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Jan
4
2016
Jan 4, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - sprinkles and coloured sugar cookies

Over the holidays, I picked up some sprinkles and coloured sugar to decorate the baked cookies my daughter and I made. There was a bit left over and my big kid asked, “What should I do with it?”

My response, “I don’t know, whatever you want.”

Her response, “Can I put water in the bags?”

I agreed and away she went but what happened next was quite the little instantaneous science experiment. Next thing you know, I hear her yell, “EWWWWWWWWWWWW” because this is what she saw when she filled the bag of sprinkles with water. – Continue Reading

Dec
25
2015
Dec 25, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - christmasMerry Christmas, everyone!

Well, here we are. Christmas has arrived and my big kid is over the moon. Ask her what she really wants for Christmas and she’ll tell you that she just wants more family time and I couldn’t agree with her more.

Life moves much too quickly for anyone to enjoy it so the holiday season (whatever it is for you) is always greatly appreciated.

This year, I ventured to make thumbprint cookies. Correction: I ventured to master thumbprint cookies. Initially, all the recipes I read sounded simple enough and seemed to follow regular baking conventions: make a wet mix, make a dry mix, combine to make cookie dough. Well, the more research I did, the more complex it became.

Some recipes wanted me to bake the cookies for a while, then take them out, then add the jam and put them back in the oven for a final bake. Others wanted me to bake them completely and only add the jam at the end. So, I went with what I thought was the simplest recipe.

Turns out, it wasn’t as simple as I thought.

A few days ago, I posted this pic of my first batch of thumbprint cookies. Here it is again, in case you missed it.

thingsthatwedo.com - thumbprint cookies - batch1

Yep, they look like a bird pooped jam on my cookies, not very attractive but very yummy. My family ate the entire batch quite happily. So, if you’re interested in making a batch of thumbprint cookies that may look terrible but taste great (or if you just want to read about my saga and have a good laugh), read on! – Continue Reading

Nov
10
2015
Nov 10, 2015

As part of my daughter’s homework, she recently did a science experiment at home involving a few glasses of water and a little side dish of vinegar. In a few short minutes, she was absolutely mesmerized at the sounds that resonated from the glass cups when she gently brushed each glass rim with her vinegar laced fingers.

It was quite the eye opener.

Fast forward to today and I stumble upon 2 musicians from Poland called “The Glass Duo” performing Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on a glass harp.

No, I don’t mean a harp made out of glass. I’m talking about a gabillion different glasses laid out on a table, each resonating specific notes to bring the song to life. It was absolutely mind blowing to watch Glass Duo performing their magic. I showed the video to my daughter and she was equally spellbound. So simple, yet so intricately difficult. I can’t even begin to imagine the number of hours it took for Glass Duo to perfect this song.

Things to do: take a moment out of your busy day today and watch the video. It might just be the best thing you’ve ever done on a Tuesday!

If you want to learn more about the Glass Duo and to watch some of their other performances, visit their YouTube channel by clicking on the link below.

visit: Glass Duo You Tube channel

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Nov
4
2015
Nov 4, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids 2015

If you’re a parent, chances are, you’ve got leftover fabric or craft scraps from past art activities. We have plenty of them. From bits of fabric to bits of craft foam, we’ve got a ton of odds and ends. Some are leftover from past Halloween costumes while others bits are from past art activities. Instead of tossing them out, I usually leave them in one giant grab bag because you never know when inspiration hits. – Continue Reading

Sep
9
2015
Sep 9, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - homework book from 2011From time to time, I make odd discoveries. Sometimes, I have ‘AHA!’ moments. I occasionally post about ‘UGH’ moments, ‘NO WAY’ moments, and the ‘fall-on-my-face-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened’ moments. Other times, I post about moments in my life where the ‘I can’t believe it’ happens.

I’ll let you decide what category today’s post falls under.

Hint: the image is incredibly small so you know it’s an image from the early days when ThingsThatWeDo.com was just starting up and I somehow thought it was a good idea to have microscopic pics on the site. – Continue Reading

Aug
30
2015
Aug 30, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids august 2015

Well, that’s certainly a surprise. I must sound like a broken CD stuck on repeat. Either that or I have no concept of time whatsoever. It seems like school ended just the other day and suddenly, it’s the end of August and children everywhere are getting ready to go back to school.

Actually, that’s not true. Some children are likely excited to go back to school. Some are trying desperately to savour the remaining days of the summer holidays while others are in complete denial that school is around the corner.

Truth be told, I’ve never been fond of September. I may be an adult now but I still get those ‘OMG’ type dreams every year before September rolls in. Sometimes I’m stuck on a never-ending escalator and can’t get off while everything that I want to and need to do float by out of reach. Other times I’m at my locker trying to find my next class only to arrive late or unprepared for a test.

*shudders*

And yet, I was such a good kid!

Well, what can I say?

thingsthatwedo.com pic - nature 2015

Luckily, I’ve embraced my own childhood experiences and have tried to make the whole transition back to school a little smoother for my own child. She’s had plenty of time to relax and play during the summer but we also tried to keep a general routine of events that included some homework time. Thankfully, she’s always loved homework books so she’ll independently work on a few pages every day in between other activities.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll continue to have fun (mind you, it’s not like the fun stops once September rolls in!) and enjoy time together as a family. We still have a few more things to do:

  • *Trip to the dentist for a checkup
  • *Trip to the optometrist for a checkup
  • *Getting a much needed haircut
  • *Trip to the doctor for a checkup

 

Yes, fun times….

p.s. if you haven’t arranged any of those appointments yet, be sure to get in them in before school starts!

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

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Aug
27
2015
Aug 27, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - angry bird lego

I think it’s safe to say almost every home with a child has Lego in it. I have a love-hate relationship with Lego. On the one hand, I love the creativity Lego can foster in children when they’re encouraged to build to their hearts content without following any pre-determined instructions. While I’m not a big fan of those instruction booklets, I can also see their worth and how they can also nurture a child’s ability to follow two-dimensional instructions to create a three-dimensional representation.

Well, on this particular day, I am reminded once again of how much I love Lego.

I go in to my child’s room and this is what I’m presented with. Any guesses what it is?
It’s her version of Angry Birds! Cool, huh?? If you look closely enough you can see in this pic the slingshot and the red bird perched on top. You can also see the other Angry birds (the black one, yellow one, and the green one that boomerangs when you toss it) resting on the bottom waiting for their turn in the sling shot. – Continue Reading

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