When a Child Gets Lost

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It doesn't matter how diligent you are as a parent, at some point, you will lose your child. Losing sight of your child is an experience that you'll never forget, the panic hits like a truck and shakes your entire being.  Seconds seem like hours and you're torn in every direction, even hysterical.  I have no problem admitting that I have lost my child for a brief time, and that does not make me a ... read more

Expect the Unexpected: When Life Happens Out of Order

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'Expect the unexpected' is a great motto for life, and not just a favourite tagline on a TV reality show.  When I has just graduated from school, I thought I had my life map all planned out. Just as my parents did before me, and my grandparents before them - I set out to live as tradition goes with love and marriage being the first steps. As you know the traditional path {and childhood song}, house and kids ... read more

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

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Oftentimes I feel like this parenting thing is drowning me slowly. No matter how diligent I can be, I miss appointments. I forget to remind my kids to brush their teeth {because after 10 and 6 years, they still need to be told. And after that same amount of time, my memory can be just as bad}. I can get so behind in laundry. I even raise my voice more than I'd like to, and more than I should.  The list ... read more

Tips to Get Organized for Back to School

Tips to Get Organized for Back to School

I hate to say the words that mark the end of Summer, but we need to talk about it. Back to school. Yes, that was as painful to write as I imagined. I love everything about Summer holidays, those carefree days spent playing and relaxing in the sun. I term July and August, 'the months of the un-schedule', a time when you can hopefully live on the wild side and take each day as it comes. Then September rolls around ... read more

Month In Photos: July 2015

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June 2015 was one that was spent almost entirely outdoors enjoying the wonderful summer sun! The month started with Canada Day celebrations, camping and trips to the lake to cool off. We took one amazing cross-Canada family trip to New Brunswick where there was photo-opportunities galore and much to see and do. It was a great week spent visiting apart of Canada we hadn't seen together, and a wonderful start to summer ... read more

So I Don’t Forget

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I must have the worst memory in the world. Sometimes my husband will say things like, "remember that restaurant we went to years ago, when we travelled to ...". And, I have no clue what he's talking about. Most of my memories are sporadic and broad, the fine details mostly non-existent. It's something that has bothered me for years, even prompting many discussions with my doctor - because of course, this has to mean ... read more

How to Organize a Garage Sale

How to Organize a Garage Sale

Knowing how to organize your garage sale will mean the difference between making a little money - and a lot of money! A garage sale is a perfect way to add some extra resources to your vacation fund, clothing fund, summer activities, or extra cash to go toward usual expenses. Garage sales are a great way for the family to clean out the clutter, make a little extra money, and have fun together.   How To ... read more

Month In Photos: June 2015

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  June 2015 marked the official start of summer vacation. My oldest daughter completed Grade 5, which means she's now off to {*gulp*} middle school. Actually, I still call it Junior High, which I'm told isn't said anymore. That's probably for the best, since the 'Degrassi Junior High' theme song runs through my head every time I say it. And we all know what those kids were up to!! {for the record I'm talking ... read more

5 Reasons To Give Kids An Allowance

5 Reasons To Give Your Kids An Allowance

As a parent you want to teach your children to be financially responsible. Knowing the value of money and the responsibility that comes with it, are key lessons for adulthood.  One of the best ways to tech children about finances, is to give them an allowance.    5 Reasons To Give Kids An Allowance   Teaches them how to budget. One of the best things about giving your children an ... read more

Bike Safety for Kids

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After a long winter, one of the many things we've been looking forward to - is riding bikes.  It's a great feeling to trade those boots for sandals and the sleds for bikes. Not only is biking a great form of exercise, but it's also a wonderful way for families to bind and spend some time together. That being said, one must also remember that bike-related injures can happen and steps need to be taken for ... read more

Parenting and The Wishing of Time

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I was half-asleep warming bottles while two tiny voices cried for hunger in the stillness of night. Soon calm rested in their tummies and all you could hear was slurping. The small smiles overflowing with the purest of love, they gaze up at me with admiration. Did that loving moment go unnoticed while I picked some sleep from the corners of my eye, while desperately wishing time would pass to a future ... read more

Let it Go, Let it Go

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Recently I tore through our house in a mad fury, making piles marked “toss,” “donate” and “keep.” I wish I could say my actions stemmed from some of that refreshing springtime energy, but, in fact, it all stemmed from frustration. This latest heavy purge was the result of being buried by an avalanche of boxes, bins and bags when I tried to get at the summer gear from our storage room. Going in for that one quick item ... read more

Month In Photos: May 2015

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May 2015 was a month of 'Mexico'. Technically we were only there for a week, but looking at the photos I took over the course of May - Mexico was the biggest highlight for sure. So, when putting together my Month In Photos for May 2015, I loved the idea of dedicating a collage just of our trip with Velas Resorts, the beautiful hues compliment each other so much. From palm trees, sandy bottoms, baby turtles, much ... read more

Budgeting Tips for the Wedding Party

Budgeting Tips for the Wedding Party

With wedding season coming near, those that are in wedding parties might be hit with more expenses than imagined. A recent TD survey found that almost 40 per cent of Millennial and Gen X Canadians who have been in a wedding party say they felt pressured to spend more than they could afford. The fact is, celebrating a friend or relative's wedding as a bridesmaid or groomsman is a huge honour, but it can also be quite a ... read more