Tuesday

Christmas Handwashing Songs for Kids - Need Help?


Do You

Need Help?


The Kids Must Wash Their Hands!!!


BUT


Are they Tired of Singing Happy Birthday all the time?

YES!!!!





Let's have some Christmas Songs for washing our hands.

UPDATED to include 5 songs now


I'm going to put up videos & free printables for you to use to teach your children new songs that are the right length or longer for those handwashing routines.


List of Songs included below:

1.  Away in a Manger.

2.  Jingle Bells.

3.  Christmas Bells.

4.  Christmas is a Time of Joy.  

5.  Little Donkey.  NEW!






DON'T FORGET TO CLICK FOR ALL THE FREE DOWNLOADS
at the
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1.  Away in a Manger.

All kids learn at least the first verse of this song and if you sing it slowly you will have well covered your time for the handwashing.







PRINTABLE





Now watch the video below to learn the tune and the words.


Fred & I did a live on facebook singing this song but we did sing it a bit faster than most people.

You can see the recording below from Fred's You tube channel.

Just fast forward to skip the bit of talking at the start.







or click through to my facebook page to watch it there



To Download a copy of these words with chords for guitar and piano  &  the  powerpoint for printing on  A4 card  or  Letter size





2.  Jingle Bells.

I don't think there is a child who has not heard this song before so it will be very easy to get them to use this for washing their hands.


Don't worry if you all get confused with the verse part - so do we and really you only need the well-known chorus part.





3.  Christmas Bells.

This is another easy song for the children to learn because some of the words are repetitive and it is sung to the tune of Jingle Bells.







PRINTABLE








Now watch the video below to learn the tune and the words.

This was also from the series of songs for Christmas that Fred & I did live on Facebook & YouTube

You can see the recording below from Fred's You tube channel






or click through to my facebook page to watch it there


To Download a copy of these words with chords for guitar and piano  &  the  powerpoint for printing on  A4 card  or  Letter size




4.  Christmas is a Time of Joy.

Another easy song for the children which is sung to the tune of Jesus Loves Me.

This one teaches about their gifts and toys not being the main part of Christmas and points to Jesus as the gift from God.

You can find more detail about the song on my songs for Kids post Christmas is a Time of Joy 



PRINTABLE






To Download a copy of these words with chords for guitar and piano  &  the  powerpoint for printing on  A4 card  or  Letter size



5.  Little donkey.

Lovely song appropriate for adults and children but for handwashing for the kids it's great.

We only need to use the first verse and chorus but it still teaches the children a great message about how God kept Mary safe and everyone can be of use to God.



PRINTABLE








To Download a copy of these words with chords for guitar and piano  &  the  powerpoint for printing on  A4 card  or  Letter size








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Clariti - Unique Gift Ideas










Searching for that different, unique gift for a special occasion can prove to be a hard, time-consuming, eye-tiring search of the internet for us each time a birthday, anniversary or Christmas comes along!


Do you need some help to pick out something different for the people you want to encourage and show your love?







I like to support smaller businesses within the UK who give thought and care to their individual products so today I want to introduce you to 



Clariti


This is a small business only started this year by a young girl and I was very impressed by her unique  ideas which will make lovely gifts with Christmas in view.


Disclaimer:  I have not received any products or money from Amy  or Clariti - this is simply a review of her business because I wished to support her.



Let's meet the seller herself - Amy 





Hi, I'm Amy Owen, owner of Clariti.

 I’m based in Llanelli in South Wales (not too far from Swansea).  I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and when I was 11 my family made the move to Wales. I met my husband James in 2018 and we got married in July 2020 (I thank God every day that our wedding could go ahead).

By day I am a Teaching Assistant in a lovely primary school , and in the evenings I run a small business called Clariti which started in the first lockdown in March. There was so much uncertainty going on ,we had no idea if our wedding was going to go ahead, and this caused me a lot of anxiety. James suggested I find a hobby to take my mind off things and so I started thinking about what I could do. I became intrigued with watching resin videos on YouTube and felt that it was something I could have a go at. I bought a little starter kit and my first product was letter keyrings. The rest is history!





Amy Louise tells us about her fun and quaint items and business here:

At first I just sold to friends and family but then I set up an Instagram account, followed by a Facebook page and then finally I had an Etsy shop. Clariti primarily sells on Etsy and although currently I only sell within the UK, I am hoping to expand in the future, including setting up a website (hopefully in 2021).




Lego Themed Items for Keyrings


I get my inspiration from a variety of different places; Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy and Google being just a few. I tend to look for moulds on Etsy and think about what I can do. Very often I’ll Pinterest an idea that I have , and google for different materials that would be needed. I often talk to James about an idea and I won’t be satisfied until I have perfected what I have in mind.




