Friday, June 12, 2015

Alphabet Tracing Printable

The other day I shared a 1-20 tracing sheet that my almost 5 year old uses to get familiar with his numbers. So today I thought I would share the Alphabet version.


 You can download a printable copy here: http://www.andsewwecraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Alphabet-Dots.pages


If you have any trouble printing it can you please let me know.

A x
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Number Tracing Printable

My almost 5 year old has both a receptive and expressive language disorder so early literacy and numeracy can be a challenge for him. He currently is struggling to remember the numbers 17 and 18 when counting to 20. It has us all stumped though because he has place values in the current spots when counting up to 40 and sometimes 50. So we have no idea why he misses them in the teens.

So I've made up a quick printable to get him more familiar with the number 1-20 in the hope that the sequence of numbers will somehow stick.

I've laminated it and it just sits on our craft area so he can pick it up and do it when HE wants too. I don't make him do it and I try to keep it fun.


You can download a copy from here if you think it might come in handy for your kids: http://www.andsewwecraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/1-20-dot-numbers.pages
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Monday, June 8, 2015

monday gratefuls



1. Weekends when B is actually home and at not at work
2. Hearing Ethan saying "I love you, Mum'
3. When the kids all play nicely and genuinely enjoy each others company.


What are you grateful for this week?
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WIPS Wednesday

So at the beginning of the month I had grand plans to blog everyday in May with Cate but then I feel off the wagon big time. I went great for the first week and then the weekend came around and our weekends are BUSY so I thought to myself no worries, I'll just skip the weekend and then Monday came and I had sick kids at home for most of the week and then I had a huge to do list to get through and blogging was on the bottom of that list so another weekend went by and well I decided that blogging every day was a bit to much to expect of myself. Maybe 3 times a week is a more realistic goal considering I've also got posts to write for ASWC and so many other things that take up my time. 

And honestly, lately I'd rather be crocheting than blogging... Sorry!

Anyway, back to the point of what I was originally blogging about. And that's my WIPs, I have so many but I thought I would share my current once. 

Of course I am still working on my ASWC Crochet Along blanket. It's almost finished by the way! 



And then there is my gifts for the Gnome Swap






My swap needs to be sent in the next fortnight so I'm hoping to get it all finished this weekend. 

Then I might get to work on a few other WIPs I have sitting around... 


And Sew We Craft

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Friday, May 8, 2015

My Happy Place





So todays prompt was where do you go to clear your head? Well I don't really go anywhere, I simply pick up my crochet hook. This is only a reasonably recent thing for me and it works really well because it allows me to clear my head and not actually have to leave the house. Which at this time in my life it tricky at times. 

So how do you clear your head? 




{life behind the purple door}
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Top 5 Movies



This post was harder to write than what it should've been. I haven't watched movies for a long long time and I actually had to think about movies that I would watch over and over again.



  1. Pretty in Pink
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird
  3. Harry Potter
  4. Save the Last Dance (I haven't seen this in a long long time.)
  5. Pitch Perfect



I'm sure I've probably missed something in that list.

So what are your top 5 movies? 


{life behind the purple door}

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Foods We Eat

So I'm still plodding along with this whole blog every day in May thing and todays prompt is food we eat. Well I've shared a fair bit on how we meal plan over the years and it's changed quite a bit.

At the moment we are still using the system I implemented in February. It's a weekly system and I use this printable.

If you click on the image you will be able to download it in a pdf if you think you might find it useful

As you can see I also list any baking that I plan to do on each day too. The menu plan starts on a Saturday because I shop on either Friday or Saturday each week. Our meals tend to change from week to week with a few favourites in rotation but I haven't just started doing on bulk meal a week. For example a fortnight ago we had lasagne on our meal plan so I made 4 at once and froze 3 for nights when we have netball or soccer etc so dinner is easy and I don't need to think about it. I've also got some homemade pies in the freezer at the moment too.

Coming into winter the slow cooker will also get a bit more of a workout. I do have a Thermomix, but the slowcooker comes in handy when I know I will have a busy afternoon and won't even have the time to put something in the thermi.

Do you menu plan? 


{life behind the purple door}
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Looking back

*WARNING* This post is VERY photo heavy.











Looking back to 2 years ago our life was different yet the same as now. We had not long relocated from Queensland to Western Australia and were still adjusting to life in the Pilbara. We had just taken the kids on their first trip to Perth (we've now been about 4 times in 2 years) and we were a family of 5 and thought we would stay that way seeing as my body wasn't really co-operating.

But 2 years on we are well and truly settled here in WA, we've moved from a small 3 bedroom house to a small 4 bedroom house last December and this is where we will most probably stay until Caden reaches high school and we pack up from this remote part of the world to somewhere that offers better schooling opportunities for our kids.

We have also welcomed Darcy into our family and have become a family of 6. Looking back I can see just how much the kids have grown and changed but yet are still the same. It's weird how things can be the same but different.

What has changed for you in the past 2 years? 


Linking up with Essentially Jess and Life Behind the Purple Door.

{life behind the purple door}

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Monday, May 4, 2015

HELLO Monday



Cate's asking us to say Hello to Monday and well I used to mark Mondays with Monday gratefuls, but when I lost my mojo for blogging a few months back, Monday Gratefuls got put in the too hard basket.

But what better time than any to welcome the new week than now?

So hello to a new school week- hopefully this week is as productive as last week, but we have a few extra school activities this week so it'll be hard.

Hello to B having 5 days off come Thursday. I'm extra excited about this since he has been pretty much working non stop for the past 3 weeks. I need the break and he needs a break too.

Hello to getting some work done behind the scenes at ASWC. I've got a new editorial calendar to put together amongst loads of other things.

And hello to continuing with my 30 Day Challenge for May.


{life behind the purple door}
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