joannebabalis joannebabalis

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ⓉⓡⓐⓝⓢⓕⓞⓡⓜⒺⓓ Ⓒⓡⓔⓐⓣⓘⓥⓔ Ⓢⓣⓤⓓⓘⓞ  Reggio Emilia inspired studio space & learning centre for children (birth-12yrs)+parents/educators. Transforming ECE as a teacher, consultant&mama!

Out of water colour paint? No problem ! Pop an old marker into the water and voila any colour you desire ! (Or your other option is to use these ikea water colour pencils also photographed above... Their quality is better than expected!) 😊 P.S. I love these @freshouse.juicebar jars so much (almost as much as their juice !!). They have been so useful around our studio for simple flower arrangements, organizing all our pencil crayons or even for storing my paint brushes !!

Happy Monday with these fun colour mixing drops in bubble water - Scroll over to see the reaction you get when you set out an experience that a child adores !!! Best smile ever !! (Baby M @mrs.m_d) #lovewhatido

One year ago today we baptized our little girl on her Nameday for Αγία Άννα (Saint Anna). God bless you Lilianna Grace xoxo 💋 Σ’ αγαπώ πολύ κουκλί μου! 💋📸: @aminaz_k ❤️❤️❤️❤️ More from our special day in my stories... A year late, but better late than never !!

My gift certificates come in four different colours (pastel blue not shown here). They are available in digital format to print yourself or email to a relative. And I’m also jazzing up some that can be picked up in the studio with ribbons and a few secret details in my TransformEd style that I will reveal later. Today I’m emailing out my next batch, so stay tuned if you had shown an interest !! Thanks to those who purchased one class, and an even bigger thank you to the generous family members who bought full 6 week packages !!! What an amazing gift of a creative experience. Cannot wait to meet these new children with their parent(s)/caregiver(s)! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 And don’t forget my special sale !! If you register for a January program, then you get one free $35+HST gift certificate (an hour to our open studio: play and create class) with your purchase to keep or give away. Sale ends this Friday December 14th, 2018. Email me joannemariebabalis@gmail.com for more info. (Beautiful gift certificates made by my graphic designer @elisabettacostaa 🌈)

Creating this studio has been a labour of love for me. Every inch of the space is my work of art to the children and families who spend time here ! This week I helped a teacher and principal from Trillium Lakelands District School Board who drove over two hours to gain insights into transforming their library !! I still enjoy providing my consulting services to educators, and am going to try my best to host some more meetings, workshops, and online presentations in the new year. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 Interested in visiting us at TransformEd? My friend Angela @empire_realty_group_ generously purchased five gift certificates for an IG contest. Check out her free giveaway to enter! 📸: @clarkylaura

Crushing brown sugar and cinnamon. Exploring texture and scent. Discovering gold ornaments, digging for gingerbread men and in Sebby’s case “I doing important work with the excavator!” Such a simple experience that gave hours of play !! 📸: @clarkylaura

Sebby learned about advent calendars straight from Santa Claus 🎅🏻 himself !!! We have a wooden magnetic advent calendar that rests on the table and a large felt one you can hang, but ours usually ends up on the floor !! 📸: @clarkylaura (Santa Alfy @stageentertainment.ca )

I am a HOPELESS romantic and my husband teases me ALL the time that I live in a fairytale la la land…

I believe in true love, and the magic that follows when you put someone’s happiness before your own…

For our honeymoon we went to Paris, and later Disneyland Paris over Christmas and New Years.
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It’s been four years (yesterday) since we got married. At the time, I have to admit (and am a little embarrassed to admit) that I valued THINGS that don’t really matter so much now… I *needed* two dresses, one for the church and photos at the Distillery District’s Christmas Market, and one for our waltz to the Nutcracker so that I could sparkle like a snowflake ❄️ 😂 Being winter, naturally I had to have both a poncho and fur coat, high heels, flat dancing shoes, and Ugg boots for in between. I even changed my hair and accessories half way through the party. (Full photos are in my stories - they got cropped out here...) 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 Why am I sharing this now? I want to teach my daughter that NONE of this material stuff really matters…

Did it change who we were? Or who we have become?

It was one day when it should be about the rest of our lives!

This dance we call marriage is really really hard work! Even harder than performing our second number, “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” with the foxtrot in front of all our friends and family! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️
P.S. I included some photos of the head table for you to see the feather trees from our studio. Even though I should have hired someone, I actually coordinated and setup the entire venue: from the lobby, to the main room with the help of some amazing/creative friends and family.
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Leave a comment below if you went over the top for your wedding and realize now that all that money could have been better spent !!! #shareinourstory

4 years later and these feather trees from our Great Gatsby inspired Winter Wonderland themed wedding are a beautiful addition to the studio space ! 📸: @clarkylaura

Don’t want to use food colouring, because it stains your children’s hands when they want to experiment with mixing ? No problem ! Just break apart a water colour paint palette. Each piece can be added to water in the same fashion.

💙💙💙 Embrace it all 💙💙💙 for it passes far FAR too quickly... In two short months my baby boy will be three years old and I don’t even know how we got here already ... I’m 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 “You blink and they are 8. Then 28. And then they are parents, resembling the you you once were. So take it in Mama/Dada. Let them climb into bed with you any hour of the night. Sing that song they requested for the tenth time. Hold them a little bit tighter when all they want is to hug in you — feel that small body against your own. Maybe in raising children you lose your mind a little bit. But boy, do you find your soul ! Embrace the exhaustion. The hard days. The overwhelming. And all of the joy.” (Unknown author - thanks for sharing @jos.piach) 📸: @my_secret_photography 😢😢😢Please tag a friend who might appreciate reading this and leave a comment below if this quote or my experience resonates with you. Will I be an emotional basket case for life ? Does it get easier or harder as the years fly by??? #ohmyheart #imnotstrongenoughforthis

I made a craft tree and it’s my favourite ! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 Looked back on this special photo I captured and realized that it’s truly a magical time of year !! The smiles of children fill my heart with so much joy. Visit my second page @ctinquiry this month and share some of your ideas for celebrations and traditions. We started one in the TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre when we hosted a milk 🥛 and cookies 🍪 🍪 with Santa 🎅🏻 event for the children to come in their pyjamas! We sang carols and created Christmas art together !! #ctinquiry #cti_celebrationsandtraditions (M @sabrimcgill @scott_mcgillivray)

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