Andrea Mulder-Slater: The Art of Childhood

Aug
23
2016
Find out what can cause hair to suddenly pack up a suitcase and leave home. | Health | YummyMummyClub.ca

I was born with a full head of hair. I’m talking about the kind of tufts that would look right at home in an advertisement for baby hair gel... if babies used hair gel. Looking back, it’s entirely possible my penchant for hair product first began when – as a toddler – I styled my locks with oatmeal.

By the time I could ride a bike, the only way to contain my mop was a tidy, at-home-mullet, courtesy of mom.

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Aug
11
2016
Perimenopause | YummyMummyClub.ca

I have a new friend. You may have met her.

In fact, if you’re a woman hurtling through her 40s, then I can pretty much guarantee the two of you have crossed paths - at least once.

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Jul
18
2016
Sure, rainbow rice is fantastic when it comes to sensory play, and games but it is also a terrific material to use when creating works of art.

A number of years ago, my friend Sharon came up with a clever way to keep her two children occupied. She dyed some rice a variety of different colours, threw it into a storage bin with a bunch of small toys and let the children have at it. It was like a giant game of I Spy that never, ever ended. Of course I had to try it too and when I did, my kiddo dove in with both hands (and feet).

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8 Creative and Fun Art Projects to Make with Thrift Shop Finds

I think we can all agree that reusing, recycling, and upcycling materials is a good idea.

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Jun
27
2016
110 Screen Free Summer Activites for Kids | YummyMummyClub.ca

Summertime, and the living is easy. At least, it should be.

But you don’t have to take my word for it because as is customary this time of year, all manner of parents, bloggers, news reporters and child psychologists are chanting the same warm-weather mantra:

Give your kids the gift of an unscheduled summer.

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Jun
17
2016
They are words to live by. And so, I do. | YummyMummyClub.ca

I always liked my parents.

Although, things did get iffy when I was 13 and both of them went through a non-stop polyester pants wearing phase.

But I liked them before that. And after… you know, once they embraced denim.

When I was in my early 20s, I declared that even if I weren’t related to my mom and dad, I’d still choose to hang out with them. I didn’t find out until years later that this statement made my father so proud, he shared it with nearly everyone he met.

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Jun
03
2016

You've Never Eaten Chocolate Like This Before

Lick it old-school with this straight-from-the-1970s recipe

Chocolate Toast | YummyMummyClub

I grew up in the 1990s.

Ok, I also grew up in the 1980s.

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May
25
2016

Your Kids Won't Fail in Life if You Send Them Here

Want to Succeed in Life? Get Thee to Art School.

If you want your kids to be successful in life, send them to art school. This is why. | Parenting | YummyMummyClub.ca

I've had a hell of a time coming up with a clever introduction for this article. I’ve struggled to write something witty, informative and catchy. But the words will not materialize. So instead, I’m just going to cut to the chase…

If you want your kids to be successful in life, send them to art school.

Yes, you read that right. And it’s not for the reasons you might think.

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May
03
2016

Kitchen Art: Homemade Finger Paint

Easy to make. Easy to use. Easy to clean.

This finger paint is easier to make than it is to get in the car and drive to the craft store to buy it!  | DIY | YummyMummyClub.ca

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Making your own finger paint is easier than getting in the car, driving to the craft store, walking up and down the aisles, asking Cranky Customer Service Pam for help, deciphering ingredient lists to determine toxicity, and driving home empty handed (except for maybe some glitter).

True story.

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May
02
2016

Paper Doily Bowls Kids Can Make for Mom

Give her a pretty place to stash her stuff

Paper Doily Crafts for Kids | YummyMummyClub.ca

If there’s one thing all mothers need, it’s a place to stash their stuff including (but not limited to) rings, necklaces and treasures presented to them by their children.

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Apr
18
2016

Earth Day Fun: Animal Habitat Craft for Kids

Use toys and found objects to teach kids about the environment

Nimal habitat crafts for Earth Day | YummyMummyClub.ca

Last week, our area experienced high winds resulting in a massive storm surge.

The ocean made its way well onto the shore and brought with it a fair amount of flotsam and jetsam. At the end of our pathway, seaweed and driftwood were tangled together with dead crabs, and plastic bottles. The mangled debris – both natural and manufactured - was enough to prompt a conversation about habitats with my seven-year-old daughter.

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Apr
10
2016

Roseola: One Surprise After Another

As childhood illnesses go, it’s a pretty decent one to catch

Roseola Rash | YummyMummyClub.ca

“Don’t let her touch anything!”

