Summer is here and I couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe if we would see a little more sun and a lot less rain… Anyway, here are 5 things that I’m loving this month.
Harry Potter online book club
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Wizarding World Book Club launched on June 19th. Readers new to the series or fans who have read the books over and over can join the free online book club to examine and debate every book in the Harry Potter series. What a great way to keep kids reading and learning in a fun way over the summer.
Wonder Woman movie
I always loved Wonder Woman when I was younger, but the 2017 version of Wonder Woman is definitely new and improved. Watching the movie with my daughter was an amazing experience. Yes, the movie is quite violent, but wow – how great is it to finally see a strong female lead as a super hero, getting things done on her own terms? Kudos to the writers and Gal Gadot for a movie that lives up the hype (and then some!)
If you’re a pool owner, you may be familiar with that awful feeling when you go to clean your pool and realize that a toad, chipmunk or other small animal has met his demise. A Frog Log is a floating platform with a ramp that sits on the edge of your pool and gives little creatures a way to get back out of the pool if they fall or jump in. Since we got ours a few weeks ago, I’m happy to report that we haven’t had any more casualties to deal with.
Canada 150 free concerts
With Ontario and Canada both celebrating their 150th anniversaries this year, there are a bunch of free concerts scheduled for this summer and fall. From the Canada Day celebrations coast-to-coast to the ONtour free concert series, you can see lots of Canadian bands and singers this year without shelling out big bucks. Acts include Tom Cochrane, Our Lady Peace, Tea Party, The Spoons, Serena Ryder, Amanda Marshall, Hedley and many more.
Oh She Glows cookbooks
My daughter recently had some health issues, resulting in a discovery that she has quite a number of food sensitivities, including eggs, cow’s milk, wheat and a number of other foods that we eat regularly. Trying to eliminate all of these foods and come up with tasty meals she could eat was a huge challenge, but the Oh She Glows Cookbook and Oh She Glows Everyday by Angela Liddon helped us out considerably. We’ve made quite a few recipes including the Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl, Walnut, Avocado and Pear Salad with Marinated Portobello Mushroom Caps, Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup (SO good!), and Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites and loved pretty much all of them. Not only are these recipes tasty and good for my daughter, they’re definitely helping me eat much healthier too, and we both feel so much better.
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About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)