Choose fun with CHOOZE Shoes (#giveaway)

Finding shoes that my 5 year old and I agree on can be a challenge. She tends towards glitter and characters and soles that light up when she walks, and I prefer something that she isn't going to destroy in 2 weeks - seriously, is she crawling through gravel all day at school? - and a price point that isn't going to bankrupt me. Non-marking soles that aren't slippery are mandatory, and they have to be easy enough for her to get on and off a number of times a day by herself. That's quite the list Read more [...]

Experiment in the kitchen with National Geographic Kids (#giveaway)

I'm a fair-weather outdoor parent. In the spring and summer, sure, let's go to the park or hang out in the backyard! In the fall and winter, not so much. That means that I need to have a whole new set of tricks up my sleeve and thanks to National Geographic Kids Try This! and National Geographic Kids Cookbook, I think I do! We have a good collection of National Geographic Kids books and they are always fun for my daughters to look at by themselves and fun to read. The photographs are full Read more [...]

My new craft obsession: crochet

Last spring, I decided that I was going to learn to crochet. Not because I was feeling like I didn't have enough to do already, but because I wanted to have a hobby that was 1) easily portable, 2) not on the computer, and 3) productive. A friend lent me "Stich 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker" by Debbie Stoller and I watched some YouTube videos and slowly figured it out. Here's what I've made over the last few months! This doll boots pattern was my first attempt. The ones on the top were Read more [...]

School is in session with NCircle Entertainment (#giveaway)

I still can't believe that school has been back in session for over a month now! Even though there is no assigned homework yet ( and believe me, we are enjoying that while it lasts!), I know that it's important to keep the learning going during non-school hours too. We all need some down time, but if I can have my girls watch a show that is also teaching them something then I think that's a big win! To celebrate 'back to school' and loving learning, NCircle Entertainment is offering a prize Read more [...]

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is in stores now!

No Disney Princess movie collection would be complete without the original movies that started it all, and now Disney fans can own "Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition" on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack! "“Sleeping Beauty” tells the wondrous tale of a princess cursed by an evil fairy, protected by three loving fairies and, ultimately, saved by “true love’s kiss.” “Sleeping Beauty” is the sixteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon and was the last animated feature produced Read more [...]

Planning ahead with Minted

I'm starting to think that I need a stronger word than "planner" to describe myself. I feel like I'm always worrying thinking about things so far in advance that it actually doesn't make any sense but I can't seem to stop myself. Case in point: it's not even Thanksgiving yet and I already have my daughters' outfits picked out for their annual Christmas pictures, which most likely won't even be taken for another month. This of course leads to looking online for the perfect holiday photo cards to Read more [...]

How the week got away from me

It seems strange that it's only Thursday night and yet it feels like the week is already over! We had a busy Sunday that included dinner with friends and the morning spent at the Carleton University Butterfly Show. This is an annual event and we try to go every year. This year it was just the girls and I and we remembered to bring our own orange slices to try and entice some butterflies to land in our hands. The girls found the experience to be magical! The rest of the week has been a blur Read more [...]

What’s for breakfast – “Starbucks” Pumpkin Scones

I originally posted this recipe in September 2012 and I've been making it regularly ever since! To save some time in the morning, I made the dough last night and baked the scones this morning and they were the best I've ever had, so I've updated the recipe to include this step. The two glazes are an extra special treat; usually, I just make the spiced glaze and that's more than enough sweetness. Enjoy! If you've been reading this blog for a while, you are probably aware of my addiction enjoyment Read more [...]

Learning to read the high-tech way with LeapReader

I will be the first to admit that while our house is full of books and bookworms who love them, I do not have a clue about how to teach my children to actually read on their own. Some of the things that we're doing to encourage literacy: read to the girls daily, point out letters/words/numbers on signs or in flyers (this is actually how I discovered that Rowan can identify numbers, she started pointing them out on price signs one day), visit the library so they can pick out their own books, have Read more [...]

How to sharpen your disposable razor using an old pair of jeans

I had never heard of 'stropping' (the proper term for sharpening something) until a few weeks ago when I read online that you can actually sharpen disposable razor blades at home, easily, using an old pair of jeans. I was skeptical but I figured it was worth a shot, because those razor blades are getting expensive and they don't seem to last nearly as long as I think they should! I cut somewhere around 2-3 inches off the leg of an old pair of jeans. Hold it so the seams are at the sides. Then Read more [...]

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