DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case

DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case - Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

This month for the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are focusing on Back To School Books & corresponding crafts.  I decided to do a general back to school craft and do a pencil case. Easy for a child to help make as well.  We picked some fabric at Walmart and grabbed some duct tape so we could make a fun craft.

Purple Pencil Case

I saw a bunch of different types of DIY pencil cases and decided to give it a go.  I was a big fan of duct tape in high school and made a bunch of things from it.  Now it comes in fun colours and there are so many more options.

DIY No-Sew Duct Tape Pencil Case - Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

This is a super easy craft to make and you don’t even have to sew it!

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Materials Needed:

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  • Material
  • Duct tape
  • Zipper
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon and other embellishments

 

How to Assemble:

Have fun with your material and duct tape and pick something you enjoy.  I bought the pre-cut material at Wal-Mart but still found it needed a trim.  Trim your material to the desired height, made sure that the width is the size of the zipper.

pencil case step 1

Put your material, print side down, on a hard surface and cover in strips of duct tape.  Then flip it over and trim the access duct tape.   Fold it in half and press a little along the middle to make it stick.

pencil case step 12

Use a glue gun to attach your zipper to one side.  Be careful not to get any glue on the zipper (I did and it makes it hard to open, oops! But making it extra toddler-proof).  Then fold both sides into the middle and glue the other side, go slowly as the glue dries fast.

pencil case step 123

Turn it inside out and use the glue gun to glue the sides.  Turn it outside again and voila, you have your case!  Now decorate with ribbons and whatever else!

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Check out some of the other crafts the Monthly Crafting Book Club has done this year:

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

 

Here are some of our favourite Back To School Books:

First Day of School

If You Take a Mouse To School

Llama Llama Misses Mama

What is your favourite back to school book?  Tell me in the comments below!

Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

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DIY Sugar-Free Freezies

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

It’s summertime and that means it is really hot in Ottawa, Canada.  My kids like to endulge in cold treats.  Especially when playing outside.  I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a DIY Sugar-Free Freezies recipe to give them on hot days.  I prefer to give them things without sugar added (aka naturally sweet) for health reasons.  Lately studies are saying how bad sugar is for you.  I am on Weight Watchers and sugar is a lot of points, so I try to keep it for the really good treats.  I’m not totally crazy about sugar, I let them have timbits and cake.  Plus I know my hubby is always giving them ice cream and chocolate when he is eating it.  But I try to help them make healthy choices and eat healthy as much as I can.


DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies

 

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

My kids had so much fun helping me assemble the ingredients and mix them together.

The waiting part was very hard for them though!

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.  DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies
 
Author:
Recipe type: Frozen
Ingredients
  • Banana - ripe
  • Mango - cubed
  • ½-2/3 c greek yogurt (I use 0% fat)
  • ½ c of coconut milk
Instructions
  1. I mixed everything together and blended it with my hand-help immersion blender (but a regular blender or food processor works well too) until smooth with no chunks.
  2. Next using a spoon I filled up the silicone freezie molds and put them in the freezer until after nap time.

 

Now is the fun and sticky part!  I let the kids take the DIY Sugar-Free Freezies outside (not on my clean floor please!) to enjoy them.  Then get sprayed with the hose (which they think is awesome) or swim in the kiddie pool to clean off.  Success!!  Kiddos and hubby liked them!

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What it’s like to have Pagan Friends

Ever wondered what it would be like to have Pagan friends?  Think it would be weird?  Wonder if they would stick out and make it obvious they were not Christian?  Probably not.  You have probably known Pagans at one time or another in your life and may or may not know it.

First of all what is a Pagan?  How is it different from Wiccan?  The easiest way I can use to describe it would be to say that Pagan is like the spirituality view (aka Christian) while Wiccan or shaman or kitchen witch would be the denomination (like Catholic or United).    Telling a Pagan they are going to hell is funny, since we don’t believe in hell or the devil.  We believe (many at least, there are always exceptions) in reincarnation.  So no, we do not worship the devil as we don’t believe in one.  We do believe in good and evil though.

