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Learning Expectations: Preemptive or Premature?

| January 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
Learning Expectations: Preemptive or Premature?

DISCLAIMER: This article is not blaming the teachers – it is an article about my opinion with the way things are done in schools and perhaps a fault in our curriculum.    Learning Expectations: Preemptive or Premature? Homework and Expectations in Elementary School   I got a letter from my son’s teacher this morning, here’s what […]

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A Simplified Approach to Achieving Your Fitness Goals

| January 15, 2018 | 4 Comments
A Simplified Approach to Achieving Your Fitness Goals

A Simplified Approach to Achieving Your Fitness Goals Here we are, 2013, a brand new year. A time when we reflect on the past year and think about what we want for the year ahead. Some of you may set New Year’s resolutions while others might have given up on that a long time ago. […]

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13 Best Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats

| January 12, 2018 | 5 Comments
13 Best Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats

A big part of Valentine’s Day is all of the sweet treats available on this special occasion. Candy, cupcakes and cookies, oh my! Valentine’s Day really is a chocolate lover’s paradise! Let’s talk about traditional heart-shaped boxes of chocolates for a minute. This year, more than 35 million boxes will be sold worldwide. We can […]

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18 Winter Family Fun Events and Activities Around Ottawa

| January 11, 2018 | 4 Comments
18 Winter Family Fun Events and Activities Around Ottawa

18 Winter Family Fun Events and Activities Around Ottawa   The longer, colder days are making way for the change of the season! Winter is here! Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean that you and your family have to be stuck inside during winter. The Ottawa-Gatineau region has plenty of events and activities […]

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Family Fun Times at Winterlude

| January 10, 2018 | 5 Comments
Family Fun Times at Winterlude

Winterlude, Canada’s winter celebration, is held in Ottawa–Gatineau each February. The three fun-filled weekends of Winterlude are guaranteed to make the spirit of winter come alive.     History of Winterlude Winterlude was created by the NCC in 1979 to celebrate Canada’s unique northern climate and culture.  Dates and Admission to Winterlude The three weekends are […]

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Top 10 Tips on How to Pack for a Family Road Trip

| January 10, 2018 | 7 Comments
Top 10 Tips on How to Pack for a Family Road Trip

Top 10 Tips on How to Pack for a Family Road Trip I went on a road trip to visit some the United States National Parks with my entire family, and we had a blast! I was a little bit scary at first, but then, after planning everything smartly and wisely, it was a comfortable and […]

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Top 10 Popular Blog Posts of 2017 

| January 9, 2018 | 8 Comments
Top 10 Popular Blog Posts of 2017 

A new year has arrived and it’s time to look back at some of the top 10 popular blog posts of 2017. From a Canadian fried dough pastry recipe to tips for planning an awesome baby shower, these articles were the most viewed in 2017.   Top 10 Popular Blog Posts of 2017   Top […]

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Make a Resolution to Help Others with Cuso International

| January 8, 2018 | 3 Comments
Make a Resolution to Help Others with Cuso International

Make a Resolution to Help Others with Cuso International The New Year is here! Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? It is great to do something that will restore your balance or improve yourself, but what about helping others? One of the things you can do to help others this New Year is […]

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Sleigh Rides in the Ottawa Region

| January 4, 2018 | 13 Comments
Sleigh Rides in the Ottawa Region

    Sleigh Rides in the Ottawa Region   Winter arrived this weekend with a few inches of snow on the ground. It’s a perfect time to start thinking about enjoying one of Canada’s favourite wintertime activities in the months to come: an old-fashioned sleigh ride. It’s such a serene activity to help reconnect with […]

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17 Snowman Crafts for Kids

| January 3, 2018 | 16 Comments
17 Snowman Crafts for Kids

Winter snow is quite magical. Why? It’s what it takes to build a snowman. When your kids don’t want to brave the cold… no worries! They can still bring a snowman (or woman) to life by making one or more of these craft projects. Here are just a few of them. As you can see, […]

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Restore Balance this New Year with DK Canada #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/26

| December 28, 2017 | 41 Comments
Restore Balance this New Year with DK Canada #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/26

Restore Balance this New Year with DK Canada The New Year is all but here. The start of a new year signals a fresh start in our lives in one way or another.  I usually feel a little off balance at this time of the year and love looking for ways to gain some balance […]

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2018 This Year, I Will…Goal Setting Printable

| December 27, 2017 | 11 Comments
2018 This Year, I Will…Goal Setting Printable

The new year is almost here. Where did 2017 go? Sometimes, it really DOES seem like time flies! That being said, why not start thinking about goal setting for 2018? It’s never too early to start.   2018 This Year, I Will…Goal Setting Printable     This 2018 goal setting printable is my holiday gift […]

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Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown Book Review

| December 26, 2017 | 17 Comments
Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown Book Review

