Winter Sleigh Rides in New Brunswick

Winter is often a hard time of year to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. We are trying to do more and more in the winter months to get outside as a family and enjoy activities in the cold. 

While it is sometimes too cold  to hit the slopes or skate outdoors, a sleigh ride, bundled up under a blanket with a thermos of hot chocolate could the the perfect family outing. We have put together a list of Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides available to book in New Brunswick.

Kids Craft: Egg Carton Spider

Kids Craft: Egg Carton Spider

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Do you keep Egg Cartons, thinking you will use them in a craft project, and they are piling up? Here is a cute or creepy little craft you can do with the kids. Great addition to Halloween decor or just to add to your creative creature collection. We have a Swirly Snake and Turkey craft available as well.

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What You Will Need:
  • Egg Cartons
  • Glue (stick or white glue)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Paint or Markers
  • Scissors

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Prepping the pieces:
  1. Start by breaking apart the egg carton and trimming around the section to make it even. This will be the bottom "belly" of the spider.
  2. Decide what colour or colours you want your spiders to be and colour or paint the egg carton pieces. Let dry, if painted.
  3. Pipe cleaners need to be cut in half. you will need 2 pipe cleaners per spider, making 4 halves to use on each.
How to assemble:
  1. Adult Needed: Once the bodies are dry, use end of pipe cleaner, or point of scissors to poke 4 holes on each side of the spider's body. I had a small picture nail that I used, making it much easier to poke holes.
  2. Thread pipe cleaners across inside the spider body, as pictured.
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  3. Flip over spider and form legs by making three bends in the pipe cleaner. One close to body, angled up, then half way along, bend down to table, and turn a small piece back up at the end.
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  4. Using glue, add googly eyes to your spiders. You can add as many eyes as you like.

There you go, cute spiders to help in your Halloween decorating. I am putting some of these in our shrub next to the front door on Halloween night. You can hang on string from door frames or position on a web made of cheese cloth or cotton string.

Have fun making these in various colours. They can be super cute in bright colours, or slightly creepy if made black or brown. Mine are always colourful!

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The Wiggles in Moncton!

Wiggles in Moncton this October! image The Wiggles in Moncton! The Wiggles Rock & Roll Preschool Tour is coming to the Capitol Theatre in October! Do your toddlers/preschoolers love to bounce and jive along with the Wiggles? My little guy loves their YouTube channel. On demand songs! They are coming to Moncton for one show in October. Date and Showtime: Friday, October 2, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. Tickets available through the Capitol Theatre Box Office The world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, will be in Moncton this fall for their “Rock & Roll Preschool Tour”, with several shows around the country. The Wiggles would like to meet their biggest fans! We are going and taking Clayton (2 1/2 yrs) to his first concert! So excited to see how much he loves this experience. We will share our experience here for our readers! Visit the Wiggles online on their WEBSITE Check out their other Canadian Tour dates and locations HERE

Home Depot Kids: Free Workshop

Home Depot Kids: Free Workshop Build a Minions Scooter SATURDAY JULY 11th Workshop Duration: 2 Hours image Overview Kids will learn how to build a Minions Scooter with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. • A great free activity for children ages 4-12 • Kids will learn how to build a Minions Scooter using a hammer and glue (Minions is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All rights reserved.) SATURDAY JULY 11th CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Vacation Planning Tips

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I love doing day trips in the summer with my family, and there are many affordable options around our province and neighboring provinces. If you cannot afford to plan a big trip, or do not have the time to take a week or two off, day trips can be a very fun and  affordable option. I find with kids, sometimes a day trip is best, coming home to sleep in their own beds after a long day of activities. It definitely is more cost effective and less stressful on everyone.

If you are planning a trip away, by plane, train or car, here are a few tips that will help you save while traveling.

1. Setting a budget. I suggest working backwards.  Determine a budget you can afford and then plan a vacation around it, instead of picking a destination and figuring you are never going to be able to save enough. Work with what you can do.

2. Destination determines mode of travel. If flying, book about 3 months early. Often it is cheaper to book early with insurance, than last minute. watch for seat sales or talk to a travel agent to see if you can get a better Package Deal. Booking mid week vs weekend will save you money as well Trains and rental cars: watch for promotions for both of these options. Via Rail offers discounted rates quite often between cetain destinations. WATCH FOR HIDDEN FEES for all mods of travel .

