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DIY Playhouse Project // Back on track

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Things slowed down quite a lot this summer as we were either busy in the garden, splashing in the kiddie pool or on a sweet summer adventure. The kids are back in action and reinvigorated to work on their project. We were all re-inspired by this video! The other day they scored some aluminum roofing for $22 after weeks of hunting online for free roofing materials with no luck. A trip to grandpa's work to use the angle grinder is in the works, to cut the panels to size. In the meantime, they've started on framing the roof. Loads of sketching, block model building, measuring and sketch-up...

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13 times around the sun

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Aaand just like that, another teenager in our home! One who knows what she loves - animals, crafting, music and cooking to name a few. It's a joy to spend time with her learning about animals, taking on DIY projects, singing along to favorite songs and whipping up meals in the kitchen.

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late summer harvest

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embracing the abundance of nature found in our gardens and gardens of friends... borage water for simple syrup // wood sorrel water for simple syrup // green bean harvest & french cutting beans // dehydrating garden herbs // crushing borage leaves // sage, thyme & hyssop infused honey // garden plum fruit leather

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Back in July…

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This post was originally called Lately in July... well, it's now time for a Lately in August! Such is life.   Garden love (apples, hollyhocks, beans, borage, romance cherries) - family reunions with vinarterta and crokinole - fire station days... plus markets, a bee workshop, beach days, time with friends, and more. July was good to us.

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Beekeeping for Kids workshop

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On July 21st, 25 little bee ambassadors gathered together to learn about honeybees from local beekeepers Chris & Lindsay Kirouac of Beeproject Apiaries. They participated in a honey extraction, suited up in beekeeping gear, checked out a demonstration hive, and made some bee friendly crafts with Tiny Peasant. These kids were amazing! They came curious and ready to learn and have fun. It was really a blast to host them for the morning and we're looking forward to the next workshop! If you missed the workshop or are just interested in bees, you can get the bee house tutorial that I wrote...

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Healthy Summer Sundaes

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As sunny days grow in number, so do our kids’ appetites for sweet, cool treats... skip the costly packaged treats altogether in favour of getting your kids in action in the kitchen to make their very own sundae station. You’ll know it’s a healthy option, but I promise they won’t be rolling their eyes when they dig into these refreshingly delicious homemade sundaes. Read the full article over at EcoParent Magazine! Feel free to share your favourite sundae toppings in the comments below : )  

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neighbourhood nature walk

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It can be intimidating to think of incorporating nature walks into our daily and weekly rhythms. The thought of packing up supplies, finding an inspiring natural space to walk, and keeping kids engaged on that walk can be overwhelming. Read on to see just how simple and fun a short neighborhood nature walk can be! Read the full article at EcoParent Magazine now.

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Empowering kids for health

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As a family of life-learners, we have shied away from traditional curriculum in favour of following our passions. Sometimes that means following the kids' interests, and sometimes it means following ours, the parents. One of my passions has always been gardening and food – growing things, enjoying them, learning about them. So when I found Herb Fairies, I knew this would be one program we'd incorporate into our learning on a regular basis. It has opened up a whole world of herbal learning for the kids and I, to the point that they run outside to grab chickweed when someone gets a scratch, and request...

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The Dirt on Mud Kitchens

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Mud. A magical...err, messy part of childhood. Kids have a way of finding it, squishing it, smearing it, tracking it. And if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? I love the feeling of cool mud underfoot in the heat of summer and the look of joy on our children's faces when they are free to dig in and explore! One way we've worked with, rather than against, a child's love for mud is to create a mud kitchen in our backyard. Get the full mud kitchen article and tutorial over at EcoParent Magazine online.  

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DIY Playhouse Project // Prep

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There's been a lot of talk around here lately about shelters – earthships, tipis, adobe, tiny homes and even beaver dams. We've offered to support each of the kids through the building of their very own tiny home, as a learning project and so that they will start off their adult life with a place to call their own. The eldest, who turns 16 in a couple of weeks, is passing on this opportunity for now, so the first kid to direct their own build will be the 12 year old chica. As a warm-up while we research more about trailers and find a place to build, we are working on a DIY playhouse. The kids...

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