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How to Host an Awesome Kids’ Hot Tub Party

My kids are entering their tweens this year, and I need fresh birthday party ideas. While looking through an outdoor living magazine, I saw an ad for hot tub rental. That’s an awesome kids’ party idea! My tweens will love the chance to enjoy a grown-up activity for a few hours, and I’ll earn cool mom points.

Here’s my plan for hosting a hot tub party for kids. Feel free to modify it to meet your family’s needs!

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Back to School : Bento style lunches

We pack picnic lunches a lot.  We love to get outside and eating outside affords us more active time- plus no mess for me to clean up at home!  My son goes to school in the afternoons so when we want to maximize our time out in the morning we pack lunch so we don't have to waste time driving home to make lunch.  I hate to be that person that says, "I did this before everyone else", but I did.   I'm not referring to picnic lunches, no, of course they've been around forever, but my interest in Japanese bento style lunch and alternative reusable lunch containers is one that I've had for a long time.  In college I worked at a day care at Harvard that had many Japanese children whose parents were here studying.  The children from Japan had lunches that were packed very differently from the American children.

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The wonders of garlic mustard :recipes

Google  garlic mustard and it will take you to pages telling horror stories about this invasive and dreaded herb plant. Here in Ontario, Park and Rec has even a invading species program and encourages everyone to not grow it in the yard and to report if you see it when you are out hiking Learn how to identify it here:

Garlic mustard is originally from Europe and was introduced by early settlers. It grows all over North America.

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Banana bread for cross country skiing trip

bananabreadfrontFor our upcoming cross-country ski trip our oldest decided that she was going to make banana bread to bring along and she was going to make it herself.

When I lived in Norway I decided to make up a batch and see what it was all about. Well, I though I did something wrong or something was bad, as it tasted strange and was not my cup of tea. Then years later I tried someone else’s banana bread and I realized… no, that is what banana bread tastes like. Since there were many other cakes and treats in the world I liked, I never looked back.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Have a spookey walk like Kristen in Burlington and make some yummy treats for you walk.

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Camp food fun for kids

girl by the lake We had a wonderful camping trip at Pukaskwa National Park. It was everything I was longing for. It got us lots of wilderness and some great hiking opportunities. Though I love to be outside in the city, I love to get outdoors in the wilderness. (I live in the fourth largest city in North America) Add a comment
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