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Jill Amery

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Saving Money So Your Family Can Live The Fullest Life

grow By June 15, 2017 No Comments

I remember as a little girl, dressing up to go to the bank. It wasn’t as fancy as Easter Sunday, but close. I had three tiny bank books in hand: ‘chequing’, ‘savings’ and ‘long-term savings’. None of the accounts had much in them but the bank tellers assumed I was learning a ton and thought I was cute. Getting one’s bank book updated and waiting patiently in line was apparently a super-engaging kid activity. Sometimes I wouldn’t go for a few months and each interest payment would take so much time to print. Line by line. One cent, two cents…my family was very frugal and budgeted impeccably in order to save for vacations and big purchases.

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Talking To Your Dad On Father’s Day

health By June 12, 2017 No Comments

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Father’s Day is a great reminder of how important our dads are. Even as adults, raising our own kids, they have a place in our lives and taking the time to nurture that bond is crucial as we and our dads age. It can be easy to rely on the relationships we have built over time and go into autopilot with making connections, but there is so much we can learn if we take the time to listen to the insights they’ve gained since we spent so much time sitting on their knees. Taking the time to get to know the man our dads have become is a great way to learn more about ourselves and our own futures. My husband is a great dad and my boys are so lucky to have him. Let’s face it, dads are special. 

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Fresh Paint For A Fresh Start

home By June 5, 2017 10 Comments

When it’s time for a new baby, the itch to redecorate the nursery can be strong! That being said, you want to make sure that the pant you use is going to be safe for baby, that it is going to support their development and look great. That’s why it’s so exciting that iconic baby photographer Anne Geddes has partnered with Master Paintmakers to create her own line of nursery paint featuring specific shades that help nurture baby’s development.  Anne Geddes paint is toxin-free, water-based and made from natural ingredients. 

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Allergy Season Doesn’t Have To Be Terrible

health By June 5, 2017 No Comments

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If a mom sneezes when her kids are too busy playing outside to hear her, does it make a sound? Spring and summer are great opportunities to get out and play with your kids. It’s no fun if sneezing leaves you on the sidelines. They only want to play with you for so long before we become “embarrassing” and “no fun ever.” Take advantage while you can. Make hay while the sun shines, so to speak 😉 Speaking of hay, how about that hay fever, eh? 

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All The Netflix Families That Are More Messed Up Than Yours

laugh By June 2, 2017 No Comments

Families can be complicated. We love them, but they can drive us crazy sometimes/often/always. It’s nice to take solace in a Netflix marathon of families that make your family look relatively normal in comparison to whatever drama you’re currently dealing with. These are some great options if you are trying to get over the family get together blues: 

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Win Your Way To #DysonClean

home By May 26, 2017 139 Comments

I loved the Dyson Ball Animal 2 and I’m really excited about it – I just want to tell the world! I wish everyone could enjoy the simple pleasure of a clean floor, even when there are critters afoot. Cleaning shouldn’t feel like a chore and with the Dyson Ball Animal 2, it doesn’t have to! My friends at Dyson have graciously offered a Dyson Ball Animal 2 to be awarded to one of our lucky readers. This is a pretty big deal because it’s an awesome vacuum. Have you seen my review yet? It even has a handy video! I am so lucky to have had the chance to try this vacuum out and I would love to hear about all the challenges and messes your new vacuum can help clean up!


Caribbean Chicken Salad

family meals By May 19, 2017 No Comments

I really don’t like cold food. Hence, I’m a soup girl, but sometimes I force myself to eat salads. Lately I’ve discovered excellent dressings and stunning salad presentation, so it’s more of a game. Challenge accepted! I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to the Carribean and the flavours of this salad help bring a taste of the islands back home with me. I have so many great memories there, supporting the Sandals Foundation, having a blast at Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos, and going off the beaten path in Montego Bay,  It’s like a culinary souvenir, of sorts. It also reminded me of our contributor, Grace Riley, who was ticking things off her bucket list in Jamaica, For me, this dish embodies the taste of adventure.


Jill’s Delicious Banana Bread

EAT, snacks By April 3, 2017 No Comments

I’m starting to share with you some of the recipes from my self-published cookbook which was really a labour of love. I assembled our family recipes for my mother and I’m making them available on Urbanmommies moving forward. I made the banana bread from my cookbook on the first instalment of my new Facebook Live feature “Let’s Be Honest” which will be running on Mondays at 12 p.m. Pacific time. It won’t always be me cooking, it’s just a chance to chat about what’s been going on while I do things in my mom life.