Fairy Houses

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Today, I’m passing the website over to my darling oldest daughter who is a professional Fairy House Builder. If you have any children that love fairies, magical creatures, and getting creative, then building a fairy house might just be up their alley.

 

Hello! First I’ll start with how I got creative and into making fairy houses. It all started when my seventh birthday rolled around and my Nana and Grandpa gave me a clay fairy house, a tiny (fairy-sized) fence, metal fairy-sized watering can, bench, and tiny bird (or bug) house. When the temperature warmed up (since my birthday is in late winter), my sister, my Nana and I went to the pond to get some stones, sticks and cement chunks. Bit by bit, I worked on my fairy house when I wanted and could. I even got some fairy plants!

MATERIALS

Fairy houses can be built out of almost anything found in nature. Here are some of my favourite things to use:

  • sticks/twigs
  • stones
  • popsicle sticks
  • dandelion stems
  • leaves
  • grass
  • mulch
  • dirt
  • flowers
  • sand
  • pebbles
  • store-bought houses or fairy furniture
  • pine cones

HOW TO BUILD

  1. Find a good spot in your backyard, not near a lawnmower, hidden from animals that will destroy it [mom says: give your kids a spot in your flower or vegetable garden that you don't mind being dug up over and over. Mark out their space vs. your space and don't cross the magic line. Other spaces could be found in large flower bins or pots, like the ones from Costco, or old sandboxes/water tables that they've outgrown]
  2. Start with a floor made of pine needles or twigs or pebbles or something that you found. You can build around it, make sure you leave space for the door. Use twigs and mud or make a leafy tent. Make it as big as you can.
  3. You can make a straw or grass roof.
  4. Make it fun for the fairies with special features. Some ideas are: a garden, a hammock, a swing set, fire pit [mom says: not a real fire pit! Fairies don't like fire and neither do moms], a pool, a bridge, and any other thing you can think of. Fairies LOVE a little bling don’t they? Shiny stones, shells, or even feathers might really do the trick to getting a curious fairies attention!!

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day

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May the luck of the Irish be with you today! It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means it is our day to either pretend we are Irish or pretend we are MORE Irish than we actually are… In other words, it’s Green Day! There are a number of easy and fun ways that you can celebrate the day with your children, do don’t panic if you’ve forgotten to plan ahead. Just toss on something green and read on.

RAINBOW NECKLACE

Rainbows and the colour green are the theme of the day, so start by making a rainbow that you can wear. Cut narrow strips of paper in every colour of the rainbow (or use white paper and colour it yourself). Have a little fun with colour order and patterning as you make a paper chain necklace with your strips. Finish your chain by making a pot of gold or a shamrock as a pendant. Kids not into wearing necklaces? Use the chain to decorate something: their dinner chair, the window, the bathroom mirror or the fireplace mantle.

SHAMROCK SHAKES

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Spring-Summer Spectrum 2015

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The City of London Spring-Summer Spectrum was released last week and registration for all programs begins this morning, February 23rd at 8:30am.  The Spectrum can be found online or hard copies can be picked up at local arenas, indoor swimming pools, community centres, and libraries. The lessons and programs found in this Spectrum begin in April and run through to the end of August. This is also when you will be able to register your children for City of London Parks and Recreation day camps for the summer, swimming lessons at the outdoor pools, and all of the summer athletic leagues for adults, so take a look!

Registration can still be done online, by phone or in person. To register online, go HERE. You will need your client ID and your Account PIN if you have registered for Spectrum courses previously. Call customer service if you are unsure of your ID or PIN and cannot retrieve it by clicking Forget Password? Online courses must be payed for by credit card.

To register by phone call customer service 519-661-5575 Monday through Friday, 8:15am to 4:30pm. Phone registrations will require the course code and must be paid for by credit card as well.

To register in person, visit one of the following six locations. Payments can be made in cash, credit card, debit or cheque (post-dated cheques not accepted).

Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth Street
North London Optimist Community Centre, 1345 Cheapside Street
Canada Games Aquatic Centre, 1045 Wonderland Road North
Market Tower, 151 Dundas Street, 3rd floor
South London Community Pool, 585 Bradley Avenue
Kiwanis Senior Community Centre, 78 Riverside Drive

For information on financial assistance, see HERE.

Valentine’s Day Crafts

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Valentine’s Day is next weekend! This day of love seems to mean something completely different when you have children to celebrate it with. Instead of roses and romantic nights out, many of us become immersed in crafts, heart shaped food for little people, and the incredibly fun activity of convincing young children to print their name 20 times on small pieces of paper. If crafting is your thing or if you’d just like to stay out of the snow this week, here are some sweet Valentine’s craft options you can try! If you have some success, take a picture and share it with us on Facebook! These can all be found on our Pinterest board if you want to repin them for later.

HEART SHAPED PAPER CHAIN

A Stapler and strips of red/pink/white paper are all you need for this quick and easy little decoration. Staple four strips of paper together at the very bottom. Take the two outside strips and fold them down to make a heart. Add two more strips to the bottom of the heart and staple. Repeat until the chain is as long as you want it to be. For a picture guide, see HERE.

BORAX CRYSTAL HEARTS

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Christmas Crafts

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We are officially in the home stretch coming up to Christmas and whether your child is an infant or they’re in grade school, you may be looking for some ways to pass the time in the next week. We have pulled together a few mom-tested crafts that can also double as keepsakes or gifts for grandparents, parents or anyone else who adores your child/ren.

