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Fall for Everything New!

Fall for Everything New!

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons combined.
~ Jim Bishop

Helloooo October! 🍂 🎃☕

As we shift into sweater weather and all things pumpkin, it must be indeed October.

Saying farewell to September and the final taste of summer-like weather seems surreal. Where has time gone? When I was a kid, days would be slow as a molasses.

Another trip around the sun means the season of coziness is upon us...at least during the evening for now. Although mornings are a bit nippy, the good news is we don't have to hibernate our flip-flops just yet. Let's soak up the sun and be thankful for sunny, warm afternoons a wee bit longer.

As the change of season is settling in, the leaves are starting their bright transition into golds and reds. The crisp cool wind of autumn air and the pending falling of leaves is on the horizon.

Why not capture the spirit of the season by partaking in some fall activities and embrace those fall vibes!

 1. As it's almost sweater weather, treat yourself to a new sweater.  2. Pumpkins! From baking a pie to carving a jack-o-lantern, you have no choice but to get gucky with pumpkin pulp. While you do so, sip on a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

3. Need a gift for an October birthday. Calm Club Big Night is the perfect cozy gift.


              Calm Club Big Night In

4. McIntosh, Gala, Ambrosia, Honey Crisp, Fuji...go apple picking and make a pie.

5. Oh my Gourd! Visit a farmer's market and pick up many varieties of squash.

6. Get lost in a corn maze.

7. Halloween. Bring on the tricks, treats and get in the spirit by decorating your abode and decide upon a Halloween costume. Danna Bananas has some fun ideas: https://dannabananas.com/collections/halloween

8. Hike here or there and embrace the changing autumn landscape.

9. Hunker down with some fun family board games. The UpsideDownChallenge Game and Goat Yoga Party Game


              The UpsideDownChallenge Game
            
              Goat Yoga Party Game

10. Dig out your autumn, cool wardrobe. From sweaters to socks, nothing puts you in an autumn mood than good old plaid. If you are looking for a Halloween fun, 😉 we have a suggestion for you. The Scot in the Box


              Scot in the Box

11. Finally, pumpkin spice and everything nice! Just inhale it as it's the season for it. In that case, why not make a batch of Pumpkin Spice Muffins.

You’ll Need

  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 c. canned pumpkin
  • large eggs
  • 6 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line muffin tin with liners. Make crumb topping: In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugars, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Stir in melted butter until crumbs form. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Add pumpkin, eggs, butter, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix until combined. 
  3. Divide batter into muffin liners. Top each with crumb topping. 
  4. Bake until muffins are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let muffins cool in pan, then serve.

Fall is the beginning of something new, a season filled with unique sights, smells and tastes. Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.

Thanksgiving, Oktoberfest and Halloween is around the October corner.  As there is so much to look forward to, what autumn activity are you most thrilled about?  

How to Explain Reconciliation to Children

How to Explain Truth and Reconciliation to Children - SavvyMom

Part of the path to reconciliation is learning about and acknowledging the harms that were committed against Indigenous peoples in this country. Parents of young children may wonder how to honestly share this information with their children in an age-appropriate way. SavvyMom spoke with Dr. Cindy Blackstock, executive director of The Caring Society, to get their advice how to explain reconciliation to children.

When is an appropriate age to start introducing reconciliation to children?

Children can be trusted with the truth, so share reliable age-appropriate information. Spirit Bear, our reconciliation Am’bear’rister, has lots of free resources on our website including a child-friendly version of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Also, check out the Project of Heart which won the Governor General’s Award for teaching about reconciliation.

How can parents start the conversation about reconciliation with their children?

Learning together by reading a book (Spirit Bear has four of them), watch Indigenous media like APTN or CBC Indigenous, or a documentary by Indigenous filmmakers like Alanis Obomsawin, or participate in local Indigenous activities that welcome the public. I am a big believer in change making. You can use Spirit Bear’s calendar to find a free activity that you can do as a family to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Coming up in May is Bear Witness Day which honours Jordan River Anderson, founder of Jordan’s Principle and Honouring Memories; Planting Dreams which invites people to plant gardens to honour children who went to residential schools.

