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Must-Haves for Learning From Home

GEAR, home By September 9, 2020 No Comments

Well, the time is here. For weeks, parents, teachers and school boards have been fretting about how to proceed. A back to school pandemic plan is a tough one. While many students head back to a modified classroom in person, there are thousands of kids who will opt for homeschooling, distance or online learning.

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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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Ontario Roadtripping in the BMW X3 30e

auto, GEAR By September 9, 2020 1 Comment

Pandemic life has bestowed blessings as well as challenges. Working and schooling from home for over six months hasn’t been the easiest, but our family unit is certainly closer. What we have missed deeply is a change of scenery. When BMW reached out to have the family test out the 2020 BMW X3 30e for a couple of day trips, we jumped at the chance!

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Mahone Bay Nova Scotia

A Covid Home Renovation from Afar

GEAR, home By September 4, 2020 No Comments

I know. We are all renovating and beautifying our spaces right now. Because we will be at home FOREVER it feels like. And ever, and ever. Sorry – ‘Hamilton the Musical’ reference, because isn’t everyone watching it twice a day on Disney Plus? I digress. After my Mom passed away, I inherited a 1780’s farmhouse in Nova Scotia. I got married there, daring Torontonians and Floridians to shell their own lobster dressed in wedding finery whilst looking out at the 365 islands of Mahone Bay. As a charming two-bedroom cottage filled with asbestos, mice and rot, however, it needed some work.

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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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Family Road Trip Tips

Family Road Trip Tips

auto, beauty, Canada, GEAR, LIVE, play, ROAM, USA By July 26, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

Road trip season is upon us and while we understand why you’re considering faking a flat tire to avoid the imminent whining from the back seat— we challenge you to put aside your fears and create lifelong memories along the ribbons of roads that cross North America. CTV Morning Live invited me on set to chat about these trip tips, and—while organizing for the segment—the nostalgia swept over me and I wanted to share some of my personal family road trip tips with you. 

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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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Inexpensive Maternity Clothes

Inexpensive Maternity Clothes

GEAR, style By April 7, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Seeing as the entirety of pregnancy lasts about 9 months, the need for maternity clothes lasts at most the same length of time. Probably longer. D’oh. Why should you buy a whole new wardrobe to wear for a maximum of nine months, none of which will fit you after? The answer: You don’t have to! Maternity clothes are, for the most part, expensive and not very flattering. You do need to feel that you look as good as possible when you’re pregnant, though. No matter your sewing ability or willingness to search for inexpensive maternity clothes, you do have lots of options.

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Zoom background ideas

The Zoom Background Ideas you NEED Right Now

GEAR, tech By April 6, 2020 No Comments

I had a therapy appointment yesterday and started to have fun with Zoom backgrounds. Cue: the Friends sofa!! As we all sit down for virtual drinks and dinner parties, some of my tech-savvy friends are going over the top on backgrounds. My humour is beginning to morph but it’s keeping me busy and amused during hard times. Here are the Zoom background ideas you need right now. Just make sure you know how to change them so you’re not like the executive who changed herself into a potato and couldn’t figure out how to switch back to herself while on a work call.

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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Best Beauty Gifts

The Beauty Gift Guide

beauty, GEAR By December 21, 2019 No Comments

Perfect as stocking stuffers or special gifts for discerning beauty addicts, these finds will make people do a double-take.

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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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2019 UrbanMommies Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 UrbanMommies Holiday Gift Guide

GEAR, style By December 3, 2019 No Comments

Every year it gets harder and harder!!!! And more and more fun – to scour the corners of the internet in order to find unique holiday gifts for our readers. Over the past few years, we have been getting more microscopic in focus. Where we once singled out gifts for moms or grandparents, I realized that every individual has unique interests and loves. It’s far easier to shop for gifts on a triathlete or racquet sports list than going through a general one. So, without further blabbering, here they are. And below I have also included past ideas that might stimulate your imagination! Some of the links pay a small percentage of revenue to UrbanMommies if you should purchase something. This is how I keep the site going and as always, every single item in our gift guide is hand-chosen and not sponsored. Enjoy!

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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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Triathlete Gift Ideas

Gifts for Triathletes

fitness, GEAR By December 3, 2019 7 Comments

Me, you say? Bwa ha ha!!! No, my brother-in-law just did a full Ironman and even the nephews are doing races for kids! I can badly swim, bike and run, but I turned to the experts for help on this guide to gifts for triathletes. (I’ve been known to run in heels).

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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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Cool Dad Gifts

Unique Gifts for Dads

GEAR, style By December 3, 2019 2 Comments

I’ve been irritated lately about haters on social media who criticize moms who travel for work, uttering ‘You should be home with the kids. Who’s watching them?’ Shut up. Um, their FATHERS are watching them. Because they are equally the parents. So here’s one for the guys, our true partners in parenting. Presenting this year’s unique gifts for dads.

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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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