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Gifts that Groove

entertain, holidays, kids, self, Shopping Reviews, tech, toys By November 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

It’s day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guides and we’re channelling Austin Powers and the Fonz. These are gifts that groove.

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Gifts That Cultivate

holidays, kids, play, Shopping Reviews, toys By November 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

It has been a rough month and our world is changing. We are focused on what matters most in our lives, and what is essential. What is most meaningful?

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Natural Easter Egg Dyes

EAT, holidays, LIVE, play By April 1, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Naturally Dyed Easter EggsThere’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.

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

We Used:

– Orange Slices
– Cherries
– Beet Slices
– Strawberries
– Crushed Mint
– Cranberries
– Fresh Basil
– Watermelon

After filling each glass with 1/2 cup of water, we added 2 T of white vinegar, an egg and one of the natural dying agents. After two hours, we removed the eggs and let them dry.

Natural Egg DyingNot only were the pastel results gorgeous, but the eggs were made into a toxin-free, incredible Easter breakfast after the kids found them.

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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Dress Your Little Ones in D’Alfaiate Over The Holidays

GEAR, style By December 11, 2014 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Holiday Season Clothing

The holiday season is quickly approaching and we recommend you dress your little Ones in D’Alfaiate over the holidays for any celebrations you may have.  D’Alfaiate features several pieces that are perfect for the winter season. D’Alfaiate pulls inspiration from Portugese culture, combining  prints, materials and embroidery to create high quality children’s clothes. D’Alfaiate’s aesthetic is clean and simple. The line offers traditional styles for boys and girls 2-12 years old and aims for good quality, timeless, wardrobe staples.

For more information, visit http://www.dalfaiate.com

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10 Handmade Teacher Christmas Gifts With A Personal Touch

FAM, Featured, grow, kids, LIVE By November 27, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

10 Teacher Christmas Gifts With A Handmade Personal Touch from Urban Mommies

Teachers do so much for our kids, each and every day. We spend so much time talking to our kids about how great their teachers are, but when was the last time you told your child’s teacher that you appreciate all that they do for your kiddo?

Here are 10 handmade teacher Christmas gifts that have a personal touch to help you express your appreciation.

1. Thank you for coloring our lives and making us Sharpies teacher gift from Design Wash Rinse Repeat

2. DIY fabric covered book (this would be so cute to do with a journal or notebook) from Two Twenty One

3. Homemade Tea Wreath from Kojo Designs

4. Thanks a Latte for all you do teacher gift from Longing For Home

5. Succulents planter from Shabby 2 Chic

6. DIY Tub Teas from Martha Stewart

7. Dum-Dum lollipop tree from Meet the Dubiens

8. DIY Oh Sew Easy 10 Minute Fabric Flower Brooch from Sew Creative

9. Teacher Scrabble tile coloured clothespins from Pen and Paint

10. DIY Chalkboard Coasters from Living Well Spending Less

10 Handmade Teacher Christmas Gifts With a Personal Touch from Urban Mommies

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Holiday Shopping that Puts Money in Your Wallet

FAM, self By November 15, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

125 Bonus Miles Amex Air MILESI have a holiday shopping goal: to stay inside and relax where it’s cozy while truly enjoying the holiday season.  Between parties, baking, school concerts and festivals with twinkling lights, there is more than enough to keep me busy without adding a dreaded layer of stress and pressure from {gasp} shopping.  I’m usually the one buying each present in a store, wrapping with a flourish and rushing to the post office to ship the gifts in time.  Not this year.   Shopping malls with limited parking, checkout lines and wading through snow carrying heavy bags isn’t my idea of fun.  Nor is being upsold by salespeople or succumbing to those impulse-buys at the register that stop my heart when the bills roll in. 

I work with technology.  I feel comfortable online.  I’m creative and most of all, I know the shops I like and trust.  So this year I’m in control.  The plan is to find gifts online, have them wrapped and sent directly from the store to family and friends in other cities.  Twenty minutes ordering products online, followed by  an hour spent by a roaring fire while playing chess and creating memories with the kids..  Seems like a smarter way to go.

Since becoming entranced with my Amex AIR MILES Credit Card, I discovered Airmilesshops.ca. Who knew?  Stores that I make a special trip downtown to visit are not only available online, but are also Amex AIR MILES Sponsors. Better yet, they offer promotions and the ability for me to accumulate twice the reward miles when I use my Amex AIR MILES Credit Card and AIR MILES Collector Card at these Sponsor locations.

Indigo, Apple Canada, Roots, Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Bose and eBay (to name only a few) are all front and centre on Airmilesshops.ca. Even Hotels.com is there – my family could get Amex FrontOfTheLine Nutcracker tickets and stay in a hotel afterwards!  Anyone else seeing a pattern of me avoiding driving and sitting in traffic?!

