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  • 8 Creative Fall Activities for Kids

    Fall activities for kids. Open-ended, creative play.
    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 until school starts again. In some ways I feel like summer should
  • Children’s Books About Building and Architecture

    Children's Books about building and architecture. Good choices for all ages!
    Have a budding architect in your life? These 11 children’s books about building and architecture are sure to inspire your child’s own building and construction play.     I’ve included books for kids of all ages, from toddlers to pre-teens. For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links to
  • Practice Scissor Skills Outside

    Practice scissor skills outside in nature.
    I’m back online after a much longer than planned hiatus for our move. Our new house closed a full seven days later than scheduled and we were without internet for another full week (not a bad thing though as there was plenty to keep me busy!). I have a

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

Children’s Books About Building and Architecture

Have a budding architect in your life? These 11 children’s books about building and architecture are sure to inspire your child’s own building and construction play.     I’ve included books for kids of all ages, from

Old House Dreams Come True

My husband and I bought our first home, a tiny bungalow, 7 years ago. It was very much a starter home and although I have no regrets about buying it, I could not wait to get out

Practice Scissor Skills Outside

I’m back online after a much longer than planned hiatus for our move. Our new house closed a full seven days later than scheduled and we were without internet for another full week (not a bad thing

DIY Wall Art from Beach Finds

Wondering what to do with all those beautiful shells, pieces of sea glass, and other interesting finds you and the kids have collected this summer? How about making some pretty (and easy!) DIY wall art? My 4

Beyond Blocks: 10 Building and Construction Activities for Kids

I’m a big fan of block play. I’m also a big fan of construction activities for kids that encourage them to think outside the box (or beyond the blocks, in this case). Over the years we’ve purchased

Moving Tips For Families With Young Children

Moving with young children in tow? Me too. Overwhelmed much?  Same here. Stay calm my friends, I’ve compiled the best moving tips from those who’ve been there. I asked the community on our Facebook page for advice.

Summer Memories are Made of This

  We’re back from a delightful week at the cottage. It’s a magical place that has been in my father’s family for generations. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of days spent at the cottage and

Invitation to Play with Strawberry Shortcake Playdough

My son (age 4) never tires of pretend cooking and baking. And what could be more summery than making strawberry shortcake?  Head on over to CBC Parents to see how I set up an invitation to play

Beach Themed Summer Craft for Kids

This open-ended summer craft for kids uses sea glass, shells, and other treasures from the beach.  It makes a fun addition to a beach themed unit or a creative follow-up activity to a beach vacation.    

This Too Shall Pass: The Trials of Baby Sleep Training

Originally published as “A Journey in Sleep Training”.     For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links. The clock says it’s 9:58pm. “He’s about to wake up any minute”, I say to myself. I know, because