Back to School Survival Tips for the Work at Home Mom

It’s almost back to school season and for some of us parents, we know how exhausting it can be to get back into the school time daily routine again after a summer full of fun and family time. I’ve put a short list together of what has helped me personally to get my kids motivated and ‘back in the saddle’ when that fall school bell rings it weary toll. For most children and even parents, the hardest part is just getting out of bed every morning! Most of us are…

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I Want You in my Village, But Not Too Much

The other day, my tween daughters came home from the park because an older woman informed them they shouldn’t be there unsupervised. “Did you tell her you could practically see our house from the park?” I asked. “Were you roughhousing by the little kids? I told you to watch out for the little kids!” “Mom, it was only one other family and us. We were on the bars, and no one was even near. The woman said if our mom wasn’t here to supervise then we shouldn’t be there, so…

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5 Smart Summer Scholarship Motivation Strategies

Summer to teens is like a free pass to forget school exists and indulge in beach days, sleeping in, and video gaming until their thumbs demand a rest. But for college-bound students, taking advantage of time off from school to work on college scholarship applications is just plain smart. Students who have just finished their senior year in high school can get to work on scholarship opportunities for newly accepted college students, while all other students should get a jump on the game and apply for awards offered to students…

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Date Night at the Aquarium? Yes, Please!

What wine would you pair with octopus? Are you in the mood for a sauvignon blanc? Have about a merlot? How does that sound with eight tentacles and two beady black eyes? What would you pair with a shark? Something strong and flavourful like a dark ale? Have a beverage that you would enjoy with jellyfish? Wait, what?! Jellyfish?! Are we eating the jellyfish? No. We are not. We are not eating the shark or octopus either. Where am I going with this? On the second Friday of every month, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in…

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Treasuring My Mommy Memories and The Last Times

Mommy loves you. Daddy loves you. The kitty cats love you. We all love you very much. Now it’s time to go to sleep. I paused, pulled the blanket to her chin and carefully tucked the sides around her chunky little legs. Good night, my sweet angel. It was to be my daughter’s last night in her crib, and the first “last” I truly stopped to take in. That night dinner waited in the oven, an article remained unwritten on my computer, and an unbuilt toddler bed sat upstairs, but…

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