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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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Make Christmas cookies for the birds

suetcookiesfrontWe set up our birdfeeder for the winter last Friday. The girls painted and helped set-up our squirrel proof birdfeeder and we discovered a mourning dove and a cardinal checking it out this Sunday. Hopefully we will have as many birds visiting us this year as we did last. It is quite amazing how much fun and entertaining a birdfeeder can be for the whole family.

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Make a Hot Chocolate Kit

Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Whenever my family is out enjoying winter activities we makes sure to have a full thermos with us. This year I am giving my hot chocolate recipe, in kit form, for gifts this year to friends, teachers and outdoor lovers.

It takes an extra step, but I prefer to make hot chocolate from melted semi sweet chocolate chips rather than coco powder. I think it just tastes better than powder.

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