Author Archives: Marya R

New Surprises AND a Chance to Win with Kinder


One of the reasons I’m so excited to be a part of this KinderMom campaign is our family connection to Kinder Surprises.  When my husband & I first met 17 years ago, we started collecting Kinder Surprise toys.  We had a large shelf on the wall and sorted them according to type of toy  (car, animal, person and the dreaded ... Read More »

Valentine’s Sweets & Treats


Anytime I think of sweets and treats for Valentine’s day, I think of chocolate (of course), and anything else that might be sweet and heart-shaped.  And over the years, we’ve posted a few recipes along those lines, so I thought I’d share some of them!   Here’s a fun grilled cheese lunch! This is one of my favourite Valentine’s treats: ... Read More »

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop – Despicable Me Tic Tac Toe


Have you ever gone to the Home Depot Kids Workshops?  Our kids LOVE them.  We’ve  made helicopters, cars, chalkboards, treasure boxes, and more.  It’s free for the kids, and all the materials are provided.  And really, who doesn’t need an excuse to get out of the house in this weather!!   This one looks like fun – Despicable Me 2 ... Read More »

30-Day Fitness Challenge


So here we are in January, the time for resolutions and making changes.  I find it difficult to make resolutions that actually last for the year, so I love the idea of a challenge – with a start and end date, and a clear goal.  30 days, one month, of making good choices, and gradually building strength through various fitness ... Read More »

Tortilla Pinwheel Christmas Tree


I’ve always loved tortilla and cream cheese pinwheels.  I’ve seen the Christmas tree layout a few times on Pinterest, so I thought I’d give it a try for our New Years’ celebration with the kids.   I just made a basic mixture of 1 package cream cheese, 1/4 c. cranberries, 2 Tbsp. walnuts and about 1/3 c. shredded cheese.  I ... Read More »

30 Day Fitness Challenge Coming Soon


I love getting healthy, especially after all that holiday eating (that seems to start at Thanksgiving, heads right into Halloween, and ends off with Christmas & New Years!).  I find it easier to start new things on Mondays, when we’re back to routine, so rather than starting this on January 1, we’ll start on the 6th.  Stay tuned for a ... Read More »

Christmas Decorating


Just a little glimpse of some of our Christmas decorations.  I had mentioned a small Christmas tree collection, so I thought I’d show it. It’s kind of a fun silvery, white & red theme, and I love looking for new ones to add to it.  The best part is that they mostly came from dollar stores & second hand stores.  ... Read More »

One Recipe, 3 Christmas Cookies


I always love recipes that simplify, and make our Christmas preparation easier.  Well, this recipe is for a simple cookie dough that can be modified to make several different cookies. Ingredients:1 c. butter                             1/4 c. chocolate chips (mini are best)1 c. icing sugar                     1/3 c. dried cranberries & 2 Tbsp. walnut crumbs1 egg                                     1/3 c. red Christmas cherries chopped1 tsp. vanilla2 1/4 c. ... Read More »

Pumpkin Carving Tip


Now I’m sure that most people have already carved their pumpkins on the weekend.  For me, procrastinating paid off- instead of carving with four boys on indoors on a cold rainy day, we took our pumpkins outside and carved them in the beautiful sunshine today!  And left the mess outside! Here’s a quick tip that we’ve been using for years to ... Read More »

Pumpkin Craft with the Cutest Story!


This is a fun craft to do with children who are able to use scissors pretty well (ie. Grade 2 and up).  What I do is tell the story first with my paper, then have the children re-tell the story with me while making the craft.  Materials: Orange, black and green construction paper Scissors Glue Fold the paper in half, hold ... Read More »