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Month: December 2021

Mason Jar Night Light

In the crafting world, mason jars are super versatile! They are no longer just used for jams and preserves, but instead have been seen online as a staple in crafting and home decor! From mounted flower vases, terrariums, snowglobes, and candle holders, mason jars have set the stage for creativity.

In today’s activity blog, we are making mason jar night lights! A perfect addition to rooms for all ages. It can be as simple as placing a string of lights into a jar or as whimsical as this Snowman night light using battery-operated tea lights!

Snowman Night Light

Materials

  • 1 mason jar or several if you plan on making a snow family
  • Tissue paper (white, black and orange)
  • 2 gem decals or googly eyes
  • Small buttons or other embellishments
  • White glue with a little water added
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Newspaper for clean up
  • Paper plate for mixing glue
  • Battery-operated tea light candles

Instructions

  1. Lay newspaper out on a table for easy clean up should spills occur.
  2. Clean and dry mason jar(s) inside and out.
  3. Cut or tear tissue paper in small squares which you will use for the snowman’s body. If using orange and black tissue paper, simply cut them out for shaping the nose, eyes and buttons of your snowman.
  4. Pour some white glue onto your plate and mix with a small amount of water to thin the glue. Mix well.
  5. With a paintbrush, brush some glue onto the jar. Lay down a square of tissue paper onto the spot with glue. Cover the piece of tissue paper with more glue. Overlap squares and continue until the whole jar is covered. Allow to dry overnight.
  6. Glue on the mouth, nose, buttons and eyes and allow to dry.
  7. Place a battery-operated tea light candle in the bottom of the jar and display to enjoy throughout the evening!

Photo credit.


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Fun Facts: Happy New Year!

Another year is closing and a renewed hope will begin!

The past couple of years has been challenging for many of us as we navigate the “new normals”. However, one tradition remains the same…New Year’s Eve! Whether you gather with friends, family or on your own, it’s a time to celebrate the positive moments of the year gone by and look ahead to a future of your heart’s desire.

All of us here at Ideal Caregivers 4u wishes you joy, good health, and prosperity in 2022!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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New Year’s Eve Tips for Seniors

New Year’s Eve is approaching! It’s a wonderful time to celebrate the goodness of the past year and renew our hopes for the upcoming year.

Gathering with family and friends is particularly important on this day, however, there are some tips we must consider when celebrating New Year’s Eve with our senior loved ones.


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Onta

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Fruit-topped Sponge Cake Dessert

As the year draws to a close, you may be looking for a lighter alternative to dessert to ring in the new year. Try this delicious, yet simple dessert for your New Year’s Eve gathering or any day of the week!

Ingredients

  • 6 individual round sponge cake cups
  • 4 cups fresh fruit
  • Light whipped cream
  • Fresh mint leaves *optional
  • Powdered sugar *optional

Directions

  1. Place sponge cake cups on individual serving plates. Gently spoon or fill with whipped cream.
  2. Gently arrange fresh fruit, such as strawberries, kiwi or blueberries (you can also use canned peaches!) on top of the whipped cream.
  3. Serve as is or garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar and a mint leaf.

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Dec. 28th: This Day in History

Today in history, we honour those who changed the world! From comic-book creatives to space exploration to the freedom from slavery, it all happened #onthisday.


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario….

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Make Some Noise on NYE!

Ever wonder what to do with all that leftover gift wrapping and boxes?!

Usher in the new year with this fun New Years’ Eve noisemaker craft using those shiny festive wrapping paper scraps, some household items and a little creativity.

Paddle Noisemaker Craft

Materials

  • Cardboard
  • String or twine
  • Wrapping paper scraps
  • Craft glue
  • “Noisemakers”, such as beads, buttons, bells capable of threading string into
  • Craft sticks (wooden popsicle sticks or wider)
  • Scissors

Instructions

Follow the directions below or watch this video for similar instructions.

