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A West-end Treasure: St Martin’s Nursery School #Ottawa

| November 11, 2014 | 6 Comments
A West-end Treasure: St Martin’s Nursery School #Ottawa

Imagine a school where children (aged 2 1/2 to 5) feel welcome and comfortable.  They are warmly greeted by caring, kind teachers each day.  They engage in free play with a wide variety of stimulating, educational toys, which are rotated on a weekly basis.  Sensory activities including water, sand, and play dough, are offered daily. […]

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Imagination Movers! – A Review on their Recent Ottawa Concert!

Imagination Movers! – A Review on their Recent Ottawa Concert!

Recently my family and I got the chance to go see the all amazing Imagination Movers. My son Marshall is in love with them, and when I saw the chance to get to their show, I jumped on it! (Literally, I was laying in bed and I saw the opportunity to go and I jumped out […]

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Falling for the Carp Fair

| October 16, 2014 | 5 Comments
Falling for the Carp Fair

I love the fall. Not only does it mean I can break out my plethora of sweaters and warm socks, but it means cozy evenings by the fire under my favourite blanket with a hot cocoa in hand, and colourful hikes along the many pathways and trails in and around Ottawa. It also means fairs! […]

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Running Away For An Evening With The Shrine Circus!

| August 21, 2014 | 10 Comments
Running Away For An Evening With The Shrine Circus!

The Big Top was up at the RA Centre once again for the Shrine Circus’ annual visit to Canada’s capital! I decided to make this year’s trip to the Shrine Circus a “Ladies Night,” so I could spend some bonding time with my girls. It was my younger daughter’s first time attending an event such […]

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My Heart Belongs to Prince Edward Island

| August 19, 2014 | 25 Comments
My Heart Belongs to Prince Edward Island

I’ve been to Prince Edward Island (PEI) seven times and each time I go I don’t want to leave, and this time, we almost didn’t (but more about that another time). My heart belongs to PEI. I was married in Brackley, PEI, and every time my husband and I return we meet with the woman […]

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Curing the Summertime Blues at Calypso Theme Waterpark!

| August 14, 2014 | 23 Comments
Curing the Summertime Blues at Calypso Theme Waterpark!

Does your child have the mid-summertime blues? You know, where they have done everything they could think of to have fun, and are looking for somewhere to go to get some more fun in before summer vacation is through? One option to help cure your child’s summertime blues would be to take them to Calypso […]

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The New Parent Escape Uncensored ~ Hotel Indigo Ottawa

| July 31, 2014 | 8 Comments
The New Parent Escape Uncensored ~ Hotel Indigo Ottawa

It has been a very, very long time since my husband and I went for a couples only getaway. That’s right, a no kids allowed weekend! Our schedule did not permit us to go out of town, but we really wanted to take this time alone, so we decided to just spend a night on […]

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Fun in the Summer Sun at Calypso Theme Waterpark

| July 24, 2014 | 9 Comments
Fun in the Summer Sun at Calypso Theme Waterpark

It is summertime, it’s hot. And the wading pool in the backyard is just not cutting it for your little ones. What should you do? Solution: Calypso Theme Waterpark! My family was excited to be going to Calypso.  Before our visit to the park, I showed them all of the slides and the different areas […]

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Affordable, Family Friendly Fun at the Grand Canyon

| July 8, 2014 | 21 Comments
Affordable, Family Friendly Fun at the Grand Canyon

At one time or another, most families have dreamed of taking a roadtrip to the Grand Canyon. This spectacular natural wonder holds a special appeal for everyone from ages 5 to 95 and, best of all, it can be as affordable as it is family friendly. Here are 5 tips to get the most out […]

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Fun Day at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum #FireFightersDay #DoorsOpenOttawa

| June 27, 2014 | 9 Comments
Fun Day at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum #FireFightersDay #DoorsOpenOttawa

On Sunday June 8th, I had the pleasure to attend a family gathering at the Cumberland Museum.  It is always a treat for me to visit this museum.  Bonus, close to my home.  This time adding to my delight, the presence of Firemen demonstrating their activities, and showing the young and older, what is entitled […]

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Entertainment For All Ages at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival

| May 22, 2014 | 6 Comments
Entertainment For All Ages at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival

Inspiring. Whimsical. Thought-provoking. Fun. These were just some of the experiences my eldest daughter and I shared while attending the opening evening at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival (OICF). For the past 29 years, this Festival celebrates the best in live performance arts aimed at children age 4-15. The Festival focuses on improving school curriculum […]

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Ottawa Comiccon 2014 — The BEST Mother’s Day Yet!

| May 15, 2014 | 2 Comments
Ottawa Comiccon 2014 — The BEST Mother’s Day Yet!

