Top 10 Board Games for Toddlers

Kids love games!! Toddlers and games can be tricky. They like to run, jump, swing their arms around and they often lack focus. What on earth are you supposed to play? I have some excellent ideas that are perfect for family nights, birthday gifts or even Christmas.

Sneaky Snacky Squirrel

All my kids love this game! The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel is awesome at developing fine motor skills, sorting and color matching. It is simple enough that your kid can play it independently or multiplayer. The acorns are small, be careful when your playing with kids that still put everything in their mouth.

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Remembrance Day Books with Usborne

Remembrance Day is a special day. A day of remembrance. Remembering the sacrifice, courage and bravery of those that went before us. A time to be grateful. We have been blessed with our freedoms and safety. We have much to thank the soldiers of the past for.

What would your life look like without the sacrifice of others?

Honestly, I don’t like thinking about the what if’s, I try and focus on gratitude instead.

Introducing war can be a tough concept to address with kids. At least it is for me.

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Christmas Gifts for the Whole Family

Family is the most important thing in the world to me! I love my hubby, adore my kids and treasure our extended family. We are very blessed.

The majority of our family lives very close to us which is a blast. We get together often and just enjoy our time together. Some of my favorite get togethers are when we are doing something together. It doesn’t have to be something massive or an activity that takes planning. Just quality time spend together doing something enjoyable.

Christmas time has become the perfect opportunity for us to gift our kids fun things to do together. Occasionally we have themed their gifts to compliment/complete each other. Some years are bigger and some years smaller.

Is quality family time important to you? Would you like to add to your stash of things you can do as a family? I have the perfect list for you.

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Halloween Reads with Usborne Books

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I love it all. The costumes, the activities, the goofiness and the stories!! AHHH! I just love it.

This year my kids were extra spoiled. I bought us a ton of new Usborne Books just for the season. Let me tell you they did not disappoint either. My kids went crazy for the monster stories and the activties/games that we bought. We didn’t get into any spooky stories but we will in a couple more years. If you kids are  little like mine there are plenty of fun Halloween books and for the older kids there are amazing classics for them to enjoy. I can’t wait til we are at the stage. Just a couple more years until we will be diving into more Halloween stories.

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How to Make the Perfect Witch Potion

When I was in Grade 11 my english teacher had us memorize the “Three Witches Chant” from Macbeth. For some unknown reason I still remember the majority of it 10+ years later. Do I remember anything else? Not really…. at least I have Macbeth to get me through life.

shakespeare-macbeth-double, double toil and trouble

Halloween would not be complete without making your own witches brew or potion!

What I really love about making your own potions is that you can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. Use your imagination and see what you and your kids can come up with. There are so many options that can be easily adapted to make this activity engaging with whatever age your kids are.

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Unreal Halloween Treats Review

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year I absolutely adore it. The fun, tricks and obviously the CANDY!!

I know, I know. Trick or treating is for kids but lets be real I eat my fair share and buy extra candy to give out. It would be a shame to run out so I really do my best to have a full stash for the kids.

Have you ever read the ingredient lists on regular brand name candy? For a long time I had no idea what was added to a variety of food.

Recently it was discovered that one of my nephews is allergic to red food dye. Since then I have been extra diligent with reading labels. Did you know basically everything has red food coloring? I did not. Seriously I found red dye in a package of noodles. You really have to watch carefully. My eyes have been open now and it makes me quite uneasy.

With Unreal Candy I didn’t have to worry about dye because they are colored with vegetables. Yeah!! That’s right. Natural food coloring. That is something I can get behind. Seriously, look at the gorgeous colors of Unreal’s Candy when compared to Smarties.

Unreal Vs Smartie

Does your family have other dietary needs? Maybe you are trying to fill your body with the best food but you still have a sweet tooth. Guys, Unreal is for you!

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Exploring Turtles with Usborne Books

This week we are jumping into our turtle theme with both feet. Bee is crazy excited and Sweets likes anything and everything that he does. Needless to say the house is bubbling with excitement. I have chosen some activities and many books that I think they will love and keep their interest. Follow us on instagram to see our daily activities, read below for our book list.

No theme is complete without excellent books to answer questions and stir up more curiosity. These are some of the amazing books that we are using in our study.

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How to Personalize Notebooks for the Year

My kids are getting older and developing their own interests and opinions. I am so much in love with the people they are becoming but also in all the little things they are discovering.

I wanted a way to capture them at this stage. Their abilities, what they love and be able to watch them progress over time. I have seen so many amazing nature journals, regular journals and lap books but none of them were exactly what I was hoping for. Maybe I just didn’t want 10 books to keep track of and that’s a good enough reason for me.

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Back to School with Usborne Books

Back to School is always an exciting time of the year.

Whether your child is starting a new grade or starting school for the first time there are lots of wonderful things to look forward to. All of these new changes happen at once which is not an  easy transitiion especially if your child doesn’t know what to expect.

I found some amazing books to ease your kids into attending school, getting them excited to return, books that will inspire them to ask questions and dig a little bit deeper. Half the battle of getting your child to read is to find books that they are truly interested in. Below I have shared a bit of everything meaning there is something for everyone.

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