Monday, September 15, 2014
With the start of a new school year, I think it is important to set some routines for our children around doing some extra practice after school. This routine is very important to us, especially since the school my children attend don't give homework due to the no homework policy. I find the selection of books at the DK's Back to School boutique such as their Made Easy series, and 10 Minutes a Day series are helpful for my children to get some extra practice and ask us questions about context they would have been introduced to in school. These books and more are now available for 30% off its regular price.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
There are so many places to see within downtown Montreal, and I am glad we went to check out the Pointe-à-Callière Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History that had the temporary exhibit of the epic journey of Marco Polo, as well as many fun permanent exhibits. It was fun for us to learn and see how the archaeologist go deep underground.
As a parent, I think it helps if we give some thought about our children's education from the time they are young instead of waiting for the days when it gets closer for them to go to university or college. Starting to save when they are small also takes off a load of stress in the future when they need the money for education. I was part of the private school system up to grade eight, so my tuition fee was a big portion of my parents' financial expenses. My parents did start saving from the time I was in a public high school, but the funds were not enough to pay for university.
The hustle and bustle of back-to-school can be stressful for everyone in the family, but it doesn’t have to be, at least when it comes to planning healthy snacks and meals. A recent survey conducted by Nanos showed that 52% of respondents thought kids ate less healthy today than they did when they were young, and many still stress about school lunches. Preparing ahead of time is a great way to ease our mind and make sure we have a well-balanced diet throughout the day.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Model Magic is a wonderful lightweight, spongy, unique modelling material for children to shape fun figures, blend, or cover objects and decorate. It is much easier to use than clay, and the non-crumbling formula sticks to itself and not our fingers. The finished objects are left outside to air dry, depending on the size of the craft shape it can take overnight or up to 72 hours to dry.
I have never watched a movie in a drive-in movie theatre, but have seen many movies where people go to drive-in theatres, which looks like a fun experience I would want to try. In the 1950s, Canada has had over 250 drive-in theatres and they were the hottest ticket in town. In recent years, more than 4,000 drive-ins have gone dark across North America. It’s not too late share the joy of the drive-in movies with your family and friends at one Canada’s 50 remaining outdoor screens. Grab a blanket and catch a movie under the stars before summer ends or, add a stop on your fall road trip.
Culinary All-Stars compete for the first ever Cutthroat Kitchen Superstar Sabotage Tournament Hosted by Alton Brown. This five-Episode primetime event premieres on Food Network Wednesday, October 8th at 9pm ET/PT with the first all-star match-up, leading up to a final showdown between the four heat winners on Wednesday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT, where the grand prize is awarded. Among the sixteen chefs only the craftiest and most cunning chefs survive in this battle of cooking chops and sabotage skills, and just one wins ultimate bragging rights, and up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
I pretty much put our lives on my smartphone because of using the calendar to remember appointments, take pictures and videos of my family and places we go, and store all my contacts. Since this information I store is valuable, I like to take proactive steps to protect myself from the information being hacked or stolen. Thankfully I have always been a little cautious to avoid these situation in the past, and recently added the ESET Mobility Security application on our Android smartphone to make me feel better when I use my phone as well as let my children use it.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Camping is a fun getaway to do with the family and take a break from life’s stress and pace. My family and I loved experiencing the fun Learn to Camp program hosted by Ontario Parks. We got to know about this program through a community information session that Ontario Parks hosted. We learned everything we need to know about camping without harming the environment. Camping with knowledge encourages us to do this recreational activity more often, and learn to relax in nature and appreciate it more.