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Sticks and Stones -The Power of Words

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Words are powerful. My dad was an English teacher and word junkie so we were always taught to use our words carefully. The lesson has stuck with me and I have found that in raising my kids, I’m careful about not using vocabulary words that I don’t like. There are certain words not in my personal dictionary, that I’m pretty sure they’ve never heard me use. The short list includes: … Read More →

Harlem Globetrotters Summer Basketball Clinic

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I asked my girls to give me one word to describe their experience at the Harlem Globetrotters summer basketball clinic in Orange. They simply replied, “so much fun!” Well, that is not quite one word, but the look on their faces said it all. They had a great time. They are still asking when can they go back again, and they are still practising some of the tricks they learned. … Read More →

Fan Friday Contest: Love to Dream

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  Welcome to PTPA’s Fan Friday contest! We’re super glad that you’re here. We are thrilled to announce that one (1) lucky winner will receive a  Swaddle UP swaddle from Love to Dream (a $30 value!) Enter for your chance to win!   This contest will run all day on Friday, August 1st, 2014! Tell your friends!   Swaddling your baby with arms UP can help them self-soothe & sleep longer. … Read More →

The Top Reasons I No Longer Listen To the News

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Much to my mothers dismay, I am that person who believes that ignorance can sometimes indeed be bliss.  As a result, a few years ago after being thoroughly saddened by a streak of kidnappings in the news, terrorist bombings and a disease outbreak, I made a controversial decision.  I decided that I would limit my intake of news to primarily business related information and not start every day on a depressing … Read More →

First Day of School Anxiety

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So, here it is, late July and I’m panicking….Yep, I’m already panicking about the start of school in SEPTEMBER! Crazy? Maybe. Maybe not. My only baby…that little boy that I still see as a sweet little bundle swaddled in a bassinet, smelling like a newborn every time I close my eyes, is starting school. BIG school. No more preschool – this is the real deal.   Reality slapped me in the … Read More →

Kid Craft for a raining day: Lighthouse Night light

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Summer time means getting outside and enjoying all that nature has to offer. That can mean taking a hike through a forest, riding your bike around the block or taking a trip to the beach. Going to the beach is one of my kids favourite things to do. A few years ago, a group of coworkers, their families and my sister, set out on a grand adventure for a day … Read More →

Back to School!!  

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  Yes, it’s not as far away as you think! Here in New Brunswick the children return the first week of September. “That’s quite a bit away?” you say. I’ll remember that when I start seeing my Facebook feed blowing up with parents upset that they can’t find adequate supplies like stationary or sneakers. I know your children are in vacation mode but do you really want the stress of … Read More →

Mothers Against Photoshop {MAPS}

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Anyone else fed up with the heavy finger society seems to have with Photoshop these days? You see this never seemed to bother me, not quite like it does now. I struggled as a young woman, striving for perfection that was unobtainable without the help from a computer mouse, and now I’m a mother, a mother of a daughter who will one day face the same frustration and struggles as I … Read More →

Go Camping and Still Enjoy Healthy Eating

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I just returned from what was one of the wettest camping trips ever. It wasn’t a sleep-in-the-van-overnight “oops the tent REALLY leaks” wet like we experienced on our 2012 camping adventure but it did rain for a full 15 hours during the day on this trip. And we were with 7 families and 18 kids. Ice cream and wine got us through. Rain aside, this camping trip got me thinking … Read More →

Angelcare AC1200 At Home

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The screams from the next room can be deafening. Other times, there are no noises at all, and you wonder if your child is already awake. But all smart parents know, you don’t walk in and risk waking up that sleeping baby. Instead, you have another coffee and wait & wonder. At times, this turns to worry. Is the baby still breathing? Is the child stuck in the crib somehow? But, … Read More →