What to Pack for a Day at the Beach

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DISCLAIMER ~ This post is sponsored by Banana Boat. All opinions are my own. I only share content that excites me and I feel would be beneficial to Canadian Moms. I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the hunt for a sunscreen that is Mom AND kid approved. In our household, this is a very difficult task. Packing for a day at the beach can often feel like you may as well be packing for a week long vacation! At least this is it what it feels like when you’re like me and you like to pack everything … Continue reading

Motherhood: Loosening Up On The Leash

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I’ve always known that I have a very special, yet different, bond with each of my children. While neither of them share my deep love of Once Upon a Time or the Outlander book series (YET!), we have connected on other levels where we’ve found common ground. For my youngest, it’s his spot as the second child; a spot that I hold myself. Lately, with my oldest, it has shifted to being all about loosening up on the leash. Motherhood isn’t always easy. My sense of motherhood is deeply wrapped up in my relationship with my oldest, the strongest basis … Continue reading

The Allowance Debate ~ What You Need to Consider

Great Allowance Debate

The allowance debate has always been a hot topic in many households. Should you give one? Should children contribute to chores without monetary incentives? The truth is, while it’s up to the individual parents, there are a few things you need to know about giving your kids an allowance before you make a concrete decision. Your Child’s Financial Future is Affected Giving your children an allowance can lead to a better financial future for them. Kids that get an allowance are oftentimes better with managing money than those who don’t. They Don’t Have to get an Allowance for Chores There … Continue reading

Have Fun With Picky Eaters {Giveaway}

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DISCLAIMER ~ This post is sponsored Constructive Eating. All opinions are my own. I only share content that excites me and I feel would be beneficial to Canadian Moms. Let’s dive into talking about picky eaters, shall we? Have you experienced the frustration of preparing a delicious, healthy meal for your family, only to learn that someone (or worst case scenario, EVERYONE) won’t eat? I have been in this position MANY times over the past 13 years of being a Mom. Picky eaters are a REAL problem that many families experience on a daily basis. When you have picky eaters … Continue reading

One Family’s Journey Through Autism

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On April 2nd, communities everywhere bring attention to autism. It’s a powerful day for every autism family. In our household, this day signals a month-long opportunity to increase awareness. Through education about how autism affects our family, we hope, one day, we will have true acceptance of our community. A day when my daughter, Penny, won’t struggle initiating play with her peers. A day when I won’t get judgmental looks when I take my son, Max, out with a harness and leash because without it, he runs into danger.     If you’ve met one child with autism, you have … Continue reading

Safe Driving Tips for Teen Drivers in the Winter

Tips for Teen Drivers

As I was deciding what categories an article about Teen Drivers would best fit, I had a brief moment of panic. Why? Because I realized that driving and learning to drive fit into the category of PARENTING! Some of you may be living this stage of your life already, but as you may know, I’m not quite there yet and it terrifies me! In a few short years, I will be coming back to this article for a reminder of how to keep teen drivers safe in the winter. For those of you with younger children, you might still be … Continue reading

Travel Savvy Tips When Travelling with Kids

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Recently, I have spent some time with the two lovely women behind K+A Personal Concierge. They are full of amazing tips and are great at helping people make life easier. Who doesn’t want more time to do the things they love? One of the areas where I feel these two are experts is travel. They have come up with some amazing travel savvy tips when travelling with kids that you should read before you travel anywhere with your family. We absolutely love to travel. Before kids we didn’t think twice about spending a weekend snowboarding at a mountain resort, exploring … Continue reading

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 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