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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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Discover the New ATTITUDE Sensitive Skin Care Collection at Special Low Prices Right Now-Giveaway

I’ve always been a big fan of natural products in the house, whether I’m looking for safe and effective cleaning products or bath and body care for my boys. So, when I discovered ATTITUDE last year, I fell in love. The company’s philosophy is simple: parents deserve high-quality products with worry-free ingredients for their families. …

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Start the New Year Off with Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix

The start of a new year is always so much fun. It’s a time to plan new adventures, set new goals…and maybe even find a great new show to binge-watch together with the family! If you’ve been on the hunt for some entertainment that kids of all ages will enjoy, look no further than the …

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Show Loved Ones Your Feelings This Christmas with Jewelry from Powder & Jade-Giveaway

One of the upsides of blogging is that I’ve had the chance to make friends from all over the world and some of those friends are the best ones I’ve ever had. But the downside of that is I usually don’t get the chance to see those friends too often. Luckily, a true friendship is …

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Plan the Perfect All-Inclusive Family Vacation this Winter with These 4 Tips

I’ve always believed that travel provides endless enriching opportunities for both adults and children, so travel has always been a priority for my boys and me. From a simple road trip to an exotic cruise, we’ve had the chance to enjoy all kinds of adventures together. But one of my favourite travel getaways with my …

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Escape to the Wilderness with Disney’s The Jungle Book on Blu-ray and DVD

There are some children’s movies that I watch only because my boys want to see them, and there are others that get me just as excited as my kids. This year, of all the children’s movies coming to theatres, Disney’s The Jungle Book was the one I most couldn’t wait to see. In fact, if …

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Have Half a Day Free in Orlando? Try These 3 Fun and Affordable Family Activities

In my opinion, one of the best things about a family vacation is finding a fun activity that adults and kids alike can enjoy during that inevitable free half day or so. And in the Orlando area, there’s no shortage of activities to fill a family’s extra time! If you have a few extra hours …

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Washing Clothes Just Got Rewarding with 10 Secret Laundry Hacks and the Arm & Hammer Laundry Rewards Program

Living in a house with a train conductor and two school-aged boys means that dirty clothes are a permanent part of my life. I do the laundry about twice a week and every time, I’m amazed by just how filthy my family’s clothes can get. Washing all those clothes isn’t the most rewarding experience since …

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Add Some Spice to Your Day with the New SUBWAY Butter Chicken Sandwich-Giveaway #LoveMyButterChicken

When it comes to meals, my family loves a bit of spice. Whether we’re digging into cheesy enchiladas, devouring smoky and spicy barbequed ribs or adding wasabi liberally to our sushi, we all believe that spice makes dinner extra nice! So when Jeremy and I took the boys to the new Indian restaurant in Moose …

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The Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet Makes #MicrosoftMarchBreak Fun for Everyone

With two active boys and a fairly small townhouse home, finding fun activities for kids during March Break isn’t always easy. Ideas that are engaging, creative and appropriate for the whole family can be tough for me to think up! This year, MicrosoftStore.ca offered to help by lending me its fabulous Surface 3 tablet along …

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Whether You’re a Kid or an Adult, Everything is Awesome at the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel!

When I heard the news about the opening of the new theme hotel last year at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort, I couldn’t help but want to check it out firsthand. With two LEGO-crazed boys at home and a pretty solid love of the interlocking bricks myself, I was sure it would be a place to …

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Valco Baby Strollers Offer Canadian Parents the Ultimate Versatility, Comfort and Style for Baby…Coming this Spring!

