Thanksgiving Desserts - October 8, 2017

Muffin Tin Fritattas - September 13, 2017

First Time Back to School - August 25, 2017

Back to School Must Haves - August 14, 2017

Back to School Snacks - August 14, 2017


Long Weekend Games - August 1, 2017

Packing 101 - August 1, 2017

Camping Treats - July 13, 2017

Cooking with Kids - July 5, 2017


Maple Mustard Turkey Burgers  - June 6, 2017

Butter Tart Maple Apple Squares - March 14, 2017


 

Januaury 1, 2017 - Cooking Up Ideas for a Healthy 2017

 

 

November 23 - Kid's Week on CTV

 

September 6 - CTV Morning Live

Fresh Ideas from Foodland

September 23 - CTV Morning Live

Grilling with Rob Rainford

 

September 21 - CTV Morning Live

Fall Home Decorating and Hacks

 

September 6 - CTV Morning Live

Get Cracking #wakeupyellow


August 15 - City Montreal

Back to School

 

August 12 - Rogers TV - Daytime


August 10 - Rogers TV - Daytime

 

August 9 - CTV Morning Live

Twists on Breakfast

 

 

 

 

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Monday
Oct162017

Happy Halloween

  Halloween is one of my absolute favourite holidays of the year.  I just love the costumes, the parties, the decorating and pumpkin carving and best of all the little trick or treaters.   Over the years, I have written countless blogs and appeared on various shows sharing some of my best ideas and inspiration with you.  This year, I have assembled some of my favourite blogs and updated my annual lists of pumpkin patches and events.  Look for me on this year on CTV Morning Live and Rogers TV for this year’s latest Halloween tips and tricks.              

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Sunday
Oct082017

Thanksgiving Desserts

Wednesday
Jun282017

Summer Must Haves

School’s out and kids are looking forward to lazy days, action packed-adventures, summer sports, water play and exploration.  Mom in the Know has some tips on making this summer a fun one.  Make sure that you have this year’s must haves ready before the last school bell rings. 

Start with a bucket list

Work together to make a family summer bucket list using materials you have readily available at home.  It can be as simple as a pad and paper.  You could also use sand pails, clothes pins, popsicle sticks or jars and paper.  Post it notes also work well for this.  Leave the bucket in a place where everyone can see it and add to it as they please.

Make Active Easy

Make sure your kids stay active this summer by keeping outdoor sports and fun equipment close at hand.  I leave all of the essentials just outside my door in a big basket.  You could include

 

Mom in the Know’s Summer Must Haves

 

 

Cubby Cubes for Packing

Mables Labels

Sparkle Sunscreen

Buffs

Twiga Clothing

Floating Sunglasses

Dry Towels

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
May162017

Hacks to Prevent Bugs

 

The Basics

With the onset of the warm weather comes bug season.  Little pests of all kinds wreak havoc on our early summer outings, play dates and get togethers.  Don’t distress.  A few quick tips will help you to keep the bugs and bay and get you on your way to enjoying a glorious start to the summer season. 

Mosquitos love dark clothing and they love yoga style, tight pants.  To deter the bugs, wear long, light baggy clothing in light or white colours.  Choose long pants and long sleeves when you can. 

Did you know that blackflies gravitate to the highest point of your body – behind your ears and neck?  If you get caught in an area where there are quite a few blackflies buzzing around, put your hand in the air.  The flies will go to your hand where they are not likely to bite.

In the Yard

The best way to keep the inset population in check is to plant an organic garden and flowers to attract birds and other insects that will eat the bugs.  Songbirds feed loads of insects to their young and to themselves.  Woodpeckers and other cavity nesters such as nuthatches, and chickadees also eat insects.  Remember the  Basicstoads, snakes, bats, dragonflies and spiders and you have a great defense against the summertime bugs. 

*The best bloom to attract songbirds in cornflower.   Hummingbirds love coral bells.   Along with the organic garden, you may want to consider planting insect repelling herbs such as lavender, thyme, mint and citronella near the patios and use fresh plants as bug repellent in a pinch.    

Here are a couple of great recipes for natural bug repellents.

