Melany's List

Married with three kids, our Melany is a jack-of-all-trades. Not only is she a hardworking mom but she's a serial saver (she loves her MList card!), she loves to cook, she is very spiritual, and she is very organized. She is also chronically busy. Get her take on what to see, do and buy in Montreal and beyond.

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Santa Claus is coming to town - this is the weekend where many of the local malls start showcasing the big guy in all his glory. But first, he'll make his grandest appearance during the Montreal Santa Claus parade at 11am!

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Hooray for fall, and Halloween, and everything that is pumpkin-related (from lattes and desserts to those ghoulish ghourds themselves). With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to pick that perfect pumpkin... and these tips will help you find your jack-o-lantern.

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Winter is upon us (I know... I know... but it is), and there's nothing worse than getting an earlier-than-expected snowstorm and not having the kids' winter gear ready to go (I remember scrambling to get them into last year's snowsuits only to discover that things were too snug, too short, o…

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Photo: Golteez Toys; For some reason, fall was always a busy time for birthday party invites in my household. I found back-to-school often coincided with umpteen parties to keep track of, and also buy presents for. Kids have so much stuff these days, and it's hard to know what they have and …

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Apples, apples, everywhere! There's no denying it: I love going apple picking. There's just something about the tradition of gathering up the family and driving out to a nearby orchard, bundled in cozies, enjoying the colourful leaves and filling bags with crispy, juicy apples. But then: WHA…

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A new season means updating your child's wardrobe, from their every-day clothes to their outerwear and footwear. Autumn translates to long pants, sweaters, light coats, warmer shoes, and maybe even prepping for the unpredictability of Mother Nature. So here's a few ways to update your child’…

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There are so many delicious seasonal ingredients at their finest right now – canning and preserving is a great way to make use of this abundance of fresh, local produce. From berries and jams, to veggies in salsas and chutneys, here are some tips for canning and preserving so you can enjoy s…

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It doesn’t take long for a kid’s bedroom to go from neat and tidy to completely harried. And, with the school year fast-approaching, now is the perfect time to give the space an overhaul and implement a few organizational systems that will not only keep the room orderly in the short-term, bu…

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A lot of us moms and dads are preparing for a family vacation, and the whole process of preparing for a big getaway can be daunting. First things first: make a list. You'll want a packing list for carry-on stuff or the car ride (depending on your mode of transportation), a packing list for s…

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Garage sale time is right around the corner, and if you're planning on holding a yard sale, you need to plan ahead. A disorganized garage sale will do nothing but cause you stress. The point of a yard sale is to get rid of excess clutter and make some extra bucks too. So here's to prepare fo…

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Bathing suit and short-shorts season is fast-approaching, and now is the perfect time to make time for some exercise - not only will it help you slim down for the summer months, but it will also help you get into a healthy routine. Here are 5 places to get into shape for summer - the fun way:

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Wedding season is upon us (I already have three booked for this summer alone), and that means lots of pre-nuptial celebrations, like bridal showers. If we’ve been to one, we’ve been to em all: cookie-cutter parties with the same tired spread of food, the constant redundant (sometimes infanti…

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The change of seasons is renewing, and it feels like a great time to update or experiment with your wardrobe. But how should you do it? You don't want to invest too much time or money into buying looks you're not used to. You want to ease into new fashion trends. So here's how to change up y…

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I've received my fair share of "world's best mom" mugs and tissue paper flowers. And don't get me wrong: I will cherish them for the rest of my life. But as your kids get older, it's nice when they have the wherewithal to seek out a present you can actually use or enjoy. Here are 5 gifts mom…

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There may still be a nip in the air, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about spring! The beauty trends of the season are sure to lift your spirits: it’s all about bold, exciting colour. But be warned: the 4 must-have beauty essentials I’m about to share should not be mixed and match…

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When you’re a mom, there are a few things you never leave home without: keys, purse, cell phone, water bottle/coffee to-go mug, and, of course, the diaper bag. A diaper bag can be a handy carry-all or can be a disorganized abyss that collects everything from crusty tissues to rotting banana peels.

