Get ‘Er Done: 30 minutes at a time

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the mess that I make… the mess that my kids make… the messes we make when we live and enjoy ourselves.  I usually wander around for a while and pick at messes… not actually accomplishing any fixing of said mess, but rather making myself feel badly for letting the mess get to “this point”.  So, instead of trying to tackle it all and having the task be monumental, I just break it down. I set the timer on my stove for 30 minutes and I go!

In thirty minutes it is amazing what you can actually accomplish!! Often, I find that is all it takes for me to feel better about the mess and relax (or just go make another one). On occasion, it has even been enough to kick-start me into gear and I can get the whole thing done in far less time. I just needed to have a reasonable goal: do as much as I can in, only 30 minutes.  Then I can get back to playing and having fun with the kids and, let’s face it, making more mess.

In 30 minutes, I can:
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Putumayo Kids: What’s in your CD Player?

A couple years ago I was given a CD of children’s music for Christmas by one of my aunts.  This particular aunt has children of her own that are now older and all the hand-me-downs that I have received from her have been awesome.  The toys have been exactly what my kids would love to play with.  The used books have been of the highest quality.  I knew that this music was going to be good.  So, we popped it into the CD player and, within seconds of the first tune starting, we were a-boppin’.  That CD?  Putumayo Kids -Animal Playground.

The Wee Hairy Beasties and their hilarious lyrics in the song “Animal Crackers” had us hooked.  “I’ve got ants in my pants.  I’ve got butterflies.  I’m cryin’ crocodile tears, from my puppy dog eyes.”  I quoted that from memory-ha!  The next song… even better.  Asheba, from Trinidad singing “No More Monkeys”… I loved the beat, the lyrics and the kids were dancing up a storm.  Song after song, Animal Playground did not disappoint.  It was awesome.  We learned about animals, enjoyed animal-themed music and enjoyed listening music in other languages.  Animal Playground features music from all over the world by many different artists.  It is an awesome album of great music.  The very best part is… it’s not the only one!!

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Spring Break Ideas

Spring Break is just around the corner, March 8th to 12th, and, you may be looking for things to do with your kids.  There are a variety of Spring Break Programs being offered but they might not meet everyone’s needs.  Here are some funny and fun activities that you might choose to do with your kids during Spring Break.  The weather looks to be all over the place, from snow and sun to rain, so you can look forward to some outside time and inside time, as well.

Here are a number of different “assignments” that you can share with your children in order to make your break a wonderful time for your family.

Library –Pick a theme (such as Spring) and each member of your family locate a book that they are interested to read, on the theme.  Spend some time reading together and share what you have read.

Kitchen — Go through a cookbook from home, or search online, and find something new that you would like to try and cook, together.  Note that it can be even more fun (though also more expensive) if you have to pick up specific ingredients from the grocery store.  You never know, you could find a new family favourite.

Together — Challenge each family member to do something nice for another member of the family, without being detected.

Community — Offer to help a neighbour with their Spring yardwork.

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Kidz In The Kitchen: Popsicookies

My kids and I love to bake together.  We all enjoy seeing how things mix together to make something new and yummy and-well, let’s face it- licking the beaters and the spatulas are a really important job!  My kids measure and pour and mix and watch and taste.  There are so many lessons to be learned in the kitchen!  It’s a great “classroom” for teenagers, school-aged kids, preschoolers, toddlers and babies, alike.  The hardest part about letting my kids help me in the kitchen is that the messes are sure to be three times more and the spills reach even farther.  But, it’s all worth it in the end.  My kids learn how important they are to me, that they can help get meals ready for us and they learn the skills that I want them to have as young people.  And, hey… then they can also learn the valuable lesson of cleaning up!

Some of our favourite (well, most of them actually) cooking times are when we make cookies.  We love baking cookies and all kinds of them.  Often, I will double the batch and then ball them and freeze them ready-to-go.  That way, if I need cookies for something, I already have a bag in the freezer that I just need to bake and… voila!  Fresh cookies!

We like to add a little variety to our baking regime, too.  The kids love to help get creative – whether it’s adding in new ingredients, new flavours of chocolate chips or simply… popsicle sticks!

A cookie on a stick, or a popsicookie (as we call them).  Why not?  It makes it just that much more fun and how yummy and pretty could you make it with a little icing to decorate?!

Here is the recipe for the delicious treats that you see here.

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Tuesday Tutorial: Chore Chart

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesdays with KamloopsParents.Com

On Tuesdays you will be able to try out some fun hands-on crafty activity with your kids.  March’s activities will be created by Dawnica Flatt, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Early Childhood Educator and Mom of one little guy.  If you have any questions, you can leave them as comments on this post, or contact Dawnica at


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