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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, Stratford Festival, Learn to Play Guitar, Fireworks on the Water, Favourite Book Bags, Ice Cream […]

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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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Date Almond Smoothie Freezer Pops

Banana week continues…The kids so love the super healthy Date Almond Smoothies we made over March BreACK! that we’ve been making them regularly ever since! As the weather has turned warmer, we’ve even started throwing a few cups of ice into the blender to make “Date Almond Frosties.” This summer, we decided to go the distance and […]

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Easy Gorgeous Chocolate Covered Bananas

It’s Banana Week! And we’re going Bananas! Banana Splits! Banana Bread! Painting with Banana Peels….You name it! We’ve done it!  One of our best culinary experiments this week has got to be these Easy Gorgeous Chocolate Covered Bananas!! Oh my goodness. I am NOT a frozen banana girl…but I like a cold summer treat. And these babies […]

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Summer Books: What the Kids are Reading

You asked us what we were reading? Here are the kids’ top book pics for Summer of Funner 2015! Together, we’re reading…. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lason and Sydney Smith Anansi/Groundwood, 2015 As lovers of JonArno Lawson’s poems, I wasn’t sure how the kids were going to respond to this wordless jaunt through town. Reader, […]

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DIY Pacman [ or any Shape ] Piñatas

Make your own piñata? Who knew? Without a papier-maché base? Even better!! Check out these awesome piñatas we made for Toby’s family birthday party!!! It’s actually fairly easy to make your own piñata! DIY Pacman [Or Any Shape] Piñatas Materials Cereal Boxes Scissors Masking Tape Glue Small Paint Brush Tissue Paper Strong cord and/or a […]

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Five Ways To Introduce Kids To A City’s Architecture

This week, I’m asking the kids to become aware of their surroundings by studying our city’s architecture. Here are a few ways that you can get your kids interested in the architecture of your own city, town, or county seat or the design elements of the places you visit! Five Ways to Introduce Kids to […]

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Inspired by Babar: Stuffed Animal Yoga Sketches for Kids

Since this is family meditation and mindfulness week, the kids got out their copies of De Brunhoff’s Babar’s Yoga for Elephants and started trying out some yoga poses. When they got tired, they started making their stuffed animals do the “work.” This, of course, led to Bea’s lovely attempts to draw her own stuffed animals in yoga […]

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Summer of Awareness : Three Meditation Exercises for Kids and Families

This week, we’re going to begin a family practice of meditation and mindfulness which I hope will last a lifetime. There’s nothing worse than looking at your kids’ faces or bodies tensing up when they realize that something bad has just happened or that they might have just done something wrong. I’ve certainly seen that frightened […]

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Free Printable Pixels Movie Birthday Party Invitations

Somebody’s birthday is right around the corner, and we’re trying to come up with some fun ideas for a party. Whether you invite a large group of friends or just your parents and your sister, you still need invitations, don’t you think? One of the films that’s coming out soon is the Pixels Movie. So, we made an […]

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