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Shelfie Bookbag DIY

If the other week was about the Manga Selfie, this week is all about the “shelfie!” Recently, one of us saw a gorgeous book bag which featured a shelf full of beloved book spines on offer from a big-name publisher. It was beautiful, and we wanted it. But, then, we thought, why not make our own? So, […]

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The Best Summer Movies of All Time, Week 3: Rear Window and Rashomon

Our Family Film Fest Continues with two “crime” stories, quite different in style – or are they? First up is one of our family’s favourite summer murder mysteries, Hitchcock’s, Rear Window [1954]. Next on the list is a movie which came out in Japan 4 years previous to the Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon [1950]. This film tells the […]

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Kids’ Summer Challenge : Learn Enough Guitar to Perform a Cover Song

So, here’s the little slip of paper the kids found under their doors this morning!  That’s right! Today, we challenged the kids to learn to play enough guitar to accompany themselves while singing a cover song. We didn’t give them a set rules about how they were supposed to accomplish this, only a command performance […]

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DIY Poprocks? Try Our Sour Pink Lemonade Frizzantes

It’s crazy summer snack time. In our attempts to DIY some Poprocks style candies [Will they ever really pop? We think, not!], we came up with something lovelier: Sour Pink Lemonade Frizzantes. Bea loves a sour candy. And these slightly fizzy candy shards absolutely fit the bill! I think I’m going to start carrying these pucker-ups […]

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Fizzy Water Kefirs: Lime Cardamom, Lemon Lavendar and Strawberry Vanilla

We’ve decided that Wednesdays are for “challenges” this summer. Last week’s challenge was to come up with a tasty sparkling beverage that had little or no sugar in the final product. Now, we’ve really been enjoying fermented beverages like Kombucha and Water Kefir. These are drinks made with sugar but whose sugar is largely “eaten,” […]

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Kids’ DIY Manga Selfies

The kids are pretty interested in Manga these days. So, I thought I’d get them to make themselves over as Manga-style characters. When I told her about my idea, Bea, who had an amazing art teacher at school this year (xoxo Brie), took over and came up with the entire DIY! And, it sounded sooo fun […]

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Kids Haiku Theatre Reviews from the Stratford Festival #sfhaiku

This year, instead of using our own free printable theatre reviews to respond to the plays we saw at the Stratford Festival, we decided to ask the kids for shorter, impromptu responses. Inspired by their dad’s season-long toronto #bluejays haiku project, or his #jaysseasonhaiku, we asked the kids to write haiku responses to the plays they saw at Stratford this summer. […]

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Return to Stratford…

Oops, we did it again! Looks like last year’s trip to the Stratford Festival was the first in what has become an annual family thang. I was hoping to write to you about all of the new things we did on our kicking-off-the-summer-in-style vacay this year. Of course, the plays we saw were different from […]

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Summer 2016 Love-to-Do List

Let’s send up rockets! Let’s turn on all the lights! This Summer’s Love-to-Do List is a conglomeration of the things we’d like to repeat from summers previous and the things we absolutely must try before the school bell rings again. Summer 2016 Love-to-Do List Stargazing at the Stratford Festival √, Learn to Play Guitar, Fireworks on the Water […]

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Backyard Summer Film Fest 2015 : Our Family’s Picks

Summer of Funner 2014 is coming to a close. And so is our Backyard Campout Week! You know what that means…. It’s time for our Backyard Summer Film Fest! Last week, I asked everyone in the family to pick two summer movies that they’d love to see outside. Tonight, and over the next two nights […]

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Endless Summer Peach Almond Cake [Gluten and Sugar Free]

Who wants the summer to end? Not us!  Our final week of summer is dedicated to our annual Backyard Campout. Since we’re trying to make our campouts a bit healthier, we thought we’d tweak a favourite recipe from The Lunchbox Season to honour the seasonal peach. This Endless Summer Peach Almond Cake is Gluten Free […]

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Backyard Campout Blowout

Every summer, for the past five years, I’ve been posting our family activities and ideas here on Summer of Funner. As we come to the end of our fifth season, I wanted to thank all of you readers for your five years of dedication and support. The kids are growing up. And it’s likely we won’t […]

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