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With Blurb’s New Feature in BookWright Turn your Digital Content into a Beautiful Book

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I always like to create photo books for our memorable moments. Blurb is another company I use for creating photo books and other books. Last year I published my own cookbook using Blurb. It was a cool project which I completed in few days using the book creating software.

Turn your Digital Content into a Beautiful Book

Hearty Salads & Sweet Treats – My cookbook

Now Blurb has a new feature to share which all bloggers would love. BookWright book creating software is with new blog import feature which anyone can create a book easily using their digital content. As this new blog import feature supports any blog building tool such as Blogger, WordPress, and many others, this is sure exciting news for anyone who is waiting to publish or create their own book!

 

With the new blog import tool, you can easily import the text and images to your new book making it easier to create a beautiful book. So, I am excited. Because I can use this tool to create my next book using the blog posts which I shared during the last years.

 

To learn more about BookWright,  please visit here.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

It can be for a playgroup kid or a preschool kid. Preserving playgroup memories or even preschool memories is a challenge as there are lots of different ideas around. I faced the same and finally started my project with creating a photobook to preserve his playgroup memories.

Finally another year passed. Our kid is a preschooler now. In 2016 He had a great and precious year in his playgroup with different activities. Although our first intention of sending him for a playgroup was just to learn social skills and to interact with other similar aged kids, we noticed how they learn day by day with different activities such as arts and crafts, singing, reading and even writing.

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Cover page of our photo book

Each day my kid came out with a craft or art work in hand. At first, I started collecting all such art pieces in a file folder. So, most of his art works are organized and he can see those when he is a grown up adult. (Hopefully) I also keep his workbooks and activity books safe and we still refer those time to time.

Other than that I started a big project! It is a photobook with my kid’s artworks and some special moments during his playgroup year. This is really exciting and I am working on this photobook these days.Before reading further,check this Arts & Crafts book for an inspiration!

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Here is how I preserve our kid’s playgroup memories in a photobook!

As always I selected my favorite photobook company for this photo album too.

From the collection of photo book ideas for kids, I selected the design of Arts & Crafts photo book design as it is more suitable for my purpose of creating a photo book for playgroup memories.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Adding and arranging photos are really easy!

I have loads of memories and photos from his playgroup activities together with his arts and crafts. So, I selected the best photos in to one folder and started creating the book.

Creating this photobook is really easy and it only takes few minutes. However, you will not only own a printed photo book but also a digital photo book which you can print again if needed. I love this idea because of my experience of losing my childhood photos due to a recent flood.

Check: How to create a photo book

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

We celebrated his 3rd birthday with the playgroup friends

Anyway our photo book with our kid’s playgroup memories and activities are almost done. Once finalized and checked again, I can easily order it.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

This is one of the pages which I added his arts and crafts at the Playgroup

Isn’t it a great idea to preserve childhood memories? They will cherish and really appreciate these photo books once they are grown up!

Check the Arts and Crafts photo book just for an inspiration. You can also subscribe with Mixbook and receive the latest details including promotions up to 50% off!

Importance of Colouring Pages for Kids + Free Coloring Book

Do you introduce colouring pages for kids from their younger age of life? I actually introduced lot of colouring pages, coloring pictures, coloring books and even empty sheets with colours to my son when he was just few months old and able to sit on his own. At first he just drew lines with colours. And later on I could see he improved his skills on colring and he also focus and concentrate on what he does when he colour any picture. Now as a toddler and nearly 3 years old, he colors his coloring sheets with different matching colors and for me it is a great development milestone as I was watching his progress throughout the years.

Now,my toddler uses different colours to create his beautiful art pieces 🙂

If you think colouring is just a skill for kids, it is wrong. Actually when I searched for benefits of coloring for kids, I was amazed with lot of benefits to raise happy and healthy kids by using colouring activities from their early days of life. Here are some of the benefits which you can expect from such colouring activities.

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It is a therapy and helpful for stress relief

It is obvious, same as for adults; colouring is a way of expression for kids too. They can calm down and express their emotions through engaging with a colouring activity.

Improves Motor Skills

Colouring can help improving fine motor skills while development of muscles of the fingers and hands with activities related to colouring.

Improve Focus, attention and Hand to Eye Coordination

Little ones are with really short attention span. They usually don’t concentrate in any work for long hours. Colouring can be a great activity to develop their attention span together with focus and hand to eye Coordination.

Self-Expression

Colouring activities are a great way to express inner thoughts and ideas. So that it is same with young kids too. By introducing coloring pages from their early age of life, you are helping your kid to express his ideas and thoughts in way of beautiful art pieces.

