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WeeWelcome: Pop Rocket

Enjoy hours of fun with this simple and fun activity for kids! This recycled POP ROCKET is awesome and super easy for kids to make!

Materials:
– @armandhammer baking soda
– white vinegar
– toilet paper
– plastic bottle
– cork

Instructions:
• Fill an empty plastic water bottle with 1 cm of vinegar.
• Arm & Hammer Baking Soda can be used for fun and simple STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) experiments for kids to enjoy at home with adult supervision.
• Pour ARM & HAMMERTM Baking Soda onto a sheet of toilet paper and then gather and twist the corners to form a little package.
• When you’re ready, quickly drop the ARM & HAMMERTM Baking Soda toilet paper package into the bottle.
• and place a cork in opening.
• Hold the bottle, cork facing upwards and angle the bottle so that the cork will not fly
towards you.
• Watch as the cork flies off like a rocket!

For added fun paint and decorate your rockets and see who’s can fly the farthest!

On TV: Make Easter a Little Sweeter

Make Easter a little sweeter this year, with these three ideas for the young and young at heart.

Wee Ones – Have your little ones join you in the kitchen and have them help create something yummy and special for Easter brunch. This simple Lemon and Wild Blueberry Swirl Cake recipe is perfect to measure out in advance and quickly with wee ones. Watch their little faces light up with pride as they present their swirl cake to their family.

Tweens and Teens – They may claim to be too old to hunt for eggs but they definitely still love Easter treats. An Easter Sundae Bar is a fun and decadent way to make a Easter a whole lot sweeter. Set out bowls of Easter treats, fresh berries, sprinkles and Bonne Maman Dulce de Leche caramel spread to top off some classic vanilla ice cream or your favourite.

Grownups – Easter is a lot of fun but it is also a very long days for parents. A Virgin GIN-GIN Strawberry Mule is a refreshing spring cocktail that is easy to make with Bonne Maman Intense Strawberry spread the family can enjoy together, but for the grownups you might want to consider adding a splash of gin. You deserve it!

In partnership with Bonne Maman, I shared these tips with TV audiences on CTV Winnipeg, Global Kingston, CTV Atlantic Canada and CTV Edmonton. Enjoy creating memories with your family this Easter. Happy Easter!

CTV Winnipeg

Maureen Dennis – Sweet Easter Surprises on CTV Winnipeg

Global Kingston

CTV Atlantic Canada

CTV Edmonton

Maureen Dennis – Sweet Easter Surprises on CTV Edmonton

Grandparent’s Day Ideas

The last few months have been hard, especially for seniors who have been isolated from their families. Grandparents Day is on Sunday September 13th, here are some ideas to show the grandparents and seniors in your life that you love and care for them!

  1. From The Heart – Make a gift from the heart that will also help grandparents! My kids have been tie dying everything and one of their favourite items to dye are masks. They made some special ones to send to their grandparents and great-grandmother.
  2. I Love You Because – How well do your kids know their grandparents? Here is a fun This or That Quiz to in person or virtually. It’s a simple and fun way to engage multiple generations.
  3. Pen Pal – There is something exciting to have a letter arrive in the mail. My daughter has been writing back and forth to her grandparents for a year since we moved. Being a Pen Pal to seniors is something everyone can do even if you don’t have your own grandparents. Clorox Canada has partnered with the Caring and Connecting Pen Pal Initiative, a national program that distributes letters of kindness to long-term care homes across the country to help our seniors feel connected and a sense of togetherness.

Clorox is calling on Canadians to share uplifting and positive messages for seniors in Long-Term Care homes using #SupportWithStrength and #grandparentsday. For those that Tweet an uplifting message of kindness, Clorox will compile and turn these messages into letters that will be distributed to residents in Long-Term Care homes via the @CandCInitiative.

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On TV: Father’s Day

Let’s make Dad feel extra special this year with a day full of laughs, his faves and a special memory gift of the day to show him just how much he is loved this Father’s Day! Check out the great ideas parenting expert Maureen Dennis and her kids shared on tv!

CP24 Toronto

Global Kingston

Global Regina

Global Saskatoon

Wee Welcome: Back to School with a Smile

Parents across Canada and around the world are stressing over the idea of sending their kids back to school – from new safety measures to distances learning, the options are nerve-racking. Parenting expert and mom of 4 Maureen Dennis has a plan to make the rest of the summer filled with fun ways to spend the last month and stress-free leading into the new school year.
1. New Normal – Keeping as much of your life as “normal” as possible right now can help in this challenging time.We have used a Good to Go list for years, but this year it has a few new items on it. The list keeps the morning nagging to a minimum and keeps kids on track. The Good to Go list can be placed in a picture frame in their room as a reminder of what their new normal essentials are.


2. Get Ready – Going back or staying home, we can still make the process of getting ready for back to school fun. Bedtimes are going to be rough in many households this fall. It’s time to make sleep a priority and also exciting my doing a bed refresh. From a quality pillow, to a weighted blanket, getting ready for bed has never been more fun.


3. Keep It Fun – It is a very stressful time so how do we stay positive and excited for our kids? It won’t be easy but it is very import to keep a smile on our faces and to keep up the family quality time and fun we have enjoyed over the last few months. From regular movie nights to family bikes rides, make sure the fun stays in the family as we head back to school.

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