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What a Mom REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

What Moms REALLY Want for Mother's Day

If there are children in the home, there’s a pretty good chance that there’s one thing that tops everything else on mom’s Mother’s Day wishlist: TIME. ALONE.  Nope, not even with you, hubby. And not at home, where there’s laundry to do and lunches and suppers to make and endless To-Do lists that never get tackled when other people are at ... Read More »

Netflix Playlists: Uniting Siblings EVERYWHERE! #streamteam

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I don’t know about your kids, but ours do not always get along the greatest. It’s nothing BIG, usually, but lots of little bickering. Who kicked who, who stole their toy, who gets to play Wii first, who gets to choose the music. Sometimes it’s enough to drive me crazy!! Netflix recognizes this struggle and has some great solutions!! They’ve come ... Read More »

How to Make a Bed Safety Rail for Less than $5

How to make a bunk bed safety rail for $5

Last summer, I spent hours upon hours refinishing my childhood bunk beds for the kiddos. I finally had them up, and the kids moved into them – they were THRILLED! Now, these bunk beds predate my birth – my mom picked them up at a yard sale in the early 80′s – so the top bunk didn’t have a safety rail ... Read More »

Amazing Physical Activity Resource for Teachers – FREE

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These days we are hearing so much about how little physical activity time kids are getting at school. It happens for a variety of reasons – whether it is an increased pressure to complete curriculum requirements, or an over-crowding issue, leaving little indoor gym space.  Teachers are encouraged to do “DPA” – daily physical  activity for about 15 minutes, but ... Read More »

The Best Kind of Book Club (And No, You Can’t Join!)

The WINE

It’s World Book Day today and as I was thinking about what I should write about, I realized that a post on my book club – the Best Book Club in the World – is long over due.   Six years ago I sat in the lunch room with three of my co-workers commiserating about our respective book clubs. We ... Read More »

How to Oil Butcher Block Counter Tops

How to oil a butcher block counter: before & after

There’s no denying it – butcher block counters make a kitchen look rich and warm. They were one of the reasons why we fell in love with the first house that we bought – I mean, what a charming kitchen, am I right?  However, we soon learned that butcher block counter tops require quite a bit of love and attention ... Read More »

Temperature Blanket 2016 Month One

Temperature Blanket Month One

I had posted a few updates about my newest project, a Temperature Blanket. If you haven’t heard of it, basically it is a blanket where you crochet one row a day for an entire year, based on the temperature. Mine was a few days (okay, weeks) behind which is why I’m a little late showing off the first month. Here ... Read More »

Temperature Blanket 2016 – Week 2

Temperature Blanket Week 2

Last week I introduced to you my year-long crochet project: a Temperature Blanket. It’s been so much fun choosing colours and watching them change from day to day, especially with our crazy “El Nino” weather this year! Here’s a picture of the progress so far. Lots of grey (0 to +6 Celsius) and even a row of green (7 degrees!), ... Read More »