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My latest Labour Day weekend was filled with an eclectic group of activities and people. It started with art and followed by an impromptu picnic in a downtown Toronto Park. We saw family and friends we didn’t expect to see this weekend and tasted epicurean delights that created wonderful taste sensations in the mouth and [...]

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When my Miss Mouse was young and I would rather tear off my left arm than be apart from my little girl. I often wondered how I might deal with the returning to work and leaving her for extended periods of time (it was horrid thanks for asking!) and made myself sick just thinking about [...]

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Today we presented a fellow pregnant colleague with a baby gift as tomorrow is her last day in the office (this is the second one to go this year –I swear there is something in our water!) I just love baby showers. I think I love the shopping for them most of all (I offered [...]

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Yesterday, as we were in the chaotic rush known as weekday mornings at my house, I scooped up my ever growing daughter and exclaimed “wow you are getting heavy!” Our little pint-sized parrot immediately said “Heavy Emme” and pointed to herself. Being somewhat neurotic and paranoid about perpetuating negative body-image things to my daughter I [...]

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Happy Family Day  (and a Happy President’s Day to my American friends!) I hope everyone enjoyed their much needed long weekend. I so appreciated this relatively new holiday (at least to Ontario) not only because it gives us a welcome repose in the  gruelling end of the harshness of our Canadian winter but it also [...]

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Ah l’amour! Despite it’s huge commercialization I do appreciate that there is a day where we can unabashadly show our loved one we adore them and you know I love any excuse to buy more books! Want a gift that will last beyond the the couple days before wilting or outlast the sugar high then [...]

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When I was pregnant with my daughter I was convinced I was having a boy.  I thought the hormones coursing through my veins and body meant that I was one with the growing being inside of me and that I could feel him. So confident was I, that I bought boy’s clothes (or more unisex [...]

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I think being active is very important for children and am always surprised at how little stock the education system, parents and educators put into it. Perhaps one of the most valuable things we can do for our children (aside from instilling a love of reading of course!) is to model or encourage children to [...]

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Today was Thanksgiving Monday in Canada, normally a day set aside for turkey dinners, family and loafing around trying to wear off the effects of the turkey coma that inevitably sets in. It wasn’t the case at our house. Having had two lovely dinners on Saturday and Sunday and being working parents with a toddler, [...]

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When I had first heard of the book The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear by David Bruins and illustrated by Hilary Leung (ISBN: 9781554534869, Kids Can Press, 2009) it was mentioned with the reverence and hushed tones of a favoured secret, like a newly discovered indie band or a off-the-beaten-path boutique with unique finds. Intrigued [...]

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