What is appropriate language to use when describing Canada’s colonial history?
What is not appropriate?

Colonialism is still going on so avoid the past tense. Learn how colonialism has shape shifted over time and now takes the form of governments and others not acting on solutions to address ongoing inequalities. For example, in 1996 the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples set out a 20-year plan to get rid of the Indian Act, but governments did not implement it, so it is still on the books. Another language tip is to learn the name of the First Nation, Metis, or Inuit Nation in your territory and avoid using the possessive tense when describing the relationship between non-Indigenous peoples/governments and Indigenous peoples. For example, use First Nations in Canada versus Canada’s First Nations.

Are there key details or moments that parents should touch on?

One of the key elements of colonialism is dehumanizing First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, so it is important that all children learn about the rich diversity and their past and present contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada. Learning about treaties, Metis scrip, the Indian Act and residential schools are essential, but the key is to draw lessons from the past, so people can recognize current injustices and take peaceful action to address them.

What resources would you recommend for parents wanting to talk to their kids about reconciliation? Resources for kids?

Every parent should read the Executive Summary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and historian John Milloy’s book A National Crime, that tells the truth about residential schools based on Canada’s own documents. Watch films like We Were Children and tune into APTN National News to learn more about what is happening today. For children, the Spirit Bear resources, and Project of Heart are great places to start and look for learning resources made by the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples in your area. For youth and adults, we have a Reconciling History knowledge portal.

What if parents don’t know how to answer their child’s questions?

We are all learning together, so don’t worry if you don’t know the answer – make it a family project to find the answer. There are lots of free online resources produced by Indigenous peoples to guide you.

What next steps should families take to further their own personal reconciliation efforts?

Learning is a start but not enough. Do you know that research has shown that just 3.5% of citizens need to press for active change for governments to act on long standing injustices? Be part of that 3.5% and send a copy of the TRC Calls to Action to all elected officials and those asking for your votes. You can also find all kinds of actions you can take on our website that are
free and don’t take a lot of time.

Anything else to consider when it comes to explaining reconciliation to children?

Embrace the rich diversity of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples in Canada. Learn about the territory that you live on and take their lead on how you can most meaningfully support them. Every election, one thing I do is keep a copy of the TRC Calls to Action near my door and when a candidate asks for my vote, I ask them what they have personally done to implement them.

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How to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30

Thursday is the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

The federal government officially made September 30 a statutory holiday in June 2021.

The day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

The federal government says public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

What you can do

Wear Orange

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, which also honours and remembers residential schools survivors and those who died.

Orange Shirt Day stems from the story of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation.

She wore a new orange shirt for her first day of school, but it was taken away from her. The orange shirt now symbolizes how Indigenous children were stripped of their culture, freedom and self-esteem over generations.

It might be too late to gear up in orange this year, but you can be ready next year by buying your orange shirt through the Orange Shirt Society website or approved vendors.

Read the TRC report

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) ran from 2008 to 2015 and provided those directly or indirectly affected by the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools policy with an opportunity to share their stories and experiences.

The report details 94 calls to action. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a direct response to the report.

Click here to read it.

Learn

You can use the day to learn more about residential schools, especially those that may have been located in your community.

Click here to read more, watch videos, listen to audio clips or even try out crafts.

Social Media

Post a picture of yourself, family or friends wearing orange shirts to spread awareness.

Use the hashtags #NDTR and #EveryChildMatters.

Events

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is putting on a series of virtual events. Click here for more details.

This year, you’re encouraged to pause for a moment of silence at 2:15 p.m., which is how many unmarked graves were discovered at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

The Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia is urging the Secwepemc Honour Song be taught in schools, workplaces and at home. The First Nation posted a video to help people learn the song and is suggesting people sing and drum at 2:15 p.m.

