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The North American Indigenous Games is currently taking place in my home town of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  I wish I could be there in the centre of the action, but as I’m across the Atlantic, I thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the First Nations   Read More ...

Summer’s just begun, but for many the planning for back to school has already started.  Home schooling doesn’t have to be expensive, I know I have probably spent under £30 total over the past year, and that includes a science kit that won’t be used for a while yet.  Costs   Read More ...

I like to be and feel organised, but it seems a constant struggle with things changing each week such as Phil’s days off, various curriculum that need to be trialled, library and village events for the kids, housework and a blog, it can all get overwhelming.  Just when I think   Read More ...

Would you like your children to have piano lessons?  Perhaps you live too far to make it practical to attend, or maybe the schedule doesn’t fit well for your family.  HomeschoolPiano may be what you are looking for.  We’ve received access to the HomeschoolPiano – Complete Set of Books and have   Read More ...

One of the many things I loved about Japan were the festivals.  And festival food.  Yakisoba is definitely one of my favourite festival foods so I’m sharing our Japanese yakisoba stir fry recipe with you today. I know many people in North America love when the fair comes to town   Read More ...

Another week has passed and it’s time once again for Mom’s Library, one of my favourite times of the week.  I love looking through the posts and seeing what nifty things people around the world have been working on.  I’ve been doing a little foraging and made my first elderflower   Read More ...

Could you use an extra $500.oo and a new pc?  I know I certainly could!  Don’t miss your chance to enter this fabulous back to school tech-style giveaway.  And there are 20 secondary prizes of back to school supplies worth $20.00. Welcome to the Back To School Tech Sweepstakes! At   Read More ...

Math and reading are essential to everyday life.  But they don’t have to be boring.  For the past month Tristan has been using K5 Learning on-line math and reading program.  We received a 6-week subscription in exchange for our honest opinions.  There are affiliate links within this post.From the parent’s   Read More ...

Paper plate crafts have been around for decades.  I remember making some back in the first grade!  Paper plates are inexpensive for us frugal families, and a package of them will last a long time for many happy afternoons of making paper plate crafts. Today I’m sharing some of the   Read More ...

Whew!  What incredible ideas shared over the month-long summer link up in June!  There were over 200 ideas shared, so there’s no excuse to be bored this summer; just hop on over for great inspiration.  We had a little break last week after all of the excitement and now we’re   Read More ...

Do your children like to tell stories?  Would you like to encourage them to write on their own?  We’ve been using WriteShop‘s WriteShop Primary Book A Set (for kindergarten to grade 3) over the past two months and we give it a thumbs up. My son loves composing poetry and has   Read More ...

Math.  Love it or hate it, wouldn’t you like your children to have fun while reviewing or getting extra math practice in?  10 Monkeys Math World could be just the thing you have been looking for! 10 Monkeys Math World is aimed at children from kindergarten to grade 3. The initial levels   Read More ...

This creamy cucumber salad was a summer staple while I was growing up. Mom must have made it at least once a week, if not more, especially once her cucumbers were ready to pick in the vegetable garden. Phil has always said that he does not like cucumbers. Luckily he   Read More ...

I’m pleased to share with you my 9th feature with Kids Activities Blog.  It’s a part of their 10 Things To Do With Kids In… series.  For this contribution I have shared some of our favourite things to do in Montreal, Canada. My first time in Montreal was to visit my sister   Read More ...

Chandra’s Magic Light: A Story in Nepal by Theresa Heine and Judith Gueyfier is an absolutely superb children’s book! When Jakki, a Barefoot Books embassador asked if we’d be interested in receiving a copy of Chandra’s Magic Light in exchange for our honest review I looked around the internet to   Read More ...

Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere and my children are loving the extra outdoor time.  They’re a little older this year (as time seems to go) and therefore a little more independent and don’t need to be supervised every minute, which is nice for all of us.  My children   Read More ...

Do you have a summer bucket list for your family?  We’ve never had an “official” one before.  Usually we just wait and see what happens between the weather, Phil’s days off, and free events in the area. Over the past couple of years I’ve seen so many bucket lists around   Read More ...

Ice cream!  Homemade cookies!  Is there a better summertime (or spring, or autumn, or winter) combination?  Homemade ice cream sandwiches are so easy to make, and a fraction of the cost of bought ones, once you try your own you’ll never go back! This is how we make our favourite   Read More ...

I still remember the first time I tried Canadian Poutine.  I was on a high school trip to Québec City, Canada.  At this time Poutine was only available in the province of Québec and rarely heard of elsewhere.  I remember sitting down in the fast food restaurant and digging into   Read More ...

Most of us take the beauty of colour and light for granted.  We see it all around us each day.  But children all love to  experience it for themselves and it’s fun to watch them learning with enthusiasm and wonder. This fun activity was created by the children themselves.  My parents had   Read More ...

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