What Does a Mom of Six Put Under the Tree?

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As a mom of six kids, my gift-giving has to be pretty creative. Last year I did a little round up of what was going to be under the tree for each of mine. This year I’ve had a few interesting requests, along with a few typical ones. My 10-year-old has requested a gymnastic mat, […]

The Santa List – Managing Expectations

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It’s that time of year where kiddo’s wish lists seem to grow and grow and grow. What are your kids expecting from Santa, parents, grandparents and other relatives? What can we do to manage these lists so that they are reasonable and affordable? How can gift giving fit with family values without leaving the little […]

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 […]

Cheddar Corn Casserole Recipe + Are You Hammy or Corny? #Easter

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  As the Easter bunny revs up for his big day, chances are you moms and dads out there are gearing up yourself for family gatherings and Easter dinner!  In a spirit of Easter fun, Del Monte has put together data from Google Trends and Facebook Insights to rank how Americans in U.S States are […]

Surviving Kids’ Birthday Party

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March is birthday month in my life. March brings birthdays for both me and Mabel’s Labels. I also have a daughter with a birthday this month. I recently had a parent ask if I had any birthday party activity suggestions. Just thinking about the question exhausted me. In my 15 years of parenthood, I have […]

Two Key Messages for a Good Start to 2015

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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. My perspective is the only thing I […]

Join Mrs. Claus in Making Your Holiday Healthier!

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. It is, as the song goes, beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  If your holiday season is anything like mine, it’s filled with fun, family, and that other fun word…food!  The […]

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 […]

The Communal Family Holiday – Survival Tips

We just survived a holiday with my in-laws, and when I say in-laws I don’t just mean Daddy-o’s parents – I mean ALL of the in-laws. At the top of the family pecking order is the grand matriarch, Oma. She has five grown kids, one of whom is Daddy-o. The total headcount for this communal […]