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  • Citrus Christmas: Pomanders and a Dried Fruit Garland

    Christmas pomanders with cedar and acorns. Natural Christmas decor.
    While I was drying citrus fruit for the colourful dried fruit ornaments I shared at CBC Parents yesterday, I prepared a few extra slices to make a cheerful winter garland. I hung it across a pair of windows in our dining room and because it looked so pretty I
  • Dried Citrus Ornaments for Kids

    How to make dried citrus ornaments. An easy Christmas craft for kids.
    We put up our Christmas tree a few days ago and I just love seeing all the homemade ornaments dangling from its branches. Over the past few years, Peanut (now 4.5) has made classic salt dough ornaments, a scented mini wreath, birch bark stars, and feathery bird ornaments. This
  • Red Twig Dogwood and Cranberry Ornaments

    Red Twig Dogwood and Cranberry Christmas Ornaments. A beautiful Christmas craft for kids or adults.
    Little Bear woke, and the world was white. “Where have all the colours gone?”, he cried. - The Snow Tree, by Caroline Repchuk  (For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links.) Last winter I bought the beautifully illustrated and embossed book, The Snow Tree, for Peanut (now 4.5).  The Snow

Citrus Christmas: Pomanders and a Dried Fruit Garland

While I was drying citrus fruit for the colourful dried fruit ornaments I shared at CBC Parents yesterday, I prepared a few extra slices to make a cheerful winter garland. I hung it across a pair of

Dried Citrus Ornaments for Kids

We put up our Christmas tree a few days ago and I just love seeing all the homemade ornaments dangling from its branches. Over the past few years, Peanut (now 4.5) has made classic salt dough ornaments,

Red Twig Dogwood and Cranberry Ornaments

Little Bear woke, and the world was white. “Where have all the colours gone?”, he cried. - The Snow Tree, by Caroline Repchuk  (For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links.) Last winter I bought the beautifully illustrated

A Red, White, and Blue (and Evergreen) Christmas Front Porch

Maybe it’s the American in me (I have dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship) but I just love the classic colour palette of red, white, and blue. It is crisp, fresh, and never goes out of style. When

Nocturnal Animals Sensory Bin

This week I’m at CBC Parents with a playful activity that’s perfect for this season of shorter days and longer nights: a Nocturnal Animals Sensory Bin.      Head over to CBC Parents for all the details.

Encouraging Independence with Easy Snacks

Please note that this is a sponsored post on behalf of Heinz Baby. I was provided products free of charge and am being compensated to share my honest opinions of them. Opportunities such as this allow me to

Electronic Snap Circuits Review

2014 Kids’ Holiday Wishlist: Reviewed It’s beginning to look a lot like…wait, it’s actually not beginning to look a lot like Christmas (unless you got snow this week like we did!). The reality however, is that many

Healthy Baby Food Recipes and Cookbooks

I recently came across a chart I’d made of our son’s first few weeks on solids, detailing what he ate and his reaction to it. The baby days seem like a million years ago, even though Peanut

DIY Lamp Makeover

A DIY lamp is an easier project than you may think and it’s a great way to get the look you want on a budget.     Here at our new house  (which I still can’t quite believe is

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