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How to Safely Celebrate the Holidays with Family

For almost a full year now, families have had to change the way they celebrate special occasions. Some pared down their dinner guest on Thanksgiving. Others decided to skip trick-or-treating on Halloween. And now, health officials are warning everyone against travelling for the winter holidays and hosting family gatherings. Experts have noticed that case patterns …

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Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child With Empowering Books and Movies

On October 11, the world celebrated the “International Day of the Girl Child.” The day was created by the United Nations near the end of 2011 as a way to raise awareness for girls’ rights and honour the unique challenges young girls face. I may be a mother to three energetic boys, but I still …

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Add Extra Fun To the Christmas Season With These 4 Holiday Party Ideas

Everyone loves the holidays, and there’s no reason to limit the fun to just celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas! Planning a day of some additional holiday activities is a great way to unwind from the stress of preparing for the big day and bond with family and friends! Looking for some inspiration to help you plan …

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Working From Home? How to Set Up Your Office for Maximum Productivity

For many people, especially moms paying hefty daycare fees, working from home is the dream. There’s no need for child care, you can be there at school pick up, you can even do housework in between jobs. But while any work-from-home mothers will tell you it’s wonderful not having to place your little ones in …

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Lawyer Jeremy Diamond Talks Balance, Work and Family with His Wife, Sandra Zisckind

It was a mere 6 years ago when Jeremy Diamond and his wife, Sandra Zisckind, started an ambitious mission to change the world of personal injury law. Since then, Diamond and Diamond has transformed into Canada’s fastest growing personal injury firm, including partnerships with The Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, and Calgary Flames. Just last year, …

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Want Your Family to Check out a New Series? Let Netflix Help You Get Persuasive!

When it comes to a great television series, I’m a social watcher. I occasionally don’t mind watching by myself, but I’m much happier when I can spend that time with my family and share my thoughts with my husband and children. Unfortunately, my tastes aren’t always the same as theirs. And that means I occasionally …

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How My Grandad Taught Me That the Senior Years Can Be the Most Meaningful Time in Life

When my parents first bought a house in the small town of Lumsden, Saskatchewan, it was more a retirement community than anything else. The nearby capital city of Regina was growing fast and considered the place to be for young families, while Lumsden’s population was mostly aging couples that had lived in or around the …

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Prep Your Family, Stock Your Emergency Kit and Check out these 3 Great Tips for Emergency Preparedness Week

Back when my boys and I lived in Lumsden, I had a stash of emergency supplies in the basement that included non-perishable food, bottled water, a flashlight, batteries, candles and a few other essentials just in case of an emergency. But when we moved to an apartment in another city, then a townhouse and then …

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It’s Time to Give Yourself a Parenting Break! Embracing the Real Side of Parenthood

Parenting is tough, but it gets even tougher when we spend too much time comparing ourselves to our own ideal image of what a perfect parent should be. And as much as I love social media, I also know that a constant barrage of perfect images can be discouraging to those of us doing our …

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5 Simple Holiday Prep Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

There’s no question that the holiday season can be expensive, but often it’s not necessarily gifts that create the expense! Between festive food, fancy new decor pieces and even that special holiday outfit for the big Christmas party, there are all kinds of purchases that can blow up a budget during the holidays! Luckily, a …

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Make Sure These 4 Items are in Your SentrySafe Home Safe, and Tweet to Win a Master Lock Prize Pack in the #MasterLockProtectsSweeps Sweepstakes

Being prepared in case of a natural disaster isn’t something that’s always on a family’s mind…but it should be! From forest fires to floods and earthquakes to severe storms, there’s no way of knowing what kind of unexpected event might cause damage to irreplaceable items. That’s why having a home safe is a must, and …

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Take Some Time to Enjoy Unique Canadian Entertainment on Netflix this July

July is my favourite month to celebrate all things Canada, not just because of Canada Day but also because it’s such a great time to enjoy the many unique delights Canada has to offer! Whether I’m sitting in the back yard sipping a Caesar, heading out on a road trip to explore my province or …

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New Netflix Series’ for Kids Provide Action-Packed Summer Fun #StreamTeam

As far as I’m concerned, summer should be all about having fun, from active days spent swimming, running and playing outside to lazy days relaxing indoors and watching a favourite show. Today is my boys’ last day of school for the year and I’m already anticipating all the fun we’re going to have over the …

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Keep Your Family’s Summer Productive with 4 Easy Tips from Church & Dwight

Summer is my favourite season of the year, and part of that is because my boys are done school! I love spending time with them but if I’m not careful, we can sometimes fall into a pattern of just wasting our days away without really accomplishing anything. That’s why this year I’m taking steps to …

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Trying to Teach Kids Life Lessons? On Netflix Canada, There’s an “Ep” for That!

