DIY Summer Memories Box

Summer is about hunting for shells on the beach, savouring popsicles with friends, and travels with the family. Saving these special mementos, like a perfect shell or ticket to your favourite summer movie, keeps the fun-filled summer moments alive. Countdown the days to summer fun by encouraging the kids to make their own Summer Memories Box. […]

Melissa’s Playbook: 77 Ways to Play Outside This Summer

This is part of a series of posts from our very own Melissa where she shares her thoughts and tips on play and on nurturing the magic and wonder of childhood. . Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city.” — excerpted from “The Door,” […]

Celebrate Summer with Outdoor Activities!

With summer vacation finally here, we’re sharing some favorite outdoor activities that will help your family celebrate summer! Whether you’re at the park, sandbox or shore, swimming pool or in the backyard, there are so many simple ways to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of those long, sunny days of summer. It’s easy to get started, so let’s celebrate summer . . . […]

Chase away the dreary days with tropical grill recipes that make you smile

Though we are in the middle of comfort food & casseroles season, I love mixing things up and using our grill in the middle of fall and winter. When we’ve had too many chilly, drizzly, grey days in a row, our family likes to fire up the grill and make something spicy and tropical to […]

First day of summer celebration: kick start the funnest season ever!

The last day of school, the first day of summer. Whatever you name that day, it is a major highlight on the calendar for kids everywhere. Want to really connect with your kids? Show them you realize how much this moment means to them with the easiest celebration ideas ever! Our family has a few festive […]

Stacy Shares: 5 Fun Pool Games for Kids

Hello August! The days are long, the kids are energetic and the temperatures are HIGH. In times like these, I rely heavily on keeping my kids outdoors and active as much as possible, and during these dog days of summer when heat can really be an issue, you’ll find us most often swimming and playing […]

4 Ideas for Getting Creative with Sidewalk Chalk

These ways of Getting Creative with Sidewalk Chalk are brought to us by guest editor Carrie Anne from EverythingMom.com. Just like crafts can keep the kids occupied on a rainy day, a bucket of colourful sidewalk chalk can keep the kids engaged outside on a nice day. We used our chalk to expand our creativity and […]

From Melissa: Do YOUR Kids Play with Neighborhood Friends?

Melissa shares her thoughts on the importance of outside play for kids: “Some of my fondest childhood memories are of lazy, carefree summer days spent playing outside with neighborhood friends. No one in my neighborhood had a nanny. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s FREE babysitter — and the only way she could […]

Have A Beach Day In Your Own Backyard

Summer is synonymous with sun and sand and surf, but what if you live in one of the land locked states or can’t get to the shore as often as you’d like? Are you destined for a not-so-awesome summer? We think not. Creating a backyard beach experience is simple to do and doesn’t cost much […]