There’s a special section with stores that offer deals even sweeter than just collecting reward miles on your free AIR MILES Collector Card and combining them with extra miles that are rewarded with your American Express AIR MILES Credit Card.  (There are three different cards ranging from having no annual fee to the $299 Reserve card that gives you lots of extra benefits and protection.) – <link to first article explaining all of the differences.>

Right now, there is also an exclusive Amex AIR MILES offer incorporating Airmilesshops.ca that you won’t want to miss. Make a purchase at Airmilesshops.ca from November 12 – 19, 2013 with your Amex AIR MILES Card and earn 125 Bonus reward miles. Take a look here to learn more.

So, this holiday season,while you’re lounging in front of the fire in fleece pants, and giggling with your kids, you might just save enough time to make your holiday cards from scratch this year. (I’ll be expecting one.) Wink.

This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this article, however, are purely my own.

 

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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Chinese New Year Traditions for the Year of the Snake

Uncategorized By February 7, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Year of the Snake 2013The dazzling celebration of Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, falls this year on February 10 marking the end of the winter solstice according to the Chinese calendar and lunar New Year. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important holiday in the Chinese calendar.  This year is the year of the water snake – bringing with it the possibility of luck, adventure and prosperity. As part of a multicultural society, why not take the time to learn about the unique Chinese New Year Traditions for the Year of the Snake with your friends and family:

1.  The most important event of Chinese New Year is the Reunion Dinner. The reunion dinner on the eve of the Lunar New Year draws all family members back home to reaffirm love and respect that bind them together as a unit. The best food is served for this feast in abundance! We love T&T Supermarkets (the largest Asian supermarket in Canada – ps.. the items from T&T are now available at Real Canadian Superstore!!).  Their Crispy Crackers can make a perfect appetizer. These crispy crackers can be topped with grilled vegetables, flavourful spreads or even marinated seafood.

2.  Another custom of Chinese New Year is to reconcile with loved ones, wish others peace and happiness and to forget old grudges.

3.  Dumplings are considered a lucky food during this holiday. They symbolize wealth and are believed to bring abundance and prosperity because their shape resembles a Chinese ingot. Add some luck to your dinner with T&T Cooked Dumplings.  You needn’t tell the guests they are ready in just 2-3 minutes..

4.  Decorate your home with lanterns and banners in traditional red and gold, colours which signify wealth, longevity and good fortune.

5.  Gifts are commonly given on Chinese New Year. These can be sweets such as cakes and candy or the traditional red envelopes containing ‘lucky’ money (always in even numbers, odd numbers are considered unlucky) or sometimes chocolate coins.

6.  End your feast with sweet cakes. Traditional pineapple cakes like these can be found in almost any bakery in Taiwan. The moist, crumbly, golden crust surrounds a chewy, fresh-tasting filling made with intensely sweet pineapples. Alternately, Chinese Style Pastry (also known as sachima) is a moist, chewy puffed wheat snack from Taiwan resembling puffed rice squares. These treats are irresistibly sweet, slightly sticky and perfectly golden brown.  The ones from T&T have no added preservatives.)

Happy New Year – or Gung Ho Fat Choy!

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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Apple Cosmopolitan

Uncategorized By December 29, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

Spiced apple cocktail makes a great cold-weather apple cosmopolitan. Serve ice cold. Thread a dried apple chip onto the cinnamon stick garnish if you’d like.  We also have a ton of mocktail recipes if you’d prefer!

Serves: 1 Prep time: 5 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy

Ingredients:
½ cup President’s Choice Spiced Apple Cocktail
2 tbsp (25 ml) Vodka
2 tbsp (25 ml) Calvados or Applejack or other apple brandy
1 cinamon stick Ice cubes 1.

Method:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add apple cocktail, vodka and Calvados. Shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick. Makes 1 serving

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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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Canada Day Recipes, Parties and Style

Uncategorized By June 26, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments

We wouldn’t be true Canucks without breaking out the red and white over the Canada Day long weekend.  Our team were busy beavers (couldn’t resist) as we dug up these ideas for food, style, entertaining and plain coolness.

Food:

1.  The Strawberry Canada Day flag cake by Kraft.

2.  Strawberry cheesecake bites by Oh She Glows.

3. Maple leaf jello jigglers on a sandwich with sprinkled yoghurt from Meet the Dubiens.

Style:


1.  Canadian nails by CND Shellac.

2.  HUDSON’S BAY COMPANY COLLECTION Diana F+ Lomography Camera.  The Bay

3.  Alexander Wang Leather Donna hobo in persimmon at Holt Renfrew

Kids:


1.  The peace shirt.  Redfish Kids

2.  Daisy flower headband by Carrie N.

3.  Swimsuit by Bonpoint

Cool Stuff:

1.  Red Paisley Bandanas as napkins.  Shindigz

2. The Purple Forge Canada Day app (free)

3.  Canada Day printable subway art.

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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