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How To Keep Your House Clean When You Have Pets

tech, wash By April 27, 2018 No Comments

Keeping a clean house when you have pets can be a challenge. Having a cat or dog is such an amazing part of childhood for our kids, but cleaning up after them can be a pain, especially if you entertain regularly like we do. We try to keep the house ready for unexpected guests and that means being proactive to stop messes before they start. Here are our best tips:

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5 Hilarious Signs Your Kid Might Be Using Your Phone Too Much

FAM, tech By April 16, 2018 No Comments

We’ve all handed our phones over to quiet down an antsy child in line. Sometimes the easiest answer is the right answer in the moment and a little Candy Crush never hurt anyone. The ends justify the means, no judgement here. We totally get it.  While a little bit of screen time isn’t the end of the world, kids often fall in love with their parents’ mobile devices and it can spell (humorous) trouble. Here are five hilarious signs your kid might be using your phone just a little bit too much:

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Which Came First: The Book or The Movie

tech By February 28, 2018 No Comments

I love to read and I love to watch Netflix. A lot of shows and movies on Netflix were based on really great books. It’s hard to know whether it’s better to read a book first or see the movie adaptation, or if one ruins the other or makes it better. Are you excited to find more details in the book, or disappointed they were left out of the movie? Whichever your preference, this is a list of movie and TV adaptations of books that you can find on Netflix:

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Best Holiday Photo Gifts To Unwrap This Season

tech By December 7, 2017 No Comments

I love taking photos of my family and of all the exciting things we do throughout the year. I love sharing them with my friends and family on social media, but for really special photos, I love the idea of sending the best holiday photo gifts to share our memories in a lasting way. Some moments are just too good not share and having something tangible to hang onto is special. These are some great ways to “think outside the screens” this holiday season and turn your digital images into the best holiday photo gifts. 

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Catching Santa in the Act with the Alcatel A50 and SNAPBAK covers

GEAR, tech By December 5, 2017 No Comments

Try as we might to slow down and enjoy a quiet holiday, the festive season can be chaotic as we try to squeeze every ounce of fun and joy into the month of December. We book and double-book ourselves, running from one outing to the next in a flurry of Instagrammable artisanal hot chocolate and snowflake selfies.

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Finding Your New Home

Contests, home, tech By November 29, 2017 1 Comment

I must admit that I am one of those people who ‘chills out’ by scanning real estate listings and dreaming of décor, lifestyles and adventures in different locations. Now, in an exciting new rebranding of REW.ca, now Real Estate Wire, I can search to my heart’s content across Canadian neighbourhoods on rew.ca. The searches are incredibly comprehensive, and allow me to include parameters like square feet, the age of home I am coveting, and the number of bedrooms or bathrooms. The site also lists open houses and new developments. If you don’t have an agent, it will also get help you find one! You’re on your own when it comes to packing your grandmother’s china, though.

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Apple Black Friday

GEAR, tech By November 24, 2017 No Comments

You and I know we all want the Black Friday deals. And the Apple stuff. Well, it seems they have dealt us a curve by releasing it all based on time zone.  Amazing if it works, but how does that even happen?! I personally have 7 minutes to go before the big reveal.

Jill Amery

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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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

GEAR, tech, toys By November 22, 2017 2 Comments

It’s here! Our 2017 holiday gift guide will fill your head and heart with our curated ideas for each member of your precious family. It took a lot of hours and much crowd-sourcing but we think we’ve prepared some pretty cool picks, just in time for the Black Friday sales. This year we have 10 guides listed all below, so you needn’t click around. We wish you the merriest of Christmases, the happiest of Hanukkahs and the best Kwanzaa ever. Have a peaceful, joyful season and make every memory with your kids count. xx

Jill Amery

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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When Kids Get Social (Media)

tech By August 25, 2017 No Comments

I’ve been social on the Internet since before the days of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat…and all of the other social media platform. It was me and my laptop and a blog I set up for free, writing my feelings on the Internet and sharing stories with others that allowed us to connect over “Me Too.”

The stories I shared at the time were mostly about my kids. The witching hour before bedtime, major milestones (First Day of School! First Day of School!) and adventures we went on as a family. As they got older, the stories about them have waned, because while venting about a toddler having a meltdown in public is commonplace, talking about personal issues that their friends can Google just isn’t an option in our house. If I do write about them, it gets their stamp of approval before I hit “Publish.”

Angella Dykstra

Angella Dykstra

Angella Dykstra is the wife of one and the Mom of three. She's a CPA, CA by day and a writer and photographer by night. She is also a runner and avid fitness enthusiast in her "spare time." You can find her across all social platforms as @AngellaD, and on her personal website dutchblitz.net where she'd been blogging for eleven years.

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