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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Top 12 Family Things To Do in Victoria

Canada, ROAM By March 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 13 Comments

Victoria, BC–a city some call the “Barbados of Canada” due to its mild temperatures and low rainfall relative to the rest of BC and Canada–is a great city in which to raise a family. Because one of Victoria’s major industries is tourism, there are lots of great family-friendly attractions to take children to including the natural wonders of Vancouver Island which are practically at your doorstep. Whether you’re a resident or a tourist yourself, here are the top 12 Family Things To Do in Victoria (in no particular order):

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Tooth Fairy Traditions

FAM, kids By March 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

The tooth fairy is a magical character who swoops in and leaves some funds under your child’s pillow on the night they lose their teeth. If Mom and Dad remember. (And hasn’t every parent awakened in a cold sweat trying to remember if the tooth fairy made her visit?)

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Tips for Talking About Sex with your Kids

FAM, health By March 16, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

It’s almost as busy at the school as the mall on boxing day. The parents get to find out from Saleema Noon exactly what she’s going to be telling the kids about… body stuff. You know, sex. And parts ‘down there’. WHISPER… Where babies come from. We’ve got her tips for talking about sex with your kids.

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Signs of Early Labour

FAM, pregnancy By March 14, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

Labour: The Early Signs, What to expect and when to call the doctor or midwife as birth approaches.

As you reach the 36th week of your pregnancy, the long-awaited arrival of your baby is very near……knowing the early signs of early labour and the signs of well established labour will help you decide when to call your doctor/midwife and when to go to the hospital.  (And how much more shopping you can squeeze in before the birth.  Just sayin’.)

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Kids and Photography: An Interview with Annie Griffiths

apps, GEAR, LIVE, play, tech By March 10, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

There are few treats in life as precious as a photograph that communicates instantly with a viewer, and Annie Griffiths does this with every shot. One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than a hundred countries during her illustrious career.

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Choosing the Best Swaddler for Your Newborn

baby, FAM, GEAR By March 9, 2016 Tags: , , , , 5 Comments

Swaddling has been used with newborns since the dawn of time. A nice, snug swaddle replicates the warm and cozy environment of the womb, meaning a calmer baby who often sleeps better and longer. Hospitals typically send babies home wrapped in a standard issue, pink or blue blanket. Some nurses refer to it as the ‘burrito wrap’. But if you’ve ever cursed your baby’s swaddling blanket after she’s wriggled out of it in the middle of the night (yet again), this list is for you!

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Kids in the Kitchen: David Rocco’s Pasta Al Burro

EAT, family meals By March 8, 2016 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

It is always a challenge to get kids involved in meal preparation but we encourage you to turn off the tech and make some beautiful memories in the kitchen with your loved ones. Food is always a huge part of any family tradition, and involving the kids in the kitchen will teach them life skills as well as cutting down your chores. Especially during the busy winter months with short days, snowy activities and homework, mom and dad need all the help you can get.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Natural Easter Egg Dyes

EAT, holidays, LIVE, play By March 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

There’s something about Easter egg waste and chemical dyes that makes me squirm. Of course there are store-bought non-toxic natural Easter Egg dyes out there, but we set out to discover our own from ingredients in the fridge. The result was muted and beautiful – almost what you would find if you happened upon a bird’s nest in nature.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Nat Geo Wild Kids TV

grow, LIVE, play By March 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

SATURDAY MORNINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET WILD! Every Saturday morning starting March 5 National Geographic Kids brings you two solid hours of kids educational TV in partnership with Nat Geo WILD.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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The Winter Beauty Rut

beauty, GEAR By March 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Many of our readers know that I have struggled with depression in the past, and somehow this winter has been harder than most. Today I gave myself gentle permission for some self care and set out to fix the winter beauty rut.

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Natural Colic Remedies

baby, FAM By March 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

I’m not a bad mom – really. But I certainly felt like it for the first 18 months with my first son. Our caregiver said she could only stand one day. My best friend – a psychologist – told me that I probably wouldn’t be able to go back to work after a year of maternity leave. And neighbours would avoid eye contact because I’m sure they thought I was neglecting my child. Because he had colic.

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What to Do When You Have No Plans for March Break

FAM, kids By March 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Oops. Registrations are full, and you’re green with envy as your friends get the airbrush tan in preparation to head south.  March Break is here and you kind of forgot to plan anything. Worse? The whole family is feeling burnout from the holidays, school, and our treacherous Canadian winter.  Is a change as good as a rest? We think so. If you’re creative and have a semblance of a plan, you can pull through.  Here are a few ideas.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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