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The Summer Drive Hack

Have you heard the great news? (This is something I would have loved when my kids were little.) Netflix has teamed up with Rogers to give you free "Download Zones" on some major routes for every long weekend this summer - until September 1st! This is a great idea to kill time on the long drives up or if any 'overtired' incidents occur on the way back, stop off for a quick download on the way home. If your kids are anything like mine were, after a day of rabble rousing with the cousins or at an awesome park, they'd either…

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Is French Immersion Worth it?

My French Immersion Experience I have been asked many times in the past 15 years if having my kids in French immersion was a good idea. Here are some of my thoughts:  Both my kids went full immersion, my daughter from senior kindergarten at age 5–6 and my son a bit later halfway through grade 1. We were told that by grade 3 they would be equal with English main stream students in terms of having caught up with lessons.  We decided to enter this program because my son was hugely exceeding expectations for grade 1 in English only school.…

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Early Memories

A long time ago - the beginning of time for me anyway, I met an amazing and powerful woman with crazy ideas that filled my head with ways of thinking outside of the box. She had a different way of seeing things that some might call brilliant, odd or creative but I prefer to think of as eclectic. mum Most people call her Lynn, Counsellor Silverton, or if they are really brave, Evelyn. I prefer to call her Mum.  My mum has been many things in her life including an artist, nurse, airline stewardess, x-ray technician, legal secretary, office manager,…

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Moving Ants

Here is something I like to repost every year at this time right before these pests get themselves estasblished.  The Ant War We tried building a raised garden bed for herbs and vegetables but after several years of the ant kingdom battles, we surrendered. I drew the line when it came to them getting in my house. The first thing we had was sugar ants coming in around the frame of the kitchen window. These are tiny, annoying and organized little creatures. I spent a small fortune on every spray, powder and trap I could find. Nothing worked. Then in…

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Easy Cheesy Potatoes

Cheesy Goodness My sister and I have this cheesy potato recipe from our Dad from many moons ago. We make it all the time and bring it to dinners and potlucks. It's the perfect dish to travel with and if you can make it ahead of time, you only need to heat it up right before serving. Highly sought after, this dish is super easy to make.  But I must warn you, if you make it once, you'll have to make it many more times. It's very easy though so you won't mind. A sure winner at all dinners and get togethers. …

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A Letter to my daughter

Dear Baby Girl: I want to talk to you about high school. Just so you know, it isn't about learning stuff. It isn't about getting good grades or how many friends you have. It's not about remembering a locker combination. School is about learning to deal with the ups and downs of life, with disappointment, with heartache. It's about learning to cope when everything sucks and you can't find an ounce of motivation to write one more useless essay on a subject you don't care about and will never use. It's about learning not to give all your time to the…

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6 Reasons Why

This April we were introduced to a new show on Netflix that has stirred many passionate responses from people across the country. We have heard of youth facilities that have actually banned this show from their lineup concerned about how it will be perceived by youth. This response surprises myself, my husband who works with youth and my daughter who is an 18 year old teen. She was actually motivated to write this post to share her thoughts on why she thinks we should all watch 13 Reasons Why, get into it on a personal level, and talk.  My reasons why we should all…

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She’s on her way

I knew this day would come eventually but I never thought it would happen so fast. Especially after going through all the motions (and emotions) with my son a couple of years ago I didn't think this experience would be so hard this time. But it is. In five months baby girl will be packed up and moved into residence at her choice of college.  As a mother I feel her hardships as if they were my own. When she turns a certain way or gets a look in her eye I am transported back to when we first saw…

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Retro Memories

I was just thinking about how when I was a kid, we used a phone that was chunky, had a dial, and was permanently attached to a wall in my house. If it rang, you had to get to it before it stopped and you stood there while talking. A couple of years ago I took my kids to an antique shop in Orono, Ontario and they found a yellow rotary dial phone. They asked me, full of the innocence of childhood, how to use it. I told them the tricky part was getting the numbers right because if you…

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5 Tips for a Flawless “She Shave”

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gillette Venus. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you remember the first time you decided to shave your legs? I do. I ended up slicing a big chunk of skin off my ankle bone. It bled like crazy! I thought it would make me more grown up to shave but I really had no idea what I was doing. After that fun first experience I decided to wait a bit longer. Apparently 89% of girls attempt shaving for the first time without permission. shave I remember thinking that after the first time,…

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Spring Ribbon Wreath

For a few years now I've had BINS of ribbon lying around waiting for some brilliant and beautiful reason to use them. They were mostly from my scrapbooking days. Every now and then the kids would get into my stash and do a few things but it's mostly still a BIG HUGE PILE.  Because Easter is later this year I actually had time to make up this cute little wreath. Let me tell you how: First Grab as many things that are seasonal as you can find. This picture shows I didn't use everything I thought I would and I…

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Fresh as a Flower

As the days grow longer certain nasty truths are being revealed in my house - like patches of yuck here and there, a behind the toilet no-touchy zone that needs some major TLC, and fuzzy dust things sticking out from the wall in the corner. It's time to get some spring cleaning started. fresh I'm not fond of housecleaning - not even a little bit. But, recently I was given a bottle of Spring Blossom Pine-Sol and figured now would be as good a time as any to "get my clean on". I dislike chemical smells so luckily this stuff smells great. I…

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Watching Strong Women

Then When I was a kid I found lots of heroes who were women on tv. Most of my life lessons occurred on the small screen while I was desperately attempting to ignore the chaos around me created by my siblings. It was the only escape as I fantasized about being a "grown up".  There wasn't a more obvious option than Wonder Woman with her truth lasso. Charlie's Angels had skills I admired and it seemed to me that if you were to combine these three women you would have the perfect human. They were what I envisioned as the "Modern Woman" - able to take…

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Smoothie Smorgasbord

In case you are wondering, a "smorgasbord" is a Swedish buffet. Growing up we used to refer to a large quantity of yummy food as a smorgasbord and now it's a pretty good way to refer to these smoothie recipes.  Do you eat all the fruits and veggies you are suppose to every day? I know I don't. As a matter of fact, I feel like I'm in so much of a hurry most days that getting the good stuff in my diet is not very realistic.  According to the Canada Food Guide,  If you are a woman between the ages of 19 to 50 years of age…

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Fairy Dust

It's true that with teens in this house there isn't as big an audience for this amazing craft as there used to be. Now I have to count on nieces, nephews and littles who visit to appreciate these tricks. I don't mind since I consider it part of staying in shape for future grandkids - this kind of craft will blow away their little imaginative minds and they'll be so enthralled!  First you have to realize that it's the simple things that have the most impact on littles. I've always believed that less is more with young kids and if you…

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