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15 Minute Cleaning Tips for the Holidays

Contests, LIVE, Shopping Reviews, wash By October 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , 93 Comments

Canadian Thanksgiving is upon us, and it just dawned on me that my home will be filled with family and guests in a few days. We are all super busy, and after the first months back to school, my home is certainly caked in a mild film of grime.


Getting Outside in the City

Contests, FAM, fitness, health, play By September 29, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Being ‘urban’ has it’s benefits, and yet one of the big drawbacks can mean that you and the kids spend more time in stores, watching screens or commuting than breathing fresh air without a care in the world. The family and I participated in ‘Take Me Outside’ on September 20th, where we were asked to spend an hour outdoors together.

5 Tips for Getting to Sleep

5 Tips for Getting to Sleep

baby, Contests, FAM By December 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , 25 Comments

Trouble catching some Zzz’s? Febreze is here to help!  Achieving the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night isn’t always easy. To help you get back to a healthy sleeping routine, Febreze is introducing the NEW Febreze Sleep Serenity collection in three scents – Moonlit Lavender, Warm Milk & Honey and Quiet Jasmine. The new collection helps transform any bedroom into a peaceful environment ideal or sleeping.  Unwinding during the hours before you climb into bed can make a big difference. Febreze has partnered with the National Sleep Foundation for 5 Tips for Getting to Sleep that will have you counting sheep in no time.


Playtime! Let’s Level the Field

Contests By January 31, 2013 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

At UrbanMommies some of our most popular articles focus on ‘energy busters for toddlers’, ‘top fun and educational iPad apps for kids’ and ‘games to play at the beach’.  In North America, we place an incredibly high value on playtime and as parents, we are taught to spend at least 30 minutes per day on the floor with our kids, building lego, throwing a ball or stacking blocks.

The other day, my 5 year old and I waited for my older son to finish his tae kwon do class at our local community centre.  While we waited, we… blush.. played tag in the lobby.  This boisterous disruption would typically be frowned upon in another atmosphere, but his giggles incited smiles on faces of all of the other parents.  I felt like a rockstar.  Best Mom Ever.   (Little do they know…) And my child was happy, active and connected.  The approving looks from other moms only reinforced that in our society, we value play pretty highly.

Skills learned from sport teach our kids determination, leadership abilities, fairness, equality, how to be a part of a team, how to balance play and school, drive, and discipline.

Don’t you think it’s odd that only 5% of Canadians surveyed in a 2012 Ipsos Reid poll believed that play is important in developing countries?  Read: Play is a luxury only when healthcare, conflicts, education and other problems are dealt with.  I’d love to try and explain that to my 5 year old.  “Sorry dear.  We can’t play ball.  We need to debate health care reform and do something about gun control first.  Maybe when you’re older.”

Don’t the lessons learned through play work towards resolving all of these big issues?

This is what Leveling The Field with Right To Play is about.  According to the Canadian Council on Learning, play nourishes every aspect of children’s development – it forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life.  Play paves the way for learning.