Active school bus Encourage your kids to walk or bike to school and pick up "passengers" along the way, as one or more parents or caregivers supervise. Besides being active, kids make new friends and gain a sense of accomplishment and independence.
Fun teams Teams are organized by kids' ages or by family groups for low-competition activities. All you need to start is a parent supervisor or volunteer coach and a leaflet to distribute with a designated time and place to meet. (If public fields are used, check with municipality for conditions.) Instead of doing practice drills, kids learn through play.
Try sports, such as softball and ultimate Frisbee, or snow tag, snowman-building and treasure hunts for weekly get-togethers in a neighbourhood park or playing field.
Rip the roof off winter Shinny hockey, an obstacle course with chairs, family skate parties -- it's healthy fun with an adult supervisor but no coaches, practice schedules or uniforms! Find an outdoor skating rink in your area or learn how to build your own at www.icedreams.ca. (When is it too cold to play outdoors? See www.safekidscanada.ca and click on Seasonal Safety.)
Nearby nature Even in city neighbourhoods there are little woods or ravines where kids can explore the wonders of nature in any season with parent supervisors. To find maintained trails in your area, go to www.canadatrails.ca.
Featuring Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and more!
Pair red carpet veterans such as Amy Adams and Emma Stone with fashion’s newest “it girl", Ruth Negga, and you’ve got yourself a highly entertaining awards season. It all culminates with Hollywood’s biggest night, the Academy Awards, and we’re on pins and needles to see which fabulous gown the Oscar-nominated actresses will wear. Here are some recent runway looks that we would love to see have their own red carpet moment.
Although Adams isn’t nominated for her role in the sci-fi box office smash, Arrival, the movie itself earned eight nominations, including best picture.
Adams almost always strikes all the right notes on the red carpet while favouring Veronica Lake waves and body-conscious gowns in a jewel tone hues.
We think the 42-year-old will go for something a little more subdued because of the lack of a nomination. We’re banking on a black staples column gown, similar to this Armani Privé beauty from the spring/summer collection.
We’re keeping a close eye on the Ethiopian-Irish actress who's been nominated for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in Loving. Negga wowed us all at this year’s Golden Globes when she showed up in a fitted silver sequined Louis Vuitton gown, complete with a gold centre zipper.
Although we haven’t seen a lot of her at big fashion events, from the looks of things she’s a risk taker and she adores a good embellishment such as lace, beading or sequins. We’re thinking she’ll show up in something covered in lace with glittering embellishments, like this gown from Givenchy pre-fall 2017.
Nominated for best leading role in LaLa Land, Stone is the favourite to take home the little gold man, along with slaying it on the red carpet.
Not only does she always nail it on the big screen, but her gown and hair and makeup selections are always top notch. But the best thing about Stone’s red carpet style is she’s never boring, always shaking up her gown and designer selections. This award season alone we’ve seen her in Chanel, Valentino and Alexander McQueen. We’re feeling a floral vibe with a wee bit of colour and tons of tulle, like this Zuhair Murad gown.
This year Streep became the actor with the most Academy Award nominations ever—her nom for Florence Foster Jenkins bumps it up to 20! Meaning, she broke her own record.
Though Streep is much more known for her acting chops than her red carpet moments, she’s always true to her own esthetic. She's been spotted wearing Givenchy at the last few red carpet events, but we think she’ll try something else, something dramatic and simple, like this cape-back silky gown from Valentino.
From architectural masterpieces to classic old Hollywood glamour, the Academy Award winner and nominated (this year for Jackie) star has had some stand-out red carpet moments.
At the Golden Globes this year the expectant mom breezed onto the red carpet in a vintage-esque sunny Prada gown. Portman channelled Kennedy Onassis with a modern take on the former first lady’s iconic bouffant, classic makeup and wore a dress similar to a yellow frock that she once wore to the Metropolitan Opera House in 1975.
Although she’ll likely be wearing a custom gown because of how far along she is in her pregnancy, we think it will be less saturated and more glittery, something with an empire waist and a centred slit, like this sequinned-embellished georgette Zuhair Murad gown.
Williams, who is nominated for best-supporting actress for her role in Manchester by the Sea has been owning the red carpet all season long. She’s the current celeb spokesperson for Louis Vuitton so we know she’ll likely be clad in one of the French fashion houses gowns.
Guest post by Jamie Anderson Tired of your kitchen towels falling on the floor? These crocheted towel toppers keep towels firmly in place on your oven door handle. And the bonus is that they’re also easy to make! If you’re new to crocheting, this is a great project to start with. Or, if you do crochet, but find yourself constantly miscounting stitches (like me), this pattern is very forgiving.
