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This is related to yesterday’s post, which you can read right here. One of the best parts of being a parent is that we get to relive a bit of our childhood and not look like a crazy person while we do it. If our kids are around we can play hopscotch, jump rope, go […]

  Are you a doodler? If so, you know that it can be can be an oddly satisfying occupation. Doodling is a great way to still the mind and channel one’s focus. And it’s good for kids too. Traditional doodling tends to be done out of boredom in the margins of notebooks and during conference […]

I wrote about our family of venus fly traps earlier this summer, but I wanted to post an update because it’s turned out to be a really interesting little project. Sidebar: many kids plant seeds/grow beans as a school project during some point in their lives. This is really taking it to the next level! […]

I’ve mentioned bubble tea on the blog before but since it’s one of our favourite things to do in Ottawa during the summer months I thought it deserved a fresh mention! Step one: drive to Somerset Street and park the car. Step two: walk, and poke your head into any shop that tweaks your curiosity along the way. Step […]

So this is what we did yesterday afternoon: The girls each have one of these Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Cameras. A couple of weeks ago I bought a bunch of film on a whim at Black’s (the store is going under and I nabbed it at a discounted price). A few of the packages […]


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