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Confession Time: Beer Store and Kids

The start of a new video series, I confess a few things that are on my mind. This week I’m talking about encouraging my son’s financial plans. Of course for some parents how I do that might be a little unethical. […]

Confession Time: No Santa

The start of a new video series, I confess a few things that are on my mind. This week I’m talking about Santa. I’ve made a decision about Santa and I’m not sure if it will go over well or not. […]

Melissa & Doug June Post – Summer Memories Box

Summer is about creating childhood memories. Memories of fun with friends at the park or family on the beach. Memories of a full summer, of stories to share when school starts again. That’s what I write about in my most recent post for Melissa & Doug. […]

Kids Book Review: Down Here

Down Here Fitzhenry & Whiteside By Valerie Sherrard, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant 32 pages age 5-8 […]

Kids Book Review: The Old Ways

The Old Ways Fifth House / Fitzhenry & Whiteside By Susan Chapman, illustrated by John Mantha 32 pages age 5-8 […]

Childhood Pastimes That Will Keep You Fit

It’s the start of the week, after a long weekend of over indulging, so of course my mind turns toward my fitness habits or lack there of. Why does staying fit have to be so hard? Why does it have to feel like so much work? Why can’t we just call up all of that energy and fun we had as kids to keep ourselves moving? Wait, maybe that’s what we should be doing. […]

DIY Autograph Books on the Melissa & Doug Blog

We’re heading back to Disney World this summer for the first time in a long time. Though my kids are older, my two daughters have requested that we make time to visit some of the Princesses this year. In preparation for our visit we decided to forgo buying autograph books and instead make our own. You can see the full DIY process on our latest Melissa & Doug blog post. […]

Rediscover Old Memories with BLACKS Shoebox Service

Have you ever noticed how photos from family vacations, a birthday party or even just hanging out in the backyard have the tendency to transport you back in time? They bring that experience, maybe buried in the back of your mind, to the forefront? They are like colourful time capsules opening up a story. […]

Enriching My Life With the Little Things

Age really is a wise friend. Perhaps it is seeing my kids grow-up at an alarming rate that has caused me to appreciate what is really important and sometimes it isn’t all about the big moments. […]

Journal Writing on the Melissa & Doug Blog

The start of the school year means busy schedules with homework and extra curricular activities filling the calendar spots. Getting the kids to reflect on their day is important too and a great opportunity to take to a journal. […]