Every mom knows that when it comes to baby gear, there are some brands that set themselves apart from the competition. Innovative designs, top-of-the-line safety features, fashion-forward style and attention to details both moms and babies love can all combine to create the most sought-after products for parents. And Valco Baby is definitely one of …

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Try Shomi Free Right Now and Enjoy Great Kids Entertainment All Year Long

Brought to you by Shomi and TheCo. My boys love watching cartoons and children’s programs, but when it comes to finding great content, we don’t always agree on the best shows. They want variety, and lots of it. I want content that’s age appropriate, no matter what. Shomi, Canada’s newest streaming service for top television …

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Take Time for Dad this November with Tips from Thomas & Friends-Giveaway #PlayAdvocate

When I was a child, my half-brother was obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends. He used to watch the show, read the books and collect all the engines and tracks. And my dad was always there to add new characters to his collection at Christmas and on his birthday, as well …

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Journey to a World of Possibilities with Disney’s Tomorrowland on Blu-ray and DVD

On the very first trip my boys and I made to Disneyland, the very first ride they wanted to try was a rocket ship in Tomorrowland. Over the next few days, we fell in love with so many of the Tomorrowland rides and shows, but that first moment of seeing my boys spin around in …

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Make Time For Family Fun and Bonding This October with Tips and Games from Mattel-Giveaway #PlayAdvocate

October is one busy month, and making time for connecting with family isn’t always easy. That’s why my family and I have started a weekly game night so that even during the busiest weeks, we can spend an hour or so talking, playing and laughing together. Mattel understands the importance of family time, so the …

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Enjoy a Las Vegas Family Vacation at These 6 Kid-Friendly Attractions

Though it might not be the first place to pop into your mind, Las Vegas can be the perfect vacation for a family. If you’re bringing your little ones on your next trip to the Strip, make sure you plan some exciting and fun family-friendly activities. Just because Vegas is riddled with casinos, shows, and …

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You’ll Be a #WoodsExplorer With These 6 Hiking Essentials in Your Backpack-Giveaway

One of my favourite things about camping with my boys is getting in touch with nature and while we do that in some ways even just relaxing at our campsite, I like to take it one step further with nature hikes. Discovering the area’s wildlife and native plants is fascinating, and my boys get plenty …

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Make the Most of Your Family Vacation with a Room at the IHG Holiday Inn-Giveaway

Disclaimer: The hotel stay and meals on this trip were provided by IHG. Opinions expressed belong to Mommy Kat and Kids and are not influenced in any way. View full Terms and Policies for further information. It’s hard to believe, but summer is already half over! Since we were packing and moving last month, we …

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Connect with Your Family with 3 Tips for the Best MATTEL Family Game Night-Giveaway

It’s a pretty common fact that summer is the perfect time for kids to try all kinds of new adventures and activities, since they have a lot more free time. But with all the fun options available during the warm months, making sure to take time for family bonding is important too! In my opinion, …

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After Bite and Natrapel Make Summer Fun Safer for the Whole Family-Giveaway

While all the seasons have their appeal, summer has always been my favourite. It just provides so many opportunities to be outside in the fresh air enjoying fun and exercise with my family! From long days at the beach to camping trips in beautiful Northern Saskatchewan, it’s definitely my preferred time to unplug, unwind and …

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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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Help Kids Stay Fit with the T-Fal ActiFry and Healthy Cooking for Healthy Kids Program

Teaching kids about healthy eating is important, but it can also be challenging! As much as my boys enjoy raw vegetables and fresh fruit, they also like fries, burgers and sweet desserts. Finding a balance between the healthy food and the junk is a constant job in this house! T-Fal Canada understands that teaching kids …

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Keep Tackling New Year’s Goals with Products from Church & Dwight-Giveaway

The New Year’s countdown might feel like it was ages ago, but that’s no excuse to step away from your goals and give up on your mission to bigger and better things! Continue to make this the year you overcome challenges, achieve the unexpected and build new relationships…or renew old ones! Personally, I’ve decided that …

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Check Out These 4 Must-Visit Family Attractions in Calgary, Alberta

Calgary, Alberta is a fun-filled city with plenty of entertainment. And it’s also one of the top family destinations in Canada. There are all kinds of family-friendly activities available in the city but if you’re looking for some sure-to-please activities, these four Calgary attractions are ones that you have to experience. Calgary Zoo School-aged children …

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Getting Ready to Show Off Our Family’s Sonicare Smiles #SonicareSmile

