Using a zig-zag stitch, finish the edge of fabric that will be sewn onto the elastic to keep it from fraying.
  6. Create the skirt hem by folding over edge 1/2″, iron and then fold over again, iron, pin and sew.
  7. Take the elastic and mark with 4 pins evenly space out around the elastic (fold in half to find the 4 spots). Do the same for the skirt. Now match up the 4 pins on the elastic to the pins on the skirt and then pin the fabric to the elastic in those 4 spots (fabric about half way down the width of the elastic).
  8. Starting at the first pin, sew using a zig-zag stitch, pulling the elastic taut as you go. Sew all the way around the elastic in this manner. You can also do it a second time around about a 1/2″ down if you choose.
  9. Snip off any stray threads and you’re done.

If you’re up for it, you can add a zipper like craftyamy93 did in her video (I’m just not quite that brave yet although she makes it look super easy).