Category: Other Fun Stuff

Lisa’s Garden Challenge

With Martin doing the Geocache Diet  weight loss challenge Lisa thought she needed a challenge of her own.  True to her nature Lisa decided not to do some competitive quantitative challenge, instead an abstract, creative, ‘feel good’ challenge is more her speed.  Lisa’s challenge is to make her garden look beautiful and productive.  As other novice gardeners will tell you, this… Read more →

Slow Parenting Grandparents Style

When I do arts and crafts with our kids I cannot help but think about times I spent with my grandparents.  When I was growing up my brother and I would go to my Grandmothers’ and Grandfathers’ house for the weekend and we would always seem to do a lot of different arts and crafts projects.  My Grandma was a very… Read more →

Humane Education – A Great Idea

This link I came across today really caught my eye.  Humane Education is teaching a child to be kind to animals so that they will learn to be compassionate in all aspects of their lives.  This article claims that humane education reduces violence in teens and adults and teaches respect and empathy.  If you don’t have a pet of your… Read more →

Mealtime is Family Time

Last night we gave the kids a special treat; we let them watch a movie while eating dinner.  I know!  We are crazy and reckless parents!  Even though it seems commonplace these days I don’t know how long it has been since we watched TV during mealtime.  It used to be an everyday occurrence before we had kids. Mealtime with young kids can be… Read more →

Chinese Paper Lanterns with Hearts

This year on February 14 we get two special days in one!  What do we do with our kids for Valentines Day and Chinese New Year?  We make crafts of course and since they land on the same day why not make a Chinese/heart themed craft.  Cut out hearts with chinese characters was too obvious and cinnamon heart filled won tons didn’t turn… Read more →

Should We Stop Eating Basa?

Lately we have been questioning our food choices.  It is widely advertised that eating fish is a part of a healthy diet and in our grocery stores one of the best deals on fish is Basa.  We have made the decision not to eat Basa (a type of Catfish) anymore.  We had already made the decision to not eat imported seafood, and only… Read more →

Cultural Experiences in Your Home Town

What can be more exciting for kids than to attend a celebration involving tigers, dragons, & dumplings?  OK maybe that one that includes reindeer, elves, and presents but a Chinese New Year celebration can be very entertaining and educational.  Going to a cultural event can be like travelling to another country for a day, without the jet lag.  I feel… Read more →

Free-form Donburi

A major part of our transition is to eat healthier foods.  The Geocache Diet is based on increasing exercise but of course eating well is also a vital part of feeling well.  We also want to provide our kids with the best ‘fuel’ possible so they can do all that energetic kids stuff.  We are not dieting as a family;… Read more →