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For moms and dads (and everyone in-between), our parenting bloggers will help you navigate the tricky road known as "parenthood."

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There's nothing scarier as a parent than the thought of your child going missing. I find it hard to protect my son, given he's only 5 - he says he understands stranger danger, but does he really? If someone flashed him something sweet, something fun to play with, or something cute and fluffy…

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Beauty and fashion lovers are always on the lookout for the latest, greatest, coolest new products... and we've got a few of the best right here. Tuck it into a stocking, wrap it up in pretty paper - no matter how you present it, you'll find the perfect gift in any of these items...

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What's the best thing about the holidays? All those culinary indulgences, of course! I love spoiling myself, and others, with wonderful edibles (and maybe a few libations). This holiday season, consider these food and drink gifts for the foodie (and foodie wannabes) in your life.

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With everything going on around the holidays, who has time to window shop and peruse the internet to find out about what the hottest gifts are? Don't worry - I've got you. I've put together some gift guides to help you find great presents for all the most important people in your life. Here …

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Happy holidays everyone! I love this time of year. I mean, I thought Christmas was the best when I was a kid, but when I became a parent and got to live my holidays through the eyes of my own child, I realized it's even better.

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There's nothing more fun than an advent calendar to get you through the month of December. While my mom has kept the tradition of chocolate advent calendars going with my brother and I (I got a Frozen 2 one this year!), and now my bean, I've done lots of digging to find other cool alternativ…

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I do a lot over the holidays. Like, A LOT. I was one of the last of our friends to have kids so I started a lot of traditions before the bean was born. I write letters to my friends' kids from Santa (I did 24 this year), I collect for and attend charity events, I host "kids days" and "cookie…

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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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Birthday parties can be no fun for busy overextended parents. I'm excited to bring you my $100 Birthday Party Series with great ideas for themes, menus, decorations and even gifts for all age groups, all for under $100. Come back every week for more birthday party suggestions.

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Birthday parties can be no fun for busy overextended parents. I'm excited to bring you my $100 Birthday Party Series with great ideas for themes, menus, decorations and even gifts for all age groups, all for under $100. Come back every week for more birthday party suggestions.

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Birthday parties can be no fun for busy overextended parents. I'm excited to bring you my $100 Birthday Party Series with great ideas for themes, menus, decorations and even gifts for all age groups, all for under $100. Come back every week for more birthday party suggestions.

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Birthday parties can be no fun for busy overextended parents. I'm excited to bring you my $100 Birthday Party Series with great ideas for themes, menus, decorations and even gifts for all age groups, all for under $100. Come back every week for more birthday party suggestions.

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Teachers have big jobs. HUGE jobs. I volunteer every day in my son's school and I am constantly in awe of how much they take on. Most of them have children of their own, and yet they give so much of their time, patience and love to other children. Our children. And that's why I am always try…

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As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, we approach the back to school season. Returning to school can be exciting for some children, but for others, it means sleepless nights filled with worries and anxious feelings. Natasha Niunka, English Generalist at Westpark Elementary Schoo…

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Whether you're a parent or a student, organizing your life and tasks is a must to stay on track and ensure you're accomplishing everything you need to. As a student, I have found that having a physical agenda is the most effective way to plan! In this post, I’ll share with you my go to tips …

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It wasn't so long ago that I was a child in elementary school eating boring cold-cut sandwiches and frozen dinners every. single. day. I totally understand why though - they make quick and easy lunch options for all those busy parents. That’s why I came up with 3 recipes that are just as eas…

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I played within my imagination for years... I was always coming up with games of make-believe, with characters and storylines and wild tales. Obviously, given that I'm a writer, I've always loved being creative. And I'm trying every single day to give my son the same sense of wonderment and …

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I have a lot of readers who ask for more ideas on crafts to do with their kids. My bean and I love discovering new crafts, and these are our most recent favourite and fun summertime crafts (with links to these ideas on our Pinterest page):

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love my crafts (my home office doubles as a craft room). Since my bean was old enough to hold a paintbrush or crayon, we've been creating things (and memories) together. So here are the 10 craft supplies you need right now:

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I love when I discover an exciting new craft on Pinterest, let alone one that is a resounding success with my toddler as well as with mommy. These are our shaving cream paintings - very easy to create and super beautiful too!

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My work-from-home schedule affords me lots of time with my bean, but with my husband doing shift work, he's not so lucky. So my boys took on a project that started last fall and is going to be completed in the coming weeks... but I wanted to give you a little sneak preview now!

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My New Year's resolution for 2019 was to cut down on our household waste. While it's true we recycled and composted a bit, we weren't super diligent about it. However, we are now... I will wash recyclables rather than throw them out, and all the wet garbage goes into the compost. We've cut d…

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I've learned, in my six years of being a mom, that my purse, or what's inside my purse, that can really be a lifeline in a tricky or stressful kid situation. So I always have certain things tucked away in my purse that, if I weren't a mom, I wouldn't necessarily have, but they've saved me ti…

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I said it during my entire pregnancy, but don't we all: "I'm never doing this again." But when I said never, I actually growled it. Truth be told, I kinda knew deep down, while I felt the bean rolling around in there, that I really wasn't going to do it again. Not because it wasn't a good ex…

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When they told you it takes a village to raise a child, they weren't entirely right. You can raise a child without the village backing you. But when you've got the strength of the village on your side, you can raise a really awesome well-rounded kid!

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I never worried about things like "how do I know when a baby is hungry" or "how do I change a diaper." I worried more about the questions, those deep dark inquiries about how babies are made and where we go when we die, questions whose answers (that I would give my son) would form his entire…

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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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Autism, a condition that challenges social skills and behaviour, affects 1/66 people in Canada. Caring for a child with autism poses a myriad of obstacles. Whether a parent, or a teacher,

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Birthday parties are fun for the kids but can bring anxiety to parents. Finding an activity for a bunch of amped up kids can be hard. It’s also become a big industry. 

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I don't know why, but it feels like this is birthday party season - not only did the bean just turn 6 (HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAMERON!!) but almost every week he comes home with another party invite. And then I find myself perusing Toys R Us, looking for more STUFF to add to all the STUFF kids alrea…

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I'm at the stage with my almost 6-year-old that we are LEGO OBSESSED. We have countless constructed vehicles overwhelming my son's bedroom (got some great advice from my professional organizer friend Allison of Everything In Place - look for a post soon on organizing kids' spaces), and it's …

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There was one thing my husband and I vowed when we had our son almost six years ago: no sleeping in our bed. And he never did. Not even once. Until he was 4... and I decided that I wanted to sleep with him. I wanted to cuddle him and fall asleep to the sound of his methodical breathing. And …

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I look forward to March Break probably as much as my 5-year-old son. I volunteer at the school more than 10 hours a week, and it's a much-needed break from it all, for everyone in our house! Despite the fact that I like to rest and recoup a bit, I also like to take advantage of all the fun t…