Jarvis: Free range kids


This article is from my local newspaper about a school in New Zealand. I completely agree with this 100% (although I have to not look when my son is on the monkey bars!). I think Canada and the United States and anywhere else who bubble wraps their kids should do what this principal did. What are your thoughts?

Originally posted on Windsor Star:

A boy is shinnying up a rugby goalpost, and a girl is balancing on a handrail. Children are climbing a fence, and there are kids in the top of a tree. Students whip around on bikes, scooters and skateboards, through basketball games and up and down stairs. One lands in a planter. They play with concrete blocks and wood planks. They make mudslides. They duel with sticks. A group rolls a tire along the grass – with someone curled up inside. Some are barefoot.

Anything goes at recess at Swanson School.

“Where is this school?” demanded my 12-year-old son.

Auckland, New Zealand.

“Can we move to New Zealand,” my other son asked.

There’s zero tolerance for rules during recess at Swanson. And when teachers stopped saying no all the time, what followed surprised everyone. This is no Lord of the Flies. There are fewer injuries, less bullying and less vandalism…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, May 11 (for the US and Canada) to be exact. I thought I would gather some of my keepsake hand stamped silverware so you could see everything all in one place. These are just a few examples. The possibilities are endless and I love to do custom orders. But remember to get them in very soon to ensure you will receive it in time. The cutoff for orders to the States is April 18 and to Canada it is April 30.



















Any one of these lovely pieces of silverware will be cherished and appreciated for many years to come. If you are interested in any of these pieces or would like to make your own sentimental custom gift please visit Dazzling Dezignz or email me at elisa@dazzlingdezignz.com.

First Communion

The end of this month marks my son’s First Communion and I wanted to give him something special to commemorate this day. I decided to search on Etsy (where else!) for that perfect gift. Much to my delight I found this adorable wooden box just big enough to hold a rosary in. This gorgeous box is designed and created by Timber Green Woods who create sustainable, eco-friendly gift ideas for green living. They ship worldwide from Wisconsin, USA so check them out… you’ll be glad you did!

Once I decided on the box and placed my order the next step was to find that perfect rosary. I did not want anything childish and I wanted it masculine enough that he would be proud to use it forever… as it will be the only one I ever purchase for him. I found this gorgeous rosary on Etsy in a shop called OohlalaBeadique and the owner was so very helpful in answering all of my questions. After much deliberation, I decided on this particular rosary for a variety of reasons and she shipped it out right away from her shop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! It is so beautiful and well made that I will certainly be returning in two years time to purchase one for my daughter.

To top off this gift, I also purchased a bible set in French (my kids go to a French school) that my son will be able to read himself as it is geared towards Grades 2 and 3. I am hoping he will cherish this gift as well and possibly pass it down to his own children some day.

I would love to hear your thoughts on whether this is a good gift for a parent to give their child on their First Communion or if you have any other ideas (my Mom needs some!)

Evan's Rosary and Box

A Kalahari Henna!

A Kalahari Henna!

Well, my kids March Break from school is officially over but we did get a chance to take them to Kalahari Water Park in Sandusky, Ohio for the first time. While we were there my five year old daughter wanted to get a “tattoo” so after we were all done in the water park we both got one. This is the first time I’ve ever had a henna done and I quite like it. I may just have to see if this is something I can learn how to do myself. I also think that this is an indication of what my daughter is going to want to do when she is older. Although, I don’t have a real tattoo (only because I’m afraid of the pain) I would let her get one as long as it is tasteful and in a “normal” place. However, we will have to do it on the sly or Daddy will have a heart attack!

What do you think of tattoos? Are they just a passing fad? Would you let your daughter (or son) get one? Please comment and let me know your thoughts on the subject.



You’ve just gotta love a nice big bowl of soup on a cold winter’s day. My favorite is this organic tomato soup… but I do add a bit of mozzarella cheese for that yummy melty extra goodness! To complete my delicious experience I decided to make myself a special hand stamped vintage soup spoon. Gotta love it!

Sledding Robot by Leuckit!

Sledding Robot by Leuckit!

When I found this little robot on Etsy I just knew I had to share! The first thing that came to mind was that this would make an awesome gift for my 7 year old son who’s favorite movie is called Robots but then I thought, “Hmmm, I wouldn’t mind putting this on display in my living room!” It is so adorable. The shop is called Kitchen Robots by Leuckit and you can find it on Etsy (where else?)!

Donna Provo Leuck is the proud owner of this very unique shop and she has been creating things since she was a child. An unfortunate accident ultimately led her to this amazing talent she has of creating robots out of every day kitchen utensils as the bending of the metal is a sort of therapy for her. She lives in Indiana, USA and although she only has her shipping priced for the States all you need to do is contact her for a shipping quote if you live outside of the USA… which I plan on doing in the near future!

You can also visit Donna on her Facebook page and see what other unique creations she comes up with.

Spring Mood Treasury

Featured in Etsy Treasury

This morning I woke up to find my Mr. and Mrs. hand stamped vintage teaspoons featured in this absolutely gorgeous treasury. I adore the colors the curator chose for this very soft and feminine collection. I invite you to click the photo and browse the wonderful selections that are featured here. Also, please visit Viktoria and Elena, the lovely curators of this fabulous treasury, at LekaArt on Etsy.