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…

Free-Range Kids, yay or nay?

Free-range Kids… is it for you? While walking out of the library the other day, a book, Free-Range Kids, caught my eye and I grabbed it, which is a bit unusual for me because unless a book is about crock pot recipes or gardening, I usually don’t check out books for myself (library trips are usually for the kids), and it isn’t that I don’t like books, I love books, I have shelves full of books… I’ve just become that busy mom with too many excuses! After a day of homeschooling,…

I told my kids the truth about Santa

Yup, I told my kids the truth about Santa! I can just see the hate mail now but it’s true, the weekend before Thanksgiving, I told my kids the truth about Santa, and really it was a long time coming! Honestly, I had never wanted to go the Santa route, because it felt like a lie and as a Christian it bothered me, but my husband talked me into it, and after years of watching my children and other children obsess over Santa, I decided to tell my kids, who…

2 Ingredient Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! Most people are always looking for easy, healthy recipes and for ways to use up their bananas. This 2 ingredient ice cream recipe fits the bill and is a hit with the family! What you’ll need depends on what you like. I made 3 different versions of this ice cream and all were great! We began with banana and peanut butter, moved to banana berry and ended in banana and chocolate! For all versions you will need to peel your…

The Mermaid and the Shoe Book Review

A Book Review by Emmy The Mermaid and the Shoe Book Review This is Emmy’s book review for the book The Mermaid and the Shoe by K. G. Campbell (32 pages, 2014) *Parent’s note – This book is in sync with The Little Mermaid, though different, it showcases the youngest mermaid, who runs off to find herself. I liked the message of everyone having talent and of course Emmy thought it was a great read. The illustrations were very calming, perfect book for a little one that loves mermaids or…

I Love You Already Book Review

A Book review by Emmy I Love You Already Book Review This is Emmy’s book review on the book I Love You Already by Jory John (32 pages, 2015) *Parents note – This book is a great bedtime or nap time book for smaller children and a cute story for children learning to read on their own. This book is a good example of how friends can be very different from one another, as bear and duck are both very different animals, and the perfect example of an extrovert and…

Summer Home School

Summer and school can mix Well, Summer is finally here, the weather is perfect and the kids are out of school…well all except mine! Our kids are attending Summer home school…and no it’s not because they were bad or didn’t grasp things during the school year. Much of it (not all) is for purely selfish reasons…let me explain… In previous years we have done a more traditional summer break and found that getting back on schedule was a nightmare (that doesn’t even cover it), and even though I consistently read to…

25 Free Summer Activities for Kids

Summer is here! It’s that time of year again and it seems no matter how much a parent intends on planning for it, summer sneaks up on you. I’m a firm believer in kids keeping themselves somewhat occupied but I like to plan activities or have things to assist in their summer fun, because while I want them to have fun, I want our family on a whole to have a blast too! Here are 25 free Summer activities for kids (or almost free), these are some things that we do…

Pirate vs Pirate Book Review

A book review by Landen This is Landen’s book review of the book Pirate vs. Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum (40 pages, 2011) *Parent’s note – My boys really thought this was funny as the pirates go tit for tat, and they boys especially loved the ending (adding plenty of “kissing” noises, lol). My daughter liked it as well but the boys seemed more “into” it, with Landen asking me to read it 3 times in one sitting.