DIY Nature Placemat

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Fall is the best time of year for crafts.  Especially Nature crafts.  I love exploring with my kids and getting up close and personal with the great outdoors. We started doing Forest School last Spring and fell in love with it.  This Fall it was perfect to go exploring in the woods during my own version of Forest School and then come home and continue on by making these DIY Nature Place mats.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

The kids had so much fun exploring nature and picking up treasures to put in our bag and bring home for a craft.  It also kept them busy for a while in the afternoon assembling the perfect place mat.  We use them to decorate our kitchen and set up a beautiful table for our harvest feast.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Materials Needed:

  • Sticky contact paper
  • Duct Tape or masking tape in pretty colours
  • Nature treasures

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!




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How to Assemble:

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

  • Measure out the contact paper to your desired place mat size.  I used an old place mat to model it after.  Make sure you cut out two for front and back.  Or make sure it is double the width so you can fold it over.
  • Take the backing off one of the sides (or half if you did a big one) and tape it down onto a table.
  • Help your kids assemble their treasures and spread them out on the contact paper.
  • Adult job: peel the other side/half and gently press it down slowly pressing out any bubbles.
  • Using the duct tape or masking tape (and please do not buy that pretty thin tape from Dollarama that breaks or it will take you an hour to tape it) line the edges of the place mat.  This helps keep the contact paper shut and give it some durability and decor.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Now get your kids to help set the table and admire their beautiful place mats.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

What is your favourite nature craft to do?  Comment below and tell me!

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DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

I was so excited to try my own version of this DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath.  I love Fall, it’s my favourite season, I cannot wait to decorate for the next season as soon as school starts. My daughter is a big glitter fan (what four-year-old is not right?!?!) so she is always looking for glitter crafts to do with me.  This was a great compromise!

I hit up the Dollarama for some supplies and then came home to craft it up!  I suggest you check out your local Dollarstore for your favourite Fall items.

 

Materials Needed:

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

  • Dollar Store wreath- I found a wooden/wicker one
  • Leaves – real or fake from the Dollar Store
  • Red glitter (or yellow, orange, or brown, any leaf colour really)
  • Mod Podge & paint brush
  • Glue gun & stick

 

How to Assemble:

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

  • I heated up the glue gun and my kids helped me pick leaves (I alternated colours).  They handed me each colour and I used the glue gun to stick it on, they helped press it down.
  • Working around the wreath I glued all the leaves on until it was completely covered.
  • Now for the fun part using Mod Podge (or even regular white glue) the kids painted it on the leaves then sprinkled it with red glitter. They loved this part!
  • You can thread a ribbon through the top to hang it.  Or lean it on your fireplace.

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

I put it on my front walk leaning against a bale of hay for some pretty Fall decorations.  Just in time for the Autumn Equinox!!

 

 

What are your favourite Fall items to decorate your house with?

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Pumpkin Books & Activities for September’s Monthly Crafting Book Club

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

This month our focus is on Pumpkin Books & Activities for September’s Monthly Crafting Book Club.  If you have not heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club we focus on a new book, series, or topic each month to do a craft on.  It’s a lot of fun and a great way to further your children’s love of reading by incorporating a craft along with a book.   I used to love the Berenstain Bears Prize Pumpkin book growing up by Stan & Jan Berenstain.  Since we are celebrating all things Fall this week for the Autumn Equinox, otherwise known as Mabon, this is the perfect time for a pumpkin craft.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

We had a big family Harvest Feast yesterday and decided to make some pumpkin name cards to help everyone find their seats at the table.  Plus it gave a little decoration to the festivities.  It was my first time hosting a big holiday dinner and I loved this extra touch that showed everyone to their seats without the awkward “where shall I sit” while everyone hovers around the table.

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.

Have you seen the other crafts this year for the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

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

August – Apple Related Book Crafts

September – Pumpkin Books & Activities

Join us next month for Pete The Cat series!

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

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Start off by reading the book The Berenstain Bears & The Prize Pumpkin by Stan & Jan Berenstain with your kids.  Get excited about all things pumpkin.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Materials Needed:

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

  • Orange & yellow construction paper
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Glue stick & scissors
  • Sharpie marker

Assembling:

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

  • I folded a piece of orange construction paper into quarters.
  • Trace or free hand draw an orange onto the paper.
  • Use your scissors to cut it out.
  • Fold the pumpkin in half and cut little slits along the folded edge, being careful to leave a few centimeters at the edge.
  • Use the scissors to cut narrow yellow strips.
  • Time for your children to help!  Get them to help weave them in and out of the orange strips .
  • Use as many yellow strips as possible, the more strips, the prettier the pumpkin, and nicer the weaving.
  • Glue down the edges with the glue stick.
  • Cut the pipe cleaner into pieces about an inch and a half long.
  • Poke the end of the pipe cleaner through the top of the pumpkin and fold it up a bit on the backside to stay put.
  • OPTIONAL:  Write everyone’s names on the pumpkin to show them where to sit.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Pumpkin Place Card

  • To use as place cards stick the finished pumpkin on the plates of those dining with you.  Or weave it in between the tines of the forks.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal




Tomorrow we will make Pumpkin Muffins in preperation for the the Autumn Equinox this week.   Then read more pumpkin books together!

