Joanna Anastasia

Watermelon Summer print & a meal plan to print at home

With days finally filled with sunshine and heat all I can think about is how I’m grateful for this time with my family. Despite everything that’s happening kids seem to be happy in their new routine, and while I am tired of cooking all these meals at home and homeschooling my three little monkeys, I’m also grateful for the frontline workers and all that they do , so we can stay safe at home.

So to make my kitchen a bit more cheerful, and my cooking more fun, I have made this watermelon summer kitchen print and meal planning sheets that go with it! ( And if you’re looking for more fun summer printables then my talented friends have all shared some more cheerful ideas! Make sure to check them at the bottom!)

Because now that kids have school at home, they seem to be always hungry- and meal planning have really become a lifesaver if you ask me! Though you might ask why there’s no Sunday on my meal plan? Well, by Sunday I usually refuse to cook and we order take out !

I guess I’m a bit obsessed with watermelons this season, but nothing says summer more than these juicy fruits in my opinion!

You can upload your meal plan here, and just print it at home!

And here’s the print for you!

I hope They will cheer your kitchen as they did mine!

Today I’m joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their summer printables! Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post…

Tropical & Palm Leaf Line Drawing Free Printable Series at The Happy Housie
Watercolour Peonies in a Ginger Jar Printable at Craftberry Bush
Watermelon Summer Print and Meal Planner Printable at JoAnna Anastasia

Three Free Peony Watercolour Printables at The Tattered Pew
Ice Cream Sundae Bar Printables at Clean & Scentsible
Watercolour Seascapes Free Printables at Finding Silver Pennies
Summer Movie Night Printables at Life is a Party

Free Summer Prints at Taryn Whiteaker Designs
Printable Garden Markers at Tatertots and Jello
Must Have Flowers Always Free Summer Printable at She Gave it a Go
DIY Spin Art Printable at My Sweet Savannah

Dreaming of Summer – Bougainvillea Printable at Zevy Joy
Porch Rules Printable at Lolly Jane
Earthy Artwork Free Printable Wall Art at Grace in My Space
The Sun Will Rise Printable at Cassie Bustamante

Whimsical summer wreath DIY

Summer is almost here, the days are full of sun, and we play more and more outside- so it’s only natural that I have got together with my blogging friends to bring you the cutest summer wreath ideas!

Make sure to check them all at the bottom!

I decided to go for a delicate and whimsical look, and here’s what I came up with:

Now, can you imagine I used to spend a small fortune on wreaths? Don’t tell my hubby, bur every season I would visit my local Home Sense and swoon over the cutest seasonal wreaths ending up getting ” the last one this time” .

But last year I discovered that you can actually make one, for a fraction of the price using dollar store items- and a hot glue gun!Best part is that you can personalize it in any way possible.

So today I decided to make us a delicate and whimsical summer wreath. Something that would match my etryway decor but wouldn’t overwhelm it.

All I used was this rope wreath, some paper mini blooms, tiny mushrooms and I have put it all together with a glue gun! So simple, took me less than 30 minours, and looks absolutely lovely in my home!

After hanging it in our entryway I wanted to see how it would look on our back front door and to be honest now I can’t decide where I should leave it- either way my girls decided that loved it too! Seriously, making your own wreaths is so easy, and definitely more affordable!

Now, which one do you think looks better- my whimsical summer wreath on black or white doors?

And make sure to check my talented friends summer wreath ideas!

 Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post!

DIY Dollar Store Lemon Wreath with Ferns at The Happy Housie
Blue Hydrangea Wreath at The Tattered Pew
DIY White Rose & Eucalyptus Wreath for Summer at Modern Glam
Summer Basket Wreath at Clean & Scentsible

Swiss Cross Door Basket at Cassie Bustamante
Foraged Wreath at Life is a Party
Minimalist Modern Summer Hoop Wreath at This is Simplicite
DIY Hydrangea Wreath at Dans le Lakehouse

Nautical Summer Cottage Wreath at Tatertots and Jello
DIY Floating Starfish Wreath at Finding Silver Pennies
DIY Easy Crafts Wreath Pillow at My 100 Year Old Home
Edible Fruit Salad Summer Wreath at My Sweet Savannah

Summer Vibes Wreath at Amidst the Chaos
Cheery Summer Yarn Wreath at a Pretty Life
Summer DIY Wreath at Joanna Anastasia
DIY Summer Wreath Idea at She Gave it a Go

Schedule for staying home with kids during the quarantaine

Depending where you live you might be either in full on quarantaine mood or like us, at the social distancing point. Either way, our schools and daycares are cancelled, and many of us are either not working at this point at all, or working from home with kids around.

