Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
As I plan and figure out what I want to change and where I want things to go I am also on the hunt for items on my ever growing wish list. More lamps, new to us rugs, cosy chairs and a sofa for the cosy corner. While I have invested in a few brand new pieces for our classroom I have also been careful to repurpose things also. Yesterday I found this sweet tiny children's set on Kijiji. What a find! I drove all the way to Seabright for it and also got the story on the the furniture. The man I bought this set from doesn't have children and it has never been used. He is a painter who was working for an upholster who was going through a divorce and was short on funds to pay for the painting job at the end. He gave this set in leu of money for payment. The painter (man I bought it from) always thought he would be able to sell it and recoup his loss. The chair and sofa are custom made. Off and on it has been up for sale on Kijiji and as luck would have it I got it for Maple Tree!
I can not even begin to express my joy over this really. It's just one more thing that makes Maple Tree truly a children's house. This set will be in our newly revamped cosy corner at our Quinpool Campus. But do not fret. The Cork Street Campus has some equally beautiful items and a new sofa for that space as well. I will be sure to come back to this space and give you a tour with some new photos of the reinvented spaces for the fall!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
|Maude Lewins Inspired Door|
Well, that is a wrap. We are on to our construction theme now and Melanie is taking over. I am off now doing office work and planning for the fall. It's an endless list of things I want to get done and there never seems to be enough time!
|Maude Lewis inspired door other side|
Thursday, July 17, 2014
This was the inspiration for the other side of our door. One of my bigger girls drew it out this morning when she arrived early. I love it. Next we took a Marker and did our best to draw that out on the door. I did help. Then we got into more paint!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Man, it is super hard to feed everyone a lunch or snack that they like. I feel satisfied if we get it 95% right. Meaning only a few children don't like what we are serving. I have come to the realization after taking hours and I mean HOURS out of my weekend time to make fish sticks from scratch that there are things worth spending the time on and some not so much. I was telling a parent this morning after watching the majority of the home made fish sticks I made go in the compost I was done spending my Saturdays making those from scratch. Yes I know about bad oils and trans fats and fish that isn't sustainably caught. You have to cut me some slack, because I just reached my limit on that one. It's painful to watch $80.00 worth of beautiful fish go in the compost. So we are back to the store bought kind. My only consolation in all that is that it is served up with home made potato wedges and a healthy side of raw veggies. At the end of the day, waste is a problem but greater then that are the cranky children with hungry tummies.
The Oh She glows Cookbook. I can not even begin to explain how life changing this cook book is. Not only are the recipes really good and tasty but the it makes me feel a million times better knowing I have some great alternatives when it comes to meals and snacks.
Every year we have children that come into the program will allergies. That is fast becoming a greater challenge. More and more children are coming to us with significant allergies. Life or Death allergies. No gluten, milk, eggs, nuts, legumes and the list goes on. One year we had eight children each with a different allergy or food sensitivity. I try so hard to rise to these challenges. In-fact I love them because I get to come up with something different. What I don't love is making 4 or 5 different lunches and the stress that comes with making sure they get out to the correct children and we are not making anyone feel different.
So Granola Bars or Glo Bars as Angela calls them. They are vegan. They are raw and they are so incredibly tasty. Who knew? Lat night I made two batches at home to test run them and today I made a batch at Maple Tree. They honestly take no time to make and they are super good for your children. They are made with chia seeds, oats, sunflower seeds, dairy free chocolate chips, sun-butter and brown rice syrup (Brown Rice syrup it amazing and really low on the glycemic index).