Saturday, March 28, 2020

Win a copy of Sew Step by Step and Knit Step by Step

Sew Step by Step
We love books that give detailed explanations, especially useful when we are trying to master hands-on activities.  We have been reading and learning about two of our favourite hobbies sewing and knitting from two new DK book: Sew Step by Step and Knit Step by Step.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Geometric Designs with String Art

string art
This String Art project is inspired by the Stitch + Strings Lab for Kids book. It is similar to nail and thread art, but an easier version using cardboard, needle, and yarn. There are many different possibilities of creating geometric designs with this craft. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Inspiring Arts and Craft books and Easy Embroidery Hoop project


craft books
In March, we take a little extra time to do a few more crafts anticipating the warm weather. With the kids at home for Spring Break, there is more time to break away from our routine and try some hobbies we put off during our busy schedules. We have been trying a few ideas from Quarto Knows books Brain Lab for Kids, Stitch + String Lab for kids, Art lab for kids, Paint lab, and Calligraphy Kit.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Novels for adults and teenagers

We have been reading a few books (for adults and youth) that you can add to your list of books to read. Read below to read a synopsis and our thoughts for Grown-Up PoseIndelicacy, My Summer of Love and Misfortune, Don't Ask Me Where I'm From, The Complete Sherlock Holmes, and Solving Sherlock Holmes Puzzle Your Way Through the Cases. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Winter Adventure at Scenic Caves

Winter Adventure Scenic Caves
We had a fantastic time at Scenic Caves doing a variety of fun family friendly winter activities like snowshoeing to the Suspension Bridge, and learning and practicing to Cross-Country ski. Over the years we have learned to embrace winter by learning new sports and activities, so we can look forward to enjoy the long winters. Scenic Caves located in Collingwood, a couple of hours from Toronto, is a wonderful place to try these winter activities. We like that they have different trails giving us the option to choose depending on trail distance and skill. There is still a few more weeks to enjoy these sports before the season comes to an end - see their website for details. 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Glass Painting on CDs

Glass Painting on CDs
This project is a fun way to recycle old CDs and use it for home decor. We love how the colours catch the sunlight during the day and create beautiful reflections in the room. This splash of colour and design on the CDs add interest to a boring space.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Eco-friendly dish cleansing paste from KLIIN and Giveaway

Eco-friendly dish cleansing paste from KLIIN
Thank you KLIIN for sponsoring this post, and for being part of our journey to become more eco-friendly!

In our home, we try our best to be eco-conscious about everything we do, from the materials we use to how much we consume and recycle. We recently got the opportunity to use KLIIN's new eco-friendly dish cleansing paste. We have been using this paste when hand-washing our dishes and to clean different surfaces around our home. We are thrilled with the results of how clean it made our surfaces and dishes look, and it feels good to know we can reduce our consumption of water as well.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Importance of CO safety during winter with FirstAlert

firstalert carbon monoxide alarms
Thank you FirstAlert for sponsoring this post. Help ensure your home and family is protected with CO alarms!

Many of us have heard about the tragic carbon monoxide (CO) gas related deaths that happen, especially in winter. This poisonous gas is called the silent killer because it is an invisible, odourless, and tasteless deadly gas, which can be produced by any fuel-burning device. The only way to detect CO in a home is by installing a CO alarm.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Learning the origins of board games, illusions, journey, and math

board games book
We love playing board games and have a few family favourites. As children, we have played lots of different board games from monopoly to mancala, and made sure to introduce our children to board games at a very young age. A few years ago, we made a wooden convertible storage cart just to keep our games. We believe most board games are a wonderful way to socialize and connect, and they have become part of our lifestyle. Over the past decade, we have documented a few board games on CreateWithMom. When we saw the Board Games in 100 Moves by Ian Livingstone, we were curious to discover different board games and their origins. 

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.