One thing that is similar between pretty much all religions or spirituality beliefs is the Golden Rule or the Rule of Three fold.  The Christians have do unto others as you would have done unto you.  Pagans believe in the three fold rule, whatever you send out into the universe comes back to you three fold.  If you are worried about a friend being a Pagan or a witch and putting a spell on you, I wouldn’t worry.  They would only be sending out good vibes for you, otherwise it would come back three times as strong to them.  No one wants to put that kind of negative energy out there.




Some different things you may encounter

with Pagan’s or Pagan kids:

A lot frequent Pagan festivals and rituals

They are not as scary as they seem.  A lot of non-Pagans called “Pagan friendly” attend.  No need to be Pagan only to go!  They have workshops during the day, concerts, rituals, and drumming & dancing at night.  Rituals are actually mostly people standing around in a circle outside.  Usually with one or a few people in the middle talking.  If you are ever at a festival some may even allow you to sit on the outskirts to watch.

The night life, specifically the drumming & dancing is the best part of festivals.  A huge bonfire in the middle, 20-30 drummers and  50+ people dancing around in circles.  This is the highlight of the festival and always lots of fun. I have little ones asleep in the tent so I have missed this for the past five years, but it is a great way to get in some exercise, meet new friends, and have a blast.

Around holidays:

  • They may celebrate double the holidays you do.  Or celebrate things twice, or only the Pagan version.  Many mainstream holidays today had their roots in Paganism.  When the church started converting people thousands of years ago they found it was easier to keep similar holidays to what people were used to.  Thus we celebrate a lot of things twice.  Yule is December 21 & Christmas is December 25.  Ostara is March 21 & Easter is usually a few weeks later.  Mabon is September 21 & Thanksgiving around October 11th.Most of these we celebrate with a family dinner (sometimes with extended family).  We often exchange gifts, usually home-made for the Pagan version.
  • You may receive random gifts around holiday’s you have never heard about.  We often give Ostara baskets or treats to our family, friends, & kids teachers.
  • You may hear traditional holiday songs sang with changed pagan tunes: Jingle Bells, Walking in a Wiccan Wonderland, Silent Night, etc.  My son also asks for chants at nap time to fall asleep.

Other Things you may encounter:

  • We like to dress up all year round!  My kids dress as fairies, dragons, witches, etc. on a regular basis.  We frequently carry belly dancing skirts in our purses to put on at events and festivals.  We also like to wear cloaks and capes as much as we can!
  • They will have odd decorations in their house like brooms, wands, gemstones, goddess statues, books, tarot cards, mini cauldrons, etc.  You may also find some typical decorations we use for magic like candles, incense, and seasonal decorations.  NOTE:  It is always polite to ask before touching someone’s magic tools.  Most people don’t want them touched by others and they are usually only used for magic purposes.
  • Some Pagan’s have altars outside or inside, as with the tools above, look all you want, even compliment.  But please, do not touch!  Pagan’s believe each item has a certain “energy” and when you touch it, you throw that off or change it.
  • They may say things like “goddess bless”, “thank the gods” and other witchy phrases.  Like with all religions, take it as meant.  If someone says they are praying for me, I do not get offended, people mean it with love and I can pray to my gods in return for them.  If someone is sick, needs a prayer or is dying, Pagans often light a candle for them.  So if someone says they will light a candle for you or a loved one, it is meant like a prayer.
  • Pagans and other witchy people have an obsession with all things witchy.  That may be Samhain (or the traditional Halloween), Harry Potter, bones, stones, fire, anything.  We have pumpkin and witch decorations around year round in this house. My kids also ride toy broomsticks (meant as a sweeping kit not for magic!) and play “witch”.

 

 

 

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How to Pack for a Vacation with Little Children

How to Pack for a Vacation with little children - We all know how travelling with a baby & toddler can be challenging and stressful. Follow these packing tips to make things easier.




