21 Days of Gratitude Challenge {Printable + Giveaway}

For me, October has become a month to focus on GRATITUDE. Because we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, we are already mindful of giving thanks. Not only that, my Norwex team also practices 21 days of Gratitude. Because I look forward to this, for so many reasons, and one of the items that I am most grateful for is my health, I wanted to share some non-traditional ways to be prepared for this upcoming cold season. With some crazy colds already floating around, I feel grateful every single day that my hubby, kids and I wake up healthy. I have created … 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

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

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

Sherkston Shores – A Beautiful Family Getaway

Sherkston Shores

This past summer, my kids and I had the opportunity to visit Sherkston Shores, an all ages RV resort on shores of Lake Erie. Sherkston Shores has over 560 acres of beautiful land that is connected with paths and small roads that are often navigated by golf carts (the popular way to get around at Sherkston). We were really unsure what to expect of an RV resort, but let me tell you that it was NOTHING like I thought it might be. This family getaway was an experience that we would like to make a tradition every single year! Sherkston … Continue reading

Cost Effective Snack Ideas for Kids

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I knew that kids eat a lot, but I never expected just how much it would cost! I’m always on the hunt for cost effective snack ideas for kids as it often feels like they are a bottomless pit! I love to make baked snacks for my kids, but let’s face it, sometimes there just isn’t enough time. I often make muffins first thing in the morning as they are a great breakfast and school lunch food. I also find that they are very cost effective and a great way to include healthier choices (like banana, carrots or zucchini). In … Continue reading

6 Mindful Tips for a Better Child Parent Relationship: The Relationship of Aging

Today, Sophie Turner from Brazen & Co. shares with us her perspective on the relationship of aging as well as… 6 Mindful Tips for a Better Child Parent Relationship Watching your children grow can be so rewarding. Knowing you’ve helped develop sociable, helpful and thoughtful little human beings, who will one day grow up and become whatever they dream to be… just warms the heart. Watching your parent’s age – well, that triggers completely different emotions. Not once did it ever cross my mind when I was a child what it would be like when Mom and Dad got older. … Continue reading

The Excitement of Star Wars Force Friday

Star Wars Force Friday

If I were to tell you that we have some pretty serious Star Wars fans in our household, it would definitely be an understatement. Star Wars plays a part in our daily lives around here as hubby, the kids AND I all have the Topps Star Wars Card Trader App and we chase and trade cards on a daily basis. SO, when I was invited to attend the LIVE Star Wars: The Force Awakens unboxing event to kick off Fan Expo in Toronto, I definitely had some eager people who wanted to attend with me. This event spanned from Sydney … Continue reading

Tips for a Family Game Day on a Rainy Day {Giveaway}

Mattel Family Games

There are many fun activities to do on a rainy day, but one favourite amongst many families is to have a Family Game Day! Pop some popcorn, clear off the dining room or kitchen table and play some of your favourite games together. Here are some helpful tips to make your Family Game Day a great success: Prepare Your Space – Transform your everyday living room into the ultimate game room! This can be as easy as ensuring there are enough cozy seats for everyone who is playing, turning on background music that is upbeat but not distracting and setting … Continue reading

3 Top Tips for Saving for your Child’s Education

Saving Tips for an RESP

Education is important! Saving for your child’s education is extremely important! After the birth of my daughter, we set up an RESP for her as soon as we could. Once my son was born, we also set up an RESP account for him. We have comfort knowing that if one of our children chooses not to pursue post-secondary education, we can put all the money we’ve saved towards the child who does go. If both don’t go, well, that’s a story for another day. If both don’t go, well, that’s a story for another day. Over the past 10 years, … Continue reading