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Liv is the pseudonym reformed divorcee and single mom - now remarried, coparenting and working mother of three. She's been featured on ScaryMommy, HuffPost Divorce, as well as Sammiches and PsychMeds and she's the editor for RealityMoms.Rocks. You can find more at Live By Surprise.

Education on YouTube

YouTube isn’t Just Cat Videos: Using YouTube to Supplement Public School Education

GEAR, tech By December 15, 2016 No Comments

As the amount of information on the internet multiplied by infinity every day, much of that vastness is an uninspiring wasteland made mostly of cat videos and epic fails at it’s best and venomous hate and degrading pornography at it’s worst. Some days it’s hard to find the one gem that’s worth learning from. But there is a lot of great content out there, and I’ve found YouTube to be a particularly great resource, especially to enhance my children’s understanding of the world. Will education on YouTube work in your home? My guess is yes.

Flu Shot

A Jab in the Arm: Get Your Flu Shot Now!

FAM, health By December 9, 2016 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Flu Season is almost upon us again, and although we’ve come a long way from the years when these types of illnesses could wipe out whole cities, the flu is still deadly serious. The CDC has estimated that between the 1976 and 2007 flu seasons, deaths attributed to flu ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people in the US. For most people in the first world, the flu is just a difficult week or two; for many, it’s literally deadly. Worldwide, according to CDC estimates, flu affects approximately one billion people per year: three to five million will be  severely affected and between 250,000 to 500,000 will die.

Local Farmers Market Linguine

Urban Green: Going to the Local Farmers Market

EAT, family meals By October 1, 2016 2 Comments

With all of the corporate options available, it isn’t really necessary for anyone to “shop local” anymore. You can get all sorts of exotic flavours and colours at the large chain supermarkets. Before I share a fun recipe for ‘Farm Fresh Linguine and Tomato Sauce’, I want to first get you excited about the many benefits of shopping locally at the farmers market!


Family Travel: Mont Tremblant, Canada

Canada, ROAM By July 29, 2016 Tags: , , 1 Comment

The village of Mont Tremblant is nestled in the Laurentian Mountains in Québec, Canada. It’s well known as a popular winter destination because of the fabulous Mont Tremblant Ski Resort. The village is lesser known as a summer destination, but it is a wonderful place to stay in the summer because of the numerous family activities available. The region is dotted with sparkling clean lakes, deep arboreal forests, and amazing mountain ranges.

Helping teachers understand to understand your child's learning disability

Getting the Teacher on your Learning Disabled Child’s Team

FAM, Featured, grow, health, kids, LIVE By May 16, 2016 Tags: , , 11 Comments

When you have a child with a learning disability, it’s easy to start looking at the school system as the enemy. And while it’s true that the system isn’t perfect—leveraging the school staff as part of your team will help you all work together towards your child’s success. Here are some ways you can get everyone on board with the same program:


What to Bring to the ER with Your Toddler

baby, FAM, kids By April 2, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

As mothers, as we have more children, the likelihood of needing emergency medical care increases. Despite all of our work to keep them safe, toddlers fall, they get sick, and they eat things they’re not supposed to. Getting to the hospital can be a trial on its own – but when you’re there, you want to be sure that you have everything you need to make it easier. Even though medical care has advanced, you need to be prepared for a long wait in a harsh, sterile environment. Considering how difficult it is to take a toddler to the corner store, some advance preparation will be required.