Packing for a vacation with kids can be pretty stressful.  It takes me a week to prepare and get organized and I bring a lot of things with me, it is worth it though as it makes travelling much smoother and easier.  We went on vacation a week ago and it was amazing.  The place we stayed at had a washer and dryer, I would choose a place with laundry facilities over a regular one any day of the week.  It was amazing!  We were gone for a week and with a 5.5 month old it was glorious to be able to wash his clothes, especially after the fourth poop explosion in one day.
 
Pack days/weeks in advance and keep an ongoing list so you can add stuff as you remember it.  Less rush when the trip comes and less chance of forgetting things.  Also give yourself a lot of travel time, we ALWAYS end up leaving late for a vacation and you never know when you need to stop and diaper change/breastfeed for an hour.  Obviously how much stuff you bring is directly related to how long you will be away.  If it is a quick overnight trip you may not need much. 
 
 How to Pack for a Vacation with little children - We all know how travelling with a baby & toddler can be challenging and stressful. Follow these packing tips to make things easier.

Here are some of my essentials when travelling on vacation with my toddler and baby:

 

Sleeping Gear 

A pack and play for baby/toddler to sleep in or a cot for toddler, their own comforter/blankets, comfort objects, massive amount of pillows (help support back for breastfeeding, line bed so baby can’t roll off). 

Clothes

Bring lots of extra clothes, for all weather, it may be 30+, but you never know if the place is air conditioned, the temperature drops or anything like that.  Always bring clothes for warm and cold weather, including pj’s.  Plus lots of extras for poop explosions, accidents, food spills, mud, etc.

Extra Bags

Bring tons of wet bags (like for cloth diapers) and plastic bags.  Kids are messy and you never know when you may need an extra bag for dirty/peed on clothes, an extra garbage bag, or just another bag to stash stuff in and carry it.

Diapers

Tons of extra diapers/pull ups, vacation is the perfect time for poop explosions, diapers ripping, and other situations to make you run out.  Also on that front, extra wipes.  Although we cloth diaper, when on vacation it is just so much easier to use sposies, less stuff to bring (there but especially back), and a lot less work and smell (lugging around dirty diapers in a hot car does NOT smell good).

Hygiene

Those little sample bottles people give you of lotion/shampoo/soap/etc. bring them.  You get rid of them easily and the small bottles take up less room.

Blankets

Muslin receiving blankets (like the Aden + Anais ones) are amazing and so versatile, blanket for in the car, picnic blanket for outside, change pad, wrap around baby or help clean baby after a poop explosion, wrap around baby in carrier or over stroller to help protect from the sun.  I usually bring a sarong for myself for the same reason, blanket, shawl, quick skirt, can change behind it etc.

Other Random Gear 

Mommas and papa’s snug chair for baby to sit in, eat in, play in, a travel high chair, and potty seat for toddler. Carriers and stroller.  Sometimes the stroller is used to lug stuff around while baby naps in the carrier, either way both get used a lot! 

Easy Snacks

I don’t know what happens to meal times when we are away but we tend to eat a lot of snacks so bring tons of healthy and portable ones. 

First Aid Kit 

I have a toiletry bag where I keep all my medication essentials for baby/toddler, Advil and Tylenol for baby and toddler (yup that’s four bottles), Camilla’s and Hyland’s Teething Tablets, Gripe water, oval, cough syrup, cold medication, Hydrasense, snot sucker, saline nose wipes and nail clippers.  If you bring this stuff, you probably won’t need it, if you don’t bring it you probably will!  Even for an overnight trip, I bring everything with me as you never know when a fever or illness can strike.  Plus Polysporin, bandaids, sunscreen, etc.

Safety

Bring a few child-proofing things such as door knob covers and cabinet locks to ensure they can’t get into dangerous places or escape your room.  Don’t forget your monitors too!  If you are in a condo or a cottage monitors are great to have so you can stay close but keep doors closed to minimize noise.