The federal government is holding an event on Parliament Hill on the eve of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It will take place Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Local Events

The City of Oshawa is still accepting orange ribbons at City Hall and other places until October 5.

Click here for details.

You can join Ajax Council online for the Mississauagas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) permanent flag pole installation and flag raising ceremony at 11 a.m. on Thursday. It will be livestreamed.

The community is also invited to participate in an in-person healing circle with Indigenous Elder, Kim Wheatley at 1 p.m. Thursday in Heritage Square at Ajax Town Hall.

Several local libraries are holding a virtual event with Indigenous children’s authors.

Click here for details.

The Oshawa Museum is doing in-person tours of its Indigenous history exhibit.

Click here for details.

Whitby Library has set a place aside for you to tie orange ribbons. You can ask for one at the service desk at the central location or bring your own.

Pickering’s Central Library is offering passive activities for families. The library is also giving out orange ribbons (while supplies last). There are four ‘Ribbons of Hope’ displays across the city where you can tie a ribbon.

Click here for details.

Students at Durham College and Ontario Tech University are invited to campus events, both in-person and virtual.

Click here for details.

Clarington Library has posted a couple of storytime videos for younger readers.

Click here for details.

Whitby Minor Lacrosse is hosting a free event for players of all levels. Helmet and stick required.

Click here for details.

As well, earlier in the year, several organizations across the region collaborated to host a five-part discussion series addressing the role of Indigenous voices in Durham.

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Which toys will be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame on November 10?

The Strong National Museum of Play announced 12 finalists for the 2022 Toy Hall of Fame.

Bingo, Lite-Brite, Nerf among Toy Hall of Fame finalists

 The Strong museum announces the 2022 National Toy Hall of Fame finalists! 

The class of 2022 finalists are: bingo, Breyer Horses, Catan, Lite-Brite, Nerf Toys, Masters of the Universe, piñata, Phase 10, Pound Puppies, Rack-O, Spirograph, and the top.

“These 12 toys span the history of play. The top is as old as civilization itself and bingo has been played in some form for hundreds of years,” said Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections at The Strong museum in Rochester, where the hall of fame is housed.

The public is invited to vote online through Sept. 21. The three toys that receive the most public votes will make up a single “Player’s Choice” ballot. That ballot will be counted alongside those turned in by a national selection committee whose members include industry experts, academics and others.

The inductees will be announced Nov. 10.

“All 12 of these toys have what it takes to be contenders for the class of 2022,” Bensch said.

Anyone can nominate a toy for the annual honour, but to be recognized by the hall of fame, toys have to have achieved icon status, longevity and foster learning or discovery. They also must have changed play or toy design.

The National Toy Hall of Fame opened at The Strong in 1998. So far, 77 toys have been inducted, from simple favorites like the paper airplane, bubbles and sidewalk chalk to the even more ubiquitous, including the stick and cardboard box.

Last year’s honorees were American Girl Dolls, Risk and sand.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About the Autumnal Equinox

Happy first day of fall! Grab your favorite sweater and a pumpkin spice latte because today marks the autumnal equinox, meaning fall has officially begun. Read on for today's fall-themed newsletter.

Sept. 22 marks the autumnal equinox, the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. It's the day when Earth is perfectly angled sideways to the sun and so day and night are of equal length. Well, sort of. We'll set the record straight on this and four other facts about the day that kicks off fall.

1. It's Not a Day-Long Thing

Although the autumnal equinox is observed, maybe even celebrated, all day on Sept. 22, it's really just a moment in time — to be exact it's when the sun crosses the celestial equator, an imaginary line in the sky above Earth's equator. Normally, Earth orbits tilted on its axis by 23.5 degrees. But at this precise instant, its rotational axis is neither tilting toward nor away from the sun.