Prepares kids for School

We can’t forget about the educational background we create by starting colouring pages. Young kids start their writing skills with colouring pages. When they know how to grab colour pencils, they also learn how to grab pencils to write. Colouring can be the start of writing, creativity, organizing, and use of papers, books and activities which prepares them for future education.

So don’t wait till it is late. Allow your toddler or infant to express their thoughts and enter into the world by giving beautiful and creative colouring pages with some colours. They will create beautiful pieces of art that you never think! They love colouring and you as a parent will have better time too.

Free Printable Coloring Pages

It is always easier when you have printable colouring pages, so you can print again and again when you need new colouring activity books. Collaborating with Kidloland, we have a free colouring book which you can easily print and share with your kids.

This free colouring book comes with 13 coloring pages which not only allow your kid to learn colouring, but also to improve the skills of word recognition. Each page comes with colouring object name and the illustrations are really attractive and cheerful.

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Some sample pages from the free colouring book for kids

 

 So,why wait?

Download your free printable coloring book here

Also don’t forget to read our review and experience about Kidloland educational app which is really helpful for my kid to engage with activities such as singing, learning alphabet, colours, numbers and many more. It also comes with engaging activities such as puzzles, sorting and matching activities which are really beneficial for kids.

 

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A Noisy DIY Balloon Drum for Kids with a Balloon Skin

Balloon drum is a fun project I do with my son. It is really easy and a great way to keep a toddler busy for few minutes. I usually use burst balloons to create drums, but a new balloons are good too. If the burst balloon is suitable and large enough to stretch over a tin or cup, then I use those to create a drum for him.

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Balloon drum

For the balloon drums, I always use plastic cups, so I don’t have to worry about sharp edges of the tins. But, I guess it gives good sound with an empty tin than with a plastic cup.

Here is what we did to create this balloon drum.

Things that you will need:

A balloon

Empty can or a plastic cup

Elastic band/rubber band

Sticks (pencils are fine too)

How to make a balloon drum?

Making a balloon drum is really easy and it is a no brain task.

Simply cut the end of the balloon. Stretch the balloon over the tin or cup.

Use the elastic band to secure the balloon over the cup.

A balloon drum is done. Give it to your kid with a pair of sticks.

This is great as an earth day activity too as this project involve a burst balloon skin and an empty tin.

 

DIY Recycling Bin for Kids + Tzu Chi Recycling Day

Teaching kids about value of recycling is really important. I think we don’t have to wait till kids grow to teach them the value of recycling and caring for our mother nature.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

After I received a leaflet about Tzu Chi Recycling Day, I decided not to collect recyclable items only by myself; instead I wanted to join my toddler with the cause. As a start we made this DIY Recycling Bin which is a funful and educational activity to do with toddlers or even with grown up kids.

DIY Recycling Bin for Kids

Here is what we did. You can add some more ideas to this DIY Recycling Bin and make it more beautiful.

We used,

  •  A cardboard box (Actually what we used is an empty cake box which is supposed to throw)
  • Crepe paper for decoration
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape

First we removed the lid of the cardboard box. Then I used sellotape on edges to make the box stronger.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Using the green colour crepe paper we made recycle symbol and we also pasted another purple colour crepe paper on top of the box just to make it beautiful.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Finally, it is done!

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

We have a beautiful Recycling Bin.

Now we can collect recyclable materials in this box till the next collection date. Last few days I collected few yogurt cups and milk bottles, so we put those into our recycle box.

DIY Recycling Bin for kids

Remember to wash and clean all items before collecting.After collecting recyclables,it is time to send those to a recycling point in your neighborhood!

Tzu Chi Recycling Day

In Singapore, every second Sunday of each month is Tzu Chi Recycling Day. Few days ago Tzu Chi Volunteers visited our neighborhood including our home to encourage residents to collect recyclable items. I missed joining with the April Tzu Chi Recycling Day, but I am preparing to join with the next Recycling Day together with my toddler.

Hope I will be able to teach him the value of preserving earth from his young age!

 

Train Birthday Party for Our Son’s 2nd Birthday

Few months ago our son celebrated his 2nd birthday. Actually he celebrated his 2nd birthday on last year October and still I couldn’t post any details of it. My blog is called ‘Diary of a New Mom’, but my diary is always outdated. 🙂 Anyway, late is better than never. So, this post will still have some value when he is grown up.

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Sanu is Two!

He celebrated his 2nd birthday in October last year. It was really busy and stressful period at our home. My mother arrived here from Sri Lanka and helped me on weaning. We started weaning him from breastfeeding, but my son was not happy. 🙁 He tried his best to get his favourite ‘breast milk’.

