Articles written in the category : Do it yourself

St Patrick’s day : A green day for all!

St. Patrick’s day is very popular everywhere : it is the time of the year when you wear green and go out with hats, headbands, glasses and all the funny things that are designed especially for this celebration …

Here are a few thematic recipes that the kids will enjoy doing, and a recipe with a short video for you, dear parents!

For the kids, clover shaped cookies! These are the ingredients you will need :

clover shaped cookies

clover shaped cookies

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Click here to read the complete recipe :



A non-alcoholic green punch

A non-alcoholic green punch

A non-alcoholic green punch : these are the ingredients you will need.

  • 1 container {2 quartts} Lime Sherbet
  • 1 {46 oz} can Pineapple Juice
  • 1 {2 liter} bottle Ginger Ale
  • Click here to read the complete recipe




Black Velvet

Black Velvet

For the grown-ups, the classic Black Velvet! These are the ingredients you will need :

  • 1 Guinness beer
  • Apple cider

Click here to read the complete recipe :






Visit our moodboard to inspire you with plenty of  other green ideas!

South Shore Suggestions for Family Activities during Spring Break!

Spring break is eagerly awaited by students of all ages. Sometimes parents run short of imagination to find interesting activities for children. To inspire you, South Shore employees offer you their ideas for activities!

Veronique : If the weather isn’t nice outside, build forts indoors with sheets and living room furniture. Let your children create their own scenarios. Then bring them snacks so they can have a picnic!


Sophie : Organize dinners in the living room, maybe even in pajamas, after a full day of activities. For mothers with little girls, shopping with dinner in a restaurant is greatly appreciated, by both daughter and mother!



Alain : In colder climates, don’t miss out on winter sports like alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, skating and ice fishing!



Alejandro : Children are always eager for a classic outing at the movies and a family restaurant. It’s simple, but they appreciate it so much!


Michele : To make snowmobiling even more fun, attach a sled to the back on fine winter days. Guaranteed enjoyment!

Ginette : More “artistic” activities like do-it-yourselfing, scrapbooking and jewellery making, as well as playing with Lego and puzzles, are perfect for rainy or colder days.

It’s Valentine’s Day!

February 14 – the perfect time to show your special someone how much you love them! Did you know that, back in the day, Valentine’s was mostly geared to those who are single? The ultimate goal: to give people a chance to meet their soul mate.

Valentine’s Day has evolved over the years, so more people now see it as a time to express love for their significant other, their children, or their friends… and yet, we often forget that it’s also a great chance to show those around us how much they mean to us.

Are you short of inspiration for a way to show all the affection you feel for those around you? Here are a few simple ideas that are sure to touch the recipient’s heart.

  1. Happy times spent with people you care for are often captured through unforgettable photos. Print out one of these photos – choose one that reminds you of a good time you shared – and make it a gift for the person you care for, while reminding them how happy you are to have them as a friend after all this time.
  2. The best gift you can give your friends is… your time.

Personalize your Christmas gift wrap!

With Christmas just around the corner, you’ve probably bought all your gifts and now, you just have to wrap them.

What I like to do, at the start of the Christmas shopping season, is look for the perfect gifts for everyone. And when it’s time to wrap them, I like to carry on this theme by personalizing the gift wrap. What could be better than gifts wrapped by you, in your own unique way, where you give free rein to your creativity? You can even get your kids involved in wrapping gifts for their grandparents.

For a few years now, I’ve been wrapping all my gifts in kraft paper – the well-known brown stuff (which you can buy, at a very affordable price, in any big box store). I love using this paper since it’s very strong and gives me a blank slate so I can do whatever I like! And I use it on other occasions besides Christmas, such as for birthday presents or any other time a gift is called for.

Once you’ve wrapped the box in kraft paper, you can make a ribbon out of a piece of leftover tissue you still have at home. Anything can be used as a decorative accent: jute, pine cones, sprigs from a Christmas tree, buttons, felt pompons, etc.

A DIY snow globe

Do you like the magical effect of snow globes? They’ve become really familiar, but are still appreciated for their beauty.

You’ll find a variety of snow globes that you can make yourself, with or without water, on the Internet.

Now here’s a suggestion for a snow globe, with water, that’s also a reflection of South Shore!

Here’s what you need:

  • A jar with the smoothest base you can find – so you’ll have a clear view – and, ideally, an airtight lid
  • Artificial snow and/or glitter
  • Figurines or whatever else you’d like to put inside the jar. If you prefer to make your own decorative items, use a material like Fimo or a foam you can sculpt, so it doesn’t react with water
  • Glycerin (keeps the particles suspended in water longer)
  • Distilled water, to prevent bacteria formation over time
  • Transparent silicone

  1. First, use the silicone to glue your figurines or other objects to the lid of the jar. Careful! If the walls of your jar are rounded, make sure everything fits inside the jar when you close it. Test this first by sticking them down with gummed paper or something similar.
  2. Once the jar is dry, fill it ¾ with water and add a few drops of glycerin.