Soap

Bring some laundry soap, pods if they have a washing machine, individual ones for hand washing if not.  Sometimes doing laundry in the sink (or washbasin while camping) is worth it to prevent permanent stains from those raspberries they ate!  Don’t forget some dish washing soap to wash their sippy cups with.

Toys 

A lot of the time you can find things where you are to help keep a baby entertained, measuring spoons, a chip bag, shoes, etc.  I try to pack items for both kids that can do double or even triple duty, entertain both, and have multiple uses.  Like stacking cups, Duplo, crawling caterpillar, books, etc.

Some of my favourite activities to keep my toddler entertained are without a doubt her Minnie Mouse clip on dress toy, she loves it (Po chews on it), her doctor kit to play Dr. Mc Stuffins, bag of goodies to keep her busy during baby naps like colouring books and crayons, lacing beads, dress-up magnet boards, etc.  I also brought some movies for her to watch during quiet time if she doesn’t nap or we need to keep her busy during naps.

My sister let me borrow a really cool Duplo story book that comes with blocks to do the story.

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For the Car

Pack a special travel bag for the car.  Bee has a special bag I give her for the car with some books (new or put away so she hasn’t seen them in awhile), a Minnie clip on dress toy, and snacks that take a while to eat and they can do independently such as little boxes of raisins, an apple, little bag of goldfish, etc.  I also found (as annoying as it can be) getting some of their favorite music can really help keep them entertained.  Yes listening to two hours of Frozen or Dora the Explorer gets tedious, but better than listening to whining or them screaming and upsetting baby too.

For baby, lots of toys to chew on that are close by.  If you don’t have two, sitting in the backseat and playing with them can really help too.  On an eight hour drive from Boston Bee was amazing at nine months, I sat with her and read her books, handed her different toys and we stopped to let her stretch when necessary. 

 

 How to Pack for a Vacation with little children - We all know how travelling with a baby & toddler can be challenging and stressful. Follow these packing tips to make things easier.

Getting organized while on vacation

When you arrive try to unpack as much as you can right away.  Being organized helps you remain stress-free and it is easier to find things when you need it.  Plus unpacking makes it seem more like home and everyone adjusts easier. 

Travelling with kids can be a great way to explore and have fun as a family.  I hope you get away on a vacation too soon!

What are your favourite things to bring on vacation?  Favourite places to travel with kids?




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Updated June 28, 2017

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!

This month in the Monthly Crafting Book club we are doing the Pinkalicious series.  I decided to make Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles.  My four-year-old daughter, Bee, LOVES the Pinkalicious books.  They are about a little girl who loves pink, unicorns, cupcakes, mermaids, and lots more.  Perfect for little girls.  My two-year-old son loves them too, but he is easy going and loves all books.

I did some searching on Pinterest for Pinkalicious ideas and was happy to come across Pinkalicious preschool work pages and colouring pages.  I printed them off for my daughter to do during afternoon quiet time.  My son still naps so we use this time to do home work pages and keep learning.  Sticking to our Pinkalicious theme today was great.  I am mentioning this as if any of you are interested you can find school work-pages on Pinterest too.

I decided to take advantage of some of the amazing weather this week by doing bubbles and home-made bubble wands with the kids.

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!Bubble Wand Instructions

 

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pony beads (or other kinds)

 

String the pony beads onto the pipe cleaners, filling up maybe the bottom half to two thirds.  Wrap the end of the pipe cleaner back around and inside the bottom bead to hold.  On top shape it into a circle, diamond, heart, etc.  Whatever shape you want!  I did find that it helped to keep the circles small. I liked to do figure eights as they were more likely to work and make the best bubbles.

 

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!Bubble Instructions

 

  • 2.5 cups of water
  • 0.5 cups of corn syrup
  • 0.5 cups Dawn dish soap (apparently this one works best, you can try another if you are brave).

 

Pour the water and corn syrup into a large glass bowl.  Microwave for about four minutes.  Then pour in the dish soap and stir well.

