Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe

Born from a kid-version-martini (sans alcohol of course) my kids and I developed this fantastic (and super easy) Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe. It’s fresh, yummy, and a fun kid drink to serve at any party or get together. You’re going to LOVE this…

kidtinis Mocktail Recipe

Aside: We served our Kidtinis Mocktail in margarita glasses. The kids were thrilled to sip from fancy glasses.

Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe

Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe
 
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Think martini – without booze – for kids. This Kidtinis Mocktail Recipe is easy, yummy, and a treat at any party.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup sprite
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • maraschino cherry
  • Ice cubes
  • Glass
  • Shaker
Instructions
  1. Pour equal parts sprite and orange juice in a shaker. Add in ice. Shake well.
  2. In glass put in one ice cube. Pour sprite/orange juice mixture into glass. Add in one maraschino cherry.
  3. Enjoy!

This drink would go great not only as a beverage but as one of your birthday party activities (think: birthday kid gets to do the shaking and serving making him/her the hostess with the mostess – or host with the most).

Even as a grown up – I love this mocktail recipe.

#WW w linky Boredom Busters

So my friends have gotten into the habit of sending me pictures of my book when they find it out and about…here are a few sightings of Boredom Busters (and yes, I smile every time I get a new picture of my book – it’s a dream come true).

Boredom Busters

Boredom Busters

Boredom Busters

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Free Fonts Headings

Continuing my series of Free Fonts here are my suggestions for Free Fonts Headings. You might notice I use Garamond and Pharmacy all the time. But Elephant and Porter Sans sure do pop…they make my list of 11 Favourite Free Fonts Tag: Headings list….

Favourite Free Headings Fonts

Are you also a font lover? My Free Fonts Children’s Hand post is one of the most-pinned Parent Club posts on Pinterest (really, readers love that graphic!).  And talking love – check my Favourite Free Valentine Fonts - it’s perfect for writing love notes.

Habitat For Humanity GTA #WB2014 Twitter Chat

You are invited to the Habitat For Humanity GTA #WB2014 Twitter Chat this Thursday June 19th! We are going to be chatting homes, families, Habitat For Humanity GTA, and a chance to win a $250 P & G home care bundle (wouldn’t that make house cleaning easier!)…

Habitat For Humanity GTA #WB2014

As you know, I’m a Habitat For Humanity Toronto Ambassador! And I am on a journey of learning (hello newbie here!) all about what Habitat For Humanity does, how one becomes a volunteer, and what exactly those volunteers DO on a women build.

There are two build sites set for this Fall (@Mom2Michael and I will be building Monday Sept. 15 at the Brimley location – and there are volunteer spots on both teams – you are most welcome to join us!).

P&G is the Presenting Sponsor of Women Build 2014 across Canada. P&G has generously donated a bundle of home care products from Tide, Swiffer, Mr. Clean, and Febreze, as a grand prize for our Twitter chat (amazing n’est pas?!).
Here are the deets on the amazing P & G Home Care Bundle. It’s valued at approximately $250.
  • Gain Flings 72 pacs Original
  • Gain Flings 72 pacs Moonlight Breeze
  • Bounce Sheets –  x 2
  • Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle x 2
  • Mr. Clean Multi-Surfaces Spray
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Swiffer Sweep & Trap Starter Kit
  • Swiffer Sweeper Dry Sweeping Refills
  • Swiffer 360 Duster Starter Kit
  • Swiffer Duster refill pack
  • Dawn Ultra Anti-Bacterial Dishwashing Liquid
  • Cascade ActionPacs with Dawn
  • Febreze Air Effects Allergen Reducer x 2
  • Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer 2
  • Bounty DuraTowel Mega Rolls
  • Charmin Ultra Strong Triple Rolls
To be eligible to win you must RSVP through the link below, participate in the chat, and be a Canadian resident (void in Quebec).
Hashtag: #WB2014
Thursday, June 19th, 9-10pm EDT
Moderators @ParentClub, @Mom2Michael, @HabitatGTA

RSVP now!

To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must RSVP using the link-up below. Enter your Twitter Handle as your “name,” and Twitter profile url under “URL.” Winner will be chosen randomly, using random.org, from among those present and participating in the chat, who appear on this RSVP list. Eligibility for prizing limited to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec, age 18 and over.

Tips For Buying A New Vehicle

It served us well but the time had come to move on. I’ve just gone through researching minivans and I had to share these Tips For Buying A New Vehicle…and please keep in mind my tips are heavy on the what-family-needs-from-a-Mom’s-point-of-view and not very mechanic at all. Oh, and this is not sponsored at all – my authentic and unsponsored Tips For Buying A New Vehicle

Tips for Buying a New Vehicle

I will start with what we purchased…a new 2014 Kia Sedona from Scarboro Kia. (And for transparency: I went to school with the GM there - Dom Vigliatore - a super nice guy – and again – this is unsponsored).  Dom pretty much made the deal with me when he said…

“Buy the car which is right for you.”

