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Setting Up Your Pantry So Your Kids Can Help Themselves

Thank you to Kaitlin Krull, today’s guest blogger from Picture this: you’ve just arrived home from school, your kids have settled down at the table to start their homework or gone upstairs to play, and you have finally sat down for five minutes’ peace. All of a sudden someone wants you to come and make them a snack. Break time over. If this scenario sounds familiar to you (and happens day after day after day), then never fear. We at Modernize have come up with a solution to your snack time problems. Here are some practically foolproof tips to

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Guest Post: Make Favourite Baby Clothes Into Art

Today’s Guest blogger is Jennifer from A Splendidly Messy Life. We met online but, fun fact, we physically live within an hour from each other! Welcome, Jennifer. * * * * * My name is Jennifer Bairos, and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my husband, our 3 year old son, and our cat. I’m a teacher by day and blogger by night over at A Splendid Messy Life ( I was really inspired to do this DIY because I wanted to somehow save a few of the cute onesies that our son, Seb, was growing out of so

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TBT First Blog Post & Life Update

I was going through some of my older blog posts and I started right at the beginning. My very first blog post (read it here)  was April 14, 2008. The kids were so wee! A had just turned 2 and T was 3 months old. AND I HAD A CLEANING LADY!! Fast forward 7+ years later … I’m the cleaning lady now and, if you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I’ve smartened up and have my now 9 and 7 year old children cleaning with me. I don’t care if it’s perfect, I just care that they contribute to the

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First Week of Summer Break

First of all, HAPPY CANADA DAY to all my Canadians out there!!! This is the first week home with the children since school let out. Last week I was rushing about like a mad-woman decluttering the basement so that we would have a nice area to escape the heat and for movie time where I could get a little bit of a break and catch up on what I need to do. I barely got it done but it’s definitely in good condition for them to play with lots of space! On Sunday night I had a brainstorm on some

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Transforming Your Child’s Art Into It’s Own Masterpiece

Friday was the last day of school for my children and now we are enjoying summer break. With the end of school comes piles of papers and masterpieces that I don’t k now what to do with. Today’s guest blogger, Tiffany Austin from The Good Enuf Mommy, has a solution that she is going to share with us. * * * * * It’s the end of the school year again. Children have frantically deposited all of their hard work into their backpacks to bring home to share with you! I know you’re thinking…Again? What am I supposed to do

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#TBT Learning Themes for Children

It’s so much fun to go back through the blog posts to see what I was doing with the children developmentally. Today’s Throwback Thursday is from March 2009 when Ava was 2 and Travis was 1 years old. It’s always been important to me to have a flexible schedule but also to have some structure to our day. I also enjoy regular themes to get the children excited about learning. I was so organized I had themes set for most of 2009. Have a peek and maybe you will get inspired if you have little ones or a home daycare

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Laser Quest 7th Birthday Party

Happy birthday to my little guy who turns 7 today. He was SO excited for his birthday and we had a week-long countdown until the morning. When they put that much excitement on an event you really hope to make their day special. Not necessarily by spending a lot of money but in creating memories together that they will always treasure. Since Travis is obsessed with hockey and, most recently, in being a goalie, today we started out by gifting him a street hockey goalie set of pads. I think it went over well and he immediately put them on

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Elf on the Shelf Mischief & Idea Calendar

My daughter (8 years old) was teasing her brother by pretending to touch our Elf on the Shelf, Carol, yesterday. I didn’t witness it but our 6 year old son was very upset about it – she loses her Christmas magic if you touch her, after all! It’s hard to come up with new locations for Carol to visit, so this was the perfect inspiration to inform the children that maybe Carol didn’t want to be touched and this was the best way to protect herself. The look on her face was priceless when she put it together that since

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Adventures in Falling Asleep

Bedtime has been an adventure for us since I was pregnant with my first child. Many nights when I was trying to get comfortable in the later stages of my pregnancy, my daughter decided she did not like the position I was in and would bang about inside me so hard that the mattress shook until I changed sides. She is now well into being 8 years old and it is still an experience to calm her down for bedtime. We have tried to do the “bath, book and bed” routine but baths seem to wind her (and her 6

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Halloween Candies – Oh Boy!

In my part of the world, Halloween is all about dressing up and getting candy! I can hardly wait – oh boy!! Our school has started to collect hard candies. The idea is that the candy is sent to less fortunate countries where they only have rice to eat and their palates are not as well-rounded as ours. The theory is that the sugar in the candy will stimulate the taste buds. I’m not sure I agree or fully understand it but I’m happy to get rid of the hard candies and the children are in agreement so it’s win-win

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