Back to School Shopping – Getting Prepared for Kindergarten!

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Backpacks, lunch accessories,  hair accessories, sunscreen and more.  There is a huge list of items to get organized for back to school. Consequently, Kindergarten preparation can be overwhelming! I have written an entire series about preparing your child for Kindergarten and what to pack for the first day. There is even a post about 5 things you can do to help a Kindergarten teacher.  After all, I did teach Kindergarten once.  Let me tell you, you have the ability to make a HUGE difference for a Kindergarten teacher by the choices you make! Imagine 30 children who don’t know what their backpack looks like, … Continue reading

Stomach Flu and Kids – The Trick to Less Mess and More Sleep

stomach flu and kids

Do you struggle with keeping up with the mess when your child has the stomach flu? When you get woken up in the night with a combination of stomach flu and kids, do you find yourself walking around aimlessly not sure how to best handle the situation? This was me, until I came up with a system for dealing with the stomach flu and our family. It may sound pathetic, but it’s called survival! You see, when you have children who are prone to vomiting (not just because of the flu), you learn that a having a system in place … Continue reading

How to Make Your Own Lava Bead Bracelet

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A Lava Bead Bracelet is a great DIY craft for kids for a couple of reasons. Lava beads are relatively inexpensive, especially when purchased in bulk. Lava beads are also known for being porous which means they are very popular amongst essential oil users as they retain the calming scents of essential oils. When worn daily, these bracelets can be used as an accessory as well as a part of your healthy routine. Of course if you prefer not to use essential oils (personal preference or because you have chosen to not use them), these bracelets are equally as wonderful … Continue reading

Healthy Granola Bars ~ 2 Ways

Healthy Granola Bars

These Healthy Granola Bars are kid and Mom approved and can easily become a school friendly snack too! Oh, and an added bonus, they take less than 10 minutes to throw together and a quick bake in the oven. This Mama can wake up at 6:30 in the morning, and have the breakfast cookie version on the table for 7! Yes, I feel like I wear a super Mom cape sometimes! I am not ashamed to celebrate those rare moments and you shouldn’t be either!   This Healthy Granola Bar recipe can be actually made in three ways: bars, squares … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Craft for Kids

Valentine's Day crafts

Having children has taken love to a whole new level for me. Valentines day with little ones is an excellent opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest bonds there is: the one between a mom and her kids! What better way to bond with your kids than to snuggle up and read a book together OR make a Valentine’s Day CRAFT! My kids LOVE to make crafts. When I mention the word crafts, they usually squeal with delight. One craft that I would like to try with my kids this year, are these adorable heart shaped animal crafts. To make … Continue reading

Powering Smiles This Holiday Season #PowerImagination

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Children love to smile and parents love to see their children smile. Unfortunately, at this time of year, for some families, smiles are difficult to find. Every year, thousands of children and their families spend time in Canadian hospitals over the holidays. And while they may have difficulty finding their smiles, I do believe that there is always a smile hiding in there, and we have to find creative ways to bring that out during particularly difficult times. Powering smiles is something that Duracell is passionate about… especially this time of year! For children who are sick, we have to … Continue reading

Looking for a Unique Gift Idea for a Child This Holiday?

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I’ve had many conversations lately with parents who are struggling to figure out what to give their child this Christmas. What do you give a child who has everything? Many people are keeping their eyes peeled for a unique gift idea that will not fill the toy room or simply sit on a shelf unused. I don’t know about you, but I feel like compared to when I was a child, our children these days have too much. Not only do we not have enough space to store it all, but do they really NEED it all? We have had … Continue reading

Do You Have a Star Wars Fan in Your Home? {Giveaway}

Star Wars fan

Do you have a Star Wars fan in your home? Are you going to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this holiday season? My hubby is the biggest Star Wars fan that I know and he has shared his interest and excitement with our children too. They build Star Wars lego together and collect Star Wars figures (hubby even has a shelf at work dedicated to them!). They even participate in Lego Advent calendars at Christmas time, which I will be doing with them for the first time this year. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, my … Continue reading

An Educational Gift Idea for Kids

I’m always on the hunt for a unique and educational gift idea for kids. When I discovered Marmalade books, a unique book subscription, I was intrigued to learn more. Once received, I knew immediately that it would have to be listed on my Gift Ideas page for all parents to learn about. When I received the Middle Grade Box, I immediately thought of my daughter as she absolutely adores reading books! In fact, today on the way to school, we were chatting about her 30 minutes of daily “reading homework”. Her response was, “Mom, really it shouldn’t be called homework … Continue reading

Mess Free Art Idea

Mess free art allows children the space to be creative in a mess free zone – a parent’s dream come true, right? Creativity can take many forms, but often when it comes to children, it is MESSY! Like the protagonist of ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, budding artist Rafe Khatchadorian, would tell you, creative self-expression can take many forms, from a doodle in a note book to a wall covered in Stickies. I can tell you that as a Child Studies major from the University of Guelph, one key learning that continues to stand out in my … Continue reading