Here’s what you’ll need: A tea towel, cut in half across the width (The other half will make a second crochet topped hand towel if desired) Any worsted yarn, any colour A yarn needle 4.5mm crochet hook A large button
To prepare the hand towel for crocheting, follow these steps: Step 1: Fold the outside edges of the tea towel to the back so that the two sides meet in the centre. Step 2: Cut about an arm’s length of yarn. Tie a knot at one end and then thread the yarn needle. Step 3: Pull the needle through the left fold of the tea towel from the back side—this will hide your knot. Step 4: Now stitch across the top of the towel. Pull the needle through the layers, back to front, insert the needle into the loop you’ve created and pull taut. Continue stitching across the towel to the right fold. There is no correct number of stitches. I used 25 in my design, but more importantly, the stitches should be evenly spaced. Step 6: When the end of the towel is reached, tie on your ball of yarn to the piece of yarn you’ve been working with.
Now you’re ready to start crocheting: Rnd 1: Single crochet (sc) across towel, turn. (For tips on how to complete a single crochet, click
here.) Rnd 2: sc across, turn. Rnd 3: sc across, turn. Rnd 4: Crochet 2 sc, then do a single crochet decrease (dec)—this reduces two stitches to one. (To learn how to do a single crochet decrease, click
here.) Repeat sc, sc, dec, until you reach the end of the row. Turn. Rnd 5: sc across, turn. Rnd 6: sc, sc, dec, to the end of the row, turn. Rnd 7: sc across, turn. Rnd 8-12: Once you reach your desired thickness of the front flap (6 or 7 stitches across), continue to do 5 rnds of sc. Rnd 13 (Part 1): To create the buttonhole, crochet three sc, turn. Rnd 14-16 (Part 1): Crochet 3 sc on top of previous row, turning after each rnd. Tie off yarn when finished. Rnd 13 (Part 2): Reattach yarn on the other end of rnd 12, opposite the sc from rnds 13-16. Crochet 3 sc, turn. Rnd 14-16 (Part 2): Continue to crochet 3 sc on top of previous row, turning after each rnd. Rnd 17: sc all the way across, attaching the two sides in the middle with a
slip stitch (ss) to finish the buttonhole. Test to ensure the button fits. Rnd 18-19: Crochet two rnds of sc, turning after each row. Rnd 20: sc across and tie off at the end.
Using the yarn needle, attach the button where it looks best. (I placed mine between the third and fourth round.) Also make sure the strap is big enough to loop around the handle of your oven door.
Drop that takeout menu, and walk away from the fast food. These tips will make you an ace at Monday-to-Friday dinner prep.
Set for success
Shop once, eat all week
If it's Sunday and you haven't thought ahead to what you'll have for dinner on Thursday, you're missing out on the world's simplest time-saving tool: meal planning! Write out a list of what you'll need to prep your family's meals for the entire week, and get it all in a single supermarket trip before your busy weekday cycle begins. There's no need to worry about wilted veggies when you have a Bosch refrigerator that is equipped with the special VitaFresh system. It maintains just the right level of humidity and helps keep produce fresh longer.
Call in the troops!
You don't have to handle meal prep alone: enlist your family's help. Even young kids can gather ingredients from the fridge, and Bosch's large-capacity drawers and shelves mean it's highly unlikely the broccoli will have been flattened by a jar of pickles. (Everything in its place!) Plus, the efficient LED lighting system keeps items in clear view without hogging a lot of electricity. Once your ingredients are on the counter, kids can shift to sous-chef mode. Safe tasks for little ones include tearing lettuce, crumbling cheese and whisking dressing. Older kids can peel veggies and stir sauces or brown meat on the stove.
Love your leftovers
Plan to make a double batch of your favourite casserole, soup or stew, allowing you to easily transform leftovers into lunches or use them as a base for tomorrow's dinner. Consider cooking more than one recipe at a time: Bosch stoves have five burners and three oven racks, so you'll have space for it all. Don't your weeknights feel less stressed already?
Label and date all freezer foods so you can know at a glance what you have on hand at all times. This minimizes waste, as you're less likely to buy items you already have, and makes it easier to put dinner on the table efficiently by using up leftovers.
Thaw frozen dishes in the fridge, as opposed to on your kitchen countertop, to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. To avoid freezer burn and keep food at its best, use airtight storage containers or large bags that are designed for the freezer.
To maximize storage space in your freezer, package items like soups and sauces in resealable freezer bags so you can flatten and stack them on top of one another.
Freezer staples—like peas, edamame, corn, bread, ravioli and puff pastry—make weeknight cooking easier. Have these on hand at all times and make a note when one of those items is running low so you never run out.
For more on how Bosch appliances can make prep, cooking and cleanup easier, visit bosch-home.ca.