For 2022, that takes place at 9:04 p.m. EDT. After this time, the sun will start rising later and setting earlier for those in the Northern Hemisphere. Those living in the Southern Hemisphere will see the opposite. In fact, people in the Southern Hemisphere refer to Sept. 22 as the spring equinox, a signal that the days will start getting longer.

2. Day and Night Are Not Exactly Equal

The word "equinox" comes from the Latin words aequus (meaning "equal") and nox (meaning "night") but day and night are not exactly 12 hours each on the day of the equinox. Due to the refraction of sunlight (i.e. bending of the sun's light rays), the sun will appear to be above the horizon in some places when it's actually still below it.

Also, those who live far from the equator will have slightly longer days because the sun takes longer to rise and set from their vantage point. On the days close to the equinox, the sun might be visible for between 12 hours and 6 minutes and 12 hours and 16 minutes, depending on latitude.

3. The Equinox Date Can Vary

Although the autumnal equinox is generally Sept. 22 or 23, occasionally it falls on Sept. 21 or 24. That's because the calendar used in the West (the Gregorian calendar) defines a year as 365 days, or the length of time it takes for Earth to orbit the sun. In actuality, Earth takes 365.25 days to go around the sun. So, this means that the September equinox will be six hours later than it was the year before. (The inclusion of leap years sort of resets the date.) In 2092 and 2096, the autumnal equinox will be on Sept. 21. The last time it was on this date was 1000 C.E.! You can see the exact dates of the autumnal and spring equinoxes as well as the summer and winter solstices through 2025 at this link.

4. The Equinoxes Bring on the Northern Lights

You know those beautiful displays of light in the night sky called the aurora borealis? Well, the equinox signals the start of the time you can see them, generally continuing all the way through the spring equinox each March. Here's why: Auroras are caused by the interaction of solar winds with Earth's magnetic field. The solar winds are particles of plasma escaping from the sun and into space. Due to Earth's axial tilt, the solar wind from the sun is better able to reach Earth's atmosphere through our geomagnetic field. These disturbances in Earth's magnetic field (called geomagnetic storms) are therefore at their strongest and most likely in the spring and fall, compared to summer and winter. The particles that slam into Earth's magnetic field collide with atoms of oxygen, nitrogen, and other elements in the air. These particles eventually release photons of different wavelengths and therefore the different colors of aurora you can see in the sky.

5. It's a Cause for Celebration

There are several celebrations associated with the fall equinox. For instance, there's the neopagan festival of Mabon, a harvest festival to celebrate the gathering of crops and the bounty of the earth. In China and other Asian countries, they celebrate the moon festival, which is always held in mid-September, around the time of the harvest moon. The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

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Long Live The Queen!

Long Live The Queen!

Long Live The Queen!

 

Royal Plant Markers – Your home is fit for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with these special plant markers.

Queen Elizabeth Plant Marker s

End of an era...today, the world mourns Queen Elizabeth II as she is laid to rest. 


As we say farewell to the Queen, here are some quick facts written by the Government of Canada:

Quick Facts

  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952. She was crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, and reigned for over 70 years.
  • Long associated with the Royal Family, Christ Church Cathedral is the Anglican cathedral in Canada’s capital. It has been the site of state funerals for several Canadian prime ministers and governors general, as well as commemorative services for members of the Royal Family.
  • To pay tribute to Her Majesty, those in Canada’s National Capital Region may gather along the parade route on the National Day of Mourning. Details will be communicated in the coming days.
  • Canadians are also invited to sign the online book of condolences or express their condolences in other ways.
  • Statutory holidays in Canada can only be granted through legislation, which must pass through the House of Commons and the Senate, and receive Royal Assent. The Government of Canada has consulted the provinces and territories, who will determine an appropriate way to mourn Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in their jurisdictions.
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Fall Getaways and Road Trips Near Toronto

Fall Getaways and Road Trips Near Toronto

Fall Road Trips Near Toronto - SavvyMom

Sure, we’re barely into September but do you already feel the need to take a break and get out of the city? Nothing too far or expensive, just a quick getaway within Ontario, with the kids for the weekend or even just a day. After all, we’re supposed to be in for a brutal winter, so why not enjoy the milder fall weather with one of these road trips near Toronto while we can?

