At Home Learning: Day 1

It’s been quite some time since I last posted. Life with two little ones has kept me busy! But with the recent COVID-19 events, we find ourselves at home … with a lot more time on our hands!

There are lots of Facebook posts going around, with amazing lists of free resources that are available to families during the school closures around the world. It’s incredible to have these huge lists of websites … but I almost found it a bit overwhelming! So last night once the girls were asleep, I sorted through a bunch of the resources. I made a few categories: Music & Language, Art/Crafts & Cooking, Science & Animals, Exercise & the Outdoors, Math, and Reading & Writing. I browsed through a bunch of the websites that have been shared recently, and added my favourites to my category lists!

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Fun Apps for Pregnancy & Parenting

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I am the mother of a 5-year old and a 5-month old. I am sleep deprived; have been for the past 5 years, 6 if you count pregnancy! I am always looking for ways to make life as a parent easier. I also have a Masters in Educational Technology, so I tend to look to technology for help! Over the years, I’ve come across a number of apps that I have found useful during pregnancy and motherhood. Anything that makes things quick and simple is considered a win in my books!

Here are my favourites! I’d love to hear if you have any other apps that make motherhood easier for you. As with any app, I recommend checking out the regulations and privacy concerns before you commit. My recommendations are based solely on usefulness to a busy Mom, not on the legal/privacy aspect!

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Throwing an Anniversary Party for your Parents: Fun DIY Extra Touches

My parents recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. 40 years! I knew that I wanted to do something special to celebrate so many years of marriage and love.

We are a close family. We love spending time together. I feel like I have the most incredible parents you could ask for: kind, sweet, funny, supportive, and encouraging. Their 40th anniversary was a chance to do something special for them, as a way of thanking them for everything they have done (and still do!) for us.

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Tried & tested gifts for a 4 year old girl

This post is a bit late … but better late than never! A friend’s daughter recently turned 2 years old, and I have to admit I wasn’t sure what gift to get her that a 2-year old would enjoy! I have a 4-year old (and a newborn baby), but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember what was a hit with our little one a few years ago, when she was 2! I had to go back and take a quick look at my blog post (Tried & Tested Gift Ideas for a Toddler). Then it all came back to me!

If I’m already having troubles remembering favourite gifts from a couple years ago, I can’t imagine what I’ll be like when a few more years have passed! So this post is for me … future me! And perhaps it can help others out there too, who are in search of the perfect gift for a child celebrating their 4th birthday …

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Bonding through Board Games: 7 Recommended Games for Young Children


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We are definitely a “games family”. Growing up, my parents taught us numerous card games: everything from Uno, to Solitaire games, Accords, and Bridge. And our family has always loved to play board games. Every Christmas my Aunt would come to visit for a week, and almost every night after dinner the whole family would play board games. We still do! We have many favourites, including Pictionary, Cranium, What, Catch Phrase, and Taboo. I remember so many nights spent laughing together as a family, and so many jokes that started during a board game and went on for years.

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Spring Festivals & Events for Families

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Beautiful pink blossoms are starting to pop up on trees all over town, and I’m pretty sure that was the sun we saw peeking out through the clouds today. Spring is in the air! As the weather gets warmer, one of my family’s favourite things to do on the weekend is explore local events and festivals. Spring is a great time for local events, and Victoria and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer!

Here are some of the family-friendly events and festivals that are coming up in the next few months. I can’t wait to head out to these events with my family, and hope that you might enjoy them with your family as well. Do you know of any festivals or events that I’ve missed? I’d love to hear them!

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Reading with Young Children: Recommended Books for Babies & Toddlers

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I love to read. I have so many wonderful memories of reading from when I was a little girl: curled up in my parent’s window seat with my parents and brother, reading stories before bed; my Dad reading us The Hobbit when we were a bit older; and my Mom reading Harry Potter aloud to me in the hospital when I was in my early twenties! I have always loved books, and when our little girl was born, I knew I wanted to try to pass that love of reading along to her.

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Top 10 Rainy Day Outings with Young Children

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It seems that every time I open the weather app on my phone, it’s filled with grey clouds, and big fat rain drops. Okay, so maybe they aren’t big rain drops, but the days with rain definitely seem to outnumber the days with the little sun peeking out from behind a cloud! It’s that time of year where we have cozy mornings at home doing crafts, playing games, and make believing. Those are some of our family’s favorite things to do on rainy days … but sometimes we feel the need to get out and explore new things! If you’re looking for ways to get out of the house, here are our family’s Top 10 favorite rainy day outings:

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Family-friendly NYE Ideas


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When I was little, we always spent New Years Eve as a family (often grandparents included!). For my husband who grew up in South America, New Years Eve is a big celebration, and one that is always spent with your family. Growing up, he was taught that you can miss Christmas if you must … but you’d better be there for New Years Eve! Now that we have a daughter of our own, we have continued the tradition of a Family (and close friends!) New Years Eve. For those of you looking for family-friendly NYE options this year, I’ve gathered some ideas here: a listing of family-friendly Victoria NYE events being held around town, and ideas for throwing your own NYE party with family and friends at home!

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2016 Victoria Holiday Events Guide: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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I love Christmas time. It’s one of my very favourite times of the year. I love the way our living rooms and city streets are transformed with magical lights. I love the holiday songs that we sing along to in the car. I love the time with family and friends, and the traditions that we have built over the years (family seafood dinner on Christmas Eve, Santa photo with my best friend’s family, and family dinners and board game nights). And I love all of the holiday events around town. This is even more fun now that we have a little one to share things with. Everything is that much more exciting when seen through the eyes of a child that is experiencing things for the first time!

Here is a round up of some of the events taking place in and around Victoria over the holiday season. A lot of them are favourites in our family, and a few I’m hoping to check out for the first time this year.

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