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Something to Try This Summer: Camping with the Kid

16 May 2014 | 6 Comments

robby tent

Before Clara was born, Ian and I loved to go camping at different provincial parks in Ontario. We’re not hardcore into backwoods camping or anything – we do “car camping”, where you pull your car up to your reserved spot so it’s much easier to pack and unload. We have a massive tent that fits our queen-size air mattress, and I have even been known to bring a duvet and feather pillows (way more cozy than sleeping bags… hey… don’t judge).

We have camped with our dogs (that’s our old dog, Robby, in the photo above) but haven’t tried camping with our kid. I think this summer it’s finally time. Clara is 3 now, potty trained, eats regular food, and sleeps somewhat regularly.  She’d probably love to explore and play in the woods, and splash in the water on a shallow beach. I think there would be enough new stuff to see and do to keep her entertained. And if the whole thing is a total gong show, we can always just pack up and drive home, right?

Have you gone camping with small children? Any tips?


A Super Cute Idea for Kids’ Valentine’s Day Cards

16 January 2014 | 2 Comments


I know, Valentine’s Day is a month away.  But all the junk is in the stores now, and I snatched up a pack of Thomas the Tank Engine paper valentine cards for Clara to give to her little friends, because they all go ape shit for Thomas the Tank Engine.

While that’s fine for the 3-year old set, I’d far prefer giving out these “Little Love Notes” from Tattly. Each one comes with a notecard, a sticker and a temporary tattoo. Sweet AND stylish. Love it.

Little Love Notes at Tattly, $20 for 8.  They’ll ship to Canada for just $2!

How Do You Display Your Kids’ Artwork?

22 August 2013 | 0 Comments



Now 2.5 years old, Clara has been bringing home some masterpieces from art time at daycare.  I’d love to display them somewhere, but am a bit baffled as to the best way to do so.  I’m a big fan of gallery walls with Ribba frames from Ikea – they’re cheap enough that I don’t mind when someone accidentally knocks a piece off the wall, and the frame or the glass breaks.  So I was thinking of doing a gallery wall with Ikea frames, and then I remembered this blog post from Apartment Therapy from a few years ago, featuring Lil Davinci frames.

The idea is to create a gallery wall, where you can easily sub new pieces in and out, as your kid comes home with more and more masterpieces.  What a great idea.  I’m totally going to order a set – I just have to decide what sizes to go with.

[pictured above: Lil Davinci photos via the website; and a snapshot of my favourite piece of Clara’s artwork so far. Entitled “Q-tip Ants”, it’s awesome. She’s very monochromatic, and likes to use one colour at a time. Right now she’s in her black phase.]