Magnetic Advent Calendar

November 19th, 2017|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS, KIDS|

I’ve had a few big projects lately (one you’ve still to see) and I’m feeling like I need a little bit more ‘simple’ in my life.  Today’s magnetic advent calendar is just that – simple.

I’ve had these metal sheets from M-D Building Products since the Haven Conference last July.  I didn’t know what to do with them, but I didn’t want to throw them out “just in case” an idea suddenly popped up.

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Hallowe’en Fun – You’ve been BOO’D!!

October 5th, 2017|HOLIDAYS, KIDS|

It’s the beginning of October which means it’s time to start the Hallowe’en hijinks – namely the ring-and-run fun of “You’ve been Boo’d!”

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Make up two small bags of Hallowe’en treats, print off these tags and attach – then sneak up to your friends’ doors and …

DROP, RING and RUN!

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Tweens and self-esteem – The be.Tween Project

September 9th, 2017|For me, KIDS|

When did parenting get so hard?

Actually, when hasn’t it been hard?

I’m in a household with two “tweenagers” (9 and 11) and each phase of their lives has presented different challenges – from learning to walk, to potty training to letting them assert some independence.

But these tween years – all of their struggles seem to be internal, which is NOT an easy fix.

How they look, how they act, what they wear, what they play with, even what they eat becomes a […]

Small Closet Organization (on a budget)

August 27th, 2017|DIY, KIDS, ORGANIZE|

Miss Chloë got ripped off in the closet department – but in our defence, we didn’t know we were having two kids when we built.  As it was our builder hadn’t incorporated a linen closet into our home, so we had to use part of – what later became – Chloë’s closet.

It’s a single closet, so not minuscule by any means, but certainly smaller than most closets being built in houses today.

Backyard Playground Makeover

July 8th, 2017|DIY, KIDS|

If you’ve followed along, you will have seen a few posts now where I’ve done different projects for a playground makeover.

The goal of the entire endeavour was to get a few more years of use out of our backyard play set / treehouse…  I needed to “Tween it up” to make it cool enough for my girls to want to play in again.

I’ll go back to what we started with:
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Finishing up the Playground – Outdoor Art

July 7th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, KIDS|

Do you ever sit in your yard, front or back, and think “I wish I could add some colour”?

But the idea of painting your fence seems too daunting, permanent and possibly expensive?

My backyard playground updates included colour for the structure itself, but nothing for the fence for those exact reasons.

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I didn’t want to commit to painting the entire fence and […]

Repurposed Plastic Jug

June 28th, 2017|KIDS, ORGANIZE, REPURPOSE|

I trash-dove this morning.

Okay not really into the trash and I didn’t really “dive” – more like I snuck a plastic jug from my friend’s recycling.

After you see what I did with it, you’re going to go in search of recycling to pilfer as well.

I’ll start with the need, so you know where I’m coming from;

that is how my children store their goggles – thrown over the edge of the pool […]

DIY Chalkboard – part of our treehouse upgrades

June 21st, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS|

Chalkboards seem to be all-the-rage now – people are trimming anything and everything with chalkboard paint to create message boards, labels, jar lids, gift tags – you name it and it’s probably had a coating of chalkboard paint to make it better.

Our backyard playground / treehouse is no exception – but where do you find a 3′ x 4′ chalkboard to fit this tall expanse of wall?

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Candy Bar / Candy Buffet

June 18th, 2017|GAMES / FUN, KIDS, PARTY IDEAS|

My girls have danced around the house all weekend reminding me that there are only “9 days left of school”.

At this point, actually learning anything is mute – it’s all about treat days and field trips to celebrate the end of another school year…. essentially a month-long party with a bit of math squeezed in.

Last week Madison had “Candy Day” at school.

I’m not sure why her teachers thought that jacking thirty 11 year-olds full of sugar was a good idea, […]

Outdoor Summer Games – Tic Tac Toe

June 17th, 2017|GAMES / FUN, KIDS|

I will admit that there are a LOT of pins with ideas for creating tic tac toe boards in fun and unusual ways.  Ladybug and frog rocks, chalk paint and frisbees on the lawn, paper plates in hotel rooms – there’s even a version of tic tac toe with lego.  It’s an easy game for any age and one that can be played just about anywhere.

Having written that, I do have a new, unique take on this fun, outdoor summer […]