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Non-Dreidel Hanukkah Gifts

GEAR, home By November 22, 2016 2 Comments

Hanukkah season is upon us, and as usual, it feels like you have to ‘dig deep’ to get past all of the Christmas in order to find the blue and white. That said, we were able to source out some fun Hanukkah gifts – feel free to add your own ideas too!!

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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Gifts for Gardeners you Dig

GEAR, home By November 22, 2016 1 Comment

Here at UrbanMommies we have a huge passion for gardening. And cooking. And sewing. And decorating. OK we really love life, but gardening is very close to the top of the list. It was hard to choose just 10 items for this guide, but we think we’ve made some fun choices if you’re in the market to get gifts for gardeners!

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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MIL Gifts for the Mother in Law you Don’t Want to Offend

GEAR, home By November 21, 2016 4 Comments

Who’s been there? The mother in law that you truly want to impress, but face creams may give her the impression that you think she’s got wrinkles. A plane ticket away may indicate you’d rather she not be around much… Here are a few ‘safe’ ideas for mother in law gifts that she’ll cherish. You’re welcome.

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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5 Ways to Make your Home Smart and Save Money

Contests, GEAR, home By October 28, 2016 64 Comments

We are living in one of the most exciting technological times in the modern era. Every. single. day, advances are being made that improve our lives, bring families closer together and save us time and money. My home is a beautiful sanctuary, but it could operate more efficiently and be smarter. Partnering with Best Buy in advance of theVancouver Home + Design Show, we put 5 smart home gadgets to the test in order to enhance life.  Best Buy will be showcasing some of their top Smart Home products at the BC Hydro Smart Home Booth this weekend and you will want to pop by! Products on display in the BC Hydro Smart Home booth are eligible for a BC Hydro discount exclusively at Best Buy.

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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Safety Begins At Home— Netatmo Welcome Camera Review

apps, GEAR, home, Shopping Reviews, tech By September 1, 2016 No Comments

My kids are going back to school next week and I know, as always, there will be a period of adjustment while we get used to the new routine. And with my oldest off to Grade 6 and the increased independence that entails—it’s not just the kids who will take a while to adjust to the new world order. With a home that’s on a busy street in a big city and a new routine and, safety is a big concern for me, so when I was offered an opportunity to review the Netatmo Welcome Camera, I jumped at the chance.

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Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma

Puneeta lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids, and loves the colour her Indian roots bring to her life in Canada! You can find her at MapleandMarigold.com where she writes about family, food, kids, and how to make every day enjoyable, healthy, and delicious.

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Give Dad the Gift of Good Times, with the HP Envy 7640

FAM, home, kids, tech, toys By May 17, 2016 No Comments

Still riding the feels from a wonderful Mother’s day, I am full swing into getting ready for Father’s day! Gifting Moms is a piece of cake compared to the monumental task of finding or *gasp* making something with the kids that their dad will actually, a) recognize as an actual thing, and b) like enough to actually put into circulation. This is no small endeavour, and should never be taken lightly because, come on, ladies, a super fab father’s day gift raises the bar for next year’s Mother’s Day, amirite?

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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The Kid Property Wars are Over, with Emily Press Clothing Labels

FAM, home, kids, style, tech, Uncategorized By May 17, 2016 Tags: , , , 12 Comments

In the battle of who owns what in my home, Emily Press Labels has allowed everyone to emerge victorious! Two of my children are the same size, but different ages and very different in personality! They share a room and therefore a closet. Laundry has become an issue—I’m the only one who knows for sure which clothing items belong to what child—even the girls themselves argue about whose shirts, dresses, and pants belong to whom. And when my husband sees girls’ clothing he simply puts it in a pile to avoid the inevitable disagreements.

The war is over.

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Joy aka Evil Joy is wife to one Dr. Evil and mother to four children she often refers to as spawn. Joy is a snowboarding fanatic and loves to share her exploits - snowboarding and otherwise - on Instagram. She currently spends copious amounts of time taxiing her children from one place to another. Frequently funny, always honest, and occasionally serious Joy blogs about everything from dealing with messy teenagers to navigating life after PTSD. Joy has been published in the anthologies "Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor" and "Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee" and featured on Sammiches and Psych Meds and In the Powder Room.

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How to Add Color to Your Living Room While on a Budget

GEAR, home, LIVE, rest By April 19, 2016 Tags: , 1 Comment

Adding color to your living room is a great way to revamp your home and give a fresh look to your living space. The only question is how to do it without breaking the bank. It’s actually pretty simple to brighten up the room, and the best news is you can do it on a budget!

These are a few tips to help you bring color into your living room and keep your bank account happy.

Megan Wild

Megan is a home decor enthusiast and loves learning ways to repurpose something old into something new.

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How the Clorox ToiletWand Made Cleaning Easy for My Kids

GEAR, home By March 18, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

I am not a gal that likes to clean toilets. Actually, I’m sure no one does! But cleaning bathrooms is unfortunately just one of the necessary evils of life. We all have better things to do with our time – things that produce income or make memories with our families. When we moved into our current house nearly 2 years ago, we went from 2 bathrooms to 4. More toilet paper, and more to clean!

Scarlett Ballantyne

Scarlett Ballantyne is a freelance writer, makeup artist, designer, and business owner. Married with children, she is an active dance-mom of two teenage girls. When she isn’t chauffeuring kids around, she is passionate about photography, cooking healthy meals and Dancing with the Stars. Scarlett’s musings on parenting have been published on Scary Mommy and the Huffington Post Canada. You can also catch her sharing musings, beauty tips, mompreneur advice and photography on her blog, www.scarlettballantyne.com.

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Crock-Pot Lunch Warmer

GEAR, home By October 14, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments
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The Lunch Warmer comes in purple, blue, black, red. It has a 20 oz capacity making it perfect for an individual sized meal!

No time in the morning to pack a warm meal for yourself or your children? Enjoy a comforting meal with the Crock-Pot Lunch Warmer. It warms food on the go, while still staying cool to the touch outside for safety. It’s easy to clean-just stick the removable food storage container in the dishwasher! You can even leave the warming base at work/school and use the detachable food container to transport meals back and forth. How about packing last night’s leftovers of Slow Cooker Lasagna for a nutritious lunch? Crock-Pot

 

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