Babysitting Questions and Answers

The new issue of Peterborough, Northumberland or Lakeridge Kids, depending where you live, has just hit the stands (and the net), and in it my latest article:  Babysitting FAQ’s. Who hasn’t dealt with the problem of finding, training, and keeping quality teenage babysitters? I have to say, we have been extremely lucky: we’ve had an incredible babysitter […] Read more…

Shopping For Baby? The Honest-To-Goodness Must-Haves (and a Special offer from The Cuddly Bunny!)

Moms-to-be these days are absolutely bombarded with advertisements for baby products, but are all of these must-haves really, well, must-have? With a few friends expecting babies right now (and a couple more who are hoping to be) I thought this would make a valuable topic to explore. Some baby gear can wait (your baby won’t be in […] Read more…

How Do You Mix Greek Mythology With Irish Tradition?

Simple: get a Pandora bracelet for St Patrick’s Day! I woke up in Toronto on the morning of March 17th to find a little package on the hotel nightstand. I had to put on my glasses to get a better look, and to my utmost pleasure I saw a little Pandora logo on the sticker. I had secretly […] Read more…

Have you met Fancy Nancy?

Meet Fancy Nancy…my daughter’s new best friend! If you have a little girl and you don’t know Fancy Nancy, you need to sprint (that’s a fancy word for run) to the bookstore or library and introduce her to this fabulous character. Now, I’m all for avoiding gender stereotypes. My daughters have tractor books, hockey books, and […] Read more…

Our March Break Getaway

Friends of ours invited the four of us to join them for March Break in the Bahamas. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Instead, I am here to regale you with the exciting tales of our long-distance voyage to Toronto, Ontario! Woo hoo, you may be thinking. From where we live, Toronto is only a commute away, […] Read more…

“Country Bumpkins, Who Are You Wearing???”

Admittedly, my daughters’ red carpet appearances are few and far between, (especially now that my parents have pulled up their seventies-rust-coloured basement flooring), but I still like them to look their best when we go out. Is there any mom out there who hasn’t hit the road with perfectly coiffed and attired children, only to […] Read more…

Smartkiddies Mathematics

Here’s a website which will appeal to teachers and parents alike: Smartkiddies Mathematics. At Smartkiddies, you’ll find printable worksheets and interactive math activities sorted by both grade and topic.  As a teacher, I often pull up the site on my laptop and project it to my Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) to teach or reinforce concepts. As well, teachers can create accounts […] Read more…

Notes About Comments

In honour of some of my friends and family members who are new to this blog thing, I thought I’d clear up some questions about the “comments” process. If you’re on the home page, you can either click “read more” at the bottom of a post or  ” # comments” beside the title to bring you […] Read more…

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