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Homework For Parents: Book Your Child’s Eye Exam

Back-to-school has become very commercialized over the years, so it’s easy to forget the things that really matter when it comes to preparing our kids for a new school year – like an eye exam! It is recommended that all children get an eye exam from a Doctor of Optometry before starting school for the […] Read more…

Niagara Fun Day 1: Everyone Loves Marineland

Our very first stop on Day 1 in Niagara Falls was Marineland! It was the girls’ first time there, and they had been excited about for months. We grabbed a bite to eat when we arrived (as you would expect, the food wasn’t cheap, however Marineland does allow you to bring in your own food, […] Read more…

Kate’s Favourite Things – August 2015

I have a jam-packed edition of Kate’s Favourite Things for you this month, because when I’m on holidays I have the time to soak a lot up – especially books! To save time and space, I’ll spare you a personal review of each book (I’m linking to Chapters so you can find them), but rest […] Read more…

Scott McGillivray Launches Digital Series “Good To Grow” on YouTube

Scott McGillivray, real estate and renovation expert and the host of the top-rated HGTV show, Income Property, has launched his first digital series, “Good to Grow,” on YouTube. “Good to Grow”​is a 1​6​ episode series that ​follows​ ​McGillivray as he and his family prepare​, plant, and harvest their fourth-annual organic vegetable garden. McGillivray and his wife Sabrina ​share their passion […] Read more…

Help Me Out, Win a $25 Tim Hortons Gift Card!

Hello, lovely reader! Yes, I’m talking to you! I’m working on an exciting new project (more details to come) and I need some reader input – in fact, as much as possible – from Canadian parents of school-aged children. If you fit the bill and you would be so kind as to answer the questions […] Read more…

My Stay-Slim Secrets! (Don’t judge a post by its title)

Come on, admit it. You’re not interested in my fun family travel stories. You haven’t visited for any of my educational expertise. My celebrity interviews? Meh. I can appear on national television and you don’t bother to click. But: WEIGHT LOSS! Now you’re here. I know one actress who laments the fact that no matter […] Read more…

Fun and Easy Summer Learning Ideas

In my latest post for Oxford Learning, I’m sharing some easy tips for holiday brain boosting – no textbooks or worksheets required! The list includes reading (with a link to popular family read-alouds), writing, math and questioning. Just because I’m a teacher, that doesn’t mean my kids are overworked on holidays. I’m an admitted screen-lover […] Read more…

Help Your Kids “Measure” Up This Summer

…and by “measure” up, I mean help reinforce measurement skills this summer. It’s so easy, and the kids won’t even know they’re doing math! In my latest CHEX Daily segment (just days before my first anniversary as a guest on the show) I chat with hosts Teresa Kaszuba and Mike Judson about all of the […] Read more…

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