I’ve shared stories before of my boys’ issues with childhood caries and how it caused me to ensure that I am always proactive about Zackary and Benjamin’s dental health. The effort seems to be paying off because at their last checkup, both boys came out cavity-free! All the same, I know that they don’t always …

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Three Educational Family-Friendly Things To Do in North Dakota

When travelling with kids, it’s tempting to just stick to the activities that are sure to be kid-friendly. But travel can be so much more enriching when kids are given the opportunity to explore beyond zoos and amusement parks! That’s why I couldn’t wait to check out some of the historical sites in North Dakota …

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Get Ready for Summer Road Trips with Tips and Travel Essentials from P&G-Giveaway #PGMom

As a travel junkie, pretty much any time of year is a good one for a vacation in my mind. But summer is especially good of course, since the kids are out of school, most parents have more free time and planning a road trip is a breeze! For the ultimate fun-filled travel experience, knowledge …

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Give the Gift of Time Spent Together with Datevitation Love Coupon Books-Giveaway

We’ve all had that moment of struggle when trying to find a perfect gift and I think part of the reason that deciding on a great gift can be a challenge is that many of us don’t really need very much. In fact, in today’s busy world, sometimes the best gift of all is just …

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Jason Priestley on Diaper Bags, Clean Water and the Magic of Parenthood #PGMom

Jason Priestley may be best known for his role as teen heartthrob Brandon Walsh, but these days he has plenty of other work keeping him busy. From his guest appearance on Package Deal to directing his first full-length feature to publishing his memoir, there’s always a lot on the Vancouver-born actor’s plate. Even so, he …

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Talking about Whether Kids Should Use Tech Before They Can Read on Discuss.fm

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good debate but to really develop an interesting conversation, a great topic is essential. As a mother, I have a lot of opinions when it comes to parenting and recently I learned about a fun new debate and discussion site that’s full of great topics called Discuss. …

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Making Lifelong Memories with Beaches Vacations for Families

When my boys and I visited the Beaches Negril resort in Jamaica this past December, we had a first-hand look at what makes this destination so special. Tons of fun activities for kids and plenty of luxurious relaxation for parents is made even better by the company’s commitment to bettering the lives of the people …

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The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure is a Splashing Good Time for Families

I’ve had the chance to attend a few of the fabulous shows put on by Koba Entertainment and I’m always impressed by what a great job the company does at producing live shows featuring beloved cartoon characters that the whole family can enjoy. The company’s newest production, The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure, recently came …

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Choose Your Escape with an Unlimited-Luxury Vacation at Now Resorts & Spas #ResortEscape

This post brought to you by Now Resorts & Spas. All opinions are 100% mine. When it comes to a vacation that the whole family can enjoy, there’s just no better and simpler option than an all-inclusive resort. With activities for children and adults alike in gorgeous tropical locations, who wouldn't love indulging in some …

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Easy Tips to Help You Get Through Airport Security Faster This Winter

Winter is one of the best times of the year to travel with your family. Whether you’re visiting loved ones over the holidays or heading somewhere tropical to escape the snow, there are all kinds of reasons to take to the skies and head off on an adventure. But your adventure will be even better …

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Sears Portrait Studio Makes Capturing Family Memories Easy-Giveaway #SearsBabysRoom

If there’s one think I absolutely love about being a mom, it’s taking my boys for family photos. Looking back on pictures of my boys years later always warms my heart and makes me so amazed at how much they’ve grown and changed over the years. While I love the many funny candid shots of …

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Share Your Knowledge for a Chance to Be the Playtex Mommyville Mom of the Month

All year long, Playtex Mommyville has been featuring some of the amazing Canadian moms that share their knowledge and ideas with others in the Playtex Mommyville Mom of the Month program. It’s a chance to celebrate you for all the things you do in a day, big or small, to ensure that your children are …

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Celebrate National Family Dinner Night With This Easy New York Striploin with Garlic Shrimp and Pepper Linguine Recipe-Giveaway

For the ninth year in a row, M&M Meat Shops is encouraging busy families to sit down together for dinner on September 19, 2013 for National Family Dinner Night! Sitting down for dinner is something that families tend to do less and less as our lives get busier, but it really is worth making time …

