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20-Minute, No-Rise Pizza Crust

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want to get the kids involved in the kitchen? Let them make their own pizzas! This no-fail, no-rise recipe is always a winner! There's no kneading and no waiting for the dough to rise with this dough, and it's perfect every time! Hot, homemade pizza on the table in under 30 minutes!

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Why One Mom Is Reminding Parents That Jokes About “Keeping the Kids Alive” Aren’t Funny

by Chaunie Brusie @ Babble

"I'm not sure if this applies to all loss moms, but for me those posts strike a nerve."

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11 Sure-Fire Ways to Stop Sibling Fighting and to Encourage Kids to Get Along

by Becky Mansfield @ Happy Hooligans

Tired of listening to your kids arguing all the time? Here are 11 effective and simple ways to stop sibling fighting and to encourage your kids to get along. Sibling rivalry, bickering, squabbling, arguing… call it what you will, it’s frustrating, upsetting and mentally exhausting when your kids constantly fight with each other. A certain amount of...

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child’s sewing basket

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fine motor development, sewing skills and a whole lot of fun!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how we put together this child’s sewing basket using simple materials that you may already have at home. I think this would make the perfect gift for any toddler or preschooler! If you enjoyed this post, and...

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Paper Plate Quilt Craft: Exploring Colours, Patterns and Textures

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers can explore colours, patterns, textures and textiles with this simple paper plate quilt craft. The most recent addition to our A-Z collection of paper plate crafts is this cheery little paper plate quilt. I’ve just always had an affection for fabric. I loved pouring over my Great Grandma’s quilts, drinking in all...

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16 Cute and Easy Popsicle Stick Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness, guys.

Just wait til you see this one.

I've rounded up 16 of our cutest-ever craft stick ornaments, and put them all in one post.

These ornaments are perfect for the Christmas tree, and great for all age groups so you'll want to check them out.

Be warned though. They're ridiculously cute! From the ballerina to the Santa and helpers to the ninjas and the nutcrackers, they're all just adorable.

Oh, and if you have boys who tend to be a little reluctant to come to the craft table, there are 3 in here that will appeal to them!

Check them out through the link below. Enjoy!

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Valentines Lunch Ideas for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easy Valentines lunch ideas your kids are going to love! Wondering what to serve the kids for lunch on Valentine’s Day?  Here are a few heart-y lunch ideas (excuse the pun) that the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love! Please forgive the quality of a couple of the photos.  Some were taken a few...

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Polly Pool Party Water Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Gather up the Polly Pockets and a few simple toys, and put together a Polly Pool Party water bin for your kids!  This one kept the hooligans entertained for ages! If your kids are like my daycare kids, they LOVE playing with water. We’ve done a ton of water play activities over the years, and latest Polly...

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Fall Leaf Labyrinth – a fun way for kids to play in the leaves

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fall leaf labyrinth is a wonderful way for your kids to explore and play in the leaves in Autumn. Not only is a  fall leaf labyrinth a lot of fun to make, your kids will have a great time playing in it!  It’s a great excuse to get outside for some fresh air and exercise...

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Quick and Easy No-Knead, No-Rise Pizza Dough Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This no-knead, no-rise pizza dough is the best pizza dough when you want to make pizza from scratch but you don’t have a lot of time. It’s quick, easy and delicious.  It’s the perfect dough for kids to make for individual pizzas, and it’s great for grown-up gourmet pizzas too.  Recently the hooligans and I...

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Meet the Hooligans!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Welcome to Happy Hooligans, where we’re all about easy and affordable crafts and activities for kids! I’m Jackie, and the Hooligans are the awesomely silly, creative, fun-loving bunch of little people in my home day-care.  We like to keep things simple here.  I’m a big fan of play-based learning! Free, unstructured play fosters creativity, imagination...

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DIY Erasable Writing Activity for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a child who's learning to print? Tired of all the wasted paper? Make this erasable writing activity for name practice, learning letters and numbers and even for fun, re-usable colouring activities. All you need are some plastic page protectors! Hours of entertainment and learning, with writing and drawing sheets that can be used again and again! Check 'em out!

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25+ Easy Bird Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, lovelies. Prepare yourself for the cutest bird round-up ever! I've gathered up all of my preschool bird crafts, and put them all into one post for you. We've got birds for all reasons and seasons here. Use these ideas for a preschool bird unit, or make a few as Christmas ornaments, table toppers, gift toppers and greeting cards. These birds are so darn cute, and BONUS: they're all made with stuff you already have around your home. Yay! Check 'em out...

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You should go to Portugal just for the food. Here’s why.

You should go to Portugal just for the food. Here’s why.

by Megan Arzbaecher @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Despite the curious looks people give us when we say we went to Portugal for our honeymoon, my husband and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to start off our marriage than eating our way through Europe's most underrated food destination.

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Simple and Beautiful Yarn Art with Paper Plates (or Twigs)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Making yarn art on a paper plate is quite relaxing and therapeutic. It's a great craft for tweens and teens. Younger kids can enjoy wrapping twigs and sticks with yarn to produce colourful pieces of art. Both processes are a lot of fun, and great for using up scraps of wool and yarn that you have kicking around. These activities are terrific for improving co-ordination and fine-motor skills as well! Have a look! Don't you love how primitive and vibrant these pieces look?

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Jordan: the world’s most Instagrammable destination?

Jordan: the world’s most Instagrammable destination?

by Andrew Hickey @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Goodlooking, humble and hot - Jordan's got all the right qualities for a perfect travel date.

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Adorable Paper Plate Self-Portrait Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You won't want to miss this one! We're making self-portraits today!

They're fun and easy, and absolutely adorable!!

Check them out by clicking the link below! And let me know what you think! I love hearing from you!

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We sent an internet addict on a trip without phones. This is what happened

We sent an internet addict on a trip without phones. This is what happened

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

No phone. No internet. No cheating.

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Paper Towel Dip – a Water Absorption Experiment

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

“Paper Towel Dip“: a water absorption experiment for preschoolers and toddlers. Over the years, we’ve done many water absorption experiments here in my daycare.  Paper towels and coloured water are great for teaching kids about water absorption.  Coloured water really lets kids see the absorption process, and depending on the nature of the project, they can produce...

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Christmas & Winter Flextangles – a Whimsical Paper Toy to Make for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Have you heard of Flextangles? They're beautiful and mesmerizing! A Flextangle is a paper craft but it's a toy as well. You have to watch the short video in this post to see what I mean, but these they're downright fascinating. You can grab the free printable from my post so you can make your own! Just print, colour, fold, and glue. Then you'll be all set to play with these crazy little things! Have a look!

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8 Gorgeous Homemade Wind Chimes for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These homemade wind chimes are so gorgeous you're going to want to make them all! They're easy to make, and they won't cost you a dime. Which one will you and your kids start with?

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Homemade Doodle Art

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade doodle art: a fun and easy art project for kids of all ages.  Who doesn’t love a doodle art?  Remember those huge black velvety doodle arts we had when we were kids?  Oh man, I loved those things.  My friends and I could spend hours, sprawled out on the floor, markers scattered all around,...

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5 Cutting Activities for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

5 fun cutting activities to help toddlers and preschoolers develop their scissor skills. A couple of questions that I often hear from parents with young children are: “how can I help my child improve her scissor skills“, and “when should my child start using scissors“.  Read on to see how I introduce the hooligans, at a...

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Decorating Easter Eggs with Liquid Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I'm really excited to show you this easy process for decorating your Easter eggs!

It couldn't be easier!

We coloured our eggs (super-easy!), and then dribbled liquid watercolours all over them, and WOW, you should see the results! They're gorgeous!

The process is totally easy and fun. Everyone will love it - from the toddlers right through to the teens! Heck, even I had a blast colouring our eggs this way! We've polished them up, and set them in a bowl along with our easy marblelized eggs from the other day.

Check them out!

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Coloured Ice Sculptures in the Snow

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for something fun to do outside with the kids this winter?  Try building coloured ice sculptures in the snow. Now, we’ve played with coloured ice in the snow before, but THIS…  actually building a large structure with a variety of colourful ice cubes and blocks… this was new for us. The hooligans loved it!  Just...

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From Delhi to Goa: What it’s like visiting India with Intrepid

From Delhi to Goa: What it’s like visiting India with Intrepid

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

"India is a sensory overload, but in the best possible way." That's how photographer Mirae Campbell describes her recent 15-day trip from Delhi to Goa with Intrepid Travel.

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When Your Child Hates Bath Time – 10 Simple Solutions

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Does your child hate bath time? Don't worry, you're not alone. It's parenting challenge that I'm asked about often. Recently, I took the question to my Facebook page, and asked "what can you do if your child hates the bath" and my readers offered up lots of advice.

Here are 10 fun and simple solutions that may help end the bath time battles at your house.

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Eating spiders in Cambodia. Gimmick or gourmet?

Eating spiders in Cambodia. Gimmick or gourmet?

by Phil Lees @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Unlike the humble cricket, spiders aren't a common snack anywhere but have become associated with Cambodian (Khmer) food because of their media value. So, should you eat them?

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Construction Site Sensory Bin in a Cardboard Box

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Turn a cardboard box into construction site sensory bin for hours of small world fun! It’s an easy, inexpensive way to set up an engaging play activity that will keep your little ones busy for hours.  I have a new little toddler in my daycare, and he is obsessed with cars, trucks and diggers. Backhoes,...

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The Clooneys Handed Out Headphones on a Recent Flight with Their Twins — Just in Case

by Julie Scagell @ Babble

Each pair came along with a note that read, "apologizing ahead of time."

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10 Christmas in July Crafts for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you celebrate Christmas in July, you’ll love these simple “Christmas in July crafts”.  All of these ornaments are made with common, every day materials found in and around the home all year long.  No need to go digging through boxes of Christmas supplies to make these decorations! Christmas is actually the furthest thing from...

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Your challenges: February’s Photo Comp winners revealed

Your challenges: February’s Photo Comp winners revealed

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We put a call out for photos of your greatest travel challenge, and you didn’t disappoint.

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7 reasons to make your Singapore layover a stayover

7 reasons to make your Singapore layover a stayover

by Lauren Whybrow @ Intrepid Travel Blog

In Singapore, the sun is (almost) always shining, the food is cheap, the history is interesting, and the whole place is a little bit kooky (in a good way).

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Halloween Necklaces

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Halloween Necklaces – great, little halloween craft toddlers and preschoolers to help develop hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. We’re making lots of Halloween crafts here in my home daycare these days!  We made these Hallowe’en necklaces today! The hooligans loved the process for the festive colours, and because they created something they could wear....

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Book Page Wreath

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A book page wreath makes a great gift for someone who loves to read. This post will be short and sweet.  I have only one photo, and I don’t have my own tutorial, because I made this beautiful book page wreath a couple of years ago, long before I started blogging. I do however, have the...

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Teen Heads Off to College and Leaves Behind Heartfelt Messages for His Mother to Find

by Meredith Ethington @ Babble

"They really do love us and think about us ... even once our children are grown and flown they are inextricably linked to home."

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Paris then and now: is this the best photo mashup ever?

Paris then and now: is this the best photo mashup ever?

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Most people come to Paris for croissants, the Moulin Rouge and gloating, in that order. But for history buffs, it's like walking back in time.

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Footprint Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This week-end, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, so we made this cute footprint turkey craft today.  Everyone loves a footprint craft, right?  Sure they do!  As a parent, you love having your little one’s footprint immortalized in a quirky little craft made by your wee one.  I’ve never met a kid who didn’t love to trace his...

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Tissue Paper Wreath Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tissue paper wreath ornaments: a fine-motor Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers… These colourful tissue paper wreath ornaments are great to make with toddlers and preschoolers.  Kids love the colours and texture that tissue paper offers, and I love how versatile it is.  We’ve used it to decorate fall wreaths, Easter crafts, and Valentine’s art....

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by admin @ Pho Lantern Cafe

I made the one hour drive from the south bay, and was hoping to eat a good bowl of pho once I got here. I was definitely satisfied…they had our pho ready in no time. It was a good meal, and I had an iced …

CD Christmas Ornaments with Paint and Glitter

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

CD Christmas Ornaments with paint and glitter: an easy Christmas craft for kids! Hang on to your hats, my lovelies!  We used GLITTER!  Lots and lots of glitter!  Yep!  You heard me right. Those of you who’ve been following us for a while, know I’m a total glitterphobe. Truly, the thought of crafting with loose-glitter...

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Freedom Bird and Blue Kids Pho Tshirt | Vietnamese Food: Soup from Vietnam Foodie Cook 10 Black from Amazon | parenting.com Shop

Freedom Bird and Blue Kids Pho Tshirt | Vietnamese Food: Soup from Vietnam Foodie Cook 10 Black from Amazon | parenting.com Shop


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This shirt is for the food enthusiast and lover of Vietnamese cuisine. Pho is known for its unmatched flavor and for the communion it brings for all who share the experience. How do you enjoy your Pho ??

Fluttering Monarch Butterfly Mobile for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am in love with our latest fall craft and I hope you will be too!

We turned our coffee filter monarchs into this delightful mobile to hang on or back deck.

I've made a little video to show you how they flutter in the breeze, and how pretty they look with the sun shining through.

Just click the link below to see our butterflies in action and to get the instructions for making a mobile of your own! It's perfect to hang in a window at home or in your classroom!

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Tissue Paper Clothespin Butterflies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These tissue paper clothespin butterflies are easy to make, but they’ll provide your toddler with lots of fine motor development, sensory fun and an all-time favourite activity – stamping! The temps are finally warming up here!  Spring is on the horizon and winter may well and truly be behind us.  We’re so happy to be...

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Why you should travel with your children

Why you should travel with your children

by Nisbah Hussein @ Intrepid Travel Blog

From astronomy lessons under the stars of the Sahara to slowing down to enjoy the magic, here's why you should travel with your little ones.

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DIY Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream and Food Colour

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeek! I'm so excited to show you our latest art project! Guys! This one is SO easy, and the results are out of this world!

We're making marbled paper, and all you need is shaving cream and food colour! That's it!

Check out the stunning results! They're wild!

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16 Awesome Outdoor Party Games Kids

by Becky Mansfield @ Happy Hooligans

If you're holding a backyard party for your kids this summer, we've gathered the best outdoor party games and activities to please kids of all ages!

Some are classics and some are new and really creative ideas that will make your party a ton of fun for your family and all of your guests.

Check them out!!

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Tour with Hanoikids: More than just Hanoi free tours

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Founded in 2006, Hanoikids is a student-run, voluntary organization which provides free tours for foreigners in Hanoi, Vietnam.… [...]

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Gingerbread Crafts for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It's GINGERBREAD season, but don't worry, I'm not going to tell you to start handing out the candy.

Nope, these gingerbread houses and gingerbread men don't contain sugar!

They're adorable crafts and activities for kids to do at home or in the classroom, and they're just as fun as decorating real gingerbread houses and cookies.

There are a couple of ginger cookie recipes (that aren't gingerbread men) at the bottom of the post that you'll want to check out too!

Click the link below to see them all!

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“Christmas Tree” Christmas Tree Ornaments for Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woohoo! Here's a whole bunch of absolutely adorable Christmas tree ornaments that LOOK like actual Christmas trees! They're easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and they're made from things you likely already have around the house. Best of all, they're down-right gorgeous. Perfect for hanging on your tree at home, or for your child to give to a parent or grandparent. Check 'em out!

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THAI TEA HEALTH BENEFITS

by admin @ V's Vietnamese Cuisine

With its creamy look, Thai tea may seem like it would be high in fat and low in health benefits, but the opposite is true. Often called boba tea or bubble tea, this cold beverage combines milk, large tapioca pearls, sugar, tea and spices. While it is high in sugar and calories, Thai tea offers […]

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Olympic Torch Craft with Cardboard Rolls and Tissue Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This Olympic torch craft is very easy and a lot of fun for toddlers and preschoolers.   Whip up a few of these torches, and your kids can hold them high while watching the games! Are you following the Olympics closely at your house?  I know the hooligans are watching a lot of the sporting competitions with...

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Backyard Play Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When the weather is nice, the Hooligans and I spend most of our time outdoors, in our backyard play space.  Quite often we’ll be out from the time they are dropped off in the morning until afternoon nap-time. I’d like to share some of our favourite backyard play ideas with you today. Fun and Easy...

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Painting with Snow – A Winter Art Activity for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

  Painting with snow is a fun art activity for the kids to do in the yard in winter time.  Just grab some markers paint brushes and coffee filters and head out side to make some authentic preschool snow art! Check it out!  We were painting with snow, using markers, paint brushes and coffee filters....

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10 Incredible Health Benefits of a Vegan or Vegetarian Diet

by admin @ V's Vietnamese Cuisine

Is a vegan or vegetarian diet the healthiest diet you can follow? Researchers, doctors, celebrities and the health conscious routinely argue its pluses and minuses… it can be very confusing! Relax, and allow the following 10 facts outline some of the definitive benefits of following a vegetarian or vegan diet. 1. Reduce Your Risk of […]

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Easy Fall Crafts for Kids to Make at Home or Preschool

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall is almost here, and I know you’ll soon be looking for lots of fun fall activities to do with your kids! I’ve rounded up 14 of my favourite easy fall crafts for kids to make in the preschool classroom or at home, and I’ve put them all here in one handy, little place for...

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St. Patrick’s Day crafts

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paper Plate Rainbows and Lucky Green Wreaths!   Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of really cute and super-simple St. Patrick’s Day crafts that the hooligans made this year!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see the finished projects and to get all the details! Your kids will love these bright and easy St. Patrick’s...

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Red hot culinary tips from our Intrepid foodies

Red hot culinary tips from our Intrepid foodies

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We've scoured the globe to assemble our Intrepid Foodies, top chefs, bloggers and restaurateurs who like to travel on their stomachs.

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Abercrombie Kids’ New Gender-Neutral Clothing Is So Cool, You’ll Want It All in Your Size

by Rachel Garlinghouse @ Babble

It's called "The Everybody Collection" — and it has parents everywhere cheering.

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Valentines Play Dough Activity – “The Candy Shop”

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a super Valentines activity for toddlers and preschoolers!  Your kids will have a blast making and creating with this playdough “Candy Shop”. The hooligans have been playing with our homemade play dough every day lately.  We’ve had all kinds of neat play dough activities going on, and I’ll write about those in the days...

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Pringles Can and Paint Swatch Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A pringles can and some paint swatches makes a great fine motor drop box activity for babies and toddlers! I have a hard time parting with my recyclables.  Before I toss anything into the blue bin, I think seriously about its potential to be upcycled into a craft or an activity for the hooligans.  As...

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Lacing Tree Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Lacing Tree Ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers, and a fine-motor activity too! I know today’s Christmas craft is quite similar to Tuesday’s wool-wrapped ornaments, but hey, we love a tree ornament that looks like a Christmas tree, so we’re adding this to our collection. The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love lacing...

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Paper Plate Garden Craft- a Letter “G” Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The hooligans had such a great time making these paper plate gardens last week! It was such a fun and creative process that even our newest hooligan, who doesn't exactly *love* crafting yet, didn't want to leave the craft table at snack time! Success! These little gardens can be made with crafty odds and ends, and they're great to go along with a letter "G" unit! Aren't they pretty? Check them out!

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How to transform your iPhone into a pro travel camera

How to transform your iPhone into a pro travel camera

by Shannon McMahon @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Forget packing a clunky professional camera. These days all you need is a good eye...and a good iPhone.

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Healthy Vietnamese Food That's Lower in Calories

Healthy Vietnamese Food That's Lower in Calories


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Learn quick tips to find healthy Vietnamese food in restaurants, at the grocery store and even make low-calorie Vietnamese food at home.

Cutting Practice – 5 More Scissor Activities for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Cutting practice – 5 more fun and easy materials to help kids develop their scissor skills! I’m not sure what it is about scissors that toddlers find so fascinating.  Is it the cutting action? That unmistakeable “snip-snip-snip?  The paper clippings fluttering to the floor?  Whatever it is, kids just love cutting.  But cutting can be...

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Twig Tree Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This easy  Twig Tree Ornament is a great Christmas craft for preschoolers who are working on their fine motor skills. The toddlers can make these ornaments for the Christmas tree too with just a little assistance.  Here’s a cute and easy Christmas craft that starts out with a nature walk with the kids. Similar to our Twig...

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Sri Lanka’s most fascinating historical sites

Sri Lanka’s most fascinating historical sites

by Amy Foyster @ Intrepid Travel Blog

It was the food that originally piqued my interest in Sri Lanka, but there is so much more to this sub-continental wonderland than what you eat.

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Halloween Sun Catcher for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Recycle a plastic jug into an adorable Halloween sun catcher. All you need is a plastic container and some Sharpie Markers. Today’s easy Halloween craft is quick and easy, which is great for really young children who don’t have the attention span to craft for too long. You can do this craft at any time of...

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6 reasons Jordan is the perfect family holiday destination

6 reasons Jordan is the perfect family holiday destination

by Katie Hoare @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Part history lesson, part unforgettable adventure; a family holiday to this Middle Eastern oasis is an experience your kids will be telling their grandkids about in years to come.

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Uluru through the lens: an Outback 50mm challenge

Uluru through the lens: an Outback 50mm challenge

by Lucy Piper @ Intrepid Travel Blog

In photography terms, a 50mm lens has a fairly narrow field of vision. So it definitely isn’t your go-to lens for shooting vast landscapes or epic natural features – the exact kind you might find in the Red Centre…

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Navigating Singapore’s hawker markets

Navigating Singapore’s hawker markets

by Alyson Hill @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Hawker markets are iconic to Singapore for good reason. The food is good – and cheap – and showcases Singapore’s diversity of culture.

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Toilet Roll Structures – a Glue Gun Project for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toilet Roll Structures: Another Glue Gun project for kids! If you’re thinking I’m out of my mind to suggest a glue gun project for toddlers and preschoolers, you’re not alone.  I felt the same way until one of my blogging heroes Teacher Tom wrote a post about kids and glue guns.  Being that I admire...

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How to Make Healthy Vietnamese Spring Rolls At Home!

How to Make Healthy Vietnamese Spring Rolls At Home!


Happy Hooligans

They're super-delicious, super-healthy, and SO easy to make! I'll walk you through it with this simple step-by-step recipe.

Colour the snow with watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fun, indoor winter activity for kids: colour the snow with watercolours and medicine droppers. We set out to colour the snow with watercolours today, and my-oh-my, this is definitely a new favourite winter activity here at our house! This idea came to me after making our paint resist thank you cards.  We had some...

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Playing with Corn Cobs in the Fall

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Playing with corn cobs – a fun fall activity that can entertain toddlers and and preschoolers all month long. The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare just love playing with cobs of corn.  I have a friend who has a huge cornfield and every autumn, she brings us a big bucketful of corn cobs still...

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Painting with Coloured Ice – A Vibrant Outdoor Art Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painting with coloured ice – a great summer art activity for kids experience! Check it out!!  We were painting with coloured ice today!  Every year, here in my daycare, I colour a batch of ice for the kids to make art with.  It’s always a hit with the kids no matter how old or young...

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All you corn eat: our guide to the best Mexican street foods

All you corn eat: our guide to the best Mexican street foods

by Philippa Whishaw @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Brought to you from the smoky markets, carts and cantinas of Mexico, here are our favourite street-side snacks.

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Homemade Name Puzzle to Teach Your Child to Spell His Name

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make an easy, textured homemade name puzzle!  It’s a fun way to help your child to learn to spell his or her name, and to aid letter and name recognition! Every September, I make these easy homemade name puzzles for kids in my daycare. Playing with their name puzzles is a great way for the preschoolers...

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Easy, Adorable Santa Craft for Kids (with Paint Sticks and Yarn)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeek! We've been dying to share our latest Christmas craft with you!

It's ADORABLE!

We made these craft stick Santas with just a few basic supplies. Raid your craft cupboard! You probably have most of what you need on hand already!

Hang them on the Christmas tree or play with them.

They're super-easy to make, and the results are just so stinkin' cute!

Click the link below to check them out! Go!

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The winners of the Urban Photographer Competition are up, and they’re amazing

The winners of the Urban Photographer Competition are up, and they’re amazing

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

There's nothing like a global photography competition to make you self-conscious about your Instagram feed.

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Melting Ice with Salt and Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Melting Ice with Salt and Watercolours – a colourful science experiment for kids. One of the hooligans favourite science activities is melting a block of ice salt and water. Today we’re doing this experiment as a Valentine’s activity so we’ve used a heart-shaped ice block.  We’ve done plenty of melting ice experiments before, but this...

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Nature Shakers – An Easy, Musical Canada Day Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

My apologies for this post showing up so late in your inbox! I should have published it a few days ago so you would've had it BEFORE Canada Day rather than ON Canada Day.

Ah well, if you don't have time to squeeze it in to your plans for the day, save it for next year.

If you're in the US, however, please do keep this cute, homemade noisemaker in mind for the 4th of July! It's super-easy to make. You just need to add a little blue to the project, and you'll have the perfect, festive craft for your little ones to make!

Check it out through the link below!

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Grieving Husband Fights to Raise Awareness of Growing Maternal Death Rates in the U.S.

by Wendy Wisner @ Babble

"No woman should lose their life bringing new life into this world."

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30 Healthiest Foods of All Time

by admin @ V's Vietnamese Cuisine

1. Avocado Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are low in fructose and rich in healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium, and research has confirmed the avocado’s ability to benefit vascular function and heart health. Personally, I eat a whole avocado virtually every day, which I usually put in my salad. This increases my […]

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10 of the coolest things to do in Jamaica

10 of the coolest things to do in Jamaica

by Sarah Reid @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Phosphorescent lagoons, dancehall parties, spicy street food...is this love? Here's 10 of the best things to do in Jamaica, Intrepid's newest destination.

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Tissue Paper Earth Day Craft for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This tissue paper planet earth is an easy Earth Day craft for toddlers and preschoolers.    If you’re looking for last minute crafts for Earth Day to do at preschool or home, this tissue paper Earth is terrific. It’s a quick and simple activity to do while you talk to your kids about taking care...

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Vietnamese

Vietnamese


BBC Good Food

Fresh salads, rice dishes and noodle soups are the order of the day when it comes to the vibrant cuisine of Southeast Asia.

Easy Gazpacho Recipe Made with Fresh Tomatoes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woohoo!! I've discovered another FANTASTIC recipe to make with all the tomatoes that are presently taking over my garden and my kitchen.

Homemade Gazpacho!

This recipe is super-easy, tastes incredible and it's such a great way to use up an abundance of garden-fresh tomatoes!

It's the perfect side-dish or appetizer for a summer or fall meal, and you can sip it straight from the glass as a refreshing drink on a hot day.

You might want to make this as an appetizer for your Thanksgiving dinner. I did, and it was a huge hit with everyone!

CLICK the link below to get my printable recipe!

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Enjoy Reading with your Child

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

  Reading is a key ingredient in a good language-learning environment for babies and very young children as well as preschoolers, and reading with children from an early age helps to foster a habit for life with lifelong benefits. Moreover,   The reading of picture books with your child is one of the most important […]

Easy No-Sew Sock Puppets for Kids – Snowman and Rudolph

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Quick and easy No-Sew Sock Puppets: make an adorable snowman puppet and a reindeer puppet for your kids to play with in under 10 minutes. I love to make puppets for my daycare kids. They love playing with puppets – finger puppets and hand puppets – and they’re really easy to make. Well, the puppets...

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Cork-Stamped Flower Craft with Corks and Buttons

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a really easy spring craft for kids to make this season! These adorable cork-stamped flowers will brighten up a table-top or window-sill or any little corner of your home! We are so ready to say goodbye to winter, and dive into some spring crafting.  The hooligans are off  for spring break this week, and I’ve been...

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Let’s Hue

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Let’s Hue-Local Buddies started with a small group of undergraduates and graduates.… [...]

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Bubble Blowing Activity – Building Bubble Towers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Building Bubble Towers - a bubble blowing activity. This is the perfect activity when you need a few minutes to tend to the baby, prep dinner or fold a load of laundry. Quick and easy set-up and clean-up, and they kids will just love it!

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Help us rebuild an earthquake-damaged school in Nepal

Help us rebuild an earthquake-damaged school in Nepal

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We’re helping raise money for Khagendra New Life Special Education Secondary School – a pioneer in educating children with a disability.

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Painted Ghost Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This painted ghost craft is a sweet and easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers! The hooligans in my home daycare are just loving all of the Halloween crafts that we’ve been making lately!  We’ve been testing out lots of fun and easy art techniques, making halloween ghosts, monsters and pumpkins!  I had my two...

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I Spy Bottles

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I Spy Bottles – beautiful discovery bottles in a rainbow of colours. What child doesn’t love to play “I Spy“? Every year, here in my daycare, we make a set of I spy bottles or discovery bottles. You should check out the Ocean in a Bottle that we made recently!  It’s SO cool! The hooligans...

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Coconut Lavender Lemonade

by admin @ V's Vietnamese Cuisine

Try this delicious and refreshing beverage from Nicole @confectionalism This beverage recipe is my favorite for those sun lounging days. Tropical, herbal, sweet, and satisfying! This is a fresh squeezed lemonade made with coconut water and lavender simple syrup. It’s just as gorgeous as it is refreshing. Go ahead! Add some coconut rum or vodka […]

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The Yummiest, Easiest Way to Eat a Plain Avocado

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This, in my opinion, is absolutely the BEST, easiest and yummiest way to eat a plain avocado! So fresh, so simple and SO tasty! It's my new favourite "light" lunch or afternoon snack! I think I'm addicted...

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10 apps to help you take better travel photos

10 apps to help you take better travel photos

by Ashley Rossi @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Gone are the days when you needed to lug around a bulky DSLR to get professional looking travel photos. Nowadays all you really need is an iPhone.

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Ghost Mud Sensory Dough with Toilet Paper, Soap and Water

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ghost Mud (also known as Clean Mud) is the most fun you can have with a bar of soap and a roll of toilet paper.  This incredible homemade sensory dough is so easy to make and it’s a provides kids with a wonderful sensory activity.  Ghost mud smells fantastic, and it’s delightfully ooey and gooey when...

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Read Clare M.‘s review of Lucky Corner Vietnamese Cuisine on Yelp

Expanding Ivory Soap Experiment – a Classic Kid’s Science Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this is one of the coolest science experiments ever, and all you need is a bar of soap and a microwave!

This experiment NEVER fails to fascinate kids and adults alike. I'm serious! It's WILD!

The best part is there's no prep and no extra supplies needed. And it takes less than 2 minutes start to finish!

Ready to have your mind blown? Grab a bar of soap, and check out the how-to here:

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Mom Earns $3,000 Disney Voucher, Uses It to Buy Hundreds of Toys for Kids in Need

by Kaitlin Stanford @ Babble

"If I can be the catalyst for spreading positivity and joy, even for just a little while ... I've been given the greatest gift possible."

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When in Rome: author Tessa Kiros shares her Italian food tips

When in Rome: author Tessa Kiros shares her Italian food tips

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

When cookbook author Tessa Kiros turned 18 she left home in South Africa to travel and learn more about the world.

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Paper Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paper Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments are fairly quick and easy kids to make.  They can be hung on the Christmas tree, or used as table toppers at your Christmas feast. These tree-shaped paper cones were quite fun to make.  Older kids will be able to make this craft with little to no assistance.  I have toddlers and...

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Travel photography tips for kids

Travel photography tips for kids

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Are your little ones real shutterbugs? If so, leave it to them to capture your family holiday memories, with these top travel photography tips.

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More Easy, Awesome Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, hey, hey! Mother's Day is just around the corner, and guess what! I've rounded up a bunch of gorgeous, easy and inexpensive crafts for kids of all ages.

Not only have I rounded up some stellar crafts that any Mom would love to receive, I've popped in a couple of homemade card ideas, and some homemade gift wrap projects too!

I hope you love them! Check 'em out!

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Simple Snowflake Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These simple snowflake ornaments were so quick and easy to make.  They’re perfect as a last minute Christmas craft for your toddler either at home or at daycare. Little fingers will love the soft and fluffy feeling of these homemade ornaments, and they’ll be so proud to hang them on the Christmas tree.    ...

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Wax Resist Christmas Cards for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can make their own holiday greeting cards and gift tags with a "magical" process called Wax Resist. The supply list is short and sweet, and the process is super easy! Check out the collection of cards we made...

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Halloween Button Bracelet for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This Halloween button bracelet helps kids to develop their fine motor skills. It’s a fun and easy halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers.  What do you make when the kids have jewellery making on their minds, but you had a Halloween craft in mind? ‘A Halloween button bracelet of course!  It’s the perfect compromise! Our...

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Paper Candy Canes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Quick, easy, gorgeous and totally addictive! Make vibrant paper candy canes to use as tree ornaments and gift-toppers! Display them in a vase or at each place setting at your Christmas dinner table! Kids of all ages will LOVE this process, and you can make a whole bunch in minutes!

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Why this is the worst photo from my trip to Bolivia

Why this is the worst photo from my trip to Bolivia

by Justin Meneguzzi @ Intrepid Travel Blog

I sound like Darth Vader. That’s all I can think as I’m sitting here in the middle of the back seat of our jeep, leaning over the centre console that contains the clear plastic oxygen mask I’m clutching to my face.

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Gorgeous Symmetrical Butterfly Craft for Kids – with Free Printable

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am SO excited to show you this gorgeous symmetrical butterfly craft!  It’s super easy to do, using a classic preschool art technique – ink blot painting.  Toddlers and preschoolers will totally love the process, but the results are so beautiful, your big kids will want to make these butterflies too! Another one for the...

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Pasta and Playdough for Fine Motor Development

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Just a quick, little post to share this fun and easy toddler activity!  The other day, the two-year olds were strengthening their fine motor skills with pasta, pony beads and play dough. Because my daycare caters to preschoolers, you’ll find lots of fine motor activities here among the pages of my blog.  There are quite a few...

