Remember A Gift You Were Given

Posted under The Sprinkle Joy Project

22Sep
remember a gift you were given

  16.   I was reading something in the paper tonight, an excerpt from Oprah Winfrey’s new book, and she was talking about giving gifts. I started thinking about the gifts I have given – ‘presents’ of course, but more importantly perhaps, the ‘gifts’ of time, help, a shoulder to lean on, a bright smile on a rainy day, a…

37 FREE Ideas for School Holidays – Simple Fun for Everyone!

Posted under Holidays and Festivals

19Sep
37 Free Ideas for School Holidays

Original Image via Flickr 37 Free Ideas for School Holidays Simple Fun for Everyone!   My son’s kindergarten teachers sent this list home in our most recent newsletter. I’m absolutely sure, in the spirit of generosity and in protecting that magical time of childhood, that they would LOVE to share this with you too. Imagine if we all made time…

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Ideas #2

Posted under Drawing and Painting

19Sep
annie sloan chalk paint ideas

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Ideas #2 Paint your own Painted Pegboard Display Wall Brought to you by Annie Sloan   For the first time since I was 26, I live in a rental home with seriously bland and blah! walls. I’m told I can use those super expensive stick-on hooks to hang things but I don’t fancy paying $6 or…

Tommee Tippee Bath Toys and Awesome Storage Net Bag too!

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18Sep
tommee tipped bath toys

Tommee Tippee Bath Toys …and the clever thinkers there made this awesome Bath Tub Toy Net Bag too! Brought to you by Tommee Tippee   I LOVE order and organisation, and having lived with children’s toys in my house for almost 20 years, I like them to be kept out from under my feet.  My house has been pretty untidy…

Be Generous

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15Sep
be generous

Image via Creative Commons 14. One day, I was working in the kindergarten and the teacher asked me to do a little job while she woke the children from their rest. My task was to spread the butter and jam on the warm bread rolls, so they were ready in time for the children’s afternoon tea. There was a pile…

Be a Pothole Gardener

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15Sep
be a pothole gardener

15.  Let’s take a little leaf (pun intended!) out of the gardener’s notebook of Guerrilla gardener and blogger Steve Wheen (aka The Pothole Gardener).  He’s on a mission to sprinkle joy into the lives of anyone who passes by and sees his little tiny vignettes of life – often complete with props, dolls, and miniature furniture- planted in one of…

Share a Story with a Random New Friend

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14Sep
share a story

Image via Creative Commons 13.  My mum is such an inspiration for being joyful. One of the things she does best is to chat to random strangers. When I was a kid, I remember feeling the awkwardness and wished she would stop, but now I have taken her lead and I do exactly the same thing! There is seriously nothing…

Join in the Dance

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13Sep
join in the dance

Image via Flickr Creative Commons 12.   I made a pact with myself this year. To join in the dance more often. I don’t get out much so most of my dancing this year has been impromptu twirly swirly jigs with my two little boys when a fun song hits the airwaves. But in the past two weeks, I’ve had…

Share Something You Normally Don’t Share

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12Sep
share something

11. I’m not good at sharing chocolate. It doesn’t even matter if I don’t like it very much. I want to keep it all for me. Mine. Mine. Mine. It’s mine. (Chocolate brings out the toddler in me.) But Jack is now a lover of chocolate too, and is fond of the purple packet and the lovely thing that you…

Go Somewhere New.

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11Sep
go somewhere new

  10.  Go somewhere new. Take a walk on the wild side, or just take a walk. Pop on your most comfortable shoes and a broad brim hat, and embrace the ‘wander’. Wend and wind your way into foreign territory… perhaps to visit a dog grooming parlour, an auto accessory shop (the crafty things you can do with stuff from…

Change a little thing.

Posted under The Sprinkle Joy Project

10Sep
change a little thing

9.   A quick way to inject a little joy into your day is to change a LITTLE thing. What do you use or look at every single day that could really enjoy an injection of new or a sprinkle of rejuvenation? My keyring was looking a little sad and tired so when I saw this sweet toadstool from Seedling…

Look for the good in everything

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9Sep
look for the good in everything

   8.   I don’t watch television at home. We have an old-school set (read: very heavy grey elephant-sized box, gifted to me by my neighbours)  but it has no tv connectivity and can only be used for a rare ‘video’. Video… meaning DVD. I’m still stuck in old school language too! It’s not that I don’t have the time….

How to Live with Wrinkles.

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8Sep
how to live with wrinkles

7.   Last Christmas, I took my three to visit Santa to have their photo taken. I made a last minute decision to jump in the picture. It was a wonderful moment in time, and a pretty cute picture to boot BUT… my first thought when the lady handed it to me was “Oh gee… check out those lines on…

Take a bath

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7Sep
take a bath

6.    Is there anything quite so fabulous as a steaming hot bath at the end of a day?  Today, I dare you, to take a bath. Draw the water, dim the lights (candlelight is super-dooper pretty too!), wait until everyone else is in bed, then JUMP IN.  Take a good book, a cup of tea, your favourite tunes in…

Soften

Posted under The Sprinkle Joy Project

6Sep
soften

5.    I’m guilty of being a ‘bull in a china shop’.  I’ve ALWAYS felt that it is up to me to stand up for things I believe in or when I see an injustice, even when others just let it be. (In the spirit of being honest, I’m also guilty of having judged those ‘others’  as having no backbone…