Category Archives: Adventures in Parenting

My personal accounts of our day to day encounters, explorations and expeditions in and around the Kamloops area.

A Fresh New Look for KamloopsParents.Com

Well, just like that it is March 1st.  I can’t believe that it crept up so quickly!  I’m thrilled to bring you something great, at KamloopsParents.Com.  This site is your online resource and directory so check it out and let me know what you think and what you would like to see, here at KamloopsParents.Com.  I’ll do my best to make it happen.  Do you want to get involved?  Do you have something to say?  Please, take  a minute and let me know.

The new logo for KamloopsParents, designed by Signet Studio.

” A strong earthy, deep-rooted loving red to represent the parents, and a fresh, soft new-born green to represent the young children (the subtle sage green of Kamloops hills). The red leaves of the logo are the parents: a couple, a mother (pregnant as shown by the “bump” on the leaf) and a single parent. The children are between them and together the entire Kamloops “family” is centred/grounded by one focal point—family living and unity. As a team they present an exuberant yet simple flower… which speaks to a harmonious life and what true beauty really is all about— our relationships with each other. The logo also evokes a sense of movement… the action and activity of a family in motion, “doing” things together.”

Some things to look forward to with KamloopsParents.Com:

– five days of great posts for your family (Monday to Friday) featuring:

-tutorials of great kid-friendly activities and crafts with “Crafting With Kids

-great and delicious kid-friendly recipes with “Kidz in the Kitchen

reviews of fantastic family-friendly local businesses and giveaways

-spotlights on “One Parent’s Perspective” featuring parents in the community.  This could be you!!

-great parenting resources

-reviews of wonderful reading material in “Curled Up With a Good Book

and

-occasional surveys to support Kamloops’ family-friendly businesses.  There are two currently in the far right sidebar!

-sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “In The ‘Loop In The ‘Loops!” to keep informed on what’s going on in Kamloops and great local events

-watch the event calendar for family-friendly activities in and around Kamloops.  If you are planning a great family event or know of something that is going on.  Let us know and we will spread the word!

-watch for monthly events organized by KamloopsParents.Com!  This month’s event will be a Free Astronomy Night at TRU, watch your newsletter and the site for more information!

-listen to B100 at ~8:30am on the first and third Thursday of the month to hear what’s going on, too!

Above all, get out there and get active with your family!

Site Re-launch March 1st

Hi!  I’m Elizabeth and I get excited really easily.

Well, maybe not really easily, but… okay, who am I kidding?  So excited!!

That’s me, laying in the snow and making a snow angel.  I’ve got my youngest one wrapped on my chest and I’m outside playing with my husband and my two big kids.  I love my kids.  They are 4.5, 2 and 4.5 months and they, really and truly, are the greatest!  That photo was taken back in December.  What happened to winter, eh?!

I’ve been writing here for a while now…. just sharing my projects and stuff.  I’ve just come aboard to help out and revamp this amazing resource that Krystal has developed.  And, let me tell you… I am EXCITED!!

I’ve been blogging on my personal blog for over four years and I have seen lots of great things on this here Internet.  I have been blessed by some wonderful connections in those years.  My dream, for the parents of Kamloops, is that we really connect and know that we are a part of a wonderful community.  We live in a beautiful city and there are lots of great people out there that are working to make our community, our lives, better for us.  So, let’s do our part and get out there to enjoy it!  Life life to the fullest.  Carpe Diem, I say!  Let’s work together to make the world, in which our children are being raised, an even better place!

Do you want to know what’s coming your way?  Well, I’m planning that we will have new programs and regular weekday posts starting on March 1st.  The 1st seems like a good time, doesn’t it?  So, you can look forward to seeing some great stuff from KamloopsParents.Com!  Reviews, giveaways and fun family-friendly projects… but I’m getting away from myself already… not until March 1st!  I told you I was excited didn’t I?  I’ve got some great people that are joining the team as guest post-ers and have some great perspectives and ideas to share.

For now, what can you do to gear up for the KP re-launch?  Well, #1 is to join our mailing list to get the newsletter every two-ish weeks. #2 is to login so that you can leave comments and enter our contents (whoops, did I just say that?).  And #3 is look forward to connecting with the KamloopsParents.Com community and meeting some great people with Kamloops.

I’m thrilled to be working for you and look forward to meeting many of you, at time goes on.

If you have comments, questions, or are interested in getting involved with kamloopsparents.com, just contact me.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

~Elizabeth

So Cool and Healthy Muffin Mix

The kids and I were puttering around this morning and I decided to pull out one of my bajillion “cooking with kids” cookbooks because I want to start a program in Kamloops teaching kids how to cook simple things and thus help out in the kitchen with those skills.  My sister, is doing a program like that where she lives and I was totally inspired to do one, here.

I found the coolest thing… a muffin mix that you are supposed to be able to keep in the fridge for up to a month!  Sweet idea, eh?  That way, when you need some muffins you just pop ’em in the oven.  I think it’s a great idea, except that once I went to all the trouble of preparing the mix, I wasn’t about to leave it untasted… so we ended up making a double batch and now I only have one more batch in the fridge. Ah well, such is life.

Here they are, courtesy of “Cooking Wizardry for Kids” and a little bit of modification on my part.

1 15 oz package of Raisin Bran (I worked this out to be about 300g and I used Bran Flakes with a handful or raisins tossed in)
5 cups of flour (I used 2c whole wheat, 1c white, 1/2c wheat germ and 1/2c wheat bran)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
4 c buttermilk (or just milk with some lemon juice or vinegar)
4 eggs
1 c vegetable oil (I used 3/4 c oil and 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce)
3/4 c honey or molasses (I used 1/2 c honey and 1/4 c molasses)

1) Mix dry ingredients
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A new play dough!!

The other day, I was browsing some blogs, as I tend to do, and I came across the coolest new (well new to me, anyhow) recipe for play dough!
It’s cornstarch dough!!

My two big kids and I made it and had a great time playing with it (read: it was all over the kitchen floor)!

Here’s the recipe I made:
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking powder
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water

Boil on the stove on medium heat (will bubble a lot because of the baking powder and water reacting – so fun!) until it starts to thicken.
Then, I kneaded it until it was a little cooler for the kids to play with.
After we shaped it and smashed it and rolled it and played with it for a while (read: after a while the kids lost interest but I didn’t), I put my littlest man’s footprint in the dough, made a “pizza”, made some animals and then baked them all (300 degrees for an hour) to harden them a little.  I think we’ll paint it tomorrow!

Now, we play with cornstarch and water all the time to create that lovely “thixotropic” (not quite liquid but not quite a solid) muck we all love.  We also love making “goop” with white glue, borax and water.  But this?  This is awesome!  It’s whiteness is totally like snow.  It’s so soft and yet has that gritty cornstarch feel.  I’d love to add some sparkles next time and see what I get! I really really like it.  And the real bonus… it’s a great process to watch as the chemical reaction occurs while you boil it.