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  • Halloween Fun for Kids: Make a Ghost Zipline!

    Silly Halloween Fun. How to make a ghost zipline.
    I have a confession to make. I am not all that into Halloween. Let me rephrase that. I am not into gory, gruesome decorations, costumes and activities. I do however,  like silly Halloween fun that isn’t going to give my 4-year old (or me!) nightmares. Our Ghost Zipline is
  • Pumpkin Fine Motor Activity

    Fine motor activity with a pumpkin, golf tees and foam beads.
    I have been waiting for a year to share this fine motor activity.  My son and his friend had a blast with this on October 30th of last year.  I remember they were at it for almost an hour (a good long time for a couple of 3 year olds!).
  • Dinosaur Volcano Small World

    Dinosaur Volcano Small World. Messy, imaginative fun!
    We are into volcanoes in a major way right now. My son loves reading about them and making them, whether with craft supplies, playdough or with the classic baking soda and vinegar method. Today I’m at CBC Parents with a Dinosaur Volcano Small World we set up outside recently.

Ghost Family Halloween Wreath

Earlier this fall I mentioned on our Facebook page that I had no plans to make a Halloween wreath.  But with one week to go inspiration struck and I am now showing off a cute little ghost

Cool Halloween Craft: Jack-O’-Lantern Salt Painting

Halloween is now a week away and we’ve been having a ball with spooky and silly crafts and activities. Some of our recent favourites include our ghost zipline (you have to try this with your kids!) and a

Upcycled Can Monster Craft

A not-so-scary monster craft for Halloween (or anytime of year!). My 4.5 year old son, CK, LOVES crafts. And by “crafts”, I mean drawing, constructing, cutting, and pretty well anything that involves glue or tape. His definition

On Pumpkins, Painting, and Keeping it Real

While catching up with some girlfriends recently, one of them mentioned that she appreciates that I occasionally write about when our crafts and activities don’t work out. I wasn’t surprised to hear her say that. As a

Cheesy Cinnamon Apple Snack

Do you enjoy a slice of cheddar cheese with your apple pie? I do. It’s how I remember having apple pie for dessert as a child. This easy snack brings that perfect flavour combination to mind (or should

Halloween Fun for Kids: Make a Ghost Zipline!

I have a confession to make. I am not all that into Halloween. Let me rephrase that. I am not into gory, gruesome decorations, costumes and activities. I do however,  like silly Halloween fun that isn’t going

The Best Fall Quotes Plus Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving and this year I am incredibly grateful for the natural beauty that surrounds us. With that in mind, I’ve paired the best fall quotes with some of my favourite photos of fall foliage, pumpkins,

Delicious Fall Fruit Desserts

Just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving (all you Americans can pin this post for November ) , I’ve rounded up 16 decadent and delicious fall fruit desserts.  These recipes may feature nature’s fall bounty but the nutritional

Easy Scarecrow Costume for Kids

The adorable little scarecrow below is Peanut (then age 3) dressed in the same Halloween costume for the second consecutive year.  He loved being a scarecrow and actually wears the costume from time to time just for

Pumpkin Fine Motor Activity

I have been waiting for a year to share this fine motor activity.  My son and his friend had a blast with this on October 30th of last year.  I remember they were at it for almost an

Dinosaur Volcano Small World

We are into volcanoes in a major way right now. My son loves reading about them and making them, whether with craft supplies, playdough or with the classic baking soda and vinegar method. Today I’m at CBC