 

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I poured the mixture into little bowls and let the kids go nuts!  They had so much fun dipping over and over with their home-made bubble wands.  My son has a tendency to spill bubble mixture a lot.  Intentionally and accidentally, I mean WHY would anyone put their feet in a bubble mixture bowl??  A two-year-old can find a reason!  At least with home-made stuff I don’t feel like he is pouring money down the drain.  We made tons of bubbles, caught lots on the sticks and had a blast.  We were all super sticky afterwards but had a great time!

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Have you seen the other Monthly Crafting Book Club Challenge books we covered this year?

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

 

 

 

 

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S’Mores Craft

S'Mores Craft - Do your kids love camping and summer?  Time to roast marshmallows and make some S'Mores crafts with your kids and celebrate some camping themed books.

Do you love camping?  We LOVE to read camping books in the summer, actually all year long.  Something fun to make alongside reading the book is a fun S’Mores Craft.  S’Mores is the epitome of summer to us.  Roasting marshmallows on the campfire is one of the best parts of camping. My kids love doing this every  summer and reading camping books starts to get everyone excited for upcoming camping trips.

Materials Needed:

  • Glue gun, paint  brushes, something to put the paint in
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Paint: brown, white, & yellow
  • Googly eyes
  • Gem (or something else for a nose)
  • Glitter glue

 

How to Assemble

  • Firstly, paint the Popsicle sticks.  Make sure you have four sticks per each kid.  Paint two of them yellow, one each brown and white.  Let them dry.
  • Next have an adult use the glue gun to glue the Popsicle sticks together.  The yellows are the cookies on the end, the brown is the chocolate in the middle and the white is the marshmallow for the middle.
  • Glue the google eyes and gem stones on wherever your child directs you to.
  • Using the glitter glue make a smile for your S’more Craft dude.
  • Optional: add magnets on the back to put him on the fridge.  Or add a string to hang it up.

What would you do with your S’More Craft?

S'Mores Craft - Do your kids love camping and summer?  Time to roast marshmallows and make some S'Mores crafts with your kids and celebrate some camping themed books.

Have you heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Challenge yet?  Every month we have a book, author, or theme and come up with a craft to accompany the book.  The hope is when we combine a fun book with a craft it makes children more excited to read and brings the book to life.

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Have you seen the other Monthly Crafting Book Club Challenge books we covered this year?

 

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

If you like Camping make sure you check out some of my other Camping related posts below:

 

 

Banana Boats - Try making these delicious camping desserts on the open fire, or at home for a camping feel. Easy to personalize and make vegan.

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Why my Family are Vegetarians

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I am frequently asked why I am a vegetarian, why my husband is vegetarian, why we choose to raise our children vegetarian, in short, Why my Family are Vegetarians.  Everyone is curious,  but there are so many different reasons to be vegetarian.  No two people are alike, in fact my husband and I have different reasons to be vegetarians.

When I met my husband he was actually a vegan.  Vegans eat no meat, cheese, eggs, honey, fish, or anything that has been derived from animals or touched them.  But, I am a regular vegetarian (no meat, fish, or anything that has been derived from them or touched them).  It was amazing to date someone whose food preferences ran the same way as mine.  We went on dates to vegetarian restaurants, of which Montreal has TONS of amazing ones (I miss them so much!).  It was amazing to never have issues with food!  We could always eat together, share food, and not worry about kissing afterwards because someone had eaten meat.  It was a dream come true for me to learn about this whole new world of relationships.

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How did I become a vegetarian?

Backing up a bit, I am a vegetarian, but my family growing up were full-fledged meat eaters.  My sister is a bacon lover and my dad goes on the Atkins’s diet every Winter.  My family is in short, a normal meat-eating family, and they have been my whole life.  But not me.

I never really liked the taste or texture of meat since I was little.  As toddlers my sister and I used to swap, I would get her buns, she would get my hamburger or hot dogs.  Shortly after I had a conversation with my mom over a hamburger.   I asked her what I was eating, hamburger she told me, yes but what is hamburger made of I asked.  Cow, she replied.  After a minor freak out of disgust that I was eating a cow, I pushed my plate away with a YUCK.   My mom quickly looked at my little sister to see what her reaction was, “Can I have some more cow mom”, no problems there!