Below we round up 11 destinations that we think make for great fall getaways for Toronto and area families. We’ve gone with a mix of day trips and destinations where you could get away for a night or two. All destinations should take less three hours to reach, assuming traffic cooperates. And all feature amenities and attractions that will put a smile on your children’s faces, as well as your own.

Fall Road Trips Near Toronto - SavvyMom

Sure, we’re barely into September but do you already feel the need to take a break and get out of the city? Nothing too far or expensive, just a quick getaway within Ontario, with the kids for the weekend or even just a day. After all, we’re supposed to be in for a brutal winter, so why not enjoy the milder fall weather with one of these road trips near Toronto while we can?

Below we round up 11 destinations that we think make for great fall getaways for Toronto and area families. We’ve gone with a mix of day trips and destinations where you could get away for a night or two. All destinations should take less three hours to reach, assuming traffic cooperates. And all feature amenities and attractions that will put a smile on your children’s faces, as well as your own.

FALL GETAWAYS & ROAD TRIPS NEAR TORONTO

Blue Mountain

While the resort “village” of Blue Mountain is better known as a winter destination, there’s still plenty to do there throughout the fall. It’s one of the perfect road trips near Toronto for any time of year. Grab a play-all-day wristband, which starts at $44, and get access to unlimited use of the gondola, mountain coaster, Plunge! Aquatic centre, and more. If you’re spending the night (and note that the Blue Mountain area offers a wide selection of lodging options), take a look at AGORA: Path of Light. This gentle, three-kilometre hike through the woods will take your family through several beautifully lit interactive installations that explore the key elements that make up our world. Tickets for AGORA start at $14 and include a round-trip on the village’s gondola.

Bruce’s Mill Conversation Area
Treetop Trekking

3291 Stouffville Rd., Stouffville

Located just north of Toronto, Bruce’s Mill Conversation Area is a great spot to visit for a day trip that will get you out of the city without using up your whole weekend. While Bruce’s Mill features trails and picnic areas, its real star is Treetop Trekking. It features outdoor fun for kids ages two and up, on rope courses, ziplines, play structures and more. Pricing varies by activity but expect to pay around $32 for one child and one adult to explore the all-ages Treetop Village. The conservation area also includes a BMX course and, for a limited time (while the weather is still nice) a driving range.

Chudleigh’s

9528 Regional Rd. 25, Milton

It’s not fall in Southern Ontario without a trip to a local farm. While we’re lucky to have well over a dozen family-friendly farms in and around the GTA, we’re highlighting Chudleigh’s because, year after year, it receives rave reviews from thousands of families who enjoy its many attractions and events. At Chudleigh’s you’ll find friendly farm animals to pet, play structures to explore, and scenic tractors rides to hop on. There’s also a perfect-for-the-little apple orchard where you can pick your own fruit. And let’s not forget about the food at the Blossom Café, which offers both on-site dining and a nice selection of goodies to take home. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, start at $14, with kids three and under being free.

City of London

London, Ontario, might not be as big and cosmopolitan as its namesake, but this small city still has plenty of ways to entertain your family for either a day or over a weekend. There’s the London Children’s Museum, which is best for kids under 10; Storybook Gardens, which offers amusement park rides on the weekends until early October, then switches to offering a Halloween party; and The Factory, a giant indoor playground that both kids and adults will love. If you’re spending the night and need accommodations, consider family-favourite Lamplighter Inn, which features an indoor pool and waterslide.

