Favourite Holiday Movies on @Netflix_ca #StreamTeam

Elf

The holidays are a perfect time to schedule a lot family quality time, don’t you agree? One of my favourite things to do with my family is to snuggle up and watch a good movie. Our Favourite Holiday Movies… The one movie that is a MUST WATCH for our family is Elf. It has become a tradition to watch Elf on Christmas Eve in my family and the kids cannot stop talking about this fact. Elf – Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart Buddy the Elf doesn’t fit in with the other North Pole elves, so he travels to … Continue reading

Last Chance to Link Up Your Child Friendly Activities in 2014!

2014 Happy Holidays Artsy Play

This is your last chance in 2014 to link up your child friendly activities and crafts on Artsy Play Wednesday! We will be taking a break over the holidays in order to spend more quality time with our children. Stay tuned to see what is in store for 2015….. If you will be doing holiday baking with your children, feel free to get some helpful tips here: Link Up Your Child Friendly Posts Below… BLOGGERS: Please feel free to link up your FAVOURITE crafts and activities for children from YOUR blog. Thank you for sharing your amazing posts with our … Continue reading

Fresh Breath Pie… #HolidaySecretsExposed {Giveaway}

Reindeer Cupcakes

Everyone has a secret to tell! You must have a secret, a disaster or a hilarious experience that has happened during holidays in the past. Let’s hear them….your Holiday Secrets Exposed! Ok, ok, I’ll start….. When my husband and I were not yet married and living in our first basement apartment, I was super excited to entertain all of my friends. I had never entertained before, so I was a tad nervous how all of the food would turn out, so I would often do a “trial” meal to ensure that I knew what I was doing. Go ahead, call … Continue reading

5 Tips for Baking with Kids During the Holidays #HallmarkPressPause {Giveaway}

Baking with Kids Giveaway

Many people enjoy baking during the holidays. In fact, holiday baking is often party of a family’s tradition. It is NO secret that children love to bake! However, many parents are often overwhelmed with the extra amount of work that comes along with baking with children. Here are some helpful tips when baking with kids: Get ingredients out and organized ahead of time. – It is amazing what kind of “trouble” children can get into when you are busy trying to locate ingredients and tools. Measure out the trickier ingredients. – Depending on the age of the children, you may … Continue reading

First Birthday Party Ideas

First Birthday Party Ideas

All birthdays are wonderful occasions but that first birthday celebration is especially significant. How do you plan a party that will hold a lifetime of memories? Whether you host a small gathering for family and a few close friends or decide to throw an extravagant bash for a crowd, plan for success by deciding on a theme and then the decoration ideas, birthday cake design and party favors will be much easier to choose. A party theme is simply an idea that unifies all the party elements. There are innumerable possibilities, including: nursery rhymes, a favorite book, popular characters (Disney, … Continue reading

Coconut Cherry Macaroons #FeelGoodHoliday {Giveaway}

Coconut Cherry Macaroons

While the holidays bring traditions and holiday baking is definitely a huge part of my holidays, I am also always on the hunt for new recipes to try out. I am a huge fan of coconut and cherries, so when I came across this recipe from Nature’s Path, it was a MUST try this holiday season. Photo courtesy of Nature’s Path Coconut Cherry Macaroons (Gluten Free, Egg Free) Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Makes: 16 serving Ingredients: 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut 1/2 cup coconut milk 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp coconut flour 1 tbsp coconut oil … Continue reading

Educational Holiday Themed Activities for Kids

Educational Holiday Themed Activities for Kids

Perhaps it is the teacher in me, but I am always on the lookout for opportunities to make an “educational moment” with my children. I happen to have a HUGE collection of Printables saved on my computer and I was noticing that my Holiday folder is looking a little bare, so today I went on a hunt for some Educational Holiday Themed Activities for Kids to add to my collection. Counting and Reading Skills Trees Pre – K through K Christmas learning pack Some more Holiday ideas for Children for you to check out: Fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas … Continue reading

20 Tips to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

How to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

Disclaimer: If you are the type of person who LOVES every single second of the holidays, this post is NOT for you. This post is meant for people who feel heightened amounts of stress and anxiety during the holidays. Good Times: Friends, family, food, gifts…. But yet, for many people, the holidays are filled with additional stress! Why STRESS?! Pressure. Worry. Finances. Anxiety. Depression. With visiting friends and family comes food preparation, shopping for gifts and cleaning your home. Often, we end up having a few extra later nights than they are used to which creates havoc with our typical … Continue reading

Fun Learning Activities for Home and School

Fun Learning Activities for Home and School

I am a huge believer and fan in play-based learning. This type of learning doesn’t stop after Kindergarten either! I have witnessed the fantastic outcome it can have in later grades too. Hands-on, fun approaches to learning makes education more engaging and interesting, which ultimately increases attention spans and therefore retention of new information. Learning that involves children being active in a hands-on approach is key to the success of many students. One example of a tool that can be used in many hands-on activities is a Hot Wheels vehicle. Think of the science and math involved, not to mention … Continue reading

Three Beautiful Holiday Kid Books

I love sharing books with my children that deliver heartwarming messages surrounding the holiday season. Holiday Kid Books are a staple in our house year round. My children fight me every year when I try to put their holiday books away for the following year and they often win, resulting in holiday kid books being read year round. There is nothing wrong with that, however, and I am always happy that my children are choosing to read! The Magic Christmas Key, My Snowman and Me and The Hope Tree are three lovely stories published by Pine Tree Publishing. This is … Continue reading