Author: Sheri

CATSA’s naughty-or-nice list for airport security

If you think Santa’s list is long, you should check out the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s (CATSA) What Can I Bring list. It’s basically a naughty-or-nice list for airport security – a searchable database saying what can and cannot pass through airport security in your carry-on or checked luggage. It has hundreds of items, so here’s a seasonal selection of what’s ho-ho-ho and what’s no-no-no. Naughty Replica weapons: This shouldn’t be too surprising, but if you’re helping Santa to bring toy guns, replica knives or anything similar this holiday season, you’ll have to mail it to your destination...

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The Perfect Balance: Planning Your Child’s Summer Vacation

Even as adults, most of us can remember the feeling of freedom that descended upon us on the first day of our summer vacations from school. It felt like the weeks were stretching out in front of us, just waiting to be coloured in with experiences and free time– a feeling that it’s nigh-on impossible to replace in adulthood. Most of us remember our summer vacations with a happy, contented smile. As a parent however, we don’t quite see the summer vacations of our children in the same way. Many parents worry about how they will fill the time, how they will provide childcare cover, and how to ensure their child gets the most out of their time away from school. While we may be awhile off the summer of 2018, the truth is that planning for your child’s summer vacation really can’t start soon enough– especially if you want to give them the best experience possible. The key to a good summer vacation is balance. Mixing and matching activities, allowing for a fully productive summer that still has more than its fair share of fun. Below is an overview of the different activities you might want to plan into your child’s summer vacation, ensuring that their time free from school is as perfectly balanced as possible. Something Fun PixaBay “Fun” is a rather subjective thing; what your child...

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5 must-haves for large families

I never imagined myself as a mother of four. I appreciate silence and uninterrupted sleep too much for that! However, time and fate changed everything and now here I am… a married woman with four kids and a dog. While I have learned to live without silence, there are some things I just cannot live without. Here are five essential items for thriving in a large and busy household. So many bathrooms! Multiple bathrooms can be a life saver, particularly when there are teenagers in the house. The washroom is a place to experiment with hairstyles and new make-up....

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He found his life at Legoland

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is almost like stepping into a time machine and traveling back into your own childhood. Lego is one of those toys that many adults seem to enjoy as much as their kids. There’s something about those little blocks and the limitless creativity that they provide that just brings us all a little joy. My family is no exception to this so it’s no surprise that Legoland is a place that we have all enjoyed. My second son and I have had the pleasure of visiting Legoland California, and as an...

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Soft Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Since my son was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis four years ago, we have moved to making more gluten free products than ever before. The biggest downfall with gluten free cookies and baked goods has been the texture. The cookies we have purchased have always been hard and crumbled easily, while we prefer a nice soft cookie. With the help of gluten free flour, we made some delicious gluten free chocolate chip cookies that we can all enjoy. My recipe is inspired by the recipe found here: The Ultimate Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie and is adjusted to have less sugar. Soft...

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