February 3, 2013

Camping with kids

There’s something about camping in the great outdoors – the fresh air, the beautiful stars at night, campfire smell, s’mores, hanging out by the lake… there’s just something about camping. We always knew we wanted to camp with our family, to introduce our children to what it was like to unplug ourselves from the rest of the world, sit under the stars, sing campfire songs and just enjoy being a family together.

Inukshuk at Killbear Point

The first time we camped with both of our kids, our daughter was two years old. Our son was one and he slept peacefully on my back in the baby carrier while we worked on setting up our campsite. We taught our little two-year-old daughter how to hammer in the tent pegs, and later we sang songs around the campfire till we were ready to collapse in our sleeping bags, contented after a full day of working hard, laughing and playing.

sand

This past summer we were able to take our kids hiking to a lighthouse, build sandcastles, investigate innukshuks, splash each other with water in the lake, pick wildflowers for our picnic tent, and take a night tour to hear the sounds of nature. We have sat on the beach at night marvelling at the stars, looking for the big dipper. At moments like this, I’ve been filled with an absolute sense of rightness knowing that is no where else in the world I would rather be than having this epic adventure camping with my family.

Epic Family at Killbear

To take some guess work out of planning your next camping adventure, click here to download my free ‘Camping with kids checklist’.

Cheers,

Char

Epic Mom's Camping with kids checklist

November 13, 2012

Tropical Getaway

I woke up to a chilly morning here and realized that I would much rather be relaxing on a beach, listening to the waves, rather than bundling up to face the cold.  The scary part, it’s only November.  What am I going to do by the time February rolls around?  If you’re also feeling bummed out by the weather, here are some photos to brighten your day!

Source: flickr.com via Epic on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via Epic on Pinterest

Source: flickr.com via Epic on Pinterest

 

So epic readers, where would you rather be today?

August 28, 2012

Hiking to Killbear Point

We’ve been having a wonderful time camping for the past two weeks with our family. One morning, we decided to have a leisurely breakfast then go for a hike to Killbear Point. The morning started a bit rainy but by the time we got to the point, it was stunningly beautiful. What a wonderful way to spend time as a family and explore a little more of our breathtaking country!

July 29, 2012

Playful Grounds

As many of you know, my three year old starts kindergarten in September. She’s ecstatic about going to school, however we’re apprehensive about this big transition for our little girl. So when my friend Shy sent me an email about a ‘preparing your child for junior kindergarten’ workshop, hubby and I signed up right away.

The workshop was offered by Cherrie from NuBaby. She did a wonderful job giving us lots of information, tips and helping to ease our fears. She was so awesome that I did’t want to hoard the info for myself but had to find a way to share it with you too. So please check back in a few weeks for Cherrie’s top 5 tips for ‘preparing your child for junior kindergarten’.

The workshop was hosted by a local Toronto parent and tot hot spot called Playful Grounds. The owners are Tera and Davina. Davina was manning the shop when we arrived and she made us feel completely welcome.  The other parents hanging out there were super friendly, there were lots of toys for kids to play with and take it from me, the food was really great!  There was a good variety of different foods and drinks on the menu, including vegan muffins and cupcakes. On the main menu there were chicken pesto or vegetable paninis, Bagel and Lox (locally cured salmon), Quinoa salad marinated with cucumber, tomato and mint along with hand bagged teas, specialty coffees and even alcohol. From the mini menu, your kiddies can enjoy a cheese pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches with apple slices or nutella and banana sandwiches and they can add a Kiju Juice Box to their meal which comes in a variety of flavours. The presentation of the meals was also impeccable.

Let me ask you this, where else in the city can you walk into a cafe, park your stroller, go to a free informational workshop, enjoy a great tasting brunch with your family, have a pleasant chat with the other patrons and hang out with your hubby while your kids play independently? The answer is, only at Playful Grounds.

When we were leaving, my three year old asked, “Wow mommy, that was fun! When can we go back again?” Need I say more? Playful Grounds was a huge hit with our entire family and we’re sure it will be a huge hit with yours too!

Playful Grounds: 605 College Street

(416) 645-0484

July 24, 2012

Drama at Stratford Festival

This past weekend, my in-laws volunteered to take care of the kiddies while hubby and I went to see at play at the Stratford festival.  We saw Cymbeline and I can understand why it’s received such rave reviews.  It was a moving production and the actors were absolutely phenomenal.  If you find yourself in Ontario, I thoroughly suggest a trip to the beautiful city of Stratford, Ontario.  Take in a play, stroll along the river bed and admire the gardens.  It’s a piece of Canadian culture at it’s finest!  Here’s a little peek.