Planning a birthday party for a toddler is pretty easy to do. Choose a theme, send out tine invites, buy some snacks, and let them play. But what do you do though when your tween wants to have a party, and understandably does not want a kid party? Start out by talking to your daughter or son and ask them what they would like the party to be like, what kind of things they'd like to do, and the types of food they want to serve. You can still include a theme - try one of these European options ... Continue Reading
European party ideas for your tween – transitioning from kid party to something a little more sophisticated.
For Earth Day, check out these untraditional ways to improve our environment and our health.
Earth Day is April 22, but really, every day is Earth Day. It is of course our home and we are all in this together. As moms we get busy (very busy) and other than throwing a jar in the recycle bin, I think we forget how much power we have to reshape our surroundings and ultimately our children’s future. You probably already do a variety of things: take your chic reusable tote out shopping, turn off lights when you are not in a room, and recycle your plastic and tins. We wanted to ... Continue Reading
How to pull together a book nook; a reading space for your child.
In a recent article we discussed the necessary ingredients for pulling together fun, creative spaces and playrooms for your child. We are going to go through each one in a new designing series, designing for kids. This first article shows how to pull together a book nook; a reading space for your child. Reading nooks are spaces or areas that inspire your child to read - inviting creativity and thought. Reading nooks can be anywhere in your house. They do not have to be in your child's room, ... Continue Reading
This red salmon is one of our new favorites – it’s simple, beautiful, and absolutely delicious.
I've been focused on trying to come up with new and exciting meals for my family. With the food prices going up, I have had to be creative with my recipes, while at the same time providing healthy, real (not processed) meals. This red salmon is one of our new favorites - it's simple, beautiful, and absolutely delicious. Ingredients: 1 can of Red Salmon (wild caught) 2 cups organic basmati rice 2 pounds of organic carrots 1 lemon 2 cloves of fresh garlic. (fresh garlic is so ... Continue Reading
Start Valentine’s Day right with chocolate chip pancakes and homemade whipped cream.
A lovely way to start your family’s Valentine’s Day off is with homemade chocolate whipped cream and mini-chocolate pancakes. They will be thanking you all day. This recipe is very easy and fun to make, and you may find your kids wanting to help with the cooking - or at the very least “helping” to lick the whipped cream off the whisk. Whipped Cream Ingredients: A mixer bowl (chill it in refrigerator for 10 minutes) 1 pint of organic heavy cream Ghirardelli Sweetened Cocoa ... Continue Reading
Get inspired with working out, taking a class, or even creating an inspiration board.
It is a brand new year and the perfect time for self-renewal and trying new things. Every year it seems, we make our New Year's Resolutions with great hope and expectations and that is great but, they fizzle out by February, or perhaps the second week in January. This year let us all try some new things ... Make an Inspiration Board - Inspiration boards are absolutely fabulous and can be used whether you are creating a new room, or a new you. Inspiration boards, are exactly that ... ... Continue Reading
Try these yummy alternatives to traditional ingredients for a healthier holiday.
The holiday season is a busy time and sometimes we moms do things because that's what we've always done. However, incorporating healthy holiday habits can be easy and better for your family. Some easy examples of healthier holiday habits are : Toss the Tub The whipped cream in the tub seems to be a holiday staple, it always was with us. It never occurred to me to make my own, or that I could. On my quest for healthier living and eating, I (and many others) have discovered that you can make ... Continue Reading
It’s never too late to create new holiday traditions for your family.
I adore the holidays; the sights, smells and the warm fuzzy feelings. With the current economy, now is a great time to bring back the real reason for the holidays (which is not retail shopping). Our children's favourite things about the holidays are not the gifts ... no, really! Their favourite things are the traditions we have made together as a family. They talk about the foods, activities and yearly activities. Here are a few ideas that might work for your family. Start the ... Continue Reading