3. Plan ahead for transportation once you reach your destination: your vehicle or rental + parking, subway, train, bus, etc. Many cities offer family passes and weekly passes for their public  transportation methods.

4. Meals: determine if you can make some of your own meals vs. Eating out. When we travel by car, we take a cooler and fill it will breakfast and lunch options. Leaving only suppers to buy. Try to find hotel options with breakfast included and then pack lunches to take with you on your daily adventures.

5. Prioritize activities: depending on your travel companions, you may want to visit theme parks, zoos, shows or spas! Create a "wish list" of activities for your destination, then pick the ones that you can afford.

6. City Passes: many cities have city passes or museum passes. You purchase one pass that gets you into several attractions.  Be sure to compare cost of going to individual things and determine if you will be  visiting enough for the city pass to be less expensive.

7. Discount Booklets: many cities have coupon booklets available. Check tourist information site for free booklets and also search for paid books. Entertainment Books are available for many cities in North America.  Also, Moncton area has Johnny Coupons, with many BOGO options.

8. Staying in hotels can be costly. Look for offers like, book 3 nights get one free. Also, booking through a discount site like hotels.com or priceline.com can save you alot of money. Hotel stays are also often cheaper during the week versus the weekend.

These are a few things to think about when planning your vacations.

Some additional resources you may like to try are listed below Coupons and discounts sites available:

In the Maritimes : ValueStar Coupons (Printable) Offering deals on accommodations,  restaurants, services and activities. Mainly in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John.

Shopico (order ahead) Various discounts on hotels, restaurants, attractions and services across the Maritimes.

HeraldShop.ca (order ahead ) Various discounts for accommodations and even events tickets!

Bienenstock Natural Playground

  Playground1 Moncton, NB has a new playground at Centennial Park. Bienenstock Natural Playground was built by employees from Tangerine Bank, the City Of Moncton and many other community members. Hundreds of people joined in the Community build on June 11th, 2015. I was among the hundreds of community members who helped put the final touches on this beautiful playground. I have a brand new appreciation for what goes into a playground. Just seeing the many layers of soil, sand, mulch and sod that go into making the ground perfect, it amazed me.
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This playground is designed to be used by children age 18 months to 12 years.
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Hard work getting the ground ready for a softer fall.
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Tangerine Bank COO Ian Cunningham, Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc and Adam Bienenstock
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Selfie (Ruth Ann Swansburg), background is Adam thanking everyone for their hard work!
  All in all the whole experience was wonderful for me, as a mom who can take my child there to enjoy it, and as a member of the Moncton community. This is the perfect new feature for the park and is situated in the middle of a large picnic area. If you want an area to take the kids, where you can let them run and climb, and not be nervous about every footstep, ladder, swing, etc…this is the playground to go to. Everything is really “safe”. No ladders to climb for the slide, just stroll up the hill! Practice your balance on the logs bordering the sanded area, or on the ropes. Bang on the drums and create your own music. Bring a book, and when the kids slow down for lunch, you can all gather on the log bench and read a book…or just rest for a few minutes.

We even had help from the children at Small Blessing Daycare. They brought us lemonade and passed it out. Then they helped us patch up the sod pathway we were filling in, I was working on it when they came over to help pick up the odd pieces of sod around the playground. When they brought it all back, they started puzzle piecing it all together. Hard workers and they were much faster at the job than we adults were 🙂

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The children then had a chance to play on the slide and offered a special THANK YOU to the team who organized and all the people who came out to build this wonderful addition to Centennial Park. playground7   The following day I went back with my little boy, Clayton, 2 yrs old. Here are a few pics of him enjoying the park. playground6

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Clayton enjoying the playground the next day.

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While we were there I spoke to a few people walking by who were amazed how fast the playground was built. Although we were alone for about an hour (we hit the parks early to get our activities in before it gets too warm), there were two daycare groups arriving as we left. This park is a hit with my 2 year old and I know we will be spending many, many days there this summer.

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Join Us At The Fredericton Women’s Show

Join us (Ruth Ann and Natalie) in FREDERICTON  this weekend at the Fredericton Women's Show! I will be giving a seminar as well as having a booth. Stop by and say hi! WHERE: Currie Center on UNB Campus WHEN: Saturday,  May 2nd - 10am to 6pm Sunday, May 3rd - 11am to 4pm FREE ADMISSION image I will have free loyalty cards available to sign up to receive CASH BACK on many of your everyday purchases. Be sure to ask us about this new program just starting in NB!