Here where we are, in Montreal, we are still able to go for a walk around the neighborhood with kids, or play in the backyard, and while we make sure to keep our distance ( witch is easy in our residential area) , we definitely do take kids out to play a bit in fresh air.

However, your reality might be a bit different- and so of course we should all follow what our local health care providers direct us to do.

So this schedule for staying home with kids during the quarantaine is an reflection of how I spend days with my three kids- who are now eight, six and twenty months.

And why actually I want us to stick to a schedule? Well, let me explain:

  • My kids are used to a school schedule– and so without it, after two-three days they become whiny and really unorganized !
  • Without clear “screen time schedule” it becomes impossible to get them off the screens-they become the “Screen Gollums” and throw tantrums once I say it’s enough and we need to eat/go to sleep etc.
  • They don’t want to tidy/dress and follow any routine when there’s no real day plan.
  • It helps me to be the focused mom I need to be now– while keeping my time slots for my own breaks.

Now, it may be only my kids who thrive on planned days and who lose it with too many “do-whatever-you-want” days. But with all that is happening now, the last thing I need are whiny, grumpy and fighting kids. So my way to keep a relatively normal beat is by following our schedule.

Last thing to keep in mind- my plan is based on the time I have spend in the past with my kids ant home- as I used to send them to day care three times a week, and I used to keep them home twice a week so they would be bilingual and speak both the official language of our province- French- but also my mother tongue- Polish.

Also, I always kept them home during all the pedagogical days. So I know that this schedule works for us based on hundreds of days spent following this plan.

But maybe your kids need more active time, or maybe they nap more or wake up much earlier- you might need to adjust it for your own family needs. This is only how I do it.


And if you’d like to download it and print at home here is the pdf!

Also, when I say it’s clean up time- it means that it’s both adults as kids who tidy up- so this is the time when I ask kids to clean their toys, help to clean the table, help with laundry folding etc.

And, my backyard is completely closed, so I can send my older kids to play outside alone if I need to work. So for me this schedule works pretty well even on the days when I actually do need to work from home.

Now, as to all that craft time- we like crafting, I wrote a book on crafting with kids, and often through crafting time I will actually sneak in some homeschooling and reading and writing activities. Plus it’s a relatively quiet time so it’s a win-win in my books!

And a last thing to keep in mind- if you don’t follow a schedule it’s also ok. Whatever you do to pass through this difficult time is fine, and there’s no one way fits all. What’s important is that we go through this safe, healthy and sane- and without passing that virus to anyone on our way!

Eclectic spring home tour

It’s finally spring, and while the world is unstable, our homes are more than ever out safe and calm spaces- and so I think that decorating for spring is even more important than ever! So today I’m sharing my spring home tour in collaboration with some of my blogging friends ( make sure to check their homes!)

This year I decided to embrace my romantic decor affiliations, and add flowers literally everywhere- including on the furniture! While I know this is not for everyone, me and my kids we love being surrounded by colours and flowers!

When you’ll step inside our house you’ll be greeted buy our colorful entryway- I have recently painted these doors pink, and decided to add a wreath inside our entryway this year. Now every time I pass by I have something to smile about! I found these decorative surface tatoos in Dollar Store last week, and while I wasn’t sure at first what I’ll do with them, now I’m so happy I decided to get them. It took me thirty minutes and a total of 4$ to transform my entryway drawers chest for spring! Let me know what you think of this furniture!

In the living room I switched winter pillows for lighter pink spring onces and I added more flowers! Also, my mantel is now my favourite home vignette.