From the comic favourites to the ethereal cosplayer (costumed players), this year’s Ottawa Comiccon was probably one of my best experiences. (Don’t get me wrong, meeting Nathan Fillion — Castle, Firefly — was a truly amazing experience on its own last year. Let’s face it “Richard Castle” is quite dreamy in person.) I went to […]

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Cartier Place Suite Hotel – A Review

| May 1, 2014 | 12 Comments
Cartier Place Suite Hotel – A Review

Due to a late night event I recently stayed at the Cartier Place Suite Hotel located just off Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa. The hotel is a great place to stay if you plan on staying in the city for a few days because not only does it offer spacious rooms, but the suites have […]

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Bygone Buzz About The First Ever BConnected Conference

| April 22, 2014 | 8 Comments
Bygone Buzz About The First Ever BConnected Conference

It had been months in the planning, but this past weekend marked the first ever BConnected Conference. Held at the National Arts Centre in downtown Ottawa, the BConnected Conference was attended by close to 100 people and was not only a great event to learn more about social media and blogging, but was also a […]

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Keeping Happy in the Winter (with kids): Visits to the Library

| February 20, 2014 | 12 Comments
Keeping Happy in the Winter (with kids): Visits to the Library

I can tell it is February, without even looking at a calendar. We are antsy. We have cabin feverish and are craving some summer weather.  My kids and I are running on empty. We are bored with our usual activities and need some winter spice to liven our days. I am constantly looking for local, […]

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Family Trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls Review

| January 23, 2014 | 18 Comments
Family Trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls Review

Last August, we decided as a family to spend four days in Toronto and Niagara Falls. I searched for hours on the internet for the perfect 3 or 4 stars hotel since I wasn’t quite sure where we wanted to stay. I looked up downtown Toronto, suburbs and Niagara Falls for accommodations. After thoroughly reading the […]

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Eating Out With Kids in Niagara Falls

| December 23, 2013 | 12 Comments
Eating Out With Kids in Niagara Falls

Family vacations in Niagara Falls promise plenty of adventure, sightseeing and entertainment that can be remembered fondly for years. From sharing in the awe-inspiring power of the Falls to taking in the wonder of the Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara is a perfect place to vacation with children. With so many fun activities to be had in […]

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Samko and Miko Toy Sale – Review

| November 21, 2013 | 11 Comments
Samko and Miko Toy Sale – Review

I went on Sunday with my two-year-old daughter and boyfriend to the Samko and Miko Toy Sale at the Ernst and Young Centre on Uplands Drive. I was not looking for anything in particular, except for toddler puzzles and Look and Find books. The first thing I took note of was the $7 parking fee. […]

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D-D-D-D-Dora The Explorer Live! A Review

| November 14, 2013 | 7 Comments
D-D-D-D-Dora The Explorer Live!  A Review

Where do you find a rowdy crowd, loud music, and a whole lot of kids having fun? No, it’s not a concert during frosh week, but rather a Dora the Explorer Live at Centrepointe Theater! On Sunday, November 2nd, my 2 ¾ year old son, my 6 year old niece, and my sister and I […]

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We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt…

| October 25, 2013 | 3 Comments
We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt…

I hate to admit it, but our family doesn’t have a lot of yearly traditions. We don’t do elf on the shelf. We don’t go apple picking. The one tradition we have started, if you can call going somewhere two years in a row a tradition, is going to a local pumpkin patch to pick […]

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Frogs – A Chorus of Colours Exhibit ~ Review

| October 7, 2013 | 13 Comments
Frogs – A Chorus of Colours Exhibit ~ Review

I had a chance to preview the new Frogs exhibit at the Museum of Nature and can tell you that it is amazing! It’s on display at the Museum of Nature until May 2014 so go check it out. There are 11 species of frogs on display, from the teeny tiny to the big big. […]

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Maitreya Yoga Studio Review & Win 1 Month Unlimited Free Membership ~ Ottawa Area 9/29

| September 5, 2013 | 1 Comment
Maitreya Yoga Studio Review & Win 1 Month Unlimited Free Membership ~ Ottawa Area 9/29

The name Maitreya is derived from the Sanskrit ‘maitri’ meaning ‘universal loving-kindness’. The Maitreya Yoga Studio website describes the studio as dedicated to promoting overall well-being to people of all ages and abilities by creating an integrated approach to a healthy lifestyle.  They offers a wide variety of classes: Spin, Yoga, Pilates, Personal training  and more […]

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A Fun Visit to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo #visitsyracuse

| August 22, 2013 | 10 Comments
A Fun Visit to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo #visitsyracuse

As part of our Syracuse visiting attractions tour thanks to Visit Syracuse, we made a stop at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The weather was sunny and so hot at 41° Celsius with humidity, but that didn’t stop visitors to come to the zoo as the parking lot was full! My mother, who made the trip […]

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Check out Table 40

| August 22, 2013 | 1 Comment
Check out Table 40

I LOVE food and I really love to go out and try new restaurants.  We all lead such busy lives making sure our families have everything they need that it is a great treat to leave the kids at home and have a quiet night out every once in a while.  In the last few […]

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