Back to School Shopping – Getting Prepared for Kindergarten!

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Backpacks, lunch accessories,  hair accessories, sunscreen and more.  There is a huge list of items to get organized for back to school. Consequently, Kindergarten preparation can be overwhelming! I have written an entire series about preparing your child for Kindergarten and what to pack for the first day. There is even a post about 5 things you can do to help a Kindergarten teacher.  After all, I did teach Kindergarten once.  Let me tell you, you have the ability to make a HUGE difference for a Kindergarten teacher by the choices you make! Imagine 30 children who don’t know what their backpack looks like, … Continue reading

Stomach Flu and Kids – The Trick to Less Mess and More Sleep

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Do you struggle with keeping up with the mess when your child has the stomach flu? When you get woken up in the night with a combination of stomach flu and kids, do you find yourself walking around aimlessly not sure how to best handle the situation? This was me, until I came up with a system for dealing with the stomach flu and our family. It may sound pathetic, but it’s called survival! You see, when you have children who are prone to vomiting (not just because of the flu), you learn that a having a system in place … Continue reading

How to Protect Your Eyes During an Eclipse

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I’ve been doing some reading on the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. With that research, I have wanted to learn more about solar eclipse eye protection! I thought it might be fun to learn about eclipses with my kiddos, so off to google I went! I wasn’t long into my research when I realized I should learn exactly what time the solar eclipse will effect Toronto. You can visit that website and put in where you live to learn what time the solar eclipse will take effect in your area. You might want to do this even if … Continue reading

Inspirational Women Live Out Loud

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Have you ever been inspired by someone who has made the choice to live out loud? What do I mean by that? Let me give the example of the inspirational women who together wrote the new book Live Out Loud! Last week, I had the honour of attending the book launch for Live Out Loud the Sisterhood Folios. The energy in the room at the Spoke Club in King West Village, downtown Toronto was contagious. It would have been nearly impossible to have left that event without feeling inspired by the talented group of inspirational women who co-authored this book! … Continue reading

How to Make Your Own Lava Bead Bracelet

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A Lava Bead Bracelet is a great DIY craft for kids for a couple of reasons. Lava beads are relatively inexpensive, especially when purchased in bulk. Lava beads are also known for being porous which means they are very popular amongst essential oil users as they retain the calming scents of essential oils. When worn daily, these bracelets can be used as an accessory as well as a part of your healthy routine. Of course if you prefer not to use essential oils (personal preference or because you have chosen to not use them), these bracelets are equally as wonderful … Continue reading

Why Online Shopping is The BEST!

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Who doesn’t love online shopping from home in their pjs? The no makeup, messy hair and a cup of coffee or glass of wine online shopping is a much more appealing way to shop on many days. Honestly, over the past few years, I have gravitated to online shopping for a lot of my shopping. Now, before I go into a bit more detail, I want you to know that I LOVE unique, handmade items that I find at local vendor events. However, for some of my day to day shopping, there is such convenience to online shopping, don’t you … Continue reading

Celebrate Canada 150 with a Picnic

Canada 150

Entertain me and close your eyes for a moment after reading this question: When you think of summer, what comes to mind? For me, I think about a warm sunny day, the beach and of course a delicious picnic. With July 1st quickly approaching and the big celebration for Canada 150, why not consider putting together a picnic for the family? Of course, what is a picnic without a special treat like these Canada Day Sugar Cookies? The kids and I stocked up on fun Canada Day items at Sears Canada on the weekend. We had a great time picking … Continue reading

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

My husband enjoys getting creative in the kitchen and he is quite good at it too! This recipe for Mexican Rice is an excellent side dish for tacos, fajitas or any Mexican dish. I’m not going to lie either, it’s also a great way to get a bit more veggies into the kids without them complaining – parenting win, thanks hubby! A Mexican Rice side dish can go with many meals: Ribs Beef Taquitos and Taquito Pie to name a few. My kids love rice so much that we could probably get away with serving it at every meal. That … Continue reading

How to Talk to Your Child About Tragedy

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Talking to our children about any negative topic or experience like death or tragedy is always a challenge. Our instinct as a parent is to protect our children from harm and sadness. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, which means that we are faced with the difficult task as a parent to talk to our children about topics such as death and tragedy. Talking about tragedy with your child is often necessary, however it is not easy. I would like to start this post off with a blanket statement that is…I am not a parenting expert. I am a teacher … Continue reading

Summer Essentials for FUN in the Sun!

Summer Essentials

Lately, our family has been talking about our plans for the summer. Many of our discussions have been about the summer essentials required for a fun summer day. The summer essentials from a kid’s point of view are different than those from an adult’s standpoint. While FUN is a priority, summer parenting is often jaded with sibling rivalry and creative ways to keep active with the kids’ educational skills. Due to the theme of this post, I asked my kids to share their opinions with you! My 12 year old daughter shares her thoughts on Summer Essentials for FUN in … Continue reading