Weekending Jan 20th (2017)

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We've been cold-free for 2 weeks...yay us!!!!!
This week was full of play and structured learning. As the little ones gets older, they have been doing really well with our learning block (s). Math has become quite interesting, and French learning - wow, I cannot believe how much they pick up - we only really do French learning in circle time.
We also have varied learning prompts that fit the individual needs of the children. I try to shake it up aa bit by changing these activities every 2 months or so...

I found out something quite interesting this week; having children in the kitchen is not really that much fun. I've never seen anyone write about the reality of having 3 year olds in the kitchen, but I tend to have sneezing, and coughing in our food. I had to get rid of a whole batch of our baking because of this. I have read many a blogs, but, no one has raised this issue. Anyways, I just thought it was interesting, because as usual, a picture really does not cover the whole story.

Also, I found that most of the kids have a taste for a veggie that I cannot stand. When asked, 5/5 kids choose celery over zucchini, and 4/5 choose celery over carrots, PLUS they asked for more every time. I know right?! I never liked celery.

In the fall and winter session, we bake treats every 2 weeks. Some baking is for soup day, but mostly, it's for snack foods. Somehow, in my absent-mindedness, I added dairy...butter, to all three batches of baking this week. I'm not sure why. I don't normally even look at or touch the butter. So, on Friday morning, we had to make some new treats so that JM can have some treats too.

A bit of this and a bit of that...our week...

Random & in no particular order
/ painting snow flakes & the colour blue
 /making breakfast treat - banana bread
/tofu lentil mock beef soup
/a sword fight
/ a focused reader
/snow play
/blueberry muffin
/ we started a gratitude/bucket-filler project. Something just for us...more to come on that.

Weekending January 13 (2017)

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“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” 
~ William Butler Yeats

baking peanut butter banana muffins, quiet reading, circle time and drumming, simple math lesson, painting and a lot more.  
...our week.

Have a great week everyone.

Sponsor spotlight: Jennifer Hurst from Alchemy Body

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1. Tell us about yourself - how & why did you start Alchemy Body & Beauty/how long have you been in business?
I am a mother of 2, a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Microbiology and I have a degree in Pharmacology. My hobbies include golfing, cross-stitching, baking and reading about physics and the universe. Having 2 children makes me want to have safe products in my home that I feel comfortable putting on their skin.  
I love to play around with my recipes and ingredients, it combines my love of science and baking.  I also have extremely dry skin and have a hard time finding products I like.  I have been in business a year and half and have been playing around with lotions, scrubs and balms for about 4 years.

1b. Describe yourself in one word!

2. As an entrepreneur, I'm sure that there are bumps and hiccups along the road. What keeps you going? What have been some highlights of doing what you do?
I am still pretty new to the business game so things have been a slow progression so far.  The highlight of what I do is having people tell you that your products are great and they enjoy using them.

3.  Can Alchemy Body & Beauty's products be used by individuals with perfume allergies?
Anyone can use the products scented with essential oils if those don't bother them.  I also always keep some unscented product in stock or can custom make for people.  All the products are manufactured by myself so I know all of the ingredients and can certainly make adjustments for individuals :) 
4. What kind of products would I find in your home (ingredients etc)?
In my home, you will find many oils and butters that I use in my lotions.  I really have been focusing on using natural, sustainable ingredients for my lotions.  I also have lip balm, soap and lotions scattered about the house for convenient use.

5. Does Alchemy Body & Beauty have any plans for the new year (changes, additions etc)?
In the new year, I will be working on more "man" products as I find there seems to be more demand for it.  As of now, I only carry a beard balm for the gentlemen and would like to have more lotion and skin care products for the guys.
6. Where can our readers find you (around the city/online)?
I usually attend smaller scale, hand-crafted markets and can be found online at Alchemybody.ca.  I'm also on Facebook and Instagram.
Jennifer at Alchemy Body & Beauty has generously donated a gift to the Small Wonders holiday gift bags for each lady.
One lucky winner also received a mango papaya lotion bar.
Thank you for your time and donations Jen. I can't wait to try more of your products.
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