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  • Welcome!

    Hi! I am Sarzy, I am a Mum, I am a photographer, I am homeschooler and lover of all things beautiful!

    Let me tell you a little about me and We Live We Learn :)

    I want this blog to be a beautiful place to visit. I have always "seen" stories in my head, so I love that I can use images to tell a story (or part of one). Often I will not write much to accompany my images. They are the story after all. To me pictures capture something more than words — I am sure that comes from my dyslexic brain, we are visual people.

    This blog began as a place to share my photo a day project, a project about my everyday life with my family and what I am grateful for each day. I started the project in 2010 when I realised that I did not appreciate the little things in my life. My project was born to remind myself of my beautiful, extraordinary, ordinary life. I would recommend a similar project to anyone — making the time to find something to be grateful for each day has really changed the way I look at my life (for the better!).

    
This blog is also dedicated to our learning. How could it not be when it it such a huge part of our life! We homeschool and our style is Unschooling with a Montessori twist. My hope is that by sharing I will: help demystify homeschooling and Unschooling; help others by sharing ideas and resources; encourage by showing my successes and failures.

    I love beauty around me and I hope to show that an ordinary life is beautiful.
    I look forward to having you here!

Fairy Dust. Magic wishing dust.

Fairy Dust

Sometimes I hear so much giggling from my two that my heart almost explodes… They giggle the most when they play their imaginative little games together. I hear all about the magic elephants they are riding, the super duper sit (a magic sit that renders the person you are sitting on immobile), Ninja Ellie’s magic powers, they sing “Marry music” to their teddies that are in love with each other and so much more! I love listening to all the wonderful magical things that they imagine!

One afternoon I was listening to them play (well it is hard not to hear them;)) and they were discussing what they needed to collect to put their magic powers in, they decided to collect a “lovely” concoction of dirt, sand and plants mixed with water although it got me thinking that we could make some magic dust bottles…

So the next time I was at the “cheap shop” I bought a few little confetti stars to add to our collection and that is how the magic begun!

What we used:

  • Tiny bottles (from our local “cheap shop”)
  • Sensory salt (for recipe look here)
  • Rice
  • Sand
  • Glitter
  • Confetti
  • Confetti glitter stars
  • Washi tape to decorate bottles
  • Gem stickers to decorate bottles
  • Funnels for adding dust to the bottles

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Obviously there are no rules when it comes to making your magic wishing dust! It depends on what magic you need your dust for I guess. We had our Guinea pigs Fluff and Nibbles help make ours:)

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As soon as they had made any they needed to test it out!

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They all looked so pretty!

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A little more “testing”…

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As you can see there is lots of “magic” left so best use it outside!

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July 28, 2014 - 11:06 am

Kate - An Everyday Story - Be still my heart! You captured this so incredibly beautifully Sarah.

July 28, 2014 - 11:33 am

admin - Thank you Kate :)

Making blood! Free human blood printable.

Free parts of blood printable — Blood

Parts of blood_FREE Printable

Hands on blood!
You will need:

  • Red water beads = red blood cels
  • White foam balls = white blood cells
  • Glitter = Platelets
  • Water with a little yellow food colouring = plasma

**Note. Although the photos show us adding water beads that have not grown to yellow water we found that it is best to soak the water beads in uncoloured water before adding them to the yellow mixture! Otherwise your blood will turn orange :\ Once the beads have soaked up as much water as they can then add them to your yellow plasma and it should look just right:)

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William to so excited to see the glitter “form a scab” when he added it!

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When our blood was ready I set it out with some buttons to use as diseases and other invaders!

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There were a few battles between the white blood cells and the invaders;)

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They decided that they needed more platelets to stop the bleeding!

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Blood.pages

July 27, 2014 - 8:02 am

Amy - What a wonderful hands-on way of learning about blood. Fantastic!

July 27, 2014 - 8:11 am

admin - The kids really loved it! They have even got it out to play when friends come to play :)

July 27, 2014 - 8:38 am

Kate - An Everyday Story - Super duper crazy awesome!! Can’t wait until my kids are interested in blood!!

July 27, 2014 - 8:40 am

admin - Heheehe sounds like you like the idea ;)

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