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Santa’s Magic Key – with Printable Poem

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How does Santa get in if your home doesn't have a chimney or fireplace?

With a magic key , of course!

It's fun and easy to make, and the perfect solution for homes that don't have an obvious entry point for the big guy in red.

Make our Santa key for your kids to hang on the front door on Christmas Eve.

With Santa's magic touch, it will turn your lock so he can let himself in.

There's a free printable poem to go along with your key too!

Click the link to see how to make your key and to get your poem!

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How Vietnamese Cuisine Became Houston’s Ever-Abundant Comfort Food | Houston Public Media

How Vietnamese Cuisine Became Houston’s Ever-Abundant Comfort Food | Houston Public Media


Houston Public Media

In conjunction with the Ken Burns series The Vietnam War, we learn how Houston become such a mecca for Vietnamese food.

Easy Bacon-wrapped Green Beans

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies!  My friend Alison, from Pint-Sized Treasures, is here with us today, to share one of her fab favourite family recipes with us! Looking for a perfect side dish or appetizer? These easy bacon-wrapped green beans are crowd-pleasers — and even kid pleasers! I still remember when I first met this wonderful dish. I...

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12 Homemade Garden Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ooooo, Mama! I have 10 gorgeous garden crafts to share with you today, my Lovelies!

All of these homemade garden ornaments are easy and inexpensive, and they're just gorgeous for hanging from a porch or patio or from a tree in your yard.

These crafts are perfect for craft camp or summer camp or for daycare or home.

They all use recycled materials or supplies found around your home and garden.

Your kids can make and give them as gifts, or you can keep them to brighten up a corner of your own yard or garden!

Check 'em out in the link below! They're easy and they're beautiful!

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8 must-try Georgian dishes to eat in Tbilisi

8 must-try Georgian dishes to eat in Tbilisi

by Emily Lush @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Given its proximity to Russia, it might be tempting to dismiss Georgian food as heavy, stodgy and bland. But nothing could be further from the truth. As any traveller to…

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You won’t believe what photographer Kevin Russ can do with an iPhone

You won’t believe what photographer Kevin Russ can do with an iPhone

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

For two years, photographer Kevin Russ lived out of his car and travelled through the American wilderness, growing an Instagram following and a very impressive beard.

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18 Free {or almost free} Cool Features to Add to Your Backyard Playground

18 Free {or almost free} Cool Features to Add to Your Backyard Playground

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, guys! It's that time of year when we start sprucing our outdoor play-spaces, getting everything ready for the kids for summer!

I want to show you some fabulous things that I've added to our backyard which transformed our outdoor play space from ordinary to extraordinary!

These ideas are great for your own back yard or for an outdoor play space at a daycare or preschool.

They're easy to set up, and they will keep your kids busy, learning and entertained for HOURS!

Best of all, they don't have to cost you a thing! Most of these activity centres I've put together using things I already had around the house.

And I'm not kidding when I say that they've made ours the best backyard on the block!

Check 'em out! I'm pretty sure you'll want to set up a few of these in your yard for the summer!

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Midori Spa

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Located in the Old Quarter, Midori Spa is a massage parlour which aims at providing job opportunities for blind Vietnamese people.… [...]

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Kids’ Playhouse Ideas – Playhouse Makeover: from Boring to WOW!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids’ Playhouse Ideas – simple ways to give your backyard playhouse a makeover and take it from “so-so” to the coolest hang-out on the block.  When I was a kid, my backyard playhouse was the favourite hide-out for me and all the kids on my street.  My dad built it.  It was quite small.  But...

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Convenience store food: Japan’s world-beating culinary experience

Convenience store food: Japan’s world-beating culinary experience

by Jo Stewart @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Convenience store fare? Food from vending machines? Isn’t travel all about eating authentic street food, finding hole-in-the-wall taco joints and dining in tiny eateries that have been in the same…

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6 Easy Turkey Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so I've rounded up 6 adorable and easy turkey crafts for your kids to make while you're gearing up for the holiday.

They can all be made with basic supplies that you already have in your home or classroom.

Click the link below to check them out!

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Kristen Bell Shares Touching (and Super Funny) Labor Photos in Honor of Her Daughter’s Birthday

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

"After 36 hours of labor I met a girl I love more than all the molecules in all the world ... "

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When Chore Charts Don’t Work – What To Do Instead

by Becky Mansfield @ Happy Hooligans

You have the highest hopes when you launch your new chore chart system to your kids, but what happens when the system totally fails?  If Chore Charts aren’t working for your family, don’t stress!  There are other successful ways to get your kids on board with helping out around the house! How to get your kids to clean...

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Homemade Musical Instruments for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for some easy, homemade musical instruments for kids to make?  We have 5 ideas you’ll love!  All of our instruments are made from simple materials you likely have around the house or in your recycle bin! Head on over to CBC PARENTS to see how we made all five!   [jetpack_subscription_form]   Follow the...

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Why winter is the perfect time to travel in Canada

Why winter is the perfect time to travel in Canada

by Amy Foyster @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Fewer tourists, epic vistas, comfort food and snow: here are a few of our favourite reasons to pack your thermals and book a trip to Canada this winter.

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Family Dinners May Be Harder to Pull Off These Days, But They Still Have Big Benefits

by Clint Edwards @ Babble

Dinnertime may look a whole lot different than we were kids, but the time spent together matters.

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23 Earth Day Crafts, Treats and Activities for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

23 Earth Day crafts, treats and activities to make, eat and do with your kids. Happy Earth Day! Of course, every day should be Earth Day, and we do our best here, all year round, in my home daycare to honour and respect our planet.  We compost, we recycle, and we make our own earth-friendly...

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“Canada Rocks” – A Quick and Easy Canada Day Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Canada Day, everyone!

If you're looking for a last-minute Canada Day craft to make with the kids today, this one is super-quick and easy!

Bonus: if you're in the US, you can tweak this craft and make it for the 4th of July too!

Click the link below to check it out!

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Magic Milk Experiment – an Explosion of Colour

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Set off a spinning, churning, whirling, explosion of colours when you combine 3 common kitchen ingredients! This classic science experiment - The Magic Milk Explosion - is guaranteed to "wow" kids and grown-ups alike.

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Woman Channeling Elsa in ‘Frozen’-Themed Photo Shoot Gets the Surprise of Her Life

by Katy Anderson @ Babble

She certainly won't be letting this one go any time soon.

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Homemade Father’s Day Gifts that Kids can Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, hey, hey, my lovely, lovely followers!

Father's Day is just around the corner, and I know your crafty kids and students are going to want to make something special and spectacular for Dad on his special day!

I've rounded up all of the best Father's Day gifts we've made over the years, and I've put the all right here in one post for you.

If you're looking for a stellar homemade gift for a child to make for a Dad, grandpa, uncle or even a male teacher or mentor, you'll want to check out these ideas!

They're easy, inexpensive, and totally rad!

Just click the link below to see them all! And can I just say a big THANK YOU to YOU for following along with me? It means so much to me that you want to receive my crafts and activities in your inbox. I really appreciate that you take the time, and click through to see what we're up to. You are the BEST! x

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This is what happens when you unleash 8 pro photographers on an Intrepid trip

This is what happens when you unleash 8 pro photographers on an Intrepid trip

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Vote for your favourite shot and go in the draw to WIN $10,000 worth of travel goodness!

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Mom Shares Mortifying Story of the Day She Attempted to Buy Pads with Her Kid in Tow

by Katey Johnson @ Babble

Let's just say, she won't be doing THAT again.

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Meet the American couple who road-tripped for 10 years nonstop

Meet the American couple who road-tripped for 10 years nonstop

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Introducing journalist Karen Catchpole and photographer Eric Mohl, a couple whose road trip is the definition of epic. It's been a decade, and they're still going strong...

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Dinosaur Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The Hooligans are just loving the small world play these days, so today I set up this dinosaur activity bin.   It’s a combination of a small world, sensory bin and water play all wrapped up into one fun activity for kids.  What’s not to love? With the temps as warm as they’ve been, we’ve...

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Cinnamon-Sugar Tortillas and a $250 Grocery Card Give-Away

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Psst! Does holiday entertaining stress you out?

Would a $250 grocery gift card help?

How about an amazing recipe you can make in minutes to serve as a snack, dessert, breakfast, or when unexpected guests drop in.

This recipe is so simple it will blow your mind. It will blow your taste-buds too!

And yes! There's the chance to win a $250 Grocery Card at the bottom of the post!

Click the link to check it out! Go! Go!

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How to make a God’s Eye Craft – Weaving for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hello, Lovelies!

Man, we are just hitting it out of the park with beautiful and easy crafts these days!

Today I'm sharing another one of our March Break Craft Camp crafts with you! Last week, over the break, I held a craft day for my hooligan grads. Some of them hadn't been together in years, so it was lovely to spend a day making classic, good-old fashioned crafts together.

Today, I'm sharing the colourful God's Eyes that we made. This one will take you right back to your childhood!

We had so much fun wrapping and weaving our colours. The children loved this activity so we made tons of them! The process is fun and easy, and so good for strengthening fine motor skills, concentration and co-ordination.

And the results are GORGEOUS! Have a look!

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Club Med: Intrepid’s May photocomp results are in

Club Med: Intrepid’s May photocomp results are in

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Sparkling blue waters, photogenic sunsets, white-washed cliff-top villages and enough je ne sais quoi to keep any photographer blissfully happy for months – that’s the beauty of Club Med.

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Smoosh-Painting: an Earth Day Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fun and Easy Earth Day craft for kids!  Kids of all ages love this no-mess painting technique.  Quick and easy smoosh-painting is perfect for making a last minute Earth Day craft. When I was thinking up Earth Day crafts to make with the hooligans, smoosh painting came to mind.  Kids just love smoosh-painting!  It’s a...

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Raw adventure: a first hand account of Tokyo’s Tsukiji tuna auction

Raw adventure: a first hand account of Tokyo’s Tsukiji tuna auction

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Welcome to Tokyo's tuna auctions, the seafood equivalent of the wait for the new iPhone.

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6 must-try dishes in Madrid

6 must-try dishes in Madrid

by Sarah Tate @ Intrepid Travel Blog

From tasty tapas to superb seafood, Spain’s beloved capital city is packed with flavor and character. Here are 6 delicious foods to try when there.

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3-Ingredient Homemade Puffy Paint – an Easy Microwaveable Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a quick and easy art activity to do with your kids, this one is fabulous. Not only is it an art activity, it's a bit of a science activity as well!

All you need are 3 ingredients to make this awesome homemade puffy paint! It's fun to paint and create with, and the best part? ...you just put it in the microwave, and it puffs right up!

SO cool! Have a look!

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School’s out: The educational benefits of travel (in Morocco!)

School’s out: The educational benefits of travel (in Morocco!)

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Sometimes, getting out into the world can teach kids so much more than they can learn in a classroom. And this group of kids is proof.

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A Very Cool Way to Make a Rainbow

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fun and easy way for kids to paint a perfect rainbow! Do your kids love making rainbows?  A rainbow is almost one of the first things that kids learn to draw.  I remember drawing hundreds of them when I was in kindergarten.  Every picture that I painted included a big yellow sun in the...

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Stick-Star Garden Mobile – Fun & Easy Nature Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a fun and easy craft to do with the kids today, try this colourful star-stick mobile!

Start out with a stick hunt in your yard or neighbourhood, and have the kids this colourful garden ornament to hang in your yard or on your porch or patio.

Ours looks so pretty hanging in our outdoor play area!

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Printable Transportation Colouring Pages for Kids Who Love Vehicles

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do your kids love vehicles, but they're not much into colouring? Check out this collection of free, printable TRANSPORTATION colouring pages! 6 vehicles that will please any kid whose obsessed with "things that go". We've got a boat, train, hot air balloon, motorcycle, scooters and helicopter! Download and print your free colouring pages here:

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A definitive list of everything you should eat in Florence

A definitive list of everything you should eat in Florence

by Emma Gibbins @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We’ve hunted down the best spots in Florence to grab breakfast, lunch and dinner (along with a few extra treats along the way).

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Fairy Soup: Sensory Fun in the Backyard!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fairy Soup: fine motor and sensory play in the garden! Honestly!  Science activities were never this pretty when I was a kid! You may remember that on Thursdays in my home daycare this year, I have only girls here.  This particular group of girls is crazy about fairies, so Thursdays have become the day that we...

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How to Get the Disgusting Stink Out of Your Hockey Gear At Home

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst. About that stink wafting out of your kids' hockey bag...

It's enough to knock you over, right?

Well, today I'm gonna tell you how you can get rid of that stink by washing all of your kids gear at home in your washing machine. Yep! Even those stinky gloves!

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Playing with Sticks and Stones

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Playing with Sticks and Stones – . Natural Elements are so easy to incorporate into daily play. They’re all around us; shells, sticks, chestnuts, pinecones, and our wonderful collection of stones and rocks… They’re a staple in our backyard, and I love how they provide the children with open-ended and unlimited play possibilities. Here are...

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Food from the road: January’s photocomp results are in

Food from the road: January’s photocomp results are in

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Street food crawls in Lombok, fruit salad carving in Cartagena and slurping ramen in Japan – if it's beautiful and delicious, you'll find it below.

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Toilet Roll Peeps – An Easter Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toilet Roll Peeps and paper bag nests: an easy, upcycled Easter craft for kids!  Hooray for spring! It’s right around the corner, and so is Easter! We hooligans LOVE our holiday crafts, so you’ll find lots of Easter crafts for kids among the pages of my blog.   Remember the simple paper bag nests that I shared with you yesterday?...

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Colourful Rain Stick Craft for Spring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Saturday, my Lovelies!

If you're looking for a quick and easy craft for your kids to do today, you have to check out our rain sticks!

They adored the decorating process. Seriously. They would've decorated cardboard tubes ALL afternoon if I'd let them. The dollar store tape you see here is the secret to what made that prcoess such a hit!

Filling the tubes was fun too, and then of course, playing with them! They sound so lovely!

And don't they look gorgeous? They're so colourful and vibrant. I'm just in love with them!

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7 best destinations for solo travellers over 50

7 best destinations for solo travellers over 50

by Marie-France Roy @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Temperate climate, good food, decent infrastructure, and a variety of activities where there is little risk of breaking a bone. 50+? Visit these countries.

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6 hottest food destinations in Europe for summer 2017

6 hottest food destinations in Europe for summer 2017

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Where will your taste buds be delighted most this summer? What cuisine will have your Instagram glowing and your friends green with envy? We'll tell you. Here are Europe's top foodie destinations for 2017.

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How we’re stepping up the fight against orphanage tourism

How we’re stepping up the fight against orphanage tourism

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Who wouldn’t want to help an orphaned child? Unfortunately, our desire to help can sometimes cause more harm than good as, in some countries, orphanages have become tourist attractions that…

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More than momos: A guide to Nepali cuisine

More than momos: A guide to Nepali cuisine

by Ange Takats @ Intrepid Travel Blog

If you ask anyone about Nepali cuisine, they’re sure to mention momos and dal bhat, but there are plenty of other treats in this mountainous country.

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Playing with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Playing with shaving cream and food colouring:  an easy and affordable way to have some awesome messy fun! We’re all about shaving cream activities this week!  It’s such an amazing sensory substance, and you can do so much with it!  So far we’ve had a shaving cream car-and-truck-wash, and mixed glitter into a shaving cream...

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How to cross the road in Vietnam

How to cross the road in Vietnam

by Emily Kratzmann @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Why did the Intrepid traveller risk life and limb to cross the road in Vietnam? To get to the good stuff, of course.

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Paper Plate Donut Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hee hee! Today, I'd love to share the super-easy and super-cute donut craft that the preschoolers made here in my daycare.

As you may know, we're putting together an A-Z paper plate craft collection, and this is one of our Letter D crafts.

Look at it! Doesn't it look yummy? Those colourful sprinkles add texture and interest, and make it look almost like a real donut!

Check it out!

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26 Gorgeous Star Ornaments for Kids and Moms to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my STARS! Check out this gorgeous collection of star ornaments that you and your kids can make! Stars made from paper, twigs, fabric, styrofoam and even from CANDY. I am in love with this stunning collection...

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Toilet Roll Mummy Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toilet roll mummies – a cute and easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make! We’ve made countless Halloween crafts over the years, but oh my!  These toilet roll mummies might just be the cutest yet!  And they were so easy to make!  A little tissue paper, a toilet roll tube, and lots of...

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Shaving Cream Sensory Play with Glitter

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Shaving cream sensory play with glitter and small toys – a wonderful messy play experience! We were playing with shaving cream and food colouring last week, and it was a big hit (even though it was dollar store shaving cream, and absolutely horrible, drippy,sloppy stuff). Well, this week we were playing with shaving cream and glitter,...

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Coffee Filter Easter Wreath

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for easy Easter crafts for kids, you’ll love this Coffee Filter Easter Wreath! It’s simple to make, the supply list is very simple, and toddlers and preschoolers will LOVE the creative process! Hooray for spring!  Winter is slowly coming to an end, and we’ve been busy making lots of spring crafts!  Today we made...

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Beyond the Grand Palace: What to do, eat and drink in Bangkok

Beyond the Grand Palace: What to do, eat and drink in Bangkok

by Robert Schrader @ Intrepid Travel Blog

So much more than just a layover destination, Thailand's capital is brimming with temples and malls, street snacks and watering holes.

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Framed Heart Art on a Painted Paper Bag Canvas

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I know how much you all loved our cardboard roll stamped hearts the other day... well... we've done it again, but this time, we've used a paper bag as our canvas, and we've framed our finished piece in a great looking (Dollar Store) frame. We've also switched up our colours for a more sophisticated look! Isn't it lovely? What a great gift for kids to make for a parent or grandparent for Valentines Day!

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What to expect on an overnight train in Vietnam

What to expect on an overnight train in Vietnam

by Emily Kratzmann @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Station attendants march up and down the platform, blowing whistles to alert us to the impending arrival of the 5pm train to Hanoi. Fifteen hours of riding the rails? Here we come.

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Bánh xèo – the unique pancake of Vietnamese cuisine

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Bánh xèo – also known as crispy Vietnamese pancake, crepe or sizzling cake – is a famous street food which is widely believed to originate from France during its occupation of Vietnam.… [...]

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3 Easy Ghost Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, the cuteness!!

I came across 3 of our favourite ghost crafts the other day, and though that those of you with toddlers and preschoolers would love them.

They're all quick and easy, and have some great sensory elements to them. The hooligans loved each of these activities, and I'll bet your kids would too!

Click the link below to check them out!

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5 reasons why Sri Lanka is the up-and-coming destination you should visit

5 reasons why Sri Lanka is the up-and-coming destination you should visit

by Lauren Wigham @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Few places can boast such a range of stunning beaches, world class surf, spectacular train rides, delicious cuisine and highland hiking through tea plantations.

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$2 Beer Fridays & Saturdays starting this week!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

Catch our happy hour all summer! $2 Beers all day Friday’s and Saturday’s! Make it a pho and beer night on the weekends. Happy hour only valid at our Irvine Market Place location! Address: 13786-C Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA 92602 Friday-Saturday 11AM-10PM We’ll see you there! ______________ For more info about Sawleaf Cafe Follow us [...]

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12 Fine Motor Christmas Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Check out this collection of Christmas crafts for kids! 12 of my gorgeous Christmas ornaments that will encourage fine motor development in toddlers and preschoolers...

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World School Morocco: Living The Berber Life

by Barbara @ The Dropout Diaries

A chunk of Moroccan flat bread lands on the table in front of me. Another chunk thunks down in front of each of my kids. Fayza, Mohamed’s wife, is.

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Easter Egg Table Toppers – Painting with Q-tips

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers will have fun painting with Q-tips while making these easy, Easter Egg table toppers!   If you’re looking for last-minute Easter crafts for kids to do before the weekend arrives, these table toppers were super-simple to make. But to add some interest to the activity, we used Q-tips dipped in paint to...

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Felt Flower Buttoning Toy

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I’m so excited to share our latest buttoning toy with you! Pop over to Kids Activities Blog to see how to make our Felt Flower Buttoning Toy!  This easy, no-sew version of our Button Snake, is a great toy for fine motor development and teaching buttoning skills! Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool activities...

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Easy Homemade Matching Game for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Making homemade puzzles and games for toddlers is fun, and can usually be done with items you have around your home.   I don’t recall exactly how I came up with this idea, but I’ve made many versions of this DIY matching game over the years.  I love that this game can be made anywhere as long as...

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Cinco de Mayo: Mexico through the lens

Cinco de Mayo: Mexico through the lens

by Eliza Gower @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Mexico's heart beats in the salsa clubs and street corn vendors, the midnight Mariachi and Maya ruins. If you want to know what it's really like, check this out.

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Colourful CD Sun Catchers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woohoo!  Check out our latest homemade outdoor ornament! We turned a bunch of old compact disks into vibrant CD Sun Catchers. It was super-easy to do, and the results were gorgeous!  They look amazing with the light bouncing off them. It’s a great group project, and all ages, from toddler to teen loved the process....

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Potato, Leek and Ham Soup Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woot , woot! It's soup season! And today, I'm sharing one of my easiest homemade soup recipes at all. Not kidding. From start to finish, you can have this potato, leek and ham soup on your table in no time at all. Thick and heart and so delicious! Serve it with a loaf of bread, and you have the perfect soup for a cool, fall day. Look it it! Iust take a look at it. How can you resist?

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Sichuan Magic Dust Popcorn Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Since late November, my friend Andrew Janjigian and I have made a total of about 55 batches of this popcorn. It’s his recipe, which he shared with me after I wrote about MSG in pho. When he realized that I was open to tinkering with monosodium glutamate in cooking, he sent the recipe to me....

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God’s Eye Ornament – a Kids’ Weaving Craft for Canada Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When I think of classic childhood crafts, a God's Eye ornament is right up there at the top of the list.

Remember all the hours you spent weaving these? Well, it's time to pass this classic along to your own kids!

Bust out the red and white yarn, and grab a couple of sticks because we're making God's eye ornaments for Canada Day! They're gorgeous, a super representation of our Canadian flag!

And if you're in the U.S., just add blue yarn for a fun 4th of July ornament!

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Tissue Paper Easter Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Today, we’re kicking off our Spring Craft Collection with this pretty Tissue Paper Easter Wreath!  Mom, you’re going to love how easy this is, and your little ones will love the colour, the texture and the process! Tissue paper is such a great material to have on hand when you’re thinking of Easter Crafts for...

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Popsicle Stick Snowflake Craft for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Simple Popsicle Stick Snowflakes: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make for the Christmas tree. Oh, I do love making simple Christmas ornaments with the toddlers and pre-schoolers in my home daycare at this time of year!  The hooligans love making snowflakes, and this is one of our easier snowflake crafts, and perfect...

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Best Sonoma Restaurants: 18 Picks from the Food Critics

Best Sonoma Restaurants: 18 Picks from the Food Critics

by Sonoma Magazine @ Bay Area Bites

The food critics at Sonoma Magazine have picked out their favorite places to eat in the county.

20 photos that prove how incredible the Galapagos Islands are

20 photos that prove how incredible the Galapagos Islands are

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

The Galapagos Islands: the most photogenic place on earth?

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How to Make Homemade Watercolour Paints for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make homemade watercolour disks for your kids, using 5 common kitchen ingredients! They last so much longer than those little store-bought trays, and they're fun and easy to make. Making them is a little science experiment in itself! They keep well too - just store them uncovered, in a dry place. There's a printable recipe for them in this post. Check 'em out!

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Winter Lacing Cards

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Winter Lacing Cards to make for kids: a fun, homemade fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers Happy New Year!   The hooligans have returned, and we’re getting back into our groove here.  We’ve spent the majority of the past two days playing, re-connecting and enjoying the SNOW that we finally got over the holidays!  We...

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This is the Slovenian food and drink you have to try, according to a Ljubljana waitress

This is the Slovenian food and drink you have to try, according to a Ljubljana waitress

by Shaun Busuttil @ Intrepid Travel Blog

What kind of wine, beer and spirits should you have with your Carniolan sausage and potica? We have the answers.

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21 Easy Halloween Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for easy, last-minute Halloween crafts for the kids to make this week, you'll love these easy, super-cute ideas!

I've rounded up 21 of my favourite easy Halloween crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. They're all simple and inexpensive to make, using stuff you already have around the house.

And BONUS: they're absolutely adorable! Click the link below to see them all now!

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Our 6 top tips for avoiding generic travel photos

Our 6 top tips for avoiding generic travel photos

by David Nagle @ Intrepid Travel Blog

While we’re not all just thirsty for Insta and Facebook Likes, everyone still wants amazing travel photos to remember their trip and show their mates – to wow them, inspire…

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7 reasons to visit Peru (that aren’t Machu Picchu)

7 reasons to visit Peru (that aren’t Machu Picchu)

by Taryn Stenvei @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Food, waterfalls, epic hikes and camelids, to name a few.

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How to Paint a Mason Jar and Give it a Frosted Finish

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I have always loved glass jars.  There’s just something old-fashioned and romantic about them.  From those teeny-tiny baby food jars to large mason jars, I’ve just always enjoyed finding ways to re-use old jars for storage and/or decoration. Today I’m excited to show you how to how to paint a mason jar and give it a...

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Turkey Craft with Toilet Rolls and Paint Chip Samples

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Thanksgiving turkey craft for kids with a toilet roll and paint chip samples… If you’re  looking for an adorable Thanksgiving craft this one should fit the bill. It might seem a bit early to be sharing turkey crafts, but we celebrate Thanksgiving more than a month before they do in the U.S.  American friends and followers,...

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This Mom’s New Year’s Resolution to “Rock Her Boys Every Day” Is Giving Us All the Feels

by Wendy Wisner @ Babble

Why does raising kids have to be so amazing and yet heart-wrenching at the same time?

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Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Roasted pumpkin seeds are easy to make after carving your Halloween pumpkin. Golden-brown and salty, they’re delicious as a snack or to add to soups and salads.  Oh I do love pumpkin season. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and of course, roasted pumpkin seeds. With Halloween eve upon us, we carved our pumpkins today,...

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Texas Police Officer Dresses Up as Superheroes to Inspire Kids Fighting Cancer

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

"I ... tell them that they can NEVER GIVE UP, they have to keep fighting for me."

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Apple Tree Craft with Foil, Corks and Sandpaper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sandpaper, corks and aluminum foil makes this Apple Tree Craft a terrific sensory activity as well! We’ve been having lots of fun making fall tree crafts here in my home daycare this month  Today, the toddlers are making a very cool apple tree craft.  We’re using lots of textured materials to add to the fun....

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“WOW” Your Kids With This Easy, Vibrant Art Experiment

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Art and science come together in this colourful absorption experiment.  Salt, glue and watercolours are all that’s needed for  this fun and fascinating activity.  Pop on over to CBC Parents to see how it’s done!   Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool activities by 25 bloggers, 10 printables, 50 links to activities not featured...

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Watch five years’ of glacier loss in one minute

Watch five years’ of glacier loss in one minute

by Tim Edwards @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Ten years ago, the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) began documenting the disappearance of the world’s glaciers using time-lapse photography. Today, his stunning videos of rapid glacier loss have been recognised…

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40+ Solutions When Your Kids is Afraid to Sleep at Night

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Banish bedtime monsters for good!  If your child is afraid to sleep at night, we have 45 tried and tested solutions for helping kids conquer their night time anxiety and fears at bedtime! Bedtime should be a special and memorable part of a little one’s day, but if your child is afraid of monsters or...

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Best Homemade Tomato Soup from Garden-Fresh Tomatoes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got lots of fresh tomatoes in your garden? This soup will change your life.

Bold statement. I know, but it is seriously the best tomato soup you'll ever taste.

When my friend gave me the recipe, I was like "hmmm.... I'm not sure if I like homemade tomato soup", but I made it, and OH MY GOODNESS... I'm not kidding. I couldn't get it into me fast enough.

It's divine. And dozens of followers have written me to say they tried it, and it's the best tomato soup they've ever had too!

You have to give it a try, and let me know what YOU think!

There's a printable copy of the recipe at the bottom of the post. Just click the link below to get there!

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Everything you need to eat in Italy: a city-by-city guide

Everything you need to eat in Italy: a city-by-city guide

by Kristin Amico @ Intrepid Travel Blog

To really excel at culinary tourism, bring elastic clothing and friends to share all the food. (Oh, and this guide.)

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Happy Hooligans’ Kid-Friendly Trail Mix Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fun and yummy, sweet and salty, crunchy, chewy snack that your kids are gonna love!

Mmmm! Homemade trail mix is one of the hooligans' favourite snacks. Ok, I'm not gonna lie.... It's one of my favourite treats too.

Honestly, when we make a batch of this stuff, I have a difficult time keeping my hand out of the bowl, and I end up eating just as much as the kids do.

It's. So. Good.

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REASONS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH VIETNAM (PART TWO)

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Scooters/Traffic Scooters are nothing special, they are everywhere on this planet. BUT scooters in Vietnam are a pretty big deal. We have around 90 million people in the country and guess what, nearly each of them owns a motorbike (excluding children and elders). Coming to Vietnam, you will see for yourself the lines of scooters […]

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Vibrant Fall Leaf Mobile with Tin Foil and Sharpies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Guess what! We've made another awesome Fall craft!

I know, I know. Yesterday, I said our gorgeous leaf sun catcher would be our last Fall craft for the season, and that we were ready to shift into Christmas craft mode.

Well, sadly, my crafty brain doesn't switch gears quite as quickly as I'd like it to, and I still have Fall on my mind.

Check out this shimmering, vibrant Fall leaf mobile! It was super-easy to make, using things we already had in and around the house.

Kids of all ages will love it because the process is really creative and fun!

Click the link below to see it!

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7 Things to Know About Drinking in Vietnam

7 Things to Know About Drinking in Vietnam


Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Drinking in Vietnam is an amazing experience, but here's a few things you should know before drinking with a Vietnamese person.

Paper Plate Mardi Gras Masks – A Fabulous Fat Tuesday Craft for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, and just wait 'til you see what we've crafted up!

We made gorgeous Mardi Gras masks the other day, and in true Happy Hooligans fashion, they were super-easy and required just a few basic supplies.

Click the link below to see how colourful and stunning they are! Go, Go!

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Christmas Cookie Play Dough Activity for Toddlers and Preschooler

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst! Want to keep your kids busy for a couple of hours while you're baking and wrapping and prepping for the holidays?

Set them up with this gorgeous play dough Christmas cookie activity.

My girls pretended they were baking Christmas cookies for two hours this morning, and all that was required was this beautiful homemade play dough, some cookie cutters, and some scraps from the sewing basket!

Check it out!!!

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Wool Wrapped Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wool Wrapped Tree Ornaments:  a fine-motor Christmas craft for toddlers and peschoolers to make and hang on the tree! We’ve been having fun making “Christmas tree” Christmas tree ornaments.  What I mean is, we’re making ornaments that look like actual Christmas trees. Wrapping a length of yarn around an object can be a tricky skill...

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Behind the lens with Anuar Patjane, the best underwater photographer in the world

Behind the lens with Anuar Patjane, the best underwater photographer in the world

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Anuar Patjane is the best travel photographer in the world...according to Nat Geo anyway. And they're a pretty good judge.

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10 Fun Fall Activities for Kids to Do in the Backyard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ah, Fall!  It’s almost here!  Those crisp, clear sunny days.  The vibrant colours.  The crunch of leaves underfoot.  We love playing outdoors in the fall!  We’ve done some exceptionally fun fall activities right at home in our own backyard.  There’s so much to see and learn and explore at this time of year.  New colours...

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Dragonfly Craft from Starbucks Stir Sticks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It might not be dragonfly season, but you won't be able to resist making these adorable stir stick dragonflies with your kids sometime soon.

Just grab a handful of stir sticks when you're in Starbucks (ask first!), and your kids can transform them into glittery, shimmery dragonflies.

They're fun for play but I think they'd look wonderful suspended in a window, or strung into a mobile similar to the pinecone mobile we made last month.

Check them out, and tell me what you think! They're SO EASY!

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Savory Vietnamese Dishes – A Look Into The “Bun” Family (Part Two)

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Following the last entry, us Saigon Food Tour is going to introduce you to more of the “Bun” family. But this time, these bowls of “Bun” will be more different and they are not so well-known by travellers as well. 3. Bún thịt nướng ( Chargrilled pork patties with herbs vermicelli ) I know we all like our […]

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Doll Diaper Station – Pretend Play for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A few days ago, I set up this doll diaper station for the hooligans, complete with a doll bath, diapers, and play “wipes” made from white fabric (more on that in a minute).  I suspected it would be a hit because of how popular our Babydoll Bath Station always is with all of the kids....

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Paper Plate Dream Catcher Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a paper plate dream catcher to help little ones with anxiety at bedtime. It’s quite common for children, at some stage, to develop a fear of the dark or of monsters or bad dreams when they’re young. If your child experiences anxiety at bedtime, a homemade dream catcher may provide some extra comfort and a sense of control...

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Homemade Bubble Blower

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How to make bubbles and a bubble wand at home… Bubbles, bubbles, who loves bubbles? And who loves it when you can’t find the bubble wands? Or when the kids knock over the bubble mix within minutes of playing with it? Yeah, well, those are the downsides to bubble blowing, but fear not, Mama! I’ve...

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Mother’s Day Gifts You’d Love Your Kids to Make for You

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Gorgeous handmade Mother's Day gifts for kids to make and give.

Spring has sprung, and Mother's Day is right around the corner, and you can bet that your kids (be it your own children or your students) are going to want to make something fabulous to give to Mom on her special day.

Well, you're in luck!

I just happen to have several totally gorgeous (and totally easy) homemade Mother's Day gifts for kids of all ages to make.

In my daycare, the crafts you'll see here were were made by preschoolers, but older kids, and even tweens would enjoy making these too.

