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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.

Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes with Creamy Fruit Topping

EAT, family meals By June 10, 2023 1 Comment

These delicious and moist pancakes are perfect for an outdoor spring brunch or re-heated for a quick weekday breakfast.  Kid-approved for flavour and fun, and mom-approved for nutrition, this fruit-infused recipe is sure to be a winner at the breakfast table.  Using applesauce or store-bought fruit snacks in both the batter and the topping boosts the nutrition and sweetness naturally, and provides one full serving of fruit per cup.  Mix-up your “fruit-ine” and substitute different flavours to change the recipe and delight your taste buds.  Swap traditional maple syrup for the creamy fruit topping for an extra burst of flavour and nutrients.

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Celebrating Passover With Kids

Celebrating Passover With Kids

EAT, family meals, holidays By April 5, 2023 No Comments

Passover is a Jewish festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is celebrated for eight days, usually in late March or early April, according to the Jewish lunar calendar. Between crafts to preparation and rituals during the Seder, kids can play a huge part in the Passover celebration.

The central ritual of Passover is the Seder, a ceremonial meal that takes place on the first two nights of the festival. The Seder is a time for family and friends to come together to retell the story of the Exodus and to give thanks for the freedom that the Israelites gained.

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Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

EAT, holidays By April 1, 2023 3 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 I set out to create my 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 also make it healthier to consume the hard-boiled eggs after the fact. And after you master these, maybe cloth dying is in the cards!!

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Honey-Glazed Ham with Pineapple Chutney

EAT, family meals By March 15, 2023 No Comments

This ham is both simple and elegant, and the leftovers are something to celebrate, too. A honey-glazed ham makes an unbelievable Sunday dinner and is equally special during the Easter or Christmas holidays. Our family always had ham, albeit with my Mom’s British heritage, the flavours weren’t as complex. She would serve it with a potato scallop and green beans and my mouth would water. With this easy recipe, you could also throw in an Asian influence with the addition of soy sauce, and serve with bok choi and noodles.

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My 14 Day (Forced) Vacation in Miami

ROAM, USA By February 27, 2023 No Comments

Late in 2021, my sons were in a sailing regatta in Miami’s Coconut Grove. Two days after Christmas, I was given a special holiday present from one of the coaches.. I tested positive for Covid on the PCR test that was required in order to return to Canada. All 4 other people in our AirBNB were fine but I knew I would be spending 14 nights alone. In the sun. Without any responsibility. Every Mom’s dream until you have to pay for the hotels and are forced away from the kids!

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Hypnobirth: A Relaxing and Empowering Way to Give Birth

baby, FAM By February 5, 2023 No Comments

Hypnobirth is a childbirth method that uses self-hypnosis techniques to help women relax and manage the pain of labor. It is based on the belief that childbirth can be a natural, gentle, and empowering experience, rather than a painful and traumatic one. Hypnobirth can be used in any type of birth, including vaginal, cesarean, and home births. In this article, we will explore what hypnobirth is, how it works, and its benefits.

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No Bite Is Right

No Flea or Tick Bite is Right!

FAM, pets By January 25, 2023 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

There’s a lot of talk in the world about diseases and viruses being spread by mosquitos and other insects, and one of those concerns is actually right here, in Canada, but this time it’s our four-legged friends who are at risk. No flea or tick bite is right for these beloved friends.

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French Toast Fingers

EAT, snacks By January 2, 2023 No Comments

MMMMMM! French Toast for Kids. Try this one with cinnamon raisin bread for a fun twist to the traditional. Changing things is a great way for kids to ‘rediscover’ foods that they may not have liked the first time. You can also create variations on this one by using basic store-bought waffles. With either option, popping them into an air fryer is a great alternative to using oil and saves more time.

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7 Reasons Why Beaches Resorts are Budget Friendly

International, ROAM By November 22, 2022 4 Comments

After travelling to Beaches Resorts three times, both in Turks and Caicos and Negril, Jamaica, I’m convinced that despite these all-inclusive meccas providing being luxury-level vacations, they are also very budget-friendly. I have 7 awesome reasons why. In addition, there is freedom and relief when you arrive at a resort that gives the highest level of service and quality, and you need not open your wallet the entire time you vacation. It’s as if the relaxation has double the effect.

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Homemade Playdoh

Homemade Playdoh

LIVE, play By November 14, 2022 6 Comments

This is one of those play-at-any-age toys that produces hours of thrill. Colours, flavours and scents ‘mould’ (see what I did there?) these recipes into different variations and can each change the game entirely. In little jars, the dough can be gifted for holidays like Valentines, or given as party favours. And not just for kids’ parties.. imagine a posh dinner chez you where every guest takes home an assortment of polaydoh? Trés fun.

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