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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Saturday
Sep242011

Back to school, back to our routines and back to the neighbourhoods we call home. 

There is no time like the fall to remind us of home – the streets we live on, the shops we frequent and the places we meet.  Fall is brimming with tradition and this urban Mom is eager to get her family in full swing.  

A recent trip around my neighbourhood brought me to the Field House at Parkdale Market.  This is an amazing food boutique where everything is grown and produced locally.  Fall comfort cooking with my kids is a wonderful tradition, especially with fresh local products.  Have a look at my tip sheet for cooking with kids for ideas. 

The red and orange hues of the season warm the windows of shops and eateries.  As we pass The Collected Works, I notice friends gathering over coffee and families looking over the collection of new fall books.   My current Raise a Reader campaign is supported by The Collected Works.  My kids and I love to read together and I look forward to those cold fall days curled up with them around a book. 

Here are some books we love:

How do Apples Grow ~ Betsy Maestro

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf ~ Lois Ehlert

Too Many Pumpkins ~ Linda White

Johnny Appleseed ~ Reeve Lindbergh

The window at Thyme and Again is eye-catching.  Stepping inside, we are greeted by a wide array of fall decorations for the home and table.  I am tempted by a poster of their fall Thanksgiving catering menu – mouthwatering.  The kids picked out festive candles and napkins for our Thanksgiving table.  We will work on some crafts over the next few weeks to complete the look.  Here are some fall craft ideas.

Summer is gone for another year.  Camps and cottages, holidays and travels are over for another year.  Fall is upon us and it is good to be home! 

Sunday
Sep182011

Raise A Reader

As a Mom and an educator, early literacy is very important to me.  Every year, I put myself behind Canada.com's Raise A Reader campaign.  This very important campaign aims to raise much needed funds for early literacy initatives and to create awareness of the importance of literacy in young people.  
I am so excited about literacy that I am kicking my campaign off early on Rogers Daytime.  During the September 19 show, I share tips and resources to help parents and caregivers raise their own readers.  
This year, Raise A Reader day falls on Wednesday, September 28

The premise behind Raise-a-Reader is simple: if children know how to read, it helps ensure their success as adults. The higher someone's literacy level, the more likely that person is to be employed and have a higher income. Plus as parents, aunts and uncles the world over know, a child discovering the joy of reading is one of life's great pleasures.


Throughout the week, I will be tweeting and posting literacy tips on my facebook page.  And, I will be celebrating literacy by giving away a book a day sponsored by Thyme and Again  on my facebok page (see sidebar for details).  

 

 

Visit the Raise a Reader site and make a donation today.  




Friday
Sep022011

Setting Up for Success

Friday
Sep022011

Feeding minds 

Packing lunches is an art in itself. I remember opening my lunch and wondering what I was going to trade. Now the kids are not allowed to share food. The skill of packing lunches has become a challenge.


Some fun tips:

  • Korey Kealey of Foodthought, suggests packing in chopsticks for a fun way to eat. 
  • I like to use cookie cutters to make shapes out sandwiches. 
  • Use skewers; anything on a stick is fun!
  • To save room in your lunch bag, freeze your water bottle or juice box and use it as a feezer pack.
  • Add a note your child’s lunch letting them know you are thinking of them.


What to Pack

SnaX, an Ottawa based company, has created fun and healthy snack and lunch options.  Some great fresh ideas include egg salad on a stick, slider sandwiches and antijitos.
SnaX has launched a School Nutrition Awareness program that provides the participating school with an innovative week-long fundraiser that  exposes children to healthy international food in a fun inclusive manner. 

Their site is worth looking at www.mysnax.ca



How to Pack

Sistema's range of children's lunch boxes make lunch time fun, with lots of fun colours and compartments to keep food separated.  All products are built on Sistema's unique ability to capture the small design twists and turns, creating products that are both functional and that kids relate to. They are BPA free and made from lead free virgin materials!


A few lunch bags that stand out:

The ELLE lunch bag line are reusable insulated in the inside and come in a great choice of designs.

The coolmovers line of lunch bags is a great size for the little ones.

MITK Tip:  If your kids like carbonated drinks, there is a healthy way to offer that treat. Thanks to C.A. Paradis, the Chefs Paradise. The sodastream allows you to make carbonated drinks at home using more natural ingredients.  The bonus is that your kids can carry it in a reusable bottle.   

Monday
Jun272011

Pack it all in Canada Day!

small maple leafDress it up Canadian Style

 

It’s great to be in a crowd and see a big sea of red!

Here are some fun ideas of how to be part of that.
Temporary Tattoos are fun to apply! Visit your local paint store and get a stencil of a maple leaf. Use face paint and a sponge and paint the maple leaf on your cheek. Use the stencil and paint maple leaves on your backpack or onto your old white or red t-shirts. Iron ons and buttons are also great to attach to your back pack or shirts.


There are a lot of Canada Day options at your local stores. Capital city luggage was a great resource for me. The kids and I are adding decorated crowns to our style for the day. Jackson used a foam crown from the local craft store and decorated it with Canada Day stickers, temporary tattoos and, of course, some royal jewels. Meghan made a mosaic sticker crown; the jewels are sparkling bright to catch the princess' eye.

We are still making many Canada flags to wave. Older kids draw their own flags, but my kids used a sticker kit and put the pieces of the flag together. A great tip for the stick, is to use BBQ skewers for the poles. You are now dressed and ready for the Canada Day celebrations!

 

small maple leafMITK Quick Tips

Stand out in a crowd. Use a bright coloured backpack. The bright colour allows you to be recongizable in a crowd.

Keep food cool. Pack a lunch bag cooler. A tip for keeping things cold is to freeze your juice boxes overnight and use them as ice packs the next day. It's a great treat at the end of a hot day to have a cold drink.

 

 

small maple leafPack it all in Checklist

Here is a great  little checklist to help you 'pack it all in'. There are so many places to go and people to see, be ready for anything.

 

 

 

Don’t forget:

 Sunscreen

  • Hat
  • Towels
  • First Aid Kit
  • Dry Bag
  • Water Bottles (green option -  many water stations out there)
  • Cool Scarf
  • Rain Poncho
  • Wet Wipes
  • Umbrella (for both sun and rain)

Into the Night

  • Flashlight
  • Kleenex
  • Sparkles
  • Glow Bracelets (safety)

small maple leafNeed some time away from the crowds?

Pack some travel games and find a quiet spot. A travel game selection can be found at Scholars Choice

A few of my favorites are:

~Kanoodle

~ Yikers

~ Magnetic Checkers

~ Cards

 

 From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Canada Day! 

 

Julie

Mom in the Know