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Summer footwear

By Vicky

Let’s talk about feet for a minute. Kids’ feet. Kids’ feet in the summer. It’s so hard to get it right. It’s too hot for socks with running shoes. Crocs are a good option, but not great for running in. Some summer camps require closed toed shoes so flip flops are out of the question, not to mention they hurt little toes.  And what if it rains? Again too hot for rainboots, but sandles can get slippery.

I have a solution. The Keen. (No, not as in Capital Keen). A cool name, for a cool shoe.

I first heard of Keens last summer when I saw them on Lara’s feet. (Yes! They make adult sizes too!) Then I saw them on her son Kiernan’s feet. I would have bought some for Joel but we had already bought his summer sandals.

So what are they? Footwear that offers the support and protection of a shoe, with the breathability of a sandal. They have a rubber toe guard, and an antibacterial lining. No laces or buckles, they have a quick-lock toggle system (much like a bungee cord). They have excellent traction on wet surfaces, and can even be worn in the water!

Why did we buy them? I liked the fact that they were easy to put on (like Crocs) but more sturdy and durable. I liked that Joel could wear them to run around at the park like a running shoe, but that they would also work while playing at a splash pad. Also, I asked him what kind of shoe he would like, and he picked the Keens!

They retail for around $59.99, but are well worth the money. We got our Keens at Kiddy Kobbler Place D’Orleans (follow them on Twitter @KKPlacedOrleans)

Vicky is the mom to 4.5 year old son named Joel and 2 year old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Mom. She is also an Independent Stylist with Peekaboo Beans. Visit her on Facebook for more information, www.facebook.com/ottawabeans

Fun with bubbles

by Vicky

There is something about bubbles and spring time that brings me back to my childhood. I love blowing bubbles, or waving the wand in the air to let the wind make them. I watch them float up toward the trees, drifting into the sky before they burst. My children are inheriting my love of bubbles.

There is a bottle of bubble solution with a wand on the back step. Every time we go outside to play, I sit on the step and make bubbles. Hundreds of them. The kids squeal with excitement, running to catch them before they pop on the grass. And then it happens, I blow into the wand slowly, growing the bubble bigger and bigger. Their anticipation grows, watching to see how long it will take to POP!

Bubbles are such a simple childhood pleasure. I hope you’ll indulge in them as much as we do! 

Want to make your own bubbles? Here’s a great recipe!

Vicky is the mom to 4 year old son named Joel and 1 year old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Mom.

Easter chick craft

By Vicky

The Spring season is so rich with learning opportunities and art ideas for children! Flowers are blooming, birds and insects are plenty, and Easter is around the corner.

Here is an easy, and very cute craft you can whip up with your kids to help decorate for Easter! You could also turn it into an Easter card. This craft is perfect for kids aged 3-6 years.

Supplies needed

-Yellow and orange construction paper
-glue and scissors
-markers and googly eyes if you want

On a piece of yellow construction paper, draw an egg (the chick’s body) and two bird’s feet (making the legs long so they dangle off the body). Let your child cut them out, or you can cut them ahead of time and let them do the glueing. Glue both the legs at the bottom of the egg.
On a piece of orange construction paper, have your child trace both of his hands with fingers spread. Once cut out, these will be the chick’s wings. Glue the wings on the sides of the egg.


Next cut a diamond from orange construction paper, fold it in half and glue it in the centre of the egg so that it opens like a bird’s beak.

For the eyes, your child can draw his own, or use googly eyes, or even just cut out black circles from construction paper.

If you want to get even more creative, you can use brads as hinges for the wings and legs!

There you have it, an Easter chick!

Vicky is the mom to 4 year old son named Joel and 20 month old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Mom.

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