• January is off to a great start!

    • January 30, 2015
    • Mabels Labels
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    • Posted in: Mabel

    January came and went so fast here at the Mabelhood.  It’s been a pretty special month! Two Mabel babies both arrived on January 21st. After the mumps scare in the NHL, our Hockey Combo labels are now being used by four teams: the New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers & San Jose Sharks. Thanks to @AngryJulie for the picture! This month the Community Relations Committee organized volunteering for staff members at the Good Shepherd.   Tasks included sorting toiletries, clothing, toys and food for the food bank.  This is set to become an ongoing initiative with staff heading there once a month to help out. Mabel’s dodgeball team hit the courts for the first time a few weeks ...

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  • School Lunches

    • January 27, 2015
    • Alyson Schafer
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    • Posted in: Family, Food

    Making school lunches seems to be an energy drain for most families. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are some ideas to help you make 2015 a stress-free school lunch year: 1. Delegate Sign them up for pizza lunch and accept all “bring a friend home for lunch invitations” they can wrangle!  Not every meal has to be as healthy as the menu at Canyon Ranch Spa. Balance their need for nutrition with your need for sanity. 2. One list & one rotation Create a list together with your children of 5 lunches that they enjoy.  Most of our stress comes from thinking “WHAT CAN I MAKE FOR LUNCH TODAY?”  It’s the need to think creatively that exhausts us.  Well, I say forget creativity! You’ve ...

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  • Raising a sensitive cloud child.

    • January 21, 2015
    • Heather Dixon
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    • Posted in: Family

    Last night, I lay in bed with my 5-year old, waiting for her to fall asleep. “Anna,” I whispered, “Are you awake?” “No,” she whispered back. I smiled to myself. I had wanted to chat. But I knew she needed her sleep, so I kept quiet. Instead, I stared at her eyelashes in the dark and started thinking. Thinking about how amazing she was. How much she had changed and learned in her 5 years in this world. How well she handled having two little sisters join her family. How hard the transition to JK has been for her and her sensitive little personality. Still. In January. Change is hard for her. When things are different, she gets easily upset. She regresses a little. She doesn’t seem ...

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  • Your Weekend Superfood Prep Plan

    What if time is the barrier between you and your superfoods? Maybe it isn’t that you don’t want them or don’t like them but that you don’t have the time to work them into your routine. Your schedule is stretched to the max and it just won’t allow you to eat well, though you know that you should and believe in the benefits of a better diet. What if I told you that there is a way to have it all at your fingertips when you need it? And that “way” would take you less than an hour on a weekend? If you knew that it would help improve your health, kick start weight loss and shrink your waistline, decrease stress levels and ease your schedule...would you do it?  Read on to discover how. Here ...

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  • The poopy little puppy.

    • January 18, 2015
    • Julie Cole
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    When I got talked into getting a dog almost 2 years ago, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Growing up, I had never had a dog. Heck, I don’t think I had ever properly petted a dog.  But I signed up, got our puppy and, honestly, I can’t imagine our family without him now. One problem. I recently discovered he has a lot of feelings and responds to them in ways I never anticipated. THAT, I didn’t sign up for. Our family just returned from a month overseas. While away, we had wonderful friends move into our house and provide Ozzy with the best doggie care possible. Our dog was spoiled with treats, walks and attention. By all reports, he was on his best behavior the entire ...

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  • Extracurricular & Team Fundraising Ideas

    • January 15, 2015
    • Diane Morris
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    • Posted in: Fundraising

    Is your child involved in extracurricular activities? With so many ways kids can stay active and engaged, we’re always surprised to hear how often look-alike items like jerseys, dance shoes, baseball caps, skates and even hockey sticks go home with the wrong owner. Our Fundraising program is a perfect place for organizations like sports teams, scout/girl guide troops, and dance studios to earn funds and encourage parents to label their kids look alike gear! Have a favourite dance academy? Did you know that we have three dance studios earning hundreds of dollars with our fundraising program? Boundless Dance Association has earned more than $300, Love of Dance Association has generated $400+ ...

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  • Getting Your Play Room Organized for 2015!

    • January 13, 2015
    • Alyson Schafer
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    • Posted in: Family

    It’s January and we've probably all pledged to be more organized in 2015.  My best advice to get you off to a great start is to tackle the kids play room.   After all, it’s the mass amount of toys we trip over that makes us feel like our whole house is messy! Check out these helpful toy storage ideas and playroom ideas. 1.  DOWNSIZE The rule of thumb is that kids should be able to clean up the entire playroom independently (yes – I know, we’ll get to that issue in a minute) in about 5 minutes.    Most playrooms simply have too much stuff.  It’s an overwhelming task for a preschooler. It’s time to cull the toy herd and find room for the new Christmas toys.  This does not ...

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  • Retiring the title of PANK (Professional Aunt, No Kids)

    • January 9, 2015
    • Diane Morris
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    • Posted in: Family

    Remember that time I wrote the blog post about The Great Baby Dilemma? Well, just 4 short weeks after that post was written, I found out I was pregnant. For months prior to finding out, I felt disappointment whenever my period arrived. That was a sign that either my clock was ticking louder that I would allow it, or that I secretly did want to become a Mom. Having always been on the fence about children, my parents were surprised, but obviously happy to hear the news. In fact, so was I. The moment I saw that blue plus-sign on that pregnancy test, aka magical stick was the day I knew my life would be changed forever. Being pregnant has presented many challenges; 12 weeks of morning sickness, ...

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  • Why did the Chicken Last a Week? Because it wanted to make life easy for you

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

    By Theresa Albert www.myfriendinfood.com Many of us are trying to get more high protein foods in our diet. Chicken is a great way to get it. It’s a family favourite that lends itself to all ethnic dishes, provides lean quality protein and with a little planning, easy weeknight meals. With some simple planning you can take one whole chicken, prep it on Sunday and enjoy it all week long with leftover chicken recipes.  All you need for a family of four is two whole chickens, cut into pieces, (or for a few extra pennies, you can buy the cut pieces and save on time) then creatively prep everything on the weekend. It should take under an hour, and if you can coerce the family into helping, even ...

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  • What’s the big deal about New Year’s?

    • January 1, 2015
    • Guest Blogger
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    • Posted in: Family, Mabel

    New Year’s is a lot of pressure. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the holiday it’s just that the expectations that come with it are crazy. Take New Year’s Eve- I don’t know about you but in the past I’ve ran around like a maniac searching for the perfect dress, (the one that will camouflage the extra Christmas poundage, make me feel sexy, and cost less than $100) googled the best venues in town and paid an exorbitant amount for a ticket that includes a tiny glass of champagne, a cover band that is happy this is the one night of the year they’re guaranteed work, and a plastic horn that makes one of the most annoying sounds known to man. Then I was always disappointed when ...

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