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There's just something about spring that makes me want to clean and reorganize my house (and my life!). A new season with budding trees and flowers is inspiring in our own lives, and can be a great way to start fresh on some home projects. I wanted to let you in on some of my tips to make sp…

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The thaw is finally happening - lots of drippy icicles, puddles, and to-do's at home. Spring is one of the most important times of the year to really give your home some TLC - without the proper post-winter upkeep, you could encounter problems with the roof, your foundation, and even your la…

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It's easy, as busy working moms, to get caught up in the every-day to-dos and quickly forget that one person's needs have fallen to the wayside: yours. Us moms are often so preoccupied with everyone else's well-being that we don't take the time to give ourselves a bit of TLC. But there are w…

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Oh ladies - do I ever swoon when I see a gorgeous shoe or sandal! And the trends for this season are shaping up to be fun, flirty, funky, and fresh. From thick bottoms to streamlined details, here are some spring 2019 footwear fashions that were made for walkin'!

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Spring is an ideal time to put your home on the market - the changeover of seasons is also a great opportunity to refresh things at home and get ready to list your house. One of the best ways to present your home to buyers is to do a little home staging. The goal of home staging is to make a…

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Whenever a new sports season starts, it means it’s time to buy new equipment (because those kids just keep getting bigger and bigger!). Make the process a bit more seamless with these tips.

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When I tell you I can make holiday shopping easier, I really can. I've been on this merry-go-round with three kids for years, and I know all the tricks of the gift-buying trade. No, I'm not going to tell you to hit the internet (although online shopping, at times, can be pretty convenient). …

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Black Friday sales get me excited and stressed out, all at once - there are so many deals to be had, but how do you know you're getting the best one? Black Friday may have been a tradition south of the border for decades, but it's caught on up here and there is lots of money to save! Here's …

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Winter can be rough on our skin, hair and overall wellbeing. Get a headstart on the season by pampering yourself with some of these amazing fall beauty services for you... or, you can always bring along a friend!

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What's the best thing about fall? No, it's not the pumpkin spice lattes, or the oversized sweaters that help us feel slimmer... it's the boots! So many beautiful boots to choose from, with looks for warm days, cold days, and wet days, meaning lots of opportunities to snatch up the latest loo…

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The morning schooltime routine is officially in full swing, and two months into the academic year and I'm already spotting the bottlenecks - those parts of the morning rush where things get messy, chaotic, and disorganized. And if there's on thing I've learned about families: the dynamics ar…

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The air is crisp, the lattes are pumpkin spiced, and the fashion is fierce. This fall, looking good is also about feeling good, whether it's a great pair of pants or a cozy accessory you can't live without. Here are 4 fall fashions you'll love.

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A change of season is an ideal time to give your home decor some sprucing up. There's also a few mundane-ish maintenance things you should do around this time of year too in preparation of winter. So here's how to prep your home for fall.

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Buying pants for kids is no easy feat - not all brands are created equally, and neither are their sizes. I hate to break it to you, but the only way to buy properly-fitting pants for your child is by taking them shopping with you. It's the best way to ensure a comfortable fit (and eliminate …

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If you're anything like me, you used the last few weeks of summer to try and get organized for back to school: closets and dressers were outfitted with school clothes, pantries were stocked and labelled for lunches and snacks, and mudrooms were prepped for the impending change of seasons (if…

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School is back in session, and there's lots of organizing to do. If you're on carpool duty this school year, don't worry about planning what you're going to wear - I've got you covered with some suggestions for comfortable, wearable, fashion-forward pieces that you can wear all day long.

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It can be hard to keep the kids away from screens, especially since we're nearing the end of summer. If your kids are anything like mine, they're constantly reaching for remotes and devices... and I'm constantly chiming, "No more!"

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Antiquing can be really fun - when you discover something that makes you feel something, whether it's happiness or nostalgia or anything in-between - it's special. A lot of people would love to get into antiquing, but they feel intimidated by the whole process: What should I buy? How much sh…