At five I stopped all meat but cows, by 12 I stopped eating that too.  So in short, I thought it was disgusting to eat an animal and the texture and flavour repulsed me.  Although I am not vegan, I also do not like leather, and I don’t eat gelatin.

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Raising a Vegetarian Family

Now my husband is a very different story.  He became a vegan because of ethical reasons, he didn’t like the cruelty animals face being raised for slaughter, even the cruelty dairy cows and chickens laying eggs face as well.  I try not to dwell on those facts too much as they bother me too.  Killing an animal for food is a fact of life for many, but for us, it’s literally eating a dead animal, I can’t differentiate the meat from the source.  Road kill, fish washed up on the shore, none of it makes sense to me and I couldn’t eat them either.  It’s all the same grossness to me.




Since we obviously do not eat meat, my house is vegetarian.  We don’t cook meat, we may serve take-out pizza with meat on it to guests, and my dog was allowed to have her meat kibble, but largely our house is a full meat-free zone.  I have no issues when we go out to dinner if people eat meat near me, I am not going to judge you or lecture you, to each their own and that’s just not my thing.  Just as being a vegetarian may not be for other people, meat isn’t for us.  But my dishes and cookware will remain vegetarian only.

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What to say to children?

Teaching children what to say is hard.  On the one hand we have to keep it basic for a two and four-year-old to understand, we also have to be firm in why we are vegetarians so they understand and learn to say no.  For now we talk about eating dead animals and how animals are our friends so we don’t want to eat them.  I have a few books we read with them about being a vegetarian, which are really cute.

My four-year-old is great at asking people if there is meat in her food before she eats.  This is big now as she starts to go to birthday parties and not be with me all the time.  It’s a little scary for me to think that someone could feed her meat, but I hope with what we teach her we give her the tools she needs to look out for her own diet as she gets older.

If you want to find some vegetarian books for kids I recommend these two below:

  • Herb the Vegetarian Dragon
  • Linus the T-rex

In short there are four reasons people can be vegetarian:

  1. They do not like the taste or texture of meat
  2. Eating animals is gross
  3. Animal cruelty
  4. Health reasons

 

Are you a vegetarian?  Please share below why you are a vegetarian.  Do you fall in one of the four categories?  If you are a meat-eater, did you learn anything new?  Did you know there were so many different reasons to be a vegetarian?

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The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

This month for the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are focusing on The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  I always love pairing fun activities with a book to help encourage my kids love of reading.  We love focusing on a new book each month and doing something fun with it then reading the book together.  This month we did The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity, a combination of a fun craft, and a learning activity to do along with the book.

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

Material Needed:

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

  • Egg Carton
  • Paint: green, red
  • Pom Poms
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Supplies: knife, paint brushes & tray, sharpie

 

How to Put it Together:

Part 1:

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

  • Cut the egg carton in half before you wrangle the kids.
  • Give each child a tray of green paint and let them go nuts painting the inside and outside of their egg carton green.
  • Help them (or instruct depending on the age) to paint the first cup in and out red.
  • Let dry.
  • Poke holes in the red cup for antenna, cut a piece of pipe cleaner and fold in half.  Put it through the antenna holes.
  • Optional: Write the days of the week on each egg carton.

Part 2:

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

  • Collect some pom poms and The Hungry Caterpillar book.
  • As you read the book with them have them drop a pom pom in each container to correspond with the right food. You will need to double up on one day!

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

I enlisted my mother’s help to read the book while I helped the kids count their pom poms and put them in the egg cups.  My four-year-old did amazing at it.  She had no issues doing it and even colour coordinated the pom poms to match the food colour.  My two-year-old just had fun putting pom poms in egg cups.  Either way we enjoyed the story, craft, and activity.

