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RBC RESP Mandela

Saving for the Future with an RESP

Does thinking about financial planning for the future give you night terrors? Finances can be a tricky thing at the best of times; it requires knowledge, keen eye, discipline… and sometimes even a little luck, when you’re talking about investments. I’m one of those who didn’t learn about how stock investment, debt, and credit worked until many years after I became an adult. I regret not knowing more about it earlier because my late … [Read More...]

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Potato Leek Soup

There is a half a pound of butter in this Potato Leek Soup. Before you run screeching from the room shouting "Those Pleasantville people have lost their minds!", just chill, ok? This soup is like dessert; it's a treat. It's what I deem an everything-in-moderation recipe. Pull yourself together, people, because there's also cream, bacon and cheddar in here, too. Mwahahahahahaha. Before I continue, I should mention that if you are … [Read More...]

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Poppin’ Tags: Busting Myths About Thrifting

Let's admit it, thrifting has a bit of an image problem. It's too bad really because some of the best scores I've ever made have been made while thrifting. Vintage dishes, antique furniture and even designer jeans are among some of my amazing finds. Aside from the obvious score, I also feel really good about myself when I purchase something from the thrift store. I've done my part to help the environment and I've also saved … [Read More...]

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No Monkey Business Gluten-Free Banana Muffins

The last few weeks I've felt like "The Flash" on speed. Maybe not my entire body, but my brain anyway. It's the time of year when all of my worlds collide: job, volunteering, and hobbies. Throw in a season-change and our poor dog's out-of-control allergies  translate to the entire family being up all night listening to her gnaw her paws. It's a recipe for brain freak-outs.  With all of the craziness I haven't stuck to … [Read More...]

Momma’s Got An Opinion

Top Ten Back to School Movies

Top Ten Back to School Movies

There are curled, dried up maple leaves on my driveway this morning and I can hardly smell sunscreen on my kids anymore. There's been no sticky burnt marshmallow crust in my hair for almost a week and every store I go to has aisles full of sullen children crying over pencil crayon displays. Summer's all but done, and come this time just a few days from now, it'll … [Read More...]

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Snack Attack: Stop the Madness

When I became a mother I knew the role would require me to fulfill certain tasks, but I never realized how it would be a full-time job keeping my children satiated. Children everywhere around me appeared to be hungry at all times and it was a given that I should prevent my kids from understanding what hunger felt like. As I looked around and learned from other … [Read More...]

Summer Camp Alternatives

I Can’t Afford Summer Camp, So What the Hell Do I Do With These Kids?

Summer camp is like orthodontic care: it's a great idea in theory; it can change a child's life; and it is very, very expensive. So, if you are like me (read: poor ) I sympathize. As much as I'd love to send my kids away to the wild north woods of Ontario for several fun-filled weeks, it just isn't going to happen because my daughter's new braces cost the same as … [Read More...]

A fridge full of food and I still don't know what's for dinner!

Hate Cooking? Indifferent to Food? How to Survive in A World of Foodies

I hate food. You wouldn't know it to look at me, but it's true. (I wouldn't put myself in the overweight category, but I don't look like I've missed many meals.) I don't have an eating disorder, I have a FOOD disorder. I hate deciding what to cook, I hate shopping for it, preparing it and I don't even enjoy eating it all that much. In fact, if I could take a pill … [Read More...]

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RBC RESP Mandela

Saving for the Future with an RESP

Does thinking about financial planning for the future give you night terrors? Finances can be a tricky thing at the best of times; it requires knowledge, keen eye, discipline… and sometimes even a little luck, when y … [Read More...]

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Love Your Boobs – Run for the Cure

By the time I was in Grade 5, I was fully developed. When I say developed, I mean I was no longer training my chest, it had exploded overnight it seemed into full size cans, jugs, chesticles…..big honkin boobs! Whatever y … [Read More...]

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How to Go RVing in NYC

Okay, so maybe the title of this post is a little misleading. You're not exactly going to pull your RV up to Central Park and put out the slides, ok? You can go RVing in NYC though even if you're not "technically" in … [Read More...]

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How To Be A Good Houseguest

You’ve saved your money, arranged time off from the daily routine, and arrived by plane, train, or automobile to parts unknown. Okay, maybe not entirely unknown if you’re visiting a friend or your ancestral home, but … [Read More...]

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Experience Prince Edward County

Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, picturesque Prince Edward County should be on everyone’s vacation list. Though there is an abundance of activities for families, the County is a fantastic place for parents to play … [Read More...]

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