Then in my kitchen I have simply cleaned my open shelves, I added more tulips and a fresh new kitchen towel. I’m all about keeping things fresh, adding more pink accessories and keeping things simple in my kitchen this season!

I hope that my home tour can inspire you to decorate your home for spring too now! And please make sure to check my talented friends beautiful homes too!

This week I’m joined by some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their Spring Home Tours with you. Be sure to see what they are sharing by clinking the links below the images.

Also sharing with me today, are…

Wednesday

Amber Tysl
Life is a Party
Town and Country Living
Finding Silver Pennies
Joanna Anastasia

Sharing the rest of this week…

Monday

The Happy Housie
Grace in My Space
Life is Better at Home
She Gave it a Go
Amidst the Chaos

Tuesday

Cassie Bustamante
All Things With Purpose
Modern Glam
Lemon Thistle
Zevy Joy

Thursday

Cherished Bliss
Tatertots & Jello
Deeply Southern Home
Rambling Renovators
The DIY Mommy

Friday

Home Made Lovely
Willow Street Interiors
Sincerely, Marie Designs
Rooms FOR Rent
House by Hoff
The Tattered Pew

Toddler room update

This past weekend I decided that it’s time for a little toddler room update! We where all a bit tired with the blue mural that was on the wall and while I’m not ready to take Julien out of the crib- he’s a year an a half and I still need him contained in that crib – he does need more space for toys and play.

When I first design this room over a year ago, I wanted a statement wall that would set a tone for his room. But the thing is that sometimes statements are a bit too strong, and after awhile you get tired of them! 

So this past weekend, with a bit of help from my mother in law, we did a makeover in Julien’s nursery! 

 We painted the walls this fresh mint green, that funny enough was not my first colour choice! It’s actually a proof that sometimes design mistakes are positive coincidences! See, I was picking up paint on a whim, with 3 kids in tow, and was sure that the sample I choose was more blueish and greenish. I compared all the samples in pale natural light of my local Canadian Tire and decided that this should do. And while this is not the pale bluish green I was going for, and it’s definitely mint and nothing else, in end we all like it anyway !

Then we moved furniture around, and all of the sufdden the room feels much bugger!

And I added these rainbow decals from Rocky Mountain Decals! They where super easy to instal, and I think they look really cute in here! Best thing about these decals is that they are easy to take off and stick somewhere else, so for a serious redecorator like me they are the best option! ( plus, they don’t damage walls!)

 I’m really happy with those colourful rainbow decals and the half wall of colour – they’re fun together and add character to this room- but don’t overwhelm the space as the big mural did!

And now this room feels fresh, is more toddler friendly and definitely feels a bit bigger! ️And all it took was a bit of paint and fun decals!

Valentines day tablescape

Every year we do something fun with my girls for Valentine’s day- because why for many this is another made-up holiday, for me it’s a great opportunity to celebrate love and family in the midst of our cold canadian winter!

Now, if you prefer making gifts for your loved ones, or simply watch romantic movies and eat heart shaped cookies – you do you boo! I think all that really matters is to take this day as an opportunity to talk about why we love each other, what we appreciate about each other and how we should be grateful and appreciative of all the little things all year round.

However setting up a cute Valentines day table for breakfast or an afternoon tea is definitely something fun to do for/with kids! And for me, seeing my girls eyes getting big out of excitement when they see what I have prepared for them is what makes my heart full!

It doesn’t need to be expensive to be fun- here are my simple ideas for a Valentine’s day tablescape:

  • hand written paper table runner
  • paper heart hearts layered on the table
  • felt heart hearts spread around the table
  • heart shaped chocolates and cookies layered in a colorful mess
  • hot milk with marshmallow hearts
  • cake with marshmallow “cake toppers” ( store bought or baked- whatever works!)
  • valentines balloons
  • heart garland
  • ceramic lanterns
  • some fruits

And I found most of this set up in my local Dollar Store- it took me around 10 minutes to set it all up. And I had so much fun! Because celebrating doesn’t need to be over the top difficult to set up nor expensive!

Now I hope I inspired you to throw a simple Valentine’s day celebration in your home too! Happy Valentine’s day everyone!

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