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Get Dinner Ready in Record Time with Tasty Dishes from Fine Choice Foods

Today is the first day of a new school year and that means that the season of rushed mornings, homework and extra-curricular activities is here! There are still plenty of relaxed evenings in the average week in our household, but there are also times that I am on a strict schedule between the end of …

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Attractions, Entertainment and Retail Therapy Await at the West Edmonton Mall

Edmonton is a vibrant city with a rich history and plenty of amazing attractions, but one of the largest and best known has to be the famed West Edmonton Mall. So much more than a place to shop, the mall features a variety of family-friendly attractions that make it a top destination spot for tourists …

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Tote Family Gear with New Our Family World Sling Backpacks-Giveaway #HelpFamilies

I love having a bag hanging near the door that I can grab whenever I need to carry something extra like library books or a few snacks and drinks. But it can be hard to find a good multipurpose bag for general family use. Backpacks are too bulky, purses are too small, and messenger bags …

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Get Away in Comfort with an Amazing Giveaway from Global Resort Homes

Are you looking for the ultimate family vacation experience? An adventure that lets you relax in a home with plenty of space instead of a cramped hotel room? A getaway that’s just minutes away from some of the most popular vacation destinations of all time? Global Resort Homes is for you! This company offers stunning …

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Share Your Parenting Advice and You Could Be the Next Playtex Mommyville Mom of the Month

There are so many amazing moms in Canada and for all of 2013, Playtex Mommyville has been celebrating those special women with the Mom of the Month program. Each month, Canadian mothers can visit the Playtex Mommyville Facebook page and fill out a quick questionnaire about some of their parenting ideas and favourite moments with …

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Kids Love Playing with Timeless Wooden Games from Blue Orange Games-Giveaway

As much as my boys love fancy, electronic toys and games, it’s invariably the more simple and classic activities that become their favourites. I love seeing how much Zackary and Benjamin enjoy sitting down to play a board game or act out a story with their favourite toys and I always love finding new games …

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Customized Whiteboards from Tailor Made Whiteboards Make Family Organizing Easy-Giveaway

It’s a little hard for me to believe sometimes, but my boys aren’t babies anymore! My oldest is reading, playing sports and going to the library all by himself and my youngest is dressing himself, playing independently and only too eager to remind me that he’s “a big boy.” Going from caring for all my …

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Maximize Your Closet’s Potential with the New Rubbermaid Closet Helper System

I think every woman dreams of that huge closet with neat rows of hangers, perfectly positioned shelves and every item of clothing in place. But the reality is that most household closets have a single hang bar and a single shelf above it. Definitely not the best way to maximize space for most people, but …

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It’s Time to Organize for Good with Help from Secrets of an Organized Mom by Barbara Reich

I’ve mentioned in the past just how much I love cleaning. To be terribly blunt, I don’t. I work hard at keeping our house in a reasonably organized state, but I struggle. Of course, the fact that I often get new products to review can make organization even more difficult and I find that I …

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Rise of the Guardians is Available Now on Blu-ray and DVD Just in Time for Easter

With Easter just a few days away, it’s a great time for a little family entertainment and Rise of the Guardians is the perfect way to enjoy some Easter fun! The hit movie featuring Jack Frost, Santa Claus and, of course, the Easter Bunny is now available in a special gift set containing two hopping …

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Get a Fresh Spring Look with the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez and Modern Family Collections-Giveaway

I am a woman that loves all things feminine, from cute dresses to new makeup products. But one of the beauty products I never really embraced was nail polish, mainly because I had the bad habit of biting my nails. After years, I’ve finally broken the habit and thanks to Nicole by OPI, I am …

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New DVDs from Kaboom! Entertainment are Perfect for Family Day Fun

There’s nothing my boys love more than getting the chance to enjoy some fun new kids’ DVDs and this February, Kaboom! Entertainment has some fabulous new collections sure to put a smile on any child’s face. With Family Day just around the corner, these Walmart-exclusive DVDs are perfect for a little relaxing family fun! Treehouse …

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