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Off to College – Get the Most from that RESP

Off to College – Get the Most from that RESP It’s just around the corner – the big day when your child or grandchild heads...

Try Before you Buy with SampleSource

Last year, I signed up with SampleSource to receive free samples and try them out before I purchased the real size products. It's very...

Teaching Your Children the Importance of Saving Money

Kids today gain levels of sophistication and tech savviness at earlier ages than ever before. But this is a complex world and, more than...

My End of Summer Bucket List

As “back to school” advertising campaigns become unavoidable, it’s clear that summer is already drawing to a close. I spent most of my summer...

Is The Peanut Allergy At School Driving You Nuts?

It's back to school time and time to make lunches again, already!  Lunches are such a chore, especially in this day and age where...

On The Fence About Junior Kindergarten?

So here we are just getting into August, the summer has blown by and school is right around the corner.  Some of you may have enrolled...

The Fault in Our Stars – Book Review

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a young adult novel that I had heard about and couldn't wait to get from...

Starting Kindergarten

My little guy is starting junior kindergarten this September. We have some things to do to get him ready.I stay at home with my...

Oz The Great and Powerful Movie Review

 The movie starts in Kansas in 1905 at a Circus.  Oz, also know as Oscar, is introduced as a circus magician and a seducer...

Beat the Summer Heat!

 The City of Ottawa issues heat alerts when the Humidex is forecast to be 36 C or more and heat warnings when the Humidex...

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem Review ~ A Summer Must See!

I am always impressed with Cirque du Soleil, not necessarily for the show itself, but because their venue is always filled with colourful characters...

DK Disney Pixar Books Review & Giveaway ~ CAN 07/28

My boys were so excited when the DK Disney Pixar books arrived in the mail. I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity from...

Benefits of Music for Preemies

Many moms and dads sing a lullaby to a fussy baby in hopes of settling them down. Do you have a favourite that you...

Free Doc McStuffins Activity Sheets!

In celebration of the release of DOC MCSTUFFINS TIME FOR YOUR CHECKUP on Disney DVD, you can you can download free Doc McStuffins activity...

Summer Reading: Why Not Check Out Emily Giffin?

I am always looking for new books to read. I don't research this myself though, I depend on a variety of sources for my...

You Know You’re Canadian When….

I am so proud to be Canadian, and living in the National Capital makes it even more special! I hope you will enjoy these...

Teaching Your Children To Stand Up For Themselves

One of my biggest challenges as a single Mother since 2002 has been teaching my two daughters to be strong, confident and proud of...

End of School Year Teachers’ Gifts

Time flies, I cannot believe it is almost officially summer.  This also means that the end of the school year is just around the...

Why I Vacuum My Cat

I vacuum my cat. He loves it. It makes him happy. He actually comes out from wherever it is he is hiding and jumps...

Priorities Change When You have a Child

This week at work has been a bit of a challenge. My role has changed in that I am an occasional teacher again, but...

Book Review: Everybody has Everything by Katrina Onstad

Struggling with infertility is not easy. Coming to terms with the fact that you will never have your own biological child is devastating. But...

Daycare Transition and Changes in General

Woody Allen once said “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” That’s apt, especially if you’re the parent of a young...

How My Midwife Changed My Life

 "You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow." - Dr. B.J. Palmer I think...

What CHEO Means To Us

It's CHEO Telethon weekend on CTV.A parent wants healthy and happy children and until March of 2002 I felt confident in my success. We...

Tips for Parenting a Child with ADHD

If you are the parent of a child diagnosed with ADHD, you may have a lot of questions. After all, what is the right...

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse : The Quest For Crystal Mickey – DVD Review

My Girls are Huge fans of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!  They love to sing and dance with the music and play along with show.  When...

Outdoor Family Fun Activities

Outdoor Family Fun ActivitiesSummer is fast approaching and soon enough my children will be on vacation. Summer is so short, therefore let’s do...

Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets DVD – A Review

When my husband and I decided to drive to Florida this past spring one of the things that kept us sane during the two...

Review of Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon

The story begins, as those on the show, in the bedroom of Toopy and Binoo and soon moves from there to under the sea...

Texting While Driving #IRL – In REAL Life

Be assured that this is not being written from the driver's seat of my vehicle at red lights and slow cruises during the morning...

Tummy Time

Newborns are sweet. They sleep peacefully — we hope! — they eat all the time and they mostly just lie flat on their backs....

Is Your Child’s Bedtime Routine Too Long??

Is Your Child's Bedtime Routine Too Long??The bedtime routine is a wonderful way to help children associate a few calming activities with falling asleep....

Make Saving and Budgeting Fun for Kids

Make Saving and Budgeting Fun for KidsWith regards to teaching your kids about money, the sooner you start, the better. Too often, parents postpone...

What Do Your Kids Know About Money?

Are you able to tell me how much money your parents made each year when you were ten years old? Probably not. I bet...

Your thoughts on Child-Centric Parenting?

Your thoughts on Child-Centric Parenting?Most Fridays you can catch me giving my opinions on various issues on CTV Ottawa Morning Live's Top Talkers....

April is Math Awareness Month – Fun Ideas to Honour Numbers and Counting

April is Math Awareness MonthDid you know that April is Math Awareness month? Math is fun, right? For me, it always has been....

Life Insurance? Where do I start?

Life Insurance? Where do I start?Life insurance is an important part of financial planning, but understanding insurance and purchasing the right product can be...

The Croods – Family Movie Review

Dreamworks is promising laughter of prehistoric proportions with it's latest animation, The Croods, which lands in theatres Friday, March 22, 2013.I was lucky enough...

Book Review: Gold by Chris Cleave

 Gold is a story of two women, Kate and Zoe, working towards competing at the 2012 Olympics for cycling. They've been racing each other...

Tooth Fairy Fun For The Whole Family

Grade one has brought lots of new experiences to our home: full day school, packed lunches, homework, and a holey grin. Yes, a holey grin...

Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After – A Review

As soon as we sat in our seats for Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After, my daughter noticed lanterns hidden high up near the...

Tips for Saving on your Grocery Bill

Tips for Saving on your Grocery BillIf there is anything that really puts a strain on a parent's wallet: it is grocery shopping. Food...

This is Mitten Weather!

This is Mitten Weather!Being a teacher I love bringing thematic learning to my classroom. This time of the year is tough, major...

Kitchen Time with Kids

Kitchen Time with KidsWhen your kids are young it is fun to have them in the kitchen helping you pour and stir. The photos...

The Legacy of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

In 1981, my father went home for lunch. He walked into my baby sister's room to kiss her goodbye and instead found that his...

Nothing Is More Romantic Than Talking About Your Finances

Since Valentine’s day is near I thought I would talk about what is running through the minds of everyone trying to find that special gift...

Review : Love Tints of Nature Permanent Hair Colour

The winter blahs have been getting me a little down lately.  When I feel like this there are usually two things that change my...

5 Tips to Help Moms Balance Work and Home

After having a baby, one usually stays at home for a year or so to take care of their new baby. Some describe this...

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