City of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of Ontario’s leading tourism destinations for a good reason: It has something for everyone! From the natural beauty of the Falls to the controlled chaos that is Clifton Hills, your family won’t be bored here. New to town is The Tunnel. Located at the historic Niagara Parks Power Station, this 2,200-foot-long tunnel will reveal the Falls to your family in a whole new way. Access to this attraction is included in your ticket to the Niagara Parks Power Station, which starts at around $18, with kids five and under being free. While Niagara can be an easy day trip, if you want to spend the night, there are tons of family-friendly hotel options including the legendary Great Wolf Lodge, home to one of the GTA’s best waterparks.

Hamilton Conservation Lands

Around Hamilton

If you’re looking for a one-day getaway into nature that doesn’t require hours of driving, then the many beautiful properties overseen by the Hamilton Conservation Authority might be a great fit. They offer a variety of family-friendly hiking opportunities with plenty of opportunities for scenic photos. Stop by the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area and see, “the watershed’s most unique natural gems,” complete with underground caves. Then pop over to Christie Lake and take a hike around the lake (or even a swim if the weather’s still warm). And don’t forget about the waterfalls! While the dramatic Devil’s Punchbowl is currently closed to visitors, other falls are open, though some, such as Tew and Webster Falls found in the Spencer Gorge, do require reservations on the weekend. Note that all parks have a parking fee, which varies depending on which location you’re visiting.

Kawartha Lakes

Muskoka tends to hog the spotlight when it comes to scenic, woodsy destinations in Ontario, but this province is rich in outdoorsy getaway options. Take Kawartha Lakes for example. This laidback area is one of the best spots to see the fall colours, and is filled with opportunities to hike, canoe, and connect your family with nature, thanks to the presence of multiple family-friendly wildness areas including Balsam Lake Provincial Park and the Ken Reid Conservation Area. If your family is spending the night, consider renting one of the area’s many cottages, which often offer discounted rates in the fall. And don’t forget to stop in Port Perry, a town so cute that it’s starred in multiple Hallmark movies (it also has some tasty dining options).

Pingle’s Farm Market

1805 Taunton Rd., Hampton

If your family lives in the eastern portion of the GTA, a day trip out to Pingle’s Farm Market is an easy drive to hours of fun. From September 10 until October 30, the farm hosts Harvest Festival, which features a 6.5-acre corn maze, a playland and the opportunity to pick-your-own apples and corn. The weekend edition of the festival also includes wagon rides and an impressive food and drink area that offers lots of yummy treats (try the apple fritter ice cream sunday) and live music. Weekend tickets start at $15 while tickets for Tuesday to Thursday, which features fewer activities and has a quieter feel, start at $10.

Rounds Ranch

1922 County Rd. 92, Elmvale

Horseshoe Valley

1101 Horseshoe Valley Rd. W, Barrie

Here’s a farm-focused getaway that’s a bit of a further drive, but that’s well worth the trip. The Ranch’s Pumpkin Mania Festival runs from September 17 until October 30 and features tractor rides, a play fort, a petting zoo, and a variety of fall-themed games. Also, there are pony and horse rides available! Tickets for Pumpkin Mania start at $14 (if pre-booked) and each ticket includes a free pumpkin, your choice of size and colour. If you want to roll a trip to the Ranch into a weekend away, book at night at Horseshoe Valley, which is a roughly 20-minute drive from the farm. At Horseshoe Valley your family can hike, bike and — until mid-October — trek the treetops.

Santa’s Village Park

624 Golden Beach Road, Bracebridge, ON

Muskoka is always a great option for a road trip, especially in the fall when the leaves are turning colours. But we know that kids generally aren’t too impressed by the beauty of nature so here’s something that might be more appealing to them: A Christmas-themed amusement park. Best for kids under 12, this park features dozens of rides, and such attractions as go karts and yes, meeting Santa. In mid and late October, the park also takes on a Halloween theme. During September and October, Santa’s Village is only open on the weekends and note that its last day of operation for 2022 is October 30. Kids under 36 inches are free but everyone else needs a ticket, which runs around $40.