With both my boys in grade school, I’m always amazed to see how much they’re learning every day. Benjamin has almost mastered reading and has a great grasp of basic math concepts, while Zackary has started learning multiplication, division and paragraph structure. Yet some of the most important skills and lessons my boys have to …

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Tips from Duracell Canada for #EmergencyPreparednessWeek Can Help Keep Your Family Safe-Giveaway

The first week of May here in Saskatchewan is a week of sunshine, blue skies and gloriously warm temperatures. With such beautiful weather, I can’t help but feel like nothing in the world could go wrong. But the first week of May is also Emergency Preparedness Week, a time to make sure that your house …

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Make Time for Sibling Bonding with New Playlists from Netflix #StreamTeam

My two boys may be brothers, but that doesn’t mean they always get along! One minute, the two of them are playing together with big smiles and the next they’re snapping at each other angrily because one did something the other didn’t like. It’s enough to make a mom go crazy! Luckily, there are a …

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Kids Can Watch, Learn and Play this Spring Break with These 3 New Must-See Netflix Series

Unlike kids in Ontario, my boys don’t have their spring break until the Easter holidays arrive next week. But even though I still have time before Zackary and Benjamin are home for ten days of fun, that doesn’t mean I’m not already planning ways to keep them entertained! Luckily, Netflix Canada helped to prepare me …

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Treat Yourself to a March Break Staycation with Great Products from Church & Dwight-Giveaway

With March Break on the horizon, parents across Canada are starting to make plans on how to spend those extra days off. While a vacation is always tempting, staying at home can be just as much fun…and a lot less expensive! Looking for staycation ideas for your family? Here are seven tips on how to …

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Try These 3 Tips for an Amazing Autumn Family Camping Trip #woodsexplorer

Even though camping is one of the most popular family vacation choices in the summer, people tend to forget that camping excursions don’t have to end as soon as September rolls around! If you’re looking for a fun family activity for a fall weekend, a trip to a nearby campground is a blast for the …

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Take Part in the #CallForChange with TELUS and Francesco Yates and You Could Be in a Special MTV We Day Video

About three years ago, the hugely popular We Day came to Saskatchewan for the very first time and I was lucky enough to be seated in the TELUS sponsor booth enjoying every minute of the event. From taking pictures with Shawn Desmond to interviewing Hedley, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that gave me a first-hand …

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Join the Nature Valley #RediscoverNature Day on September 20 and You Could Win a Trip to Banff National Park-Giveaway

Growing up in the lush Qu’Appelle Valley on the Saskatchewan prairies has meant that nature has always been very important to me. The unique flora and fauna of the area is fascinating to me, whether I’m throwing seeds from ash trees into the air and watching them spin like helicopters to the ground or picking …

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Get Your Child Ready for #StudentLife with Great New Products from Canadian Tire

One of my favourite memories from my young adult years was relaxing in a dorm room with my best friend Sarah as we chatted, watched movies and cooked up yummy treats. It was a completely new experience to me, since I’d always lived in a house with a yard before. But great décor and some …

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Keep Your Child’s Gear Secure this School Year with the Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace Portable Safe #LSSS

It’s less than a month until the new school year starts and if you’re stocking up on school supplies, you’ll want to consider adding the Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace portable safe to your shopping list! It’s a great way to help students keep their valuables secure whether the items are in a desk or a …

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Check Out This Great Video from P&G and Olympian Brianne Theisen-Eaton to See Why She’s Saying #ThankYouMom #PGMom

As a mother, I have to say that I’m amazed just how many tips and skills my own mom passed along to me. From favourite Finnish family recipes that I now make for my boys to a belief in the importance of unstructured imaginative play, her parenting techniques have, in many ways, become my own. …

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Go Beyond Thank You this Mother’s Day and #PutYourHeartToPaper with Hallmark

Mother’s Day is such a fun holiday now that I have children. Seeing their beaming faces as they bring me a carefully prepared breakfast in bed and homemade trinkets from school warms my heart so much. But Mother’s Day is also a time to think about how much my own mother means to me and …