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5 Homemade Puzzles for to Make for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

For National Puzzle Day today, I’m going to show you some fun and easy homemade puzzles for toddlers and preschoolers, and we’ll talk a bit about why puzzles are so good for a child’s mental and physical development. Most young children love doing puzzles. As toddlers they usually start out with wooden shape puzzles. Then...

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6 Ways to Make Homemade Stamps for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

6 ways to make a set of custom homemade stamps for your kids, using common house-hold items! Does your child love stamping?  Most kids do!  There’s something so fun about dipping a stamp in a puddle of paint, or pounding a stamp back and forth between stamp pad and paper, making marks all over a...

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Preemie Quads Channel the Force in Adorable ‘Star Wars’-Themed Photo Shoot

by Alexa Thompson @ Babble

Wait until you see "Darth Vader" with a little baby bow!

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“The more obstacles there are, the wilder the shot will be” – Q&A with photographer Callum Snape

“The more obstacles there are, the wilder the shot will be” – Q&A with photographer Callum Snape

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Callum Snape takes incredible photographs of Alberta, so we spoke to him about Alberta. And photographs.

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Here’s Scientific Proof That You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Tossing Out Your Kids’ Crap

by Chaunie Brusie @ Babble

When it comes to our kids' toys, less is more.

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Meet the NGO that’s fighting back against human trafficking

Meet the NGO that’s fighting back against human trafficking

by Emily Kratzmann @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Just outside the Old Town in Hanoi sits one of the most important buildings in Vietnam, though you wouldn’t know it from the outside...

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Do-It-Yourself Walking Tour of Dalat, Vietnam – A Perfect Day in Dalat

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Signup for my weekly newsletter The first time I took Chopper Suey (my Chinese-made American cruiser bike) on a road trip, was to the sexy hills of Dalat. As we pulled into town, surrounded by pines and fresh cool air, I knew I was going to love the place. Formerly a retreat town for the [...]

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15 Gorgeous, Easy Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for easy Christmas crafts for the kids to make this month, rejoice!

I have 15 crafts you're going to love!

They're easy.

They're gorgeous.

And they can be made with stuff you have around the house.

Best of all they can be enjoyed by all ages: toddlers, preschoolers and bigger kids too!

Click the link below to check them out! Go! GO!

Quick

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The Social Advantages of Exposure to Other Languages

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

Recent studies show that “multilingual exposure improves not only children’s cognitive skills but also their social abilities” (“The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals”, The New York Times, March 11, 2016). Whilst I’m wary of sound bites that may mistakenly encourage us to think that people are ‘superior’ simply by virtue of speaking more than one […]

Photographers be warned: the Taj Mahal will be covered in mud for a year

Photographers be warned: the Taj Mahal will be covered in mud for a year

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Yep, it's true. The Taj Mahal will, as of April this year, endure a 12-month mud mask that will brighten its marble and unclog its pores for a youthful, radiant glow (...we may have made up that last bit).

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Haunted Halloween Hand Melt – A Salt and Ice Experiment for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hands down, one of the best Halloween Science experience you've ever seen. Hands Down. Get it? Sorry, I couldn't resist! Ahaha

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Homemade Cardboard Construction Set

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Raid your recycle bin, and make a homemade cardboard construction set: Building and constructing with recycled materials is a lot of fun.  It gets kids using their fine motor and critical thinking skills and its a super way to  repurpose materials that are headed for the trash.  We love repurposing house hold materials for arts,...

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Fish Fridge Magnets for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make these adorable fish fridge magnets out of a styrofoam tray and a drinking straw: After a very delayed start to Spring, the ice is finally off our pond, and we can see our fish again!  The hooligans love to gather around the pond and watch the fish.  I keep an assortment of sticks and...

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Stamping Hearts with Cardboard Rolls – a Valentine’s Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I am in looove with this Valentines craft! What a terrific art art process! And so easy!! We've created the prettiest piece of art with acrylic paint and cardboard rolls. Yes! As in, paper towel rolls or toilet rolls! Isn't that wild? You have to check it out! It makes a terrific piece of art for kids to hang on a wall in their bedroom, or they can give it to a friend or family member for Valentine's Day. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Sharpie Art with Photo Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sharpie Art with Photo Paper: create glossy stained glass artwork with sharpie markers and photo paper! If you’re looking for easy art techniques for kids, you’ll love this one. We just LOVE Sharpie projects here, and today, we’re creating glossy, vibrant stained glass art with Sharpies and photo paper!  This simple art project is great...

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The magic and madness of traveling in Vietnam with my mom

The magic and madness of traveling in Vietnam with my mom

by Harris Newman @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Now we were just two friends on an adventure, no barriers, with a foreign, exotic, and endlessly beautiful country as our playground.

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Meet the Intrepid leader who dedicated his life to helping disadvantaged youth in Vietnam

Meet the Intrepid leader who dedicated his life to helping disadvantaged youth in Vietnam

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

The story of Jimmy Pham, an Intrepid Travel tour guide who went on to found KOTO, a hospitality training center in Hanoi.

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Italian gem: 12 photos that will inspire you to visit Sicily

Italian gem: 12 photos that will inspire you to visit Sicily

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

The fact it's the largest Mediterranean island is, quite honestly, reason enough to visit sun-soaked Sicily. But the rich history, dazzling landscapes and quintessential Italian food sure don't hurt either.

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17+ Awesome Advent Calendars Your Kids Will LOVE!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Get 'em while they're hot!

Today, I'm sharing lots and lots of my favourite advent calendars for kids.

Remember the excitement of an advent calendar when you were a child? Well, advent calendars have changed, and there are some spectacular ones out there now!

Barbie, Thomas, Star Wars, Little People, LEGO, all that come with 24 toys and treasures to make the long wait for Christmas a little more bearable for kids.

Of course, there are some adorable, traditional advents calendars too.

I've rounded up a big collection for you to have a peek at. Check them out! I have a feeling you'll find something here that's just perfect for your child!

Click on the link below to see them all!

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How to survive an airport stopover

How to survive an airport stopover

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Being stranded at an airport is like being stuck on a cities’ front doorstep. A doorstep full of cheap fast food, uncomfortable chairs and far too much duty-free temptation. Here's how to survive.

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Our leader lifts the lid on Tokyo’s six hottest food experiences

Our leader lifts the lid on Tokyo’s six hottest food experiences

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

if you’ve only got a few days to explore, you need a local edge to find Tokyo's best grub. Enter our expert foodie leader: Silvia Yamawaki

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Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Maple Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst... Wanna know a secret?

Whenever I feel like I'm slacking in the mom department, I bake homemade cookies. I'm not sure what it is about a homemade cookie, but when my kids come home to find that I've made a batch, suddenly I'm "mom-of-the-year".

These particular peanut butter maple cookies are a favourite here. An old school friend of mine gave me the recipe years ago, and I've been making them ever since. My family LOVES these cookies. The pale, golden colour... the soft, chewy oatmeal... rich peanut-butter and a hint of maple.... Mmm-mmm!

They. Are. Amazing.

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Easy Flowered Tiara Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my gosh, guys, if you have little ones who love pretending they're fairies or princesses, or just love dress-up play in general, you HAVE to check out the tiara we made yesterday!

Eek! I'm so excited about it. I mean, look at how completely enchanting this little hooligan looks wearing it.

She wore it all day long. I'm not kidding. She adored it.

And guess what...

It was SUPER-easy, and took less than 10 minutes from start to finish!

All you need is some elastic, some fake flowers, and a glue gun! Check it out! Don't you just love it?

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Tin Foil Tissue Paper Ornaments – So Easy, So Pretty!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I love, love, love these simple homemade ornaments. Sparkly, colourful and gorgeous, and they're totally easy and inexpensive to make using tin foil and a few gems and jewels. Little kids will love the colourful process, and big kids can get really creative with the designs they make. Hey, I'm not going to lie. I thoroughly enjoyed making a few of my own. Check them out!

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Bark and Paint Swatch Trees

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Bark and Paint Swatch Trees: kids can explore nature’s colours and textures while creating beautiful Fall art. At this time of year, the hooligans and I are still spending most of our hours outdoors, playing in the yard and neighbourhood and observing the changes of the season. We’re also doing lots of Autumn crafting. Yesterday,...

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Craft Stick Star Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Craft stick star ornaments: an easy christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers. We are well and truly in Christmas countdown mode now; the hooligans and I have only 2 days left together before we break for the holidays. Today we made these craft stick star ornaments. These simple stars are easy enough for toddlers and...

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Heart Shaped French Toast – Valentines Lunch Idea for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Heart Shaped French Toast – a cute Valentine’s lunch idea for kids. I love making cute holiday-themed lunches and treats for my daycare hooligans!  Here’s a really cute kids’ lunch idea for Valentine’s Day: Heart shaped French Toast with cinnamon sugar.  I’ve added a few cute heart-shaped sides to this lunch as well. It’s always fun...

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Easy Homemade Braiding Board – Learn How To Braid the Fun Way!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Teach kids how to braid with a homemade braiding board!

The 7 year old learned how to braid in minutes with hers, and the older kids loved practicing their braiding skills!

They're so easy to make! Click the link below to check them out!

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10 reasons why you should travel to Nha Trang, Vietnam

10 reasons why you should travel to Nha Trang, Vietnam

by Amber Dunlap @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Located on the south central coast of Vietnam, Nha Trang is a paradise of city and sea, the absolute best of both worlds.

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Lessons in experiencing La Dolce Vita in Italy

Lessons in experiencing La Dolce Vita in Italy

by Jess Simpson @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Taking time to enjoy life’s great pleasures – family, friends, outdoors, food, and wine – is the core of Italian living. This obsession with life’s quality proves irresistible and brings us back, time and again.

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Salon Pretend Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Create a spa or salon for pretend play, using items from around the house. affiliate links have been added to this post for your convenience Here’s an activity that’s inexpensive and easy to pull together, and kids LOVE it.  We call it “the spa“. Find your case or container: Grab a cute basket or container....

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This Mom’s “Before” Photo Is a Reminder That We All Deserve Love at Any Size

by Sarah Cottrell @ Babble

"I am me and I am beautiful. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow."

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Animal Hospital Pretend Play Idea for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Set up a a pretend play Animal Hospital to keep toddlers and preschoolers entertained and learning! We hooligans are all about learning and having fun on a budget, and this activity fills the bill on all accounts! Pop on over to CBC Parents to see the Animal Hospital that we set up recently.  It kept...

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4 Sisters Wore Their Wedding Dresses in a Photo Shoot for One Very Special Reason

by Katy Anderson @ Babble

While most brides only wear their wedding dresses once, these sisters donned them one last time for a beautiful photo shoot tribute.

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Coffee Filter Daffodils

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a terrific spring craft to do at home or in your classroom! It's super-easy, and the results are fab!

Just look at how pretty these coffee filter daffodils are! Have your kids make a whole bouquet of them to display on a windowsill or table!

Aren't they great?!

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Paint Chip Mosaics – Abstract Art for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paint Chip Mosaics – an abstract art project for toddlers and preschoolers! These paint chip mosaics were the perfect project for a day as grey and rainy as today . This morning, I set out some cardboard, a few glue sticks and a tray of paint chips that I’d cut up into squares, rectangles and...

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Prepare to salivate: Top 10 restaurants in Barcelona

Prepare to salivate: Top 10 restaurants in Barcelona

by James Getgood @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Check out our guide to the best of Barcelona’s Spanish and international cuisine. It reveals where to go for the tastiest tapas, and so much more...

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10 Fun and Creative Snow Activities for Kids (for Outside and Inside)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Yahoooo!! We have SNOW!

It feels like it's taken forever to get here this year.

If your kids are crazy about snow, and you're looking for something "different" to do with them out in the yard today, CHECK OUT these AWESOME ideas!

They're very cool, very easy, and your kids will go nuts for them!

Check out the link below, and then bundle up, and get out there!

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Popsicle Stick Ninja Ornaments For Kids to Make for The Christmas Tree

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ninja fans are going to LOVE this craft! These ninja craft stick ornaments are just adorable and they're SO easy to make!

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Cinnamon-Sugar Snowflakes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, the snowflakes are flying!  We’ve had flurries off and on for three days in a row now, and that means it’s time to start making some of our favourite wintery treats! Cinnamon-Sugar Snowflakes are one of our favourite winter-time snacks. Butter, sugar and cinnamon toasted crispy brown…  Mmmmm, I can’t think of a yummier...

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Glittered Clothespin Wine Charms for Kids to Make and Give

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I'm in love with out latest project!

The kids recently made these gorgeous clothespin wine charms to give to their moms!

This is such a great gift for children to make for mom's birthday or Mother's Day.

They make me swoon every time I look at them because they're so darn pretty!

Click the link below to see them, and to find out how easy they are to make!

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OC Weekly Sawleaf Feature!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

PHO the Masses! Several weeks ago we were mentioned in a great article in the OC Weekly. It touches on our key vision in starting this concept. We wanted to create a brand that would be able share Vietnamese food and culture to a broad audience. By using quality fresh ingredients, a fast casual dining [...]

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This Mom Who Staged Her Maternity Photos Inside Taco Bell Deserves a Slow Clap

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

She decided to combine two of her biggest loves — her soon-to-be born baby and Taco Bell — into one amazing photo sesh.

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Adorable Toilet Roll Owl Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy, adorable toilet roll owl craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make with cardboard rolls and fabric scraps!  Oh, we do love our owl crafts here in my home daycare. Because owls are typically thought of as being a fall craft, we often make them around Halloween, but in all honesty, these toilet paper roll owls are...

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Garden Soup – Fine Motor Water Play Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Garden soup! This is one of the easiest water play activities ever to set up. It always keeps my toddlers and preschoolers entertained for the better part of a morning. Nature and science go hand in hand.  Making Garden Soup is one of my favourite natural science activities to do with the hooligans.  This pretend...

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The best thing about a family tour? Seeing your children make life-long friends

The best thing about a family tour? Seeing your children make life-long friends

by Daniel Pawlyn @ Intrepid Travel Blog

'On the first day, the eight children pronounced themselves best friends and bagged girls’ and boys’ areas on the bus for the journeys to come.'

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Q&A with Canadian photographer Chris Burkard

Q&A with Canadian photographer Chris Burkard

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We recently started running trips in Alberta and Chris Burkard has taken loads of amazing photos there. So we thought we'd pick his brain.

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Easy Fine Motor Drop with a Wrapping Paper Tube

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Turn a wrapping paper tube into a cardboard drop zone fine motor activity for toddlers! For your convenience, I’ve included Amazon Affiliate links in this post. What do you get when you combine a sturdy cardboard tube and a roll of funk-a-delic Duck Tape?  A Cardboard Drop Zone! Ok before we get started, I have...

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fun in the blizzard!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We had a full-on blizzard here this morning!   I didn’t know if the Hooligans would even want to go out and play in it because it was snowing and blowing so hard.  I mean, every kid likes to play in the snow, but in a snow-storm?  I wasn’t so sure they’d be up to...

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The 10 best cities in China for travelers

The 10 best cities in China for travelers

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

It's difficult to think of a country more diverse in its landscapes, its people, its cuisine, and its reasons for reeling travelers in.

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Photos: this is what it looks like to cross the Nullarbor

Photos: this is what it looks like to cross the Nullarbor

by Dean Harries @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Two Poms, the Nullarbor and a beaten up Corolla named Betty. This has got Wolf Creek written all over it...

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Showing Love Through Food May Be Making Our Pets Obese and Unhappy

Showing Love Through Food May Be Making Our Pets Obese and Unhappy

by NPR Food @ Bay Area Bites

Over half of the dogs and cats around the globe battle the bulge. A pet obesity specialist says a deep human-animal bond may inadvertently be causing unhealthy emotional and physical consequences.

Homemade Votive Candle Holders for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade votive candle holders for Valentines Day – an easy homemade Valentines craft for preschoolers to make and give. We love crafting for Valentine’s Day here in my home daycare.   The hooligans love making something special to give their moms and dads for Valentine’s day, and we just love being surrounded by all the...

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Birth Photographer Captures the Unseen Struggle of Postpartum Anxiety in One Powerful Image

by Chaunie Brusie @ Babble

Rage. Impatience. Relentless worry. Bone-deep exhaustion. The symptoms of postpartum anxiety are often overlooked by women after the birth of a baby, but they can be debilitating. Although it’s more familiar for us to talk about postpartum depression, one study found that postpartum anxiety is even more common. Fortunately, more women are opening up about...

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Zuppa Toscana: Sausage Soup – An Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You know the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana?

Yeah. This soup is that soup, only better. And you can make it right at home, any time you want with this Olive Garden copycat recipe!

It's super-easy to make and it will feed a crowd. Or...it will feed a lot of soup to your little family.

And that's never a bad thing.

Give this soup a try this weekend. You'll be happy you did. And look at that photo. Is that not the most gorgeous soup you ever did see?

Click through on the link below to get the recipe!

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Paper Plate Valentine’s Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Your preschooler will love making this simple paper plate Valentine's wreath. Painting, gluing and crumpling tissue paper are wonderful ways for little ones to explore colour and texture, and strengthen their fine motor skills. And they'll be so proud to hang their creation on a door or window for Valentine's Day!

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Beyond the pho: a street-level guide to Vietnam’s tastiest food

Beyond the pho: a street-level guide to Vietnam’s tastiest food

by Libby Shabada @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Yep, it does get better than banh mi.

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Homemade Monster Spray For Kids Who Are Afraid of Monsters

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a child who’s afraid of monsters at bedtime?  Mix up a bottle of monster spray!  It’s an easy and effective way to help young children conquer their night-time fears and insecurities. A while back, my Facebook followers and I were discussing parenting challenges. Not surprisingly, bedtime issues came up time and time again.  One...

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I Designed Some Hilarious Food Pun T-Shirts!

by Barbara @ The Dropout Diaries

Regular readers of my blog know that I love food, puns and dad jokes. And I’ve figured out a way to combined these three of my favourite things ON.

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How Do You Stay Fit as a Food Lover?

How Do You Stay Fit as a Food Lover?

by Bay Area Bites @ Bay Area Bites

The staff of America's Test Kitchen shares some of their tips for staying healthy in a food-friendly environment.

Orange Cup Bird Feeders – an easy bird feeder craft for kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easy Orange Cup Bird Feeders to make with toddlers and preschoolers! The hooligans and I love making homemade bird feeders to help our neighbourhood birds and squirrels make it through the long winter season.  To keep things fun and interesting, we never make the same bird feeder twice.  We may use a similar technique or...

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Food Allergies: A Hidden Danger for Many Asian-American Kids

Food Allergies: A Hidden Danger for Many Asian-American Kids


Bay Area Bites

Why are so many Asian-American kids developing food allergies when many of their parents and grandparents never heard of the concept?

Paper Cone Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Paper Cone Tree ornaments are really easy to make, so they’re a great Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers.   We’ve made these paper cone tree ornaments to go on our Christmas tree, but they can be used as table toppers for a holiday table as well. Older children will be able to make...

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Review 1

by admin @ Pho Lantern Cafe

My beau got the large pho tai (#33) and I ordered their hu tieu dac biet, or house special rice noodle soup. Both did not disappoint our bellies or our palates. He ordered a large bowl, and it had a lot of meat! I was …

Eating out in Vietnam

Eating out in Vietnam


The Economist

As communism crumbles, a great cuisine revives

I Spy Ornament – An Activity and an Ornament All in One

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We love making homemade ornaments for the Christmas tree, and this I Spy Ornament is especially fun.  Not only is it a decoration that your child will be proud to have made, it serves as a fun, little game for your kids to play as well! This ornament is great to make for your own...

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A Beginner Glue Gun Project for Kids: Mosaic Meat Tray Structures

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Now, you might be thinking "WHAT? A toddler and a glue gun??"

You bet! Have a look at this glue gun project for kids that I shared a wile back. In it, I share my advice on teaching kids how to use low temp glue guns.

You'll see that our older toddlers and preschoolers use them well. With a little guidance and supervision (and a bowl of cold water near-by, just in case), you can teach your child how to use a low heat glue gun too!

Check it out through the link below!

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{Gorgeous} Coloured Coffee Filter Snowflakes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want to brighten up a dull and dreary winter day? Make some of these gorgeous, vibrant coffee filter snowflakes. The process is fun and easy, and a great lesson in water absorption and colour-mixing. Kids of all ages will want to get in on the fun making these. I find them a little addictive myself!

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8 beaches in Vietnam you have to visit

8 beaches in Vietnam you have to visit

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

The best beaches in Vietnam – all turquoise waters and white-sand wonders – are destinations you don't want to miss. Here are a few of our favorites.

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LEGEND OF MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL IN VIETNAM

LEGEND OF MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL IN VIETNAM


Saigon Food Tour

Known as the one of the biggest holidays in Vietnam, Mid-autumn festival has been significant to Vietnamese families for many years. Let's discover it now!

Paper Plate Bird Feeder for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, Lovelies, I am just smitten with this latest bird feeder project. It's one of our easiest bird feeders yet, made with stuff you already have in your kitchen and craft room. It looks SO pretty, and the process included a few easy steps that little hands will really enjoy: threading, spreading and sprinkling. I hope you'll make one of these feeders for your yard! It's inexpensive (free) and a really quick and easy project! And I hope you love ours as much as we love ours! Check it out...

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Paper Plate Yarn Weaving Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a cute and easy project that doubles as a Valentines craft and a beginner sewing or weaving project for kids!

Weaving is a terrific way to strengthen fine motor skills and co-ordination too! Trust me, even my big kid was challenged by this one a wee bit.

The nice thing about it is it doesn't matter how the kids do it, it's going to look great, making it a super project for all ages.

We jazzed our finished project up with a bit of paint, and they look just darling! Wouldn't you agree?

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10 Spring Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

10 spring crafts for toddlers and preschoolers to make!  They’re sweet, they’re simple, and they’re absolutely charming! Spring, glorious spring!  Is there a more wonderful season?  Everything’s coming up fresh and new in the garden.  The yard is a live with vibrant colour after a long, cold winter, and the spring-time temperatures are rising daily....

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26 More Easy Christmas Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

26 MORE easy ornaments for kids to make. Super-simple but adorable ornaments that are perfect for last minute Christmas crafting sessions. They make sweet little gifts and gift-toppers too...

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EER130: Airbnb for Families — Tips for How to Use Airbnb with Kids

EER130: Airbnb for Families — Tips for How to Use Airbnb with Kids

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

We’ve been using Airbnb with kids since 2013, and today I’ll tell you some of my tips on how to use Airbnb for families. Airbnb for Families — How to Use Airbnb with Kids There’s lots of information out there on how to use Airbnb, but most of it is for couples and single travelers […]

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Africa through the lens with photographer Ben McRae

Africa through the lens with photographer Ben McRae

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Yep, this year we're launching a one-of-a-kind expedition into the wilds of Africa with legendary photographer Ben McRae. Want to come?

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“Diamond Dig” – A Snowy Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When snow days or freezing temperatures make it impossible to get out to play in the snow, a snowy sensory bin is a fun indoor winter activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Goodness knows this has been a long, cold winter!  Temperatures in the -20s and even -30s have made it difficult to get out and play in the snow...

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Pasta with Butter and Parm – Favourite Daycare Lunch for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hands-down, this is our favourite lunch ever here in my daycare.

Every kid loves it, from the toddlers right through to the 10 year olds.

It's super-easy to make, and even the pickiest kids (and believe me, I've had some picky ones!) ask for this over and over again.

Everyone has seconds, and sometimes thirds. It's that good.

You know why? It's simple, delicious comfort food.

You can tweak it any way you want to, but this version right here - it's guaranteed to make everyone happy.

Check it out, and give it a try. I'll bet it will become a favourite with your hooligans too!

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Good Luck Stones for Kids Who Are Afraid or Anxious

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade good luck stones! Tuck them into a pocket or keep them on a desk or bedside table. Ward off monsters, bring good fortune or make them just for fun! Whatever the reason, kids will love having shimmery good luck charms of their own.

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Kid’s Birthday Party Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It’s a party game, it’s a craft, it’s a group project…  It’s a great Kids’ Birthday Party Activity for toddlers and preschoolers! We had a birthday here in the daycare today, and to celebrate, we decorated a 3 foot “birthday cake” for the birthday girl to take home at the end of the day.  The...

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{Adorable} Homemade Gift Tags for Kids to Make with Cookie Cutters

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

OK, super-cute idea to share with you today.

We're making homemade gift tags and it couldn't be any easier.

The kids will be thrilled to see their own gift tags on the gifts they're giving, and they're so much more meaningful than store-bought.

Plus, they won't cost you a thing, and you'll never have to worry about running out when you're in the middle of wrapping again!

They might even keep the kids busy enough that you can get some of the Christmas prep done today!

Aren't they adorable? Click the link below to check them out!

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Paper Plate Bird Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This Paper Plate Bird Craft is so cute and easy.  It’s a great spring or Easter craft for kids to make! Spring is in the air, and so my toddlers and preschoolers have been creating lots of Spring crafts to hurry it along!  Today I’m sharing the super-cute paper plate bird craft that we made today....

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Autumn Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An Autumn Sensory Bin provides hours of exploratory Fall play! Yup, I guess it’s time to accept it: summer is on its way out.  I’ve started getting really pumped about Fall Activities here in my daycare though!  I love all Autumn crafts, and there are so many fall colours and textures for kids to explore at...

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Cardboard Tube Snowman Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Cardboard Roll Snowman Ornaments – an easy and adorable Christmas craft for kids… What is it about homemade snowman ornaments?  They’re so darn cute!  It doesn’t matter how you make ’em, they always end up looking just adorable.  Check out our CD Snowman Ornaments, Snowman Activity Tray and our toilet roll Snow People for a big...

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Two Sisters Thought This Costco Cashier Was Maui from ‘Moana’, and He Played It to a T

by Heather Newman @ Babble

There's no telling how far this guy will go to make kids smile.

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Fabulous Fall Collage for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wows! Take the kids for a nature walk today to collect some goodies from nature. Make this gorgeous fall collage with your findings when you get home! The way you make the backdrop for this is such a fun process! What a wonderful way to spend a fall morning! Check it out...

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Gorgeous Paper Mache Platter for Kids to Make and Give

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A gorgeous paper mache platter that kids can make and decorate.  Give it as a gift or use it in your own home. Wouldn’t this be lovely to make for a parent or grandparent?  There’s nothing quite as special as receiving a hand-made gift from a child.  Especially when that gift is really useful, and...

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Many Things To Love About Vietnamese Food

by photastix @ Photastix

There are a variety of different things to love about Vietnamese food, like noodle soups, Banh Mi sandwiches, their strong, delicious coffee, and more. All in all, the reasons to love Vietnamese cuisine are endless. The one thing that makes most of these dishes stand out is the use of herbs for flavor. Regardless if you […]

“Tourism creates jobs, jobs support families.” All your Nepal questions answered by our man on the ground

“Tourism creates jobs, jobs support families.” All your Nepal questions answered by our man on the ground

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Nicholas Cowie lives with his wife and children in Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu. He was there when the earthquake struck on April 25th.

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Intrepid Twitter chat recap: South America

Intrepid Twitter chat recap: South America

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

On December 10th Intrepid was joined by a few seasoned travellers and fellow adventure operators to chat all things South America. Under the hashtag #IntrepidSA, we covered everything from epic scenery, delicious cuisine and hidden gems.

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Best Homemade Rolls – Bread Machine Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These easy Bread Machine Dinner Rolls are soft and fluffy and so delicious, you’ll never buy store-bought buns again. I am a huge bread-lover.  Seriously. If I had to live on one food alone for the rest of my life, it would be bread. Carboholic. That’s me. I especially love homemade bread. I mean, really, is there...

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Candy Cane Ornaments Painted with Golf Balls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers will love using this favourite paint technique to make a batch of candy cane ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree this year. The hooligans LOVE painting with golf balls.  If you’ve never tried it before you must!  Little ones just love all the bouncing and shaking that goes on while they’re creating their...

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Homemade Cereal Box Puzzles to Make for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade cereal box puzzles are easy to make, and great for keeping the kids entertained and learning quietly. Doing a puzzle is so beneficial for a child.  Puzzles get kids thinking, planning and problem solving, they’re great for fine motor skills, and a child feels a real sense of accomplishment when they complete a puzzle...

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Ichi, ni, san! A photography guide to Japan

Ichi, ni, san! A photography guide to Japan

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Japan is a photogenic country, but there are certain spots you should check out if you really want to take some original shots.

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Pretend Play Perfume Factory Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ooooo! I just LOVED this activity, and I think you will too!

The kids played for hours with this pretend play perfume factory! They chopped and snipped ingredients from the garden, and used tools and instruments to mix up beautiful potions in gorgeous little bottles.

This activity is so fun, and provides many ways for little ones to develop fine-motor skills, co-ordination and creative and critical thinking.

And it's so easy and inexpensive, you can set this up time after time, all summer long!

They'll never be bored again! Check it out!

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17 Candy Apple Recipes That Will Rock Your World This Fall

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

17 Creative candy apple recipes so good you won’t want to share them with the kids! Candy Apples, caramel apples, toffee apples, candied apples…  call them what you like, they’re all DELICIOUS!  What with fall being right around the corner, and apples at their best right now, I thought it would be fun to round...

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Easy Paper Plate Flower Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy and adorable paper plate flower craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make! What signals spring more than a colourful flower? You’re going to love how quick and easy this colourful flower craft is to make! It’s a perfect spring craft for toddlers and preschoolers!  It’s our Letter F craft in our A-Z paper plate...

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Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe – Easy and Delicious

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Soft homemade pretzels are one of those things that everybody loves but no-one ever makes, right?

Well, I have a little secret to share with you.

They're SUPER-easy to make at home!

Seriously!

They're really fun too - especially if you have little kids in the house because, hey, the kneading and rolling and shaping is kind of like playing with play dough!

Use your dough to make traditional pretzel shapes or pretzel numbers or letters.

Top with your favourite pretzel toppings, and boom, you've got yourself a delicious, soft, chewy homemade snack for after school or whenever.

And... they're so easy, your kids can pretty much make them themselves.

Check out the link below to how see "Miss Mess" (9 years old) whipped up this batch for us last week.

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November photo comp wrap up: South East Asia

November photo comp wrap up: South East Asia

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Our November photo comp was all about South East Asia, a destination very close to our hearts (and our stomachs).

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Paper Plate Tambourines for Kids to Make and Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The hooligans had a terrific time making these simple paper plate tambourines. We’re working on our A-Z paper plate crafts collection, and these were perfect for the letter “T”. The decorating process was a lot of fun, and these tambourines really sound great when you jingle and shake them! They’re a great to add to...

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The Important Reason This Ballerina Is Walking Around Her Hometown in a Tutu

by Sarah Cottrell @ Babble

“The children have been so happy to see me ... It wasn't about the dancing, but what I represented: A princess who looked like them."

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Gingerbread Play Dough Cookie Decorating Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I'm so excited! Take a look at this simple Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Station I made for the kids.

It's so pretty and inviting, and they'll play with it all month long.

The no-cook dough is really easy to make and it stays super-soft even if you leave it out for hours.

The kids have a ton of fun rolling, cutting and decorating their cookies with odds and ends from the craft cupboard.

It's the perfect Christmas activity keep little ones busy and having fun at home, daycare or preschool.

Just click the link below to check it out now!

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Scratch Art Christmas Cards for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We are in LOVE with scratch art at the moment! The process is so fun and easy, and let's face it - it's rather magical too. Young kids find it fascinating, and older kids (me included) find it downright addictive! We've made these scratch art Christmas cards for our friends at CBC Parents. Check them out! Your kids will enjoy making them for friends and families, and I'll bet they could even make scratch art gift cards while they're at it!

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

Water Displacement Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This simple water displacement experiment is one of the best science activities we’ve ever done here in my daycare!  It was easy, it didn’t cost a thing, and the kids saw with their own eyes what water displacement is all about. Now, when it comes to science experiments for preschoolers, I like to keep things simple...

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3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

Painting the Snow – an awesome outdoor winter activity for kids of all ages!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painting the snow with tempera paints! An amazing outdoor winter activity for kids of all ages. It’s hard to say who will have more fun with this – little kids, big kids or the grown-ups! I’m sure you’ve heard of others painting the snow with spray bottles and food colouring.  Maybe you’ve even seen our...

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Vietnam’s coffee culture: What to know and where to go

Vietnam’s coffee culture: What to know and where to go

by Kyle Hulme @ Intrepid Travel Blog

There’s one thing above all that stands out as synonymous with Vietnam, and that’s the burgeoning coffee culture that has taken hold.

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Stained Glass Art – a Tape Resist Project for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Create the look of Stained Glass with this easy tape resist project.  It’s a great project for toddlers and preschoolers, but kids of all ages will love it! Tape Resist is one of my favourite art projects for kids of all ages.. Today, the toddlers are creating the look of stained glass using this simple art process....

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Santa Asks Kids About the Gifts They Already Have — and Their Answers Will Warm Your Heart

by Julie Scagell @ Babble

This is one holiday commercial we won't forget about anytime soon.

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Sand Play Idea – DIY Sand Table For Kids Without a Sandbox

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

No doubt about it, kids love to play in a sandbox,  but what do you do if you don’t have one in your yard?  You create a DIY sand table!  Check out this small sand play idea!  It’s perfect for kids who don’t have a sand box! Sometimes it’s fun to take an activity that...

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Leaf Slide – an Awesome Fall Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for a unique and fun fall activity for the backyard, have a look at the leaf slide we made the other day! This is such a fun way to use your fall leaves for play before you rake them all up.  This activity got the hooligans moving around and keeping warm on...

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Pringles Can People – Treasure Jars for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovlies!

The hooligans and I got together the other day for a summer crafty day, and we made the cutest craft!

With fabric scraps, ribbon scraps and buttons, we turned some empty Pringles cans into these adorable Pringles Can People!

Bonus: they can be used as treasure jars to hold small accessories, toys and collectibles!

Click the link below to check them out!

