Phenomena, do do do do do…..

Obscure Muppets reference aside, one of my favourite things in school as a kid was participating in science fairs (yeah, alright, I was kind of a geek, I’ll admit)! I’ll never forget my grade 8 project on vision and dissecting an eyeball as part of the display. Gross yes, but it got us to the regional level (a big accomplishment in a small school)!!

I love that my girls have just as keen an interest in science topics, especially when it concerns animals. Both of my kids, 6 and 2, would much rather watch a live action animal documentary than a cartoon any day, and my 6-year-old is constantly quizzing me on volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural phenomena. We have Pinterest boards overflowing with science activities for kids, like this fabulous one here. Luckily Netflix has a fantastic array of shows to satisfy their never-ending curiosity! 

Check out these titles and let the ‘sparks fly’…For Your Little kids:

   

1. The Magic School Bus Gains Weight
2. Fetch! with Ruff
3. Animal Mechanicals, Balloon Volcano Island
4. Sid the Science Kid

And Your Big Kids:

   
 

1. Nova: Hunting the Elements
2. Cosmos
3. Deadliest Volcanoes: Nova
4. Let Your Mind Wonder

 Tell me, what is your favourite science topic to explore with your kids? And more importantly, how many of you got my obscure Muppets reference??

All on the Table Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam program, and receive special perks for sharing all my family’s favourites with you. I was not financially compensated for this post, and I would never share anything less than superbly stellar with my fave readers!  

*GIVEAWAY* Salt Spring in the City Event

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As a Toronto transplant, a few of my favourite things about West Coast living are the proximity to the mountains, the ocean and the scattering of islands just off the coast that produce a plethora of unique and diverse treasures with a distinct island vibe.  This island vibe is brought to the mainland with the second annual Salt Spring in the City event, returning to the Vancouver Heritage Hall March 27 to 29th. Visitors will get to experience food and fashion, paintings and pottery, wine and crafts, all woven together with it's one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, West Coast flavour. Admission is $3 for adults, and $1 for kids — with … Keep Reading!

*GIVEAWAY* I Believe I Can Fly

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Ever since I was little, I’ve always wanted to fly. Swings never went quite high enough, merry-go-rounds not quite fast enough, but now there is FlyOver Canada.  FlyOver Canada is the must-see attraction for kids (and adults) in Vancouver. This award-winning, cinematic thrill ride offers an unparalleled perspective of the country’s vast landscape, bringing the Canadian geography book to life in an amazing way! Strapped into seats, feet dangling, riders tilt, dip and dive high up over mountain peaks, towering forests, and cascading waterfalls, which all appear on a giant dome projection before them. Unlike any imax, this film is fully immersive, stimulating the senses with … Keep Reading!

As Ready As I’ll Ever Be

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2 years after we got married, my husband and I were ready to have kids. We had planned for my maternity leave, living arrangements, baby registry, out of town visits from grandparents, names, everything. We were so ready because we knew we had thought of everything. Except we hadn’t. Never in all our planning did we imagine the possibility of having a baby born with life threatening health issues. We never thought of lengthy hospital stays, long work absences and all the expenses and emotional tolls that come with having a very sick baby. We weren’t ready.  Thankfully my daughter had life saving surgery and is now a happy and healthy 6 year old. Thankfully we live in a country where … Keep Reading!

A Letter to my Daughter on her 2nd Birthday

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  Dear Aven,   Today you are two, and while part of me feels like you've been 2 for a long time because of how well you speak and how much you love life, part of me is feeling a bit mournful. You're my baby you see, my last little one, only you aren't so little anymore. You've grown so tall, have learned so many skills and talk like a 3-year-old! You love to make new friends and are always asking for play dates - you are definitely my little social butterfly! You have a big personality and an even bigger attitude. You are the quirkiest brand new 2-year-old I know!    I love how you go through life singing. Literally. Every action deserves a song and you know them … Keep Reading!

*GIVEAWAY* Healthy Family, Happy Family

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Health fads are everywhere. It’s hard to escape them and even harder to determine the validity of many of the claims that we are bombarded with on a daily basis. I must admit that I’m a recovering bandwagon hopper, much to the frustration of my family. Lately I’ve been trying to make the “everything in moderation” phrase my motto, which is why I’m so excited about the Healthy Family Expo!  The 2nd annual Healthy Family Expo is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre on Sunday March 29th from 10 am – 5pm. It’s a fun-filled day for Lower Mainland families with kids aged 0-12 offering small steps & simple solutions to healthy, active, eco-friendly living, including: 100+ … Keep Reading!

Sensitive Much?

I'm a sensitive person. I cry at commercials on TV, songs on the radio and just about any book I've ever read, so it really shouldn't surprise me that my skin is really sensitive too. I can't count the number of products I've tried that claim to be for sensitive skin, but leave me with a bright red face for hours after washing, or make me break out for weeks on end, so when I was contacted to try a new sensitive skin product, I wasn't expecting brilliant results. Thankfully, brilliant results is exactly what I got!  Garnier Clean+ for Sensitive Skin is a make up remover PLUS face cleanser - how cool is that?! Enriched with purifying morning flower extract, their quick-break … Keep Reading!

*GIVEAWAY* Let’s Get Creativ

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Before we had children, my husband and I (both musicians of varying ability) imagined our house to be full of music with instruments tucked in every corner and moments where we randomly burst into song with impeccable harmony à la the von Trapps. Fast forward 8 years later where 2 young children and 2 opposite work schedules mean that this musical fantasy has never become a reality. That's why I was so excited when I was introduced to Creativ Music Centre.   There are several places to take music lessons in North Vancouver, but there were a few things that made Creativ Music Centre stand out for me. Most importantly was the sense of community that I noticed the … Keep Reading!

When I Grow Up….

When I Grow Up….

I remember being a little kid dreaming of being grown up and all the amazing things I could do; having so much  freedom (HA!), planning my lavish wedding, and of course, what I would be. It sticks out to me that we never talked about careers or jobs as a separate entity, it was our very selves. What would we BE, not what would we do.  I had many aspirations, from teacher to ballet dancer to astronaut. I'm still not 100% sure of what I want to be when I grow up, but I'm definitely not a kid anymore so I asked my 6-year-old for her perspective on the future.  If your little (or big) one isn't quite sure of what they want to be, Netflix has some very inspiring shows … Keep Reading!

How to Make Puffed Quinoa

How to Make Puffed Quinoa

    I've been meaning to try my hand at making my own puffed quinoa for a while, to use as an alternative to rice krispies or oats in my baking. I finally had the perfect chance on a rainy, miserable day when I was stuck in the house with the kids and we were looking for something fun to do!  When I googled "how to make puffed quinoa", I came up with all sorts of complicated instructions involving big pots, lids and lots of oil. I tried making it that way, and I didn't get the results I wanted. First of all, I didn't have a pot big enough, so I was wielding my lid like a maniac, waiting for the quinoa to jump out of my sturdy-but-short cast iron frying pan. … Keep Reading!