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Alligator Popsicle Stick Puppet

Popsicle Stick Puppets

One of the many benefits to our family membership at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton/Burlington is the crafts table. Every week, the team at the RBG puts out a new craft for visitors to do – they make a few examples, post the instructions, pre-cut the pieces, and leave all the supplies nicely organized for little hands.  The current ... Read More »

One New Year’s Resolution Every Busy Mom Should Make #StreamTeam

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Traditionally, I abstain from making promises about drastic life changes on the eve of a New Year. I don’t like falling short of goals that I set for myself. I don’t like being disappointed in myself. Because, let’s face it – no matter how good the intentions, adding an extra ‘beneficial’ behaviours to an already busy day spells long-term failure ... Read More »

Peanut Squash Soup in the Slow Cooker

Peanut Squash Soup in the Slowcooker

Full disclosure, folks. I didn’t create this Peanut Squash Soup recipe – I did alter it a bit and adapt for the slow cooker, but I didn’t dream it up. All I know is that the sister of a friend of mine makes this recipe often, and shared it on Facebook. Our family enjoyed it SO much this past weekend ... Read More »

Preschool Christmas Crafts: Paper Plate Santa

Preschool Christmas Crafts: Paper Plate Santa

We haven’t done a lot of crafts lately on the blog, but this one is easy to prepare, easy for the little kids to make by themselves, and easy to clean up – I’d say that completes the “Perfect Craft” trifecta of preschool Christmas crafts, wouldn’t you?  What you need: 1 paper plate per child pink tissue paper cotton balls ... Read More »

Tis the Season For Netflix & a Giveaway #NetfliXmas #Streamteam

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 Two of my favourite parts about Christmas have to be: baking delicious treats, and watching amazing Christmas movies! I’m so happy that Netflix has so many great Christmas titles this year for family movie watching! There’s nothing better than pulling a batch of freshly-baked cookies out of the oven and settling down with some hot chocolate for a Christmas movie!  ... Read More »

Holiday Sanity Savers with GLAD #GLADfortheholidays

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I have posted many times before that this is my absolute favourite time of year. I have also talked about how it is important to slow down and enjoy the time, rather than getting caught up in the “stress” that seems to appear this time of year. We see it all around  - “only 4 weeks to Christmas.” “Are you ... Read More »

Hallmark for the Holidays Giveaway!

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Have you been in a Hallmark store lately? Anneke and I stopped by one last week, and I have to say, they pretty much got ALL of their Christmas stuff right this year. I kind of want it all.  The folks from Hallmark asked if we’d be interested in featuring any of their things in our holiday gift guide, but ... Read More »

How to Fix Bamboo Flooring Scratches in Minutes

How to fix bamboo flooring scratches in minutes with one simple item!

I’ve never been a big fan of dark flooring. In our previous house we put down some light, neutral-toned vinyl flooring, and it was wonderful – it hid everything! Four kids plus a cat was no match for that floor! And then we moved to our lovely new home, where the owners thought that dark bamboo flooring would look nice. ... Read More »