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This Mom Designed T-Shirts Inspired By the ‘Love You Forever’ Book for a Beautiful Reason

by Chaunie Brusie @ Babble

"I've had people send ... thank yous for creating a way for them to recognize the children and grandchildren they miss."

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Gwangjang Market: South Korea’s Oldest Market is Filled with Incredible Food

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

I’ll admit, I’m a little confused about Korea’s market scene. Gwangjang Market (광장시장) is located in what I believe is the oldest market building in Korea. It opened in 1905, when it was called Dongdaemun Market, which was the name of an older market that was destroyed in the Korean War and rebuilt in 1959. [...]

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Botswana in photos: the magic of an Intrepid safari

Botswana in photos: the magic of an Intrepid safari

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Three countries, nine days, and more incredible animal encounters than you could possibly count. These are Botswana's highlights, in photos.

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50+ Kid Lunch Ideas That Are Not Sandwiches

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Packing lunches just got a whole lot easier! 50+ Creative, fun, yummy and healthy lunch ideas that aren't sandwiches! You might just look FORWARD to packing lunches for a while! Imagine that!!

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Couple Without Kids Decides to Adopt a Set of 7 Siblings — All at Once

by Rachel Garlinghouse @ Babble

They just knew the children were meant to be theirs.

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meat tray mosaics

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

  Children create beautiful Mosaics with painted styrofoam produce trays: You may remember that we were painting this styrofoam produce trays the other day: I always have a stack of these on hand in our craft room.  I just run them through the dishwasher to make sure they’ve been sterilized before we use them for...

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Three to Five Playful Preschool e-Book

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Three to Five Playful Preschool!  An e-Book filled with gorgeous photos, printables and step-by-step instructions for creative, hands-on, play-based activities for kids aged 3-5!  I am SO excited to finally be able to share Three to Five Playful Preschool, a terrific e-Book I’ve been working on with 24 other fabulously talented kid-bloggers from all over the...

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Bay Area Bites’ Guide to Winter Recipe Favorites

Bay Area Bites’ Guide to Winter Recipe Favorites

by Wendy Goodfriend @ Bay Area Bites

Winter doesn't mean you can't make tasty meals. Try our seasonal favorites and comfort food classics.

Tissue Paper Candy Canes Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Round up some tissue paper and a piece of cardboard, and let your toddlers create some lovely tissue paper candy canes to string along the mantle or to hang from the Christmas tree.  Just another easy and inexpensive Christmas craft idea from the Hooligans! If you’re looking to squeeze a quick and simple, last-minute craft...

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Cambodian cuisine: Everything you need to know

Cambodian cuisine: Everything you need to know

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Most people know little about this overlooked Asian cuisine. This is a shame, because if you're going to visit Angkor Wat and co., you might as well eat well while you're at it.

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Paint Print Ghosts – Halloween Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Paint Print Ghosts bring painting and print making together for young children. It’s a fun and easy halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers!   Look at these cute little paint print ghosts with button eyes! Are they not just the cutest things ever? What started out as a pre-writing activity ended up producing these adorable little ghosts. We...

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Woven Craft Stick Snowflake Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We're making snowflakes today!

But not your ordinary snowflakes.

Nooo, these are gorgeous woven snowflakes decked out in shimmering gems and sequins.

They're just so pretty!

Make a bunch for the Christmas tree or hang them in a window.

Your kids will love the process. Wouldn't these look beautiful hanging in your home or classroom?

Check the out with the link below!

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by admin @ Pho Lantern Cafe

After a rough night hitting the Newport bars, we headed here. The restaurant is super clean, our pho came out quickly even though they had just opened, and it was affordable. The broth is a good balance of flavorful but not oily or overpowering. Thank …

Painted Coffee Filter Poppy Craft for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am in LOVE with our latest poppy craft! These poppies are so easy to make, and they look so real! The petals are delicate and crinkly just like real poppy petals. All you need are a few coffee filters, red paint and a couple of buttons. It's a great Remembrance Day craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make, but kids of all ages will enjoy the process. Hope you and your kids love these poppies as much as I do. I'm totally smitten!

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Cooking with Kids - Vietnamese Fun Food

Cooking with Kids - Vietnamese Fun Food


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Chef Lisa will introduce Kids to the fun food of Vietnamese Spring Rolls.  She will show how to make them in both their fresh version and their fried version!   Fresh spring rolls are a perfect quick snack using food you might have in your fridge and can be taken to school for a healthy, fun lunch.  The fried version is a treat they can make for a special appetizer for the family or even as a dinner that is filled with either meat, seafood or veggies.  Both versions use a gluten-free rice wrap so a good alternative to pizza and other fun food with gluten!Kids will enjoy a couple rolls of each style, plenty for lunch. and will take home a sample of each for the family to try.This class is geared toward 9 to 13 year olds and is a Drop-Off Class.

Exploring Kalbarri National Park on Australia’s West Coast (photos)

Exploring Kalbarri National Park on Australia’s West Coast (photos)

by Dean Harries @ Intrepid Travel Blog

The west coast of Australia. Where sunsets and surf are celebrated, and where desert land and gorges repeatedly play second fiddle. But not anymore.

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4th of July Twig Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fun and easy patriotic craft for your kids to make?  These 4th of July twig ornaments incorporate painting, glittering, using a glue gun and tying knots.  The results: a cute, Independence Day ornament to display on your deck or patio.  Being in Canada, I don’t celebrate the 4th of July.  Our national holiday...

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The 7 best destinations for vegetarian travellers

The 7 best destinations for vegetarian travellers

by Evan Ceretti @ Intrepid Travel Blog

The number of countries with rich culinary histories that are ready to fulfill your vegetarian needs and foodie dreams is steadily growing.

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How to Dye Pasta the Easy Way!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How to dye pasta the easy way for kids crafts and sensory play! No mess, no waste and no rubbing alcohol! We always have a big batch of brightly coloured pasta on hand here.  It’s great for threading activities, for sorting and learning about shapes and colours, and it’s especially wonderful to use as a...

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This Family Took Their Holiday Photos in Starbucks, and Honestly, We’re Kind of Jealous

by Sarah Cottrell @ Babble

No fancy backdrops. No overly-coordinated outfits. Just one family in their favorite place.

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Photo essay: Life on the edge of the Siberian wilderness

Photo essay: Life on the edge of the Siberian wilderness

by Michael Sadowski @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Ever wondered what an expedition to the ends of the earth looks like? Join one Intrepid traveller on the adventure of a lifetime – to Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula.

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Snow Painting

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Snow painting – a creative and fun way to create art outdoors in winter-time. If winter has truly arrived where you are, you’ll definitely want to add SNOW PAINTING to your list of fun, outdoor activities to try with your children! This activity is super-easy to set up, and fun for kids of all ages!...

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Magformers Review – The Magnetic Building Toy that Kids Just Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Magformers: fun, educational, magnetic building shapes that are perfect for home, daycare, preschool or the classroom. For your convenience this post contains affiliate links. Several months ago, we had the great pleasure of receiving this 62-piece Building Construction Set from the lovely folks at Magformers. Have you heard of Magformers?  Oh my goodness.  I cannot say enough about...

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How My Son’s School Aide Has Changed Our Lives

by Kelli Jo Blair @ Babble

"To all those worrying about sending their child with a disability to school, I hope and pray you find your Mrs. Ellie."

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Fine Motor Fruit Loops Ornaments for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Just popping in with a super-quick little ornament for your toddlers to make. This actually didn't even start out as an ornament. We were just doing this as a fine motor activity. It occurred to me, when we were finished, that we could bend them and shape them, and hang them on the Christmas tree! FYI: be prepared for some snacking while you're making these. They can never resist. Hee hee

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Sun-Melted Crayon Art Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want a cheap and easy outdoor art activity for the kids to do on a summer day? Make sun-melted crayon art with a few simple supplies and the heat of the sun! I think I enjoyed this one as much as the hooligans did! Check it out! Doesn't it look fun?

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Spider Handprint Craft – and a Cool Way to Paint a Spider’s Web

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This spider handprint craft combines two of my favourite painting techniques for kids.  Hand prints and painting with golf balls!  My hooligans loved it, and I’ll bet yours will too! You can make these handprint spiders as a Halloween craft or if you’re working on a preschool spider unit, or just for fun any old...

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Olympic Ring Art Project for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a unique piece of art for a bedroom or toy room using a second hand canvas and some cardboard rolls! We LOVE using our recyclables for crafting!  Cardboard rolls are one of my favourite materials to use for arts and crafts here in my daycare.  We’ve made dozens of crafts and homemade toys using...

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Cereal Box Self-Portrait Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Save your empty cereal boxes for this quick and easy art project! It's a great project for a bunch of kids to do in a group setting, or to do individually on a rainy day.

Click the link below to check it out!

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Mom’s Post on Living in “Survival Mode” Captures What Raising Small Kids Is Really Like

by Katy Anderson @ Babble

"If all you did in 2017 was survive, that's enough."

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Frozen Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have Elsa and Anna fans at your house, I have some great Frozen activities for your kids to do at home,!  You’re  going to love this Frozen sensory bin!  It’s so easy to pull together using simple items you already have around your home! Disney’s Frozen!  Oh my goodness. Are your kids as...

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Seven jaw-dropping spots that prove Utah is the real American Beauty

Seven jaw-dropping spots that prove Utah is the real American Beauty

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

If you watched Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote chase one another through the cartoon deserts as a kid and thought, ‘I’d like to visit there’, Utah is about as close as you’re going to get.

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Simple Halloween Wreaths for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers will have loads of fun making these simple spooky Halloween Wreaths to hang on the front door this October. We LOVE crafting for Halloween here in my daycare. .  We’ve made so many fun and spooky spiders, monsters, mummies and ghosts in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Our latest Halloween craft is...

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How to Boost Your Metabolism and Stay Full With One Easy Trick

by admin @ V's Vietnamese Cuisine

from http://www.livestrong.com/ When it comes to losing weight and toning your body, protein is kind of a big deal. It repairs your muscles post-workout, revs up your metabolism and keeps snack attacks at bay. Basically, it’s involved in all of your body’s functions. With just a few simple adjustments, you can use this powerhouse macronutrient to […]

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Shaving Cream Art on a Mirror: Painting Clouds

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Shaving Cream Art on a Mirror – painting clouds beneath a blue sky.  Such a beautiful way for kids to enjoy some sensory art and mirror play! Okay!  I have another really cool shaving cream art activity for you, and it involves one of my new favourite items for play!  A mirror!    I’ve been...

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Food blogger Robyn Eckhardt shares her favourite assam laksa recipe

Food blogger Robyn Eckhardt shares her favourite assam laksa recipe

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

For renowned food writer and blogger Robyn Eckhardt, there’s only one recipe that does Asam Laksa justice.

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The results are in: Intrepid’s 2015 photo competition winner

The results are in: Intrepid’s 2015 photo competition winner

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

If we could do a digital drumroll right now, we totally would. This year’s grand winner of Intrepid’s annual photo competition is...

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If My Kids Say They’re Not Ready for College, I’m Definitely Not Pushing It

by Katie Smith @ Babble

I've talked to too many adults who say they went to college when they weren't ready, and ended up failing out [and] racking up debt.

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Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have any “Frozen” fans at your house, this Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures activity will be a hit!  It’s so easy to prepare, and your Anna and Elsa fans are going to love it. We’ve done a number of  “Frozen” activities here in my daycare recently, and they’ve gone over very well!  If your kids are...

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Sidewalk Chalk and Water Painting Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can create unique “watercolour images” with sidewalk chalk and water! We’re huge fans of sidewalk chalk here.  We always have a bucket of chalk stashed just outside our front door. It’s our go-to activity when we’re waiting for daycare drop-off and pick-ups, when we want to get creative, or when we only have a few...

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Adorable Paper Plate Purses & Easter Baskets Your Kids can Design and Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You know how it is when you have a craft all planned out, but the kids come up with completely different plans of their own?

That's how it was with these paper plate purses and Easter baskets. Aren't they adorable? Sometimes kids have the best ideas of all.

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Social media allows mum to share Vietnamese food journey

Social media allows mum to share Vietnamese food journey


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Michelle Huynh's family knows not to touch their dinner until the Vietnamese-born home cook has taken a photo for her 50,000 followers on social media.

Northern Vietnam in one week: The ultimate guide

Northern Vietnam in one week: The ultimate guide

by Ellie Abraham @ Intrepid Travel Blog

From big cities brimming with foodie fun, to landscapes so surreal they will blow your mind, Northern Vietnam sure won't disappoint.

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Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade in 3 Easy Steps

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When it comes to refreshing summer-time drinks, you can’t beat a glass of old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade! It’s tart, cool and delicious, and it’s super-easy to make!  This homemade lemonade recipe is just 3 easy steps and 3 ingredients: fresh lemons, sugar and water! My boys love lemonade!  Yellow lemonade, pink lemonade, lemonade from the can,...

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Patriotic Canada Day Windsock Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a quick and easy Canada Day craft for the kids to make this Canada Day, check out these awesome windsocks!

What a great activity for the kids in between the parade, the BBQ's and the fireworks!

Don't they look Great?! Check 'em out!!

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Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities for ages 3-8

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

FIZZ, POP, BANG! Playful Science and Math Activities brings hands-on fun and enjoyment to math and science! An e-book filled with inviting and engaging, hands-on learning activities to make math and science fun for kids! What’s Fizz, Pop, Bang! all about? 20 creative bloggers, 40 hands-on learning activities, and BONUS links to dozens of inspiring ideas...

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Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands activity:  It’s a blast whether you’re a “Frozen fan” or not!  It’s a great science experiment for kids, and you likely have most or all of the supplies around your home! We are ALL about Frozen-themed activities these days! I have some huge Elsa and Anna fans here in my daycare....

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Bucket and Rope “Pulley” Contraption for the Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Rig up a simple bucket and rope contraption in your backyard!  It’s a homemade toy that will provide hours of open-ended play for toddlers and preschoolers! When it comes to outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers, I’m all about keeping it simple, especially when it comes to our backyard play space. Open-ended play equipment encourages...

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White Clay Dough Ornaments for Kids to Make with Just 2 Ingredients

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make the brightest, whitest ornaments with this simple 2-ingredient recipe! Baking soda and cornstarch are all you need. Add a bit of water, heat stir, done! Cheap, easy, and it makes the most gorgeous ornaments! Check ours out!

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Easy Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and a Trick to Make Them Perfect Every Time

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm! It's berry season, and one of my favourite things to make with fresh berries is chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Today, I'm showing you how to do it so you WON'T get that annoying flat puddle of chocolate under one side of the berry.

It's so easy, even a kid can do it!

Check it out, and then add these babies to your must-serve list when you're entertaining this summer!

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The best cities in India for street photography

The best cities in India for street photography

by Pravin Tamang @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Indians are very open to photographs – 8 out of 10 times they will happily give you the shot. So, the odds of creating great images are in your favour.

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Painting with Frozen Paint Pops

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is a really cool art activity for toddlers and preschoolers. I love so many things about it:

For starters, it doesn't cost a dime. It's quick and easy to prepare and set-up. It's a lot of fun for kids of all ages, and it's a terrific way to get creative outside in the sunshine.

The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love it, but we've done this with school age kids, and it's always a hit with them too.

Check it out! It's a great way to kick off your line up of spring and summer activities at home with your kids or in your daycare or preschool! Your kids will LOVE it!

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I’m Finally Ready to Be Angry About the Childhood Emotional Abuse I Experienced

by Hannah L. @ Babble

I’m ready to feel — and what I feel is anger.

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Couple Stages Hilarious “Birth” Photo Shoot to Welcome Their New Kitten Into the World

by Katey Johnson @ Babble

"I can't believe (and also can believe) that I'm gonna be known as the lady who gave birth to a cat ... "

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Laura Dern’s Impassioned Golden Globes Speech Offers a Powerful Reminder About Bullying

by Katey Johnson @ Babble

"May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star."

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Say no to lemon chicken: alternatives to Chinese food stereotypes

Say no to lemon chicken: alternatives to Chinese food stereotypes

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

It’s a funny thing, but there’s really no such thing as Chinese cuisine. Oh there’s Cantonese, Sichuan, Shandong, Fujian, Hunan and Anhui cuisine, but you can’t point to one plate of food and say, ‘Yep, that’s Chinese that is.’

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A journey through Sossusvlei, Namibia

A journey through Sossusvlei, Namibia

by The Common Wanderer @ Intrepid Travel Blog

The distinction between man and wild feels vague as we roll through the Namibian desert...

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5 of our favourite foods from around the world

5 of our favourite foods from around the world

by Amy Foyster @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Listen up, food lovers. If you’re anything like us, it’s likely your top priority when booking your next trip is largely based on what you’re going to eat.

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The tastiest food festivals to try in 2017

The tastiest food festivals to try in 2017

by Justin Meneguzzi @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We love Glastonbury, Coachella and Roskilde as much as anyone, but we bet you’d never find a bulgogi or bottle of soju among those pop-up food tents...

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Snowflake Ornaments with Craft Sticks and Buttons

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Snowflake Ornaments with Craft Sticks and Buttons: an easy, fine-motor Christmas craft for kids. By now you’ve  probably noticed we get a little excited about Christmas crafting here in my daycare. As much as we do a lot of crafting throughout the month of December (generally one craft per day), I like to stick to projects...

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First Term of World School Done and Dusted

by Barbara @ The Dropout Diaries

We’re back home in Vietnam, resting up after our first term of World School. We covered a lot of ground in three months. Seven countries, no less! It was.

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Erasable Drawing Activity for Kids – with Homemade Reusable Drawing Sheets

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fun, erasable drawing activity for kids of all ages! Homemade, erasable, reusable drawing sheets are fun to decorate, and they save on paper too! If your house is like ours, your children probably go through a ton of paper doodling, drawing and tracing. I’d never discourage them from drawing. Even if the paper ends up in...

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How to Make a Mobile Mud Patch for Play in your Backyard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Use a wheelbarrow to create a mobile mud patch in your backyard play space!  It’s like a portable mud kitchen, and it will provide your kids with hours of good, old-fashioned mud play! Kids love playing in mud.  They love squishing it between their fingers and toes, and they love making mud pies and driving their...

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This is what it looks like to eat your way through China

This is what it looks like to eat your way through China

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

If your experience of Chinese cuisine stops at a double order of fried rice and a side of sweet 'n' sour pork, you're not alone. Want to see what you're missing out on?

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This Photo of America Ferrera Reunited with Her ‘Sisterhood’ Crew Will Make Your Heart Happy

by Kaitlin Stanford @ Babble

Ferrera announced her pregnancy on New Year's Eve — and it's clear her BFFs are just excited as she is.

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Homemade Bird Feeder with Fruit Scraps and Popcorn

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a red and white, heart-shaped bird feeder with fruit scraps and popcorn to help your backyard birds when food sources are scarce. The term “polar vortex” is being tossed around again, it finally feels like winter has truly arrived. With temperatures well below zero, and a couple of feet of snow on the ground,...

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8 Baby Shower Food Ideas That’ll Have Your Mouth Watering

by Breanne Randall @ Babble

One word: YUM.

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Adorable Yogurt Bottle Snowmen

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, totally easy craft here, but so darn adorable!

Raid your recycle bin, and gather up some empty yogurt drink bottles.

We're making Yogurt Bottle Snowmen today!

Your kids can play with them, or hang them on the Christmas tree!

Check out the details through the link below!

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Fall Art Activity for Toddlers – Painting with Golf Balls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a Fall art activity for toddlers that will get them moving and shaking while they creatively explore the colours of Fall. Golf balls, paint and a cardboard box are all you’ll need for this easy preschool activity.  We’re getting right into the fall crafts these days..Today we were painting fall colours with golf balls!...

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Wife Surprises Everyone by Including Deployed Husband in Family Holiday Card

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

It's amazing what Photoshop and a little creativity can do.

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Free Pho Sate Add-on! A bolder take on pho

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

Introducing Pho Sate (Fuh SAH-tay) We are now serving Pho Sate. It’s a free add-on that transforms the flavors in your bowl of beef or chicken pho! We add our Vietnamese-Style sate chile sauce which is made from spicy sesame oil and a punch of umami spices and aromas to give you a bold pho experience! [...]

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How a Broken Ornament Is Helping Parents Grieve This Christmas After Suffering a Loss

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

“She looked down and realized even though they were broken they still shone brilliantly, even brighter than before.”

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Water-Bottle Whirligigs

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you love using recyclables for crafting, and you’re a fan of homemade wind chimes for kids, you’ll love love our water-bottle whirligigs!  We hung ours in a tree in the backyard a couple of weeks ago, and they’ve been spinning in the breeze and sparkling in the sunshine ever since! Pop over to Kids...

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Lune Production

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Lune Production was established in Saigon, Vietnam, in 2012, under Square Group Investment Holding.… [...]

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The Taste of Vietnam with Saigon Food Tour

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

As the rain started to pour down in Saigon, exotic smells evaporated from the worn cement roads.  It was over 100 degrees out and we were constantly pulling our clothes from our skin.  The locals protected themselves with plastic coverings and the street venders started closing up shop as the rain fell and we prepared for […]

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Halloween Matching Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Halloween matching game: a fun homemade matching activity for home or the classroom. Here’s a fun homemade game to help toddlers develop shape recognition and matching skills!  Kids can match up textured, patterned bats, cats, pumpkins and leaves with this festive, homemade Halloween activity. As I’ve mentioned before, I have this awesome stash of Wallpaper sample...

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Tissue Paper Fall Wreath

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This simple but beautiful Tissue Paper Fall Wreath remains to be one of my all-time favourite Fall crafts for  toddlers and preschoolers. It poured rain for the better part of the day, and because we’re focusing on fall crafts this month, we had an excuse to pull out the craft supplies and make this easy...

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From ceviche to sushi: a guide to Lima’s food scene

From ceviche to sushi: a guide to Lima’s food scene

by Amber Dunlap @ Intrepid Travel Blog

If there’s one thing limeños know and appreciate, it’s seafood. Here are the must-try dishes and must-visit restaurants in Lima.

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Paper Bag Nests – how to make a bird nest with a paper grocery bag

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paper Bag Nests:  An easy Easter craft for kids, or perfect for a bird unit at daycare, school or home.  Have you seen all the cute and easy Easter Crafts we’ve been making?  Today, I’m going to show you how to make a bird nest to go along with our Easter Chicks and Easter Peeps.  This...

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Cotton Ball Ghost Craft for Toddlers to Make for Halloween

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This cotton ball ghost craft for toddlers and preschoolers will is wonderfully tactile and great for developing fine motor skills. If you’re looking for an easy Halloween craft for toddlers to do, you can’t beat these cotton ball ghosts! Little ones will love the process of stretching cotton balls and gluing them on to black...

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25+ Easy Snowflake Crafts, Activities and Treats That You Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

25+ Ways to make a snowflake! When weather turns cold and the snow begins to fly, our thoughts in the classroom and daycare turn to making snowflakes. Paper snowflakes, tissue paper snowflakes, craft stick snowflakes and more! There are tons of creative snowflake crafts that you can make no matter what age you are. I’m...

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Cute Food For Kids | California | Plate Art for Kids

Cute Food For Kids | California | Plate Art for Kids


Cute Food For Kids | California | Plate Art for Kids

Using art to feed our picky little eaters share the same meal as the rest of the family.

Parents Of 13 Children Charged With Years Of Torture, Abuse

by Associated Press @ Houston Public Media

The victims range in age from 2 to 29

Why you should think twice about haggling in Vietnam

Why you should think twice about haggling in Vietnam

by Justin Meneguzzi @ Intrepid Travel Blog

A how to, and how not to.

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Sawleaf | Modern Vietnamese Food

Sawleaf | Modern Vietnamese Food


Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

We serve modern Vietnamese food using traditional family recipes, including pho and banh mi. Our food is healthy, delicious and served fast.

Oreo Mummy Pops

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for an adorable homemade Halloween treat, make a batch of Oreo Mummy Pops!  They’re perfect Halloween treats for the classroom or a Halloween party, or you can hand them out to your favourite trick-or-treaters on Halloween night! Oreo mummy pops are really and truly very easy to make, so don’t think, for...

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Easy Tie-Dyed Heart Sun Catchers for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies! I think you're going to LOVE what we have for you today!

If you're tired of looking out at a bleak, grey landscape, you have to make these vibrant tie-dyed sun catchers.

Ok, we didn't REALLY tie-dye them. We just used one of our favourite easy art techniques to make it look like they're tie-dyed.

It's a super-simple process, and kids of all ages will love it. I had kids ages 4-10 making these with me, and they were all crazy for the project.

What a way to brighten up a window at this time of year!

Check them out at the link below! Aren't they absolutely beautiful?

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Shaving Cream “Magna Doodle” Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Create a giant “Magna Doodle” with 2 simple items: a table-top and a can of shaving cream. We love playing with shaving cream!  It’s such a great sensory material, and kids just love rolling up their sleeves, getting right into it with their hands and creating art on a table covered in shaving cream! This morning,...

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Sisters Who Generously Donated Their Eggs Now Have 22 Children Between Them

by Jill Robbins @ Babble

According to the sisters, some of the families even still keep in touch.

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Eat your way through Old Delhi with food blogger Pamela Timms

Eat your way through Old Delhi with food blogger Pamela Timms

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic move. In 2005, author and food blogger Pamela Timms, her husband and three children packed up and travelled from drizzly Scotland to the heat of Delhi.

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Dining etiquette in Asia: Everything you need to know

Dining etiquette in Asia: Everything you need to know

by Carrie Pallardy @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Trying new foods is one of the best parts of traveling in Asia, but with new cuisines comes new customs. Luckily, we created a handy etiquette guide to help.

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Doodle Eggs – Easy Vibrant Easter Art that Kids of All Ages will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Your kids HAVE to try this gorgeous vibrant art project for Easter this year. The process is super-easy, but the results are amazing. Toddlers and preschoolers right through to tweens will love its!

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Awesome Homemade Fridge Magnets using a Crayon Resist Technique

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I'm so excited about our latest project! We made these gorgeous homemade fridge magnets using a wax-resist technique. They're super-easy and so much fun to make! Don't they look like they've been tie-dyed? I think these would be super gifts for kids to make and give to parents, grandparents and friends! Have a look, and then give them a try at your house or in your classroom!

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Tape Resist Name Art For Kids of All Ages

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for an amazing art activity to do with the kids today? Make tape resist name art! Tape resist is one of my favourite art techniques to do with children.  It’s so simple but it packs a huge “wow” factor. Because it’s so easy, tape resist is a great art project to do with toddlers...

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10 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make for the Tree this Year

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Super-easy, simple materials, and they look just awesome! Don't you love a craft like that? Here are 10 of my favourite super-duper easy Christmas crafts for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Ok, the poinsettias are a wee bit complex, but the other nine are really basic, and my-oh-my, they are SO adorable! I'm tellin' you, you are going to have thee cutest Christmas tree in town if you stick with us this season! And just think - your heart will absolutely melt, year after year, when you pull these precious keepsakes out to decorate at Christmas time. Memories, my lovelies. You're making memories with your kids when you make these holiday crafts together. xx Check 'em out!

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More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot, Study Shows — in Many Cases, to Treat Morning Sickness

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

For some women who suffer from morning sickness so severe they can't keep food down, marijuana has become their only relief.

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Pipe Cleaner Napkin Rings – an Easy, Last Minute Holiday Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a last-minute Christmas craft for the kids? These bead and pipe cleaner napkin rings are so quick and easy to make! They look great, and toddlers and preschoolers will get a fine-motor work-out as well!

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Handprint Mitten Ornament

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Another easy and inexpensive Christmas craft for toddlers! This felt handprint mitten ornament will always remind you of how little your child’s hands once were. There are plenty of handprint Christmas crafts floating around Pinterest these days, and I wanted to put a bit of a different spin on ours, so each of the hooligans...

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Painting Like Eric Carle – Homemade Easter Egg Napkin Rings Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I have a really cool painting process to share with you!

Have you ever wondered how Eric Carle creates the artwork for the pictures in his books?

It's gorgeous, right? Wouldn't you love to create art like that?

Well, guess what!

He's made a short slide-show, demonstrating exactly how he paints, and it's actually a really simple process!

I gave it a try, and oh man! It's super-fun and totally addictive. I ended up making all kinds of coloured papers because once I got started, I couldn't stop!

Then I used some of the coloured papers to make Easter Egg napkin rings.

They're really pretty. And oh-so-Eric-Carle.

I think your kids are going to LOVE painting this way.

I've included a link to the Eric Carle slide-show in this post, so check it out.

And try it for yourself.

This would be an AWESOME activity for a school art class or an art party!

Click the link below to watch Mr. Carle's video, and to see our napkin rings!

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Stovetop Pizza Dip

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Is pizza a staple at your house? My family is crazy about pizza and we don’t need a special occasion to splurge! That’s why I decided to create a speedy version of our favourite dish!  Introducing: stovetop pizza dip! Life is busy, and kids are always hungry, so a handy recipe like this will please both...

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Frozen Clean Mud

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s another cool activity that Elsa and Anna fans will love!  We’ve made an ooey-gooey, beautifully scented batch of Frozen Clean Mud!  The kid will love this Disney inspired activity, and you’ll hard time keeping your hands out of it too! The hooligans are just crazy about the latest Disney Movie.  They sing the Frozen...

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Simple Homemade Bubble Pipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Homemade Bubble Pipe made from a straw and a coffee filter! Pair it up with some dish detergent straight out of the bottle, and blowing bubbles just got a whole lot cheaper and easier! Blowing bubbles is one of those classic childhood activities that never gets old!  Normally, every spring I whip up a...

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Paper Plate Ladybug Craft for Toddlers (with Corks and Buttons)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers use buttons and corks to decorate a cute and easy paper plate ladybug craft!  We LOVE paper plate crafts!  You can make so many things out of a simple paper plate.  One of the cutest that we’ve made lately are these paper plate ladybugs! Painting, stamping, buttons and googly eyes!  All the things that...

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How to Make Homemade Wrapping Paper with Paint and a Hair Dryer

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a creative way to wrap a gift! Have the kids make homemade wrapping paper with a little paint and a hair dryer! This colourful DIY gift-wrap is perfect for Christmas or Birthdays or any old time you need to wrap a gift. Sometimes making the wrapping paper for a gift can be as much fun...

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Bead and Pipe Cleaner Ornaments – Easy Christmas Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These bead and pipe cleaner ornaments really sparkle and shine! They're so easy to make and so pretty! They're great for helping little ones strengthen their fine-motor skills too!

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Plastic Icicle Ornaments Made from Recycled Dish Soap Bottles

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can repurpose an empty plastic bottle or container into beautiful plastic icicle ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree!  Here’s another really easy homemade ornament that toddlers can make for the Christmas tree this year. They’re icicles made out of plastic containers from the recycling bin! In hindsight, I could have left these plastic icicle...

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Make a Leaf Maze or Leaf Labyrinth in Your Yard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fun way for your kids to play in the leaves?  Rake up a Leaf Maze… This is one of our favourite Fall traditions around here.  A leaf maze is so much for the hooligans to play in, and I really enjoy making one.  It’s not often that you get the chance to...

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Build a Snowman Activity Tray

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for snowman crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers, I have a bunch, but I think my favourite one is this simple snowman building activity tray. Kids can build their own snowman from scratch over and over again, making it different every time with this snowman activity tray. It’s a great activity for developing...

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Vietnamese Any Day – A New Book Coming Up!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

You’re looking at the draft of my sixth cookbook! This week, I sent the manuscript to my editor, Kelly Snowden. Vietnamese Any Day is all about helping American cooks work Viet flavors into their regular rotation. Many people who are new to Vietnamese food do not know where to begin. They’ve been seduced by the...

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Paper Plate Mask Craft – “M” is for Mask

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remember the simple pleasure of making a paper plate mask when you were a kid? We're making some today, and giving them a little razzle-dazzle with a handful of basic craft supplies. Have a look! I'll bet your kids would love to spend some time today making their own personalized, decorative masks that they can really wear!

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Adorable Oreo-Brownie Flowerpot Cakes for Birthdays and Garden Parties

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have a spring or summer birthday party coming up, and you're looking for a creative (and super-easy) alternative to birthday cake, you have to check out these adorable Oreo-Brownie Flowerpot cakes!

Kids will LOVE digging into the layers of chocolate, and finding candy rocks and gummy worms! And they look so realistic, you'll totally fool your guests! Check them out, and let me know if they'd fool you!

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Homemade Glue with 3 Kitchen Ingredients – Great for Preschool Crafts!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make Homemade Glue for your kids’ projects with just 3 common kitchen ingredients! I love making my own craft supplies here in my home daycare.  This week I decided to try making homemade glue for the kids.   We use a lot of glue here – you can imagine how much the toddlers and preschoolers go...

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The Funnest, Easiest Way to Clean your Art Table

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This method for cleaning your art table will have your kids begging to help clean up! Every few months, here in my home daycare, our art table gets to the point where it’s so messy and caked with paint, glue and glitter that it needs a good cleaning. For years, I always tackled the job...

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Paper Plate Sunflower Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness. Ok. This little sunflower craft is so easy it's crazy, but look at how CUTE it is!

The items we used for the centre of the flower added texture and interest and were really fun for little hands to explore. The aroma was lovely too, which made this easy fall craft a bit of a sensory experience as well.

And of course, the painting and cutting was all great for fine motor and co-ordination, and look! We have a beautiful little sunflower to display in our home this fall!

You could set your kids up with this in minutes today! ENJOY!

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Discover Vietnamese Cuisine

Discover Vietnamese Cuisine


WebMD

Learn how to cook healthy Vietnamese food.

Red, White and Blue: State of Education in Texas

by HPM VIDEO TEAM @ Houston Public Media

Houston education leaders discuss everything from schools, child care, early education and Harvey impact

How to bring the flavour of your travels home with you

How to bring the flavour of your travels home with you

by Miranda Forstmanis @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Beat the post-holiday blues by recreating your travels in your own kitchen.

