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Still from pregnancy stop-motion video by Armands Alps

Baby-Making Is Fun: Pregnancy Stop-Motion Animation

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There are so many terrible ideas for pregnancy portraits that it’s a relief to find something that’s clever or charming. The next logical step after portrait-a-day documentation of those nine months (czech out these two) is to make a pregnancy stop motion video, I guess. Why are so many set to Ingrid Michaelson songs? I have no answers for you. Here is a cute… Read More »

CRAFTS FOR KIDS: a child plays in a bin of coloured rice.

5 Rainy Day Crafts For Kids

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Well, it’s supposed to rain this week — if not today, then tomorrow. Monsoon season keeps getting longer in Ontario, so we had better be prepared. With that in mind, here’s a roundup of kids’ crafts and activities for rainy days. (Click on the title or right on the pictures below.) 1. Yarn Laser Grid This is fairly self-evident,… Read More »

The $20 DIY Air Conditioner

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This is maybe the greatest DIY we’ve ever seen.

3 Ways To Stay Cool + Have Fun

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It’s gonna be 33 degrees (feels like 42!) again today in Toronto and across southern Ontario. Got some kids to entertain? Keep it cool.

R2D2 Cake

Dad Makes R2D2 Cake With Princess Leia Projection

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Ambitious geek-dad Marc Freilich has a son who is a big Star Wars fan. So for his son’s big 06, Freilich decided to make an R2D2 cake — and then decided that no decent R2D2 cake comes without a Princess Leia projection, duh. Freilich put a pico projector inside the cake’s dome and used a Princess… Read More »

sidewalk chalk paint recipe

Make this Super-Cool Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe

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Paint the town red (and blue, and yellow, and pink…) with this super cool sidewalk chalk paint recipe   If your kids love sidewalk chalk (and who doesn’t, really?), they’ll love this paint-y, liquid-y twist on the tried-and-true stick form. Sidewalk chalk paint is actually chalk-free, so you can make this recipe in a snap… Read More »

Make Cool Stuff

New Book! Made By Dad: 67 Blueprints For Cool Stuff

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Into cool stuff? Desperately searching for a Father’s Day present for a dad into making cool stuff? Look no further. After writing a kid-friendly ‘How To’ column for several years on MAKE, U.K. dad and creative director Scott Bedford has written a book with 67 blueprints for some pretty wicked ideas: Martian door decal, an earthquake coat hook,  slingshot car… Read More »

Anything About Money

Obvious News: Moms Don’t Think Their Kids Know Anything About Money

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A study done by the McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union in New Jersey has found that 49 per cent of moms think their kids don’t know anything about money. The study, which also resulted in some useful marketing for the credit union, points out some fairly obvious facts: that raising financially literate kids means talking about money… Read More »

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Don’t Try These Cakes At Home

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Think you know how to make a good looking cake? Don’t even try. 10 Totally Over-the-Top Cakes Carrot In The Ground Cake If you have the mad skills required to make this, it could also be a nature lesson. Don’t you have things to do? James Bond Wedding Cake Debating which is creepier: this one… Read More »

Spiderman

Most Amazing Spiderman Costume Ever

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Got Spiderman super-fans at home? Anyone looking to be recognized for massive Parental Overachievement need look no further than this Spiderman costume for their little ones. We have included a step-by-step guide to assist you: just follow the instructions and the honour is all yours. Here’s what you’ll need: $600 The help of three artisan professionals The services of… Read More »

garden DIY

Easy Ideas To Make Your Garden Awesome

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It’s Victoria Day in Canada — the day where, all across the country, neighbour motivates neighbour to shake off old cobwebs, clean up old leaves and make their garden beautiful once again. We know. You’ve got kids. You’re busy. Your house is a mess. So what? We’ve found some super easy garden ideas you can do with… Read More »

Pinterest Stress - Caitlin Freeman's Mondrian Cake (c) 2013 from Modern Art Desserts

If I Knew You Were Stressing I’d Have Baked A Cake

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Suffering from Pinterest Anxiety yet? How about now? Not yet? I guess it’s okay then to tell you about this upstart Martha Stewart-type who bakes secret messages into her cakes. Clear your schedule for the next two days and follow the step-by-step instructions. Somehow I’m certain if it were my parents baking the cake, my slice would… Read More »

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