ARTS & LITERACY

Nature Crafts for Kids – Seashell Maracas

Nature Crafts for Kids – Seashell Maracas

My big kid, she’s going to be 8 in about two weeks. Years ago, when she was a wee 3-year-old, we celebrated her big day by making all of the take-away goodie bags for the kids coming to the birthday party. It has been a while since we’ve gotten that creative making nature crafts. But, [...]

Easy Preschool Crafts – Stamping & Printing with Food

Easy Preschool Crafts – Stamping & Printing with Food

The sun is peeking out from behind the clouds and the air has a hint of warmth in it. All of those fun kid projects that you’ve been whipping up at the kitchen table have as much of an urge as you do to shake off a long Canadian winter and head outside to enjoy [...]

Easy Kids Easter Crafts – Bunny Boxes & Stained Glass Eggs

Easy Kids Easter Crafts – Bunny Boxes & Stained Glass Eggs

Ah, Good Friday. The kids are home from school. Hopefully, the sun is shining wherever you are and happy faces are sparkling too. If you are like us, getting around to Easter crafts with the kids has been rather, well, challenging. We’ve daydreamed about a Martha-esque scene of Spring delight. But, a quick reality check [...]

Easy Spring-time Crafts – Tissue Paper Butterflies

Easy Spring-time Crafts – Tissue Paper Butterflies

For much of Canada, winter gave it one last go this week and blasted us all with wind, rain and lots of snow. But, that doesn’t mean we have to stand for it. In fact, we are totally busy making sure home looks like a giant Spring garden full of butterflies and fairies, tulips and [...]

EAT LOCAL CANADA

Camping Chow – One-Pot Vegetarian Meals to Whip Up In The Woods

Camping Chow – One-Pot Vegetarian Meals to Whip Up In The Woods

When in comes to camping food, most folks think of hot dogs and a steak or two. But, vegetarian camping delights are fun, nutritious and don’t need a big, clunky cooler full of ice. In fact, you can do a whole whack of camp meals in one pot, without chopping a thing, in about 10 [...]

The Canadian Dinner Table – Fiddlehead Fritatas

The Canadian Dinner Table – Fiddlehead Fritatas

Fiddleheads have to be one of our most favorite culinary scores for this year. Plentiful in the Canadian east and easily found in grocers across the country, their wild flavor and rustic goodness give a great twist to many standards – especially egg dishes. They may seem a bit intimidating. But, really, you just wash [...]

The Canadian Dinner Table – Easy Peasy Cinnamon Rolls

The Canadian Dinner Table – Easy Peasy Cinnamon Rolls

The crew here are bakers. That may be a mild term for how much all of us love to whip up and chow down on delicious baked goods. But, cinnamon rolls have always seemed just out of reach in the everyday foods department. Some recipes call for a double rise. Some…well…they just always looked way [...]

Food & Your Family – 6 Ways to Serve Up Hard-Boiled Eggs

Food & Your Family – 6 Ways to Serve Up Hard-Boiled Eggs

Let’s face it. There’s a pile of hard-boiled eggs in our refrigerators destined for the garbage unless something really inventive comes along. Really, how many of those things can you eat before they go bad and you learn to hate them? Then divide it by nine and that’s how many the kids will eat. Unless… [...]

THE GREEN FAMILY

Ten Simple Things to do for Earth Day

Ten Simple Things to do for Earth Day

It’s Earth Day and we all hear a lot about the very important details like recycling, planting trees, turning off water faucets and using less electricity. But, helping care for the Earth can extend to parts of life that are – dare we say – a bit unexpected, full of joy and changing in ways [...]

Act For The Planet – Making Green Fun With Earth Day Canada

Act For The Planet – Making Green Fun With Earth Day Canada

It’s April, which means flowers blooming, rain falling and – of course – time to be a part of learning how to live lighter on the Earth as annual Earth Day celebrations begin. We here at Ourbigearth.com have long been lending a hand in that department and are super excited to Earth Day Canada’s new [...]

Your Voice In The Dark – Earth Hour 2013

Your Voice In The Dark – Earth Hour 2013

Sitting in the dark for an hour tonight may not seem like much. But, that action is your voice – joining together with millions of other voices across Canada and the globe – speaking up and helping live lighter on the Earth. Canadians are awesome at this. In fact, Vancouver is the Earth Hour Capital [...]

SPROUTS – Early Spring Kid Gardening Fun

SPROUTS – Early Spring Kid Gardening Fun

Brrr, it’s chilly. On those afternoons when the bright sun makes it tolerable, I stroll aimlessly around my garden with hopeful ideas of planting. My daughter and I sample a bite from a patch of oregano as it pokes its head out of one of my veggie gardens.  In the front yard we marvel over [...]