CINNAMON-APPLESAUCE ORNAMENTS

I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t have two hanging on my tree right now, but these ornaments are easy, nice looking, and they smell fantastic! All you have to do is mix together 1 cup of ground cinnamon (it’s okay to buy the cheap stuff – no one is going to eat it!), 1 cup of applesauce, and 1/4 cup of white glue. It will form a dough which you can then roll out into a thick slab. Use holiday cookie cutters to make shapes and a straw to poke through the top to hang a ribbon from. Lay the ornaments on a cookie sheet somewhere safe and let them dry for about 3 days. Once dry, string a pretty ribbon through the hole and hang it on your tree or wrap it up for someone special.

HOMEMADE SNOWFLAKES

We found this recipe in our Advent book this year and my kids immediately begged to give it a try. Take 3 pipe cleaners and twist them at the centre to form a star/snowflake shape. Tie a piece of string around the centre of the pipe cleaners and tie the other end to a pencil or spoon or stick. Fill a wide mouth glass jar with boiling water (e.g. a mason jar or a pickle jar). Add 3TBSP of Borax for every cup of water in the jar. Stir the Borax until most of it is dissolved. Hang the snowflake in the jar so that it is completely covered by water and the pencil rests across the top of the jar. Leave the snowflake overnight to set. Crystals will form over the pipe cleaners! Let it dry before wrapping or hanging it on your tree.

MISTLE TOES

An adorable idea if you have tiny children with tiny little feet! Paint the soles of their feet green and press the feet onto white cardstock. Once the footprints have dried, turn them so that the toes are pointing downward. Paint ribbons at the heel and you have Mistle Toes!

SNOWMAN HAND PRINT ORNAMENTS

Buy a set of solid-coloured spherical ornaments – either blue for the sky or any colour will do! Paint your child’s hand white and place the ornament into their palm so that their fingers curl up around the ornament, finger tips toward the very top, insuring that each finger is separated into 5 individual prints. Hang the ornament to dry. Once dried, paint each finger as a snowman with buttons, hat, scarf, arms, a carrot nose or whatever other embellishments you’d like. If your children are old enough have them do it all themselves! Make sure you write the year on the ornament somewhere so that you can have them hold it every year to see how much their little hands have grown.

 

This Weekend in London

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Need to keep busy this weekend? We have a few suggestions!

Ladies Night 2014

The Lambeth Village Co-Op Preschool is running a Ladies Night TONIGHT, Thursday, November 20 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Lambeth Legion. Tickets are $15 each or $25 if you bring a friend!

Budweiser Gardens

The boys are playing again this weekend at the Bud! Check out the Knights Friday night at 7:30pm against the Mississauga Steelheads and the Lightning Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm against the Windsor Express.

Matthews Hall Holly & Ivy

Visit Matthews Hall on Friday, November 21 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday, November 22 from 9:00am to 6:00pm for a holiday shopping event of unique gifts and crafts. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children.

Winterfest Holiday Shopping

The second annual Winterfest Holiday Shopping event at South London Community Centre is this Saturday, November 22 from 3:00 to 8:00pm. There will be over 70 vendors with all proceeds going to the London Food Bank.

Shrek The Musical at the Grand Theatre

Shrek opened this week at the Grand Theatre. Catch the show Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 1:00pm and 7:30pm, or Sunday at 1:00pm.

 

And good news! Boler Mountain isn’t open yet, but it’s been so cold that they’ve started making snow! Shine up your ski’s and get ready to hit the slopes soon.

This Weekend in London

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Whether you are in the Christmas spirit yet or not, the City of London sure is! Get ready for a blast of Christmas bazaar’s and sales beginning this weekend. Holding out that hohoho until December? Don’t worry, we have some other things happening as well!

London Music Hall: T.I

T.I is coming to the London Music Hall tonight, November 13, 2014. Tickets are available online and at the Music Hall box office. The doors open at 7:30pm. This is a 19+ event.

Samko & Miko Toy Warehouse Sale

Coming to the Western Fair Grounds, Progress Building this Friday, November 14th until Wednesday, November 19th. All the toys and books that will be on your children’s wish lists will be there!

Holiday Rag Bag Bazaar at The Grand Theatre

Saturday, November 15 from 11:00am to 4:00pm visit The Grand Theatre on Richmond Row to browse through 50 vendors selling handmade, vintage, and upcycled work. Whether you are in the mood to shop for others or just find something unique for yourself, there will be a gorgeous selection from unique artists and artisans from London. This is not your average craft sale! Come and be inspired.

Budweiser Gardens

This weekend at the Bud the London Knights are playing the Owen Sound Attack on Friday evening at 7:30pm and on Saturday night at 7:00pm the London Lightning will be taking on the PEI Storm. For tickets click HERE or visit the Budweiser Gardens box office.

Jingle Bell Walk & Run for Arthritis

The Arthritis Society is hosting a fun Walk & Run to support the over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis. They raise money for research, education and services. The event is being held this Saturday, November 15 at Springbank Park. Registration opens at 8am. There will be a 2K, 5K, and 10K option, open to all.

Firebirds Festive Bazaar

If you’re going to be in southwest London this Saturday, November 15, stop in at ARTHUR FORD PUBLIC SCHOOL from 9:00am to 4:00p, for their bazaar featuring handcrafted items, baked goods, and independent company consultants. Admission is FREE and all funds will be put towards buying new playground equipment for their kindergarten program! 617 Viscount Road

 

If you know of an event coming up in London and area that you want us to share email jill@londonmoms.ca