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Looking for something fun to keep the kiddos entertained? My bean and I have done probably hundreds of crafts, a lot of which I have written about. So here are the best crafts ever - fun ideas for both you and the kids.

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It's our first official snow day!. While in the midst of a winter storm that extends from the US up to Canada, school closures were announced across Quebec.

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We want our kids to have every opportunity available to them, and for my husband and I, it started from the get-go with our son. Any time he showed a remote interest in something, we encouraged it. When he was 2 years old we gave grandparents the go-ahead to buy him a real drum set. He got a…

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This is a challenging winter. Without the usual indoor places to escape too (wandering around the mall, indoor activity centres, etc.), I find my bean has a lot of pent-up energy at the end of the day. So, the best way to stave off cabin fever: bundle up and get outside. As long as you're dr…

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How many times in the last 11 months have you heard "I'm bored"? OK, not you saying it in your head... your child whining it while they pick at a thread on their shirt. This said kid is also probably surrounded with toys, books, games and more (ahhh, to be bored like a kid!). So, here are 5 …

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Every so often, a kid needs a timeout... yes, that dedicated spot where they're told to go when they misbehave. In my household, it started in my toddler's bedroom, until we discovered he was playing during timeout, so now it's in the hallway.

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This year, because all of our kids get so many gifts around the holidays, me and my friends made a "no purchased presents" rule this year. But that didn't exclude homemade gifts. So off I went...

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One of the best things about having a little one is making holiday crafts with them to give to grandparents, teachers, etc. The bean and I have quite a few faves. Here are our holiday crafts we love:

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I'm sick of hearing how "Halloween is cancelled" or "Halloween is ruined" because of COVID. Halloween is a holiday... nothing is wrecked - it's still on the calendar. Now, our typical trick-or-treating, well, yes, this is definitely not going to happen in a pandemic. But there are loads of w…

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Fall is an easy time to plan some craft projects because nature has provided you with all the supplies you need! Take a walk or go on a hike, collect some coloured leaves, acorns, pinecones, and more, and try out these 5 crafts for kids to do while at home.

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I am grateful. I am soooo grateful. I have a warm and wonderful home, and a partner to share my life with, and I have a beautiful and healthy little boy who literally makes my heart sing every single day. I was thinking about a church homily I heard once about planning for the future but als…

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Is there anything more beautiful than fall? The gorgeous foliage, the cool crisp air, and the pumpkin-spice everything - it's all so invigorating. If you're looking for something fun to do to celebrate the autumnal season, check out some of these activities that offer fall fun around the city.

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Well, excuse my French, but this is a f*cked up birthday! Haha - in my group of friends, we celebrate 40's with a BANG: vacations and chalet rentals and NO KIDS. So, that's not happening... at least, not right now.

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This year we are taking part in virtual learning. We were able to jump through the provincial government's ridiculous hoops and obtain a medical exemption letter so he'd be taught at home remotely by teachers (and this mama wouldn't have to take on homeschooling solo... for those of you who …

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I'm annoyed. No, more like pissed. I think we parents have all been very patient... we went along with things when they cancelled school for a month and then the rest of the school year, we waited patiently these last few weeks of summer, and now we're coming upon the new school year, and wh…

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One of my favourite things to do when I was a kid was to paint on a canvas. There was something about an actual canvas that was different from ordinary paper - it felt "official," and I'd take much more time creating my works of art knowing I was doing them on such a valued commodity.

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I've learned, in my seven 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 …

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AHHHHHHH witching hour!!!!!!! You know, that horrendous hour before bedtime where you've exhausted all of your energy and "vroom vroom" sounds and creative mommy or daddy ideas, and you're just counting down the seconds till bath and bedtime?!

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On a scale from 1 to desperate, I think bribing my kids with toys to stay in bed when they wake up in the middle of the night really only falls around 2.

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If asked to list important skills to teach their children, most parents might propose social skills, problem-solving, or creativity as necessary to their children’s future success. While developing these abilities is recommended, there is one skill that often fails to come up on lists of thi…