Disney themed Earrings



My most recent product was Poppy Pins for Remembrance Day where I donated £1 to the Royal British Legion for every poppy sold. I was blown away with the response. In the first 3 hours I had sold 100 and since then I have sold many more. 






To know that I have customers who are wanting to make a change and contribute to charities makes me so thankful that I started this little business. Now the poppies will be an annual occurrence, with more charity-donating products in the future, to make a difference in the world.




Clariti has a wide range in stock at the moment:

keyrings,





baubles,






bookmarks,





and coasters





I am always open to doing custom and bespoke orders; just send a message through our Etsy shop to discuss any ideas!




Specially for Christmas there are:













Our turnaround at the moment is 3-5 days (obviously delivery will take longer if there’s a sizeable order but I aim to dispatch as soon as possible).


Our final postal date for Christmas deliveries will be Friday 18th December 2020 to ensure you receive your order before Christmas Day.





You can view all of Amy's products and order at her Etsy shop.

CLARITI DESIGN on ETSY


Follow Amy on Facebook & Instagram to see more photos of the products and behind the scenes of the making process.

CLARITI DESIGN on Instagram

and

CLARITI on Facebook

Feel free to send Amy a message as she will be happy to answer any questions.









Monday

10 Little Things I am Thankful for at Home - Coffee & Conversation




The weather may be something we tend to talk about a lot in Northern Ireland because it can be so changeable but we shouldn't let that have any sway on our feelings.

We should be happy and contented inside or outside, fair weather or wet weather.  

Those types of things may have some bearing on our actions but should not have any control of our feelings.  

We can be determined to find things to enjoy no matter where we are or how much we can manage to do.

So today I'm thinking about some of the small things indoors that make me happy, that put a smile on my face.






10 little Things that I am thankful for  -  not big things  -  but little things that should not always go unnoticed or unappreciated.


Maybe these will remind you to be thankful for the little things too.




1.  These coasters sit on my desk and always bring a smile to my face no matter what I'm working at.






You see I practically always have a mug of coffee with me as I work at the computer and because my desk is white wood I need to be careful not to stain it hence the need for a coaster.





2.  I love to hear Fred enjoying himself on the keyboard or guitar making up some tunes or playing some songs we know, it is very relaxing for both of us.


Pity you don't get the sounds as well.




Fred playing another of his musical "toys" a Cajon.




Thankful for his musical abilities and the joy they bring him.

Thankful for the input these abilities have been in our worship life both at home and in church



3.  These negatives are just an example of the many we have of old photos which may not be in great condition these days.
But we can still enjoy and be thankful for the memories they bring back.





Having old photos and especially the negatives of them today mean that we can get them transferred to digital and store with the more recent ones too.

Now I just have to get enough time to actually do that!




4. This little plaque that is very old ( from sometime before we got married ) still makes me smile. 





Still thanking God for giving him to me.




5.  This picture reminds me of the ordinary everyday laugh out loud fun I can have with family.





Thankful for all the silly, giggling moments with Fred, our kids, grandkids and friends.




6.  If I didn't include my coffee break with one of my various mugs many people would be surprised.

Nowadays most of my coffee breaks are enjoyed along with Fred as he is home more often since he took early retirement. Only thing is he's a tea drinker!

Oh the happiness of anticipating a lovely coffee in this mug I got on our first trip to South Korea and sometimes I even get to enjoy some Korean Coffee when my daughter can bring it over for me from her friend's Cafe.



Oh you thought I was going to forget the mug!



and maybe
A little treat too









7.  Every month I get a notification about this pic I have on Pinterest from a previous post on this blog.  They say it is one of my best performing pins.

  

Really?  

It was such a simple pic to make and is rather a personal pic so why would it be of any interest to others?

But it does make me happy to have this little reminder of the good marriage I am blessed with.







8.  This little gif from last Christmas is always a little reminder for me to be thankful for my family and the happiness and faith we all share.





Thankful for a loving marriage (not taking it for granted)
Thankful for our grown-up children (and spouses) and their love for us and each other
Thankful for our grandchildren and the love shared between them and all of the rest of us.

So I am thankful to be a wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother.



9.  A lot of things I do or think about seem to feature my husband in some way. Of course with us living on our own and him having taken early retirement then I suppose a lot of the things that make me happy will involve him.


There are little things like:

 He is not normally one for going to the shop just because I want something but he is the one that mostly goes to the shop because I hate supermarkets and prefer to do online grocery shopping.

 He is wide awake once he gets up but he knows that I am the opposite and like to enjoy my coffee quietly before I'm ready for the decisions of the day.

etc. etc. etc.

So 

It is great that we can be happy together after all these years even in the little things and we are thankful that we have a 43 year marriage. 









10.  How lovely to look out from our home to this view of the sunset over our town.







Here is something to remind me of the assurance we have that the sun will rise and set each new day.


Thankful that we know our God is in control of everything.