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  • To Market to Market Nursery Rhyme Craft

    To Market to Market Nursery Rhyme. Circle Pig Craft.
    Today we’re participating in a classic nursery rhymes series hosted by Sugar Aunts.  I’ve been reciting nursery rhymes to Peanut, now 4, since he was a baby.  The craft I’ve decided to share here is inspired by one of our favourites.     To Market, to Market To market,
  • For the Love of Homemade Playdough

    Why homemade playdough beats the store bought variety. Plus 6 engaging ways to play with it.
    Today is National Play Doh Day in the U.S.  Since we’re in Canada and since we prefer homemade playdough over the store-bought variety, I’m marking the occasion with a collection of our own homemade playdough “greatest hits”.   For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links. But first… What’s So
  • Silly Fall Fun: Mr. Gourd Head

    Mr. Gourd Head. A fall spin on Mr. Potato Head.
    While the big kids are carving scary jack-o-lanterns this October, get out your Mr. Potato Head set and have some silly fall fun with your little one. Meet Mr. Gourd Head (a.k.a Gourd, Gourdie).    For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links. I’ve seen several versions of this

To Market to Market Nursery Rhyme Craft

Today we’re participating in a classic nursery rhymes series hosted by Sugar Aunts.  I’ve been reciting nursery rhymes to Peanut, now 4, since he was a baby.  The craft I’ve decided to share here is inspired by

Navy Blue Front Door Makeover

Let the before and afters begin! First up is our front door makeover.     Although the previous owners of our new home did a great job updating it, we’ve been eager to put our own stamp

For the Love of Homemade Playdough

Today is National Play Doh Day in the U.S.  Since we’re in Canada and since we prefer homemade playdough over the store-bought variety, I’m marking the occasion with a collection of our own homemade playdough “greatest hits”.  

Silly Fall Fun: Mr. Gourd Head

While the big kids are carving scary jack-o-lanterns this October, get out your Mr. Potato Head set and have some silly fall fun with your little one. Meet Mr. Gourd Head (a.k.a Gourd, Gourdie).    For your

Subtle Fall Touches for the Porch and Deck

One of the things that sold us on our new (old) home was the outdoor space.  We’re fortunate to have a front porch and two decks as well as a large lawn with a slight slope and

Easy Cow Costume for Baby

If you’re looking for easy DIY Halloween costume ideas for babies and kids, you’ve come to the right place. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a few costumes that are a cinch to make and

Are You Making Your Health a Priority?

Recently my sister and I were talking about how hard it is to squeeze a workout into our busy days.  There seems to always be something “more important” that needs to be done (usually housework!). And when

My Sticker Name: Simple Name Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

I’m over at CBC Parents this week with a simple early literacy activity that will help your toddler or preschooler learn to recognize, spell and read his name.     My little guy really got into this.

Butterscotch Apple Granola Bars

These wholesome butterscotch apple granola bars make a tasty addition to a child’s lunch box or to your own lunch bag at work. They also make a good breakfast on the go. And they are DELICIOUS!  

Tinkering for Kids: Disassemble a Motor

It doesn’t get much more hands-on than this – taking apart a small motor. If you have a little Mr. or Miss Fixit, I hope you’ll try something similar with them.     Peanut (age 4) enjoys

8 Creative Fall Activities for Kids

We had some hot weather this week. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you ask) there aren’t too many summery days left.  September is just around the corner and the kids here have only a few days