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The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

 

The Hungry Caterpillar - Practice fine motor skills, colour recognition & counting in this fun The Hungry Caterpillar: Craft & Counting Activity for the #MonthlyCraftingBookClub

 

 

 

 

Monthly Crafting Book Club for May

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Next month we are doing Camping Themed books.  Are there any books you would like to see us do?  Let me know in the comments below.

Have you seen the other great crafts from this year:

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

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Dress Up Fun with Your Children

Dress Up Fun with Your Children - What magic dressing up brings. Learn lots of ways to incorporate Dress Up Fun with your Children into your Spring and Summer.

Who loved to dress up as children?  Who didn’t love Halloween and getting to put on a costume and strut about enjoying the magic of it all.  Do you still do Dress Up Fun with Your Children?  Why can’t adults dress up too?  Here are some fun ways to incorporate dress up into your life this Spring and Summer.

 

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Where do you like to go all dressed up in fun costumes?

We use any excuse we can to dress up.  But, here are some fun places to take your kids all dressed up this summer in their favourite costume:

Festivals

Dress Up Fun with Your Children - What magic dressing up brings. Learn lots of ways to incorporate Dress Up Fun with your Children into your Spring and Summer.

Medieval Fairs, Fairies in the Park, Pagan Festivals, check out your area for fun local events to go to.  Some may even be free, but dressing up is a great way to help your kids enjoy the festival more, and you too.  Why can’t you dress-up too!

Comicon

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Does your family like to go to Comicon?  Why not dress up the kids to enjoy the fun too?  It is also an easy way to spot everyone in a crowd when people wander off to look at different stalls.

The Park

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Turn a fun play date at the park into a magical time by letting them wear their costumes to play.

Gymnastics and play centers

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Nothing more fun than running around in your costume with a bunch of kids!  Plus it is easier to spot your kid in a crowd!

Walk in the Woods (or the muggle road)

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Play fairies and dragons and dress up to go for a fun walk in the forest, maybe you will even spot a fairy or two!  Also fun for normal walks too!

Camping

 

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Bring some magic and fun to your campsite.  A great way to embrace the woods and have fun playing at the same time.

 

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Review of Little Adventures

 

Dress Up Fun with Your Children - What magic dressing up brings. Learn lots of ways to incorporate Dress Up Fun with your Children into your Spring and Summer. I had the amazing chance to review some costumes from Little Adventures.  I was so excited.  The site had so many options on costumes to wear, even for adults.  I can tell you I was eyeing their adult cloaks pretty closely!  My four-year-old daughter immediately ran up behind me to help pick out a costume.  To no surprise she jumped on the fairy costumes, we settled on a cute pink one with a rainbow skirt.  She loved it!  She asked all the time when her costume would come in the mail so she could dress up!  My two-year-old son crawled into my lap and watched me debate which knight costumes to get him (I wanted to get a picture of my fairy and knight since that’s my blog’s name after all!) but as soon as he got a look at the dragon cloaks he made it clear he wanted to be a dragon.  So I got him the dragon cloak, if he wants it who am I to over-rule him!

Dragon Cloak

 

Dress Up Fun with Your Children - What magic dressing up brings. Learn lots of ways to incorporate Dress Up Fun with your Children into your Spring and Summer.

 

Dress Up Fun with Your Children - What magic dressing up brings. Learn lots of ways to incorporate Dress Up Fun with your Children into your Spring and Summer.

My son loves his dragon cloak.  He is two-years-old so pretty much everything he does is adorable, but putting on that cloak and running around roaring like a dragon………. the height of adorable.  Particularly when wearing just a diaper and the cloak.  He loves roaring and having the cloak on just makes it way more fun. My daughter now calls him her pet dragon and he follows her around like a dog.  He also mysteriously has started asking to read lots of dragon stories and have me sing him dragon songs too (Puff the Magic Dragon).  I believe the cloak and his imaginary play inspire it a lot.