Although his actual birthday was on October, we had to celebrate it few days before as we had plans to visit Sri Lanka for a holiday. I wanted to have a small celebration as I was not sure on how our days would be in Sri Lanka. Visiting Sri Lanka is always enjoyable as we can stay with family members. But, on the other way it is really tiresome. We travel from one place to another. No proper stay at any home. So, I planned to have a birthday celebration in Singapore before we leave as I can’t predict how it would be in Sri Lanka.

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This time our birthday theme was train birthday. My son loves Bob the Train songs YouTube channel (Kids TV), so we could easily select the theme.

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DIY Train Birthday Party for 2 Year old

I love DIY birthday parties. So, most of the banners were done by me and I always involved my son with me when I was doing those crafts.One of the best ways to teach arts and crafts for toddlers! 🙂

Below is the Birthday banner for this train themed Birthday party.This DIY Train birthday banner is really easy to make when you have beautiful and colourful papers.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Train Birthday Party Banner

I also printed photos of his 2nd year and made a photo banner which features a train.

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Train Birthday Photo Banner

I have a plan of making a photo album for our son using his 5 years photos,so I capture a photo each month and I guess birthday is a good reason to print all the monthly photos.

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Train Birthday Photo Banner

Below is a simple birthday cake done by me.Actually I bought few decorated pieces of cakes from a nearby bakery shop and made this train birthday cake.A toy train engine completed the look of the birthday cake.

Actually this was just a family celebration which we didn’t have any guests.So,we didn’t want a big Birthday cake.

Here is the tutorial for this easy train Birthday Cake.

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Train Birthday Cake

Anyway,I still bought another small cake for the sake of cutting as I wanted to keep the Train Birthday cake few more minutes just to admire its beauty. 🙂

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Train Birthday Cake

We are ready to cut the cake.But,the train cake engine (train toy) is in our son’s hand 🙂

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My mother was the only guest for this Train Birthday party!

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Sanu with his Grand Mother

Lunch was served for the train birthday party and we arranged it as a train using colourful containers.This colourful train toy helped a lot to create our lunch train.

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Train Birthday Party Food

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An easy food garnishing for the train birthday party

He looks bit tired as few days before the celebration,he fell down on the floor and ended up with four stitches on his chin. 🙁 In these photos,he is still with his stitches.

Anyway,our train birthday party is not yet over.We visited Sri Lanka at the end of September and we were there on his actual date of birth.(His birthday falls on the first week of October) My mother arranged a Birthday party at home inviting few kids in our neighborhood.It was a great opportunity for our son to play and mingle with some kids in Sri Lanka.My mother,as she left Singapore just before few days of our flight took some of the banners from the party saying she doesn’t have enough time to shop for birthday party supplies.On the other way,we could use most of the birthday supplies twice!

So here are some moments from the Train Birthday Party we had in Sri Lanka.Sadly,photos are not so clear and most of the photos with the kids are shaky.I could pick few photos anyhow.

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

We used different candy,chocolates and sweets for the party.

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka with candy and sweets

Kids always love these types of candy parties than other food 🙂

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For us it was easy to organize as we were on a holiday and with limited time.

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Below are some of the decorations.

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Our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

Party favours for the train birthday

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Train Birthday Party Door banner

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Sanu with his cousin sister

Most of the photos are shaky.But I could find few photos with some of the kids who came to our birthday party.They all are so sweet and enjoyed the day with our son.

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Some of the sweet kids

Below is a train! 🙂 Kids were playing.

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Its games time.Kids enjoyed a choo choo train! 🙂

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Some of the kids for our Train Birthday Party in Sri Lanka

Although we celebrate his birthdays with a party,we don’t forget to join with good causes.

This time we visited an elderly home near to our home (Sri Lanka) with some donations.We also offered tea party for the elders who reside there.It was a good time for us to spend time with them.

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My son is almost 2 and half years now and we are waiting for his 3rd Birthday celebration.

How about you?Do you celebrate kids birthdays at home?If so,how do you celebrate?

Also please share your photo stories from the past week.

DIY Toddler Reading Corner

A reading corner is a great place for any toddler to spend time on his own by reading books alone. Our son has a specific place to keep his books, but he didn’t have a specific place to read. We read books together in bedroom, on the sofa or even sitting on the floor.

Now, as a toddler he showed interest in looking at the books alone. I heard he was creating stories around the illustrations of the books. So, isn’t this the right time to create a separate space for him to read books?

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I thought that would be interesting if I create a reading corner for him. A reading corner would be a great place which encourages a toddler to read books. I was right. He was so excited when I was creating a special place for him to read.

Anyway, I didn’t do any fancy design change for his kids room. Instead I did some changes in the arrangement for his nursery room. Actually when he turned 1 year old, we didn’t use his nursery room much. When he turned 2 years old, I started changing his baby nursery room into a kids play room. So, this reading corner is one of the projects we carried out on our way creating a kids room for him.

