5 Hidden Gems in Ottawa’s Byward Market

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  This spring I was in Ottawa for a conference, this time it was just Baby Roo and I on a girls road trip.  Even though we were not staying in downtown Ottawa I made sure to make a trip, well 2 actually, to the Byward Market.  A lovely area of downtown Ottawa that offers amazing shops, restaurants and atmosphere.  Walking distance from Parliament Hill spend an afternoon

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Don’t Break the Bank this Summer – Tips for Budgeting for Summer Activities

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Please tell me I am not the only one who is panicking that that summer is almost here. This is Monkeys first summer “off”. Now that he is a school kid, this is the first time I have had to worry about summer plans for him as he was always in daycare previously. And wow is there a lot of planning, organization and saving that needs to go into 1 summer! We are going to be

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Summer Day Trips in Ontario

What to do at Canada’s Wonderland when you don’t love Roller Coasters

  This one is going to be a special one around the Little Miss Kate household.  It will be the first time Monkey has had the whole summer off from school as he is just finishing JK and it will be the last time I will have a whole summer off on maternity leave as our family is now complete.  With these things in mind we want to make the most of our summer with some fun

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Great Wolf Lodge Vacation Tips and Discount Code

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Well we are back from a mini vacation to Great Wolf Lodge!  We had a fantastic time with the kids and I can't wait to tell you all about it and share some of my travel tips with you for when you take a trip to Great Wolf Lodge.  We had the pleasure of staying at the Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls, the only Canadian location they have.  If you have not heard of Great Wolf Lodge

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Vancouver with Kids

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  Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in the world. Set between the ocean and mountains it is no wonder it was chosen for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  When traveling with kids in a large city it’s hard to know what the best spots are for getting to know the city as well as keeping the kids entertained.  Here are some highlights of Vancouver that

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How to Prevent Heat Stroke – What to look for on those sunny hot days

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  When we are enjoying the outdoors with our little ones we tend to be diligent about the sunscreen and hats but it’s important to remember how easily children can over heat if over dressed or just out playing in the sun. A fun afternoon play date in the park can quickly turn serious if your child gets heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  Knowing the signs to look out for and

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Tips for Packing for a day at the……BEACH!

Tips for Packing for a day at the BEACH!

  Are you thinking about those bright warm sunny days just around the corner?  Yearning for the sand beneath your toes and the excited cries of children running wild, splashing in the water?  Me too!  While I’m dreaming about swapping the down jackets for t shirts and kicking off the winter boots for flip flops I’ve decided to come up with ideas on how to pack for the

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How to Deal With Unexpected Layovers While Traveling With Children

How to Deal With Unexpected Layovers While Traveling With Children

  You’ve checked in, checked your luggage and patiently waited in agonizingly slow security lines only to get to the gate and see those ill-fated words “delay.” Now what? If you are lucky your gate is near the playground and you can simply let your children loose to play within sight, grab a coffee sit back and relax.   However if that is not the case, take a

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Tips For Packing A Carry On Bag For A Child

Tips For Packing A Carry On Bag For A Child

  Once children are over the age of 2 years old you are required to purchase their own seat when flying.  Although this does add to the cost of a family vacation there is an added benefit.  The child is able to bring on their own carry on luggage and I highly recommend it in order to spread the load.  The focus for a carry on for children should be entertainment

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There’s More to Niagara than The Falls

There’s More to Niagara than The Falls

Niagara’s main attraction has always been The Falls, however there is so much more to do there than activities related to this alluring and attractive centrepiece. No matter what your interests are, you are sure to be able to find plenty of things to do in this area, and there are many family friendly activities. The Fallsview Hotel - If you are looking to find a Fallsview

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7 Tips For Flying With Young Children

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Planning a family trip can leave you feeling exhausted before you’ve even taken a step out the door. Here are a few tips and tricks for flying with young children so you can relax on your family vacation.  Let them pack their own small backpack and carry it - Most kids love doing this and stuffing in as many toys, crayons, etc as they can.  Their backpack becomes their

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Explore Winter Time Fun at the Toronto Snow Show #SnowShow14 {Giveaway}

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"Mommy I want a snowboard" - words I did not expect from Monkey, my 4 year old son, but that is exactly what he has been asking for the past few weeks.  I think Monkey is getting excited about winter coming soon.  And why shouldn't he be excited?  Living in Canada we can embrace winter and all it has to offer including getting outside for some family fun time.  That is just

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