Crafts with Christmas Cookie Cutters

Make your own wrapping paper.  Dip cookie cutters into paint and press them onto craft paper.  I like to use the big roll from Ikea, $4.99 for meters of fun. Trace the cutters onto sponges. Cut out the sponges and sponge paint a Christmas scene. Take photos from previous years, glue them to magnetic paper […]

Easy Early Holiday Crafts and Decorations

It seems to me that the Christmas season starts earlier and earlier every year.  No sooner have we packed away our Halloween costumes than the streets are decorated for the holidays, the store decorations are up and the radio is playing Silent Night.  The wait is long for children and it is not easy to […]

Host a Holiday Party for Kids

Gingerbread House Making Raise the roof … with a gingerbread house-making party. Great news for gingerbread enthusiasts!  Loblaws / Great Canadian Superstores sell premade houses complete with icing bags and candies. Partygoers can let their imaginations go wild.  When complete, you simply package up their creations in the boxes they came in.  Be sure to […]

MITKs Annual List of Holiday Events and Things to Do

PARADES Help Santa Toy Parade November 23rd, 2013 Time: 11:00 a.m.  Parade Route Below Help Ottawa firefighters collect toys for those in need.  The Help Santa Toy Parade of lights is a tradition in Ottawa.  Local firefighters walk the route collecting toys from spectators. Starts at National Archives on Wellington Street, heading east on Wellington […]

MITKs Ultimate List of Christmas Things to Do

2016 Edition It’s that time of year again.  This city is alight with twinkling lights.  Festivals and craft sales are under way and Santa’s helpers are stationed in their ornate mall displays waiting for the enthusiastic children to visit, lists in hand.  It’s Christmas Time in the City. There is so much to do and […]

Keepsake Ornaments

How our tree has grown since the kids have come into our lives.  Each year, as we put up our tree, we take time to look at the ornaments that we have collected over the years.  There is the one we got for a wedding gift, our first home, baby’s first Christmas times two – […]

Easy Advent Calendars

  Links to full instructions below 1.  Easy Paper Chain Calendar 2.  Spice Tin Wreath 3.  The Easiest Advent Calendar 4.  Trim Santas Beard 5.  Baby Socks Countdown 6.  Muffin Tin Advent 7.  Advent Paper Chain 8.  Painted Popsicle Sticks 9.  Cute Christmas House 10  Shoe Bag Advent

Winter Outdoor Play

Winter is here and now is the time to take advantage of the outdoor playground.    AROUND TOWN: Check out the The SJAM  : A groomed, 18-kilometre multi-use trail is open for walkers, cross-country skiers (classic and skate skiing), snowshoers, and winter bikers to experience the beautiful views along the Ottawa River Ottawa Tourism gives us the Best Ice […]

Kids Friendly Pumpkin Decorating

These kid – friendly pumpkin decorating ideas are super fun, safe and easy to do.  The best part is that they leave little mess and can be made and enjoyed well before the big day. 1. STICKERS Stickers are the easiest, cleanest option for pumpkin decorating.  Most households with kids have lots of stickers.  On […]

Halloween Treats – Less Sugary and Sweet

Halloween is one the most exciting holidays of the year at my house.  The kids are thrilled with their pick of costumes, they have chosen their pumpkins and are counting down the days until they can hit the streets and collect all of that candy. As a Mom, the thought of all of those sugary […]