Archive | August, 2014

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Thanks for a Fabulous Summer! Now, Get Ready for The Lunchbox Season!

We did it! We had another fabulous Summer of Funner! And, if you have a glance below, you’ll notice that we accomplished almost everything on our Love-to-Do List!! Now, what to do with your September? Be sure to check out our sister site, The Lunchbox Season for “all of the things!” Summer of Funner 2014: Love-to-do-List ✓ Backyard […]

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End of Summer Blind Tasting Picnic

A few years ago, we had “Crazy Fruit Day” in which we decided to do a blind sampling of all of the strange fruits we picked up in Chinatown. It was so much fun, we decided that we needed to do yet another blind tasting challenge this summer! This time around, we decided to have an […]

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Kid-Drawn “Cyborg Stories”

Although we’re nearing the end of the summer, I introduced the kids to a new art-meets-books project yesterday.  It’s one I hope to revive in various forms as we move into The Lunchbox Season: Kid-Drawn Stories. What did I do?   I asked the kids to draw a picture or series of pictures that told a story […]

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A Summer Instrument

One of our Summer 2014 Love-to-do-List goals was to “Learn a New Instrument.”  No one was more successful at this “Summer Instrument” project than Bea, who took 8 weeks [and counting] of viola lessons in preparation for her entrance into a new school. Here’s a video of her first few notes at the end of June: […]

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Film Fest Wrap-Up

Our Family Film Fest is over for the Summer! Here’s a look at the films we caught this summer to go along with our theme of Super-Anatomy in Space and Time! First Views Dark Passage [1947] The Man Without a Body [1957] The Goonies [1985] Unbreakable [2000] Treasure Island [1950] Treasure Island [1972] Treasure Island [1990] […]

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Summer Giving: Supporting the War Amps CHAMP Program

Last night, we began to celebrate my successful recovery from a broken hand by making a contribution to the War Amps of Canada, specifically their CHAMP program.  The War Amps is a registered Canadian charity begun in 1918 as a way of supporting amputee veterans of the First World War. Today, the organization helps not […]

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FORTnight! Our Two-Week Backyard Campout Begins

What? The summer is coming to a close? Shhh….Don’t tell the kids. For the last two weeks of the season, we’re setting up the tent in the backyard and letting the kids sleep out of doors whenever it suits their fancy! Actually, Bea put up our tent almost all by herself!  So, what did we […]

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Three Surrealist Games for Kids

It’s been a little cold and grey, so I thought I’d get the kids interested in some indoor fun. Since we love surrealist games, I thought I’d come up with a few variations on old favourites. Here are the Three Surrealist Games for Kids we played! Exquisite Corpse  Supplies Blank Paper Pen, Pencil, Crayons or Markers Method […]

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Summer Books: Kid-Drawn, “Modern” Sense and Sensibility Comics

Anyone who saw last year’s Chaucer Comics would know how much we love to make comic books out of classic literature!  Today, I gave the kids and guest a few blank sheets of paper and asked them to come up with a quick six-panel modernized scene from Sense and Sensibility. Here are the kids’ Sense and Sensibility […]

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Going Crazy with Hair Chalk

This afternoon, we knocked yet another goal off of our Summer 2014 Love-to-do-List! Bea and a friend were “going crazy with hair chalk.”  I actually took some lovely photos, with the girls making crazy “top-model” faces and getting their freak on.  However, these more anonymous photos pics below will have to suffice for SOF!    Unfortunately, […]

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Summer Books: Sense and Sensibility Mad Libs [Free Printables]

Bea has a friend over this week, and so we thought we’d continue our Summer of Ability Film Fest by showing her the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility.  Afterwards, I decided to get them into the text itself by creating some Mad Libs -style word games out of three key scenes: Marianne’s twisted ankle and […]

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Kids DIY Mini Glittery Pop Rocks Bath Bombs

One of our goals on this Summer’s Love-to-do-List was to “Explode Stuff.”  Now, if you know us, you’ll know our love of explosions! Just check out our candy science day from 2012! This year, we figured that a bit of a spa day in our new-ish bathroom would be in order, and to that effect, […]

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The Kids Enjoy Two Evenings of Shakespeare in the Park

Following up on last summer’s fantastic viewing of the Canadian Stage performance of Macbeth in Toronto’s High Park, we knew that returning for more Shakespeare in the Park would be a high priority on this summer’s Love-to-do-List!  So, on Wednesday night, we took in a performance of Titus Andronicus. We had such a great time, and […]

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Summer Peach Buttermilk Clafoutis [low-sugar, grain & gluten free]

Clafoutis is one of my favourite brunch treats and tea-party desserts! Lately, I’ve been experimenting with cutting out the grain and lowering the amount of sugar in my go-to recipe. Seeing as it’s peach season [what’s better than a fresh freestone Ontario peach?], and I’ve never yet made a peach version, I thought I’d better try […]

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Kids’ DIY Stained Glass Window Clings

The old puffy paint bear sticking to Bea’s window has seen better days!  After our scavenger hunt at the art gallery, the kids decided that they wanted to make some new window clings for their rooms! They landed on a “stained glass animal” theme…and so we got buzzing about how to make something more lasting than […]

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