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Monster Jam Comes to Halifax: 6 Tips You Need to Know Before You Go

Monster Jam Comes to Halifax: 6 Tips You Need to Know Before You Go

MONSTER JAM TICKET GIVEAWAY!!

Monster Jam 2018 is coming to Halifax July 7 and 8 and we’ve rounded up the top tips you need to know before you go, AND we’re giving away a family pack of four tickets to the July 7, 1 pm show! Read on for all the details…

6 Road Trip Dos and Don'ts with Little Kids

6 Road Trip Dos and Don'ts with Little Kids

We went on our first major family road trip vacation this summer and the kids did way better than we thought - in fact, not once did we pull over and threaten to turn the car around! Based on our experience, here are our top dos and don'ts for road tripping with little kids.

Name Wall Art with Cars

Now that Mr M's interests are showing themselves more I've been starting to transition his room from his pond themed nursery to reflect what he truly loves - cars. Well, anything that moves really, but especially things that move on wheels. He'll be two in a couple months and has been in love with cars since shortly after his first birthday.

The first thing I did was create some name art for his wall. I Pinterested my heart out until I found a great idea from a blog called Mason's Roost. It's ALL OVER the interwebs when you search for name art using cars. Sadly, the blog no longer seems to be there and I haven't been able to find a link to the actual instructions.

The inspiration from the defunct Mason's Roost blog

The inspiration from the defunct Mason's Roost blog

So I had to make up on my own version. I decided to scrap the shadow box concept and to use his whole name instead of just one letter. I bought basic white wooden letters from the craft store for his name.*

I painted each one with a couple coats of flat black acrylic paint and let it dry completely.

Then, the fun part. I had tried to find or make a stamp for the dotted lines on the road but couldn't find one so I bought coloured duct tape and then snipped off a piece, then snipped it in half and placed it on the letter. This was the most tedious part of the job and there were several pieces of tape that I cut incorrectly that had to be tossed. Once it was done though I LOVED how it looked against the black.

Next step was to place the cars on it. I bought a value pack of dinky cars that included some of his favourite vehicles (i.e. busses and trucks) and then spread them out so that there were three or four per letter. Pro tip: Double and triple check that they're all on the right side of the road. I had a fire truck and sports car set up for a head on collision that I had to redo.

Get some super duper glue (that dries clear preferably) and dab a little on each wheel of the car and press it on carefully. Make sure the letters are sitting somewhere that they won't need to be moved or get bumped for a couple days and let them dry REALLY well. Like a day longer than you think. The last thing you need is a not quite dry car falling off in the middle of the night once it's hung up.

Finally, I used Command picture hanging strips with velcro (no affiliation, just came across them and love how they work!) for hanging them. They go on flat which makes it easier to ensure it's level, and makes it look really clean on the wall.

I love the 3D look of it and how it really pops on his light walls.

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Mr M went crazy for it and wanted to pull the cars off at first, but once I explained that they weren't "real," just decorations, surprisingly he seemed to get it. He likes looking at it and naming each vehicle.

*In the interest of privacy I just photographed the M in his name but I did the same concept for the rest of the letters in his name and it didn't add too much time (other than the duct tape lines - with a good stamp that would cut the time down significantly).

PIN IT!

This name wall art is perfect for kids who love toy cars!.png

Container Gardens and Car Washes

I think it's finally safe to say the overnight frost is gone for this season and we can start our summer garden! We have various foliage around the house that came with it (and that my husband tends to) but I like having a little vegetable garden myself. Since we have a wooded area behind our house there are lots of little wildlife friends like deer, rabbits, pheasants, and squirrels who would make short work of a veggie garden so we plant one in containers on our second level deck.

Last year was the first time we tried it with varying results. The cherry tomatoes were our best success - and our favourite - so I got a few of those plus some regular tomatoes, celery, broccoli, and cucumber - and we started our container garden.

Miss M, naturally, asked to wear her gloves and Mr M, naturally, just dove right into the dirt. I was smart though and dressed them both in clothes that they didn't like/were too small/had holes so that no one had to worry about their favourite outfit getting dirty.

The kids scooped dirt from the bag into the containers with their shovels and then we added the plants. I was surprised how eager they were to do it and how they didn't tire of it even though we had three large round ones and one long rectangular one.

Gleeful fistfuls of dirt!

Gleeful fistfuls of dirt!

By the time we got to the last container Mr M was off with his trucks but Miss M was still working hard. Partway through filling this one she got a glint in her eye, peeled back her gloves, and then tentatively dug her hands into the fresh dirt in the bag. I smiled and encouraged her to do so and that was all she needed. The rest of the container was hand filled with a dirty, happy, little girl - perhaps I don't need to worry so much about her aversion to getting messy! She seems to be adapting well to the new rules.

Our "green" garden with celery, broccoli, and cucumber

Our "green" garden with celery, broccoli, and cucumber

When we were done planting I swept up the dirt and then brought out a bucket of soapy water, a couple old scrub brushes, and some towels and let them have a little Car Wash for the vehicles we keep on the deck. Trucks were scrubbed, and then the barbecue was shined, deck chairs were soaped up, and the kids ended up soaking wet.

Workin' at the Car Wash (and YES, I know we need to paint our deck

Workin' at the Car Wash (and YES, I know we need to paint our deck

It was the perfect post-planting activity as it got the rest of the dirt off the deck and got them relatively cleaned up before we headed back in the house (though, if I'm to be completely honest, I did send them right to a warm bath to scrub the rest of the dirt out of their fingernails and hair). :-) 

Here's hoping our little garden produces some food for us. I love snacking on freshly picked veggies!

Have you done a container garden on your patio? Do you have any tips to help it along?

Little Blue Truck Goop

Little Blue Truck Goop

Little Blue Truck is a favourite in our house and this activity that recreates the big scene where the big dump truck get stuck is always a hit - no matter how old the kids get! Goop is a really cool concoction of cornstarch and water that seems to defy the laws of physics. It looks like liquid but you can pick it up and make it into a ball, which then turns back to liquid.