plenty of fish

So Friday night I was alone with the boys and we started talking about the month of April and that tomorrow was going to be April’s Fools day.  They didn’t really know about it and how it was about playing tricks on people and fishies!  We decided right then that we would celebrate ‘Fish Day’ on Saturday.

At 6:40 am the next day, we we’re busy tracing, cutting and drawing all kinds of fish.  We made a mural with more than 40 fishes and made special ones for the people we love.  Also found some fish t-shirt we already had and then we were ready for some food.

We made a cake and some individual fish pizza (themed pizza is my go-to food activity, I feel like we can make everything with a pizza and it’s always a hit)!

Then it was practice time, they had no clue how to stick a fish on other people’s back!  It was so much fun watching them practice for the real thing… they just seem not to get that you had to be subtle when trying to stick the fish!  After a while they got better, but once our family started to arrive, they were too shy to stick it to them!  So I guess we have a bit more practice to do for next year.

So it was a spur of the moment kind-a-day and we had so much fun!  Not everything needs to be planned ahead, make it happen and have fun.  That’s what it’s all about anyway!

Have an awesome month of April and enjoy spring time!

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easter edible art

I would have loved this activity as a child.  I saw the ad online two weeks ago and within minutes I had recruited my cousins for an afternoon of fun with our kids.  Two words and they we’re hooked; Chocolats Favoris!

Two amazing things put together: Easter and Chocolats Favoris… marketing GENIUS.  Either online or in store, you can pick out everything you need for this great Easter activity.

Véro picked out the chocolate for everyone in advance, but it would be even more fun to bring your kids to the store and let them pick out their favorite one, and of course, have an ice cream cone while you’re there!  The prices were very reasonable, with an average of 12$-15$ per child.  An outing, a craft and delicious chocolates!  A win for everyone.  Once you have chosen your favorite mold, you pick out a chocolate color palette and voilà, you’re ready to go!

I would recommend a disposable tablecloth, which we didn’t use!  We ended up scrapping off chocolate off my table for ever!

We melted the color palettes in escargot dishes, best idea, because in a plate I would think that the colors would run together…  Within 5 minutes, the 5 kids were busy painting.  We thought it would last two minutes, but surprisingly, they were entertained for over 25 minutes.  They loved it!

I loved that each kids had their own chocolate palette and did whatever they wanted with it.  They were mixing the colors as they felt; you can really see their personality in their work!  Some were really expressive while painting!

It dries really quickly, so you can pile-up paint on paint on paint without ending up with the same color all over your chocolate.  But of course, by the end, there was chocolate paint everywhere.  Liam loved it so much he was licking the table while Jacob and Logan were eating the paintbrushes!  All resisted eating their work of art.  This activity was even more successful than expected.

I’m probably going to do this again before Easter, since it was such a great creative activity (but next time I’m getting one for myself for sure!).  My favorite masterpiece was Logan’s!  It almost looked like a piece of art I would buy.  Finally, the artsy side of my boys is coming out!

I’m pretty sure these will fly of the shelves of Chocolats Favoris stores.  So grab one and run!  All these pretty colors sure made me ready for Spring; so be ready to be flooded with Easter and Spring posts in the next little while.  Cause although I just spent an amazing March break at the cottage with Brian and the boys, tubing and snowshoeing with cold nights and fireplace, I can say that I’m pretty much done with winter for this year and ready for Spring… and so will you once you do this fun family activity!

 

 

 

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first blog giveaway

 

And the winner of the first ever mylemondroplife.com giveaway is… Tanya Marion-Chapman!  One of my fabulous co-worker and blog followers!

Thank you Tanya for your constant encouragement and for sharing my blog.  You will receive an amazing bottle of Young Living ‘Christmas Spirit’ essential oil.

Thanks to everyone who participated in my first blog giveaway.

I had a lot of fun doing this, so stay tuned for the next one, I plan on doing another one very soon!

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may the force be with us

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Our costumes for this year are a bit different from the last few years… my boys are growing up and so are their tastes!  So I went with it!

They don’t know anything about Star Wars…for a long time they called it CarWar.  They’ve never watched a movie or show, know what Star Wars’ about or what they stand for.  But last summer, Liam went on the Star Wars 3D ride in Disneyland at 10:30 pm for his last ride of the day and came out a fan.  The following day everything Liam wanted was some CarWar stuff; so did his baby brother!

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So, in 2016, we are officially Star Wars fans (I grew up watching the movies, but Brian had never heard about them until I came in the picture and dressed up as Queen Amidala in grade 13).  I still wanted to make our costumes; Liam as BB8, Logan as R2D2 or has he calls him Hardy-too, Brian as Chewbacca (not included in our pictures because of his major lack of fun-ness!) and myself as Princess Leia (I have the hair so why not used it!).

My mom knitted some hats for the boys and I sowed and glued their robot costumes (probably the easiest of costumes ever made).  So they were not too complicated to do, but they are just so nice!  We went to a very shady part of Brian’s hometown for the pictures, a place call Peace Mountain, which was perfect for taking pictures, but a place I don’t recommend visiting alone, especially if you’re easily scared like my chicken-shit Chewbacca!

Now, we can’t wait to decorate our pumpkins and make special treat bags for our friends.  Only 1 more week to go!

I love family themed costumes, I hope they’ll let me do it for a bit longer!

So what’s your costume this year?

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i love shoes, painted shoes

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I didn’t invent anything: shoes and paint; simple!

My mom made us dozens of them while growing up.  We had a basket of fabric paint in our house that my aunt Lucie bought me for my first communion; sounds boring, right?  But no, best first communion gift ever!

Well, fast-forwarding a few years later, now with two boys of my own, lets say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, since now I’m the one who paints shoes for my kids!

It started 2 years ago…  I had an old pair of TOMS laying around, we were going to Disney, so I decided to make Mickey and Minnie ears’ shoes!  They were a hit!!  Then last year,  I did four pairs of Minions shoes for the movie premiere, one pair for the boys, one for my mom and one for myself.

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This year, we were going to Disneyland and I had a few ideas in mind for our trip!  Jojo got one, Liam and Logan each got one as well, and I made myself 2;  I’m the one who makes them after all!!!

I got my first official order a few weeks ago: a tiny pairs of Shopkins shoes.  Thanks Isabelle for being my first customer!  I had so much fun making these.  I just got my second order from a coworker.

So here’s a few pictures of the shoes I made this summer!

Need a pair?

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camp woods

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Last year, Camp Woods got it’s start!  Our kids don’t go to summer camps, so I decided to bring the summer camps to us!  The last two summers, I’ve chosen weekly themes based on their interest (who am I kidding, I choose theme according to what I want to do!!!  After all, I’m chief of Camp Woods!)

In 2015, we had Cars, Big Hero 6, Pirate Week and Minions.

Food, crafts, treats, visit to the theater and costumes are all part of the fun!  My boys love it!  They have no clue what’s coming and are mostly excited about everything that I propose!  It keeps them entertained and it’s make me less lazy!

This year was extra special, when school ended, we only had a couple of days before our trip to California.  So, we had a countdown Disney theme for 12 days!  My favorite week EVER!  After we got back, we had: Pokémon, Cars, Bunny, Mario Bros, Nemo and Star Wars weeks!

So here a few pictures of Camp Woods 2016!  We had a blast…now, we must get ready for back to school!

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What’s your favorite summer activities with your kids?  I’m already planning for next summer!

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