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DIY Nature Thumb Tacks

I love nothing better than to spend time doing something crafty. Unfortunately, by the time I recover from the day and check a few things off my to-do list, it is usually bedtime – not craft time.

Bird Bath Pretend Play

This bird themed small world is a quick and easy invitation to play to capture your toddler or preschooler’s imagination. Try this play prompt as part of a bird theme or as a calm activity during the dreaded

9 Ocean and Beach Themed Kids’ Activities

Some of our favourite kids’ activities over the past few years have been those with an ocean or beach theme. Our family loves beachcombing and we usually come home with a handful or two of rocks, shells,

Painted Sand Dollar Mobile

Our beautiful painted sand dollar mobile was a collaborative effort between Peanut (almost 5) and me. This was a really enjoyable project and I love how it turned out.   Are you following my Create with Nature

A Soggy Spring in the Country

We live in a tiny village, ten minutes from the rural community where I grew up and where my parents still live. It is a wonderful place to raise a family. Our village is situated on the

Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Last weekend I went to a craft night with a bunch of girlfriends. Along with wine, we also usually indulge in some yummy snacks. I like to bring treats or desserts to these kinds of get togethers

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