Other than the Berenstain Bears Prize Pumpkin, what are your favourite pumpkin books?

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Monthly Crafting Book Club – September

Pumpkin Books & Activities

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers did this month!

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

 

 

Last October we did a pumpkin craft for September as well, but Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse.

 

 

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Handprint Fall Tree Painting

I made this a few years ago with my son when he was a baby.  He loved to do hand-print paintings with me.  This Handprint Fall Tree Painting was a big favourite and I love pulling it out to put on my wall each Fall.

 

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas to paint (I buy mine from Dollarama), make sure it is large enough to fit however many arms/hands you are doing.   I was doing two kids so this one was perfect for me.
  • Acrylic Paint: blue, green, brown, red, yellow, orange, and white.
  • Piece of a sponge
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sponge letters (again from Dollarama)
  • Ensure you are close to a sink or bucket of water with lots of soap for cleaning.

Method:

Step 1 – The background

  • I started off painting the canvas to look like the outside.  I squirted some blue dots sporadically around the top 3/4 with a few white spots in between.  The bottom 1/4 I put dots of green.
  • I moistened my sponge then squeezed out most of the water.
  • Using the sponge I lightly brushed it back and forth covering the whole top section making sure to get the sides of the canvas too.
  • Turn the sponge over to a fresh side and do the green, covering the bottom and sides as well.
  • I took another clean side and lightly melded the colours together so the canvas was completely covered.
  • Let that dry while you set up.

Step 2 – The tree

  • Toddlers/babies are MESSY with paint no matter how careful you are, make sure none of you are wearing clothes you don’t want ruined.  Prep your clean up area and put a towel down.
  • Take their arm and starting at the elbow paint it brown all the way up to their hand making sure to cover their hands too.
  • Lightly take their arm by the elbow and press down from the elbow to the hands firmly.
  • CLEAN THEM QUICKLY BEFORE THEY TOUCH SOMETHING!
  • Do any remaining kids.

    Step 3 – The leaves

  • Let it dry while you prep for the leaves, get a plate/lid/etc. and squirt a little red, yellow, and orange paint in it.
  • Carefully take child’s finger and dip in the colours one at a time and scatter around the finger portion of the “tree” to represent the leaves.  No need to rinse hand in between colours and if they go rogue and paint elsewhere that’s ok, it’s a falling or blown leaf.
  • Repeat with any other children.

Step 4 – The words

  • Choose what colour you want to write your letters with.  I chose silver.
  • Dampen your sponge and dip in your colour, blot it on the lid/plate a few times then carefully spell out F A L L one at a time repeating the previous steps with each letter.  You could change it up and write Autumn, or Mabon, or any other word you wish.
  • Let it all dry.

You did it!  An adorable keepsake to give to grandparents, aunt’s and uncle’s or add to your growing stack of adorable hand and footprint canvases that you are making.

What is your favourite messy craft to do with your little ones?

 

 

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Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family

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It is starting to feel like Fall!  It’s been 11 degrees here at night, the leaves are starting to fall.  The Canadian Geese are starting to fly south.  That means it’s time for Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family.  This is my FAVOURITE season!  Pumpkin and apple everything time!  Crisp weather, an excuse to wear my favourite sweaters and scarves.  Pumpkin and apple picking.  So much to do and celebrate the Autumn Equinox with my family.

See below for Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family including  activities, crafts & recipe ideas.

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Mabon Origins

Mabon has been called the Pagan Thanksgiving by some traditions.  It is the time of year where we celebrate the second harvest festival, the changing of the seasons, and the coming of winter.

Mabon Story

A very common story to be read around this time of year is that of Persephone, Hades, & Demeter. Persephone was kidnapped and taken into the underworld by Hades (Lord of the Underworld), her mother Demeter (Goddess of Harvest & Agriculture) refused to let anything grow until her daughter was returned to her.  Zeus tried to negotiate Persephone’s return but alas, Persephone had already eaten six pomegranate seeds (another reason to NEVER eat the food offered to you by the fae or in another world!  You may get stuck there!).  So Zeus bargained that Persephone could come to the earth at Spring time, when Demeter is so happy all the plants bloom and thrive.  Then at the Autumn Equinox she returns to the underworld and the flowers and plants die until her return in the Spring.

Other similar holidays around this time:

Mabon is also similar to an ancient Greek festival in the Fall called the Eleusinian Mysteries, also based on the story of Persephone.  Harvest Home/ Harvest Festival, Octoberfest, Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashanah,  and Michaelmas are also holiday’s celebrated by different cultures and traditions around the world similar to this time.  This is also a common time of year for fairs to celebrate the end of summer and harvest of Fall as well.

