Stain Removal Tips for Clean Freaks

LIVE, wash By February 14, 2018 No Comments

Laundry can feel like an Olympic event. In my house, laundry is like my inbox – it’s never quite at zero. While we can teach kids to re-use towels and make sure clothes are ‘actually’ dirty before tossing them in the hamper, there will always be stains that need a bit of extra time to deal with. With the right tools, stain removal tips and Bill Nye the Science guy techniques, though, stains shouldn’t slow you down too much. If you deal with stains right away, you save a ton of time. Another trick is to mark stains with a clothes peg so that you don’t accidentally miss them and (worst possible outcome) put them in the dryer to really set the stain. We have a great LAUNDRY LABELS for common laundry room stain removers so you can make gorgeous jars. If you have to do laundry anyway you should be surrounded by beauty!

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Coding for Kids

Free Kids Programs with Apple

LIVE, play By February 11, 2018 No Comments

Parents looking for fun and inspiring activities to do for the family or kids can turn to their local Apple store to register for free kids programs with Apple through “Today at Apple” spanning coding, photography, music and arts lead by Apple Creatives. These are also relevant to UrbanMommies readers in Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba too. Here are some examples of the programming offered at Apple stores across the Lower Mainland!

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Better Than Best

LIVE, wash By February 2, 2018 No Comments

The onset of a new calendar year is always a perfect time to rejuvenate and recalibrate my goals. This year, we’re also blessed with a world event that makes me want to raise the bar even higher. From February 9-25, I will hunker down with excitement to view the inspiring and dedicated athletes who will compete in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

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Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake

Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake

holidays By January 28, 2018 No Comments

My elementary school, Sir Charles Tupper, produced a cookbook and this recipe for Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake was in it. We still serve it for Christmas every year. I remember my mom entertaining, and eating this for breakfast the next day! I don’t think there’s anything more decadent than cheesecake for breakfast. The richness is delicious and satisfying. It’s amazing when you stop to think about how many memories we have that are tied to food! What food holds special memories for you?

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World Breast Pumping Day concept image of pump and baby items

Why We Need World Breast Pumping Day

baby By January 24, 2018 No Comments

The breastfeeding world can be noisy and overwhelming. Sometimes it’s exclusionary, especially for women who don’t exclusively breastfeed their babes straight from the breast. The way we choose to feed our babies is a personal decision. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Parents have to decide what will work best for their babies, their families, and themselves. It can be a challenging decision. That difficult choice can be made even more difficult by feeling ostracized or judged if the chosen feeding method isn’t what society has deemed is “best.”

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Extra Hugs

Extra Hugs Make a Huge Difference

baby, FAM By January 21, 2018 No Comments

Besides them happening super-fast (both under 5 hours) I had two perfectly ‘normal’ births. This term is relative, of course. While scary and new and a tad painful, it’s hard to imagine how my experience would have changed with just one complication. In contrast to my own, so many new mothers are unable to hold their babies right after birth. Many don’t get a chance to follow a carefully thought out birth plan. And thousands give birth, unexpectedly, to premature babies.

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Derek’s Red Hot Sauce – Kitchen Heat, Homemade

EAT, entertain By January 21, 2018 No Comments

This recipe for hot sauce is my husband Derek’s favourite. There are so many ways to add spice to life – travel, new experiences, theatre, music and art – why not start in the kitchen? Adding a little spice to life is always fun, and so is making delicious condiments yourself. Hot sauces have become quite popular, with a wide variety of options available on the market including curated subscription boxes.  I love making things home made wherever possible, and this recipe makes that possible.

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Donating and Consigning to Declutter in Vancouver

Donating and Consigning to Declutter in Vancouver

charity, FAM By January 17, 2018 No Comments

At this time of year, we want to start spring cleaning and decluttering our load of posessions. At the same time – we need to think about keeping goods out of landfills. On average, Canadians generate 720 kg of waste per capita. Not only can your disposal choice reduce landfill waste, but it can help others, or make you some extra cash. Here’s where you work on donating and consigning in Vancouver.

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Chocolate chip cookies recipe

Hudson’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

snacks By January 14, 2018 No Comments

One of the most glorious childhood memories has to be sitting in front of the oven, watching cookies bake. And who can forget that smell? It smells like love. The warm, gooey taste that follows is decadent. I love breaking out my trusty stand mixer and making batches of cookies with my sweet boys. Working the dough to form the cookies is such a fun sensory experience; letting them feel the squishy sensations between their fingers is so fun. It’s like play dough with culinary potential. Who says you can’t play with your food? As long as it’s not at the table, it’s fine with me. This one is Hudson’s favourite.

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toonies for tummies

Toonies for Tummies

EAT, lunches By January 12, 2018 No Comments

What’s a toonie? Like canoeing, Gord Downie and striped blankets, it’s a quintessential symbol Canadian pride. Many of us take such a ‘small’ sum for granted. Individually they may slip under car mats and between sofa cushions, but gather a bunch of them together, and they can completely change lives. 1.1 MILLION lives. As parents, we get thoroughly annoyed when our littlerless lunches return home containing untouched food. Not only have we purchased and prepared these delicacies, but we know that learning is enhanced when tummies are full.

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