Celebrate Canada 150 with this campfire dessert

No campfire? No problem! This oven-baked dessert dip packs all the gooey chocolatey-marshmallow goodness of the classic fire pit treat, no flames required. Keep it traditional and dive in with graham crackers or achieve sweet-and-salty nirvana and enjoy with potato chips.

Talk to your kids about online privacy

Virtual gaming, social networking and online forums are an essential part of a child's life as they surf, post, play and learn. Yet many children don't understand some of the potential privacy pitfalls of these activities.
Healhty Food Choices

Spring Clean Your Grocery List – 20 Healthy Buys

There is an interesting correlation between what we buy at the grocery store and what we eat. It turns out if we buy bags of cookies and bottles of fruit punch, that is what we will ultimately find to eat and drink when hunger and thirst hits.
life saving skills for parents

3 Life-Saving Skills You Need to Know

Learning simple skills that could save a loved one's life in an emergency is essential knowledge you'll never regret acquiring. Here are three skills every parent, young adult and older adult should have:

Struggling with Bed-Wetting

I was recently invited to an event hosted by the folks from GoodNites to have a bigger conversation around bed-wetting. It’s actually a topic that really interests me because I had a kid who really struggled with this – and I mean well into puberty.

Keep Kids Hydrated and Safe During a Heatwave

Are you Keeping Your Kids Cool? Young children are more susceptible to dehydration and becoming ill in hot weather than healthy adults. Children's bodies don't tend to cool down as efficiently which leaves them more at risk than during a summer heatwave.
Rules for Dating my Daughter

Advice For My Thirteen Year Old Girls

Two of my real life daughters are ages 13 and 14. Out of respect for their privacy, I couldn’t possibly talk about their entrance into teenage-hood.
Winter Activities for Kids

Keep Your Family Active Indoors and Out this Winter

Baby it’s cold outside! On days like today when the temperature is dipping below -20 with the wind chill it is smart to stay inside and keep warm, but just because it is winter, is no reason to hibernate completely!

Once a Week Take a Peek

Do you check your child regularly for head lice? Head lice prevention techniques and regular checks can help stop the spread of head lice....
New Years Resolutions

5 New Years Resolutions You Should Make This Year

It will soon be the start of a New Year and time to get those New Years Resolutions formulated. Some say they are a...
Getting the vitamins you need as you age

Growing Older & Healthier – Vitamins You Need As You Age

We know vitamins are good for growing children who don’t always eat a full range of fruits and vegetables and for teens who prefer fries to a salad but did you know that specific vitamins are important for adults who’s nutritional needs change as they mature?

How to #Fit30 Minutes of Activity into Your Day

30 minutes of ME TIME. 19 Reasons to just do it! How to #Fit30 Minutes of Activity into Your Day. Why is 30 minutes of Activity Good for You?

Take Action: How You Can Raise Active Kids

New parents are often exhausted from ‘chasing their kids’ around, but somewhere between toddlerhood and the teen years, kids slow WAY down. While it is...

Why I Haven’t Had a Date Night in 12 years

I recently experienced something very new and different. For the first time in over 12 years, I had a night away from the kids with Daddy-o. Yes. The first time in over 12 years.
pesticides in our food

Food for Thought

You wouldn’t feed your children pesticides, would you? Unless you’re taking steps to limit pesticides in family meals, you may be doing just that, according to an American watchdog organization, the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Their scientists took common fruits and vegetables, prepared as they would be in a typical home, and tested them for pesticide residues.
Dealing with Picky Eaters

Feeding Picky Eaters

When my kids were toddlers, I did at times dread dinnertime. I would prepare a variety of meals composed of what I felt to be healthy, appealing foods. As toddlers most of those meals ended up everywhere but in their tummies, walls, floor, evenly distributed all over the high-chair.
the unhealthy side of healthy food

The Unhealthy Side of Healthy Food

Healthy eating is something many of us strive for but the truth is there are times where our efforts to make healthy choices actually end up being on the unhealthy side of healthy food!
best outdoor kids toys

Top 10 Toys to Get the Kids Outside

Spring has sprung. I am sure of it this time. The grass is turning green, the patio furniture is calling and I am wearing flip flops! Time to get the kids outside, and keep them out there, as long as possible!
Naturally flavoured water

7 Simple Ways to Start Eating Healthier

Learning healthy eating habits is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. Understanding that healthy food matters and healthy choices do taste good is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for our children as they get grow.

Two Key Messages for a Good Start to 2015

I usually write about parenting because I spend a lot of time doing it. With six crazy kids, parenting is a full-time job. But, like most busy moms there are other things going on in my life and I try to keep positive in those areas as well.
Fall foods for Families to Try

10 Fall Foods Your Family Should Try

Fall is a great time to explore the fruits and vegetable aisles at the grocery store or farmers market; so many varieties of squashes and colourful root vegetables await discovery.

Get Outside! 7 Ideas to Take Your Family Outdoors

There is nothing quite like a gorgeous Fall day when the sun is shining and the leaves falling from the trees are every shade of red, yellow and orange.
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