Wye Marsh

16160 Highway 12 East, Midland, ON

Here’s another solid day trip option, located less than two hours outside of Toronto. This “provincially significant wetlands and woodlands,” covers 3,000 acres and is home to dozens of wildlife and bird species, some of whom you can meet at the Wye Marsh Nature Centre, a kid-friendly interpretative centre. Also on-site are trails, picnic facilities and guided kayak and canoe tours. Admission starts at $9, with kids three and under free.

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Masks!

Looks like we still need to wear reusable masks. Kids need them for back to school and adults need them in all indoor settings especially long-term-care homes and hospitals.

Here are couple suggestions. Although these masks are non-medical grade, they have been shown to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, keeping kids and families safer, and giving them a little peace of mind in these uncertain times.

Canadian Snack Pack Face Masks

Each pack comes with 3 face coverings: Poutine Face Mask, Ketchup Chips Face Mask and a Navy Blue Face Mask. 

Only remove this mask before eating!

 Canadian Snack Pack Face Masks. You receive three masks.

 

 

 

Canadian Sports Pack Face Masks

Each pack comes with 3 face coverings: One curling design, one hockey design and a black plain mask.

Don't be a spectator...wear your mask!

Canadian Sports Face Mask pack includes one curling design, one hockey design and a black plain mask.

Fun Ideas for the Last Days of Summer 2022

By mid-August our summer days are waning. I’m on a mission to help us all make the very most of this sacred time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an autumn girl through and through and I can’t wait to throw on a cable knit sweater and pick some apples, but until then I plan on savouring every second of the coming weeks with my kids.

Here are a few ideas I have savour the last days of Summer:

  1. I have an end of summer checklist. There are ideas for the coming weeks and it includes a drive-in movie, preserving a large batch of pickles, and buying dinner from the food trucks that have been set up not too far from my home all summer. What’s on your list?
  1. I also do an annual end of summer quiz, and plan on passing it out to my boys next week. This accidental keepsake is one we all cherish and is such a wonderful way to remember the seemingly insignificant details of our summer.
  1. I really love the idea of ending the summer with a celebratory meal, which is why I always try to host an outdoor dinner on Labour Day weekend. I rarely deviate from this late-summer buffet menu, mostly because it’s one that pleases eaters of all ages and is so simple to put together, leaving more time to hang outside with the fam.
  1. No special occasion dinner would be complete without some end of summer cocktails, but I also really like the idea of just pouring a drink or two for my husband and I to enjoy outside next week after the kids are in bed. Despite the heat and humidity during the day, the evenings are almost always cooler at the end of the August, and it’s a perfect way to spend our time at the end of a long day. We have all fall and winter to sit inside in front of the TV or computer.
  1. Lastly, I’m going to adopt our family’s summer vacation ritual and put it into practice next week: we’ll eat ice cream every afternoon in between afternoon naps and swim time. It really is the little things that make the best memories.

Oh, and here’s a bonus idea: my middle son recently requested that we print one of his favourite Instagram pictures from the summer and hang it over his desk. Such a great idea! I uploaded the chosen pic to Costco’s website, and printed the image as a 12×12 photo. Then I went to Ikea and bought a frame that fits the picture’s size perfectly, and hung it just as he requested. Now, every time we walk by the photo we remember that summer day and it brings a smile to all of our faces.

Tell us, what are you doing to savour the final days of summer?

via savvymom

Happy 40th Birthday Compact disc(CD)!

Forty years ago today, the compact disc(CD) was born and surpased the cassette tape in sales. CDs changed how we listened to music. Buying your first one was a momentous occasion. For some childhood nostalgia, can you reach back in your mind and remember what your first CD was?

Here are our first CD purchases.

Go Go's(Vacation)

Go Gos Vacation CD cover

Duran Duran(Rio)

Duran Duran Rio CD

Roxy Music(Avalon)

Roxy Music Avalon CD