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Keeping it in Line: Tips for Parade Day

I’m welcoming to the blog today Arianna from ariannaknowsbest.blogspot.com.

As we head into St. Patrick’s Day festivities, she’s sharing her tips on taking the family to a parade.

And without further ado, find out how she makes the most of parade day fun!

In my neighborhood, St. Patrick’s Day is a huge celebration! Our parade is a blast, and unlike some, the party is family friendly. Last year, we traveled as a family to Philadelphia to enjoy the parade with a few friends and their family. It was our first time attending with the whole family, so I’ve come up with some tips that will make your parade day easy and stress free! Get the tips that’ll make your parade day a blast!


Winter fun, but come on spring!

With Family Day coming up in Ontario, there are lots of things to do. Usually, we just hang out, play outside (weather permitting). This year, we might take in one of Toronto’s many attractions.

There’s the new Ripley’s Aquarium or we could go to the Zoo, or even to a our local zoo at High Park.

And now that the kids have skates, we’ll probably do some skating, too, if the weather’s nice.

We’ll likely go out for dinner and take advantage of a local, family-friendly eatery. Got any suggestions?

February’s a short month, and with three big events for us, it’s a busy month. It should fly by fast.

And then onto warmer weather! Come on Spring!

But wait, there are birthdays and St. Paddy’s Day to celebrate first!

We can’t forget the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade! We love parades! And maybe, just maybe, the temperature will go up enough to really enjoy the St. Paddy’s Day parade in beautiful sunshine and crisp soon-to-be-spring air! Maybe we’ll see ya there!

St. Patrick's Day Parade Route 2014

Where did all the fun go?

When did our world (and by “our” I mean “my”), get all hung up on little things and stressed out?

Some time ago, my daughter was doing her homework at the kitchen table while I made dinner. My son wanted to join the homework fun, too. I offered him colouring books, writing activities, puzzles, etc., none of which caught his attention. Then I pulled out a game/puzzle exercise a friend had given me for my son. It had belonged to her son when he was younger and had been sent to him from his relatives in Germany.

I laid it out on the kitchen table and read the instructions. There were, of course, English instructions, but some of it was literal translation and a bit of German crept in. So, to make things fun, I used a German accent when I read the instructions out loud.

Both my kids dissolved into a laughing mess. Continue reading

All Hallow’s Eve Returns to Old Fort Erie

Before we had kids, my husband and I spent our vacation time checking out different haunted locations, doing the tours and really spooking ourselves out, all in the name of fun and maybe a little history lesson here and there. Since having kids, well, not so much. Haunted tours generally don’t lend themselves to family entertainment for the under 5 set.

But this event, coming up at Old Fort Erie on All Hallow’s Eve, caught my eye. And the event is suitable for all ages.

Hubby and I just might be introducing the kids to a good ol’ haunted tour this year.

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Niagara Falls, ON – Experience the traditions of Halloween, 1812-style, brought to life through the ghosts of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield. Staff at The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Old Fort Erie are preparing the final details for these memorable tours, which will take place October 19 – 20 and October 26 – 27 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Continue reading

Kids’ CBC Days – What a blast!

Due to babysitting conflicts, I took a day off work this week to look after my kids. (I know, poor me. A day off work AND quality time with my fantastic kids.)

I figured I better have something planned because my two are used to the go go go life of daycare kids.

While browsing the Internet looking for age appropriate activities, I came across a tweet about Kids’ CBC Days 2012. Continue reading

Mmmm, [insert berry here] jam

So, I did it. I made strawberry jam with fresh-from-the-farm, picked-’em-myself strawberries.

My mother makes strawberry jam every year (just about). I don’t think I tasted the store-bought variety until I slept over at a friend’s house when I was seven or eight years old. (And I didn’t like it. It was way too sweet and tasted nothing like real strawberries.)

But, as a child, I recall that there was what looked like a fair amount of work involved in picking enough strawberries and preserving enough bottles of jam to get us through until the next picking season. Continue reading