My new blog: Seventeen Summers

I have decided to begin a new blog called Seventeen Summers. This blog will be very similar to my current one. I will be shutting down Love you to the Moon and moving to Seventeen Summers … and I would love if you’d come with me!

Seventeen Summers is all about making memories and enjoying every one of those seventeen summers (and years) before our little ones grow up. You will find posts about ideas for events around town, family activities, craft ideas, recommended books and movies for kids, celiac ideas, and much more. I recently published my first post, Halloween 2022, and am working on a post all about Christmas activities for families.

I’d love for you to subscribe to my new blog. I am also planning to start up a Facebook page for my new site, if you prefer to follow along that way (ready very soon!). I look forward to having you join me on this new adventure!

*To subscribe to my new blog via email, visit Seventeen Summers and scroll to the bottom of the homepage. Enter your email address and click ‘Subscribe’. Or follow along through WordPress!

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Mandy’s Running List of Top Recommended Children’s Books

I love books. Especially children’s books. The beautiful illustrations, the sometimes rhyming verses, the clever way the authors tie everything together … children’s books are my favourite genre.

Over the years I’ve written a few blog posts about our family’s favourite children’s books. I thought it might be a good idea to pull all of these posts together – and add another post on some of our newest finds! So if you’re looking for a fabulous book to read with your children … these books are my top picks! Enjoy!

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More Children’s Picture Books That we Can’t Get Enough of

Over the years we have collected a large number of children’s books. Many were gifts, and lots of others I chose for our girls. I’ve done a lot of reading about recommended children’s books and used these suggestions to build our own library.

If you’re looking for my master list of recommended children’s books, check out Mandy’s Running List of Top Recommended Children’s Books. For my latest additions to the list, read on!

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Elfie’s Return: Adventures of 2021

I am writing this on December 23rd, Elfie’s last evening with us. My children are at ages this year where they are incredibly excited about Christmas, and all of the activities and traditions. Their excitement makes the season truly magical. As excited as they are for Christmas morning, there’s one thing that’s making them hesitant to count down the days: the fact that Elfie will leave us after we go to sleep on December 24th.

We’ve had a wonderful month with Elfie! With everything going on in the world these days, she arrived masked, and kept her mask on for a few days. Over the past month we’ve discovered her climbing walls, reading with friends, hang gliding, and much more. Here are some of Elfie’s highlights from this year!

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Starting the School Year with a Celiac Child

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Our eldest daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease over 5 years ago. If you’re not familiar with Celiac, it’s an auto immune disease in which “the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. Gluten is a group of proteins present in wheat, rye and barley and their cross bred grains. The damage to the intestine can lead to a variety of symptoms and result in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health” (Canadian Celiac Association).

When our daughter started Kindergarten, I have to admit I wasn’t totally prepared for how challenging it could be. I spoke to the teacher at the beginning of the year, and she was extremely supportive and kind. But there were things that I didn’t think to mention, that cropped up through the year! The following year, when our daughter started Grade 1, I felt much more prepared. I wrote a letter to the teacher, and gave her a few extra copies to distribute to the lunch monitor, other teachers, and to leave on file for substitute teachers. I gave it to the teacher on the first day of school, and she was very appreciative for all of the detail and information.

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Painting Rocks

I’ve recently fallen in love with a new hobby: painting rocks. It’s something I can work on together with the kids … or I can do by myself after the kids have gone to bed. Both girls are very creative, and love to do crafts and art projects. Not only does painting rocks give us a fun and creative way to pass the time when it rains, it also gives us a great excuse to get outside when the sun returns. All thanks to the Sooke to Sidney Rock Hunt!

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One Mom’s Favourite Apps

I love technology. After all, I did my Masters in Educational Technology! I love finding apps that help me be more productive, stay organized, and connect with family and friends. And of course I love photos, and any apps associated with photography.

I currently have a number of apps that I love. Here are some of my favourites right now … I’d love to hear yours!

Note: as with any new technology or app, I recommend you read about the app before installing, ensure that it’s still free (as this can change over time), and determine whether the privacy features meet your standards.

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Christmas Amidst Covid Restrictions: Ideas for Making the Holidays Magical

Our family truly LOVES Christmas. We love everything about it: the music, the meals/desserts, the crafts, the decorations, the community events and activities, the time with family, the movies … it is without a doubt our favourite holiday of the year. With all of the current COVID restrictions here in B.C. (and all over the country/world), this Christmas is going to be a bit different than what we are used to. Many of our traditions, such as parades and family gatherings, are not allowed. The past nine months have been very tough (for both adults and children), therefore I am determined to do everything I can to make the holidays magical for my young children.

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