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Reusable Containers at Bulk Barn – No More Plastic!

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I have been hearing more and more about the dangerous long-term effects of plastic in our world. We are so quick to buy plastic, use it, and throw it out, without a second thought. But that plastic never really goes away. It will never completely break down. And if we don’t each make a conscious effort to reduce our individual ... Read More »

HELP! Aluminum Free Deodorants: Which ones work? Which don’t?

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My body does something really interesting: It doesn’t sweat when I work out (I turn into a giant, perfectly ripe tomato), but it sweats profusely from the armpits when I’m just a little bit chilly. Ugh.  So, in spite of the fact that I don’t get crazy stinky when I exercise, I have always gravitated towards pretty powerful antiperspirants for ... Read More »

How to “Age” Wood for Rustic Wood Signs

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We’ve all seen those beautiful wood signs on Pinterest made of re-purposed pallets. Often, the pallets that you get your hands on will be beautifully aged, with that grey, weathered look. However, more often, you’ll find pallets that look pretty shiny and new. And if you’re going to use wood that looks new, you might as well use NEW wood.  But. ... Read More »

Grade 1 Hand Art

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I’m pretty excited to be teaching art again this year. I haven’t taught it for a number of years, and it’s a subject I really enjoy. I love coming up with an idea and seeing what the students can do with it! Our first project was based on the Back-to-School Hand Art I did with the Grade 8 students about ... Read More »

Meal Planning Week 3

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Look at this! I’m on week 3, and I’m still planning my meals! Just a few more weeks to get through, and I’ll have a good rotation to cycle through! It’s been really helpful knowing what is for meals, since that’s more than half the battle. I like leaving weekends open, because we often end up somewhere, or just having something ... Read More »

Meal Planning Week 1 & 2

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I am so proud of myself! I’m finally doing some intentional meal planning! I have one full day home with no kids, and teach the other four days. I really need to make that one day count, so my plan is to plan/cook for the whole week on that day off. I did it for one week already and it ... Read More »