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AT MY PLACE ISSUE NO. O6    •     JUNE 2017   •     FREE

MOMENTS MATTER AND

IF

YOU

BLINK,

YOU'LL

MISS

Live in the small moments and make them so beautiful they will be worth remembering.

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CONTENTS 02 FROM THE EDITOR A brief note from At My Place's editor about how we can experience and embrace change within our families. 

06 THE SIMPLE LIFE We jump on the bandwagon of the renewed interest in whole, natural foods.

10 HANDMADE GIFT IDEA These simple, yet elegant, gifts are perfect for those times when you want to thank someone special or as a lovely party favour.

13 HOME SWEET HOME Simple ideas to help your create your new home/room decor.

..... PLUS MORE IDEAS INCLUDED


MAKING EVERY MOMENT SPECIAL

editor's letter I don't know about you, but it seems to me as though the last six months have scurried past faster than my grandsons heading for the beach.

We've had some great, family fun and adventures to look back on. But we've had family upheavals, too, as some had a sea-change and moved to different areas and towns. Change is never easy but it can be positive. As I spend time talking with my family and embracing the changes, I can see the benefits, the meaning and the big picture. We've adopted new ways of sharing and communicating, positive ways of connecting and being a part o each other's lives.

I'll be sharing some of these family focused features and ideas in this issue as well as some beautiful home  decorating projects and gift ideas.

I hope, like me, you'll find something to fall in love with this month!

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GREAT FAMILY SHOTS

PHOTO TIPS AT THE ZOO

While I own, and love my DSLR, an iPhone can, at times, be just as good, probably better. At least, it's easy to slip in a pocket and whip out at an instant for the unexpected and amazing shot, especially at a wildlife sanctuary . I know... because I've missed some of those in the past: the deer that leaned over the fencing to take a mouthful of my daughter's hat or the surprised look on my son's face when he did, finally, catch a fish-- well, it was an eel, but that still counts, right?

So, with that in mind, I had my iPhone handy and ready to whip out for those memory-making moments. And I was hoping for many more of those at the wildlife sanctuary with my grandkids. I've recently discovered a few handy iPhone hints - 13 in fact- to improve my digital photography at zoos, aquariums, nature sanctuaries and other outdoor activities with kids.

Check out the simple overview below and then diiscover these simple ways to take amazing photos and create memories with your family.

Taking photos at the wildlife sanctuary or zoo is exciting. Â Where else can you get in one location, a collection of animals from around the world? Take your time, plan your shots and enjoy the digital photography of animals and the fun of seeing them through the eyes of your grandkids.

will become Your family photos y. a treasured memor


the simple life renewed interest in whole foods and natural recipe books

In our fast-paced, high-tech lifestyles, there is an

If you're interested in checking these out, you might like

increased interest in the lifestyles, home life and

to consider The Essential Amish Cookbook - everyday

recipes of previous generations. You've probably

recipes from farm and pantry by Lovina Either. This book

noted the countless whole foods or natural ingredient

includes traditional Amish recipes plus kitchen tips and

recipe books now crowding the shelves. And I have

secrets: hearty main meals, cakes, pies and desserts.

certainly enjoyed the books that I have bought and the

You'll find Zucchini Choc Chip Bread, Oven Crusted

recipes that I have tried. You may also have noticed a

Chicken, pickles, jams and more.

interest in alternate lifestyles like the Amish. Fiction books, novels set in Amish communities

'Enjoy the simple joys of Amish life- food, faith and

are very popular. But there is a growing number of

family.'

Amish recipe books, too.


Tea for two- or maybe more YOUR GUIDE TO A MEMORABLE AFTERNOON WITH YOUR CHILDREN When my children were young, we enjoyed 'tea on the verandah' on a regular basis. It was in the afternoon and the sun had begun to lose some of its intensity. A cool breeze would drift around the corner and  fan our hot faces. The kids would help me put out the tablecloth and we'd laden the table with plates of cakes and biscuits, cups and saucers, sugar bowl, milk and, of course, the teapot. It was a tranquil, fun way to finish the day while learning some simple skills and practising manners and etiquette. As everyone relaxed with teacups and cake, I'd read the next chapter of our current fictional novel.

It wasn't a long, drawn-out affair. It didn't involve a lot of skill or planning. It was just a carefree moment in our day that we shared and looked forward to.... a simple but enjoyable routine. But memories can be made with the simplest of ingredients

It's been said that, 'the best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.'Kids love tea parties and they aren't very difficult to prepare. You can find more inspiring ideas for tea parties with your own kids and create some moments that matter.


Send a gift of fun and interest every month!

I don't think age has anything to do with it- everyone likes to receive something special in the mail. Why not subscribe to a teen mag or activity pack for your kids that will excite them but also help to grow their understanding and faith? Brio for teen girls (Focus on the Family)is filled with inspiring stories, fashion insights, fun profiles and practical tips. Â

Experience Kits for kids (MyLifeTree) are crazy-fun themed boxes bursting with faith-filled surprises that will help your kids see that God’s love is relevant, real, and lots of fun!

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the excitement of a new book highlighting books, ebooks and magazines 

Some book ideas for you, your home, your family, your children. Don't forget.. you'll find more book reviews AtGrandmasPlace

HALF-BAKED HARVEST COOKBOOK Now you can enjoy in book form all the dishes you love from the blog - 304pages    

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WHATEVER IS LOVELY- devotional/journal 90 devotions for teen girls help girls fill their head and your heart with virtues taken straight from Philippians 4:8.  Well-written. 

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IN THIS HOUSE WE WILL GIGGLE Ideas for instilling virtues in children with laughter, not lecture

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THE NESTING PLACE It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. Creating a beautiful home is a journey, not a destination.  

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You don't need a passport to visit somewhere new..


IDEA FROM ONSUTTONPLACE

handmade gift idea There are many times that you want a little gift for someone- a thank you gift, perhaps, or a party favour.

This simple, yet elegant, gift would suit such a type of occasion.

Ann, from OnSuttonPlace, presents a lovely gift idea of a Rosemary Sugar Scrub.. plus a printable label so that you can package these gifts to look a treat. Check it out. I'm sure you will think of many uses.

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Your home should tell the story of who your are, and be a collection of what you love."

-Nate Berkus

Whenever I turn on the TV, there's another

Looking to redesign other rooms in your home? Well,

promoted show about home renovating, design or

there are some helpful apps that can assist you when

house flip.

you can't afford the expense of an interior designer.

I'm sure it's inspirational . Hospitals note an

Take Hutch, for instance.

increased incidence of motivated DIY home

You can try a range of different styles in your room

renovation accidents so many home owners are out

without wasting a penny. Just download the app- take a

there recreating their home decor.

photo of your room and click on the various styles listed below your room image and see your room transformed.

It can also be a little daunting. Of course, you can customise the room according and If you're looking to redesign your baby nursery, then

buy furniture or accents if you wish. But it's a good

you might like to check out the ideas and resources

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that can help take your decor to a new level.

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