  1. Using cardboard, draw 2 circles approx. the size of a small to medium bowl. Carefully cut out the circle.
  2. Using the wrapping paper, glue on to one side of each circle. You may want to cover the entire circle with one piece of wrapping paper or use small torn scraps and create a mosaic! Set aside to dry.
  3. Using a single hole punching tool, cut 3 – 4 holes along the left and right edge of the circles. To make sure the holes match, you can use the first circle and trace the holes onto the 2nd circle.
  4. Line up your circles on top of one another (decorated side facing outwards). Make sure the holes line up. Create an opening and place the craft stick between the two circles to create a handle at the bottom. Using glue, adhere part of the stick to the plain inside of the circles. Let dry.
  5. Cut string to measure double the length of the circles you created. Measure and cut as many strings as you have holes on your noisemaker. Thread each string halfway into each hole. This will help fasten the circles together too!
  6. Begin to thread your noisemaking accessories, such as beads, buttons, bells, etc. on each string. Tie a knot at the end of each string.

Now you are ready to make some noise! Simply hold the noisemaker’s handle and turn, twist, or wave the paddle and let the bells, buttons or beads make a sound against the decorated cardboard!

Happy New Year!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Fun Facts: Christmas!

A fun and festive holiday to you all!

Here are some little-known facts about some of our favourite Christmas traditions!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.


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Seated Chair Exercises

As you gather during the holidays or when visiting elderly loved ones any time of year, keeping active is key to ensuring continued mobility and flexibility.

We have researched 5 exercises that could help you, a loved one, or a person in your care. These are low-impact seated chair exercises, however, always consult your doctor before adding any range of motion or exercise activities to your routine.

Overhead Bend & Reach

  1. Gently raise both arms above your head.
  2. Lower your right arm and lean to the right. Feel the stretch in your left side.
  3. Hold for at least 15 seconds.
  4. Return to your original position with your arms over you head.
  5. Drop your left arm and lean to the left.
  6. Repeat 2 to 4 times on each side.

Shoulder Blade Squeeze

  1. Lift your arms near the level of your shoulders with your elbows. pointed straight out to the side.
  2. Bring your elbows back while you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Don’t left or shrug your shoulders as you are squeezing.
  3. Hold for 6 seconds.
  4. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Knee Extension

  1. Straighten and lift one leg, and hold while you slowly count to 5. Be sure you don’t lock your knee.
  2. Slowly lower your leg back down.
  3. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
  4. Do the exercise with the other leg.

Neck Rotation

  1. Keeping your chin level, turn nyour head to the left, and hold for at least 15 seconds.
  2. Turn your head to the right and hold for at least 15 seconds.
  3. Repeat 2 to 4 times for each side.

Marching in Place

  1. Sit with your feet slightly apart, and keep your hands at the edge of your chair or on the armrests.
  2. March in place, lifting your knees, one at a time, high towards the ceiling. Remember to breathe normally.
  3. Keep marcching in a smooth rhythm for 1 minute. Work up to marching 5 minutes or longer.

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Spinach & Ricotta Pinwheels

This fun and simple appetizer is not only nutritious but delicious! Before baking, arrange each pinwheel in the shape of a Christmas tree and you have instant festive decor!

Click here for the full recipe and video instructions.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 8 cups fresh spinach
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 9 ounces fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 multi-colored cherry tomatoes, halved, or more to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat and saute onions until soft and translucent. Add spinach, salt, and pepper and briefly saute while stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes.. Cover and cook until spinach is wilted, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove lid after 5 minutes and allow cooking liquid to evaporate. Remove from stove and cool completely.
  2. Chop spinach mixture and combine with ricotta and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  3. Roll out puff pastry sheet and evenly cover with spinach-cheese mixture to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Tightly roll up sheet lengthwise and press edges tightly together. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Slice pastry log into 3/4-inch slices so you have 16 to 22 pinwheels. Lay puff pastry pinwheels in the shape of a Christmas tree. The lowest row should consist of 6 pinwheels the second row 5 pinwheels, etc. If you end up with 16 pinwheels, start with 5 pinwheels in the lowest row. Place the last wheel on the bottom to make the stem. Brush with egg.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until wheels are lightly browned and puffed up, 20 to 25 minutes.

Decorate with cherry tomatoes for Christmas tree ornaments!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Dec. 21: This Day in History

Today we honour the achievements of Scientists, Athletes, Inventors, and Entertainers!

Share these memories with your elderly loved ones or those in your care and you may just spark a memory or story to tell from their past.


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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