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Even Santa’s Christmas Runs Smoother with Help from Canadian Tire #CTSavesSanta

There’s no way around it, especially for a parent…holiday shopping can be stressful! Whether it’s finding the exclusive toy your child has been dreaming about for weeks or shopping for that one person on your list that has everything, Christmas can sometimes take its toll amidst all the fun! But for more than ninety years …

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Complete Your Holiday Safety Wish List with These 6 Simple Safety Tips #LSSS

Once the holidays roll around, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun of creating a wish list of gifts that you dream of receiving. But for a truly enjoyable holiday season, making sure your Holiday Safety Wish List is checked off is a much more important task! Keep your home, possessions and loved …

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Protect Yourself with Simple Crime Prevention Tips for Home, Travel and Online #LSSS

There are few feelings more horrible than being the victim of a crime, even when it’s a fairly minor one. Living in a small town means that for the most part, I’ve been protected from that feeling but even in a more rural area there is still a need for crime prevention. In fact, my …

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Get a Boston Pizza Kids Card for $5 and Support Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects

If there’s something that makes a regular day extra special for parents and kids alike, it’s going out for a nice dinner. And when I want to treat my boys to a night out, Boston Pizza is our favourite destination. I love the variety of pizza, pasta and burgers available and the boys love choosing …

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The Stork At-Home Conception Aid Launches Soon at Rexall Stores in Canada #TheStorkIsComing

There are all kinds of different issues that can occur when a person decides to have a baby and right now, the options for couples that are having trouble conceiving are fairly limited. Various herbal supplements and dietary changes are sometimes thought to help, but there isn’t much solid evidence as to their effectiveness. And …

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Celebrate #LoveYourPet Day by Ensuring Your Pet’s Health with Pets Plus Us

Pets are more than just a furry friend, they are an important member of the family. Our beloved Siamese-cross Racer has been a great addition to our household and we can’t wait to celebrate her presence in our family on February 20th with Love Your Pet Day and Pets Plus Us. Pets Plus Us is …

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Kick Off the Christmas Season with Holiday Specials from Disney Junior #DisneyJuniorMom

I love absolutely everything about Christmas, from the music to the lights to the food to the decorations. And one of my very favourite Christmas activities is watching Christmas specials with Zackary and Benjamin. I have to admit, I don’t actually watch a lot of television for the most part. But when December rolls around, …

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November at Disney Junior has Lessons from Sofia the First and a Chance to Fly with Peter Pan #DisneyJuniorMom

The weather is chilly and kids can’t play outside as much now that November has arrived, but Disney Junior has a month packed with fun to keep kids feeling warm, cozy and entertained! It kicks off with brand new episodes of Strawberry Shortcake every Sunday at 5:30 EST, featuring the adventures of the residents of …

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Enjoy Quality Time with Your Kids with New DVDs and Playsets from Thomas & Friends #FP_Thomas

The older my boys get, the more it seems we spend our days rushing from one place to another without any time to just relax together and enjoy a little downtime. But that time to unwind is so important; it helps us catch up on one another’s lives and enjoy the quiet peacefulness of being …

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September on Disney Junior has New Episodes of Favourite Shows and a Magical Mermaid Contest #DisneyJuniorMom

Summer is ending and kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean that the fun is over! In fact, between extra-curricular activities, after-school playtime with friends and plenty of outdoor autumn adventures in store, the fun is just getting started for most kids! And that’s especially true at Disney Junior. With new episodes of …

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The Sears Kidvantage Lifetime Wearout Warranty and Back We Go Facebook Contest #SearsBabysRoom

It’s just a few more days until my boys head back to school and while I’m excited, I’m also nervously making sure that they have everything that they need. When I was younger, having five kids in the household meant that our budget was usually spent on school supplies and a new wardrobe simply wasn’t …

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Share Your Best Stain Removal Tips on the Resolve Tip Exchange for a Chance at $5000 #ResolveTip

If there’s one thing that I can count on as a mom of two young boys, it’s washing plenty of laundry. And most of the time, that laundry is incredibly dirty or covered in stains. Now I have to admit, when my boys were younger, I didn’t worry about stained clothing all that much. Things …

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What Makes Your Child Unique? Kinder Canada Wants to Know! #KinderMom