Easy DIY Reading corner for toddler

This is a pretty simple idea. I used his foam play mat for the reading corner. Previously we used this play mat to keep him sitting and playing. But now as a toddler, he runs around the home and he doesn’t use the play mat much. Instead he likes to use a table for most of his activities.So, this reading area is a great way for us to re-purpose foam play mat.

I bought 3 new pillow cases which are colorful and with kids friendly animal character prints on it. My son loved those pillow cases and I used some pillow inserts to make kids friendly cushions.So those are his cushions in the new reading corner.

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I also bought a wall display with numbers to decorate the wall. So, he can learn counting too. Instead of creating a space for keeping all his books, I only kept a small box with few books. So, I can rotate the books. If he wants, he can always take books from his usual book shelf.

Easy DIY Reading corner for toddler

Once I created this reading corner, my son was really happy. Now it is around 3 months after I making a separate space for him. Still he loves the place and he reads books and even asks me to read books there with him.

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That is what I wanted before making the reading corner for our toddler son!  🙂

How to Create Custom Prints Using your Own Family Photography

With digital cameras and even with mobile phone cameras, taking photographs is not a big task as it was some years ago. Having a baby or kids at home means you are completely busy with capturing photos of their moments. How do you organize these photos? I usually create photo albums using the photos of the year or photos of the special moments. Other than that, I found creating custom prints is another way to use family photos as memories.

A canvas print with beautiful family photo will be a great addition to your empty wall of the home. Even you can change the photo each year and see how your family grows and how your family members change in their look each year. Well, I print family photos each year and frame those. Instead I found canvas prints as a great way to create beautiful banners.

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How to create your own custom prints?

Creating custom prints are really easy with Open Prints. With their easy to use software, it only takes few minutes to create any design using your own photographs. Other than the canvas and custom posters, you can even be creative with beautiful mouse pads, metal prints and T shirts using your own photographs. Just imagine creating of T shirts for the whole family! When you wear the same custom T shirt, it is a great way to attend group events or celebrations as a whole family.

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Visit www.openprints.com and start creating your custom prints with your photographs. You can also create custom artwork using your photographs and sell those online. Simply open a store with Openprints, and sell artwork online.

Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book

Coloring books are a great way to spend time concentrating on beautiful illustrations and making it a beautiful picture with so many colors as you wish. This is a great way to release your stress and to relax after a tiresome day.
I came across a new adult coloring book and hope this will be an interesting coloring book for you too.

Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book

Legendary Worlds is a classic coloring book for adults which features amazing illustrations which include castles, caves and underwater realms. This beautiful book will include 85 beautiful illustrations to make you busy with coloring and viewing it again and again.

Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book

A group of seven artists including Witek Radomski, Carrie Wong, Kamala Melzack, Matthew Dorad, Al Sayers, Nony Dar Sagol, and Anonymous Goat joined to create this wonderful piece of art and you can easily engage coloring it when you have free time. This is a great project for any mom after a tiresome day to make your mood.

Features of Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book

Legendary Worlds is printed in Canada on high quality paper and sewn bound. With sewn-bound coloring book, you will have a great experience as it lays flat.

Check the Kickstarter campaign for more information of Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book.

Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book

DIY New Year Party Hat for Toddlers

Today we spent few hours making some simple items for New Year celebrations. This year my son is 2 years old and he enjoys celebrations. Few months ago we celebrated his 2nd Birthday, although he didn’t have much idea on his simple birthday party on the day we celebrated, he started imaginary playing with birthday parties after few weeks of the party. So, that time I decided to do some activities focusing him for the New Year.

Today, 31st of December, I told him about the New Year. He understands it is something to celebrate and he is ready to welcome the New Year with his soft toys.

This is a simple party hat we both made. Although it is easier to buy party hats, DIY items are always good to engage with a toddler. So, I decided to spend few minutes and to create this New Year Party hat.

We used simple supplies which we found at home.

Things needed:
• cardstock paper
• tape
• stapler
• glue stick
• scissors
• Pen
• Paper punch as required

First we made confetti using colourful strips of paper. You can also use a paper punch to make circles to add to the collection of confetti.
I used an A4 size paper for the party hat.

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers
First I  wrote the greeting ‘Happy New Year’.

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers

We decorated this paper using the confetti.

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Then I used tape and staple to make a cone using the decorated paper.

Finally cut the edges of the party hat and make it round shape.

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It is really simple and easy.
This is a few minute project to make a toddler happy when they are bit bored.

My son decided to use the party hat on his teddy bear. 🙂

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And,Teddy is ready to welcome the New Year 2016!

DIY New Year Party Hat for toddlers

Happy New Year 2016!

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