4 Tips to Simplify Birthday Traditions #StreamTeam

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  The birthdays of our children can be a pretty stressful time. The kids get invited to Princess Parties at local castles, jumping parties at giant trampoline parks, soccer parties at indoor sports complexes. Pinterest tells us that birthday parties at home need to consist of elaborate cakes and decorations and organized games, and these days you need to count ... Read More »

How to Host an Easy PAW Patrol Birthday Party

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We’ve landed squarely in School Friends Birthday Party territory. The kids are going out to birthday parties, they’re wanting to have their friends over for birthday parties, and it’s all kind of busy and often intimidating!  There are stories of little girls hosting Princess Parties at Dundurn Castle, and little boys hosting action-packed jumping parties at The Flying Squirrel (this ... Read More »

Easy Dinosaur Cake: Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Cool Dinosaur Sheet Cake

It’s birthday party time again! I can’t believe we have a five year old in the house already… Where does the time go?  Anyhow, the theme for this year’s birthday party has been set for a full year, ever since Target cleared out their dinosaur birthday party accessories. We had the plates, the table cloth, the banner, and the ‘goody bag’ ... 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 »

How to Host a Pirate Birthday Party

How to Host an Easy Pirate Birthday Party

Some people feel that themed birthday parties are just asking for extra work, but for me it’s the opposite. It gives me a direction to go in with the cake, decorations, and goody bags. When I’ve got a clear direction to steer the party in, everything is just less stressful. Now, mind you, I don’t do “Pinterest Perfect” parties – ... Read More »

Guest Post: Why I Don’t Pinterest (But I’m Glad That You Do)

Why I Don't Pinterest (But I'm Glad that You Do.)

Hey lovely readers! I’ll apologize for our lengthy absence from the blog in a later post, but what you’re about to read is a guest post from a university friend of mine, Jacqueline Melissen. I sat next to her for a couple years in concert choir, where she kept me quite entertained, and again in several English & Creative Writing ... Read More »

Easy Batman Cake

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Lately (ever since my broken wrist) I’ve been obsessed with “simple” and “easy” projects.  I did a Pinterest search for “simple birthday cakes” and some of those were not simple – I mean, who does fondant?!  I saw a fun cake from a blog called “All Boy Stuff ” where she just went with a batman logo in chocolate icing ... Read More »

Lego Birthday Party

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Our house has become a serious Lego centre.  Having 4 boys who love to build things, it’s a perfect activity for them.  Keeps them busy, and is great for fine-motor skills and hand/eye coordination, not to mention creativity, spatial awareness and imaginative play.   I’ve been pinning Lego party ideas for a number of years, and our newest 7-year old said ... Read More »

Garden Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Gardening Party Theme Activities, Food, and Games

As I mentioned the other day, I did a Gardening theme for Hendrik’s 3rd birthday party. I had originally walked around Dollarama with a shopping cart full of Cars party stuff, but I didn’t really know what Cars-themed activities I could have the kids do. I walked past some clay flower pots and thought, Yes! That’s what we’ll do for the ... Read More »

Garden Theme Birthday Cake

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This year, we were flying back from Florida on Hendrik’s birthday – so his party got delayed a few weeks. A February party turned into a March party and, since Hendrik is so excited to plant the garden with me in the spring, I settled on a gardening party (not to be confused with a garden party!). I took my pinspiration from ... Read More »