Off the Path

Children love to go on adventures! There’s nothing greater than spending the day exploring the world, discovering new places, and especially facing fear and danger. The wonderful thing is that something that is scary to a child, is often seen by the adult as pretty tame. It helps ease parents into watching a life full…

A Cinderella Activity Day

I have a confession. Cinderella is one of my favourite movies. Admittedly you may hear this confession about several other movies as well, but that’s beside the point! I LOVE Cinderella! What’s not to love? Her life sucks. It’s sucked for a long time, but still she dreams. She dreams every night, and dreams through…

Teasing to Connect With Children

A Great Big Beautiful is about creating more love, joy, happiness and magic in our lives, and hopefully inspiring others to bring a bit of that home too. This week we ran into a problem in our home that stopped the magic in it’s tracks! We had to explore the situations and figured out what…

Peter Pan Activities

Peter Pan offers so many opportunities for activities. There’s pirates, fairies, adventure, flying and of course storytelling. This time we focused on the elements that are important for this movie and relate to the ride. Our first activity was learning more about Big Ben and telling time. Telling time went a lot better than I expected!…

Why Children Shouldn’t Watch Peter Pan

Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom in Disney World has one ride that consistently has longer than average waits. Peter Pan’s Flight always draws crowds of people. It’s a classic ride from a beloved, classic story. Now that it has an interactive queue, it’s even more fun to check out this ride! The only problem is that…

Adventures in Choking

Anyone that follows us on Instagram knows that Brom was in the hospital yesterday. Let me share a bit more about what happend and share some valuable information with you  at the same time. For supper I snipped some fresh oregano from my garden, made some yummy pasta sauce and we sat down to enjoy…

Sword in the Stone Activities

At Magic Kingdom, in Disney World, if you go through (or around) Cinderella Castle, you’ll see the carousel. It’s lovely. One of my favourites. But it’s the stone in front of it that we’re interested in today. Or more importantly, the sword within that stone. Once upon a time Agatha was a little girl that…

Embarrassment, Failure, Growth

Recently, I submitted some of my artwork to the Strathcona County Art Gallery@501. I hoped people would like my work. I hoped the county would buy my art to display. I hoped for a lot of things, but beneath, and on top of, that hope something else whispered to me. Something whispered that I wasn’t…

Wolf Tag

I created this game as part of our “Sword in the Stone” movie activities. I thought it deserved it’s own post because it was so much fun! Game play is really simple, and it balances out so even the little players have a chance of being ‘It’ and of tagging others. This is key in…

Thor Movie Activities

Normally we stick to movies that relate to Disney World, but our kiddos HAD to watch Thor, so we made an exception. I’m so glad we did! 

Spring is Sprung

I love spring! Don’t you? After a long, yucky winter I really needed the past few weeks of sunshine and warmth! Our winters here are usually pretty chilly, but they usually have blue skies, sunshine, and lots of snow. It makes it bearable. This year our winter was still fairly cold, with warm days mixed…

Mother’s Day

Words for today’s importance and meaning escape me. Instead I’ll wish a happy mother’s day and share a few of my favourite garden finds from last season. I can hardly wait for my garden to fully wake up this spring! Right now only my plum trees, Heather, and Elephant Ears are in bloom, and I don’t have…