Holidays

One of the biggest pleasures for me during holidays is the food – the cooking, the smells and tastes, and the family pushing and shoving — uhm gathering around to appreciate all that you do for them. Food = love = family = togetherness.

This long weekend I am camping with my family. We go to our favourite spot on the coast with a few friends and their kids and their bikes and the fishing gear, and we swim, we light the fire, we cook slow foods (and hopefully some freshly caught fish too), we bring home baked goods to share, there is usually an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos who want to participate (uhm all of them) and we have a really lovely time with really special friends.

A few weeks ago my family and I put together the Action Pack Magazine for kids – the Easter Edition – only $4, so you too can share some lovely family time. It is filled with some easy and some more challenging recipes, crafts and (edible) science that kids can do — meanwhile you can put your feet up and enjoy the fact that your kids are independent and creative and congratulate yourself on your marvellous parenting skills by trusting them in the kitchen and giving them the freedom to grow!

If like me you are planning on a little camping adventure then you might want to grab our Great Outdoors Action Pack Magazine which is a big book full of fun outdoor science, adventure, games, cooking and art.

I have put together a few special recipes from around the web so you too can get into the holiday spirit. Decorate some eggs, bake some delicious foods, and have a lovely special holiday weekend.

Dyed Easter crafts

Foodie Easter Craft Recipes

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Yarny Easter Crafts

Sewn, felted, glued Easter crafts

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Liz Noonan is an artist and crafter working north of Boston.  You can read about her and what she’s crafting up lately on her blog.

Valentine’s Day “Stuck On You” tutorial

Thank you for having me on Whip Up today!  My kindergartener’s class had run out of glue sticks, so I came up with this idea to combine a cute Valentine with a donation for the class.  You could also do this with pencils or crayons too.
  • Paper, glue sticks, glue dots
  • I used a cookie cutter for a template for the valentines, it ended up being the perfect size.
  • I also used a heart punch to layer and add the child’s name, but both of those things are optional.

 

  1. First, cut out your valentines and decorate them.  We used glitter pens and markers.
  2. Use your glue dots and put one on each side of your glue stick.
  3. Stick the Valentine to your glue stick.
  4. You’re done!  Easy, simple and a nice way to contribute something to the classroom.

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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

Happy Christmas dear ones – Happy solstice and Happy Hanukkah – happy {what ever you celebrate } day to you and to your family – from me and my family.

I will be away from this space for a few days – but if you are bored – check in over the next week for some things to do from the archives. {and you can always get an Action Pack magazine – full of boredom busting activities for the kiddos and for you!}

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In this crazy time of year it’s pretty easy to get carried away with over doing everything – trying to get everything just right – trying to make sure to finish everything on your to-do list – trying to make everyone happy – trying to be the perfect mother / wife / sister / friend… and in all this trying it is really easy to forget what is actually important about this time of year  – this time of year is about family, being together, celebrating your beliefs and your traditions in a loving and nurturing way. It’s about happiness and thankfulness — a time to put aside grudges and ‘issues’ and to just spend time with those you love the best.

So my tips for surviving and enjoying the next couple of weeks of frivolity, celebrations and traditions are to take a step back from your plans and assess what is really important to you — your sanity and time with family might be at the top of that list — so you might have to ditch those plans for perfectly wrapped homemade presents and just realise that you are human and can only do so much.

This year we have actually decided as a family that we are not going to be doing the whole present thing (much) and instead have opted for a whole family experience instead (a weekend in the big city with the Harry Potter exhibition and a hotel) to enjoy a little later in the year when the craziness dies down. The kids will have a little something under the tree each — just one or two things (a book, a board game, a special teacup) and Rob and I have opted to go shopping together after the holidays to buy each other a much needed new wallet. We will also all be making each other something — but again something that is not going to take a lot of time — just love — a little something to not get stressed about … my it is so easy to get caught up in what must be done rather than what you all really actually want to do – isn’t it?

So what will you be crossing off your list?

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