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Family Traditions That Will Teach Your Child to Love Nature

With the growing presence of technology in our everyday lives, it’s important not to forget about the beauty of our natural surroundings.  As important as it is for children to be connected with the advances in technology, so is the importance of spending time in outdoors and learning about nature’s purpose .  

As parents, we can only imagine what it would be like if we could grow up in era like our children, where the world is virtually at our fingertips from a touch-screen phone.  This is all happening for us now in our adult life, but for children, this is what they are used to. Although our children’s upbringing will be quite different from our own, we can still show them our family traditions that will teach them to love and appreciate nature:

Plan celebrations outdoors

Does someone in your family celebrate a birthday during warmer months?  Try planning the celebration outdoors and enjoy the openness of being outdoors.

Vegetable and fruit picking

Apple picking during the break of Autumn or strawberry picking in the Summer is a great family activity.  It’s something that doesn’t take much effort yet creates lasting memories.

Evening strolls

Put aside 10-15 minutes every evening to go on a family walk in the neighbourhood, you might even spot a bunny and a few squirrels along the way!  Even with a busy schedule, evening walks work best to unwind after a hectic day.

Backyard camping

Perhaps you don’t have the means to plan an entire camping trip away from home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience camping.  Pitch a tent in the backyard and sleep under the stars.


The good ol’ fashioned picnic basket with sandwiches, snacks, and juice is delightful as ever, not to mention the fact that kids just love the idea of a picnic.

Family traditions don’t have to be grand, they just have to be together.  As we wind down to the end of the school year, Guiding Light Academy a Catholic Private School in Mississauga, encourages families to enjoy the Summer weather and all that nature has to offer our children.

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5 Allergy-Free Treats for Kids Birthday Parties

Going allergy-free can be quite a challenge nowadays with an increasing number of special dietary needs, whether it’s gluten-free or allergies to dairy, eggs, nuts, or something else!  So if you’re planning your kids next birthday party and want everyone to be able to enjoy special treats, here’s a list of 5 fun allergy-free treats you can serve your guests:

  • Chocolate Dipped Banana Bar

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Melt down a large bowl of nut-free belgian chocolate from Chocolate Tales Shop and provide some fun candy mix ins for the kids to dunk and roll their bananas on a stick!

  1.   Rainbow Fruit Shish Kebabs

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  1. Popcorn Balls

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You can make these fun and easy popcorn balls at home with this simple recipe.

  1.  Sandwich Station

Using gluten-free bread, create sandwich station where your guests can pick and choose from an assortment of deli meats or veggie sandwiches.

  1.   Allergy-Free Cookie Tray

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You can find some great recipes to make your own cookies that everyone can enjoy. Check out these recipes at The Fit Cookie.  

If you’re in the midst of planning your kid’s next birthday party in Toronto and are looking for a fun, exciting, and allergy-free ideas, Chocolate Tales Kids will be a great choice. With the Chocolate Tales Kids party package, you’ll get an experienced chocolatier come to your party and teach the kids how to make their own chocolate creations. It’s a complete hands-on experience where the chocolatier takes care of the complete setup and cleanup. All the ingredients, including the 100% Belgian chocolate, are nut-free. The kids will wrap up their chocolate making session by packaging their treats to take home and enjoy. Parents love it as much as the kids!  

To find out more about Chocolate Tales Kids, contact them online or call 1-800-905-2858.

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Kids Birthday Party Ideas: Creative Loot Bag Items

Tired of the same old discount store goodies to fill your kid’s birthday party loot bags? If you’re like me, trying to get more and more creative every year but winding up being a major Pinterest fail instead. Then this year you’re going to need to kick it up a notch and aim for treats that kids will actually love, ones that won’t end up in the landfill.  

Try these birthday party loot bags ideas for your next event:


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Bombs away! Kids absolutely love these, just drop it into the bath and watch as it fizzes and bubbles. Some bath bombs even turn the water cool colours and they smell amazing.



You can’t go wrong with sidewalk chalk, it’s a simple joy for kids. It doesn’t cost much and it’s available almost anywhere in cool colour themes too like pastels and fluorescent.  


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You can get plain white t-shirts and fabric markers from your local stores that sell arts and crafts materials. You can even do this as an activity during the party and then your guests can take their decorated t-shirt home with them.


Host a chocolate-themed birthday party, including a hands on chocolate-making experience for all your little chocolate monsters. Chocolate Tales Kids is a popular birthday party idea in Toronto; you get your very own chocolatier to come to your party and host an unforgettable event for kids and parents. It’s great because they take care of the setup and clean up, the kids make their own nut-free Belgian chocolate treats with fun candy mix ins. After they’ve completed their chocolate creations, they can wrap them up and take them home in pretty packaging!

For more creative birthday party ideas for your little ones, contact Chocolate Tales Kids today and book your next event!