The Ultimate Guide to Prepping For Your Preschooler’s First Day of School

It’s that time of year again ladies. Back to school gear is on sale and you’re thinking about all the lunches you have to pack. After a summer full of trips to the park, travel and weeknight BBQs, it’s time to send your kids back to school. For some of us, it’s the first time our […]

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8 Essentials For Effective Co-Parenting

I don’t think it matters how your relationship or marriage ends, the prospect of not spending time with your children every day is a hard pill to swallow for some. Whatever agreement you and your ex settle on, the fact is, your child will have to split their time between two homes. As hard as it […]

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Numeracy & Beyond: Creative Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Love of Math

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Numeracy & Beyond Parent Conference hosted by Peel District School Board. It was a day for parents to come together and learn about how math is being taught and how to help their children develop their math skills. Being a first time parent with no involvement in the […]

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You Know You Have A Toddler When…

When I look back over the last three years of my daughter’s life, I can’t help but smile when I think about all of the ways she’s changed my perspective on life. I’ve always been easy going but with Miss O I’ve found that I have more patience and tolerance than I previously thought possible. […]

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5 Tips For Raising Kids to be Smart With Money

Just like any other lesson our children have to learn as they grow up, lessons about money start at home.  While the approach will be different across different age groups, this is a guide on how best to handle general everyday situations and discussions.  While it’s never too late to teach children about money, starting […]

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Bird Feeder Activity for Kids

A few weeks ago I came across a post on Fab Haute Mama (fabulous blog I follow, check it out) about a great activity to try with kids.  I took that idea and ran with it!  This weekend Miss O and I picked up an inexpensive bird feeder and some seed to set up a nice […]

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What Motherhood Has Taught Me About Patience

Before having Miss O I thought I was a very patient person.  However,  throw in a toddler with a mind of her own and the patience starts to wane.  Between asking her to put away her toys multiple times before bedtime and trying to catch her to put on her coat before heading out the door, […]

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Quick and Easy Weekday Meal Ideas For Kids

We’re all busy and pressed for time in the kitchen.  As a result, it’s easy to find that you’re at a loss for what to make for dinner.  I usually set aside a few hours on Sunday to make 3 main dishes for the week which usually consist of some kind of protein (ex. beef […]

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Quick Breakfast Options For Kids On The Move

Who can relate to this?  You have 10 mins left until you absolutely have to leave the house, your little ones are dragging their feet and you’re still trying to grab everything you need for the day.  But wait, no one has had breakfast yet!  What to do!?  For anyone whose experienced this, here’s a […]

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9 Quick Tips For Travelling With Kids

It’s that time of year again, March Break is upon us folks.  Whether you’re travelling with your family this week or planning a trip this spring or summer, there are a number of things to consider when travelling with little ones.  I recall the first family vacation with Miss O at 5 months old.  I […]

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5 Quick Tips For Dining Out With Kids

Now that you have little ones in your life there may be times when it feels like some of the things you used to enjoy are out of reach.  At least for now.  Activities such as dining out with your spouse, family or friends might seem a little daunting when you consider the temperament of […]

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10 Family Activites To Enjoy This Winter

Winter is upon us folks!  It took some time for it to get here but it HAS arrived.  Granted, winters in Ontario are milder than they tend to be out West but still…we get our fair share of minus degree weather.  If any of you are like me, you hibernate during the winter months.  I […]

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12 Useful Tips To Boost Your Potty Training Routine

Just how do you tell when your child is ready to use the potty? Every child is different but there are a few key indicators to watch for: 1. Has your little one started to show interest in his/her potty? 2. Does your little one tell you when he/she pees or poos in his/her diaper? […]

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Quick And Easy Ways To Keep Flu Germs At Bay

It’s that time of year again!  That’s right, it’s FLU season.  Yuck.  No one looks forward to the coughing, sneezing and aching.  I’m not going to wade into the flu shot debate but instead I’d like to share with you some of the measures I take to protect myself from menacing germs. These are items […]

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Introducing Agriculture To Kids

Strictly speaking based on my own experiences, being a city dweller, it can be difficult to see our connection to the world of agriculture at times.  The former “Farmers Feed Cities” campaign spearheaded by the Grain Farmers of Ontario rings true.  We are highly reliant on agriculture as a source of nourishment.  In an effort […]

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5 Books To Enjoy During Story Time With Your Child

Books have always allowed me to not only let my imagination run free but also provide insight into various areas of interest. I’ve always loved to read and wanted to pass that on to my daughter. Because I was eager, I started reading to her before she was born. Like many new moms-to-be, I read […]

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