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Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

Sometimes it’s ok to judge a book by its cover and I’m glad I did just that with Jayne Allen’s novel Black Girls Must Die Exhausted. The first instalment in a trilogy, BGMDE brings us the story of Tabitha Walker, a young woman working on her checklist to have it all. Tabitha i...
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Best closet organizing tips

With the fall season upon us, it's time to start preparing our closets for the big wardrobe change - out with the summer stuff and in with the pants, long-sleeved shirts and sweaters. Given the project at-hand, it's also the best time to get your closet organized. So here are the best clo...
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My strangest parenting habit

I realized the other day I still use my baby monitor. My son is 8. That's weird, right? My son has always been really good about staying in his bed. From the time we transitioned him from a crib to a big-boy bed, he never got out of bed voluntarily. Instead, he'd call to us through t...
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Fall programming at the SYLVAN ADAMS YM-YWHA: They’ve got it all!

With a new season and back to school comes a fresh slate of fun, active programs at the SYLVAN ADAMS YM-YWHA. Whether your child loves sports or swimming, or they are littler or older, there’s something for everyone at the community centre. Most of the programs run for 10 weeks each. There ...
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Homemade zesty Italian dressing

This dressing is a healthier version of the bottled kind. It can also double as a delicious marinade. Ingredients 3 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard ¼ cup olive oil ½ tsp onion powder 1 clove garlic ½ tsp thyme ½ tsp basil ½ tsp oregano...
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Tech tips to become and stay organised: Cozi

For better or worse technology is definitely taking more and more space in our daily lives, and for organization purposes, it can be very advantageous to invest a bit of time to tame these technological beasts. I’d like to suggest a series on great tech tools to keep on top of a crazy busy l...
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Is Adopting a Pet a Possible Way to Bring You and Your Teen Closer?

Not only can adopting a pet be helpful in bestowing responsibility on your teen, but it can actually bring your family closer together as well. You'd be surprised how much the company of a pet can infuse joy into your home, while allowing you, as a parent, to ensure that your teen follows throug...
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3 Invaluable lessons I've learned since being home with my son for 16 months

As many of you know, our son attended second grade last year virtually. While it was a great, safe experience, super well-organized, and the best choice for us, it was exhausting. Guys: Exhausting. I was working from home full-time, fitting in phone and Zoom interviews while he had l...
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Vegetarian tortilla soup

A popular soup that is satisfying and healthful, this tortilla soup is also vegetarian! Ingredients 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 small onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 bell peppers, chopped 3 Tbsp ground cumin 1 tsp hot chilli powder (or 1 small jalapeño, seeded and chopped) 1 (...
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SYLVAN ADAMS YM-YWHA’s Ivri Anochi program doesn’t just teach values – they practice what they teach

Ivri Anochi translates to “I’m a Jew and I’m proud,” and this is exactly what the SYLVAN ADAMS YM-YWHA’s Ivri Anochi program is all about. It’s an experiential learning program for children from kindergarten to Grade 6 who are Jewish and don’t attend Jewish ...
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Critical Illness Insurance for Children

After my first son was born, I wondered if there were any financial products other than RESPs that can help my child into adulthood. The research began. What I discovered was not only a great way to protect our family in the event our child developed a serious illness- but also a magic piggy bank, a...
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Chickpea salad sandwich

This is a great protein and fibre-packed alternative to tuna or egg salad. Ingredients 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 stalks celery, chopped 3 green onions, sliced 1 dill pickle, minced 1/2 red pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, toasted (optional) 2 t...
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