Give a Gift that Lasts this Holiday


Well over a year ago, a close girlfriend of mine and I had a very open conversation about birthday and holiday gifts. We both agreed that our children do not have a NEED for much, and we are so fortunate for that, however, in our society, we often feel a need to purchase physical gifts for one another. I shared with her what we do with my husband’s side of the family for birthdays and Christmas and we both agreed that it was something we wished more people would be open to thinking about. When her second daughter was born, … Continue reading

The Blogging Mamas Holiday Gift GIVEAWAY for Kids

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

The holidays are quickly approaching! Do your children have a wish list that is a mile long? Together with some other lovely blogger friends: Lisa from Fab Frugal Mama, Christine from Life on Manitoulin, Maya from Mayhood Blog, and Meri from Lil-Sugar, we have created a list of some of our top picks for the holidays FOR KIDS.   It’s the Blogging Mamas Holiday Gift Giveaway FOR KIDS   We have tried to cover a wide range of ages as well as some more unique gift ideas for kids. You may not need all of them for the children in … Continue reading

Christmas Memories

Shari from Knit Wit by Shair shares about Christmas with her family…. Christmas time is my favourite time of the year. I have always been like a little kid this time of year, and opening presents is one of my favourite parts. Oh, the Christmas memories….. My in laws have always laughed at the fact that I get the most excited about opening presents, and how it’s not just MY presents that I want opened. I want to see the look on people’s faces when I get them the perfect present. This probably explains why I go a little overboard … Continue reading

Positive Affirmations with Mantra Buddies

positive affirmations

Thinking positively with the help from Mantra Buddies increases self esteem and confidence in children. Mantra Buddies are cute stuffies for kids that assist children with positive affirmations. With everything that is going on in the world today, I’m seeing gratitude and positive affirmations popping up everywhere. The more we fill our own world with positive affirmations and thoughts, the more positive the world around us will seem. It is important that we teach our children how to actively practice positive affirmations at an early age. This will help them tackle the confusing and sometimes negative feelings that arise during … Continue reading

Funtastic Forest Holiday Event in Support of Sick Kids

Funtastic Forest Holiday Event

I will be participating in the Funtastic Forest Holiday Event in support of Sick Kids. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Alivia Nina Pileggi Cardiac Critical Care Unit Fund. Along with many other AMAZING vendors, I will have a table where I will be educating people how to clean faster, easier and safer as well as selling Norwex products as they make FANTASTIC gifts that keep on giving! Green Holiday Gift Ideas Click on the image to enlarge these amazing gift ideas! There will be shopping opportunities for the Mommies, Daddies and Grandparents, as well as … Continue reading

Process vs Product in Kid Art

Kid Art

When I was in University, there was a large focus on providing children with valuable opportunities to express themselves through their art and creative projects. We were encouraged to take the focus off of the product and more onto the process. While I fully appreciate the importance of allowing children to freely express themselves in their artwork, I am also a sucker for the standard art that comes home for different occasions. Take for example this poppy that my son brought home this week: I believe that for some art projects, there is value in teaching the children a specific … Continue reading

Kid Art ROCKS!

kid art

Our main kitchen wall is covered in my children’s artwork. There is even a quote at the top that says: “Every child is an artist.” ~Pablo Picasso Every time I look at our kitchen wall, it makes me smile and it fills my heart and my soul as a Mother and as a person. You see, there is something about colourful and creative art created by children. It is their form of free self expression. It is their hopes, their dreams and how they see the world. My children are 7 and 10 years old and I can honestly say … Continue reading

Making Family Memories This Fall


If you would like to read more about Shari and her three boys, please feel free to visit her blog, The Knit Wit by Shair. When the fall rolls around, we tend to head indoors, and back to family routines. Sometimes, our family life can be so busy that we forget to make memories. I think it is easier in the summer to fit in family time and memory making because we are taking trips, or just hanging outside as a family. When we are indoors, we have to remember to make a point of having family time. Also, as … Continue reading

Make Playtime Happen Anytime and Anywhere

Playtime Anytime Anywhere

Play is such a huge part of growing, learning and developing. I believe that this is true at any age, from babies, all the way up through school-aged children. There are so many advantages to play-based learning including the development of social skills, fine motor skills and creativity, to name just a few. Playtime Anytime and Anywhere When you have a baby or toddler, it is so important to be able to bring playtime with you everywhere you go, including walks, car trips and shopping. This keeps baby entertained, distracted and happy! And we all know that a baby’s happiness … Continue reading

Thank You, Teachers for my Education and more!

Thank You Teachers

Thank you, to all of my teachers! You all played a part in helping to form the person who I am today. You encouraged me to dream. You encouraged me to grow. You encouraged me to take risks. You encouraged me to be confident. You encouraged me to try my best at everything I do. You encouraged me to participate. You encouraged me to be brave. Some teachers influenced me in ways that I will never forget. Some teachers made me feel like an individual. Some teachers scared me, but they taught me how to be brave. Some teachers were … Continue reading