Sure there are pretty cars. Cars with low prices. Cars which have features beyond your imagination. However, at the end of the day – you have to buy the car which is right for you.

Tips For Buying A New Vehicle

My number 1 was reliability (and I include safety with reliability). My old van had been completely unreliable of late (leaving us stranded many a time – and parents know – when you have to go pick up kids – unreliable just doesn’t work). We need a vehicle which is reliable. Every. Single. Day.

Next, determine what size vehicle you need. I knew we needed a 7 seater. However, with 7 seater minivans comes challenges…do you loose trunk space? Bench over captains chairs? Leg room?  We tried several minivans to compare comfort for our family. It’s important to “try on” a vehicle to see if it fits you.

Think economics. Price, fuel efficiency, mileage (that should be kilometer-age shouldn’t it?!). And what is the monthly % of financing? Basically, can you afford this vehicle?!

The Mom-in-me needed the family wants. Cup holders (I know sounds frivolous but road trip with 6 other people and you’ll realize cup holders can be battle grounds), trunk space, and storage are important to me. We also crushed on two features which weren’t necessary – but which would make life easier - bluetooth (so we can call hands free) and a usb port (so we can charge on-the-go). And if you do road trip like we do – check out my suggestions for Screen Free Travel Activities.

We knew what we didn’t need (heated seats) and what we absolutely needed (those 7 seats).

I think when choosing a new vehicle it comes down to that…what do you need and what don’t you need. That’s the easy way to determine which car is right for you.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids

We just did an Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids for a birthday party and it was a HUGE hit. It was a great way to keep kids active, outdoors, and working in teams. And in this post I share a FREE Printable Template PDF so you can do your own Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids

First, I divided the kids into two teams (and I clearly said there were no prizes so that the kids would understand this was just for fun with no competition). I connected the two teams by giving each “captain” a walkie talkie (they LOVED this). The walkie talkies were a ton-of-fun for them to use back and forth in communication. So though they were in two teams…they were still a group.

I also set clear boundaries. They could walk around the block  but they could not cross any streets or go into any backyards. And they had to stay together as a team. It was a good way to keep the kids safe but give them a bit of freedom at the same time.

I provided clip boards and pens as well. And the kids were good about taking turns (there is something powerful and magical about holding a clip board for a kid – who knows why?!).

And instead of having the kids find things and bring them back (because who needs a bunch of rocks and sticks coming home?!) I had the kids sign their names as to who found what – and then they had to verbally report it back to me.  This was great because it got all the kids talking and sharing back stories about how they found stuff.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids Template

To print out the above Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids FREE Template click here Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For Kids Template.

And check out my  post on Birthday Party activities (fun, frugal, and easy!). And of course my book, Boredom Busters has 50+ activities to entertain and keep kids busy (shameless plug I know – but hey  - see a plug-use a plug!).

Father’s Day Gifts For Dad

What to give a Dad? I’ve come up with a few Father’s Day Gifts For Dad ideas – small budget to big budget. What do you gift the Dad in your life?…

Father's Day Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day Gifts For Dad

  • Mighty Dads by Joan Holub (a fun book to read with Dad) – Indigo
  • Tim Horton’s Gift card (great for coffee or lunch date with Dad) – Tim Hortons
  • Polo shirt (for Dad to wear when you take him on a field trip) – Old Navy
  • Ties (for Dad to wear on those special occasions) – Moores
  • BMW K 1600 GT (because Dad loves boy toys) – BMW
  • Ryobi Drill (see boy toys above) – The Home Depot

I know the BMW is an out-of-the-budget Father’s Day Gift For Dad – but a Dad can dream right?!

You may also want to check out my suggestions for Father’s Day Bar B Q Ideas (yum!) to help make Dad’s special day even special-er!

Prefer a kid DIY homemade Father’s Day craft to give to Dad? Then you must check out my Easy Father’s Day Tie tutorial – is it great to do at home or in a classroom.

Father's Day Tie craft

Travel Outfit

Anyone else thinking travel outfit inspiration these days? Think road trip, airplane voyage, cruise, or that cross-Canada train trip you’ve been planning. For me a travel outfit has to come with layers (I’m a chilly type) and multi-wear options (because I have to pack light for myself – because the suitcase is filled with the kids stuff!)…

travel outfit

  • Women’s Drawstring Dresses Old Navy
  • Women’s Striped Dip-Dye Sleeveless Tops Old Navy
  • Women’s Cropped Jersey Leggings Old Navy
  • Women’s Jeans Old Navy
  • Women’s Casual Asymmetric Hem Top Sleeveless Long basic Tank T-shirt ebay

On a plane, train or car trip - layers are my best friend. A take anywhere dress can be dressed down with sandals during the day and then dressed up with jewelry and flats for evening events. Tanks and t-shirts are never a regret in packing.  My travel plan for this summer is to pack light and comfy while still hoping to pull off fab.