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Want to hike through Morocco with a Berber family? You will once you see these photos

Want to hike through Morocco with a Berber family? You will once you see these photos

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Hypnotic, exotic, and a slice of pure magic. If you thought the cities of Morocco were memorable, just wait until you explore the Atlas Mountains on this expedition.

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Body Detox Food List (34 Vegetables)

by admin @ V's Vietnamese Cuisine

Artichokes Arugula Asparagus Beets Bell Peppers Bok Choy Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Celery Collard Greens Cucumber Eggplant Endive Fennel Green Beans Habanero Peppers Kale Kimchi Leeks Mushrooms Mustard Greens Onions Peas Radishes Seaweed Spinach Squash Sweet Potatoes Tomatoes Turnips Watercress Wheatgrass

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City Skyline Silhouette Art Project for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Squeee! I'm so excited to share our latest art project with you!

If you're looking for a cool art project to do with your kids at home, or with your students in art class you'll love this one.

When you see it, it may even take you back to your own childhood. may take you back to your own childhood, but we've put a modern day spin on it.

Using just three supplies: coloured water, paper towel and black paper, the hooligans, ages 4 through 10 made this city skyline silhouette art recently, and the results were beautiful!

It's particularly fun because of the drip-art technique we used to make the backdrops.

And not only are the results beautiful, there's lots of fine-motor development going on with this art activity too!

Check it out through the link below!
This one's great for all ages too.

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Deep Blue Sea Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Deep Blue Sea Bin is an awesome small world activity to set up for your kids if you’re studying an ocean theme or an underwater theme, or if you’re observing Shark Week! We’re on a roll with our water play activities this week!  The weather has been so warm here, and I’ve been having...

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Easy Easter Finger Puppets for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, are you ready for the cutest thing you'll see today?

Honestly, these guys are RIDICULOUSLY cute Just wait to you see them looking up at you. They'll totally melt your heart.

How crazy is it that a pipe cleaner and a pompom can look so stinkin' cute?!

It's the eyes. It's totally the eyes.

And isn't it awesome how easy they are to make? You can whip up a bunch of these in minutes, and your kids will play and play.

I make them every year because the hooligans love them so much.

You know what just occurred to me though? We've never made a lamb! Wouldn't a lamb be the perfect addition to this little gang?

I think I know what I'll be crafting up later this morning.

Ok, go, go! Grab your pipe cleaners and cotton balls, and click the link below for a big ol' dose of ADORABLE!

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Day-After Thanksgiving Turkey Pho Recipe — Pressure Cooker and Multicooker Edition!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

  Do you cook during the holidays with leftovers in mind? I do. There’s so much involved in pulling off a holiday meal to feed a crowd that I love to bank my efforts by repurposing ingredients and using up scraps. Many Americans make soup from the leftover turkey carcass and vegetable, but what about...

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Adorable Kid’s Craft Apron Made from an Old Pair Of Jeans

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Turn the leg of an old pair of jeans into an adorable, durable, stain-resistant kid’s craft apron! If you search the net, you’ll probably find 101 things to make out of old jeans. I have two of my own favourite ways to rep-purpose our old jeans into items we use here every day in my daycare....

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Tracing Paper Drawing Activities for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Experimenting with tracing paper: a fun and artful way to develop fine motor and printing skills: Tracing paper is something I’ve never thought to use here in the daycare until recently.  The hooligans love drawing and colouring, and I always have materials available for them to help themselves to.  Generally, when it comes to drawing,...

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Collecting Chestnuts & Chestnut Activities for Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

One of our favourite Fall activities here in my home daycare is to spend a morning collecting chestnuts.  Toddlers and preschoolers love searching for and collecting them, and the chestnuts that we bring home provide us with hours of fun, and countless, fun activities in the days and weeks that follow. Early Tuesday morning, just...

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Homemade Cardboard Picture Frames for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Homemade Picture Frames are easy to make with some cardboard from the pantry cupboard and some paint. Easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and such a sweet homemade gift for kids to give at Christmas. A homemade picture frame is a meaningful gift for a child to give because who among us would not...

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EER129: Cruising With Children — Tips on the Best Family Cruises for Kids

EER129: Cruising With Children — Tips on the Best Family Cruises for Kids

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Today I talk with Jeff Bogle about cruising with children and his tips for the best family cruises for kids. Jeff is a parenting blogger and travel writer, but he never thought he’d want to take his kids on a cruise. Once he took one, however, he was hooked… Subscribe to Our Podcast (iTunes, Stitcher, […]

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Wet Sidewalk Chalk Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Add a “dipping cup” to your sidewalk chalk activities and instantly create creamy-smooth, vibrant works of art in the driveway! Drawing with wet sidewalk chalk is one of my favourite outdoor art techniques for kids. Creating art with wet chalk so much more fun drawing with dry chalk.  It’s a whole different experience!  Dry chalk...

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Painting with Water – a Fun and Artful, Outdoor Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do you remember doing this as a kid?

If you've never tried this activity with your little ones, you MUST!

It's so easy to set-up, it's mess-free, and it will keep your kids busy for hours. I'm betting they'll love it so much that you'll make this one of your easy go-to activities all summer long.

The best thing (aside from it being SO simple to set-up and clean-up) is that it's one of those classic activities that help to make magical childhood memories. It's stuff like this that your kids will love and remember always.

Check it out, and then put it on your must-do list for summer!

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Coffee Filter Poppies for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Coffee Filter Poppies – an easy Remembrance Day craft for kids. For those of you who observe Remembrance Day or Veterans’ Day, pop over to CBC Parents to see how we made these Coffee Filter Poppies.  Not only is this easy poppy craft beautiful, you’ll have an opportunity to talk to your children about gratitude...

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Bead and Bauble Sun Catcher Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Add some bling to a window or a patio with these chandelier crystals and pony beads!  These bead and bauble sun catcher ornaments make a beautiful homemade gift for kids to give for Mother’s Day.  They’d be great for kids to make for a teacher, neighbour or grandparent too. I am just thrilled with our...

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Adorable Video of Kids Trying Vietnamese Food Draws Flack For Making it Look Gross

Adorable Video of Kids Trying Vietnamese Food Draws Flack For Making it Look Gross


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Recently, YouTube channel HiHo Kids released a video showing kids trying Vietnamese food for the first time. They tried a variety of dishes, including pho, bánh xèo, cá kho tộ, and soda sữa hột gà. Overall, the video was adorable and each child reacted differently to the dishes that were presented to them. Unfortunately, it seems […]

Five of our favourite Christmas foods from around the world

Five of our favourite Christmas foods from around the world

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

It doesn’t really matter where you’re from, it wouldn’t be Christmas without good food. But growing up in Australia, I naturally assumed that everyone in the world rang-in the season with a barbecue. How wrong I was.

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Fall Tree Handprint Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy Fall Tree Handprint Craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make at home or daycare. I’ve made a number of really easy fall tree crafts with my daycare hooligans over the years. I love crafting with kids in the fall because there are so many colours and textures to learn about and explore. Of...

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5 foods to try in Burgundy, France

5 foods to try in Burgundy, France

by Amy Foyster @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Whether you’d rather kick off your day with a Pain au chocolat or stuff your face full of creamy Camembert, there is no disputing that France is a foodie’s paradise.

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Urdu Travel Destinations – Urdu Culture for Kids

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

The Urdu language has around 60 to 70 million speakers worldwide. Urdu is the official language of Pakistan having 13 million speakers. India has more than half of the world’s Urdu speakers with 52 million. Other countries where Urdu is spoken are the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, United States, and Bangladesh. Pakistan and India have […]

Muddy Car Wash Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Who’s ready for an awesome mud play idea?  A muddy car wash is a terrific mud activity for preschoolers! Drive those cars through the mud, down the ramp, and “splash” into a bucket of soapy water! Oh, we’re loving our water play activities and all of our mud play now that the summer weather has arrived.  Our latest favourite...

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30+ Fairy Crafts and Activities for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have a child at your house who loves fairies, I think you’ll love these activities!  I’ve rounded up 30+ Fairy crafts and activities from my own blog and from those of some of my favourite fellow-bloggers.  Fairy crafts, fairy recipes, fairy art ideas and fairy sensory bins and party ideas, even a fairy...

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leaf lacing activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall Leaf Lacing: turn a few textured wall paper samples into a fun, fine-motor, fall activity for kids!I’m sharing a simple idea with you today.  This is easy to make, but the kids will love it.  A Leaf lacing Activity! Many of you already know how much I love my wallpaper samples.  For those of you...

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Clean Mud – a 2 Ingredient Sensory Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

There are a few recipes for clean mud floating around the web but we make ours with Ivory soap and toilet paper. It’s wonderfully soft and squishy and it smells so good the kids can’t keep their hands out of it.  What a terrific sensory experience for little ones – especially for kids who don’t...

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How to Make a Homemade Water Wall for Kids – an Easy DIY for your Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A homemade water wall is a fantastic addition to a backyard play space! With a few scraps and some recyclables, you can provide hours of learning, entertainment and water play for your toddler or preschooler! What is a water wall? A water wall is a structure that holds containers, tubes and funnels, and when the children...

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Fine Motor Activities for Babies and Toddlers – Easy Set-Ups for Home or Daycare

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The following 10  fine motor activities for babies and toddlers encourage creative thinking and problem-solving. They help to develop a young child’s fine motor skills, hand dexterity and co-ordination through play. I often set up with these simple activities up to keep the toddlers and babies busy while the preschoolers are crafting  here in my daycare. The...

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Two cups of pure pumpkin make our pumpkin chocolate chip muffins a healthy snack for fall.  Bonus: they’ll satisfy the chocolate lovers in your family too!   Warm and sweet and slightly spicy, these muffins are just the perfect treat for a crisp Autumn day. Woohoo!  It’s fall, and you know what that means? It’s...

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Scientists Peek Inside the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Microbes to Learn Their Secrets

Scientists Peek Inside the ‘Black Box’ of Soil Microbes to Learn Their Secrets

by NPR Food @ Bay Area Bites

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.

Bird Seashell Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Bird seashell Christmas ornaments.  An easy Christmas nature craft for kids to make with shells collected at the beach. The preschoolers and I have made some pretty cute Christmas Crafts over the years, and these adorable, little bird ornaments are a new favourite here. Crafting with natural items: Crafting with items like seashells, sticks and stones is...

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Pour-Painted Paper Weights with Beach Stones

Pour-Painted Paper Weights with Beach Stones

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeeee!! I wish you could hear that squeal in my voice!

I am SO stoked to show you this super-cool, super STUNNING project we made for Father's Day!

We made paper weights, but not just ANY paper weights...

We used a "pour painting" technique that is out. of. this. world.

It's totally easy and totally fascinating. I'm not kidding. Your results will "wow" you right into next week.

Check it out! Check it out!

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Stained Glass Painting with Bottle Lids and Wax Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I just LOVE the look of stained glass, so when I find a cool stained glass art project for kids, I’m all over it!  Recently the hooligans and I made these gorgeous “stained glass” paintings using bottle lids, paints and wax paper!  When it comes to easy art techniques for kids, this one is the bomb!...

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Styrofoam Initial Ornaments for Toddlers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a quick and easy Christmas craft for your toddlers to make today. We actually made these simple Styrofoam Initial ornaments last year just before Christmas, but the season was over before I got around to sharing them with you. Flash forward a year, and the Christmas crafting season is upon us again.  Man-oh-man, how did we...

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South and Central America: Intrepid’s December photo comp results are in

South and Central America: Intrepid’s December photo comp results are in

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

There's nothing like a photo competition to get the Intrepid office dreamily checking flight deals to Rio and wistfully looking out of windows. Cue Central America.

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Family’s Viral Photo Is a Tragic Reminder of How Devastating Childhood Cancer Can Be

by Wendy Wisner @ Babble

“We have to put an end to this … We HAVE to find a cure, not a damn band aid."

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Check out photographer Callum Snape’s top eight Alberta moments


Check out photographer Callum Snape’s top eight Alberta moments


by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Prepare to be wowed.

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Our 4½ Month Southeast Asia Budget Backpacking Trip: All the Costs, all the Details

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

7 Countries47 Cities138 daysFor only $3081.30 eachThat’s $22.32 per dayAbout 156.29 per weekAnd $669.60 per month In this guide, I will share all the details of our Southeast Asia budget backpacking trip that included Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Map: Budget Backpacking Southeast Asia The Details and Itinerary:A 47 Cities Tour [...]

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A local explains why South Korean food is the best in the world

A local explains why South Korean food is the best in the world

by Dan Gray @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Korean food doesn’t fare best in white-tablecloth atmospheres. It's more about sitting around a charcoal grill in the center of your table with friends, having a drink and talking about this, that, and whatever.

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Quest for Beauty: Meet the photographer fighting our idea of ‘normal’

Quest for Beauty: Meet the photographer fighting our idea of ‘normal’

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

What is beauty? Is it a 'perfect' body, impeccably straight teeth, a flawless complexion? Or something more intangible? We chat to Quest for Beauty founder, Sara Melotti.

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I Spy Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An "I SPY" Sensory bin is one of my favourite back-to-school activities here in my daycare. After a long summer off, and with some new hooligans on board, this activity always gets the kids chatting together and working together as they explore and discover all the goodies in the bin. Bonus: I just use small odds and ends that I have on hand to put the bin together with. Great for fine-motor development, this activity will keep your kids entertained all week long as they settle back into their surroundings. Check it out!

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Toilet Roll Easter Chicks – an Easy Easter Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking to make some easy Easter Crafts for Kids, you’ve come to the right place!  We have Easter Finger Puppets, Easter Napkin Rings, and everything in between! Today, we’re making these adorable Toilet Roll Easter Chicks in nests made of shredded paper. The supply list is short and sweet, and you’ll be using materials that...

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Coloured Water Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Experimenting with coloured water for fine and gross motor development and a lesson in colour mixing: I love setting up fun and educational water play activities when the warm spring weather arrives!  Colour mixing in the backyard with water and food colouring is one of the hooligans favourite ways to play and experiment with water. We...

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Blogger Faces Backlash for Daring to Vent About the Hardships of Motherhood

by Katey Johnson @ Babble

“… anyone who knows me knows that I love to laugh about parenthood but that I also love my kids something fierce.”

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Tips for capturing stunning photographs of local people

Tips for capturing stunning photographs of local people

by Annapurna Mellor @ Intrepid Travel Blog

While there is no magic way to photograph a person, Annapurna Mellor shares her top tips to help you to capture images of people in an authentic and ethical way.

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Pro photography tips: taking portraits in Morocco

Pro photography tips: taking portraits in Morocco

by Steve Davey @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Up your portrait photography game with these insightful tips from professional photography expert Steve Davey

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The Authentic Taste Of Saigon

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Just imagine going to a whole different country, meeting the young and dynamic local people that are willing to take you to explore the best traditional food that you will never find on the Internet. What can possibly be more fun? 😉 Riding scooters, Eating vendors 6.45am, Tran Thi Thu Hong (senior at Foreign Trade […]

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Finger-Painted Paper Weights for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey Lovelies! Just a super-quick and easy craft to share with you today.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, you may be looking for easy gifts that toddlers and preschoolers can make and give.

Well, this one fits the bill for sure! It's really easy, and it won't cost you a dime! All you need is a rock and some paint! And some little fingers of course. That's what makes it so special. :)

Check it out!

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Coloured Ice Cubes in the Snow – Outdoor Winter Activity for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Freeze ice cubes with food colouring and let the kids take them out into the snow to play with them. They can build with them, decorate a fort, or simply scoop and transfer them into various containers. It’s a great way to provide creative, open-ended play on a winter day. Playing with coloured ice cubes...

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Meat lover? These 6 destinations are a must-visit

Meat lover? These 6 destinations are a must-visit

by Cara Brown @ Intrepid Travel Blog

For those carnivores on the hunt for their next meat-filled dish and their next adventure, this one's for you. Here are 6 delicious destinations for meat lovers.

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Reasons To Fall In Love With Saigon (Part One)

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city of Vietnam. Saigon is lively and full of the friendliest of people. Saigon is rapidly growing. Saigon is vintage with all the old buidings and constructions from the last century. Saigon is beautiful with all of its colors of life. If you ever come to […]

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Ribbon Heart Valentines Cards For Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're like me, your ribbon bin is overflowing with rolls of ribbon and various lengths of scraps. These ribbon heart Valentine's cards are a great way to put leftover strips of ribbon to good use! They're easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and they look SO pretty!

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The most beautiful place you’ve never seen: Northern Brazil in photos

The most beautiful place you’ve never seen: Northern Brazil in photos

by Amanda Linardon @ Intrepid Travel Blog

There’s a part of Brazil that is mostly void of international tourists. It’s a little harder to get to, but it's worth it.

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Shaving Cream and Food Colouring Marbleized Valentines

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A gorgeous preschool craft for preschoolers to make for Valentine’s day: marbleizing with shaving cream and food colouring. We love experimenting with easy but really cool painting techniques here in my daycare. As a result, we’ve discovered a lot of really creative ways to create art using basic household ingredients and supplies (you can see 25...

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Potato Head Snowmen

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Building a snowman is always a favourite winter activity among kids, and we usually do it the same old way: roll three balls, plunk a hat on top, pop on some eyes and a mouth, and done.  Well,  if you’re looking for a fun, new way to build a snowman this year, here’s a cute...

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Matt Damon on Trying to Avoid Raising Spoiled Kids in Hollywood

by Sarah Cottrell @ Babble

“They don’t need anything. When people send [free] stuff to my kids … we pass it right on."

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The Galapagos in photos: What an Intrepid trip is really like

The Galapagos in photos: What an Intrepid trip is really like

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Coming right up: giant tortoises and adorable seals, new friends and magical places, and all manners of adventures on both land and sea...

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Pretend Play with Artifical Flowers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pretend play with artificial flowers – a fun, Springtime water play activity for your backyard play space. Recently, the hooligans enjoyed a morning of pretend play with artificial flowers, and the activity was completely child-led. On Friday, the older hooligans ran out into the backyard, while I remained inside getting the little ones organized and ready...

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Snowman Art – exploring texture with kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids explore textures with this easy snowman art project: We very rarely use construction paper here.  There are so many more interesting materials to use when you’re crafting with your kids.  get creative with  Take a look through my site, and you’ll see us creating with aluminum foil, sand paper, wall paper samples, quilt batting,...

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styrofoam mosaic art

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Styrofoam mosaic art: a vibrant and easy art activity for kids! Making styrofoam mosaic art is easy, inexpensive and a whole lot of fun!  It’s an open ended, colourful art process that uses one of my favourite thrifty craft materials: a styrofoam produce tray. The hooligans and I made some gorgeous art recently with painted styrofoam...

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Styrofoam Head Self-Portrait Craft – An Awesome Art Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh. My. Goodness!! I can't WAIT to show you this art activity!

The kids all said it was the coolest thing we've ever made here in our daycare.

It was so much fun AND the results were spectacular! We did this as an every day activity, but you could totally tweak it for Halloween!

Kids of all ages will love this one!

Click the link below to check it out! Go! Go!

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The best thing about travel (and why you can’t control it)

The best thing about travel (and why you can’t control it)

by Amanda Linardon @ Intrepid Travel Blog

It's not the food. It's not the sunsets. It's not the freedom. So what is it?

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Beautiful Painted Coffee Filter Snowflakes For Kids To Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Is there anything that takes you back to your childhood more than making paper snowflakes?

Remember how magical it was, folding and cutting so carefully, and then slowly opening your snowflake to reveal the intricate pattern you'd created?

Have a look at the gorgeous colourful snowflakes the hooligans have made.

They shimmer and shine and they're absolutely beautiful.

Wouldn't a bunch of these look lovely displayed on a window in your home or classroom?

Click the link below to see all the fun we had making them!

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Paper Plate Earth Day Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do your preschoolers know what Earth Day is all about? Make this simple, pretty paper plate Earth Day craft while discussing ways to keep our planet clean, happy and healthy. Check it out!

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Monster Swatters – a Tool to Help Kids Conquer Their Fear of Monsters

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Are your kids afraid of monsters? Make a Monster Swatter, and ban those bedtime-monster fears for good! When I recently polled my Facebook followers, about their children’s fears, a common response was “my child is afraid of monsters at bedtime“.  If you have a little one with a fear of monsters, you know that bedtime can...

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Toddler Art with Paper Towels and Liquid Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for easy art techniques for kids, paper towels and liquid watercolours are two supplies that you can grab quickly to keep your little ones entertained for ages. In case you missed the big news, we recently turned our dried out markers into these amazing homemade liquid watercolours.  The results were FANTASTIC, and...

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Pour Painted Christmas Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These pour-painted Christmas ornaments are stunning and really fun to make.

A single ornament makes a lovely gift for a teacher or neighbour, and a whole set is a great gift for anyone on your Christmas list.

Older kids will love this simple but mesmerizing process. The results are incredible every time!

Check it out with the link below. Go! Go!

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In photos: Iceland’s diverse, spectacular landscapes

In photos: Iceland’s diverse, spectacular landscapes

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We could ramble for years about how dramatic and dazzling Iceland is, but we'll let this photo essay do the talking.

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Everything We Ate in South Korea

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

This is (almost) all the food we ate during our 2 weeks in South Korea. The absolute number one thing we were looking forward to in South Korea was the food. It did not disappoint. We were introduced to new dishes we had never had before, and some old dishes that we had eaten bastardized [...]

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Coffee Filter Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We officially kicked off our 2013 Christmas crafting season in my daycare today by making these coffee filter Christmas tree ornaments! Another one to add to our collection of tree ornaments that look like Christmas trees! This is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  Not only will they enjoy the creative process,...

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The world’s best city rivalries: why travellers reap the benefits

The world’s best city rivalries: why travellers reap the benefits

by Dean Harries @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Whether it’s based on landmarks, music, fashion, food, sport, literature, location or landscape, city rivalries are, more often than not, progressive in their ideals.

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25 Flower Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Spring is right around the corner, my Lovelies, and I have 25 terrific flower crafts and activities to get you and your preschoolers in the mood for it!

All of these crafts and playful learning activities are really easy and inexpensive, and they are just fabulous!

Take a peek! You'll definitely want to put some of these on your "must make and do" list for spring!

Check 'em out!

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The best family holidays to book in 2017

The best family holidays to book in 2017

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We're a firm believer in the fact that family travel can please both parents and kids, and that it doesn't have to be about resorts and compromise.

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18 Great Boat Crafts for Kids (They Really Float!)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fun and easy boat crafts for kids of all ages to enjoy! Remember how fun it was, when you were a kid, to try and make a boat that would actually float in a puddle or pool or pond? Oh, those were the days – the days when our parents would shoo us outside, and we’d...

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Europe & Turkey: Intrepid’s March photo comp results are in

Europe & Turkey: Intrepid’s March photo comp results are in

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Picking the winner this month was harder than following the plot of an Italian opera, but we think we made the right choice.

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CD Mandala Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got some old, scratched CDs and DVDs that you don't know what to do with? Have your kids turn them into gorgeous CD Mandala ornaments for the Christmas tree! This is such a calming and relaxing activity, and the results are just beautiful! Don't you just love turning trash into treasures like this? Check them out!

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Spooktacular Halloween Crows Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Spectacular Halloween Crows: toilet rolls, buttons and feathers, oh my… If you’re making some fun and easy Halloween crafts with your kids this month, put these little crows on your must-make list! I am such a sucker for a cute bird craft!  I’m also a huge fan of using toilet rolls for crafting here in...

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The results are in: American travelers are obsessed with their phones

The results are in: American travelers are obsessed with their phones

by Michael Sadowski @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We surveyed 1,500 American travelers about their cell phone use on vacation. The results were...interesting.

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Homemade Wind Chimes – with Sticks Painted in Rainbow Colours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade wind chimes made with sticks painted in a rainbow of colours add a splash of colour to any backyard or patio!  A fun nature craft for kids to make for their own yard or to give as a gift to someone special! My list of Spring Craft Ideas is as long as my arm!  Making...

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16 photos that prove Japan looks better on film

16 photos that prove Japan looks better on film

by Gemma Saunders @ Intrepid Travel Blog

I really enjoy taking my trusty Minolta on trips overseas. I love the grainy look of a film photo and the effort and time I put into taking photos...

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Paper Plate Butterfly Silhouette Art for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remember the gorgeous symmetrical butterfly craft we made the other day?

And remember I told you we'd be making something great out of the painted paper plate leftovers?

Well, this is it!

Check out these gorgeous butterfly silhouettes!

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5+ Easy Poppy Crafts for Kids to Make for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remembrance Day and Veterans Day are a little over a week away.

If you're looking for some easy and beautiful poppies for your kids to make at home, preschool or daycare, you'll want to check these ones out.

They're all fun and creative enough for older kids to enjoy, but easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to do with little assistance.

Click the link below to check them out!

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Twig Star Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is one of our simplest crafts ever, and it's so beautiful. You can use these twig stars on a Christmas tree or a mantel or even hang them out on a patio or deck. Lots of fine motor development going on here too! Check them out! I think you'll love them. :)

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Halloween Sprinkle Sandwiches

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a quick and easy last-minute Halloween treat for class parties or Halloween get-togethers with friends and neighbours. Halloween Sprinkle Sandwiches!  These fun and yummy treats were inspired by the Halloween Fairy Bread that I made last year. And that Halloween Fairy Bread was inspired by Australian Fairy Bread which is a very popular birthday treat at...

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Can you travel yourself young?

Can you travel yourself young?

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Reconnecting with your inner-child is easier on the road, we reckon.

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Why Osaka is the best city in Japan for foodies

Why Osaka is the best city in Japan for foodies

by Jen Welch @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Osaka's most famous dishes are okonomiyaki (cabbage pancake) and takoyaki (octopus balls), but the Japanese city has so much more to offer. Here's exactly where to go and what to eat.

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Toilet Roll Nativity Set that Kids Can Play With

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A toilet roll nativity set provides hours of imaginative play in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas. I have a couple of dollar store nativity sets that the Hooligans have been playing with for over a decade, and they’re sweet, but they’re showing their age. Some pieces are chipped, and the donkeys and...

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This local photographer captured Delhi better than anyone we’ve seen

This local photographer captured Delhi better than anyone we’ve seen

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Presenting a photographic love letter to the world's most colourful and chaotic city.

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What to expect on an overnight train in Vietnam | Intrepid Travel Blog - The Journal

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You'll need snacks, a sense of adventure, and plenty of hand sanitiser on the overnight train to Hanoi.

Paper Plate Heart Lacing Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, is it just me that gets this excited over a kid's craft, or do you as well?

I mean, am I the only one who goes ga-ga looking at the pictures in this post?

And it's not JUST pretty, this craft taught a lot of different skills, and kept the kids busy for over an hour.

The gang that made these were ages 5-10, and they all LOVED it.

Although it's a perfect Valentine's project, you could tweak it to suit any day of the year.

Have a look, and tell me what you think! I mean it! I need to know that I'm not the only one who gets a little starry-eyed with I look at the photos!

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Printable Kindness Calendar for February

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Our downloadable, printable Kindness Calendar will have you and your children extending random acts of kindness, and spreading warmth and happiness kindness throughout your community all month long. February is a great month to focus on love and kindness with your children.  Not only do these qualities tie in nicely with any Valentine’s theme you...

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50+ Paper Plate Crafts for Kids – Epic A to Z Collection

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

WooHOO! I am SO excited about today's post!

You know how we've been working on an A-Z paper plate craft collection for the past year and a half?

Well, we're finished! It's done! And it's AWESOME if I do say so myself!

The hooligans and I had a blast brainstorming and creating, and we came up with one or more easy, inexpensive and adorable paper plate crafts for every letter of the alphabet. Yep, even the challenging letters!

I really hope you'll pin this post or bookmark it to keep it handy for whenever you need a craft to go along with any of your letter learning units. And please feel free to share it with other parents and preschool teachers.

I'd love for this to be your go-to post whenever you need a craft to go along with the letter you're working on with your kids or students.

And now, would you please do me (and the hooligans) the honour of popping in, and checking it out! We're all so very proud!

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How to Make the Best Sensory Bins: Everything You Need to Know

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Let's talk sensory bins!

You've probably heard of them, but have you made one yet?

If you haven't, oh MY, you are missing out!

They're SO easy to make. You can literally create an amazing bin that will provide your child with hours of learning and entertainment, using items you already have around the house.

I've put together a bit of a SENSORY BIN 101 for you to help you get started.

Today, I'm talking about what a sensory bin is, and the benefits of sensory play (it's so GOOD for your child), and I'm providing you with all kinds of suggestions for containers to use, base materials, tools and instruments, and items to include in your sensory bins.

I'm also suggesting themes, and I've included loads of photos of our most popular sensory bins here in my daycare.

So, if you've never made a sensory bin before, you're in for a treat! You'll be making bins for all occasions in no time. Seriously. They're that easy and addictive to make.

And your child is going to be thrilled! We're talking hours and hours of engaged and focused play and learning here. You have to LOVE that!

Click the link below to find out how easy it is to make the BEST sensory bins your kids. I'm hoping you'll be so inspired that you'll get right to making one today!

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Boneyard Halloween Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a fun and easy craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make this halloween! It’s a spooky boneyard wreath to hang on the front door for halloween.  Aside from Christmas, Halloween is my favourite time of year for crafting with my daycare hooligans.  I swear, I could come up with a different Halloween craft, every single day in...

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Playing with Coloured Water: Backyard Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Is there a child who doesn’t love water play?  This simple backyard water play activity is a super way for kids to learn about colour-mixing, to strengthen fine and gross motor skills, and it’s a terrific way for children to keep cool on a hot, summer day! This water activity is one of our favourites...

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Hipster Banh Mi Pho Vietnamese Food Tee Kids Hipster t-shirt Banh Mi Pho Vietnamese Food 10 Silver from Amazon | parenting.com Shop

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So hot right now: our 6 new favourite food destinations

So hot right now: our 6 new favourite food destinations

by Dean Harries @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Food can take you places, according to science. And we agree.

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by admin @ Pho Lantern Cafe

Service is good, always friendly and with a smile….And its always packed during dinner or people constantly picking up to-go orders (me!). Pho, rice dishes, and vermicelli are all good and tasty. -Candace L. Costa Mesa, CA

Top 6 things to do in Hoi An

Top 6 things to do in Hoi An

by Emily Kratzmann @ Intrepid Travel Blog

With a free day, we wanted to see as much of Hoi An as we could: the old stuff, the food stuff, and the wheel-y good stuff too. Here are our six top picks.

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Family travel 101: what to consider before travelling with kids

Family travel 101: what to consider before travelling with kids

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Despite what the cynics say, having a family doesn’t snuff out your sense of adventure. And it certainly shouldn’t stop you from seeing the world.

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Patriotic Ribbon Twirlers for Kids to Make for Canada Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Dance and twirl! Run and spin! Make fluttering, graceful designs in the air with these gorgeous but simple patriotic ribbon twirlers!

They're easy to make, inexpensive, they'll get your kids moving and grooving, and getting exercise, and they're so fun and gorgeous to play with!

Wave them at a parade or dance with them at a backyard, holiday barbecue!

And of course, the colours can be tweaked so these ribbon twirlers will suit any country's national holiday!

Click the link below to see how easy they are to make, and how fun they are to play with!

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Check out the stunning photo zine that’s going to help Nepal

Check out the stunning photo zine that’s going to help Nepal

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Professional photographer Melissa Findley was in Cambodia when she heard the news about the Nepal earthquake, but the week before she'd been in the Himalayas, ground zero, trekking with a friend.

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Sidewalk Chalk Activities for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

More sidewalk chalk activities: three of our favourite ways to have fun with sidewalk chalk! Playing with sidewalk chalk is one of our favourite ways to have fun outdoors.  Here are three of the hooligans’ very favourite sidewalk chalk activities. 3 Fun and Easy Sidewalk Chalk Activities Trace and decorate your child with chalk: This...

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Take action on fussy eaters

by Ali @ Healthy Kids

We know that establishing good eating habits in children fuels growth and development, but refusing new food tastes and textures can often leave parents at a loss. Healthy Kids know there are a number of very good resources available online, so we’ve gathered 18 of our favourite tips below. 1. Be a role model and […]

Developing Reading Fluency with Children

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

In some of our previous blogs, we’ve talked about Enjoying Reading with your Child and Making Reading a Routine Reality. But how about helping children to become independent readers?   Author, teacher trainer, and owner of her own language school in Japan, Mari Nakamura, has developed a Three-Stage Literacy Program at her school, English Square. […]

Macedonia: A land of pies, passion and plenty

Macedonia: A land of pies, passion and plenty

by Meera Dattani @ Intrepid Travel Blog

"You forage, you find, you cook, you serve, you enjoy." One writer's food journey through Europe's little-known culinary hotspot.

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Easy Butterfly Crafts for Kids- 3 Ways to Make Paper Towel Butterflies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

3 easy butterfly crafts for kids to make, and a lesson in water absorption! I love that the internet is finally starting to fill up with spring crafts for kids.  Flowers and rainbows and butterfly crafts are filling my newsfeed, and I am loving all the COLOUR! Today I’m sharing 3 butterfly craft ideas with you!  We’ve...

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Is Pho Soup Good for You?

by photastix @ Photastix

A blend of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat, usually beef, pho soup is a common Vietnamese menu item. The soup is low in fat and supplies several key vitamins and minerals, but it can also be high in sodium. Pho soup can certainly fit into a healthy eating plan and that’s where Photastix comes […]

Mido Spa

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Mido Spa is considered to be one of the top health and beauty centers in Hanoi.… [...]

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Framed Photo Paper Art with Sharpies – Fun for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eek.  Have you ever had this problem?  Your child wants (or needs) needs to make a homemade gift for a parent or grandparent, but there’s not enough time to pull out all the paint and various supplies to craft something up. What to do?  What to do? Not to worry!  We’ve got you covered!  Here’s...

