When Laura and I worked at a fashion magazine together we prided ourselves on reporting on trends before they hit the mainstream. If a competing magazine got to a story before us, we'd kick ourselves (with some very fancy shoes). And if we felt like we were late to a something? Better to let it pass you by than cover it once it was past its best before date. This post? I would have laughed it out of my office! Tacos? Oh, my God, tacos were the hottest thing exactly two years ago and now you're talking about it? Read more
Did you play team sports as a kid? Growing up in a small town, team sports were huge for me. Those of you who know me now can feel free to laugh at that image. But it's true. Of course sports are a great way to stay healthy and learn about teamwork, but for kids they're also just fun. They're something liberating about being one part of a greater whole. My kids are just getting to the age when they'll be ready for team sports. An early attempt at soccer with Esme when she was four was hilarious if not totally successful. But I think they're just about ready. Watching The World Cup this summer has given both my kids the fever for soccer. Read more
To say that I’m not an outdoors-y type is an understatement. It’s not that I don’t love the outdoors, because I do. I just need it in doses, you know? I love a cottage weekend. I like to paddle around in a canoe. I’m crazy for a bonfire on the beach. But I’m not ever going to be a camper (maybe just a glamper). I don’t even really love eating on a patio. There, I’ve said it. But I live with some big nature lovers and I definitely want to raise kids who want to get out and have adventures, big and small.
This along with Julian’s recent interest in science gave me the idea for this project. It’s not really a craft but it’s a really easy and fun way to talk about science and adventure with your kids. It’s a compass you make with nothing more than a leaf, a sewing needle, a fridge magnet and a bowl of water. In these high tech days it’s pretty fun to show your kids how to navigate without the gps in my smartphone! Even though I understood the principles of this compass I was a bit nervous doing it. Would it work? Would the kids be impressed? And it totally did. The little needle did exactly what it was meant to do and twirled around to point north! Which led to a discussion about what you deduce from knowing which way is north (like, all the other directions), how you could also use shadows to understand direction and time of day. Turns out nature and science are pretty cool. Read more
My friend Dorna goes all out for birthdays. Her daughter Violet and Esme have been best friends since before they were three. I'm always teasing her about how crafty she is, to which she replies, "Youtube! You can learn anything on Youtube!" Last year for Violet's birthday she crocheted over a dozen Toteros. They were so cute and I bowed down to her dedication — it's something I would never take on. But my kids love them and always talk about how Dorna made them herself.
At this year's party, though, Dorna did something I did want to try myself. After the kids had run through a sprinkler park in the blazing sun for an hour, she called them to gather round for the birthday cake. And it was the prettiest thing you've ever seen — tall, covered in a light, whipped icing and topped with fruit. When she cut into it — voila! — it was watermelon! And the icing was just plain old whipped cream. As a parent who dreads taking home kids who are hopped up on sugar after most parties, I was so thrilled. And the kids loved the novelty of a cool, juicy fruit cake. Read more
You know we love special requests here at SPC, right? When someone asks in a Tweet or a Facebook post for us to come up with new soups or vegetarian dinners or what have you, we always try our best to deliver. So, keep the questions coming! This time the request came from a little closer to home: Laura! And I think this may be a first. Anyway, Laura has been telling me about this blueberry cornbread she picks up at coffee place in her neighbourhood, so when I was heading into the studio recently she asked me if I thought I could conjure it up. Et voila! Read more