• Delicious, Hydrating Watermelon Recipes

    • July 7, 2015
    • Theresa Albert
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    • Posted in: Food

    Welcome to summer! Canadians work hard for their very few and very short dog days of the season. My hope is that you make the most of them with delicious, hydrating, high-nutrient foods. Just for fun, take a look at what the Meteorological Service of Canada predicts the hottest day will be in your area. Then we can stock up on high-nutrient foods to keep you going. Predicted Hottest Day of the year, by Canadian city Provided by: Environment Canada’s Meteorological Service of Canada Barrie Jul-24 Quebec City Jul-24 Brandon Jul-29 Regina Aug-02 Calgary Jul-31 Saskatoon Aug-01 Charlottetown Jul-28 St. John’s Jul-29 Edmonton Jul-30 Sudbury Jul-23 Fredericton Jul-26 Thunder ...

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  • 4 Reasons Why Solo Parenting Can Be Awesome.

    • July 5, 2015
    • Julie Cole
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    For over three years, Daddy-o has been a Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) parent. It has not been without some challenges and now he’s transitioning back into the local office. This is good news! Although he works long hours, it means he will be home most nights. It’s something we are all looking forward to. (Kind of.) You see, I’ve grown quite accustom to my strange new existence as a solo parent during the week. He had a full week home a couple of weeks ago and, after that, I noticed that re-entry might be a little bit of a transition for me. Here are the reasons why I was enjoying the solo parenting gig: You don’t get randomly asked “Whatcha doing?” by an adult. This question now gets asked ...

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  • 6 Fun Activities for Kids Not Going to Summer Camp

    • July 2, 2015
    • Sandra Barbera
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    • Posted in: Family

    When people talk about summer, camp seems to be a popular activity for kids. But what if your little ones aren’t heading to camp this summer? Here are some fun ideas for those stay at home kids! Neighborhood fun Do your kids have friends in the neighborhood? Have them take turns going to each other’s homes and make their own fun. Day trips Set aside some days this summer and plan to go to activities around your area! Many museums have special summer exhibits; look up what’s in your area. Get crafty Pinterest is a great resource for kid’s crafts & games. Make your own summer camp Get creative! If your kids aren’t going to camp, bring camp to them. Set up daily activities ...

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  • Losing My Identity in Motherhood.

    • July 1, 2015
    • Heather Dixon
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    • Posted in: Family

    Sometimes I sit around thinking about my girls when they're teens. (And when I say "thinking", I really mean "worrying" like a neurotic person). I wonder about millions of things. I wonder if they'll like me. I wonder if they'll think I hugged and kissed them enough as kids. I wonder if they'll have body issues because I once said I didn't like my thighs. I'm always wondering if I'll be... good enough. Maybe it's because of the information out there. I can't open up Facebook, take a look at Twitter or glance at the newspaper without finding multitudes of articles on how to be a good parent. The latest that's twisting and turning in the back of my mind? “Don't lose yourself in parenting”. ...

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  • Happy (almost) Canada Day! Happy (almost) Independence Day!

    • June 30, 2015
    • Mabels Labels
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    Hope your summer is off to a great start.  June was an awesome month at Mabel’s Labels HQ, full of fun activities. We raised lots of $ for the Heart & Stroke Foundation riding the Big Bike.  It’s always such a fun event to participate in! Julie Cole hosted an awesome pizza party at her place.  The kids loved swimming in the pool and the games were loved by kids and adults alike. Mabel’s Labels was at the first of four Tri Fun Kids’ triathlons in Vaughan this past Sunday.  Despite the rainy weather, the kids were having a blast!  We’ll be in the Fun Zone for the next three races throughout the summer.  Hope to see you there :) Hope everyone has a great July!   Want ...

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  • How to: travel with your parents as an adult

    • June 30, 2015
    • Sandra Barbera
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    • Posted in: Family

    I’m plagued with wanderlust. I have the infinite want to travel no matter what my situation – I love being on the road (or in the sky depending on the destination). As such, a couple years back I had the opportunity, last minute albeit, to take a trip to Europe. I had 2 weeks off work and my paychecks were burning a hole in my pocket. I looked into flights, talked it over with my family, and decided there’s no time like the present… my parents had the same thought. Now, I’m not opposed to traveling with my parents, but at the time I was 24 all I wanted was independence. After a little more planning and a new stop added onto the trip we were on a plane to Rome. We spent one week walking ...

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  • #AskAlyson: Teen Cottage Weekend

    • June 23, 2015
    • Alyson Schafer
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    • Posted in: Family

    Dear Alyson, I need some help finding a good balance of freedom and independence with my seventeen year-old son.  We have a family cottage and he is asking for a weekend where he and his buddies can go up to the cottage on their own this summer.  He is a pretty responsible kid and has given me no reason to not trust that he can handle this freedom but of course I am worrying about the trouble they could get into… mainly drinking as there would be no adult supervision.  Is 17 too young to handle this type of responsibility and am I just asking for trouble? Hello Darlene, You are wise to be concerned that a cottage with no adult supervision can lead to risky behaviours. Prohibiting your ...

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  • Summer fun alert! Win a $2000 Springfree Trampoline!

    • June 21, 2015
    • Julie Cole
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    This post was sponsored by Springfree Trampoline. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I recently wrote about some amazing things going on in my family this spring and included the fun my kiddos (and all the neighbourhood children) are having bouncing on our Springfree Trampoline. Our history with trampolines has not been a good one. I’m not talking about injuries. We’ve never had a trampoline injury in my 10 years of ownership. Each kid has encountered more than their fair share of broken bones, but none have been the result of some rogue bouncing. Our issue with trampolines is that we go through them at record speed. The first trampoline lasted a year, and then it ...

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  • 10 things to bring to camp. 10 things to leave at home.

    • June 19, 2015
    • Julie Cole
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    There are tons of camp packing lists out there – but do they include all of these useful things that you may not have thought about? 10 Things to Bring: 1. Toiletries. Kids will need soap (body wash avoids gloopy bar soap syndrome), shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, hairbrush/comb and a suitable bag to keep them in. Check if your camp requires biodegradable/earth-friendly products or be an eco-mama and buy them anyway. And don’t forget the little things, like lots of bands to tie hair back for swimming or running laps. 2. Protection. Sunscreen; bug repellent and after-bite balm (as natural as possible); water bottle; sunglasses; SPF lip balm; hats (sun and rain proof); ...

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  • Helping Your Child Adjust to Camp

    • June 19, 2015
    • Julie Cole
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    Being homesick is not that unusual for first-time campers. Here’s how you can help your children deal with nerves before they leave to ensure they’ll have the best time while they’re away. Talk to your kids about how they’re feeling. As the time approaches, talk about camp in a casual way and get answers to any questions that may arise. Don’t remind them of what they’ll be missing or say you’ll be lonely without them. Let them know you trust they’re ready for this new experience. Tell them you can’t wait to hear about it all. If your child has a hard time establishing friendships, have them go with a friend, sibling or cousin and arrange for them to bunk together. This can ...

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