Friday, June 5, 2020

Gardening 101

bleeding heart flower
Despite taking up the most considerable portion of most properties, yards go criminally underused. Although a sprawling green yard can be nice, mixing it up with plants can be both beautiful and functional. Here are a few gardening tips that every home gardener should know.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Crochet Fruit, Candle making, Origami

crochet banana
We have been trying a few different activities while at home such as crocheting fruits, making candles, and folding origami boxes. The books, Adorable Fruits and Vegetables to Crochet and Origami Boxes, inspired us to give these crafts a try!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Recreating Travel Memories with Playmobil and giveaway

When the school year winds down usually, we would be planning road trips and overnight camping trips. However, because of the current situation we feel staying home is a better option. As we spend more time indoors, we have taken advantage of the extra time learning new skills, spending time doing crafts, painting, other DIY projects, baking and more which we usually don't get enough time to do. When we do these activities, we feel somehow our previous travels have inspired us in some way. These Playmobil toys for children in camping and road trip themes are a perfect way for us to encourage little ones to use their imagination and recreate their travel memories. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Sustainable living and gardening

pear blossoms
The weather is finally warm and we have spent most of our time preparing the garden. DK books Self-Sufficiency for the 21st Century and Indoor Edible Garden has inspired us to do a few projects this spring like building a compost bin and getting our seeds started indoors.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Alfred DB2-B Touchscreen Smartlock

alfred db2-b touchscreen smartlock
We love using smart technology in our home because it provides comfort, convenience, and security. Over the years, we have connected different smart locks from a touch screen lock to a connected Smart lock. Recently, we connected the Alfred DB2-B Touchscreen with the optional Z-Wave accessory. We love how Alfred International Inc. has designed the smart lock to not only be smarter, but also to make it look sleek, modern, and futuristic.

Friday, May 8, 2020

All Natural Green Goo Products for home and body

all natural green goo products
In our family, we always lean towards natural products that are safe for us and the environment. Recently, we had an opportunity to try a few products from Green Goo, a women-owned family-operated small business based in Colorado that sells all-natural body care. We really like that they use time-honoured traditions and plant-based ingredients to create a line of products that are gentle, effective, cruelty-free, and sustainably sourced. Their products do not use petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, or any other dangerous additives.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Sicilian Food, Raw Food, Soups and Recipe for Classic Tomato Soup

dk books
During the past few weeks, I have taken time to look through cookbooks and get inspired to make a variety of food. We checked out three DK books - Raw Food, The Sicily Cookbook, and The Soup Book.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Canvas Painting a Quote with a framed look

not all who wander are lost quote canvas paint
I wanted to do a painting that is inspired by our love for travel by incorporating a famous quote "Not all who wander are lost". For this painting, I added mod melts and collage clay. Once the collage clay set, I painted it using DecoArt acrylic paint.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Plant for Change as part of Attitude's reforestation program and Giveaway

Attitude bulk to go
We have been using ATTITUDE® products for a few years now, and love that this Canada-based company develops natural personal care and household products that are dedicated to promoting healthy living. The entire line of ATTITUDE® products are made with natural, hypoallergenic and EWG VERIFIED™ ingredients, that adhere to the highest quality and eco-conscious standards: they are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and certified by PETA ( People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and ECOLOGO, and are exempt from potentially harmful substances according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). 

Friday, April 24, 2020

LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Ninjago

DK LEGO harry potter
We enjoy LEGO books because they give background to LEGO stories and characters. This brings life to children's imagination, as they build and make their own version of the stories. LEGO Harry Potter Build Your Own Adventure and LEGO NINJAGO Choose Your Ninja Mission were recent books my son enjoyed reading, building, and recreating stories using his imagination.