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If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my email feed.RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Easter is hopping up on us quickly!  But there’s still plenty of time to work in a few Easter crafts and treats.  I know I have a few chicks….I mean tricks up my   Read More ...

Today my mom is guest-posting for us with how to make your own tea bags for a children’s tea party. Young children learn so much by observing.  I don’t know of a child who does not enjoy making a “pretend” cup of tea to offer their parents, siblings and friends.   Read More ...

Last week Monday’s plans didn’t go according to schedule and the children didn’t have their Monday night movie and popcorn with Daddy.  So it was rescheduled to Friday night so that I was able to join in the fun!  I thought it would be fun to have something a little   Read More ...

Easter is on its way!  My family is all overseas but we still like to connect with them, so this year we thought it would be fun to create some cute little fingerprint Easter cards to put in the post to my parents and sister. The inspiration for these cards   Read More ...

What is your favourite arts and craft supply for your kids?  Our one item that we absolutely cannot do without is paper!  It’s versatile; it comes in different colours, sizes, and textures.  It can be cut, torn, folded, glued, taped, stapled, strung up, crumpled, painted on, coloured on…the options are   Read More ...

Ok.  I’ll admit it.  I’m not the best cook.  In fact the first time I cooked for my husband I burned a frozen pizza so bad we couldn’t eat it (I blame the friendly company for that one)! I’ve been trying to expand my culinary skills since that day 8   Read More ...

Study Skills.  We all know they are important, but we don’t always know how to improve them.  With Victus Study Skills System, your child will learn to learn more efficiently and effectively. As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, we’ve received the paper-backed, spiral bound Victus Study Skills System Student Workbook   Read More ...

Spring is here and Easter is quickly creeping up on us.  Today I’m sharing a quick craft the children worked on while I was creating my cardboard hen for the Worldwide Hen Challenge last year – Paper Plate Chicks. As I was busy up to my own elbows in glue,   Read More ...

Welcome Spring and April!  It’s already April showers here for us!  I hope the weather is spring-like where you are.  If it isn’t and you’re spending some time indoors with your children, why not introduce them to some fine arts for kids?  Expanding music genres and learning about art styles   Read More ...

Have you tried Hotel Chocolat products?  I’ve been spending the past few days savouring their chocolate Egg & Chips. I hadn’t heard of Hotel Chocolat until September when I was in the Royal Tunbridge Wells area of England to see my Uncle and Aunt for a day while they were   Read More ...

Travel with us and learn about neighbourhoods around the world!  I’m a  member of the Multicultural Kid Blogs Network, and we’re doing an on-going series of posts from around the world, introducing our neighbourhoods to you. There have already been features from Russia, Japan, China, France, and loads of others.   Read More ...

Here’s a good recipe for home baked bread sticks.  If I can do it, I promise you can, too!  It may take a little while to make them, but most of the time is letting them rise, and the effort is well worth the tasty outcome!   Ingredients For Home Baked   Read More ...

I love washi paper!  It’s so colourful and can be used for so many different things!  I am careful with the sheets I brought back from Japan with me and I keep the pieces cut off from other crafts.  Making a washi paper Easter egg has long been on my   Read More ...

Spring is in the air!  The cherry blossom trees are blossoming, the daffodils are blooming, and our tulips are poking their stems up through the earth and standing tall.  Tulips are one of my favourite flowers, and remind me of spring in Canada because they were the first flower to   Read More ...

Six years ago last week be brought Tristan home from the hospital neonatal ward.  It was still 5.5 weeks before his due date but he had been in hospital for 6 weeks already. It was an unexpected premature labour at 28 weeks and I’d not even packed my hospital bag   Read More ...

Fruit and vegetables can really put a strain on the grocery budget each month.  However, there are ways in which you can help yourself to spend less on produce, as well as making your fruit and veg go further and not end up in the landfills.  Here are some of   Read More ...

Cherry blossoms are so beautiful and delicate and they’re celebrated throughout Japan.  Their brief week in full bloom goes by in a flash.  Let’s celebrate the arrival of spring with a cherry blossom scroll that will last! I absolutely loved every minute I spent in Japan and I was fortunate   Read More ...

Hello!  Is spring in the air for you?  It was definitely feeling spring-like last week, but this week the weather has returned to its usual wet and windy state.  But that’s no excuse for children not to learn!  Whether in your back yard, your living room, or while out and   Read More ...

The Magic Word by Sherrill S. Cannon is the third book that she’s written, and the winner of no less than six awards.  It’s a cute and uplifting tale about how good manners can affect your life.  We’ve previously reviewed Manner-Man and Santa’s Birthday Gift by Ms. Cannon and this   Read More ...

Children love rainbows; they’re so colourful and mysterious, who can’t love a rainbow?  They brighten up a dreary sky and give hope of better days to come.  We live across the Atlantic from my parents  and don’t get ‘home’ very often.  But that doesn’t stop my children from having fun   Read More ...

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