Tuesday, June 30, 2020

For the love of animals and Giveaway

animal antics book
We love watching different types of birds come to our garden. Over the years, we invested in adding features to attract birds and other pollinators from bird feeders, pond, water features, bee hotels, bird houses, and more. We find it exciting to observe the birds, and have been reading books such as DK Canada's fully updated 2nd edition Pocket Birds of Canada to identify the types of birds that visit our garden.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Watercolour Technique for Backgrounds

watercolour technique for backgrounds
This watercolour technique inspired by the paint lab book is a fun way to create beautiful backgrounds on watercolour paper. Once the paper dries we can add drawings or calligraphy that will stand out. 

Friday, June 19, 2020

Garage door styles to spice up the look of a home

free stock image garage door
Every homeowner would want both the interior and the exterior of the home to not only be functional but also to look presentable. One factor that adds to the curb appeal of any home is the garage door! Choosing one that fits the whole look of the house would be great. According to Garage Door Repair Langley, problems with garage doors can easily be resolved, so we don't encounter repairs and look for people to do the job. 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Learning about the wars of the past will teach us to be careful of our actions

dk books warfare
It is sad when parts of our history keeps repeating itself, it is as though humanity hasn't learned anything from its past actions. We know many people have sacrificed their lives for justice, and we are still seeing a world of injustice around us, it is probably because of peoples' ignorance. I think it is important for us, as parents, to teach ourselves and our children about past events, hoping they will be kind and not repeat the past that has led to many problems we face today. The consequences of colonization, slavery, greed for land and power from generations past are still haunting us in the injustices and wars we see happening all over the world. When humans haven't created life, they don't have the right to take it or judge it.  We can all do our part by learning, becoming more empathetic, and always remembering to treat others better than the way you want to be treated.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Rolling into summer with this 3 wheeled scooter

The Primo Foldable Scooter is a fantastic starter scooter for children ages 3+. This lightweight 3-wheel scooter has a patented push button folding system allowing us to put it into trolley mode, so it can be conveniently stored on coat racks or in the garage. This also makes it easy to take with us when we go to parks. This stylish, functional scooter is guaranteed to deliver a lot of fun. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

How to build a simple, inexpensive wooden compost bin

On our recent post about the changes we have made over the years to live more sustainably, we mentioned that we made our own DIY compost bin which has tremendously reduced the amount of material we throw in our green bin. 

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.