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Month: July 2013

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

On Friday afternoon our neighbour came knocking to tell Stephen it was time to make the hay.  He had cut it the night before and now it was time to rake and windrow ready for baling; there was no time to waste and Stephen got right to it. I don’t know if I ever really understood the phrase ‘make hay while the sun shines’ until this summer, in the past I always saw it more as a metaphor but  not…

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Probiotic Popsicles

Probiotic Popsicles

I can be found over at Playful Learning today with recipes for delicious probiotic popsicles (lollies to those of use born on the other side of the pond!), a perfect and healthy summer snack. The boys really love scoffing these, especially those with the vanilla yoghurt tip!  I served the leftovers as a smoothie with a dollop of yoghurt and I have literally never seen Neirin inhale anything that fast! So head on over and let me know what you…

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Homemade Lara Bar

Homemade Lara Bar

Though I make this treat for the boys all year round, in the summer there is nothing better than a big tray of home made energy bar for us all to snack on.  It’s cold, sweet and delicious and requires no oven time at all!  I feel good knowing that the boys are snacking on nutrient dense foods and they feel good about the chocolate chips.  Win-win! I’ll provide the smaller scale recipe here but I like to double it…

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8 Years Boy

8 Years Boy

My beloved boy, 8 times round the sun we’ve gone, 8 years you’ve lived beside us.  I can’t imagine life without you. You are full of beans and curiosity, you never walk when you could gallop, you are my little comet zooming through life. You are strong and confident, kind to animals and little people, you are infectiously friendly to everyone you meet. You make me laugh every day; your mind is so full and alive I don’t know how…

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When Only A Scone Will Do

When Only A Scone Will Do

There are some days when a scone and only a scone, is the very thing you need to most.  A scone slathered in yellow butter, freshly made jam and a good dollop of thick, cloud like cream.  For those days when you need to cope with the heat, or the cold, or the rain or the…air?  On those days accept no substitutes. Anyone who knows me knows I am a fan of scones, but really who isn’t?  They are light yet…

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The Way We Were – Part 2, Kids are Kids

The Way We Were – Part 2, Kids are Kids

When I take the boys out with me and there is a bit of waiting time for them, I often get the same comment from people, “They are great at using their imaginations, it’s lovely to see children playing like that.” I’m paraphrasing but that’s roughly it.  The thing is every kid I know plays like that, they spend hours at it, inventing games, running around like maniacs, making cities out of furniture.  You know, being kids. We spend hours…

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The Way We Were – Part 1

The Way We Were – Part 1

Last week, along with some of our homeschooling friends, we visited one of our favourite places, the Cumberland Village Heritage Museum.   Much like Upper Canada Village, Cumberland village is a living museum set up with homes, businesses and activities from the 1920’s and 30’s.  There is so much to see and we were lucky enough to participate in one of their educational programmes teaching about thrift and prudence in years gone by. In the general store we learned about…

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Fairy Gardens

Fairy Gardens

We are very lucky to have a good friend who organises a wonderful homeschool co-op where we get to try out all sorts of lovely activities and have adventures in all sorts of new places. Today we went to our second fairy garden workshop and how lovely it was.  At our first workshop the boys really didn’t take an interest which was frankly fine by me.  I got to assemble my nicely tasteful garden with stone walk ways and artfully…

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Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

    While our Canada day was mostly comprised of lovely outside work (there really is nothing like mowing an acre of lawn to give you a feeling of satisfaction!) we did make some time for a bit of celebrating.  Our local town had a bouncy castle and assault course, pony rides were had and new bikes were thoroughly zipped about on.  But of course the highlight of any celebration is the sparklers… Each year I feel even happier to…

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The Peaceable Home – Co-operative Games

The Peaceable Home – Co-operative Games

I can be found over at Playful Learning today talking about wonderful co-operative games for you and your family.  If you have a favourite family game please do let me know, I’m always on the look out for new ideas!   I hope that you are having a wonderful Canada Day where ever you are!