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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Potty training - it just might be one of the most challenging things for parents. There are so many things that factor into the success and timeline of potty training, from whether your child is actually ready to carrying it through until there are no more accidents at all, even at night. It…

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Thanksgiving is upon us, and it's a wonderful time to take stock in everything you have around you on a daily basis. Sure, we all get caught up in the usual mundane, day-to-day chores and tasks, but do you ever really stop to think about how lucky you are? I've put a lot of thought into it, …

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It's disheartening to think that we can't spend Thanksgiving with a full table and a crowded house this year - however, you don't have to forgo the memories. This year, get creative with these ways to connect with family virtually. And make this holiday one for the memory books.

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If there's one thing that has come out of this pandemic, it's the return to crafting. So many people have learned new skills, like knitting, sewing, cooking and baking, and so much more. With the colder weather upon is, now is the perfect time to cocoon indoors and discover (or rediscover) s…

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What is synonymous with fall? Apple picking, of course! And Montreal is right at the heart of some of the best apple picking places in the province. Here are three of the ones I love.

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This school year is looking particularly unique. Whether your school experience is in-class learning, virtual or distance learning, or homeschooling, it's important to have a well-thought-out work space. So, here are ways of creating a great homework station that will keep your child organiz…

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Well, what can I say about 2020 - it's been unpredictable, to say the least. We waded our way through spring to the end of the school year, now we're pushing through a unique summer of social distancing, and another school year is upon us. However, we still don't entirely know what this scho…

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You don't have to spend a fortune to keep your family entertained this summer. There are lots of fun things you can do that won't break the bank. Here are some great activities on a budget.

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Graduation is right around the corner, and unfortunately this year, the dynamics of the celebrations are being curtailed. That includes finding the perfect grad gift. While graduation presents are usually a tad more lavish, buying things like fine jewellery on a screen can be difficult. So, …

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We went from snow to scorching temps, so it’s become extremely important to protect your little ones from the harmful effects of the sun. Here are three natural sunscreens for babies and children that we love and that pass our mommy test. 

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Spring is the perfect time to get the interior of your home up-to-date and reorganized, but it's also the ideal time to work on the outdoors. From a bit of home maintenance to some extra TLC, here are three home spring reno to-do's.

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We're going through an unprecedented time, and while most of us would be scouring the malls and clothing racks for the latest spring and summer fashions (for both ourselves as well as our kiddos), this year many of us are buying our clothing on the web. So here are a few steadfast rules to b…

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Your time is precious - I get that, which is why you want to optimize your time at the grocery store. Especially because we are supposed to limit our time in public places - you want to make the most of your time while you're there. So, here are great time-saving and money-saving tips for yo…

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Winter is becoming a bit stagnant, so it's the perfect time to rejuvenate your home décor. There are lots of simple ways that you can give your interior a much-needed facelift with a splash of colour, a new addition to your space, or simply bringing in a few spring/summer accessories.

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Valentines Day is nearly upon us. Around the world, for weeks prior to February 14th, people are thinking about and planning how to celebrate this day dedicated to the most meaningful four-letter word in the English language.

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With winter getting tiresome, not to mention March Break on the horizon, now is the perfect time to book a trip away together. Follow these 5 tips for planning a family vacation and streamline what may seem like a daunting process.

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We are excited about 2020 - there are amazing things happening with family, careers, and right here at MList. The 2020 MList Card is out, and this year's roster of participating retailers, restaurants, gyms, and more is like no other - you can stay healthy, feeling beautiful, and all while s…

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The New Year offers us all a fresh start, and we tend to use this time to make resolutions. While it can be relatively easy to decide to "eat healthy," it's another thing to really stick to it beyond the month of January. The key is to make resolutions that are easy to stick to, and here's how:

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They say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Winter is here and it's here to stay for awhile, so you might as well embrace it! There's no better way to enjoy everything the season has to offer than a trip to Les Sommets in Saint-Saveur. It's the perfect place for tubing, skiing and spending qu…

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By now, the hibernating has lost its lustre. No longer are we cozied up with the kids enjoying the long snowy days... no, instead, us parents have started pulling our hair out as the winter months start to draaaaag. So here are 15 ways to beat cabin fever and actually enjoy the last few week…

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Hair care is tricky in the winter months - the cold temperatures and dry air wreak havoc on our luscious locks. Give those tresses a little bit of TLC with these best wintertime hair care tips.

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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…