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.
Use everyday items to create rich dyes for your Easter eggs.
When I set out to find eco Easter egg dye options, I was surprised by the many kitchen items you could use. It is easy to forego the chemical-laden food colorings and teach your kids the joys and uses of nature used in easy egg coloring recipes. Dye Recipe Instructions for Eggs: Select a dyeing agent (outlined below) and place it in the pot. Add 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a ... Continue Reading
Opt for a staycation this year, spending your week at home with your family.
With Spring Break taking over March and April, many people are planning their destination of choice - opting for snow or sun or somewhere inbetween. But many families are talking about staying right at home, relaxing via a staycation instead. A few years ago I incorporated the staycation into a learning experience with my children. We expanded it over a summer, but you can easily tailor it down to a week for spring break. Get a Mental Picture The idea of a staycation is to explore a ... Continue Reading
Make your own seedling starters from what would be household waste.
With spring just around the corner, many people are making plans to start their seedlings indoors. Before you plunk down the cash for a plastic seed tray or other starter system, consider making your own no dig system. There are a number of free alternatives to the commercial seed starting trays that you'll find in most seed catalogs, and it also helps in reducing your household waste. The cool thing about repurposed no dig seedling starters is you prevent these items from going to the dump ... 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