5 Must-Haves to Make School Mornings Easier from Canadian Tire + Giveaway

I have been lazy this summer with the sleeping in and lack of routine but now is the time where I am looking for products to help make our school mornings easier. Sometimes something as simple as a place to house the kids belongings or a machine to house our coffee is the difference between a WTF morning and one that went off hitch-free. Some of our must-have items to make our mornings easier can be found on sale at Canadian Tire right now. I love getting a deal on items I was going to buy anyways 😉 5 Must-Haves to Make School Mornings Easier from Canadian Tire This 3-Cube Storage Bench is a welcome addition to any family with kids. With ample storage you can have a space for the kids to put their backpacks and homework keeping the front hallway clear of clutter. Hopefully it will be the… View Post

How to Win as the Designated Lunch Maker

Like many of you, I am anxiously awaiting September 6th so that the kids can head out to school. I will gladly step up to my role of ‘lunch maker’ in exchange for a day with only half of the kids. The difference between two kids and four is life-changing and I may even be able to sneak in naps during the day again. School snacks have always been a hit-and-miss in our home because we have four little people to satisfy. Not only do I want to give them healthy options, I also need the snacks to be convenient. I don’t have time to cut my kids apples up into a butterfly shapes with cheese cleverly disguised into smiley faces. iÖGO nanö for Lunch In the weeks before school starts, we start the process of finding out what the kids like and don’t like for school lunches. What I… View Post

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Compact, Stylish and Safe–Diono Radian rXT

Who loves carseats? I for one can list carseats at the TOP of my baby needs wish list. It is the one item you NEED to have before the hospital will release the baby to go home. It will be keeping your little one safe starting on the first journey home and for many, many years to come.  When I first started my parenting journey I was clueless on the importance of a good seat. We bought a fairly inexpensive travel system (still $500 8 years ago) that we liked the design of and could get coordinating baby gear. Probably not the smartest idea but I am 100% sure we are not the only parents who made a choice based on looks alone. I have vivid memories of asking my husband to make sure the straps were loose on their bulky winter gear so they didn’t “suffocate” or tucking the… View Post

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Tips for Affording Extracurricular Activities

Back-to-School is coming and that also means extracurriculars are going to start up. With all of the costs of back-to-school already piling up I think it’s pretty fair to say that those extra classes may be more of a want than a need. Last week, along with some other blogging moms, we got to meet with Shirley Malloy, Associate Vice President of Everyday Banking at TD, and parenting coach Terry Carson, about how to do extracurriculars right and tips on how to be able to afford them. It is possible to do on a budget but you have to be a bit of a savvy parent. TD recently polled Canadians and about 40% of Canadian parents with children under 18 spend $1000 or more per child during the school year on extracurriculars and half of them finding budgeting for these activities stressful. Of those polled 50% admitted to not putting their… View Post

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Budget Friendly School Shopping From Pass It On

Who else is looking at their back-to-school budget wondering how it will all get done?  Our kids not only need uniforms they also need regular clothes to get them through the fall and I am over here scratching my head on how it will all get done. This is where we needed some help because we either didn’t get enough clothes or we went over budget. Not this year, this year we got some help that even made it possible for mom to get some goodies. Perks of Being a Savvy Shopper at Pass It On Consignment Pass It On Consignment is a midtown Toronto store that works on a wonderful premise. The collect high-quality clothes from community members (consignors) and sell them at a fraction of the price, splitting the profit with the consignors.  When you buy from this local business you are not only supporting the two moms… View Post

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