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Easy Initial Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You know how we love crafting for Christmas here in my daycare! Well, here’s another simple but really pretty craft to add to the collection!  The toddlers and preschoolers decorated these easy initial ornaments to take home and hang on their Christmas trees!  The were fun to make, and a great way to work on...

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Paper Plate Apple Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Welcome to the first post in our A-Z Paper Plate Craft collection! “A” is for Apple: an easy paper plate apple craft for toddlers and preschoolers!   These paper plate apples are so fun and easy to make, and perfect for a Letter “A” craft or for a fall unit in preschool. Our apples are very...

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5 More Easy Valentine Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

5 more fun and easy Valentine crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers to make, using common, household supplies. The toddlers and preschoolers in my home daycare LOVE crafting for Valentine’s Day.  We’ve made oodles of Valentine crafts over the years, and we’ve been busy these past couple of weeks making cards and gifts that the hooligans...

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Food fight: five of the world’s most controversial food rivalries

Food fight: five of the world’s most controversial food rivalries

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Tacos or burritos? Laksa or ramen? Reubens or Cubanos? Read on to see which dishes came out on top.

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Zen Garden Sensory Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’ve ever trailed your fingers through a miniature Zen Garden, you know just how soothing and relaxing it can be. Our tiny zen garden sensory bin provides kids with a calming and relaxing way to explore natural materials through play. Take the following link over to CBC Parents to see the hooligans assembling and...

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Milk Carton Valentines Houses for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeee! Another beautiful and oh-so-easy Valentines craft for your little ones to make this year! Check out these gorgeous Valentines houses we made last week using milk cartons and a handful of crafty odds and ends! They're similar to gingerbread houses, but oh, the colours! And the sparkly gems! And the glitter... I could look at these little houses all day long! I hope you love them as much as we do!

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When Your Child Won’t Poop on the Potty – Real Solutions that Work

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

There’s a very common problem that you may encounter when your toddler is potty training: you may get to the point where your child won’t poop on the potty. I know. You thought the worst of the diaper dilemmas were over, but often, potty training brings about new and challenging issues. First of all, you need to...

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HAPPY VIETNAMESE WOMEN’S DAY: FLOWERS AND GIFTS

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Women of Vietnam have two holidays to celebrate – Mother’s Day, coinciding with International Women’s Day and Vietnamese Women’s Day. The latter, that falls on October 20 every year, has a significant importance for the Vietnamese women. On October 20, 1930 the women of Vietnam united against imperialism and created a special organization, that later […]

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Faucet Extender for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A simple Faucet Extender for toddlers makes it possible for kids to wash their hands independently at the bathroom taps. It can be really frustrating for little ones when they’re not quite tall enough to reach the water to wash their hands at the bathroom sink.  It can also be backbreaking when you have to...

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Tin-Foil Tissue Hearts – Valentines Decorations for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tin-foil tissue hearts – a beautiful Valentine’s Day craft for kids to make. I love having a holiday to craft about, and Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite!  Hearts, hearts and more hearts, and the colours that we associate with Valentine’s Day make my own heart happy. These adorable tissue paper hearts make me happy...

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Cycling Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Cycling Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

by Vicky Philpott @ Intrepid Travel Blog

The view didn’t matter. We’d got there, without having to call on the support vehicle. We’d hit kilometre number 60 of the day and the idea of just sitting there while another five flew by was just what I needed to hear...

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{3-Ingredient} Puffy Paint Earth Day Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd this year!

Check out this awesome Earth Day craft we made with our 3-ingredient puffy paint recipe! You put it in the microwave and it puffs right up!

How fun is that?!

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Backyard Ice Sculptures

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids of all ages (and grown ups too!) will want to get in on building these awesome ice sculptures in the backyard this winter!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how we made ours!   Follow the Hooligans on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, and click SUBSCRIBE in my sidebar to receive our posts by...

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Milk Jug Sun Catchers for Christmas

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can make these easy milk jug sun catchers to hang on the Christmas tree or to string into a garland.  All you need is a plastic milk jug and some Sharpie markers!  Great Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers but older kids will love it too! Looking for an easy, last minute Christmas craft to...

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Travelling to learn more about yourself: studying meditation in Kathmandu

Travelling to learn more about yourself: studying meditation in Kathmandu

by Annapurna Mellor @ Intrepid Travel Blog

From rice porridge and rolling hills, to monks and stupors. Annapurna Mellor tells us of her experiences studying meditation for at the Kopan Monastery, a hilltop complex on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

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Food on Wheels – Saigon street food

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

When in Saigon one may very likely to find a food cart on the street, apart from a numerous amount of street food stores and small restaurants. It is like the typical image of this beautiful and thriving city. Food on carts vary, from tropical fruit to the worldwide-famous Banh Mi and many other dishes. […]

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Strawberry-Applesauce Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your kids like strawberries and applesauce, there’s a very good chance they’ll love this strawberry applesauce recipe! It’s so quick and easy to make, I never buy store-bought applesauce anymore.  Making strawberry applesauce is just as easy as making regular applesauce.  It’s delicious and much healthier than factory-made, and it’s a great way to...

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Tissue Paper Valentines Wreath for Toddlers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tissue Paper Valentines Wreath: a fine-motor Valentine’s craft for kids! Our tissue paper Valentines Wreath is the perfect Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  It’s bright and colourful, it’s a great fine-motor and sensory activity, and it’s a craft that’s easy enough for very young children to do. Why I love crafting with...

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Ho Chi Minh City For Kids

by Barbara @ The Dropout Diaries

The ultimate guide to Ho Chi Minh City for kids: classes, activities, parks, sports, cafes, restaurants and experiences. This list was compiled after our big world school adventure, where.

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Magna Doodle Activities

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

5 ways to use your Magna Doodle as a learning tool! Our original Magna-Doodle has been kicking around for about 13 years.  It’s dented and dinged, and the screen is permanently marked in some places, but it’s still one of my favourites among our toy collection, not only because of the  fun my boys had...

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Homemade Mitten Matching Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This homemade mitten matching activity will have kids pairing up coloured, patterned paper mitts and pin them together with clothespins. It’s a great activity to help young kids develop their matching skills, and fine motor-skills and a great activity for a snow day at home or preschool.  I love making homemade games for the hooligans in my...

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Vibrant Coffee Filter Flowers – So Easy and Pretty!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Making coffee filter flowers is one of those activities that never gets old.

Toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids love the process of dyeing the coffee filters, and of course, once they've dried, you can decorate a wreath with your coffee filters or you can do like we're doing today, and attach a few stems to make a vibrant bouquet.

Colouring coffee filters is a wonderful way to explore water absorption and colour blending, and of course the process is terrific for fine motor development and co-ordination.

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Encouraging Your Kid to Take Risks Could Actually Lower Their Chances of Developing Anxiety

by Clint Edwards @ Babble

A new study suggests allowing your children to take chances is worth the risk.

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Scrape-Painted Valentines for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and Preschoolers are going to love this Valentines Craft!  Scrape-painted Valentines are so fun to make with a few shades of red and pink paint and an old, expired credit card! We’re having so much fun with all of the Valentines crafts we’re making here in my home daycare.  Our craft room is a...

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Savory Vietnamese Dishes – A Look Into The “Bun” Family (Part One)

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

I was sitting by the vendor that late Tuesday night, enjoying every single drop of the broth from my favorite “Bun Rieu” and thinking why do foreigners only know about “Pho”, “Banh Mi”, etc. when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine? Because there are more to what Viets eat, there are more to what tourists attractions in […]

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Painted Paper Plate Turkey Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this might be our cutest turkey craft yet! It's so simple to make, but it's vibrant and colourful and downright adorable! This paper plate turkey is a great craft for kids to make for Thanksgiving or a super "letter T" craft if you're focusing on the alphabet with your preschooler! Gobble Gobble!

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Vietnam For Kids: 23 Tips For Taking A Toddler - The Dropout Diaries

Vietnam For Kids: 23 Tips For Taking A Toddler - The Dropout Diaries


The Dropout Diaries

After four years of living and working in Vietnam, here's some Vietnam for kids tips I think parents of toddlers should know before they land.

A landmark month: Intrepid’s March photo comp results are in

A landmark month: Intrepid’s March photo comp results are in

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

The landmark results are in for March. Whose scene reigns supreme? You'll have to read to find out.

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Play Dough Ice Cream Shop – Pretend Play Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids love ice cream, and kids love play dough, so we’ve combined the two, and come up with this Play Dough Ice Cream Shop!  It’s a terrific pretend play great for keeping toddlers and preschoolers entertained, learning and developing their fine motor skills! The hooligans LOVE homemade playdough, and we’ve done a ton of creative...

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One Mom Is Charging Her 5-Year-Old Rent — and She Just Might Be on to Something

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

Call it extreme, but Essence Evans says she's teaching her kid a valuable lesson that plenty of adults still struggle with.

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Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam

Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam


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In the past few years Vietnamese food has become more and more popular around the world. Food lovers may have tried the two best known Vietnamese dishes – spring rolls and bread rolls. Rice, noodles, fresh vegetable and herbs all play big roles in Vietnamese food, making it

6 Easy Valentine’s Crafts Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Crafting for Valentine’s Day with the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare is always so much fun. Our craft room is always a sea of pink and red at this time of year. There are hearts and sparkles and gems and jewels every where. The hooligans have been working for days to make the gifts...

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Sensory Art with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sensory Art: exploring shaving cream and food colouring with our hands. We enjoyed another wonderful art technique the other day, creating sensory art with shaving cream and food colouring. You may have seen our Giant Shaving Cream Magna-Doodle a couple of weeks ago when we covered our 6 dollar, thrift-shop table in shaving cream and doodled the morning away....

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Indoor Hopscotch – a Rainy Day Activity for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy indoor hopscotch – an indoor, rainy day gross motor activity!  When the weather is great, and kids are playing outside, those important gross motor activities just kind of naturally happen through though regular play and exercise.   What about winter time though?  Or rainy days?  It’s not so easy for kids to expend their energy and use...

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Tissue Paper Christmas Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, I love it when we can make something SO pretty out of the simplest of materials. These tissue paper Christmas wreaths were so easy to make, but the kids really enjoyed the process: painting, crumpling, gluing, stapling. And look at them. Aren't they beautiful? Easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, but pretty enough that you will want to hang it on a door or in a window in your home! Have a look!

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How to make Homemade Liquid Watercolours with Dried Out Markers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

DON'T throw out your old, dried out markers!

Dear Teachers: When you're cleaning out your classrooms for summer this year, do not toss your dried up markers in the trash!

I'm going to show you how you can turn them into a batch of vibrant liquid watercolours for your students to paint with next fall!

Of course, if you're a parent or a caregiver who has children all year round, your kids will be able to use them even sooner.

The process is really easy, and actually quite fun and exciting.

You just need to gather up all your markers, and sort out the dried up ones to make your paint.

You're going to LOVE this project, and your kids will love the results!

Click the link below to see how it's done!

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10 Easy Easter Crafts for Kids of all ages to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woohoo! Easter is just around the corner, my Lovelies, and to kick off the spring and Easter crafting season, I'm sharing 10 of my favourite Easter crafts for kids with you today. These projects are all easy and inexpensive, using basic supplies. Some are simple enough for toddlers, and others can be enjoyed by older kids. They all have one thing in common though.... They're absolutely adorable! Wouldn't you agree?

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Christmas Tree Lacing Activity with Paper Plates

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and followers!

While you're enjoying your feast this weekend, we're kicking off our Christmas crafting season!

Don't worry, it won't be ALL Christmas crafts between now and the big day. I'll be sprinkling in non-holiday recipes, crafts and activities too so be sure to open your emails when you get them, to see what we've got going on!

For our first Christmas craft of 2016, we've started with this lovely Christmas tree lacing craft/activity.

It's great for strengthening fine-motor skills and for teaching your child the basics of sewing.

The beads really add a beautiful touch, don't you think?

Check it out through the link below!

Click the link below to see them!

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15 Easy Homemade Paint Recipes Your Kids are Going to Love!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

15 Homemade Paints for Kids that you can make at home! homemade finger paints, edible paints, puffy paint, homemade watercolours, DIY liquid watercolours and more…. If your kids are like my hooligans, they LOVE to paint!  Today, I’m sharing 15 fabulous homemade paint recipes that you can make for your toddlers and preschoolers.  Painting is such...

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Painted Halloween Rocks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painted Halloween Rocks: an easy outdoor halloween decoration If you have older hooligans, they may really enjoy making turning some garden rocks into some awesome, Homemade Halloween Decorations.   My boys and I made these painted Halloween Rocks years ago.  They were fun and easy to make, and they’ve held up really well considering they’ve lived...

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Coffee Shop {Pretend Play} Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This coffee shop pretend play activity with sand, soap and water provides hours of open-ended, imaginative play for kids of all ages.  It’s become one of my favourite backyard water play activities here in my home daycare. If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you know that I love setting up easy...

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Rag Heart Ornaments with Pipe Cleaners and Fabric Strips

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a super-easy Valentines craft for your kids to make, and a great way to use up colourful fabric scraps leftover from past sewing projects! All you need to make one of these adorable, rustic little ornaments is a pipe cleaner and a strip of fabric. We've made ours in pairs, and tied them together to hang in a bedroom, but singles can be used as gift toppers or given along with a Valentines card. So quick. So easy, and so pretty!

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Easy Pumpkin Sun Catchers – a Vibrant Halloween Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, how I love this one!

We made vibrant pumpkin suncatchers out of coffee filters, using a fun colouring process.

You won't believe how intense the colours of our pumpkins are.

They look like they're actually glowing when the afternoon sun shines through them.

The process is really quick and simple, so this is a great craft for your little ones to do this week before Halloween!

I hope you love them as much as we do!

Check the out with the link below!

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Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids – 12 Easy Christmas Ornaments for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for easy, inexpensive, Christmas craft ideas for kids, you’ve come to the right place! You probably know how crazy we are about making Christmas crafts here in my daycare.  The toddlers and preschoolers just love making making homemade Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations.  And I love it when we make totally adorable crafts without spending...

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Powerful Words of Wisdom for High School Seniors – 20 Things Your College Kid Needs to Hear

by Hillary Cole @ Happy Hooligans

Leaving home for college can be both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. As parents, you want to give your kid the best advice possible to help them have a safe, satisfying and successful first year away from home. Here are some powerful words of wisdom for high school seniors, and 18 things that all college kids needs to...

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Vibrant CD Wind Spinners Made from Old CDs

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness, guys! You HAVE to see these gorgeous wind spinners that we made out of a bunch of old, scratched CDs the other day! I'm so excited about them because they're SO beautiful! And you should see the way they spin!

They're totally easy to make, and kids of all ages will get into making them. Not gonna lie. I totally loved making mine!

Check them out...

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Rain Sticks – Kids Can Create the Sound of Falling Rain!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How to make a rainstick with a cardboard roll and some basic materials.  Pretty, easy and inexpensive!  Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers. You’ll find lots of super spring crafts for kids here, and today’s rain sticks are no exception!  They’re easy to make, the kids loved decorating them, and they sound great!  Before we get...

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Crystallized Icicle Ornaments – Making Ice Crystals with Borax and Pipe Cleaners

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wow! Make gorgeous, shimmering, crystallized icicle ornaments using pipe cleaners, Borax and water! It's a fascinating science experiment and a beautiful Christmas craft for kids of all ages to enjoy...

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Flat People – a Homemade Paper Doll Family

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Flat people: make a quick and easy homemade paper doll family from a cereal box and cardboard roll. Remember the simple joy of playing with paper dolls when you were a child?  Well, you can provide your hooligans with a set of their own, by making a set of flat people with a few simple...

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Mirror Play: 5 Fun Ways to Play and Learn with Mirrors

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Today I’m sharing 5 of my favourite mirror play activities for preschoolers and toddlers. They all provide lots of fun and learning and they add an exciting new dimension and perspective to every day activities. The hooligans always get excited when they see me remove our dress-up mirror from the wall because they know I have...

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A Peas Offering for the Dairy Aisle: Can This Milk Alternative Rival the Real Deal?

A Peas Offering for the Dairy Aisle: Can This Milk Alternative Rival the Real Deal?

by NPR Food @ Bay Area Bites

Yellow-pea milk might sound odd, but the founders of Ripple Foods think their protein-rich dairy alternatives could give cow's milk a run for its money and open the door to more plant-based products.

Cotton Pad Art for Toddlers (with Liquid Watercolours)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Cotton Pad Art with liquid watercolours – a creative, fine-motor art project for toddlers, and a water absorption experiment too! A couple of months ago, we turned our dried up markers into homemade liquid watercolours.  The results were fabulous! They’re perfect for lots of the kids’ art projects we do around here! The hooligans really...

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The best beaches in southeast Asia: a definitive guide

The best beaches in southeast Asia: a definitive guide

by Tim Edwards @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Once you've sampled the food, culture and magnificent temples of southeast Asia, you'll want to relax - and these are the best beaches to do it.

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21 Spectacular Smore’s Recipes (No Campfire Necessary!)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

S'mores aren't just for summer!

Here are 21 incredible S'mores treats and desserts you can make at home without a campfire!

Perfect for birthday parties, holiday entertaining or a family movie night at home!

Click the link below to see them all!

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The Secret Pain of Motherhood No One Warns You About

by Chaunie Brusie @ Babble

"I didn’t expect that when people talked about childhood going 'so fast,' that they would be glossing over the pain of the passage of time."

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Easy Painted Jack-o-lanterns for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easy painted Jack-o-lanterns: if you’re looking for easy Halloween crafts for kids, this one is a keeper! I love easy art projects for toddlers and preschoolers and these painted pumpkins are about as easy as it can get.  A perfect little halloween craft that gets kids paint, cutting, gluing and creating! We crafted up some...

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How to Dye Easter Eggs with Food Colouring or Liquid Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Let's dye some Easter Eggs! There's no need to go to the store to buy a kit. Eggs are so easy to dye at home using food colouring or liquid watercolours!

I'm going to show you how to blow out an egg, and how to dye a bunch of eggs quickly and easily at home. It's fast, it's fun, and the results are so pretty!

And best of all, we're using supplies that you already have at home.

Scatter them along your Easter dinner table, or display them in a bowl. Either way, you and your kids can take pride, knowing you coloured your eggs the good, old-fashioned way!

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12 Adorable Easter Chick Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Be prepared for some serious cuteness here, folks. I've rounded up 12 easy and adorable Easter chick crafts for your kids to make this year. Your Easter table is going to look so cheerful with these little guys decorating it! Ok, and even if you're not going to make them, you have to at least have a look. They're sooooo cute! Pass these ideas along to someone who can use them!

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Painted Cardboard Name Puzzle

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a fun way to help your child  learn to spell his name?  It’s an easy, colourful homemade name puzzle made with painted cardboard cut-outs! I’ve made a variety of homemade name puzzles over the years for the children in my home daycare.  A name puzzle is a great way to help your child with letter recognition...

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How to Make Maple Syrup Snow Candy – 3 Simple Steps

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm! Make real maple syrup snow candy in your own backyard! 3-easy steps and just 2 ingredients: maple syrup and snow! This simple, traditional, Canadian treat is so much fun to make. You and your kids will love the process! And I'll bet you'll love the taste too!

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Rainbow Ink Blot Shamrock Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This ink blot shamrock craft is a super last-minute activity for St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s easy enough for preschoolers to make, but older kids love this classic art technique too, so it’s a great St. Paddy’s Day craft for kids of all ages. Today, we’re using the technique to make rainbow coloured shamrocks! You might wonder why...

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The Best, Funnest Guilt-Free “Chocolate” Easter Bunny Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Inspired by the chocolate Easter bunny that my son won at work, we created a whole bunch of adorable chocolate bunnies out of cardboard tubes! Grab your stash of tp tubes, and click the link below to check them out!

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Paint Chip Candy Canes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paint Chip Candy Canes – easy Christmas craft and cutting exercise for toddlers and preschoolers… These paint chip candy canes were completely unplanned, and came about when one of our preschoolers wanted to work on his scissor skills yesterday.   He grabbed the scissors, and I sifted through our supply of paint chip sample cards,...

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Italy in one week: The ultimate guide

Italy in one week: The ultimate guide

by Melissa Ariganello @ Intrepid Travel Blog

To help every traveler maximize their time in Italy, we’ve curated a 7-day itinerary filled with all the attractions, history, food and wine around.

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1st-Grader’s Response to Homework Riddle Is Hilariously Dark

by Julie Scagell @ Babble

Honestly, this kid's answer might be better than the real one.

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Icicle Ornaments with Beads and Pipecleaners

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This icicle ornament with pipe cleaners and beads is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make to hang on the Christmas tree. It’s a great way to strengthen fine-motor skills too. With Christmas drawing nearer, and the days getting busier,  you’ll love the simplicity of the beautiful but simple icicle ornaments that we made today....

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Cardboard Roll Mummies and Crows

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Halloween is just around the corner, and we've whipped up some adorable cardboard roll mummies and crows for our friends over at CBC Parents! Not only are they super-duper-cute, and fun to make, the winding and wrapping process is great for strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination! Make some today with your kids or your students. Check 'em out here...

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A day in Hanoi, Vietnam: your go-to guide

A day in Hanoi, Vietnam: your go-to guide

by Emily Kratzmann @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Our guide to getting the most out of your time in Vietnam’s bustling capital city.

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Take It From Me — Supporting LGBTQ Kids Begins Long Before They Ever Come Out

by Amber Leventry @ Babble

We need to let our kids know we love them, no matter how their heart falls in love.

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Anything goes: Intrepid’s world famous Photo Comp is back

Anything goes: Intrepid’s world famous Photo Comp is back

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

In November we asked our travellers for their best travel snaps. Period. And once again they blew us away.

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Stained Glass Easter Eggs – An Easter Window Art Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

 We are all about easy Easter crafts for kids these days!  Today the toddlers and preschoolers are pairing up contact paper with tissue paper and yarn to make some simple stained glass Easter eggs. We’ve only recently discovered the joys of crafting with contact paper here in my daycare. Contact paper comes on a roll,...

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Styrofoam Christmas Tree Table Toppers for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh MY, how we love our Christmas crafting sessions!

You have to see our latest!

These were SO easy to make and they're SO pretty!

The kids are going to display these table toppers on their Christmas dinner table this year, but wouldn't they look gorgeous on a mantel or window sill too?

Click the link below to check them out! Don't you love it when crafting is THIS easy and THIS pretty?

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21 {Gorgeous} Outdoor Ornaments to Make with Your Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want to add a bit of charm to your yard or garden?

Or a splash of colour to a porch or deck or patio?

Or maybe your child wants to make a one-of-a-kind gift for a family friend or neighbour?

Well, you're in for a treat today!

I have 21 easy, inexpensive and gorgeous homemade ornaments that your kids can make with common materials you already have around your home or from items collected on a nature walk.

Check 'em out! You won't be disappointed!

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Sandbox Ideas – Toy Suggestions, Play Ideas and Storage Solutions

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Transform your sandbox from ordinary to extra-ordinary with these easy, awesome sandbox ideas.  Lots of simple tips and tricks to create backyard sandbox that inspires creative, imaginative play.  We spend a ton of time playing in our backyard play space, and without a doubt, the most popular spot for the kids to play in is our our sandbox...

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One-Pot Pasta with Sausage, Mushrooms and Basil

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A one-pot pasta dish with sausage mushrooms and basil.  Quick and easy to prep, cook and clean up.  The perfect dinner for feeding your family when you want to serve something healthy and nutritious but you’re short on time. I love pasta.  I could seriously eat it every day. Spaghetti, linguine, penne, tortellini, fettucini…  There...

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Paper Plate Poppy Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a very simple poppy craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make in honour of Remembrance Day or Veterans Day. The process is easy, but provides kids with an opportunity to explore colour mixing, and to practice their scissor skills. The results are so pretty, and these poppies would be lovely to display in your home or in your classroom. Be sure to check them out here:

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Walking on the wild side: Intrepid’s April photo comp results are in

Walking on the wild side: Intrepid’s April photo comp results are in

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

When we put out a call for photos of national parks, jungles and mountains, we were blown away by the wilderness shots we received.

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Kid-Made Spring Centerpiece with Twigs and Tissue Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kid-Made Spring Centerpiece with Twigs and Tissue Paper.  Phew!  That’s a mouthful, but I couldn’t think of a better name. In a nutshell, this is a simple spring craft that preschoolers and toddlers can make using twigs, tissue paper and a few other materials you likely already have at home. We made this this centrepiece for...

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Double strap adventure: a brief history of backpacking

Double strap adventure: a brief history of backpacking

by Cam Hassard @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Imagine for a moment that it’s 1969: Hendrix is shredding Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock; war rages in Vietnam; a counter-cultural revolution is taking place in the western world, and you’re part of it.

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Easy Yarn Poppy Craft for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Just a reminder that Remembrance Day is November 11th, and not far off.

If you're looking for a relaxing poppy craft to make with older kids (say, the 5 and up crowd), check out these yarn poppies.

The process is quite therapeutic and the results are really lovely.

It's a great quiet activity for home or the classroom.

Check it out! Isn't it pretty?

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Turning Grapes into Raisins – Science for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

My daycare kids love grapes.  They also love raisins.  Now, we all know that a raisin is simply a dried up grape, but that probably seems a little puzzling to a toddler.  After all, a raisin doesn’t look anything like a grape!  To help the hooligans really understand, we conducted one of the easiest science...

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Paper Plate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a Ninja Turtle fan in the house? These paper plate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are pretty darn adorable. Plus, they're super easy to make. This is a great craft for kids who love Ninja Turtles OR for kids who love them but don't exactly love crafting. Sometimes, all it takes to spark a child's love for arts and crafts is to make the subject something that they're really crazy about! And I hope you and your kids are as crazy about these little guys as we are! Check them out!

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Toddler Biting: Why it Happens and How You Can Stop It

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddler biting solutions from real parents and teachers: Why kids bite, how to handle it, and ways to put an end to biting behaviour at home and daycare. You’ve know the scene – the kids are playing nicely while the parents chat nearby, when all of a sudden, HORRORS!  Your child bites someone. Or maybe it’s...

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Recycled Bottle Wind Chimes – a Recycled Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Recycled Bottle Wind Chimes will add a burst of colour to any outdoor play space or patio! I’m really excited to share our latest DIY wind chimes with you!  We LOVE making homemade wind chimes here in my home daycare.  We’ve made so many different sets of homemade chimes for the hooligans to give to their...

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Coffee Can CD Wind Chime

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for homemade wind chimes for kids to make for Father’s Day this Coffee Can CD Wind Chime is perfect!  Actually, this could be a great gift for kids to make for Mother’s Day too, or for anyone who loves their coffee and their music.  This project is simple, and the only tool...

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Must-Try Food in Vietnam for Kids: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters - Family Travel Blog: An Epic Education

Must-Try Food in Vietnam for Kids: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters - Family Travel Blog: An Epic Education


An Epic Education

There is so much delicious food in Vietnam for kids. Here I list up some of the best Vietnamese food for picky eaters: fruits, desserts & main dishes.

The Year in Pho: Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Family Stories from 2017

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

| Wouldn’t you know it, there was a lot of pho fervor this year, especially at Viet World Kitchen! Instead of doing a year-end summary of the most popular recipes on the site, I decided to round up all the pho-related content that published during the past twelve months. I published tips, tricks, and recipes...

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Why I Stopped Telling My Kids “I’m Proud of You”

by Katy Anderson @ Babble

"I've spent years battling an incessant voice of negativity inside my head ... I'll be damned if my own kids wind up plagued by them, too."

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ONE DAY OF A VIETNAMESE: WHAT DO I EAT?”

by Duy Phan @ Saigon Food Tour

Have you ever wondered that how a day of Vietnamese is like? A fashionista may ask: “What do you wear?” A wanderlust may raise a question: “Where do you go?” But a food lover may wonder: “What do you eat?” And here, today, I, a Saigonese and a food lover show you what a typical […]

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Nativity Sensory Bin for Kids to Play with at Christmas-time

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Nativity Sensory Bin – a fine motor Christmas Activity for toddlers and preschoolers. I love coming up with fun activities for the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare at Christmas-time. The hooligans digging their hands into a sensory bin, so I recently put this Nativity bin together for them to play with as Christmas draws nearer....

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Colonia del Sacramento: The underrated foodie capital of South America

Colonia del Sacramento: The underrated foodie capital of South America

by Elise Duncan @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Colonia del Sacramento is one of the oldest towns in Uruguay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a heaven for foodies.

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Tin foil Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tin foil Christmas Tree Ornaments with  foil, tissue paper and craft jewels.  An easy and beautiful Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. We have made a LOT of easy Christmas crafts here in my daycare over the years, and many of our ornaments are actual Christmas TREE ornaments.  What I mean is: the ornaments...

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CD Snowman Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Don’t throw out your old CDs and DVDs! Turn them into these adorable CD Snowman ornaments with your kids.  It’s a just another one in our collection of quick and easy snowman crafts for kids. This is actually the second time we’ve used a CD to make a Christmas decoration this week! The other day we made...

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Life in the wild: January’s photo competition winners revealed

Life in the wild: January’s photo competition winners revealed

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Our first photo competition of 2015 was all about wildlife. Anything with fur, feathers, scales or skin was fair game (you know, in a non-hunting way).

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Drawing Activity for Preschoolers – Magazine Makeover

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I hadn’t thought of this drawing activity in years, but it was one of my favourites when I was a kid.  My friends and I spent hours, sprawled out on the rec. room floor with a stack of magazines and a box of crayons, performing something we called magazine make-overs. We were quite a bit...

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Puffy Paint Valentines Cards for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make Puffy Paint Valentines Cards using our 3-ingredient puffy paint recipe!  Such a fun Valentines craft for kids. Homemade puffy paint is very easy to make with 3 common kitchen ingredients and a bit of water.  We’re crafting up a storm for Valentines Day here in my home daycare right now.  Have you seen all the...

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Button Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Button Christmas Tree Ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for kids, and a fun preschool painting technique too! When it comes to art techniques for kids, I love to think outside of the box, and get the hooligans creating in fun and unusual ways. Today we’re painting with pony beads – a simple but very fun...

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Chef and author Andy Ricker gives us a crash course in Northern Thai cuisine

Chef and author Andy Ricker gives us a crash course in Northern Thai cuisine

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

American chef Andy Ricker has built his reputation on dishes with names like laap pet issan, muu paa kham waan, khao soi. This is northern Thai food at its best.

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Paper Plate Watermelon Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ohhh! I just love it when a simple idea turns out so well! Making these paper plate watermelons was so fun and easy, and they turned out so well! Don't you just love what we used for the "seeds"? The preschoolers and toddlers loved the process, and oh my! They look good enough to eat! What a great craft for summer, or for a Letter "W" unit in preschool! Check them out!

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Starry Night Art Project for Kids – Melting Crayon Art

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Starry Night Art Project for Kids – recreate Van Gogh’s masterpiece by melting grated crayons on aluminum foil!   I’m really excited to share this project  with you! It’s one of the coolest art techniques for kids. We’re melting crayons to create a beautiful piece of art.  Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to be exact! You’ve likely...

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Roadways in the leaves!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remember being a kid, and all the hours you could spend playing in the fall leaves? Jumping into them, raking them into houses and trails and mazes… Here’s another fun idea that kept the hooligans busy for a few days. We made roadways in the leaves, and they spent hours pushing their cars and trucks...

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15+ Easy Wreaths for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

15+ easy wreaths for kids to make using basic materials you already have around your home or classroom. Homemade wreaths are really fun for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  The process is simple enough for even the youngest children to handle, and the results are always beautiful. The nice thing about a wreath craft is...

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How to spend the perfect 24 hours in Chiang Mai

How to spend the perfect 24 hours in Chiang Mai

by Urban Adventures @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Even though there’s a wide range of things to see and do here, Chiang Mai’s Old City is small enough to experience in 24 hours, and filled with enough markets, food stalls, temples, and shops to keep you busy during a shorter stay.

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Pringles Can Windsock Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Pringles can windsock is a super spring craft for toddlers and preschoolers!  It’s quick and easy, and requires just a few basic supplies that you may already have on hand! The hooligans and I love making outdoor ornaments & homemade wind chimes for our backyard play space. The tree beside our playhouse is home to...

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Scratch Art Family Portrait for Kids to Make and Give

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This one will take you right back to grade-school art class!

I LOVE this process!

We're doing "scratch art" today, and we're making ADORABLE family portraits to give to parents or grandparents.

If you're still looking for an awesome craft that your kids or students can make for family members, this one's for you!!

The kids are going to LOVE this fun and funky art activity!

Check it out! Isn't it fab?

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Nepal in pictures: incredible photos taken after the earthquake

Nepal in pictures: incredible photos taken after the earthquake

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Photographer Remy Hoehener and his wife were there on the 25th of April when the quake struck. His images of Nepal might be the best we've ever seen.

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Constructing with Styrofoam Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re working through some hands on science activities with your kids, building structures is a great way for kids to experiment with planning and constructing.  It’s a super opportunity to explore new materials and tools too. Now, I know that some people get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about touching styrovoam, but the kids here...

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6 Fall Tree Crafts for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

6 fall tree crafts for preschoolers and toddlers to make!  A fun collection of easy, inexpensive fall craft ideas for kids! Fall is a terrific time for observing leaves and trees with preschoolers.  It’s the time of year that our trees become most obvious to us because of the vibrant colours they display as we...

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14 Fall Leaf Crafts and Activities for Kids 2-10

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall is just around the corner, and soon enough, the yard will be filled with leaves!

I've rounded up 14 of our favourite ways to play in the leaves and to craft with them too.

I've broken the list into 3 sections - toddler/preschooler leaf crafts, fun ways to play in the leaves, and crafts for 5-10 year olds.

I hope you'll find a few ideas here to try with your kids and students this fall!

Click the link below to see them all.

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What it’s like returning to your hometown in Vietnam after 32 years

What it’s like returning to your hometown in Vietnam after 32 years

by Jessica Korteman @ Intrepid Travel Blog

It was only at the age of 34 that a combination of good timing and an emerging curiosity about where he was born and spent the first year and a half of his life, led us on a trip to Vietnam.