The words fell out of my mouth as I nervously watched my husband walk through the Emergency Room doors out into the hospital proper, hand in hand with our two year-old daughter. She was getting restless and he thought a wander might be in order.

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Apr
03
2016

DIY Bean Bags

So Easy to Make (When You Let Go of Perfection)

Making bean bags is easy when you give up on perfection.

I'm not what one would call skilled when it comes to sewing, but I do love colourful fabric - which is easy to see when you sneak a peek at the stash in my house.

Still, I've always loved the concept of crafting items out of cotton, linen and polyester. And so, when my daughter started talking about buying some bean bags after having played a game of bean bag toss at a friend's house, I took it as an opportunity to sit down with her, fly by the seat of my pants and co-create a few sacks full of legumes.

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Apr
01
2016

How to Magically Remove Soap Scum with No Scrubbing Required

Warning: Contains Graphic (Dirty Bathroom) Images

It’s grab-your-supper-and-eat-it-in-the-bathroom-so-you-can-stare-at-it clean.

I was over for coffee at my friend’s house on the weekend when another friend dropped in and because all three of us have kids under seven, the discussion quickly turned to the merits of baking soda.

“It’ll take that craft paint right off your window.”

“It worked wonders on the bathtub after pink dye leaked out of a piece of fun foam.”

“Baking soda is great, but it has nothing on vinegar.”

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Mar
14
2016
Kick your Easter decor up a notch with these DIY toilet paper roll Floral Egg Holder crafts that your kids will have a blast making | Art | YummyMummyClub.ca

Do you decorate for Easter? I don’t. Unless foil candy wrappers intermingling with piles of Easter grass scattered effortlessly across the floor can be considered decorating in which case yes, that was my house you saw in that issue of Better Homes and Gardens at the doctor's office.

But this year, I decided to kick my house fluffing up a notch.

With toilet paper rolls.

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Mar
03
2016

In Praise of Dollar Store Craft Supplies

Creating childhood memories, on the cheap

When it comes to certain art materials, you really can’t beat the dollar store. | Crafts | YummyMummyClub.ca

When I was my daughter’s age, I looked forward to visiting to the Alcona Beach hardware store with my mom. It was the biggest thing going in the rural area where we lived and it was located right next to a tiny restaurant offering giant servings of lemon meringue pie.

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Feb
22
2016

Life as a Country Mouse: What I Learned Living Rurally

Why the End of the Road is Just the Beginning

Lessons Learned While Living Rurally | Home | YummyMummyClub.ca

When I was a kid, we lived at the end of a very long road in the country. Not so far out that we required a guide, but deep enough in that some relatives were afraid to visit.

Although we lived a good distance away from any city or town, we were by no means the only family in the outskirts. Granted, most were cottagers who made only brief appearances once a year, but there were also few permanent residents living amongst the wildlife.

However, they were nothing like us.

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Feb
10
2016
7 Year-Old Alia, founder of the Rainbow Rock Project, is spreading happiness with rainbow-painted rocks around the world. Proceeds are going to The Bay Area Rescue Mission | News | YummyMummyClub.ca

Seven-year-old Alia lives in San Francisco, and like a lot of kids her age, she loves rainbows.

Last December, Alia - inspired by the Monteiro Family’s Word Rocks Project - decided to scatter rocks painted with colourful rainbows and embellished with cheerful messages, all around her neighbourhood.

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Feb
07
2016

Dutch Maternity Nurses are Like Your Mom, Only Better

If You're Going to Have a Baby, Do it in The Netherlands

 If you're going to have a baby, you should do it in the Netherlands. Here's why! | Health | Family | YummyMummyClub.ca

The hour-long drive home from the hospital where my daughter was born was fraught with danger.

First, there was my perineum (if you have to ask, you just don’t get it). Then, there was the night sky, which meant that for the first time since her birth, I was unable to keep constant watch over my infant. The bumpy road and unfamiliar sounds and smells led to the overwhelming realization that I was in need of another painkiller and had exactly zero experience keeping a miniature human being alive.

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Jan
31
2016

Paper Heart Window Decorations

Create faux stained glass hearts for Valentine's Day

Teach your kids how to make these faux stained-glass paper hearts for decorating your windows on Valentine's Day. | Kid Crafts | YummyMummyClub.ca

It’s winter in Canada. It’s snowing outside. You’re cold. The kids are restless. And at this moment, the only thing carrying you through the day is the thought of Valentine’s Day candy.

Just me?

Excluding chocolate chews and cinnamon sweets, nothing says Valentine’s Day like windows plastered with paper hearts. I still remember loving the bright red and pink shapes that decorated the glass in my elementary school classroom.

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