Why I haven’t had a date night in 12 years.

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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. His cousin was getting married in Taos, New Mexico. How could we resist? Now, I know what all you advocates of […]

How to Light up your Backyard Party

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Every year, we host a big Victoria Day fireworks party. For my American friends – this means that yes, we celebrate the birthday of a long dead English Queen, but we’ll take our holidays where we can get them. This past Victoria Day we hosted one hundred of our closest friends and neighbours (an annual […]

Spring Happenings!

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It has been a long, harsh winter in these parts. Although, there are a few signs that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s how I know that spring is near or almost here: 1) Spring Fling We welcome spring with our annual Irish Dancing performances. My kids don’t do competitive dancing […]

The Birth of a Superstar

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In celebration of Mabel’s birthday, Julie Cole reflects on a birthday post about one of her favourite people – her very special Aunt Joan. Do you celebrate someone special in your family? 50 years ago my Aunt Joan was born. Hers has not been an average life. She arrived prematurely, possibly having an unfortunate run-in […]

The Many Faces of Abuse

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November is Women Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario, and I have a story to tell. Growing up, I had a teacher and a mentor I was extremely close with. With only ten years between us, as an adult, our friendship strengthened and we have remained connected throughout my life. Although I spent much of my […]

How to Light up your Backyard Party

Fireworks

Every year, we host a big Victoria Day fireworks party. For my American friends – this means that yes, we celebrate the birthday of a long dead English Queen, but we’ll take our holidays where we can get them. This past Victoria Day we hosted one hundred of our closest friends and neighbours (an annual […]

Facebook Betrayal

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There seems to be a Facebook group for everyone about everything. I belong to several local mom Facebook groups, a school moms group and a few others based on my interests. For the most part, these groups are a fabulous resource – somewhere to go to get information from like-minded people, share stories and even […]

When Gaming Turns Bad

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Like anything in life, playing games online is an innocent and fun pastime – that can turn sour if you do too much of it. But just how bad it can be – and how insidious an influence gambling online may be – is open to debate. In its right place at the right level […]

Three’s Company

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There have been studies that indicate that three children is the most stressful number of kiddos to have. Three is no easy feat. As the picture shows, I had my hands very full back when I had only half the number of kids that I have now. As you can see, I’m sitting in my […]