Sunday, February 23, 2020

For our love of wood: Scroll Saw, Wood Burning, and Workshop Setup

wood burning book
Wood is one of our favourite material to work with! From making designs with the scroll saw, wood burning to making furniture and other home decor it seems like we are continuously buying wood. 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Amigurumi Narwhal design

This Amigurumi Narwhal design is easy to follow. There are a few websites with the same design and videos on how to make this. This cute handmade toy would make a wonderful gift to give anyone or can be kept as a d├ęcor item. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Log Cabin Knit Blanket

log cabin blanket knit
This Log Cabin Knit Blanket also known as Brick Blanket is an easy knit project. This blanket is entirely made with knit stitches using leftover yarn. We love how colourful the blanket turned out. It livens up the space and makes a beautiful addition to any room. 

Friday, January 31, 2020

Family Experiences at the Royal Ontario Museum

Every weekend from Saturday, February 1st to Sunday, March 22nd (including February 17th Family day) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Royal Ontario Museum will be hosting the new Bloodsuckers Family Experiences that includes...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

DK books about Science, Tech and the World

We love learning from DK books! The wide variety of DK books from different subjects interests us because they are colourful and have an abundance of facts written in an inspiring way. Here are a few of our recent favourite books from DK Canada - Explanatorium of Science, Through the Animal Kingdom, and Tech Lab. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Brushstrokes Acrylic Painting

Brushstrokes Acrylic
Brushstrokes: Acrylic Effortless painting with minimal tools and materials by Angela Marie Moulton gives a unique introduction to acrylic painting. We did a few projects following the step-by-step instructions in this book, and love how the paintings turned out. This approach of using colourful bold strokes strategically felt relaxing and fun, and the paintings didn't take too long to do.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Self Care and Learning from DK books

dk canada books readers
We have been reading a couple of Self Care books from DK Canada - Sleep and Trigger Points. These books have been useful to think of what we should change to better take care of ourselves. My children read a few interesting DK readers - The Story of Civil Rights, I'm an activist, Sports Legends, and Festivals and Celebrations that has lots of useful general knowledge.

The Great Alaskan Race

the
The Great Alaskan Race movie tells the historical, true story of Leonhard ‘Sepp’ Seppala and his champion mushing dogs, Togo and Balto, during the great serum run of 1925. It will be available on Digital and DVD on January 28th. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Fun Games and Entertainment

watercolour
We are always excited to try new games and do different hands on activities in our family. We love game nights, and recently have been playing Azul and Ticket to Ride London. We also spent time building with Flexo. A new calendar year comes with new resolutions to become more creative, so we have been practicing watercolour painting with Watercolour the Easy Way book and took the time to clean up, get organized, and even spiced up our phones by replacing our Pop Sockets with creative ones! We have also been reading the Four Seasons of Entertaining book that is filled with colourful photography, recipes, and ideas separated by each season. 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

A Cozy Winter Camping Experience at Silent Lake Provincial Park

Silent Lake Provincial Park winter
We love camping at Ontario Parks in the summer, which allows us to enjoy the serene outdoors and all the wonderful things we can do in the warm weather - thinking of it makes me miss summer! We have also learned to embrace the beauty of winter; the fresh cool air, soft snow, the beauty of trees covered with white snow, and all the fun activities we can do in the winter from skiing, tobogganing to snowshoeing and more. 
Silent Lake Provincial Park winter
When we travel in winter to enjoy the festive season or to explore winter themed events and activities, we usually stay in hotels. We tried winter camping in one of the roofed accommodations at Ontario Parks, which is truly a lovely way to get close to nature, away from the everyday hustle and bustle.