INSPIRED ACTION

Video – Kindergarteners Explain Their First Day of School

Video – Kindergarteners Explain Their First Day of School

Who can resist the sweetness and pure honesty of Kindergarteners heading back to school? As we slug it out this last week before school starts, here are some serious smiles for your day courtesy of our pals at Hooplaha

Tips For Protecting Your Identity When Your Family Relocates

Tips For Protecting Your Identity When Your Family Relocates

As is very true in our house right now, this time of year heading into summer break is prime time for families planning to relocate to a new town for a new and exciting piece of the Canadian experience. Halifax has been our home for just about a year and it’s not long before we’ll [...]

Inspired Action – Lending A Hand After the Boston Marathon Explosion

Inspired Action – Lending A Hand After the Boston Marathon Explosion

As we continue to watch the horrible details of the Boston Marathon explosions unfold, we as Canadians are moved to action. But, what can we actually do so far away? We have, in all honesty, sheltered our children from any details of what has happened. We have kept the TV off of news channels, turned [...]

Inspired Action – World Autism Awareness Day

Inspired Action – World Autism Awareness Day

The lights in our windows are shining blue at the homes of the OBE team today. So many of us have children or family members who struggle with autism and this day of education, inspired action and celebration is especially close to our hearts. It’s World Autism Awareness Day and people across Canada are standing [...]

KIDS, NATURE & OUR HERITAGE

Celebrate Canada Outdoors | The 2013 Get To Know Contest

Celebrate Canada Outdoors | The 2013 Get To Know Contest

Calling all youth 19 and under! Get outdoors and connect with nature! Head to www.gettoknow.ca to submit art, writing, photography, video, or music inspired by your outdoor experiences and you could win some wild prizes! It may only be the beginning of March. But, you can start cracking on your outdoor awesomeness and get it ready to [...]

Happy Parents Make Happy Kids – Play Groups Are Good For The Soul

Happy Parents Make Happy Kids – Play Groups Are Good For The Soul

It started off just like any other day. Woke up late. Slammed some breakfast. Launched ourselves out the door two minutes after the school bell had already rung. Average. Normal. We’re cool with that. Then, as we are speed racing to get in the car and get one to school, one to work, and two [...]

Old Skool Winter Fun For The Whole Family

Old Skool Winter Fun For The Whole Family

Ask anyone just about anywhere – Canadians are winter. Winter is Canadian. While beaches and cottage afternoons, the smell of Spring in the forest or the sight of leaves cluttering the walk at an urban public garden in fall are lovely, there is something about the frosty chill in the air, spotting kids hauling their [...]

Digging In The Dirt: Helping Kids Grow Their Own Garden

Digging In The Dirt: Helping Kids Grow Their Own Garden

“ Might I,” quavered Mary, “might I have a bit of earth? Fans of “The Secret Garden”  will recall orphaned Mary Lennox’s timid request of her uncle for space “to plant seeds in – to make things grow”  on his huge English estate.  What started with an ivy-covered door, revealed by a friendly robin to [...]

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Helping Albertans As They Recover from the 2013 Flood

Helping Albertans As They Recover from the 2013 Flood

The Alberta flooding has left hundreds of thousands of people outed from their homes, many with substantial losses and in need of a big helping hand from the Canadian community. Here are some of the organizations that are volunteering assistance, needing volunteers or need donations around Calgary and Southern Alberta: – The City of Calgary [...]

Be Inspired By Because I Am A Girl on International Women’s Day

Be Inspired By Because I Am A Girl on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. Looking for ways to support girls and women and empower them to reach their full potential, you’ll find everything from signing petitions to end sex slavery to ways to help fund the education of girls and women in developing countries. One organization that has truly inspired us to invest our [...]

Moms, Make Time To See The Doctor – The Visit That Saved A Life

Moms, Make Time To See The Doctor – The Visit That Saved A Life

You know those commercials from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada? The ones where the women take such amazing care of their husbands, making sure they are eating right and getting exercise, then end up being the ones to have a stroke or a heart attack? I don’t think one of us ever thinks [...]

Why Family Literacy Day Matters

Why Family Literacy Day Matters

It’s hard to hear the word “literacy” and not assume that you will be met with a bunch of book-loving academics who will insist that you must spend your waking hours poring through books and chasing after the written word with unending glee lest you find yourself frowned upon by them and possibly the whole [...]

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The Canadian Dinner Table – Black Bean & Artichoke Heart Chili

The Canadian Dinner Table – Black Bean & Artichoke Heart Chili

| March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

These early spring days make for challenging cooking in any house. Mostly, we suspect it has a lot to do with the reality that most Canadians have had their fill of root veggies and other seasonal goodies. Craving the fresh, bright flavors of the garden, we are starting to think lighter meals that have a [...]

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