Author Archives: Marya R

Packing for Vacation WITH Kids in Just 10 Minutes

Vacation

We love going away as a family – whether it’s a quick trip to the grandparents’ house, a weekend away, or a week of camping. Unfortunately, though, the majority of the packing falls on my shoulders. I don’t mind it very much, but it is very time-consuming. After a few years of this, mostly out of necessity, we came up ... Read More »

GLAD for GOODWILL #Donate4Good

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You have probably followed my sister Jenn’s process of selling her house, over the past few months.  Moving is a great incentive to get rid of excess “stuff” – first by getting your house ready to sell, then by packing everything, then by unpacking and deciding what to do with everything.   We went through the whole process ourselves 2.5 ... Read More »

Dragons: Race to the Edge! #StreamTeam

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 I don’t know about your families, but our boys are always ready for adventure!  Whether it’s ninjas, pirates, or superheroes, their dramatic play always involves heroes and excitement! As they fight the invisible bad guys, they develop so many skills, and feed their active imaginations.  That’s why they were so excited to hear that Netflix had a new series about ... Read More »

Taco Salad & Giveaway #GayLeaMom

Taco salad - perfect for picnics

We love summer here at our house. We change gears from the fast-paced school days to some laid-back summer fun days! One of our favourite day trips is to head out to the beach. We pack a lot of snacks and spend most of the day there. Everyone has a great time and comes home exhausted! With these laid-back days, ... Read More »

Boredom Buster: Old Electronics “Repair”

Old electronics repair

Kids always love to “fix” things – toy hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers are a staple of toddler play. So a great way to extend that play is to work with old electronics! Kids always wonder how things work, or what is inside. Old clock radios, stereos, phones, and even electronic toys are great to work with.  All you need is ... Read More »

What My Boys Are Reading this Summer

Boys Reading List

 Short and sweet post today! Our boys are good readers, but don’t LOVE it like I did when I was younger. They don’t tend to sit with a book and read on their own, so I wanted to encourage as much of that as possible this summer. To help with that, we stopped off at the library this morning and ... Read More »

Boredom Buster: Wood Scraps

Boredom Buster - wood scraps

I have memories as a kid, of sitting on the cold, saw-dusty cement basement floor of my dad’s workshop. He would be working on some project, and my brother and I would be playing with scraps.  We would sand, hammer, and paint our creations, and most of the time, they would become a “boat.” I’m not sure why they always ... Read More »

Dairy-Free Homemade Ice Cream Sundaes #GayLeaMom

Dairy free Ice Cream Sundaes

One of the best parts of summer is the sweet treats – popsicles, freezies, and of course, ice cream! But those delicious treats are often unhealthy, and shouldn’t be eaten on a regular basis.  That’s why my family loves our dairy-free, homemade, healthy “ice cream.” One simple ingredient – frozen bananas!! Because it is so simple and healthy, you can feel free ... Read More »

How to Save Money on Repairs with YouTube

How to save money on household repairs

For the past number of months, our front-loading washer was working fine, but every now and then a load would come out really smelly. I have been doing everything correctly, always leaving the door open between loads, and running a “clean washer” cycle once a month. It was frustrating, then,  that clothes didn’t always seem fresh. But then one day ... Read More »

Healthy Spinach Dip #GayLeaMom

Healthy Spinach Dip

You may have noticed my trend of healthier living lately.  Between increasing my water intake, and drastically increasing my activity level, I’ve been making better lifestyle choices all around.   So when I had the chance to come up with a recipe using Nordica Cottage Cheese, I was very excited. I love spinach dips whenever I go to a party, ... Read More »