MOSQUITO YARD SPRAY

Big bottle Blue cheap mouthwash

3 cups of Epsom salts

3 stale 12 oz cheap beer

 

Mix those three ingredients together until salt is dissolved and spray anywhere you sit outside. It will not harm plants or flowers.

NATURAL BUG REPELLENT CANDLE

2 lemon wedges

2 lime wedges

Mason jar with water

fresh rosemary

7-10 drops of lavender essential oils

floating candle

Ticks have emerged as a real problem lately.  Kids love playing in the leaves and grasses that can be heavily populated with ticks which can cause Lyme disease.  Make sure your kids are covered up if they are out playing or walking in wooded areas.  If you think you have been exposed to ticks, be sure to check for tick bites on your scalp, ankles, armpits, , l and behind your ears and knees.  Wash yourself right away and launder your clothing including drying in a hot dryer.  Don’t forget to check your pets. 

Here's the recipe from Dr. Marie Matheson (Lyme Literate Naturopathic Doctor):

  http://hamptonwellnesscentre.com/dr-marie-matheson/

100ml spray bottle

30 drops Solvarome essential oil blend by Seroyal

10 drops Bergamot essential oil

Top up the rest of the bottle with water

Optional: 4 citronella essential oil for mosquitoes

To remove an attached tick use fine-tipped tweezers or tick remover (can be purchased at most pet stores) at the surface of the skin as soon as you notice it.  Pull upward with steady, even pressure.  If tweezers are not available use a tissue to protect your fingers as exposure to tick fluids may lead to transmission of disease.  Try not to twist the tick because you do not want to break it and leave any parts in the skin.  Do NOT burn the tick off with a match or lighter.  Do NOT try to suffocate the tick with petroleum jelly or oil – this will cause the tick to regurgitate its infected guts and saliva into your body increasing your chance of getting the disease

Let’s not forget the fruit flies.  The best way to avoid the flies or course is to keep fresh produce covered and sealed.  If you do happen to get a few in your kitchen, try this quick and easy recipe and can be left on the counter to collect the flies.

 ·         red wine vinegar or red wine

·         sugar

·         drop of dish soap

Add water to create bubbles. That is what traps the fruit flies.

Using pesticides is tempting to get rid of nasty bugs but you could also be killing the useful bugs.  Here are some planting tips from Canadian Wildlife Federation. http://cwf-fcf.org/en/explore-our-work/connecting-with-nature/in-the-garden/cwf-day.html

Monday
May082017

Mother's Day Gift of Time with Her Kids

The one thing every mom wants for Mother’s Day is more time with her kids. Whether that means going for a family hike, planting flowers or baking a cake, the experiences you share create lasting memories. Include a thoughtful gift to remind her of the day and you have the perfect Mother’s Day plan. 


Plant a Garden

Does your mom have a green thumb? Indulge her love for gardening with a day spent in the dirt. Come prepared with a thoughtful selection of seeds and bulbs.

After you’ve tended the flowers, take a break to drink some lemonade and present Mom with some beautiful Gardenering Hand Cream from Terra 20.                                                                                                            

Have a Picnic

Recapture old traditions with a picnic in the park. Good food and  some fun games are all you need for a wonderful afternoon with mom.  Need some help with a few goodies or a perfect gift?  Thyme and Again has a beautiful selection of gift baskets, napkins and scrumptious treats for you Mom. 
 
 
Go for a Hike
 
The mom who loves the great outdoors won’t say no to a hike, so go ahead and hit the trail.  Explore the Gatineau Hills or stick to your own neighbourhood. Is Mom and avid hiker?  She will love one of these beautiful daypacks from Mountain Equipment Co-op.

 
Take a Bike Ride

There’s nothing like a leisurely bike ride on Mother’s Day. Our city is full of lovely bike paths and green spaces for you to enjoy together. Gather the family for a ride and don’t forget the bike-friendly gifts, like this sweet bike basket from Bushtukah.

 

Bake Something Together

For moms who love to bake, a date in the kitchen (with help from her family sous chefs) will be an experience to treasure. Pick up all the ingredients in advance, and don’t forget to take notes on her techniques for making the greatest treats of all time.  For the perfect gift, consider a delightful new apron from Kitchenalia