Groovy Joe is back! I just got my copy of the latest installment from #1 best-selling author Eric Litwin, of the early Pete the Cat and the Nut Family fame. This one is called Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown. I get to review Litwin’s books as one of his Groovy Bloggers. This is the second Groovy […]

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Give to Help Others this Holiday Season with Cuso International

| December 21, 2017 | 9 Comments
Give to Help Others this Holiday Season with Cuso International

Give to Help Others this Holiday Season with Cuso International   Christmas. It is the time of the year when trying to find the perfect gift is on everybody’s mind. Sometimes, a great gift does not need to be wrapped or stuffed in a stocking. The gift of giving can be done by providing help […]

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Dish Up Immune Health to Help Fight Cold and Flu Symptoms #LoblawsFluCrew #Fluless

| December 21, 2017 | 15 Comments
Dish Up Immune Health to Help Fight Cold and Flu Symptoms #LoblawsFluCrew #Fluless

Dish Up Immune Health to Help Fight Cold and Flu Symptoms   Meal time. It is a great way to get the gang around the table to catch up on each other’s day. It is also an amazing opportunity to introduce your family to different ingredients that contain nutrients that help lead to good overall […]

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15 Holiday Family Friendly Activities to do Around Ottawa

| December 21, 2017 | 7 Comments
15 Holiday Family Friendly Activities to do Around Ottawa

15 Holiday Family Friendly Activities to do Around Ottawa   The holiday season is upon us! With all of the hustle and bustle of upcoming celebrations before you, there should also be time to spend with your family to enjoy the season. Not sure what to do? There is so much to see and do […]

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Be Ready for Adventure This Holiday Season with PAW Patrol #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/19

| December 21, 2017 | 55 Comments
Be Ready for Adventure This Holiday Season with PAW Patrol #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/19

Be Ready for Adventure This Holiday Season with PAW Patrol Trying to do things, no matter your size is an important lesson for kids to discover. This is one of the most important messages PAW Patrol shares with its young but mighty fans. My kids are two of their biggest fans, and Elevation Pictures, asked […]

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Ring in the Holiday Season with Tile #Review #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide ~ CAN 01/19

| December 20, 2017 | 60 Comments
Ring in the Holiday Season with Tile #Review #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide ~ CAN 01/19

Ring in the Holiday Season with Tile One of the fun traditions of the holiday season is hanging stockings for the Man in Red to fill with goodies to enjoy on Christmas Day. In our home, we also love adding items that can be used every day. An interesting item I have on my wish […]

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17 New Year’s Eve Treats To Enjoy

| December 19, 2017 | 15 Comments
17 New Year’s Eve Treats To Enjoy

A big part of enjoying New Year’s Eve is all the yummy treats that you whip up for your family and friends. Here are 17 great recipes to consider. Remember, it’s not too early to start making menu plans!     Countdown Cheesecake Bites Cheesecake has always been a very popular party food. Pair it […]

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Eggnog Recipes for Any Occasion

| December 18, 2017 | 19 Comments
Eggnog Recipes for Any Occasion

  Eggnog Recipes for Any Occasion Believe it or not, beverages similar to eggnog have been part of holiday menu planning since medieval times. For awhile, it was only available to monks and aristocrats… Because of the high cost of ingredients. By the 18th century, this drink was readily available to almost everyone. The most […]

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Christmas Cookie Sticks Recipe

| December 15, 2017 | 16 Comments
Christmas Cookie Sticks Recipe

    If you’re looking for a Christmas cookie recipe that’s as fun as it is versatile, these Christmas Cookie Sticks might be just what you’re looking for! When you think about it, the decorating possibilities are almost endless. Better yet, the kids will have a blast helping you get the job done. As you […]

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Get into the Spirit of the Holidays with YTV’s #MerryEverything

| December 14, 2017 | 9 Comments
Get into the Spirit of the Holidays with YTV’s #MerryEverything

Get into the Spirit of the Holidays with YTV’s #MerryEverything   The holidays are one of our most beloved times of the year. It is a great time to be together with your family to enjoy each other’s company. My family has been in holiday mode since our first snow a few weeks ago, and […]

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Creating Magic is Fun with the Unicone Swirl Maker #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/12

| December 14, 2017 | 47 Comments
Creating Magic is Fun with the Unicone Swirl Maker #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/12

Creating Magic is Fun with the Unicone Swirl Maker from Jakks Pacific Magic. Children love believing it can be created and imagining they can make it. Unicorns are one of the sources of magic that continue to fascinate children. Jakks Pacific asked us if we wanted to create some magic by trying their Unicone Swirl […]

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Help Make an Impact this Holiday Season with ME to WE #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/12

| December 13, 2017 | 79 Comments
Help Make an Impact this Holiday Season with ME to WE #Review #Giveaway ~ CAN 01/12

Help Make an Impact this Holiday Season with ME to WE The holiday season is the time of year when we are hustling and bustling to get gifts we need to wrap up and exchange them with family and friends. Have you finished all of your holiday gift shopping yet? No?  ME to WE wants […]

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