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Quick and Easy Punching Bag for Kids

Have I mentioned lately that Peanut’s energy level is through the roof? He’s also growing like a weed and loving rough and tumble play more than ever. But this mama can only handle so much wrestling and

8 Cool Things to Make with Plastic Animals

A few weeks ago I posted the thumb tacks I made with plastic animals.  Peanut (age 4.5) and I have been getting a kick out of pinning up his artwork with them. That got me thinking. What

Superfood Energy Bars

These superfood energy bars are packed with nutrient rich ingredients like quinoa, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and cocao nibs. They’re sweetened with honey and a hint of dark chocolate and are dairy free, gluten free, egg free

Pinecones and Rubber Bands Fine Motor Activity

Sometimes you just need a super simple play prompt to stick in front of your child and say, “here – go to it”. At certain times of the day, even the most independent preschoolers can benefit from

Invigorating Peppermint and Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

If, like me, you’re relatively new to the world of DIY body products, this recipe is an easy one to start with. And I have to tell you, folks, it feels pretty darn fantastic. This invigorating peppermint

Centerpieces with Vintage Cups and Saucers

Wedding season is almost upon us. This summer my husband and I will be celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary. Next month my twin sister, Lucy and her husband will be marking 7 years married. I’m taking a

Lichen and Moss Grapevine Wreath

Wreath making is one of my favourite hobbies. I love the process of creating wreaths and they’re such an easy way to add a little curb appeal to your home. With Earth Day just around the corner

The Selfish Reasons I Want My Child to Play Outside

On this blog and on my Facebook page, I frequently tout the benefits of outdoor play. Time and again research has shown that playing outside is hugely important to the physical and mental health of children. See these

Strawberry Coconut Oil Smoothie

A smoothie a day keeps the doctor away. Ok, so that’s probably not exactly true, but a smoothie a day sure is an easy way to get a dose of vitamins, antioxidants, protein, and healthy fats all

Practicing Letter Formation with Rope

While digging through a closet the other day, Peanut (age 4.5) found a length of rope.  He quickly adopted it as his own but not before I used it to set up a simple letter formation activity

Our Kids’ Tinker Space on a Budget

My little guy (age 4.5) loves nothing more than fiddling around with scrap wood, cardboard, and (real) tools. He has his own low temperature glue gun and he’s better at hammering a nail than I am. I

Vintage Demilune Console Table Makeover

Have any old furniture you’d like to get rid of? I’ll take it! We are amassing a small stockpile of furniture of various styles, conditions, and quality in our basement. Some pieces are from our old house,

Spring Flowers Shapes Collage

This week at CBC Parents I have an easy spring flowers shapes collage craft for kids of all ages.     This pretty craft is a fun way for preschoolers to practice their scissor skills. If you

Unstructured Outdoor Play with Sticks and Snow

Finally, a still, sunny day with above zero (celsius) temperatures. Peanut (age 4.5) and I spent three glorious hours outside today, he building an enclosure with sticks and I getting in some camera practice. I also spent

Be Inspired Sunday: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

We just got hit with another snowstorm. Everything outside my window is white, white, white. The snow is pretty, don’t get me wrong, but isn’t it spring now? If, like me, you’re craving colour, then you’re in

Stuffed Paper Eggs Craft

Make this stuffed paper eggs craft for Easter, as a spring decoration, or as part of a bird theme with your kids or students.     I’ve been wanting to try a stuffed paper craft with Peanut

Melted Crayon Wood Slice Easter Eggs

Thanks to some big storms knocking down trees and branches here over the past several months, we’ve been enjoying all kinds of play with wood slices. Tree cookies, as they’re also called, offer so much potential both

Rainbow and Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Looking for a simple, last minute kids’ craft for March 17th? This cute rainbow and pot of gold St. Patrick’s Day craft is appropriate for toddlers on up and can be made with materials you likely already

DIY Animal Thumb Tacks

Have two minutes? Make these cute animal thumb tacks to add a little whimsy to your bulletin board. They’d also be a fun way to hang up artwork and photos in a kid’s room.      

30 Cool Ways to Play with Toy Trucks

Have a little one who is crazy for trucks? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve collected 30 of the coolest ways to play with toy trucks that I could find online plus included some of our