The Best Stand Mixer

Not All Mixers Are Created Equally Who loves cooking and baking? Do you own a stand mixer? If you don’t, have you ever wondered which is the best stand mixer? Even if you are mixing up something as simple as a boxed cake, having a mixer comes in handy! Mixers, however, can be pricey and many people aren’t sure if the convenience is worth the price. I have a KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus, which I received as a wedding shower gift from my employer and his wife. When I received…

Groundhog Day Treats

Groundhog Grub We love Groundhog Day at our house, I think it is because the first thoughts of spring come with Groundhog Day. We love the holiday seasons between October and New Year’s Eve, but January is such a cold bleak month, that anything that can get our minds thinking spring is worth celebrating. Every year we make these Groundhog Day treats to celebrate and it seems to go over well, I took it to our co-op this year and it was thoroughly enjoyed. Of course these could be used…

Niagara Falls and Toronto with Kids

O’ Canada Christmas of 2016 we promised the kids a trip to Great Wolf Lodge for the following year. Our intention was spring 2017, however, when spring came I decided since we were studying Canada, we should take a trip to Canada instead… I know, mean mom right?!? Don’t worry, the kids did get their trip to Great Wolf Lodge later in the year but they had so much fun in Canada, that at almost a year later, they are still asking when we are going back! I would say…

The Night Gardener Book Review

A Book Review By Landen The Night Gardener Book Review This is Landen’s book review of The Night Gardener, by Terry Fan (48 pages, 2016) *Parent’s Note – This book is Amazing!!! It really inspired some imagination with my kids and especially Landen. The illustrations are beautiful and each page is detailed beautifully. This story shows how we can all be inspired by even the smallest things and even by those that we don’t know. The Night Gardener would make an amazing bedtime story. My kids, especially Landen, go to it…

Making a Paper Mache Volcano

A Fun Science Experiement While learning about Earth we obviously covered volcanos and we agreed that making a paper mache volcano would be fun. Volcanoes are a fun topic for kids, they love watching them errupt! Now when I started making this I didn’t really take pictures on how to build the volcano (oops!) but I searched “paper mache volcanoes” and found a picture built very closely to the way I built mine, so I will include the picture for reference (I tried to find where the picture originated but…

Arctic Snow Dough

Fun Way for Arctic Play! While exploring the arctic with the kids, for our Canada unit, we decided to make some arctic snow dough. Snow dough is all over Pinterest, as are other types of doughs and slimes, so we found a basic recipe and decided to add glitter to ours. Glitter is not necessary but does add a little something to it! You’ll need some cornstarch or corn flour (UK), baby oil, and silver or white glitter. The baby oil will help this smell amazing, however, if you think…

How Does Blubber Work?

Why don’t Arctic animals get cold? While studying during our Canada unit we spent alot of time on the arctic. Most children love animals as it is but the arctic as many different types of animals with unique features, including those like polar bears, that have blubber. My kids just didn’t understand how animals could be in icy waters without being cold, so we set off to see how does blubber work? What you will need are some latex gloves, shortening, Saran Wrap, and a bowl of ice water, as…

Jorie and the Magic Stones Book Review

A Book Review By The 3 Amigos This is a video book review done by all three kiddos, Elijah, Emmeline, and Landen, of the book Jorie and the Magic Stones, by A. H. Richardson (268 pages, 2014) The kids love doing reviews, to see more or to show support… subscribe to our YouTube channel! *Parent’s note- This book was read to the kids by myself and was a little above my children’s reading level, while I think Elijah and Emmy would have been able to navigate alot of it, the…

Best Pizza Crust Recipe

No need to go out for pizza! My kids really love pizza, as many kids do, and so I thought it might be fun to make it at home one night and see how the family liked it. I set out to find the best pizza crust recipe and gave it a go! Well, needless to say it was a success and I thought I would share the recipe and some of our creations, but I also wanted to share my experience of teaching my children how to make this…

Sweet and Spiced Acorn Squash Soup

A yummy soup for a cold day! So, this past growing season my compost pile produced several acorn squash plants and a bounty of fruit! I was super excited and couldn’t wait to use them. The year prior we had grown them for the first time, however, we planted too many. This year we only planted 3 plants BUT they didn’t grow for some reason 🙁 Obviously you can understand my surprise when I saw these acorn plants growing beautifully out of my compost pit, of course the dilemma became…