Category: Kiddos

DIY costumes aren’t always cheap

DIY costumes aren't always cheap {Heather's Handmade Life}

Last week, I told you all about my epic Halloween mistake: bringing both kids into a Halloween store when I had a headache and caving to their pleas for ridiculously overpriced, cheap costumes. This year, I was determined to do things differently. I wasn’t…

It’s always scarier at night

It's always scarier at night {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s always scarier at night. This is what I try to remind myself when my anxiety is spiraling out of control in the middle of the night because one of the kids is really sick. Throwing up is awful, but not worrying because I…

The after-school freak-out

The after-school freak-out {Heather's Handmade Life}

As happy as I am that the kids are back in school, there’s one really annoying part I’d forgotten about: the after-school freak-out.  It happens almost every day, immediately after our daughter gets off the bus. She’s smiling, she’s running toward me, she’s hugging me…

When kids have wedding jitters

When kids have wedding jitters {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our whole family was thrilled when my sister got engaged last August. She asked me to be her matron of honour — yay! — and she wanted our eight-year-old son — her only nephew — to be the ring bearer. He immediately declined, explaining,…

Summer brain melt is a real thing

Summer brain melt is a real thing {Heather's Handmade Life}

The humidity has been out of control for weeks — maybe a month, who even knows anymore. My hair is twice its normal size, and I have big hair so that’s really saying something. Everyone’s hot and sticky all the time. Our house doesn’t…

Go fly a (supersized) kite

Go fly a kite {Heather's Handmade Life}

*** The following post is sponsored conversation with Clay Cafe Truro. As always, all opinions and sweaty children are my own. *** Yup, I’ve been singing the final song in Mary Poppins all day now. You might, too, now. Let’s go fly a kite…

Checking out Chuck E. Cheese’s

Checking out Chuck E. Cheese's {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our son turned eight earlier this summer and his birthday fell during our family’s vacation to Ontario to see my dad and stepmother. We’d toyed with the idea of taking the kids to Canada’s Wonderland for the day but it felt too expensive —…

Taking summer reading to a new level

Taking summer reading to a new level {Heather's Handmade Life} Why our kids are LOVING the TD Summer Reading Club

Our son has been staying up late these days, but it’s for the best possible reason: he’s reading one chapter book a night. I’ve always felt strongly about raising readers. I’ve loved to read since I learned how, but my husband struggled with reading…

And so it begins

We’re not even a week into summer vacation, and already school feels like it ended months ago. Was it really LAST FRIDAY — not even one week ago — they got off the bus for the last time? REALLY? Our weeks of summer camp have…

Summer needs some structure

Summer needs some structure: Why I make my kids do certain activities during summer vacation {Heather's Handmade Life}

If my kids were left to their own devices this summer, they would not leave those devices — electronic devices, that is. They would alternate between the iPhone, iPad and PS4 until their eyeballs fell out of their heads and rolled across my Wayfair…

DIY hanging bars

DIY playground hanging bars {Heather's Handmade Life}

Three summers ago we built a simple wooden teeter-totter for $60 and the kids still love it today. It opened our eyes to the genius of building your own playground equipment from solid wood, rather than spending hundreds or thousands on dinky metal and…

Work-at-home summer prep

Consider this a PSA to all parents of elementary-aged children: We’re down to less than a month before the end of the school year. Summers have always been hard for me as a self-employed person who works from home. September through June, I have…