A mini-workshop for your child… made from a night stand!

Remember my post on how to convert a night stand into a mini-range? Well, now we have something for boys too! :) If you’re thinking of throwing away your night stand, why not consider recycling it into a mini-workshop (carpentry-type) for your children? Here’s how:

We started off by choosing the night stand from our Logik collection. I wanted something dark, so the metallic accents and bright colors would stand out.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 night stand, preferably with a drawer for putting toys away

Night stand from the Logik collection

  • A screwdriver
  • Metallic wrap or vinyl

Metallic vinyl

  • Glue: Plain white or in a spray can
  • *Optional: A cup with a rim that’s wider than the base
  • 3 pieces (lengths) of MDF, particle board, or wood for the new back panel
  • Pegboard, to be used for hanging tools in the garage – equal width to the night stand and roughly the same height (if you don’t have the tools to cut it down to the right size, ask your hardware store to do this for you)
  • Wood screws (probably 6-8)
  • Hooks: Both standard and for pegboard

Pegboard hook

  • Adhesive tape in a variety of bright colors

Steps:

1. Start off by taking the top off the night stand (it’s fastened with cams, which you can loosen with a screwdriver).

Perfect salads to mark the arrival of spring

With the arrival of spring, we want to eat lightly, and especially more healthily. For a long time, I thought I didn’t like salads, because I believed they were nothing but tomatoes, cucumber and spicy Italian dressing. But one day, when I dared to change dressings and added a little of everything I had in the fridge, I understood the full potential of salads! Here are the favourite salads of 5 of my South Shore colleagues:

  • Apples and walnuts: The mixture of apples, ideally caramelized in advance in maple syrup, and walnuts is an excellent inspiration. When it’s served on arugula with avocado and a light balsamic dressing, you’ll be delighted!
  • Brussels sprouts and raisins: A recipe from my colleague Cindy: mix cooked Brussels sprouts, raisins and goat cheese. A real treat!
  • Avocado, mango and macadamia nuts: Adding fruit to a salad gives a surprising result, as my colleague Pier-Ann has understood. Spread freshly cut mango and avocado pieces on a bed of spinach. Mix in some macadamia nuts. Add a Dijon, maple and wine vinegar dressing, and enjoy!
  • Strawberries, basil and pecans: What could be better to enjoy in summer than a good strawberry salad!
  • An Easter egg hunt for your own little treasures

    To enjoy the long Easter weekend with your family, what could be better than an Easter egg hunt!

    Here are some tips on how to make this activity a success. 

    First of all, I suggest you buy plastic eggs that split in half. : You can personalize them by inserting all kinds of little surprises for the children, such as chocolates, candies, stickers, press-on tattoos, etc. At any dollar store, you will find many little tokens that will delight your treasure hunters.

    To spice things up a little, choose a different coloured egg for each child. They will have to find eggs in the colour assigned to them. This will also give everyone a chance to participate fully, regardless of their age.

    Finally, since the children will be full of energy when they finish the hunt, prepare other activities to keep them busy: drawing or painting so that they let their imaginations run wild on Easter themes, colouring, creating bunny masks, etc.

    Take the opportunity to immortalize your little drawings in photos and videos!

    Happy Easter!

     

    Tricks for your spring cleaning

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    Spring is upon us, and we all suddenly feel like having a clean and tidy house. However, it is important not to spend all of our weekends scrubbing if we want to enjoy the great weather! In this blog post, we provide you with some tricks that will make your task easier.

    Walls : To clean pencil marks, scrub gently with a bit of toothpaste. For greasy stains, scrub gently with a wet sponge on which you put some baking soda.

    Blinds : Put on a pair of old cotton gloves, spray your blinds with some window cleaner and clean the slats one by one. Once the blinds are clean, pass a fabric softener sheet on. This way, it will be much harder for dust to stay on.

    Ceramic joints : Make a paste blending baking soda and a bit of hot water Use a recycled toothbrush to apply and scrub the joints in between the tiles.

    Windows : Add 15 ml (1 tbsp) of dish soap in a bucket filled with hot water. Clean the windows with a rag that will not leave any dust. Then to make them shine, wipe them with sheets of newspaper rolled into a ball.

    Children and courage

    At the beginning of this year, I read what I thought was a business book (Courage Goes To Work). It made me think, and I realized there are a lot of similarities between raising children and developing an organization’s courage. The more I look at growing South Shore, the more I see a connection between raising children and developing our people.

    I remember that when we were raising our 4 kids, I wasn’t always around to help, since I was on the road and developing South Shore to the best of my ability.  Sylvie, my wife, was often left with the kids, but we always managed to get in touch daily to talk about whatever was happening in our days.

    As you can imagine, with four kids there was always something going on, some good days and some not so good. But as parents, there is always a time where you are confronted with a situation where one of your children can get hurt or be disappointed: situations where you could get involved and tell them, based on your experience, that this is what’s going to happen and why it’s not a good idea to pursue it.

    Sylvie and I took a different path, and we would ask ourselves 2 questions: 1) Is there a possibility that the child is going to get hurt physically?