Also travel outfit related: my review on Endless by Diane Kroe Review (have fun and travel light with this multi-purpose piece).

Endless by Diane Kroe Review

And of course I will pack a diaper bag (yes, still doing that – potty training now – so the bag just gets heavier with changes of clothes!), but my Nella Bella bag might also come along on my trips because it is so multi-purpose and yet makes this mama feel like a lady.

Nella Bella London

Share! What are your travel outfit suggestions?

#WW w linky Sangria

Warm, sunny, days…inspires a little #WW w Linky Sangria n’est pas?…

Sangria

and perhaps a little melon?…

Melon

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Screen Free Travel Activities

Planning a trip en famille? I’m sharing  some of my favourite Screen Free Travel Activities. Why? Because sometimes the screens on the airplane don’t work. Or you run out of batteries. Or you hit a travel glitch and you need to fill in activity time. These 20 Screen Free Travel Activities just might make your travel life a little easier…

Screen free travel activities

Pick up a copy of Boredom Busters to see my Wooden Spoon Puppets boredom buster. It’s an easy, inexpensive, and pretty fun activity for kids (and if you happen to get a copy of Boredom Busters – the Wooden Spoon Puppets pictured in the book are actually made by my kids…a bit of Parent Club trivia for you!)

You might also like my Family Travel Packing List - it’s one of the most looked at posts on Parent Club!

family travel packing list

Spring Cleaning Checklist

The only bad thing about the sun finally shining is that you see how much dust has settled in your house over the winter. Thought it timely to share a Spring Cleaning Checklist to do some deep cleaning (and take care of those dust bunnies!)…Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist

I think one of the most important things to do in Spring is to change your smoke alarm batteries (it could save your family’s lives).  Other top-of-the-list Spring cleaning to-dos are: deep clean oven and  deep clean coffee maker (I use both every single day and they get a big work out…I deep clean both once a year…Spring and Fall…to ensure they are in the best conditions possible.

We also make Spring cleaning a family activity. We turn on the music. Give every kid a “job”. And then get to it. We find it goes faster when everyone joins in (and Mommy doesn’t feel resentful doing it all by her one-some). Plus, cleaning is a life skill – so why not kids to pitch in and do their part. Their future wives/husbands/roommates will appreciate it!

I invite my son to help wipe down my Smudge-Proof kitchen (mostly because it’s his little fingers which make most of the messes!). Getting him to help in the kitchen is easy because he loves getting on the step and doing all the wiping and cleaning which he sees us biggies do every day. Yes, with him cleaning it takes longer (and there is always water spillage). But he is happy to take part…and Spring Cleaning is all about pitching in!

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Disclosure:  I am part of the Frigidaire Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Endless by Diane Kroe Review

When I saw Diane Kroe at the One of A Kind Show in Toronto I knew I had to share her designs…seriously, this will make your life easier when it comes to packing! Her philosophy is “Have Fun and Travel Light” – how more perfect can that be for busy Moms travelling with families?! Planning a trip soon – then you will want to read my Endless by Diane Kroe Review…

Endless by Diane Kroe Review

Endless by Diane Kroe Review

  1. One Shoulder Top
  2. Scarf
  3. Off Shoulder Wrap
  4. Halter Top
  5. Poncho
  6. Dress
  7. Skirt

This one-size-fits-most piece is a great addition to your suitcase. I love how this 1 outfit can turn into 7 different looks (think: resort, European vacation, cruise). The fabric is light and easily washable. I note that it’s one-size-fits-most because I fit into 6 of the 7 possible variations (as a skirt it the opening was a tad too big for me…however, I am more slender than the average lady).

However, I would certainly recommend it for any lady. As busy Moms, we are often packing for everyone else and leave our own packing to the last minute (and often run out of suitcase room). Diane’s outfits are easily packable (read: you don’t have to iron!). And the functionality factor of these items is not to be missed.

Diane Kroe is a Canadian designer with a complete collection of convertible dresses, tops, and pants. Her wardrobe really does allow you to pack lighter. I have a fashion crush on her Convertible Dress (think: weddings, events, parties, travel, work, date night!).

And if you need more reasons to love Diane…

“My design philosophy is to create timeless yet functional clothing for women who love to travel.    I am committed to supporting our economy by continuing to design and manufacture quality merchandise here in Canada.”

Diane Kroe

Canadian, functional, fashionable…is this not a great find?!