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Photoblog: Kimchi and colour in South Korea

Photoblog: Kimchi and colour in South Korea

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We sent a hungry journalist and photographer into one of the world's hottest new food destinations. This is what they ate.

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How to Make Vegetable Prep Easier with Your Food Processor

How to Make Vegetable Prep Easier with Your Food Processor

by Bay Area Bites @ Bay Area Bites

Take a break from practicing your knife skills and let your food processor do the work.

The Easy Way to Add Running Water to your Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wouldn’t it be great if your kids had access to a water supply at the sandbox or in the mud kitchen?  Well guess what!  They can!  I’m going to show you how you can add a source of running water to your backyard play space in minutes.  It’s a simple solution that’s fast, easy and...

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Milk Carton Gingerbread Houses for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wheee!

We've made the cutest-ever gingerbread houses without a lick of sugar!

They're colourful, they're festive, and they're going to look terrific lining our Christmas dinner table. Your kids can make these to be the centerpiece on the kids' Christmas table as well.

I love that they look so yummy but they aren't going to harm any teeth or spoil any appetites. AND, you can make them with any old odds and ends that you have in your craft room!

Make one or two, or make a whole village to line a mantel, a windowsill or your holiday table!

Aren't they beyond adorable? Check 'em out through the link below!

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Check out our favourite shots from The Adventure Collective (and win $10K of travel)

Check out our favourite shots from The Adventure Collective (and win $10K of travel)

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

This is what happens when you let 8 pro photographers loose in Central America.

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An Aussie roadtrip from Coral Bay to Cape Range (photos)

An Aussie roadtrip from Coral Bay to Cape Range (photos)

by Dean Harries @ Intrepid Travel Blog

It’s a remote part of the country that retains that feeling of being completely undiscovered. This is our journey from Coral Bay to Cape Range on Australia's wild north-west coast.

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Paper Plate Colour Wheel for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A paper plate colour wheel is easy to make, and a great way to teach toddlers and preschoolers about rainbow order, colour and colour mixing! At this time of year, after weeks of dreary, grey skies, I start to yearn for colourful crafts like our rainbow wind chimes and rainbow collages.  Yesterday we made this vibrant...

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32 Homemade Bird Feeders To Make With Kids This Winter

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wowza! 32 easy homemade bird feeders that you can make for the backyard! A terrific collection of bird feeders made with common, every day materials that will please kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. No hammers or nails necessary!

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A Bolivian photoshoot with Tyson Wheatley

A Bolivian photoshoot with Tyson Wheatley

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

If you're debating Bolivia vs Peru vs Ecuador for your next South American adventure, this might just tip the scales. Prepare for serious wanderlust.

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6 sunset viewing spots in Vietnam

6 sunset viewing spots in Vietnam

by Ellie Abraham @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Vietnam boasts some stunning settings from which to watch the sun rise and set. From Halong Bay to Mui Ne, let us take you through some of the best.

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Button Snake – a Homemade Toy to Develop Fine Motor Skills

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a simple button snake to help your child strengthen his buttoning and fine motor skills. Learning to pass a button through a button hole is no easy task for a toddler!  That’s where a button snake can help!  A simple homemade button snake will help your child learn to “do” buttons, and it’s a...

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Scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornaments for Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Our Scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornaments look great, feel great and smell great too! You can’t go wrong with all the sensory elements that this gingerbread craft offers. It’s a terrific Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers. They’ll be so proud to hang their gingerbread man on the Christmas tree this year.  Rough sandpaper, aromatic cinnamon and...

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Photoblog: Celebrating Yi Peng in Chiang Mai

Photoblog: Celebrating Yi Peng in Chiang Mai

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Once a year, when the moon is full, thousands of flickering lanterns swarm the night skies of Chiang Mai like a shoal of paper jellyfish. It's Yi Peng time again...

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GP Travel – Travel to open the world

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

GP Travel is a private owned company established in 2005, with over 10 years experience in the tourism market, our team is well trained and work with mind of services.… [...]

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Paper Bag Alien Hat

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fun and easy Halloween craft for your kids to make?  How about a paper bag monster or alien hat with some paint and a few craft supplies.  Head on over to CBC Parents to check out the details! [jetpack_subscription_form] Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool activities by 25 bloggers, 10 printables,...

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Cupcake Liner Owls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I know you love an adorable owl craft just as much as I do, so I couldn’t resist giving you a peek at these cupcake liner owls.  Are they not the cutest darn things you’ve ever seen?  Pop on over to Kids Activities Blog to see how we made them. You’ll find a link...

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Cute and Easy Coffee Filter Jellyfish Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, tell me this isn't the prettiest little jelly fish craft you've ever seen! Making this vibrant and oh-so-adorable coffee filter jelly fish is a great way for kids to explore colour and water absorption while developing fine motor skills and co-ordination. Our jelly fish is perfect for a "letter J" craft or for an ocean animal unit in preschool.

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Fairy Mud with Toilet Paper and Ivory Soap

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Whip up a batch of “fairy mud” with a roll of toilet paper, a bar of soap, and some seashells, flower petals and glitter.  It’s a fantastic sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers! We’ve done lots of fairy activities lately, and today, we’re busting out the glitter!  Yes.  I actually said the G-word.  You’re probably...

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Toddler-Made Rainbow Collage with Craft Scraps

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

As the dull and dreary winter months come to an end, I start to crave colour, and so I shift our focus to colourful toddler crafts here in my home daycare.  As you can imagine, rainbow projects are perfect for this!  Big bands of vibrant colours!  There’s nothing like a rainbow to brighten up your...

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Benefits of Bilingualism

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

  1 A child’s brain has a higher number of synapses (compared with an adult brain) and greater plasticity. This means children naturally can learn languages better than adults. 2 A study which assessed math and language scores of 2 groups (1 group studied 30 minutes of Spanish for 1 semester and the other comparable […]

16 photos that prove you should visit remote, beautiful Northeast India

16 photos that prove you should visit remote, beautiful Northeast India

by Rebecca Shapiro @ Intrepid Travel Blog

This part of the world brims with mountain villages, waterfalls and wetlands, wildlife reserves and national parks.

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Name Art with Sharpies and Tin Foil – A Cool Art Project for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I am so excited to share this totally cool art process with you! We've created

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Homemade Block Challenge Puzzle for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I love to make homemade puzzles for the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare.  We’ve had quite a few over the years: name puzzles,  toy puzzles and puzzles made from cereal boxes.  Today I came up with this homemade block challenge puzzle when I was loading up a tray of blocks to take upstairs. Making...

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Kelly Clarkson on the Importance of Knowing Her Kids Are Always Watching

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

Sing it, mama!

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My Kid Wants to Quit an Extracurricular Activity. What Should I do?

by Hillary Cole @ Happy Hooligans

There's a situation that almost every parent dreads, but is certain to go through at one time or another. It's when your child wants to quit an extracurricular activity that they asked to sign up for.

If you haven't been through it yet, be thankful, but be prepared... because it's likely going to happen at some point.

Here are some important things to consider when your child says "I QUIT!"

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Adorable {Reversible} “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eek! I love, love, LOVE the way this one turned out!

Have your kids heard the expression "in like a lion, out like a lamb"? Ask them!

I was surprised that the hooligans had never heard it, so I told them all about it, and then we made this ADORABLE lion and lamb craft.

It's reversible, so your kids can hang it up, and flip it from one side to the other depending on what the what their prediction is, and what the weather is actually like.

Like all of our crafts, this one is really easy to make, using supplies and materials that you probably already have around the house.

And just look at it!

Isn't it the cutest thing ever?

Click the link below for photos and instructions.

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Window Art with Foam Shapes and Water

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers who like creating and playing with water will love this fun and easy outdoor art activity.  We’re making window art with foam shapes and water. It’s simple to set up, it’s mess free, and it’s a great way to entertain the kids at home on a hot summer day.  Water and windows and foam,...

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Easy Buttermilk-Rhubarb Muffins with Sugar Crumble Topping

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Making these easy Buttermilk-Rhubarb Muffins is one of my favourite ways to use fresh Rhubarb in springtime. These muffins are always moist and delicious, and the crunchy sugar topping is  wonderful with the tart and tangy rhubarb.  All my life, in every house I’ve ever lived in, there’s been a rhubarb patch in the backyard. As kids, we...

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Smoosh-Painted Pumpkin Art for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Smoosh-painted pumpkin art for toddlers:  experimenting with colour, texture and colour-mixing and a fun paint technique too! I can’t believe October is coming to an end already!   I still have so many halloween craft ideas that we haven’t gotten around to doing!  Today, we were smooshing pumpkins today, using the same paint smooshing technique that...

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40+ Gifts Kids can Make {that Grown Ups will Really Use}

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your kids love to give homemade gifts at Christmas, you'll LOVE this collection of kid-made gift ideas!

These are gifts that parents and grandparents will truly love, appreciate and value.

Check them out with the link below!

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Monster Hands: a Fun and Freaky Halloween Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Monster hands: a hand-tracing craft that incorporates some sensory play!  An easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make, or the perfect activity for a monster-themed party for kids. I was looking at the pictures of our handprint fall tree craft the other day, and those trees gave me the idea for this Monster Hands...

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Outdoor Sensory Play – Exploring Fresh Herbs

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Outdoor sensory play idea:  Toddlers and preschoolers will love exploring fresh herbs and plants with this fun backyard sensory activity! This is such a fun way for kids to work on their cutting skills.  It’s also one of our favourite water play activities for engaging all the senses.  The smell of fresh cut herbs, the beautiful...

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Clothesline Activity for Kids – Laundry Day Pretend Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Laundry Day Pretend Play: Fine-motor activities and water play come together in this fun clothes-line activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Now that we’re enjoying warmer temperatures, we’re getting back into some of our favourite water play activities!  Yay!! This morning, I set up a small clothesline for the kids to enjoy some laundry day pretend play...

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Hanoikids’ 11th birthday party

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

On Saturday June 17th 2017, Hanoikids’ 11th birthday with the theme: “Kids are yet to be 18” was successfully held as all members celebrated one of the most awaiting events of the year.… [...]

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Cardboard Roll Christmas Candle Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oooo! I love, love, LOVE our latest Christmas craft and I'm so excited to share it with you.

When your kids are crafting at this time of year, I love to bring you ideas that are:

A) easy and inexpensive
B) not terribly messy
C) look GREAT on display as a Christmas decoration in your home
D) make cute gifts for kids to give to parents or grandparents.

This one fits the bill on all accounts. Check it out with the link below. Go! Go!

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White Crayon Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s an easy art project for toddlers and preschoolers.  Creating this white crayon art is a simple as offering your child a piece of black paper and a white crayon.  Add a small selection of paint colours, and you’ll end up with some beautiful creations worthy of matting and framing. We’ve been focusing on easy...

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Must-Try Food in Vietnam for Kids: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters - Family Travel Blog: An Epic Education

Must-Try Food in Vietnam for Kids: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters - Family Travel Blog: An Epic Education


An Epic Education

There is so much delicious food in Vietnam for kids. Here I list up some of the best Vietnamese food for picky eaters: fruits, desserts & main dishes.

Fine Motor ABC – Alphabet Themed Activities to Help Strengthen Fine Motor Control

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hello, Lovelies!

Recently, I had the pleasure of "virtually" meeting Stacie Erfle, a paediatric occupational therapist and author who really knows her stuff when it comes to helping children develop their fine-motor abilities with playful, educational activities.

Stacie offered me a copy of her e-book, Fine Motor ABC (which is also available in print), and I loved it! Not only are the activities in her book fun and easy, they incorporate the alphabet, sign language, rhyming, art, spelling, and gross motor activities as well.

I was so impressed by Fine Motor ABC that I invited Stacie over to my blog to tell us more about it, and to give us a deeper understanding of how and why her targeted activities will benefit your child.

She's here with us today!

Click through on the link below to help me welcome Stacie, and to see for yourself what she has to say!

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53 Kid-Friendly Recipes From Around the World

53 Kid-Friendly Recipes From Around the World


Epicurious

We traveled the planet in search of dinners no kid would ever complain about.

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido — Fun Things to Do in Oaxaca, Mexico’s Southern Port

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Out of all the things to do in Puerto Escondido, sunsets may be our favorite, but there’s much more to this sleepy Mexican beach town than that. Much more. Beautiful beaches, fantastic food, incredible wildlife, and a laid-back surfer vibe. There are lots of reasons to visit Puerto Escondido, in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. […]

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Spiced Persimmon and Ginger Muffin Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

My parents adore bargains, especially the ones at their local Salvation Army on Wednesdays, when seniors receive a 25 percent discount. On October 12, 2016, they scored a charming set of English Royal Wessex Red Willow dishes for about $22 (discounted from the original $29.50). They bought it with the intention of gifting it to...

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Paper Plate Kite Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Spring, Lovelies! Even though it's still wintery cold here, we're getting ready to welcome the warm, gentle breezes of spring.

And what better way to do that than with a homemade kite?

This paper plate kite is so easy to make. It's the perfect quick, little craft to make with your toddler or preschooler on a spring afternoon.

Fun to play with in the wind, or to hang on the wall of a bedroom or playroom!

If you like crafting with your little one, and you like to keep the process quick and simple, you'll love this kite!

Have a look!

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This Mom Thought Her Daughter Was Being a “Drama Queen,” Until X-Rays Proved Otherwise

by Audra Rogers @ Babble

“We learn from our failures — so now at least we’ll know what to do the next time our kids break an appendage.”

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5 Fun and Easy Canada Day Crafts for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Canada Day is extra-special this year, as our country celebrates its 150th birthday!

Here are 5 fun and easy Canada Day crafts that your kids can wave at the parade or hang in the yard to show their patriotic pride on Canada Day.

They look terrific, and can be made from materials you already have around your home and garden.

BONUS: if you're in the US, they can all be tweaked for the 4th of July too!

Click the link below to check them out!

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Candy Cane Wreath Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy homemade Christmas ornament for toddlers and preschoolers to make… These candy cane wreath ornaments are very easy to make, so they’re perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.  You can chose your own colours for these ornaments, but I really like how the red and white tissue paper give the little wreaths a candy cane...

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A foodie’s guide to South India

A foodie’s guide to South India

by Jack Cummings @ Intrepid Travel Blog

With a year-round tropical climate, awe-inspiring views and fresher than fresh produce, Kerala lets you eat like a deity every single day.

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Toddler Art with with Mirrors and Dry Erase Markers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mirrors and dry erase markers with glass beads: a drawing activity and fine motor fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Sometimes we do an activity and I get so excited about it I can’t wait to share it with you. I’ve felt that way all day today! You may know how much I love doing mirror...

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Kibbeh recipe: the best place to get İçli Köfte in Istanbul

Kibbeh recipe: the best place to get İçli Köfte in Istanbul

by Caglar Gokgun @ Intrepid Travel Blog

İçli Köfte, or kibbeh as it's called in Arabic, is a traditional Turkish snack. People who visit Turkey don't know it exists. People who leave Turkey never forget it.

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Folded Paper Plate Owls – an Easy Fall Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a quick and easy fall craft for the kids to make this week? You'll love these adorable little owls!

Hang them from a small branch and display them in a window, or pin them to a cut-out tree branch on a wall or bulletin board.

It's such an easy process but the hooligans had a lot of fun making each of their owls look unique.

Aren't they CUTE?!

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Tissue Paper Mosaic Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tissue Paper Mosaic Christmas Ornaments – a fine motor Christmas craft for kids to make and hang on the Christmas tree. We recently made these gorgeous Tissue Paper Mosaic Ornaments here in my daycare.  They were easy to make with just a few supplies.  This was an excellent fine motor activity, and the results were...

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How to Make Homemade Sidewalk Paint For Kids – Easy 3-Ingredient Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Homemade Sidewalk Paint recipe that you can make in minutes with cornstarch, water and food colouring. Whip up a batch today for a fun and easy outdoor activity for toddlers and preschoolers. The hooligans LOVE painting our driveway and sidewalk in summer time. Often, they use rollers and brushes and they paint the sidewalk with water, but every...

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Banana-Graham Butterfly Snacks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make snack-time fun with our Banana-Graham Butterfly Snacks! We all know that kids love snacks that are fun. Even the pickiest eaters are more likely to try a new food, or a food that they don’t like if it’s shaped into something fun. If you have a child who isn’t big on wholesome snacks, take...

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Scratch Art Henna Handprint Craft – a Gorgeous Handprint Art Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Squeal! I am SO excited about our latest art project!!

If you have crafty, creative kids (and I know you do!), they are going to LOVE this one! It's fun, it's relaxing, and the results are GORGEOUS!

Click the link below to check it out! Go! Go!

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An Adorable CD Bunny Craft for Preschoolers and Toddlers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my gosh. Just when I thought our crafts couldn't get any cuter... check out these insanely cute CD bunnies we made yesterday! Honestly. I don't know if I can handle any more cuteness this week!

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3-Ingredient, Delicious Vanilla SNOW Ice Cream

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It's snowing! It's snowing! We finally have SNOW!

We can finally make Snow ice cream!

Have you tried it?

I know, I know... first time I heard of it, I thought it sounded weird too, but we made it this last year, and guess what!

It's freaking amazing!!

It's honestly the best ice cream you'll ever taste.

And all you need to make it is fresh, clean snow, vanilla extract and condensed milk!

It's seriously delicious, and such a fun activity to do with your kids or students on a cold, winter day!

Get out there, and gather a bowlful of snow, and make it with your family today!

Click the link below for the printable recipe!

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Cinnamon-Sugar French Toast Mittens – A Fun Winter Lunch For Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fun winter lunch idea to serve the kids? Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Mittens are  easy to make, super-cute and delicious! They’re perfect for a snow day but you can use this idea for any themed lunch by just switching up your cookie cutters.    Yesterday, we had quite the blizzard here. It...

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Mosaic Project for Preschoolers – with Styrofoam Meat Trays

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can make vibrant mosaic art using painted styrofoam produce trays! I want to share another mosaic project for preschoolers with you.  Did you see our 3-D Mosaic Structures last week?  Well, today, the hooligans used our styrofoam meat trays for this basic mosaic project.   *Before we get started, I want to mention that when you’re...

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Photos: this is what homework looks like around the world

Photos: this is what homework looks like around the world

by Libby Shabada @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Sometime's it's snatched in a spare moment or squeezed in around the edged of real life, but homework is always there.

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Which Months Have 31 Days – A Simple Way To Remember

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Use your knuckles to figure out which months have 31 days! – An easy way to teach kids how many days are in each month. I don’t know about you, but as a kid I could never remember the rhyme that taught how many days there are in a month.  You know the one that starts...

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The Division of Responsibility in Eating

by Ali @ Healthy Kids

The joint effort in developing competent and healthy eaters With childhood obesity on the rise, so too is parental concern and awareness about what their kids are eating. Getting kids to be good eaters and to both eat – and like – nutritious foods doesn’t fall strictly on the parent or the child. It’s a joint […]

How to Make Extra-Large, Reversible, Flannel Receiving Blankets for Baby

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy New Year, Lovelies!

If you have a new baby to buy for this year, you have to check out my step-by-step tutorial for these AWESOME giant, reversible receiving blankets!

They're huge, and they're double-sided so they're super-cushy and warm.

Great for the crib, stroller or playpen, and wonderful for wrapping a baby in after the bath.

They're so large, I used mine until my youngest was 2 or 3 years old.

Best baby-shower gift ever.

And they're so easy to make. If you can sew a straight line, you can totally handle this project!

Click the link below for photos and instructions!

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free art

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do you ever set your kids up to do some “free art”  where you just set out a hodge-podge of materials, and let your little ones create to their heart’s desire? What is free art? It’s a super activity for those times when you don’t have an organized craft or activity to work on.  I...

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EER131: Workaway Jobs, Traveling Sisters & Tween/Teen Travel

EER131: Workaway Jobs, Traveling Sisters & Tween/Teen Travel

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Teen travel. Tween travel. Budget travel via workaway jobs. We’ve talked to lots of parents to travel with teens and tweens, but today we’re going to hear from some of the kids themselves. These four traveling sisters have been on the road with their parents for over two years so far, and in this episode of […]

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Homemade Chocolate and Strawberry Play Dough

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Chocolate shop play dough activity for Valentines Day! We are huge fans of homemade play dough activities here.  I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love to play with playdough.  It’s so therapeutic and it’s terrific for building fine motor skills and hand, finger and upper-arm muscles.  Some say that offering play dough every day,...

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A guide to traditional Chinese street food

A guide to traditional Chinese street food

by Amy Foyster @ Intrepid Travel Blog

One of the most popular forms of traditional Chinese food, everywhere from Shanghai to Beijing, is street food. Here are some of the best street food options that the land of the red dragon is serving up.

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Things to Do in Merida Mexico — What to see, Do & Eat in the Yucatan

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Visit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and you’ll find so many things to do in Merida with kids…or without them. We travel with children, but Merida has something for everyone. In fact, the Yucatan Peninsula is great for any and all types of traveler: from grubby solo backpackers to adventurous families to retirees on a luxury holiday. Things […]

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Craft Stick Yarn Dolls for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hi all! I'm back from a family vacation, and I'm SO excited to get back into things here, and share this ADORABLE and seriously addictive little craft with you!

These yarn dolls are SO cute, and great for developing fine motor skills and wrapping and winding skills.

I made a bunch with the 3's one morning, and then after school, I showed them to Miss 8. She LOVED them, and made one after another after another. And what did she ask to do the next time she was here? She wanted to make more craft stick dolls!

They're just too cute and fun!! Check them out!

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5 Easy Owl Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s an adorable round-up of easy owl crafts that kids can make out of common household materials and craft supplies. Aren’t owls just the cutest?  What makes them so darn adorable?  I guess it’s their big eyes and fluffy feathers, and the way they look so wise and knowing.  Whatever it is, we sure do love...

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Paper Mache Bowls – One of a Kind Gift for Kids to Make and Give

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A paper mache bowl a really creative and inexpensive gift for kids to make and give.  The process does require a bit of time, because of the drying time, but the results are gorgeous! When I was pondering some ideas for homemade Mother’s Day gifts that we could make here in my home daycare, Paper Mache...

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Skeleton Footprint Craft for Halloween

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Skeleton footprint craft for toddlers and preschoolers!  A fun and easy halloween craft to make with footprints and styrofoam! Who’s up for another Halloween craft?  If you made our  Halloween handprints yesterday, you may have plenty of styrofoam “bones” left over.  These halloween “skeleton” footprints are a great way to use them up! As I mentioned...

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Beaded Wreath Ornament for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Create a pretty beaded wreath ornament with a pipe cleaner and pony beads. It doesn’t get much easier than this one!  A pipe cleaner, a few beads and a ribbon are all it takes to make this beaded wreath ornament.  I love it when a simple craft like this looks so good! We’re just churning...

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Painting on a Mirror – an Outdoor Art Idea for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for something really different for the kids to do outside this week, try our painting on a mirror activity!

It's such a cool experience and it will keep your toddlers and preschoolers entertained for ages!

Check it out through the link below!

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Confusion Reigns As GOP Scrambles To Avert A Government Shutdown

by Kelsey Snell, NPR, SCOTT DETROW, NPR, Susan Davis, NPR @ Houston Public Media

The president indicated in a morning tweet that he opposed House Republicans' bill to extend long-term funding for a popular children's health care program as part of a short-term spending agreement

How Therapy Dogs Are Helping to Reduce Anxiety in Kids with Cancer — and Their Parents

by Wendy Wisner @ Babble

Turns out, wet kisses are just what the doctor ordered.

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Backyard Tightrope

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for an amazing (and free!) addition for your backyard play space, a backyard tightrope is da bomb! Our homemade tightrope is, hands down, one of the most popular stations in our yard. Kids of all ages,  from the toddlers right through to 7 and 8 year olds absolutely love balancing on it,...

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Photoblog: Varanasi as you’ve never seen it before

Photoblog: Varanasi as you’ve never seen it before

by Pravin Tamang @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We go on a journey through India's most photogenic city with one of the best photographers in the country: Pravin Tamang.

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25+ More Great Books for Boys

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

25+ More great books for boys! These novels are filled with action, suspense, adventure and drama, and will captivate even the most reluctant readers. A few months ago, I wrote a post titled 40+ Best Books for Boys, which was a list of the very best books that my boys and I have read together over the...

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Chinese Teacher With No Fingers or Toes Dedicates His Life to Teaching Left-Behind Children

by Bryan Ke @ NextShark

A 51-year-old teacher from a small remote school in a rural area in Shanxi province in northern China was recently chosen by Chinese e-commerce Alibaba as a role model for his selfless dedication to teach children despite being born without fingers or toes. Chen Haiping’s story began when he met the principal of Liujiashan village […]

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Johnson City Press Mystery Diner

by admin @ V's Vietnamese Cuisine

SOURCE:  JOHNSON CITY PRESS bit.ly/2ip2Zzc I’ve been on several food quests in my time. Many of you will remember my quest for the perfect slice of pecan pie. Brumley’s at Greeneville’s General Morgan Inn won that one. The perfect slice of pizza? Anything from Main Street Pizza Co. in downtown Johnson City. How about the […]

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Dream Catchers Kids Can Make for a Better Night’s Sleep

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies! We're getting back into our routine after a long, glorious summer vacation, and that means we're crafting and baking and enjoying all kinds of good, old-fashioned activities again here in my daycare.

Just like I do every year, I'll be sharing all of our best stuff with you here on my blog and Facebook page!

We're kicking things off today with a colourful dream catcher craft that we whipped up for CBC parents!

If your child struggles with bed-time fears, anxieties and bad dreams, you'll want to check it out through the link below.

So glad to be back! I look forward to keeping you inspired with lots of fun and creativity again this year! x

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Paper Plate Rainbow Craft with Tissue Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

“R” is for Rainbow: an easy letter R craft in our A-Z paper plate crafts for kids collection. Ready for a cute and easy St. Patrick’s Day craft?  Toddlers will love making these colourful Paper Plate Rainbow Craft with tissue paper!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see the fun we had making our rainbows, and to...

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Spring Art Project for Toddlers – Styrofoam Meat Trays & Foam Shapes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy Spring Art project for toddlers using craft foam pieces and a styrofoam meat tray canvas! We’re so glad to get back to making spring art and spring crafting!  I want to show you this fun and easy styrofoam art that the hooligans made recently!  It’s a great spring art project for toddlers and...

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Wax Resist Valentines Cards

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the toddlers and preschoolers in my home daycare have been busy making Valentines’ cards for their parents. Recently, we made these awesome wax resist cards!  We love wax-resist art.  Some folks call it crayon-resist or paint-resist, but whatever you call it, it’s just plain fascinating! Kids love watching...

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Cardboard Gingerbread House Decorating Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a candy-free gingerbread house idea? You’ll love this one! Kids can decorate this cardboard gingerbread house with colourful scraps from the craft room. It’s a fun activity for kids to do at a Christmas party or as a group at daycare or preschool.   Don’t you love a good gingerbread craft at Christmas time?...

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Homemade Hoisin Sauce Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Love hoisin sauce with pho and in other Asian dishes? Make it yourself! I didn’t think it would be easy, but for the sake of excellent pho and the desire to offer a gluten-free hoisin recipe in The Pho Cookbook, I experimented for about two weeks to come up with an excellent recipe. Now, you...

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25 {Irresistibly Adorable} Snowman Crafts, Activities and Treats

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Snowman season is almost here, and to ring it in, I’ve rounded up a bunch of unbelievably cute snowman crafts, activities and recipes for you and your kids to try this winter! In this collection, you’ll find 25 easy and adorable snowman crafts, oh-so-cute holiday treats, and unique snowman activities to keep the kids busy when...

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DIY Lighted Christmas Balls – a Unique Outdoor Christmas Light Idea

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for unique outdoor Christmas light ideas?  Make your own homemade lighted Christmas balls!  They’re stunning, you’ll have unique, one-of-a-kind decorations in the yard this year, and your neighbours will be in awe! So, my hubby’s balls are the talk of the neighbourhood right now.  I’m not kidding.  The ladies are swooning.  The men have...

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Easy, Delicious Butternut Squash and Potato Soup that Even your Kids will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This rich and creamy butternut squash and potato soup is the perfect homemade soup for fall and winter. It’s hearty and delicious, and the whole family will love it.  Even the pickiest kids!  Served with bread or a salad, it’s a healthy, filling meal on a cold and blustery day. Squash soup is one of my...

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Glass Ball Ornaments – a Christmas Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easy glass ball ornaments for kids to make at Christmas time. You know how much we love making easy, inexpensive Christmas ornaments that look GREAT.  Well, these certainly fit the bill. This glass ball ornament craft was inspired by THESE easy glass ornaments over at B-InspiredMama, which were (don’t laugh at the irony here), inspired by MY...

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Apple Stamping with Real Apples and Leaves

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Apple stamping – making prints with apples and real leaves from the garden is a fun fall activity for toddlers and preschoolers. ‘Tis the season for picking juicy, ripe apples off the tree, and I’m seeing lots of apple crafts happening out there these days, so we decided to do some apple stamping this morning.  The...

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Painting with Shaving Cream: Outdoor Art for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painting with shaving cream is an amazing sensory play idea for indoors or out!  Use it in the bath or take it outside to paint on the patio door like we did! We love playing with shaving cream!  I always have a couple of cheap cans of Barbasol shaving foam set aside for play activities. We...

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Croatia in one week: The ultimate guide

Croatia in one week: The ultimate guide

by Sarah Tate @ Intrepid Travel Blog

With its ancient walled cities, shimmering sapphire waters, impeccable wine and delicious cuisine, Croatia is where Mediterranean fantasies come true.

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Painted Rock Paper-Weight Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A gorgeous painted rock paper-weight craft that kids can make for themselves or to give as a gift! If you’ve been with us a while, you likely know how much we love playing with rocks and stones here in my home daycare. Most recently, we used some of our larger beach rocks to make painted paper-weights...

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Local faces: Intrepid’s February photo comp results are in

Local faces: Intrepid’s February photo comp results are in

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

How do you judge one face against another? Is it the way the eyes seem to pierce your soul? Or a candid smile caught on camera?

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The Ultimate Hanoi Shopping Guide – What to buy and where to buy it

by Graham Stein @ XO Tours Blog

We wrote a very popular shopping article focused on Ho Chi Minh City 2 years ago, and have since had many requests for a similar piece for Hanoi. Shopping posts are difficult to do however, because there are so many unique things that you can buy in Vietnam that it’s impossible to include everything in a single article. We…

Mom Shares Accident Photo and a Powerful Reminder About the Importance of Car Seat Safety

by Wendy Wisner @ Babble

“I could have lost him if I didn't take the time to check his seat and straps and follow the no coat rule.”

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Rainbow Water Play Activity – colour mixing in the back yard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Water Play Activity: a lesson in colour mixing with “rainbow” water… Looking for another water play activity before the Fall weather hits?  Toddlers and  preschoolers will have a great time wiht this rainbow water station! This was such a simple activity to pull together, and it was so fun.   Water play is always a...

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Hate rats? Look away now. We found India’s strangest festivals

Hate rats? Look away now. We found India’s strangest festivals

by Laura Dawson @ Intrepid Travel Blog

India is home to a mind-bendingly huge number of people (a cheeky 1.25 billion), markets, foods, cuisines, dialects, regions and religions… Oh, and festivals. Did I mention festivals?

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22 Things to Make with Cardboard Tubes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I admit it.  I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to cardboard tubes. I just can’t bring myself to part with them.  I have a huge stash in storage room. Toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper tubes, food-wrap rolls, poster tubes, mailing tubes… My family thinks I’m nuts, but when you think of...

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Homemade Creamsicles – Healthy, Delicious and Just 2 Ingredients

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Homemade Creamsicles taste just like the real thing, and you only need 2 ingredients to make them! Mmmmm…  One of my favourite frozen treats is a creamsicle.  That orange and vanilla combo puts me over the moon!  Rich, creamy vanilla ice cream, encased in a crunchy, tangy orange shell…  Oh man.  I’m drooling just...

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Styrofoam and Button Christmas Tree Ornaments for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Styrofoam and Button Christmas Tree Ornaments – an easy, last minute Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Oh my goodness!   Don’t you just love a button craft?  We sure do!  Especially at Christmas time. Buttons are perfect for decorating all kinds of Christmas crafts and ornaments!  These Styrofoam and Button Christmas Trees are...

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Teaching Spreading Skills with Blocks and Shaving Cream

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want a super activity for teaching spreading skills to your preschooler or toddler?  Break out the building blocks and shaving cream!  And prepare yourself for a little bit of mess and a whole lot of fun. Recently, while preparing some crackers and peanut butter for snack, I got thinking about helping the children develop their spreading...

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Fizzing Colours! A Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, lovelies! I have the most beautiful science activity to share with you today! This one calls for just 3 common kitchen ingredients, and little ones find it just fascinating! There's lots of bubbling and fizzing and colourful eruptions for your little ones to oooh and ahhh over, and it will keep them entertained for a good long time too! There's fine motor development, and an opportunity to talk about colour mixing and chemical reactions, and best of all it's super-quick and easy to set up! I am in love with the photos of this activity. Have a look! Aren't they gorgeous?

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70+ {Awesome} Homemade Toys You Can Make for Your Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Whether you're sticking to a strict budget or just like to give hand-made at Christmas, making homemade toys and games for your kids, grand-kids or students is the best!

From dollhouses and homemade block sets to puzzles, playfood and games, here are 70+ ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Click the link below to see them all.

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Easter Playdough Activities for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easter is right around the corner, and here’s a fun Easter activity to keep the kids busy before the holiday arrives. Whip up a batch of Homemade Easter playdough for toddlers and preschoolers, in the softest shades of spring! If you’ve been following along with us, you know how much I love coming up with themed playdough...

