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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

Be Inspired Sunday: Five Easy Kids’ Activities for Spring Break

For this week’s edition of Be Inspired Sunday I thought I’d share five easy kids’ activities for spring break. I think all of us could use some tried-and-true activities to keep the kids busy, especially on week-long

Tiny Home Office Nook and Creative Workspace

I have finally carved out a little space for myself and I couldn’t be happier. Having my own home office nook meets creative workspace means that I now have a dedicated “room” for blogging, Etsy product brainstorming,

What Do YOU Want To See On My Nearest and Dearest?

  May I ask you a favour? Will you fill out the short survey below?  I’ve been mulling over some ideas for the direction of this blog. But before I make any substantial changes, I’d love to

Painted Grapevine Wreath

We were very fortunate to inherit a tiny vineyard when we moved to our current home last summer. My husband immediately began looking into wine making. I got excited about all the free grapevine! As it happens,

Backyard Science for Kids: Make a Bird Cafe

This backyard science experiment is a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn about the birds and animals in their own neighbourhoods. At home or at school this activity will have kids making predictions and observations (and

Favorite Motivational Quote With Free Printables

“The beginning is always today.” This quote, attributed to Mary Shelley, is one of my favourites. It’s a good reminder to live in the moment and to treat each day as a fresh start.     I’ve

Winter Fun for Families: Have a Bonfire in the Snow

Have you ever made a bonfire in the snow? It’s easier than you might think and is such a fun way to spend a chilly, winter afternoon.     We’ve enjoyed backyard bonfires several times this week,

Be Inspired Sunday: The Bee’s Knees

Happy weekend, everyone! Time for another installment of Be Inspired Sunday. This week I’m sharing anything and everything “bees”. I’ve rounded up some fun stuff for all members of the family. Enjoy!     The Bee’s Knees

Experimenting with Encaustic Mixed Media

Dear Readers, I am so excited about this post that I don’t even know how to begin. I suppose I should start by explaining what encaustic painting is. In a nutshell, it is painting with melted beeswax,

No-Sew Fabric Scrap Garland

I have a bit of a thing for garlands right now. Yes, I realise they’re nothing new. Until recently however, I had yet to make one myself. Correction: I’ve been making acorn garlands for our Etsy shop

30 Must-Follow Pinterest Boards for Outdoor Play Spaces

As I write this there is several feet of snow outside…and more on the way. While I can honestly say that I’m having a blast playing in the snow with Peanut (age 4.5) this winter, I am