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  • Nocturnal Animals Sensory Bin

    Nocturnal Animals Sensory Bin. Playful learning for toddlers and preschoolers.
    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. If you’re looking for more night-themed activities for your little one, check
  • Electronic Snap Circuits Review

    Kids' Holiday Wishlist. An honest review of the Elenco Snap Circuits Physics Kit.
    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 of us have already started Christmas shopping, or are at least thinking
  • 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

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

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