Helping Children Stay Calm

Calm

It’s Halloween Time! What does that mean? With Halloween comes excitement, fun and a lot of energy! Also, many children fill their bellies with all kinds of goodies and treats and in the end, they don’t feel all too well. So, you had better believe that when my children come home from school on Friday, I will be giving them a dose of Calm in order to keep their tummies happy and their moods a bit more calm-like. I don’t expect peace and quiet on Halloween, but in my experience, when my children get too excited and over-the-top, the next … Continue reading

A Celebration of Parenthood {Giveaway} #babytimeshow

Babytime Show

Let’s celebrate Parenthood! If you are expecting a baby or have a little one, it’s time to get out and celebrate! Let me share with you one way that you can celebrate on November 7 to 9 in Toronto…..at the babytime show! November 7-9, 2014 | Metro Toronto Convention Centre | North Building Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm As a parent of children aged 6 and 9, the babytime show is still a fun and entertaining place for me. I look forward to attending every year! I am now and Aunt of a two year old and a … Continue reading

Halloween Ideas {Artsy Play Wednesday}

Halloween Fun

Halloween is rapidly approaching. Excitement is in the air! I would like to share with you some Halloween ideas with you…. Ghost Favour Bagalope Halloween Decoupage Jars Toilet Paper Tube Mummies Peek-a-Boo Ghost Ghost Pencil Toppers 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 large audience of readers on three blogs. By doing so, you are also giving us permission to use your link and an image from your post in future Artsy Play posts. … Continue reading

Halloween FUN for Kids

Children get SO excited at Halloween! It is one of those holidays that the kids love to celebrate for the entire month of October! We do Halloween crafts, read Halloween books, go through our “tickle trunk” of costumes and, of course, watch Halloween movies and tv shows.   We like to have Halloween FUN in our house! This year, we have Netflix which allows us the opportunity for a large variety of shows and movies to watch. Here are some suggestions for the children in your household… 1. Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Incorporated 2. House of Anubis 3. Black Hole High 4. … Continue reading

Tips for Supporting Your Children

Tips for Supporting your children

Growing up isn’t easy. Young people today face a number of pressures to succeed, compete, and conform. School, extra-curricular activities, and family can all impact a young person’s mental health and sense of well-being if goals, expectations, and problems start to seem too big. Every young person, regardless of the neighbourhood they live in, the friends they have, the family they come from, or the school they go to will experience challenges and uncertainties as they grow. We can all benefit from having supportive people in our lives, but asking for help isn’t always easy. There are a number of … Continue reading

Will Stroet is Coming to Toronto

My kids and I absolutely LOVE Will Stroet, the children’s musician and entertainer. I cannot wait to tell my kids that Will Stroet is Coming to Toronto to perform on November 30th, 2014. Last year, my family went to see Will’s Toronto show and we had a blast together. We sang and danced and left with huge smiles on our faces and our hearts filled up! One of our favourite Will Stroet songs is still Full of Beans… perhaps it is because my kids are FULL of Beans! Here it is to enjoy for you and your little ones. You … Continue reading

The Vegan Cook’s Bible

The Vegan Cook's Bible

from Robert Rose Inc. As I mentioned in an earlier cookbook review post, in 2014 I have been making a concerted effort to eat more of a plant-based diet. At first the thought seemed quite daunting, but over time it has become much easier and just a way of life. So, when I was provided with a list of new titles from Robert Rose Inc., I was excited to see The Vegan Cook’s Bible by Pat Crocker on the list and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The Vegan Cook’s Bible is so much more than a cookbook! … Continue reading

Tip: When Baking with Peanut Butter…. {recipes}

Baking with Peanut Butter

We are HUGE fans of peanut butter in our house, so you can only guess that we do A LOT of baking with peanut butter! In fact, our favourite brand of Peanut Butter can only be purchased in the US so this past summer, hubby and I stocked up for the year! Can you guess how many large jars of peanut butter we bought? Need a recipe to try out that uses Peanut Butter to put this tip to the test? For those of you who enjoy baking with peanut butter as much as I do, here are some of … Continue reading

Knock Knock Banners – a great gift idea! {Giveaway}

Knock Knock Banner Giveaway November

One of our featured Gifts on our Gift Ideas page are banners from Knock Knock Banners, a Canadian owned and operated business. The name “Knock Knock Banners” was inspired by the variety of knock-knock jokes that Helen’s husband, made and taught to Matteo, their son. I love reading stories of how small businesses began and Helen’s story is definitely worth reading. Visit her website and read her “About Us” section to learn more about her family and how her business began. A child’s name is so important! A child should be proud of their name. One way that you can … Continue reading

Decorating for Halloween {Giveaway}

Happy Halloween

This past weekend, my children and I decorated for Halloween. I absolutely LOVE to decorate for Halloween. The kids get SO excited and the fun decorations bring such joy and excitement into our home. One of my favourite stores that make such fun and CUTE (because I’m not all about the scary side) decorations is Hallmark. Hallmark always has such a fun variety of decorations for every holiday. While the children and I LOVE decorating for Halloween, I know my husband starts to cringe a wee bit inside. Halloween brings EXTRA excitement and noise to our home, which sometimes…..well, watch … Continue reading