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Give a heart to the birds

It is a traditional belief or story that on Valentine’s Day the birds find their mates. They have to hook up early in the year to make sure the children will be strong before the fall arrives.

What better Valentine gift can we give our bird friends than to give them some extra energy this winter? Make some suet cakes for your birds. You will attract western bluebirds, chickadees, jays, towhees, warblers, woodpeckers and more to your backyard.

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Holiday ice art

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Ice,ice baby

By Kari Svenneby

One year we celebrated Christmas in Norway, my home country. My parents were scratching their heads when my husband and daughter started to fill balloons with water and put them out on the porch to freeze. We then took cookie cutters on cookie trays and buckets and filled them with water.

Every time we were having dinner or hosting a holiday party last year, we would look at the beautiful ice sculptures glowing in the candlelight. It was so easy, cheap, environmentally friendly, educational and so beautiful.

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10 gifts for Active Kids

My gift list for Active Kids are based on practical items that encourage outdoor play. Especially if you and your family share our motto, “no bad weather only bad clothing”.

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Color a Snow Angel

We have been blessed with a little snow in Toronto this last week. We haven’t been getting great amount of accumulation, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for a white Christmas this year. Fresh powdery snow just begs to be turned into an army of snow angels. They are the sandcastles of winter that suddenly appear for such a fleeting time.

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Saffron buns / Lucia buns

saffranbunsfrontEvery year  around Christmas time we will celebrate Santa Lucia, a Scandinanavian  tradition. On the morning of the 13th of December, kids will dress up in white  robes with garlands and candles and sing the Santa Lucia song and serve Santa Lucia buns.A fun part of the tradition is to bake Santa Lucia buns with the kids; it is just like working with play dough, but you get something tasty out  of it.

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Simple fun - Caroling

This Saturday my daughter had a sleepover birthday party. I’m happy to say I survived having four giggly 8 year-old girls over for a sleepover.

We started with a massive cookie baking session that everyone enjoyed while making her own loot bag. (With an added safety reflector of course)

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