The Creative Bone

How to Play Battleship on Paper (More than 2 can play!)

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Once upon a time, games weren’t packaged in boxes and sold on the shelves at the local department store. They didn’t take up 30 square feet of closet space, and most could be played with either a deck of cards or a pencil and pad of paper!  While I was growing up, one of our family favourites, especially on chilly ... Read More »

Easy and HEALTHY Valentine’s Treats

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Just a quick post from me today. I was reading the class updates from my youngest boys, and the teacher wants to celebrate Valentine’s day this Wednesday! So that means getting all the card written out, and snacks planned ahead. I was trying to think of fun, healthy Valentine’s treats to send along, but I ran out of inspiration. I ... Read More »

Braided Fleece Dog Toy

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Our dog LOVES chewing apart stuffed animals. She always attacks them at the head, rips it open, and pulls the stuffing out the ear. Every. Single. Time. Kind of creepy.  At least it is good incentive for our boys to keep their favourite toys away in their bedroom!! We decided to try and make her some chewing toys, and see ... Read More »

DIY Stuffed Monster Toy

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As much as I strongly dislike the clutter of stuffed animals, our boys have started collecting them. They have a few that have special meaning, from an aunt or a friend, and a few they have bought with their own hard-earned money.  So when we came across this little magazine clipping with monsters you could purchase from Etsy for $35, ... Read More »

Sour Cream Apple Crisp Bars & KitchenAid Giveaway #GayLeaMom

Sour Cream Apple Crisp Bars

Our family has always loved apple crisp. And my 7-year old often tells me that the one thing that would make it better would be vanilla ice cream on top! Well, isn’t everything better with ice cream on top?!! We don’t often have ice cream in the house, so I thought I’d experiment with a way of getting that vanilla-y, ... Read More »

Teacher Gifts that Don’t Cost a Fortune

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At this time of year, we are constantly buying gifts and spending money.  Extra tips for the server, the hairdresser, the paper carrier…the list goes on and on. And don’t forget the teacher!  A teacher gift does not have to cost a fortune! In fact, most teachers are happier with a smaller, heartfelt token, than a big showy gift!! Head ... Read More »

Easy Preschool Christmas Crafts: Stained Glass Christmas Tree

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I don’t know about you, but whenever I search for ‘easy preschool Christmas crafts’, I get hits that involve both GLUE and GLITTER – both of which are NOT allowed out of the drawers when there are FOUR 2 year olds in the house on babysitting days! Here’s one that fits the ‘easy to clean up’ bill for mom.  I ... Read More »

Penguin Craft and Movie #StreamTeam

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What a wonderful snowy afternoon! The kids spent a few hours outside enjoying the first real snowfall of the year. They were busy shoveling, sledding, and of course, throwing snowballs! We love celebrating the arrival of winter, and so we had a little hot chocolate/popcorn/movie party when they came in.  Since it is winter-y outside but not yet Christmas, we ... Read More »