Summer fun on a budget!

Toronto can get pretty expensive, and being on a budget can often feel like there’s not a lot of things you can go out and enjoy. Resteraunts, movies, clubs, concerts…it all adds up. Not to mention family friendly events- I find things for kids are often crazy expensive.

That’s why I LOVE searching What’s on Toronto. Each week, it offers an excellent list of events happening  in Toronto. The great thing is, a lot of them are free (or very inexpensive) and some events are things you’d never know were happening if you didn’t just look for them.

For example, this Easter, a church near by us was having a little easter egg hunt along St. Clair between Bathurst and Christie. It was free, so we decided to walk up and check it out. It was pretty small and simple, but they had an easter bunny greeting the kids and taking pictures, some crafts, and each kid got a little prize. BK got some bubbles, which was the best thing ever to a toddler. 🙂

Here’s a great article that lists a bunch of free (or very frugal) things to do this summer:–free-or-cheap-things-to-do-in-toronto-this-summer

I’ll usually check out What’s on Toronto if I know Rob has the weekend off, so we can go and do something fun and inexpensive (or free!) as a family. It creates such great memories and it’s a nice change from the usual park trip (although, those are great too.) We’ll either head out in the mornings, or we’ll pack a lunch and stay all afternoon!

This weekend, I think we’ll check out the Big on Bloor festival! What are your weekend plans?



Two of our four cocoons hatched today!

I got a bit of a frantic phone call while BK and I were at the park this morning from Rob, saying that the butterflies are hatching and to come home asap! So, I scooped up BK (he wasn’t happy about leaving the park in a hurry) and we raced home to find two gorgeous butterflies!

Gorgeous, huh? We had so much fun watching them sun themselves and dry their wings! Bk loved watching the ‘Buddiefyies’ 🙂

Hopefully tomorrow the other two will hatch open!

Homemade Deodorant

Yep. I went there. I made my own deodorant. Honestly, it never even occurred to me that I could do that!

Last week, someone on my Facebook posted that they found a great, natural deodorant that actually works! Although, someone in the comments section pointed out that even some of the natural brands aren’t fully clear of certain toxic ingredients, and suggested making your own deodorant. I’m not going to lie, I thought this was a little crunchy, even for me. I found natural deodorants didn’t work great for me, so I stuck to my Lady’s Speed Stick.But I checked it out on and even though it didn’t get horrible ratings, I still didn’t like the chemicals they do use, AND they test on animals. Sick. SO,after tossing my cruel deodorant, I figured, what the heck? I searched for some recipes and after reading some great reviews on blogs, I decided to try it out for myself!

I came across Kinda Crunchy Kate’s blog and loved her review and her recipe was so simple!

Just take a reusable container, and mix up:

  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Arrowroot Flour (or corn starch)
  • 6-8 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Essential oils, if desired (I added about 10 drops  of lavender oil, and 2-3 drops of tea tree oil)

That’s it! mix the baking soda and arrowroot flour first, and then add in the coconut oil and essential oils until a nice paste forms.

It was super hot here, so mine was pure liquid. I’ve since put it in a smaller container and keep it in the fridge (just make sure to label it, so no one tries to eat it!)

***I only added 1/8 cup baking soda after reading the comments on her blog. She mentioned that some people get red underarms because the baking soda can dry out your skin, in which case, just half the amount next time. Since I have fairly sensitive skin, I just went straight ahead and used half the amount the first time.

I have to say, I wasn’t expecting much, but I quite love it! We’re in the middle of a heat wave, and I made up a batch before bed (ie. I was hot and sticky from a busy day) and I tried a little bit and it worked instantly! I’ve been using it for a couple of days now and I really like it. Because it’s been extremely hot, I find I do have to reapply in the afternoon, but I did that with my deodorant anyways. It does feel a little strange at first, because it goes on a bit wet, which I wasn’t used to. But so far, for such simple ingredients, I think it’s held up amazingly well! It even lasted being out in the sun all morning at the park, which I was very happy with!

So, no more nasty, toxic, cruel deodorant for me!

Smell ya later! 😉


Early this spring, I planted some dill (my third attempt) and it surprisingly took off! My intention was to use it for making my Oma’s pickle recipe, along with the cucumbers I planted (which have not taken off quite yet.). Anyways, last weekend, I noticed what I thought were tiny wasps chilling on my dill flowers, and upon further inspection, I realized they were little caterpillars. “OH NO…You’re not eating MY dill!”, I said. And I scooped them up and put them in our super cool bug container. (I figured BK would enjoy looking at them for a bit.)

Well, I looked them up on google and found out they turn into really pretty butterflies, so I decided it would be fun to keep them and raise them. (When BK is a little older, we’ll try this again and turn it into a little science lesson.)

So, the funny thing is, now I’ve fed them all my dill. (The very hungry caterpillars indeed!) These things eat A LOT!

It’s been fun learning about them and watching them change! They shed their skin (and face- ew.) so they can grow even bigger. I’m surprised at how big they’ve gotten in such a short time.

Pretty neat shot of this one shedding his skin and mask.

BK really liked watching the ‘buggies’ crawl around.

They started looking a little cramped in there, so I went to the dollar store and picked up 3 more homes (there’s 4 caterpillars in total)

I put a nice thick stick in each one, as well as some more dill, and they were all quite happy, I think, to have their own homes.

I’m glad I moved them when I did, because the next day, they started their chrysalis stage.

See him hanging from tiiiny ‘threads’? He did that for about a day, and then I checked on him in the morning, and twenty minutes later, he turned into the picture below!

And then about an hour later, he was fully covered and camouflaged into the stick.

Right now, all four of them are snugly in their cocoon. Once I knew they were all secure in there, I very carefully cleaned out the remaining dill and caterpillar droppings, so they’ll have a nice clean home to wake up to.

I’ll post any changes! They take about a week or so to fully transform! I can’t wait 🙂