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Don’t miss out on some Halloween fun for the family – October 27

Sprout Canada is hosting an event in Hamilton Ontario!

Halloween party at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market Community Kitchen. Saturday October 27, 2012 – from 3-5pm.

Have a bit of fun making spooky snacks and awesome crafts. Bring on the costumes! Campers can reconnect and there is more fun and learning to be had. (Please bring $2 and a non perishable food item to help cover our costs and support local food banks that are running low).

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Costume Shopping made easy at Spirit Halloween

This is awesome!

Deal Diva

Still deciding what to be this year? Well look no further than Spirit Halloween.  With multiple locations across the GTA, you will find exactly what you are looking for.  My daughter bought her costume last night at the Mississauga store on Dundas, just east of Winston Churchill, and the staff was friendly, helpful but not at all pushy.  We had a great shopping experience.  They had a great selection of costumes in all sizes, including plus (for people like me who need a little more coverage…lol)! If you are short on time, they also offer free shipping on orders over $65. I checked a few online stores to compare, but found limited available sizes, and most plus are already sold out. At Spirit, you can try all the costumes on, and if you sign up for their email, you will get a coupon for 20% off.  http://checkout.spirithalloween.com

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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How to help your kids deal with cyberbullying

By now, most people have heard about the tragedy of BC teen, Amanda Todd and her ordeal with cyberbulling. I cannot image what her parents are going through and only hope that they are seeking professional help to cope with the tragic loss of their daughter.As a parent, our job raising our kids revolve around providing guidance and structure, a loving environment, a good education, and basic food, shelter and safety needs. What do we do when our kids experience bullying? What can we do to help them either avoid it happening, or cope if it does?

I am not writing this blog from a position of authority on bullying. I am not an expert. How many of us are? But we still need to talk about it. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to host fantastic birthday parties for kids – on a budget

One thing I know how to do really well (if I do say so myself) are children’s birthday parties. I am happy to say that my kids have fond memories of their “cool” themed birthday parties. The nice part — almost all of them were at home! Sure, we did the McDonald’s party one year, and the bowling party another year, but almost all of the others were in our own home with an interesting theme. And I have to say, I would go all out with the theme. Teddy Bear and PJ birthday party (picture above) included a teddy bear birthday party invite,  “breakfast” with teddy, a home-baked teddy bear cake, teddy bear decorations, crafts and games. The kids especially loved being in their PJs!

The best part of all, home parties don’t have to cost a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Helping your kids add balance in their lives

Over the years, I have found that my kids have needed guidance on how to add appropriate balance in their lives. Typically, these discussions have occurred due to observing that their lives were somewhat out-of-balance.

I would often illustrate balance by talking about a pie and the pieces that made up that pie:  family, friends, boyfriend, school, work, exercise/health, hobbies, quiet time, etc. We would then talk about what areas they felt were taking up too much of the pie and subsequently, what areas were taking up too little. In some cases, some pieces were missing altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blended Families

Tricia, Becca, Chrissy and Lia

I wanted to address the blended family dynamic, as it seems to provide challenges for many families these days. I believe that I can offer a unique perspective to help out in these situations.

  • Younger kids will tend to ask more questions, as traditional family roles conflict with their own family and they are simply trying to make sense of their world. Be patient, listen first, and provide age appropriate answers.
  • Don’t force the relationship with your step-child; let it happen naturally over time.
  • Not in every case, but in most situations your step-child already has a mom/dad, so realize that you aren’t trying to replace anyone, you are simply an added component.
  • It takes a village to raise a child” is a good philosophy to hold onto. The more people around the kids who are there to love and protect them, the better. Read the rest of this entry »
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Things I miss from days of yesterday

Cover of "Baby Beluga (Songs to Read)"

Cover of Baby Beluga (Songs to Read)

Thinking back fondly to when the kids were younger, a few wonderful and funny memories come to mind:

  • Reading/singing Baby Beluga (by Raffi) 12 times each night “again mommy, again…”
  • Dressing my kids in matching outfits
  • Funny word pronunciations: pasghetti for spaghetti, macouver for converter, tumma tumma for “w” (honestly!), mema and bepa for grandma and grandpa
  • Embarrassing moments “mommy, why does that man have a ponytail…only girls have ponytails”  – standing behind a rough looking biker in a grocery store check-out line
  • Playing Barbies for hours and hours
  • Singing Disney songs while they take a bubble bath
  • Themed birthday parties
  • Putting smiley face notes in their lunch bags
  • Tucking them in at night and “blowing out the light”

Those were the days!

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