Author: Sheri

Do you want zinc oxide in your sunscreen?

The following content is sponsored. All opinions are my own. When I was a kid we played outside all day long and I don’t remember applying sunscreen, although I suppose it probably did happen some of the time. It wasn’t such a concern forty years ago, especially when you have olive skin that rarely burned. Today we know a little more about the importance of sun protection. Thanks to research, we know that a single sunburn in childhood can double one’s risk of developing melanoma. That’s not a risk I want to take with my children! AVEENO® is a...

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Win a $50 Build-a-Bear Gift Card

Almost seven years ago my youngest son met his best friend at Build-A-Bear. I should say, he built his best friend, a dog named “Ben”. For years afterwards, Ben remained at Griffin’s side. He slept with him and went on car rides with him, and even went to school with him for the first couple of years. He was Griffin’s security item and it all started at my daughter’s birthday party at Build-A-Bear. Recently I had the chance to take Griffin back to Build-A-Bear, along with three of his cousins, to make some more memories. I was particularly excited...

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From Tears to Cheers at Muskoka Woods

I left each of my children with their respective counsellors at Muskoka Woods. The youngest scowled. The oldest shed a couple of tears and my sweet daughter broke down because she didn’t want to be left at summer camp. As a work at home mom and a family that often gets to travel together, my kids haven’t spent a lot of time away from mom and dad. I love that I am their safe space, but I also know how important it is for them to spread their wings a little, and I couldn’t think of a better place...

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Our Journey in Search of the Giant

“What is Tonga Lumina?” Each of my children had asked this question over the past few days, and now my husband was wondering the same thing. I didn’t really have an answer for them, other than what I had read on signs through the Mont Tremblant Pedestrian Village. “It’s a nighttime activity where you search for the giant. There’s some sort of light show.” My lame description did nothing to instill excitement to keep the kids up past their bedtimes and drag them through the mountains at night, but it’s my job so there were no objections. We were...

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Up a Creek Without a Paddle

Conquering my fears I was afraid to kayak. I’m not sure why because I’ve always been a strong swimmer and I love the water, but kayaks intimidated me. Perhaps it was the idea of flipping in the water and not being able to get back in the boat, a concern I may still have today, or I wasn’t sure I could handle the paddling. Either way, I had avoided the opportunity every time it arose, until 2015. I was on a press trip where kayaking was on the agenda and I knew I was going to have to do...

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