My mom celebrated her 65th birthday last weekend and, as a special surprise, each of the grandkids presented her with a garden stone featuring his/her handprint. She LOVED it! I know these stones will be cherished keepsakes she can admire in her garden for many years to come!Read More
Spaghetti painting is the perfect art activity for a rainy May long weekend, and it’s even more fun when you pretend the spaghetti are wriggly worms :). This activity is also great for strengthening those fine-motor muscles in your little ones’ hands.Read More
Life has been pretty busy since the arrival of our third baby (Miss A), which is one of the reasons why I’ve really dropped the ball in regard to updating my blog. I’m looking forward to summer when our lives won’t revolve around pick-ups, drop-offs, piano lessons, soccer, and homework. As busy as we may feel, my bugs and I have embraced the arrival of spring and all of the beauty that comes with it: trees and flowers budding and beginning to bloom; plump robins hopping around the yard; sweater weather; bike riding; puddle jumping; and the fresh, earthy scent after a thunder shower.
A few weeks ago I was watching some finches flitting from branch to branch, when I suddenly had the desire to create something with my bugs. When I mentioned the idea of making bird pillows to M, he had an even better plan: Angry Birds pillows!Read More
The boys and I attempted to make our own pysanky inspired Easter eggs after reading Patricia Polacco’s picture book Rechenka’s Eggs. It is similar to the crayon resist method, only you wipe the wax off once you have achieved the desired design and colours. Instead of using wax crayons we made our designs with oil pastels, which worked out really well.Read More
As my bugs and I were getting ready to decorate eggs for Easter, I embraced a teachable moment by asking them whether they thought eggs were strong or weak. With little hesitation, both M and B replied that eggs were definitely weak. They’ve helped me in the kitchen numerous times, and cracking eggs is by far their favourite culinary skill (other than tasting of course), so they thought my question was a bit bizarre. Of course they’re weak mom! We’ve broken dozens on the floor… They didn’t believe me when I told them that eggs are actually very strong, so I challenged them to try to break an egg by squeezing it between their hands.Read More
Fairy gardens aren’t usually something you think of when you’re planning a gardening activity for little boys, but trust me, they love them just as much as little girls!Read More