Monday, 29 September 2014

Chestnut play idea

I'm very sorry for the blurred pictures. It might be the sloppiest post on Hugo and Mathilda but as it was a very spontaneous action I forgive myself. 

We attached three kitchen paper rolls using a strong cellotape to the door. 
I've noticed that Hugo enjoys this kind of plays more than our "ordinary" crafting. He loves watching how things work and spent a lot of time racing the chestnut through the rolls while... 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Apple juice with radish and/or kohlrabi leaves

I wonder whether you still have some crops in your garden. I lately discovered that radish and kohlrabi leaves are edible and very healthy and am happy about it because those leaves are my main crops from the radishes and kohlrabis that I sowed this year.

You can eat them raw in salads or blanch. I juiced them with apples.

For three glasses I took two apples and a handful of leaves and then added some water to the juice. By those proportions you can barely taste the leaves so vary them as you like.

I'm delighted that the leaves will not be thrown away again.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Step 2 - eat small fish

Eat small fish.

Big fish cotain higher amounts of toxins. This is because they eat little fish and this way the toxins accumulate in their bodies. Some sources say that it is good to consume fish despite the toxins but one should watch for their size.

Living in Ireland we are so lucky to be able to buy fresh fish caught just few hours before… and I’m so lucky that my kids like eating fish… which I cannot say about eating vegetables. We’ll get there one day…

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Felt alphabet - a handmade gift

Mathilda's 5th birthday is coming soon. Everything is more or less planned but I thought that it would be nice to add something handmade to the gifts that we've gathered for her.

This is a very simple project. Cutting out the letters took me one evening. I prepared two of every letter but with time I can cut out more of the most used ones. You can play with the letters making words straight on a table or use some felt. The felt that you use as your slate can be hung and the letters will still hold on to it. The alphabet can be nicely packed into that felt after you finish playing. You will then need a string or ribbon to tie it.

What do you think? Will she like it?

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Step 1 - avoiding cans

Some time ago I decided to make my life healthier in many ways. It never occurred to me that this might be  a very frustrating process. I wanted to change everything at once which didn't work at all. I realized that a step by step approach would be so much better for me. Since then few people asked me what have I changed. I'm very happy to share this knowledge but would also like as I implemented it do it in portions.

This is step 1 (there will be no particular order in the steps) - avoiding cans because of the BPA in the coating. Your homework for this month.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Can we make a project please?

Projects - this is how we call our arty plays. The kids got used to them so much that even on holidays they requested to make a few. This is one of them. Leaves from the garden, stickers (as grandma didn't have a cellotape) and attempts to catalogue the nature. The names are in Polish.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Child Nutrition and Cooking from Stanford University

Who would like to sign up for a Child Nutrition and Cooking course from Stanford University? It is free and online, brought to you by Coursera:

I am just finishing it. This is a basic course but packed with useful tips for parents of picky/learning eaters and it is nicely organised.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Talents (?)

We found at home an older very simple digital camera. Mathilda was the first to try it out. She really liked documenting life. I admit that I felt a little bit bad about not showing how it works to Hugo as well, but one camera, two children, you know… Unconsciously I must have anticipated that after some time this would resolve itself spontaneously and exceptionally happened to be right about it. One day after watching his sister taking pictures Hugo expressed firmly that it was his turn. I then after a lengthy explanation to be extra careful revealed to him that he needed to press the biggest button. He disappeared for an hour and filled the whole card with the photographs. I did not have time to look at them straight away and only in the evening we downloaded them to the computer to discover that they were great - blurred, sometimes difficult to recognize but great! Our house seen from his perspective. And I saw the future Magnum agency member.

But please my dear son, you can become whoever you want!

Mathilda lately discovered her vocation and said that she would like to become an artist. I did not know anything else to say to her as that she actually does not have to become one as she already is one. What else could one say to a child whose teachers say that she cannot just write a page of "a" or "e" without artistically customizing the letters.