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Lemon Ginger Marmalade with Champagne and Elderflower

Before I put Summer of Funner to rest, there was one Love-to-Do List item that I just had to make. I’ve always wanted to make a marmalade to sigh for, most particularly, a Lemon Ginger Champagne Marmalade. I didn’t even really know if such a thing had ever existed before. I only knew that I wanted […]

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Kids’ Summer Challenge: Make a Short Film that Scares Us!

Last Friday, we screened Jaws and In the Heat of the Night as part of our Summer Film Fest. Afterwards, the kids said that both movies were “scary.” So, we got to comparing how these movies chilled us to the bone. Sure, Jaws had its shark and its shark music. But the shots of the crowds […]

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The Joys of Keeping Score : The Kids Track the Jays v. Rays

I’ve been keeping score at baseball games since I could lift a pencil. When I was really young, I used to help my grandpa track at-bats on the single game score-cards or programs they’d sell at Yankee games. When I was a little older, I took a break from the paper and ran the electronic […]

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Inspired by Farenheit 451 : Kids’ Wordless Comics DIY

Last weekend, the kids watched Farenheit 451  as part of our Summer Film Fest. The one thing they were really drawn to this time [they’d seen it before] were the wordless comics or newspapers that Montag reads in bed while his wife is watching t.v. and that others read on the suspended monorails. These are, essentially, the […]

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Summer Books: What the Kids are Reading in 2016

  It’s August! Time for a book report, right? Just kidding! Here’s a mostly-visual sampling of what the kids are reading this summer! Their Together Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, J.K. Rowling In July, Toby faithfully read a chapter a day of this book until completion…and he loved it: Armada, Ernest Cline […]

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Kids’ Battle Bot Design

While the kids may have a lot of screen time over the summer, most of this isn’t television. Still, one summer show that they’re absolutely obsessed with [and for good reason] is BattleBots. Science and technology squads build robots for the purpose of pitting them against one another in a battle arena, which, itself, is set […]

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Birthday Bombe Dot Com : DIY Ice Cream Piñata Cake

Two years ago, we made Toby an amazing Chocolate Milk Piñata Cake for his birthday. And, since we didn’t tell him it was a Piñata cake, the surprise on his face, when he sliced it open, was priceless! This year, Toby upped the ante on us by requesting an Ice Cream Piñata Cake. SRSLY, WT*? The closest I came […]

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Let’s Pong! Playing Ping Pong in Toronto’s Public Parks

Did you know that table tennis is an olympic sport? Well, Torontonians might just give the rest of the world a run for their money, if not at the Rio Olympics, then in about 10 years, when all the little ones grow up. Over the past few years, in several of our city parks, these beautifully […]

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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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