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I Never Promised You a Rock Garden

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The day that our little family has been waiting for has finally arrived: The Royal Botanical Gardens Rock Garden has finally reopened after a 2 year, $20 million makeover.  Pre-makeover, I had only visited once, but instantly fell in love with the place. I brought my mom and kids there for a Mother’s Day adventure, and it was an oasis ... Read More »

Build Your Own Bigger Kid Picnic Table

DIY Ana White Bigger Kids Picnic Table

If you’ve been on Pinterest AT ALL, I can guarantee that you’ve pinned at least one of Ana White’s wood working projects. Maybe for yourself, maybe for your husband to make for you… but you’ve pinned at least one.  How do I know this? Because my DIY Pinterest board looks like this:  A few months ago, I decided that the tiny little ... Read More »

To Pick or Not to Pick: That is the Question

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If you read what I wrote yesterday, or happened upon this post I wrote two years ago about the Lilac Festival at the Royal Botanical Gardens here in Hamilton, you’ll know that I heart lilacs. They have a special place in my memories. I also really miss being able to walk down the street and clip and armful of blooms to ... Read More »

This $3 Tool Will Save ALL THE SPACE on Your Outdoor Clothesline!

Laundry Hack!

One of my favourite things about spring is the return to drying clothes outside in the clothesline. So much of the Stay-at-Home-Mom job consists of inside chores – dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, tidying, making breakfast/lunch/supper, doing the wash – that when those warm-ish sunny days finally come knocking at the door, I can’t wait to fling it open and join it!  ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Win 4 Tickets to #MonsterJam in Hamilton!

Win 4 Tickets to Monster Jam in Hamilton! #MonsterJam

You can not know how thrilled I am that the #MonsterJam trucks are on their way back to Hamilton for another show. Didn’t peg me as a Monster Jam fan? I’m not. I’m really not. However, the newly minted 5 year old in our house very much IS, and he’s been talking about this year’s Monster Jam show since last April. I’m just ... Read More »

LEGO: When Toys, TV, & Learning Come Together #StreamTeam

#StreamTeam

After extensive research*, I’m confident that in saying that there is only one negative thing about Lego: Is there any other toy (besides a smartphone or a tablet) that a 5 year old and 45 year old can equally appreciate and enjoy? Just little bricks of plastic with some bumps and holes. So simple, yet so brilliant.  Our two kids ... Read More »