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K5 Learning Online Reading and Math Program Review

  As many of you know all of us in B.C. were stuck without public education for our children during the teachers strike. We had over 3 months of summer holidays because of this and it was hard on everyone. I am extremely thankful that I was able to review such an outstanding program for my son to be able to stay on track with his learning progress.   Thanks to K5 Learning he has been able to sit down and learn everyday without any struggle and now that school is back in session he is right on track for his grade one education. I was struggling all summer to try and keep his education level up and if I wasn't for K5 I don't know what I would have done.       K5 is so simple for your little one to use and each individual child gets their own account work on. They can all be evaluated to see what level they are at and the program helps to get them to achieve the level they should be at. The illustrations are fun and colorful and the sound effects make the kids

The Best Part of Fall

My favorite part of fall is the trip to the pumpkin patch. We go through an amazing tour at Paynter's Market and the kids get to learn about different fruit trees, pick gourds, feed llamas, and enjoy a snack picked from the fruit field. The cool crisp air and the beautiful colors surrounding you makes it a picture perfect event and one that the whole family can enjoy! You should check out your local pumpkin patch to see what kind of tour you can take with your family. It is a very memorable experience.

School Yard Catastrophe

  A sweet little twinkle in her eye and an adorable little personality my daughter is just like me when I was little. So far for her preschool has been a breeze and she has been going by with no conflict or crisis. That being said the following story is not about her, it is about me.   When I went into Kindergarten (first day) I was sweet and innocent just like my daughter, with a secret that nobody knew. That secret was that nobody messes with me and gets away with it, I had a mean right hook. As I was playing on the playground minding my own business I could see on the other side of the playground my brother being picked on by an older girl. Well I took my tiny little fists all clenched up and marched right on over there to tell he to leave him alone. I had my word with the girl and don't remember what was said, but the next part is fresh in my mind. An older boy came into the scene and decided to taunt me by calling me a "Kindergarten Baby" he was saying it ov

Fall Traditions

Fall is the most beautiful season and I think it may be my favorite season of all. The beautiful colors of the leaves slowly changing into bright yellows, firey reds, and brilliant orange as well as the cool air slowly creeping up to tell you that winter is not far away, it makes me happy and reminds me of so many nice things.   Some of my favorite fall activities include: nature walks fall crafts baking cookies making homemade soup going to the pumpkin patch visiting the fall fair having thanksgiving dinner making apple pie and pumpkin pie choosing costumes for Halloween watching Halloween movies and finally begin Christmas preparations What kinds of things do you do in the fall?

Lovable Labels Spooktacular Weekend Sale

    Lovable Labels is having a fantastic 3 day sale this weekend where you can save $10 off any purchase of $25 and up by using coupon code SPOOKY2014 .  The sale goes from September 19 to the 21st at midnight.     These wonderful Halloween items are only available for a limited time so grab them while you can. While your there check out all of their other amazing products!  

All Natural Microwave Cleaner

This is one of my favorite cleaning jobs in my kitchen because it is so simple, thanks to this easy method I have perfected. I wrote this post over a year ago and thought it needed to be brought back to life. You will need: small bowl lemon juice baking soda hot water scrubber or sponge dry rag   First add 2 Tbsp of baking soda to your bowl.   Then add 1 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice to the baking soda.   Your going to activate the baking soda, its going to bubble almost to the top. Let the bubbles settle and then add 1 cup of hot water to your bowl.   This is what my microwave looked like before.   It's hard to see but I promise its dirty.   See. Ewwwwww. And this food has been cooked on for a while so it is tough to get off at this point.   Now put the bowl in the microwave for 2 mins. If it boils over that's fine your going be scrubbing it anyways. Once its done take the bowl out and dump it in the sink. Get scrubbing! S

Swapoween Time

  I have signed up for one of my favorite swaps and am very excited to be a part of it again this year, aside from the Christmas swap this is my favorite one. Last year I got a ton of awesome Halloween goodies from my swap partner and you can check out the post here:   If you want to join in on the fun then click the awesome pumpkin button above and sign up. You will have a blast I promise and make a new friend in the process.

Recap: Leftover Cereal Pancakes

Having leftover cereal isn't a bad thing and I wrote this post last year on leftover cereal pancakes to prove it. In the past year I have been experimenting with other leftover cereal recipes and I have come up with a few different ideas for you to try: use in parfaits with yogurt less sugary cereal as chicken & pork breading grind it t powder and use in place of some flour in recipes works well in pie crusts made with equal parts cereal and graham crackers added to ice cream in a sundae as well as used in the making of ice cream as an add in What ideas can you come up with for leftover cereal? Enjoy the pancake recipe below! Leftover Cereal Pancakes: 1/2 cup flour 1 cup leftover cereal 3 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp sugar 1 1/2 cups milk 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg 3 tbsp melted butter I have a hard time getting my kids to eat as healthy as I would like them to, by making my pancakes with the addition of whole wheat cereal I have kicking

Chocolate Zucchini Cake!

You know that kind of chocolate cake that is so moist and delicious it just melts in your mouth and makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over? That is what this cake does for you. Anyone who gardens or has been visiting the local farmers markets has probably noticed the giant zucchini's that have been on the shelves and when you look at them your probably thinking "what the heck am I going to do with that"? The first thing that pops in my mind is chocolate cake! And from now on when you see them you will to because this is the most fantastic chocolate cake ever! I received a giant zucchini from a friend of mine and it was about 2 feet long and just under 5 pounds. So I grated this thing down and used over 2 cups of it in my cake, the rest was fed to the ducks and chickens and some in the compost pile, talk about a bountiful vegetable. Now here is the super simple recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cake 1/2 cup margarine 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs

Soothie Suckers Review

As parents of small kids we all know how difficult it can be to try and avoid the millions of colds our kids come into contact with every year. Kids are little germ factories with sticky fingers and boogers galore, avoiding that is pretty much impossible so the best way to help combat the problem is to try preventative measures. Soothie suckers are pre-­measured herbal remedies for children. These proprietary herbal formulas are packaged in ice pop pouches and come in two natural flavors (grape and orange) for daily or seasonal consumption.  These formulas help support the immune system and the upper respiratory system. Delicious and nutritious all natural  remedies are the best things you can give your kids, Soothie Suckers are the answer. My kids enjoyed both flavors but the grape was their favorite and I love the fact that I am giving them something healthy that they feel is a treat, it's a win for both of us!  You can buy them right off the website, on Amazon,

B.C. Teacher's Strike

Today in B.C. we are looking back at last years happy start to the school year in envy as we wait with our fingers crossed for schools to open. This teachers strike is proving to be long and unfair for everyone involved and I'm sure everyone has done their homework and found out all the details regarding the strike if not here is a little cheat sheet for you. Oh and this $40 a day thing is pointless to help parents pay for daycare, tutoring, and private school because nobody will even receive it until 30 days after the strike ends!! That's helpful. So what are we going to do about this... I say it's time to