10 Great Winter Activities for Kids


I have teamed up with Kristen from Country Fit Family to share with you some great Winter Activities for Kids in order to help you keep your children active and busy this winter. We are entering the home stretch, but we likely have many more cold, snowy days left in winter before we can begin to experience more spring-like weather. Here are 10 wonderful winter activities for you and your children:  25 OUTDOOR Winter Activities with Kids by Country Fit Family Crystallized Snowflakes by Creative Cynchronicity   Homeschooling through Winter by The Canadian Homeschooler   How to Makes Snowdays Fun for Everyone by … Continue reading

Helping Kids Understand the Importance of Online Safety

Online Safety and Children

For some parents, the internet can be a scary place when they start to think about what their kids might get up to – or run into – online. The vast majority of people in Canada – nearly 87 per cent – have internet connections at home. Smartphone ownership also surpasses the global average: more than half of Canadians (57 per cent) own a smartphone, while 42 percent of people own smartphones worldwide. In 2014, Facebook Canada reported that 19 million Canadians used Facebook at least once a month, and 14 million were logging in daily. And while Facebook’s terms … Continue reading

Delicious Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

As some of you may know, I have been educating others in ways that they can radically reduce the use of chemicals in their homes. With this job, I visit other people’s homes to meet their friends and family and share with them ways that they can achieve this. What this means is that I leave hubby with the kids on weekends or weeknights. A few weekends ago, I came home to homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. Not only were there freshly baked cookies, but there were smiling faces, a unique recipe written by my daughter on a piece of … Continue reading

Potential Benefits of Oil Pulling #ONatural

Benefits of Oil Pulling

Recently, I saw a post on Facebook that asked the question Have you tried oil pulling? Would you give it a go? I have seen more and more information online about Oil Pulling and I have always been intrigued. I actually gave it a try once last year, but within seconds of the oil being in my mouth, I had to spit it out as the texture drove me crazy. However, I LOVE Orange Naturals and when I saw them post about it, it got me thinking that I really should commit to giving it an honest try. Just because … Continue reading

Healthy Snack Ideas for Busy Families

Health Snack Ideas for your Family

Healthy snacks that are filled with protein are sometimes difficult to find when you are on the go. BUT, including protein in every meal is so important! As a Mom, I am often struggling to find healthy snacks to pack for my children who seem to be hungry all of the time! Some ideas of protein-rich foods include nuts, chick peas and greek yogurt. I often make batches of No Bake, Healthy Oatmeal Granola Bars for my children that include protein in the peanut butter. You can also find some more Healthy Snack Ideas in my Recipe Index. I enjoyed … Continue reading

Making Friends is an Art

Making Friends is an Art

I am a HUGE fan of children’s literature. I especially love books and stories that have a message. Julia Cook’s book, Making Friends Is an Art! is a book with a wonderful message for children! This book teaches children how to get along with others in order to have true friendship. After reading this story, my daughter felt inspired to write a story of her own. She asked me to share it with you, so here it is: Hi. I’m Brown and I have lots of special pencil friends: Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Dark Green, Blue, Purple, White … Continue reading

How Can I Teach My Preschooler?

teach my preschooler

From the moment your child is born, you are their teacher. You teach them to talk, to walk, to use a potty, to wash their hands, to hang up their coat and put their shoes in their place. You teach them how to share, how interact with others, and even how to talk on the phone. Now that your toddler has become a preschooler – what are they learning? Letters. Shapes. Numbers. Reading. Writing. The focus has shifted to more academics, and for many people – that can be intimidating. But, don’t panic. You CAN teach your preschooler. You’ve already … Continue reading

Three Delicious Thai Appetizer Ideas

Thai Cocktail Meatballs

Will you be entertaining in the near future? I know that when I am going to be entertaining, the first thing I do is hit my recipe books and the internet for some food ideas, don’t you? I have to admit that I am not a fish person, but some of these recipes look and sound SO good, I might actually be encouraged to try them if they were put in front of me. The truth is, because they looked so good, I just HAD to share them with you because I know that so many of you are “fish … Continue reading

16 EASY Valentine’s Day Activity Ideas for Kids

Valentines Day Activities

This year, Valentine’s Day is on a weekend. That means, likely many of you will have a bit of extra time on your hands to spend with your children and perhaps you are looking for something to do with them? Kristen from Country Fit Family and I have collected some craft and activity ideas for you to consider. Did you see last week’s post with some super fun Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas? Most of these Valentine’s Day Activity Ideas for Kids are easy and don’t take too much prep. Some of them require you to collect a few materials that … Continue reading

Kids Can Stay Connected to Loved Ones Through Reading

SparkUp Reader

I will never forget when my husband went on his first business trip since having kids. My daughter was about 10 months old and she was well aware of her Dad’s typical daily routine. After nap and towards dinner time, she would start to walk up to our front doors in anticipation of his arrival. Their typical routine would be that she would get Daddy cuddles as soon as he arrived home. At that young age, we couldn’t properly explain why Daddy wasn’t home and the Daddy guilt that my husband was experiencing while he was away was painful to … Continue reading