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Roast Carrot Soup with Ginger and Orange

Sometimes I get weird heart palpitations. I hate them. They scare me. They’re called premature ventricular contractions or "PVCs" and they’re fairly benign as far as cardiac events go, but I don’t know too much about them because I stopped listening to the doctor after he said “Your heart” and “isn’t beating properly” in the same sentence. I can’t do an internet search about them because I have learned to avoid Dr.Google like inf … [Read More...]

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Jumpstart Pedal for Kids – Getting Kids in the Game

Ugh. Is it really September? I was just easing into summer and now I have to mentally prepare myself for the approaching chaos and I'm not talking about homework. I'm talking about competition season which starts in earnest for my cheerleading daughters in September and ends sometime next spring. It means countless hours at the the gym for them, hours and hours in the car for me, and several out-of-town trips to compete. It also … [Read More...]

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 all be a frozen margarita-soaked memory. So, buh-bye Summer 2014! We … [Read More...]

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Building Healthy Habits for Back to School

Today Life in Pleasantville is happy to welcome Theresa Albert, a Toronto nutritionist. Theresa shares her advice for parents who may be stuck in the BBQ hotdog and potato chip rut of summer and are looking for a "healthy re-boot" come back-to-school time. - Ed. Dear whoever is in charge, Please help me through another back to school season; I know that the summer’s loose, lovely ways will give in to the hectic juggle of s … [Read More...]

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Roast Carrot Soup with Ginger and Orange

Sometimes I get weird heart palpitations. I hate them. They scare me. They’re called premature ventricular contractions or "PVCs" and they’re fairly benign as far as cardiac events go, but I don’t know too much about them because I stopped listening to the doctor after he said “Your heart” and “isn’t beating properly” in the same sentence. I can’t do an interne … [Read More...]

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Dinner On The Go: When the Dining Room is a Minivan

With four kids under 13, I try to keep the extracurricular activities to one or two per child at any given time. But when you multiply that by the number of kids in my family, it still means we are out during dinner time multiple times a week. On these days, dinner is served in our family's dining room #2, also known as the back seat of the van. Dinner on the go … [Read More...]

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Apple Bacon Spinach Salad

I can just about guarantee we're not going to be gifted with an Indian Summer this year; I can smell fall in the air already. The trees have begun to turn colours here and there, and while we had a *SURPRISE* hot couple of days finally, in the evening the temperatures are chilly. School starts next week, and apple season in Ontario begins right … [Read More...]

Bento Box School Lunches

Healthy School Lunches in 5 Easy Steps

Five years ago, had I come across photos like the ones I now post of my kids’ school lunches, I’d probably think "Behind this lunch is an over-achieving mother,  trying to keep up appearances." Because, COME ON. Who has the time or energy to make school lunches everyday—let alone lunches containing all four food groups and a drink? And it's true; I do … [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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The 100 Foot Journey and Patak’s Canada

The best part of being a Patak's Mom this past year, aside from all the great food I've been trying, is the way Patak's Canada encourages us not just to learn about Indian food but the culture as well. They have sent us … [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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