Snowy Saturday

We woke up to a snow-covered world this Saturday morning in South Western Ontario. It’s beautiful. I love the quiet that snow brings. The clean white fluffiness makes me want to stay in my pajamas and read a book or cuddle with the kids while watching a movie or playing a board game. Today, I may sew. The quiet of snow also makes me want to craft. What do you like to do when it’s a snowy world outside your window?

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Merry Christmas

I’ve been knitting and crocheting gifts since August. The kids have been spun for a few weeks now. Hubby is on vacation (and a wee bit under foot). In addition to making most gifts, I’ve wrapped all the family gifts and there is only the kids left to wrap. I have enlisted hubby to do this. I’m spent over this Christmas holiday and it’s only just beginning. Am I the only one who feels like the preparation stage goes on for a really long time? Then when we get all the gifts opened there will be places to store them

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Christmas Pickle

  I’ve vaguely heard of the Christmas pickle but never really understood what it was. Thanks to mymerrychristmas.com I found a few great stories to tell what the legend is. Read here for the story! Have you heard of the Christmas pickle before and do you celebrate using it?

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Holiday Deals

Today I thought I would hit up a consignment shop to get a few games for the kids. We are on a tight budget this year but the kids don’t need to know that. For $25 I got a circular knitting machine (kids version), 2 bags of yarn (okay that’s for me to make presents), 4 puzzles (Cars, Diego, Strawberry Shortcake, Dora) and a brand new Crayola Toy Story colouring kit. I’m really pleased with my purchases and I hope the kids will be thrilled too – this just stretched the budget big time so that there will be more

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Organizing for Christmas

I really appreciate the tips for organizing Christmas from Echoes of Laughter. Her secret is to “start early, give yourself deadlines, and do only the things you enjoy – let the rest go!“ I got some great tips for her. Specifically I have set the following deadlines (I had months in before but that seems too vague for me). Christmas Cards – in mail Dec 1stChristmas Decorating – outside lights, wreaths Nov 20th; inside decor Nov 26/27th; tree Dec 4thShopping Complete – Dec 10thGifts wrapped – Dec 15th Totally do-able, right? How do you organize yourself for a less-stressed Christmas?

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Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box

Each year I encourage our family support at least one other child or family in our gift giving tradition. I especially like the Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box program. We can choose the gender and general age of the child we are going to pack gifts for. My children include pictures they have drawn and it really gets us into the spirit of the season. If you want to support this amazing program, learn more about it and how to pack a shoe box. Note: Many locations will want them filled and returned between November 14-21st to ensure it gets shipped

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Memorable Messy Moment

Spending time with friends and family can lead to fun and memorable moments, but also some very messy ones. Tell us about the messiest moments that you’ll always remember! One of my more memorable messy moments is when my daughter was a baby. My husband was changing her diaper on the change table in the other room. Suddenly I hear him cry out “Mommy!” and then a more urgent “Mommy, help!”. Apparently she decided to produce a wet-fart that shot runny baby poop on the wall (twice) in the time between old and new diaper being put on. I was

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Tips to Help Your Child with Homework

Last year in junior kindergarten, our daughter got homework. Our school has full day every other day for kindergarten (e.g. Tuesday, Thursday, alternating Fridays). The teacher found that the kids needed to keep their letter writing and sounding going on the days they were not in school to keep up their skills. It seemed like a lot but Ava shot to the top of her class for letter recognition and sound identification. We couldn’t argue too much! This year as a senior kindergarten, Ava is learning to read. She gets a home reading bag sent every week and we are

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Halloween 2011

I have to say that I am SO proud of myself. I made the kids costumes this year by crocheting a knight and princess costume. Since I had some extra yarn I made treat bags for them too (my first made-up pattern!). The bonus is now I have a space to store the costumes and keep them all together too!

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