He has a hard time keeping the cloak on straight with all of his running around and spinning so we have to help him adjust a lot.  But, he adores costumes to dress up in.  He will be wearing this a few places for sure this Spring and Summer.

 

Fairy Costume

Dress Up Fun with Your Children - What magic dressing up brings. Learn lots of ways to incorporate Dress Up Fun with your Children into your Spring and Summer.

Dress Up Fun with Your Children - What magic dressing up brings. Learn lots of ways to incorporate Dress Up Fun with your Children into your Spring and Summer.

First thing, my daughter’s Rainbow Fairy Costume  comes with a tag saying machine washable, magic!  I have no time to hand wash so this is amazing news to a mom’s ears.  My daughter was on me from the time the package arrived to see her outfit.  She gasped and couldn’t wait to put on the dress.  I find the sizes fit small, or I got the wrong size, but it’s a little tight on her.  It’s like a body suit so she has trouble getting it on herself and has had at least one accident as she couldn’t get it off in time to go pee.  But once it’s on, she transforms into a beautiful fairy.  She has worn it each day this week, she absolutely LOVES it.  Wants to wear it to school, for walks, playing in the backyard, she would probably sleep in it if I let her.  The quality is amazing and I think it would really hold up to a four-year-old’s wear and tear.  I know this outfit will get a lot of wear for us.  She is already begging to wear it for Halloween, six and a half months away!

 

Verdict

I would definitely order from this site again.  The quality is just so good, and the prices aren’t bad.  Way better than a costume, it will last longer and hold up better. My mother is already asking if she should get them costumes of Little Adventures for their next birthdays.

Here are some of the things on my wish list that I hope to get eventually, with maybe a few items for me.

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How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft

 

This month’s craft for the Monthly Crafting Book Club is How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft.  Have you ever read the book series How Do Dinosaurs…… by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague?  It’s a really fun series.  They cover a bunch of  different topics How Do Dinosaurs Go To School, How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs, How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colours, How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms, etc.  Tons of books to cover almost anything.  It’s a really fun series as it is a great learning tool.  It starts off with naughty dinosaurs doing the wrong thing, but usually funny.  Then it continues on to show how to do things the nice way.  A great and whimsical way to teach kids right or wrong in certain situations and a big hit with my kids and sister!

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

 




If you haven’t been following the Monthly Crafting Book Club you should!  Every month we focus on a different book, series, or theme geared towards kids.  A group of bloggers all contribute fun crafts or activities towards the theme to help you connect with your kids and help encourage their love of reading!  I chose to do How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft.

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

Materials Needed:

materials needed

  • Fun Foam (not a lot) in varying colours
  • Clothes peg for each participant
  • A googly eye for each dinosaur
  • Glitter glue
  • Glue gun, scissors, and markers
  • How Do Dinosaurs … Book by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

How to assemble:

example of dinosaur

  • Have kids colour one side (the outside edges) of a clothes peg while you roughly sketch out the top of a dinosaur head, and the Bee making her dinosaurmouth section (two separate sections) on fun foam and cut them out.
  • Next, distract kids and have them choose what colour glitter glue they want while you use the hot glue gun to glue the top and bottom of the face onto each clothes peg.  Add on a googly eye (if they are antsy and hovering I get them to point to where they want me to place it) and add on a dot at the end of the mouth for a snout.
  • Give the new dinosaur to the kids to saturate, I mean decorate, with glitter glue.
  • Let it dry for a few hours, or days depending on how much glitter glue they used.
  • Then VOILA, it’s ready to be played with!

Po making his dinosaur

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

Monthly Crafting Book Club

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

 

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with
Social Skills Game

Dinosaur Cookies

Monthly Crafting Book Club colours

Monthly Crafting Book Club for April

Interested in joining us next month?  Join the Facebook group for updates HERE and feel free to participate whenever you can.

Next month we are doing The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, any books you would like to see us do?  Let me know in the comments below.

Did you miss some posts from last year?

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

December – Winter Theme Book

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

 

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