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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10 Tips for the New Work-at-Home Mom

Over the last ten years, my work has gradually shifted from “traditional,” as in outside of the home, to less-traditional: working from home most of the time. Though this change happened over time, it was a deliberate shift that I made. The work I have pursued not only can be done at home, but there is more flexibility to it: I often have the option for the specific time I spend on tasks. I can choose to work early morning (I don’t), during nap (usually), or at the end of…

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The Call of the School Bus

The school bus is coming! The school bus is coming! Summer is ending and I’m DANCING with excitement! The constant cacophony of noise, the odor of all things kid, and the Pig-Pen cloud of mess will be heading out the door and leave! The chaos of my house will be relocated to school and I will have approximately 30 seconds of peace. That’s how long it will take my children to walk down the driveway, get on the bus, and disappear around the bend. I will see them off and…

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