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Simple, 3-Ingredient Concoctions for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do your kids love mixing concoctions? Oh boy! Do I ever have a whopper of a concoction collection for you! 35 of the best slime, goop, goo and play dough recipes that I could find! Science and sensory exploration never looked, felt or smelled so good!  And best of all? All of these mixtures require 3...

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11 quotes that prove celebrities live on a different planet

11 quotes that prove celebrities live on a different planet

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Anyone who has visited Gwyneth Paltrow’s much ridiculed website Goop already knows celebrities live on a different planet than the rest of us. This planet may look similar to Earth, but there are subtle differences. Most of its landmass is covered in dense forests of kale, under whose iron–rich leaves roam ravenous packs of magazine photographers. Poverty and disease are non-existent, and people subsist mostly on unicorn tears.

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Fall Tree Craft – with Twigs and Tissue Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can explore Autumn’s colours and textures while making a fall tree craft with tissue paper and twigs! If you’re looking for fall tree crafts to make with toddlers and preschoolers, you’ll find lots of them among the pages of my blog. We do live in Canada after all, where we’re known for our vibrant fall colours. There’s no...

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Best Books for Boys – 40+ Fantastic Reads for Boys ages 8-16

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

40+ of our ABSOLUTE, ALL-TIME BEST books for boys (ages 8-16). Adventure, drama, suspense and humour that will captivate even the most...

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Our guide to Peru’s tastiest street food

Our guide to Peru’s tastiest street food

by Emily Kratzmann @ Intrepid Travel Blog

May contain traces of Guinea Pig...

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10 global dishes that are definitely outside your comfort zone

10 global dishes that are definitely outside your comfort zone

by Libby Shabada @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Farewell, comfort zone. It was nice knowing you.

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13 Things You Must Do in Vietnam – Vietnam Bucket List

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

From exploring the depths of a mysterious subterranean world to bargaining in a Mekong market, from sleeping under a bamboo roof in the mountains to scaling waterfalls in the Central Highlands, Vietnam is bursting with exciting things to do. In this XO blog post we outline the very best activities across the country – from…

Best of Instagram: want to know what Svalbard really looks like?

Best of Instagram: want to know what Svalbard really looks like?

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Svalbard is about as close as most mortal are going to get to the North Pole. So if you want to know what to expect there, this it it...

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Pin-Up Christmas Tree Decorating Activity for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have toddlers and preschoolers who love decorating the Christmas tree, this Pin-Up Christmas Tree Decorating Activity is a great way to let them do that without them rearranging your real Christmas tree. It’s a great Christmas party activity for preschoolers and toddlers, and a wonderful December activity for the daycare or preschool classroom. It’s easy, inexpensive, and will...

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Traveling in Vietnam: The best travel route through this S-shaped country

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Vietnam is an astounding mix of natural highlights and cultural diversity.… [...]

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This Magical ‘Peter Pan’-Inspired Newborn Photo Shoot Is Straight Out of Never Land

by Heather Newman @ Babble

We hope these mini "Peter Pan" characters never grow up.

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Making Reading a Routine Reality

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

  Last month’s blog, Enjoy Reading with your Child, reminded and re-motivated me to put into practice more of what we know about reading. Yet reviewing the Top 10 Tips has given me room for greater reflection and left me with some food for thought. By sharing here, I hope that we might encourage and […]

75+ Best Chapter Books for Girls Ages 5-13

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is the MOTHER of all posts, and I am beyond THRILLED to be sharing it with you today!

Since publishing my "Best Books for Boys" posts a few years ago, I'm constantly asked if I have a list of great books for girls.

Well, I can finally say, "DO I EVER!!"

One of my long-time daycare dads, a brilliant writer and an exceptional father of two wonderful girls (both hooligan grads), has compiled an absolutely AMAZING list of over 75 of the very best books for girls- ages 5-13.

These books span all genres, and they'll captivate, fascinate, inspire and empower girls from an early age, straight through to their tween, preteen and early teenage years.

These books have all been read, re-read, adored and treasured by Tom and his daughters over the years, and I am delighted to share his recommendations with you!

Click the link below, and be swept away by Tom's beautiful literary depiction of classics, series, fiction and non-fiction chapter books that you and your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and students will love.

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20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying

20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying


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Coffee Filter Jewelled Trees for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We're in the final stretch now, folks! Less than 2 weeks until Christmas! How is that possible? It's hard to get my head around it because here in Canada, we're having down-right balmy weather. I know. It's crazy. We're usually up to our knees in snow by now, but today is like a cool summer day. It's so bizarre!
Regardless of the temperatures outside, we're getting into the spirit inside, and today we've crafted up some coffee filter, jewelled tree ornaments. The process is SO fun. The preschoolers love it, the big kids love it... heck, even I love playing around with this gorgeous art technique!
Hopefully you can make some time to try this one at home or in the classroom before the holidays arrive! Check it out...

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100 Fun Things for Kids to Do at Home This Summer (with Printable Checklist)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey Lovely! I have a little somethin' special for you today! A summer activity checklist with fabulous things for your kids to do at home this summer!

I know you love having your kids home with you for summer, but I also know how challenging it can be to keep them entertained for such a long stretch of time. The last thing we want to hear day in and day out is "I'M BORED!", right?

Well I've rounded up ONE HUNDRED of our favourite warm-weather crafts and activities so your kids will be entertained (and learning!) all summer long.

They're all easy and inexpensive and guaranteed to be a hit with kids ages 2-10.

And I've made a printable checklist so you can put it up on your fridge, and work your way through it with your kids or daycare kids during the summer holidays!

Pick a couple of activities to do every day, and I promise, your kids won't have a chance to be bored this summer!

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Introducing: our Intrepid Foodies for 2015

Introducing: our Intrepid Foodies for 2015

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

When we sat down to create our Intrepid Food Adventures, we had a simple mission in mind: to design the most authentic, affordable and awesome ‘real food’ experiences – the…

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Mi gusto: A guide to Barcelona’s La Boqueria

Mi gusto: A guide to Barcelona’s La Boqueria

by Julia D'Orazio @ Intrepid Travel Blog

If you want to observe the Spanish food chain, from the depths of the Mediterranean to the green farmlands of Galicia, there's only one place to go: La Boqueria.

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Tin Foil and Tissue Paper Easter Egg Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tin foil and tissue paper Easter Egg Craft – a fun and pretty Easter craft for kids to make! These eggs are one of my favourite Easter crafts for kids to make.  I love how delicate and pretty they look. Hand them in a window, string a garland, or scatter them on your Easter dinner table....

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This is what it looks like to eat your way through Ireland

This is what it looks like to eat your way through Ireland

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

To most outsiders, an Irish meal is like a Venn Diagram made up entirely of Corned Beef, Guinness and Potatoes. But as anyone who's visited will tell you - there's a lot more to Ireland than starch.

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Hand Print Apple Tree Craft with Tissue Paper and Buttons

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It’s almost apple season, and you know what that means…  apple crafts, stamping with apples and lots of apple treats!  Today we’re making one of my favourite fall tree crafts!  It’s an adorable apple tree craft with tissue paper and buttons.  If your little one loves handprint crafts, this will be a hit for sure!...

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Frozen Fractals Soup Activity – Ice Play for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When temperatures are on the rise, we’ve been turning to some of our favourite ice and water science activities to keep cool.  If your toddlers or preschoolers are fans of the Disney movie “Frozen”, this ice play set up will be a huge hit.  Frozen Fractals Soup: a cool and refreshing play idea for a hot...

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Paper Plate Spider Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers will love this paper plate spider craft. It’ll have them painting, cutting, stamping and gluing… all the crafty stuff that little kids love best. With Halloween just around the corner, you and your kids will be looking for lots of “spooky crafts” to make this month.  Lucky you!  I have 21 easy...

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How to Make Amazing Homemade Butter In a Jar

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this has got to be one of the coolest experiments we do here. It's one of those classic experiments that they'll remember for the rest of their lives. I have parents and grandparents today who tell me they remember doing this as a kid. That's saying something about how memorable and fabulous it is.

The kids love the process, and I've also done this with adult friends and guests, and it blows everyone's mind mind every time.

If you haven't tried this fascinating experiment with your kids yet, you must put it on your to-do list.

Bonus: you get to eat the results, and they are out. of. this. world.

Click the link below for the photos and the easy step-by-step tutorial!

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Sprinkler Fun for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sprinkler fun – keeping cool on a hot day! Oh, how we’ve waited for this day!  We’ve been talking for weeks about how one of these days the weather will warm up enough that we’ll be pulling out the sprinkler again, and today, my friends, was that day! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:My-oh-my,...

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Disney Helps 32 Foster Kids Find Forever Families: “This Is What We’ve Been Waiting For”

by Kaitlin Stanford @ Babble

"It’s great to become part of the family, even for just a short period of time."

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A Comprehensive Guide to Vietnam Visas

by Scott Jones @ XO Tours Blog

*** Disclaimer: We believe all the information in this article was correct at the time it was published however, regulations in Vietnam change often so we urge travelers to not rely solely on the information in this blog post when planning their trip to Vietnam. We cannot be held responsible for any lost monies or travel time due to any…

11 Gluten-Free Asian Noodles

by admin @ V's Vietnamese Cuisine

I was very interested in which noodles, if any, you can have on a gluten-free diet. Here are some articles that support the use of certain noodles in a gluten-free diet. A friend of ours who embarked on a gluten-free diet was heard complaining about wheat-free pastas that are gummy, mushy, and just plain unappetizing. […]

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Simple Solution to Keep a Diaper On at Bed Time

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A no-fail solution to keep your toddler’s diaper on at nap-time and bedtime.  No duct tape, no onesies – just a fast and easy way to prevent your child from removing his diaper when left alone in his crib at nap time. If you’ve ever had a toddler who who’s removed a poopy diaper at...

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Cuba through an iPhone lens: you’ve never seen it like this before

Cuba through an iPhone lens: you’ve never seen it like this before

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Cuba has a reputation for being pretty photogenic, but can an iPhone handle all that crumbling 60s nostalgia? All signs point to yes.

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Teach Kids to Spell Their Name with a Fascinating Salt Glue and Watercolour Experiment

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fascinating and easy science experiment to do with your kids? This one is an art activity too! All you need is salt, watercolours (or food colouring) and glue! This activity is so mesmerizing and beautiful. The toddlers and preschoolers loved it, and I'm not going to lie - my teenagers and I did it too and found it quite addictive! Give it a try! It's so easy to set up, and the results are gorgeous! Check it out...

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Mouth-watering Macedonia: 5 traditional dishes you’ve got to try

Mouth-watering Macedonia: 5 traditional dishes you’ve got to try

by Philippa Whishaw @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Drawing heavily on Balkan and Mediterranean influences and packed full of garlicky, herby flavour, Macedonian cuisine may be slow to cook, but it’s sure quick to go down.

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10 Preschool Apple Crafts for Kids Ages 2-5

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovely.

You're probably switching gears from summer crafting to fall crafting with your little ones right now, so I thought I'd put all of our easy apple crafts in one place, so you'd be able to grab an idea whenever you need one.

Whether you're focusing on a month-long apple theme next month, or just need the odd apple craft to do here and there throughout the month, you'll love these ideas.

They're all super-cute, super-easy and perfect for 2-5 year olds.

Click the link below to see them all. Enjoy!!

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recycled crafts

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A few ideas to keep little crafters busy… I SPY BOTTLES Set out an assortment of small, colourful objects and have children pick a colour theme i.e. red/pink, green/purple etc.  Have them select objects to match their chosen colours, and drop them in an energy drink bottle.  The Hooligans love dropping things into things, so this...

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7 Cute Alternatives to the Elf on the Shelf

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies!

If you're looking for a fun way to count down the days to Christmas with your kids, but you find the Elf on the Shelf thing a little creepy, you'll love these ideas!

I have 7 fab alternatives to Elf on the Shelf that make the month of December fun and meaningful for your family and none of them require that little elf.

In particular, I love #7. It's what I did for years with my boys, and they still talk about how exciting and special it was. Bonus: it really helps kids who can't handle the anxiety of waiting in those last few days before Christmas.

Click the link below to check them all out!

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Pumpkin Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pumpkin Art for Kids – a cute and easy Halloween Craft toddlers and preschoolers, which combines art and fine motor development… Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins! At this time of year, there’s no shortage of pumpkin crafts here in my daycare. We’ve been busy making something pumpkin related almost every day here for the past couple...

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Beautiful Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hiya!

Thought you might like this quick and easy snowflake craft if you're getting creative with the kids this week.

It's super-easy but SO pretty!

This is a great activity for little ones working on their fine-motor skills, and sorting and patterning skills, but older kids will love this one as well.

Your kids can make a bunch for the Christmas tree or to hang in a window at home or in the classroom this winter.

Aren't they beautiful? Click the link below to check them out!

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Homemade Watercolours For Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If this is your first peek at our homemade water colours, please pop on over to CBC Parents to check out all the details, and to get our easy recipe!  You likely have the ingredients already in your kitchen cupboards!  Super-easy and very inexpensive to make, these paints simply “rock”!

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Kids eat FREE Thursdays ALL SUMMER!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

We've just introduced our "Just for kid's menu" and to celebrate, Kids (under 10) will eat FREE on Thursdays for the whole summer! Each kids meal comes with an apple juice box! Offer ends when summer does (September 22nd) so don't miss this offer!  

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Check out our Irvine location in 3D!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

Have you had the chance to check out our new location in Irvine just yet? If not, take a sneak peak with our 3D space viewer in the link below! 3D Sawleaf Space Travel! Come by and check us out for real as well!

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Homemade Bird Feeders with Cheerios and Blueberries

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade Bird Feeders with  Cheerios and Blueberries – a fine motor activity for kids. Every winter here in my daycare we make homemade bird feeders using materials that we have around the house.  In the past we’ve made Cheerio bird feeders, orange cup bird feeders, feeders with grains and fruit, and a milk jug bird...

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Is a Federal Junk Food Tax in Our Future?

Is a Federal Junk Food Tax in Our Future?

by Civil Eats @ Bay Area Bites

As momentum builds for local soda taxes, a new study suggests taxes on junk food could be an effective public health tool.

Tissue Paper Butterfly Craft for Kids of All Ages – a Fun Lesson in Design Too!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This one will take you right back to your childhood. Remember making tissue paper art when you were a kid?

Toddlers, preschoolers AND big kids will love this classic art process.

They'll learn a new skill too, if you have them pre-plan and colour-code their designs like we did!

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Paper Plate Ice Cream Craft – “I” is for Ice Cream!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am SO excited to share this AH-MAZ-ING paper plate craft with you. Excited for a couple of reasons: firstly, we've been trying to think of a "Letter I" paper plate craft here for over a year, and we just couldn't come up with anything good. Finally, the 6 and 7 year old thought of THIS ONE. The second reason I'm so excited about it is because it looks SO freaking awesome, and was so totally fun to make! We all took part in the process, and we were practically giddy as it all came together. It resembled ice cream so closely that we wanted to eat it! The colours and flavours, the chocolate chips, the syrup and the sprinkles... ALL made out of basic craft supplies! If you're looking for a Letter "I" craft to do with your kids, THIS is the one! Check it out!

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Footprint Reindeer Christmas Cards for Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Everybody loves a footprint craft, right? Kids love making them, and parents and grandparents LOVE seeing a tiny footprint preserved in a craft. Well, these footprint reindeer cards are downright adorable! I love how the goofy googly eyes add a quirky expression to the reindeer's face! Tell the kids to kick off their socks, and make a bunch of these for friends and relatives this holiday season! You could totally use this technique to make homemade wrapping paper too! Have fun!!

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Language, Culture, and Identity Issues: Challenges and Changes in Mixed Roots and Multicultural Families

by Dino Lingo @ Dino Lingo Blog

    Identity is something that many if not most all of us wrestle with whilst growing up. However, like most minorities, this is perhaps even more so for many mixed roots, multicultural and third culture kids; from dealing with being treated differently by others and searching for groups to identify with, and feel a […]

Fine Motor Drop Box : A Homemade Learning Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Turn an ordinary cardboard box into a fine motor drop box for toddlers and preschoolers. This is a great homemade tool to help teach kids colours, numbers, letters, shapes, and it’s a fun activity for strengthening fine motor skills.  Of all the homemade toys and activities I’ve made for my daycare, using common household items, our fine...

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A Teeny-Tiny Ocean Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want a fun and inexpensive way to entertain your toddler or preschooler on a warm day? Check out our Teeny-Tiny Ocean Activity Bin! With a few dollar store supplies and a small baking dish, you can keep your little ones entertained, and using their imagination for ages!

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Flavours of Nikkei: lifting the lid on Peru’s latest fusion craze

Flavours of Nikkei: lifting the lid on Peru’s latest fusion craze

by Marianna Jamadi @ Intrepid Travel Blog

When I think of Peruvian cuisine, I think traditional. Juicy lomo saltado spiked with aji amarillo chillies. Tangy ceviche and a hit of chopped cilantro. But sushi? Not so much.

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Why Taiwan should be at the top of your travel list

Why Taiwan should be at the top of your travel list

by Cara Brown @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Epic scenery, incredible food, amazing outdoor activities. Here’s why your next overseas adventure should be to Taiwan.

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Valentines Hearts with Sharpies and Photo Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Egads! Tomorrow is Valentines Day.

Let me guess. You’re up to your elbows in *Monday*, trying to catch your breath after a whirl-wind weekend, and the kids are asking to make Valentines crafts.

The last thing you feel like doing is hauling out all the craft supplies, and dealing with the craft-tastrophe clean- up afterwards, right? If they’re crafting today, it’s gotta be low-maintenance, no-mess and something that doesn’t require a ton of effort and prep.

Relax. We’ve got you covered.

Today we’re going to show you the easiest Valentines craft ever. We’re making super-simple (but charming) Valentines hearts with Sharpies and photo paper.

Your kids can tuck these colourful and adorable hearts into a card or letter for parent or grandparent or even a teacher or friend.

This one is fun, it's vibrant, and it's a little bit addictive, which means....

It could just keep the kids busy for a good, long while today.

Click the link below to check it out now!

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Gingerbread House Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Gingerbread House Ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. We’re churning out the homemade Christmas ornaments here, and today we whipped up some gingerbread house ornaments for the Christmas tree. This is just one of a number of gingerbread crafts that we’ve made here for the holidays.  We have scented gingerbread...

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Pretend Tea Party with Natural Items

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Set up a pretend tea party play in the backyard where the kids can make a mess, use their imaginations, and get creative exploring items found in nature. Remember how much fun it was to play “tea party” was when you were little?  Pouring and measuring and serving cups of “tea” to your friends and...

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Water Bin with Tubes and Funnels

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your kids love science activities and waterplay, they’re going to love this. It’s the perfect combination of both!  They’ll be cool and entertained for hours in the back yard with this simple water bin with tubes and funnels. We have lots of great water play ideas here among the pages of my blog. Water...

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Make it at home: food author Tessa Kiros’ famous tiramisu recipe

Make it at home: food author Tessa Kiros’ famous tiramisu recipe

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Recipe taken from Venezia: Food & Dreams by Tessa Kiros Tiramisu an be varied as much as you like: make it less sweet, more sweet; serve it with gratings of…

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Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Children in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog

Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Children in Vietnam | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

The most useful Vietnam Travel tips for families traveling with children. What to do in Vietnam when you travel with kids? Safety advice for parents.

Ocean Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An Ocean Sensory Bin was the perfect thing for the kids to play with today. It’s been super-hot here this week, so I’ve been setting up lots of creative water play activities for the hooligans. I’ve had  an Ocean sensory bin in mind for a long time.  In fact, it was last July when I went...

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Behind the scenes on a Kakadu group tour

Behind the scenes on a Kakadu group tour

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

We get asked a lot what a group trip in Kakadu National Park looks like. What do you see, what do you do, how many times do you get to swim in photogenic billabongs – that kind of thing...

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This Clever Website Lets Children of Divorce “Schedule” Santa’s Visit

by Eden Strong @ Babble

Some kids just need a little reassurance that Santa will be able to find them.

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Thailand in one week: The ultimate guide

Thailand in one week: The ultimate guide

by Harris Newman @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Buddhist culture, spicy food, chic shopping and plenty of natural wonders. Fret not, travelers – this seven-day Thailand itinerary covers all those and more.

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A gluten-free guide to Europe

A gluten-free guide to Europe

by Che-Marie Trigg @ Intrepid Travel Blog

While Europe is known for its ancient cultures, colourful architecture and bloody history, it’s not yet known for something it’s now also very good at: dishing up gluten-free food that actually tastes good.

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Valentines Collage Pops

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy Valentine’s craft that toddlers and preschoolers can make using odds and ends from around the house. These Valentine’s collage pops are really cute. They’re totally random – just a hodgepodge of materials.  Basically, you can use whatever you have around the house to decorate your collage pops with.  These are kinds of like a Valentines...

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Bún bò Huế – A great balance of flavors

by Hanoikids @ HANOIKIDS CLUB

Bún bò Huế (Hue beef noodle soup) is a speciality of Huế – former capital of Vietnam.… [...]

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Winter Birds Craft for Preschoolers – CD Blue Jay and Cardinal

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a simple little craft to do as an add on to a winter birds unit in preschool, or with a child who is fascinated with the birds at the feeder at this time of year! We took a couple of old cds and turned the into an adorable blue jay and cardinal. They'll add such a nice pop of colour to the window now that the bleak and dreary weather has arrived. Have a look!

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Gorgeous Fall Leaf Sun Catcher for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Good morning, Lovelies!

I am SO excited to share our latest craft with you!

We made these simple fall leaf sun catcher recently, and were blown away by how gorgeous it turned out.

You won't believe how we made it. Ready for it? A plastic container and some markers. Seriously! Can you believe how pretty it is?

This one is perfect for kids of all ages because there's something here that everyone can do.

Confession: I may have taken way too many pictures. I just couldn't resist! Every photo I took was prettier than the one before!

Click the link below to check it out! GO! GO!

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Fall Sensory Table

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall Sensory Table Ideas – set up an autumn tablescape for toddlers and preschoolers to explore the textures, colours and wonders of fall. With October on the horizon, I’ll be sharing all the Fall activities we’ve been doing. To start, we combined mirror play with our Fall Sensory Table this week.  The hooligans have really enjoyed exploring...

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Insanely Good Banana Chocolate-Chip Bundt Cake {In One Bowl!}

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Friends, I have another banana cake that might just change your life.

This Banana Chocolate-Chip Bundt Cake is insanely good and SO easy to make! It's a super-moist snacking cake that's really rich and chocolatey, and you only need one bowl to make it!

Click the link below for the easy recipe!

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Tape Resist Art Ideas for Kids of All Ages

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a SUPER-easy art project for the kids that they'll absolutely love, you have to try tape resist art!

It's fantastic for all ages, it can be a structured art activity or completely open-ended.

The process is so much fun, and the results are always awesome!

Click the link below to see 4 different tape resist projects we made recently!

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Why I Plan to Tell My Daughter About My Sexual Assault

by Deborah White @ Babble

I'm doing everything in my power to ensure my daughter grows up with the tools I wish I'd been given. And that starts now.

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How to cook the Moroccan dish you never even knew existed (recipe)

How to cook the Moroccan dish you never even knew existed (recipe)

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Pigeon Pastilla is THE dish of Morocco.

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Styrofoam Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Don’t you just love a simple Christmas craft that looks gorgeous?  We made these beautiful styrofoam ornaments using basic supplies we had around the house.  They were so easy to make, and I think they turned out beautifully! You can do this craft with children of any age, from toddler right up through teenager.  I...

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Ho Chi Minh City Homeschool Class Project

by Barbara @ The Dropout Diaries

We are looking for a qualified teacher to teach a homeschool class of lower primary-aged kids in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from January to June next year (2018)..

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How To Get Your Child To Give Up a Pacifier

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Weaning your child off a pacifier can be stressful for both parents and child, so let's make it as pain-free as we can for everyone.

I've asked my Facebook followers for their best tips, tricks and advice when it comes to helping kids break the soother habit.

In this post you'll find load of creative and helpful tricks that have worked for many parents.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the one no-fail trick that was suggested time and time again. It's a good one!

Click the link below to read the post!

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More Homemade Bookmarks for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

  Here’s a great, last-minute Father’s Day gift for kids to make!  2 kind of bookmarks:  Duck Tape and Tie Dye.  Both are easy and fun for kids of all ages to make, and they look great too! Pop over to CBC Parents to check ’em all out, and to get the step-by-step instructions! Follow...

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Wine Cork Turkey Decoration for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This simple wine cork turkey decoration is a super-easy craft for kids to make for Thanksgiving.  Use your turkeys to decorate a tabletop or a window sill, or just use them for some silly turkey play. This terrific stretch of hot, sunny weather we’re having makes it hard to believe that fall has actually arrived.  It’s...

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Easy Homemade Father’s Day Gift: Tape Resist Mug and Bowl

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Father's Day falls on the third Sunday in June, which means, Dad's special day is just around the corner. If you're looking for an easy homemade Father's Day gift for your kids or students to make this year, our tape resist mug and bowl is just great.

Like all of the homemade gifts we've made here in my daycare over the years, this craft is easy, inexpensive, and the results are beautiful.

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Tin Can Stilts – Classic Childhood Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Who remembers clomping around on a pair of tin can stilts when they were a kid? Remember how fun that was? And how about the balance and co-ordination it took?  Getting your hands and feet and ropes and tins to all work together…  What a blast. I do love a good, old-fashioned childhood classic, and...

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Beautiful Pinecone Mobiles for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Monday, Lovelies!

Fall is in full swing here, and we're making the most of these glorious summer-like tempertures, crafting in the yard under the shade of our big maple tree.

Our latest creation - these awesome pinecone mobiles.

They're colourful and beautiful, and they're made with just a few items found in our own backyard.

They're easy too, and they make up quickly. You don't need even need glue!

Check them out at the link below, and then head outdoors with your own hooligans to gather the supplies to make them!

Kids of all ages will love this simple but beautiful project! Make a few today with your gang!

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Dad-to-Be Has the Internet Howling Over Hilarious “Maternity” Photo Shoot

by Karen Johnson @ Babble

"I'll never know what being in labor feels like, but I feel in my heart it can't be too far away from eating A LOT of fast food."

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Malaysia’s street food secrets with blogger Robyn Eckhardt

Malaysia’s street food secrets with blogger Robyn Eckhardt

by James Shackell @ Intrepid Travel Blog

Robyn Eckhardt makes a living through writing and eating – not necessarily in that order.

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6 foods that prove Indian cuisine is the best in the world

6 foods that prove Indian cuisine is the best in the world

by Evan Ceretti @ Intrepid Travel Blog

How can you not want to grab a piece of golden, garlicky naan and dig into a freshly-made, richly-spiced, mind-blowingly tasty curry?

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Handmade Thank You Cards with Wax Resist Paint Technique

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can create beautiful handmade Thank You cards using a wax resist art technique. A white crayon and some watercolour paints are all you’ll need! Crayon resist (or wax resist) is a really cool art project for kids of all ages and it’s one of those fun science activities that kids of all ages love. Toddlers and preschoolers can...

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Icy Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a great activity to keep your hooligans entertained during the deep-freeze we’re having?  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how I pulled this winter sensory bin together for my hooligans.  You and your children will have a great time building your bin, and it will provide them with hours of open-ended, sensory play....

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homemade shape puzzle

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Use items from around your home to make a homemade shape puzzle! If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to keep your hooligans entertained, our homemade shape puzzle is sure to be a hit!  It’s simple to put together, and you can make one of these just about anywhere! Pop over to CBC...

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How to Make Gorgeous Tie-Dye Easter Eggs with Sharpies and Rubbing Alcohol

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woot! You're going to love this one!!

I know how much your kids love dyeing Easter eggs. Well, at least I think I do because what kid doesn't love doing that at Easter time?

I also know how much of a pain in the patootie the process can be with all the bowls of food colouring and hot water and whatnot.

It's not a quick and easy process, and it's not mess-free.

Well, you are going to LOVE the process we've come up with to dye the coolest looking tie-dye Easter eggs this year because it's SUPER easy, SUPER quick and it's virtually mess-free.

Grab the Sharpies and the rubbing alcohol, because you're about to make the most awesome Easter eggs ever, and the process is going to WOW your kids!

Click the link below to check out how gorgeous they are, and to get the easy instructions!

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How Cuba’s culinary scene might surprise even the biggest foodie

How Cuba’s culinary scene might surprise even the biggest foodie

by Megan Arzbaecher @ Intrepid Travel Blog

I went into my Intrepid Travel tour thinking it'd be nine days of just eating rice and beans. Wow, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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My Kids May Be Older Now, But They Need a Stay-At-Home Mom More Than Ever

by Chaunie Brusie @ Babble

"... my kids need me in different ways now, and that’s OK."

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Fun and Fabulous Salt Tray Writing Activity for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This fabulous salt tray writing activity is a terrific way for little ones to practice their pre-writing skills!

It's a fun and creative way for preschoolers to work on letter and number formation, and printing their name. Even toddlers can strengthen their pencil grip while they doodle and draw in a salt tray.

We coloured our salt, but you can leave yours plain if you'd rather. This activity sets up in under a minute, and will provide hours of fun and learning.

Make designs, print letters, doodle and draw, and then shake it clean and start all over again!

Have a look! You and your preschoolers are going to love this one!

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International Mud Day Activities for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

International Mud Day is June 29th.

Here are 8 of our favourite mud-play activities to make the day a screaming success for your kids.

From car-washes to mud-slides to painting with mud, these fun and fabulous activities will make mud day one of your kids' favourite days of the year!

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Rainbow Water – a St. Patrick’s Day Drink for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Whip up a silly, colourful drink for the kids to drink on St. Patrick's Day! Hey, doesn't everyone deserve to drink a rainbow at least once in their life time?

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Smoosh and Stamp Pumpkin Art for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Smoosh and Stamp Pumpkin art for kids: a fun and easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Well, here we are, the day before Halloween!  We’ve been doing crafting for Halloween in my daycare these past few weeks!  Have you seen them?  Ghosts, mummies, monsters, jack-o-lanterns… Today, on our last day of daycare before Halloween,...

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Play Dough – Potato Head Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Homemade Play Dough Activity that combines Play dough with Mr. Potato Head! Homemade Play dough is one of those classic activities for kids.  We almost always have several batches on hand here in my daycare; the hooligans never tire of it. I love is how versatile play dough is when you make your own.  You can colour...

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Photo series: We sent a camera crew to Nepal.

Photo series: We sent a camera crew to Nepal.

by Intrepid Travel @ Intrepid Travel Blog

You've never seen Nepal like this before.

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15 Healthiest Vegetables on the Planet

by admin @ V's Vietnamese Cuisine

1. Kale Kale has emerged as one of the trendiest vegetables in recent years, and it’s not by accident. This is one green vegetable that has been largely overlooked, but now is getting the attention it deserves. A quick rundown of its nutrition profile reveals why it gets so much fanfare. Like spinach, kale is […]

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Glittery Kid-Safe Unicorn Slime

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my gosh, guys! I am so excited!

We finally made SLIME! And not just any slime! UNICORN slime!

It's gorgeous, stretchy, slippery, slimey fun, and because it doesn't contain Borax, it's totally kid-safe!

Excuse all the photos. I couldn't help myself! This stuff is just too beautiful for words!

Click the link below to check it out!

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Cheerio Bird Feeders – An Easy Bird Feeder Craft For Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Don't toss that stale cereal! Have your kids make Cheerio bird feeders with it! A great way for kids to connect with nature, and a super fine-motor activity for little hands!

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Meet the chef: an interview with Andrew Fielke

Meet the chef: an interview with Andrew Fielke

by Justin Meneguzzi @ Intrepid Travel Blog

The mastermind behind Intrepid's exclusive tour menus on why we should go back to our bush tucker roots.

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Dig into Croatia’s best-kept secret — its food!

Dig into Croatia’s best-kept secret — its food!

by Urban Adventures @ Intrepid Travel Blog

As part of Urban Adventures' brand new Made In Croatia tour, we join the locals and head straight to the market to devour cheese, bread and wine.

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Doll Bath Station: Hours of Pretend Play for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A pretend play “doll bath station” will keep your little ones entertained and cool for hours this summer! Water play activities are always a hit here in my home daycare.  In particular, the toddlers and hooligans love it when I set up a baby care station for them to play with.   Setting up your doll bath...

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Valentines Art with Sharpies and Tin Foil

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey Lovely,

I know the feeling. Your kids want to craft but you don't want to get all the craft stuff out, and be left with a big mess.

It's probably one of the reasons for saying "no" when they ask to craft, right?

I get it. We moms are busy, and there are enough messes to clean up in a day, never mind the chaos that can come along with craft time.

Well, how would you feel if I told you your kids could have a ton of fun crafting today with about a minute of prep and virtually no clean up.

Got tin foil? Got Sharpies? Great. You're all set for your kids to make some cool Valentines art.

It's slick and shimmery, and the process is really fun.

It's also kind of addictive, so it may just keep the troops entertained for a while.

A win for the kids and a win for you!

Click on the link below, and you'll be on your way to a mess-free, super-cool craft session today!

Check out this colourful Valentines art

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5 Amazing Cupcake Recipes Made with Unusual Ingredients

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, Lovelies. I've been just busting to share these recipes with you! My friend Kerrie, makes these cupcakes in the most amazing flavour combos ever! Cherry Coke, Orange Crush, Chocolate-Bacon and more! I've finally gotten my act together, and rounded up 5 of my favourites, and put them together in a post for you. Some would be terrific for kids' parties, and some are so sinful, they're adult-only. I hope they get you drooling as much as they do me! Feast your eyes on these...

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Chinese Actress Angelababy’s Husband Says His Wife’s Acting is ‘Bad’

by Bryan Ke @ NextShark

During a recent candid interview, Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming, husband to actress Angelababy, admitted that his wife’s acting skill is somewhat below average. “Baby is a very emotional person. If she can tap into that, she will certainly be a great actress,” Huang said in his interview referencing t