It always amazes me how my two boys, raised in the same house with the same parents and the same rules and privileges, can be so very different in so many ways. But it can be hard, with my boys, to encourage their different personalities sometimes. Benjamin, like so many little brothers, idolizes Zackary and …

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Nominate a Mom You Know for the Second Annual Walmart Mom of the Year Awards

Moms are amazing in so many ways, but there are some moms that go above and beyond to an extraordinary degree. Whether they balance a busy career as they are raising a thriving family or they devote countless hours to important causes while still caring for loved ones, there are hundreds of different ways a …

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Swim with the Fish and Cruise in Style with Disney Junior this June #DisneyJuniorMom

June is a big month at Disney Junior, because your child’s favourite channel is celebrating dads this month in a very, very big way! There’s a special bond a dad has with his children and no movie displays that bond better than Finding Nemo. On Saturday, June 15 at 6pm EST, tune in for the …

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Disney Junior has Mother’s Day Fun and a Tangled Good Time in Store this May #DisneyJuniorMom

Mother’s Day is this weekend and Disney Junior has a whole day of celebration on the way! If you’re looking for a way to relax and have some quiet time with your children, you’ll love the line-up on Sunday, May 12! The fun kicks off at 9am with Special Agent Oso. Eun-Kyung wants to make …

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Make Your New Pet Feel at Home with Tips from MyPuppy.ca and MyKitten.ca

Our beloved Siamese-cross Racer is such a perfect pet for our busy household. She’s very independent, spends most of her time sleeping quietly in my room during the day and has enough personality to make it clear when she wants or needs something. With my boys taking up so much of my time, I love …

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April on Disney Junior is Full of Fun with Quest for the Crystal Mickey and New Series Henry Hugglemonster #DisneyJuniorMom

Nobody knows how to celebrate spring better than a child and to pump up the excitement in your house this month, Disney Junior has some fabulous new features that you won’t want to miss! First up is the special 30-minute episode of Quest for the Crystal Mickey on Sunday, April 21 at 12pm EST. Plunderin’ …

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Free Preview of Disney Junior All Through March and Enter to Win a $500 Gift Card Every Day #DisneyJuniorMom

My boys have loved Disney Junior since it first debuted in Canada and even though they’ve grown a lot in the years since then, they haven’t outgrown the fabulous family-friendly programming on Disney Junior at all! Whether they’re helping Mickey Mouse save the day on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or sailing the seas with Jake and …

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Sharing the New LEGO DUPLO Toddler Toys at a LEGO DUPLO Party! #LEGODUPLOplay

I love being a LEGO DUPLO Play Ambassador not just because my boys love LEGO but also because I get to be the first to learn about all the newest products available for children. Recently, LEGO DUPLO released a line of Toddler building sets and not only did I get to be one of the …

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Stock up at the Old Navy Kids and Baby Sale with Huge Savings and Pin To Win-Giveaway

As a mother of two active boys, I’m expected to deal with a lot of stained shirts, ripped pant legs and quickly outgrown clothing. But what I didn’t expect was my boys’ love of fashion in addition to that! Zackary and Benjamin are tough on their clothes and they both absolutely love getting trendy new …

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Celebrate the New Hot Wheels and Barbie Kinder Surprise with a Special Facebook Giveaway #KinderMom

When my oldest son was born, one of the first things he learned to do as he grew from an infant to a toddler was make the “vroom” noise of a car. At ten months old, Zackary couldn’t say “Momma,” but he could push around the Hot Wheels Twin Mill car that Santa had put …

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Enjoy a Stress-Free Gathering wiith Holiday Entertaining Tips from Metro

I love entertaining over the holidays, but it can be a bit stressful sometimes too! Cleaning the house, decorating, preparing food and planning entertainment can all take time and leave me feeling a little frazzled by the time my company actually arrives! That’s why I was delighted when I received this great list of party …

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LittleEcoFootprint Will Let You Discover New Eco-Friendly Products for Mom and Baby Every Month

For the most part, I always try to make eco-friendly choices when I’m choosing products for my boys. I do this partly because I like to try to minimize my family’s impact on the earth but even more because I want to make sure that I minimize the toxins that come into contact with my …

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Join the Kinder Canada A Joy to Share Campaign and Spread the Joy this Christmas #KinderMom

It’s the season of giving and while I’m having a great time finding gifts to surprise my boys with on Christmas morning, I’m also trying to make sure that I think about ways to give back to my community and to those in need during the holidays. There are so many worthy causes but I …

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