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Ideas to celebrate Mabon with your Family:

  • Prepare for Winter, start stocking up on supplies, getting warmer clothes and prepping the house and yard for the end of the year
  • Have a Bonfire
  • Go Apple picking
  • Visit a Pumpkin Patch
  • Take a Fall walk
  • Drive to see the turning colours of the leaves (try and do two, a before and after drive to really appreciate the changing of the colours)
  • Visit a corn maze and have an adventure
  • Donate to the local food bank
  • Visit your local pagan pride events usually celebrated around Mabon
  • Read your tarot cards to see what the next season has in store for you
  • Do a ritual celebration solo or with family and friends
  • Go on a Fall picnic
  • Read autumn books on pumpkins, apples, leaves, etc.
  • Visit your local animal refuge (zoo, farm, sanctuary, etc.) and see the animals
  • Wear fall colours that correspond with Mabon – brown, green, yellow, orange, & red
  • Pickle, freeze, can, dry, bake foods to prepare for the winter
  • Take a hay ride or wagon ride




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Recipes and food ideas to host a Harvest Feast for Family, Friends, & Neighbours

  • Roast nuts and pumpkin seeds
  • Bake fresh bread & home-made brushetta to serve on top
  • Roasted beets, potatoes & carrots
  • Green bean casserole
  • Squash dishes
  • Scottish Bannocks
  • Chili featuring Autumn harvest foods
  • Tofurkey
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds

Don’t forget the desserts!!  All things apple and pumpkin should be the star of the dish!  Pie, squares, cakes, cookies, muffins, scones, turnovers, donuts, and lots more!

What is your favourite Fall dessert? Please comment below and tell me!

There are lots of Fall drinks to enjoy during your feast too, apple juice, apple cider (alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic), pumpkin juice (Harry Potter much??), Fall sangria, pumpkin spiced lattes, and more!

Why not bake some pumpkin muffins and bring them as a treat to share with your neighbours and friends.  They need never know they were being offered a harvest treat to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Crafts & Activities

  • Make a wreath and other decorations for your house and altar
  • Nature mural
  • Apple candle holders
  • Apple crafts – see below for lots of ideas
  • Corn crafts – see below
  • Fall leaves crafts – see below
  • Candle holder – glass jar – tissue papers in the shape of a leaf or real leaves (hope to do this soon stay tuned for my attempts!)

 

 

Coloured Wax Pumpkin - This is super easy and great for teaching kids the quarters and colours. A perfect addition to your Samhain altar.

 

 

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Thank you so much for reading!  Please comment below on some of your favourite ways to celebrate Fall with your family, and more importantly, what will you be eating to welcome in Autumn??

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Apple Related Book Crafts

This month for the monthly crafting book club we are doing Apple Related Book Crafts.  With Fall coming it is time to get our apple on!!  If you haven’t heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are a group of bloggers who get together each month and focus on a book to promote for Children’s literacy.  Then we create a craft to go along with the book to read with the kids.  My children look forward to this each month.  They love to read stories, we visit the library each week in the summer and get 20 books to read together with the summer reading program.  It has been a great way to encourage my children to read as many books as possible this summer.

 

Apple Washi Tape Craft

This was a really fun craft that my daughter especially enjoyed.  Something about playing with tape really appeals to kids.  This was easy to do and I was happy with how much they still looked like an apple at the end of the craft.

Materials Needed:

  • Washi tape in colours to reflect apples (we used red, silver, and gold).
  • Construction paper to put the apple on.
  • Scissors for the adult to trim into an apple shape.
  • Brown pompoms for the stem.
  • Green buttons for the stem.
  • Glue gun & glue

How to create it:

  • Draw a rough circle/apple shape on construction paper.
  • Give your children pieces of washi tape cut to roughly the shape of the apple length.
  • Let them decorate it however they think an apple should look.
  • After they finish it you can cut it out and trim it to look like what you think an apple should look like.
  • Let the kids help you glue on the brown pompoms to look like an apple stem.
  • Then they can help you arrange the green buttons in a leaf shape.

Painted Apple Craft

I used to love making hand print crafts with my kids so couldn’t wait to try out painting with them.  My son had just woken up from nap and wasn’t feeling his best so it was not the most successful, but he perked up soon enough and enjoyed himself.  I hit up the Dollarama for all my supplies, no need to spend a lot, you may even have most of it on hand already.

Materials Needed:

  • Red paint
  • small canvas
  • paint brushes
  • green buttons
  • brown pom poms
  • glue gun

 

How to create it:

  • I drew a red circle/apple shape and had my kids help me paint it in.
  • Once it dried they chose out green buttons to shape like a leaf on the apple.
  • Lastly they helped me pick out brown pompoms to make the stem.

 

We borrowed every library book we could find on apples and read them together.  It was a lot of fun!  A very successful Apple themed craft session.

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Here are some of my past Monthly Crafting Book Club activities 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

August – Apple Related Book Crafts

 

Let’s see what the other bloggers came up with this month for their Apple Related Book Crafts:

 

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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.

Are you interested in joining us?  Check out our Facebook group here for a list of upcoming books and projects.

Want to see what the other members came up with?

Check them out below:

 

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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.

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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

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