Jenna Em
Jenna Em is the mom of 5 great kids, 8 years and under! She hold an Honours B.A. in English from the University of Toronto. Visit her family-friendly blog: SnyMed Living High on the Hog Blog! You can also follow her on Twitter @SnyMed.

Entries by Jenna Em

10 Sad Kids Books That Will Make You Bawl Your Eyes Out

(6) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 10:49 PM

Want to have a good bawl? Then read any of the following kids' books with a giant box of tissues! If you plan to read these stories to an actual child, pause often to weep, shake and quake.

What books are missing from this list?

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Can You Tell These Commonly Misused Words Apart?

(9) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Let's face it: there are some words that have been put on earth just to trip up the masses with their spellings. Words like receive, perseverance, cemetery, occasionally, grateful, calendar, judgment, separate, and liaison -- are all booby traps of the English language. As are privilege, rhythm, twelfth and memento....

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10 Gadget Gifts for Mother's Day 2014!

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 6:27 PM

My mom really cherishes gifts "from the heart" -- and yet she has a keen appreciation for the hottest gadget, the latest doodad, and the most recent gizmo. Although mom always adored a hand-drawn greeting card scrawled with my signature (when I was a child), a vase of wilted --er...

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These Numeric Passwords Will Get You Hacked

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 12:59 AM

Are you guilty of creating ridiculously easy pins or numeric passwords in order to remember them? If so, then you're not alone. In my youth I worked for a phone company and was tasked with helping customers set 4-digit pin codes for personal calling cards. During my time there, it...

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How I Kept My New Year's Resolution and Lost 70 Pounds

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 8:57 AM


The year I turned 40, I felt like I was having a health crisis. After having had five babies back-to-back, I was at my heaviest weight ever -- and the most unhealthy self I had ever been. When ascending...

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10 Hot Gifts to Put Under the Tree This Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Christmas is a time for traditions, togetherness, recounting memories of Christmas past, and of building new memories. However, Christmas also includes an undeniable commercial element, which involves fulfilling wish lists and finding dazzling presents to put under the tree! With just over one week until Christmas, here are some 2013...

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14 Simple Sales Techniques That Will Woo Any Customer

(6) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 12:13 PM

In August, I bought a resale home that was 30-years neglected. The first order of the day was to source new windows, doors, a furnace, air conditioner, kitchen, flooring and more. Not familiar with the products and services being offered in my new area, I set out to get quotes...

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Buy This Condo, Get a New Car! (and Other Crazy Incentives)

(5) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 3:22 PM

If you've followed along with my past real estate articles, I previously wrote about successfully finding a home in Toronto after a 32-month search, house bidding wars in Toronto, and posed the question: "Is this the year that the Toronto housing market will deflate?"...

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10 Back-to-Campus Essentials for September

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 5:38 PM

What do you really need for a successful year of college or university, aside from enthusiasm, smarts and inspiration? Text books are an obvious answer, but there are some important basics and creature comforts that should not be overlooked. Read below to see 10 back-to-campus essentials for September!

Find a...

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How I Went From Winning a Home Bidding War to Starting My Own

(4) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 6:27 PM

I had written previously about real estate bidding wars in Toronto and the GTA, and talked about my family's two-year search for a resale home in Toronto. I even queried if this is the year that the Toronto housing bubble deflates?

Much has happened since I...

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10 Father's Day Gift Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 6:26 PM

I'm very fortunate to have a dad that's pretty great, I think! Although my dad got married when he was only 19-years old, he has always been there for me. When I think about my dad, what comes to mind is a series of generous gestures. I fondly remember the...

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Top 10 Gifts for Mother's Day 2013!

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 6:51 PM

If your mom is like mine, she's pretty great and deserves to be remembered and honoured on Mother's Day! Looking back, my mom was always gracious with every gift I ever gave her: from the stringy bean plant I grew her when I was in kindergarten, to the book of...

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Bidding Wars and Real Estate Rage in Toronto

(76) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 6:39 PM

I previously wrote about my family's search for a resale home in a blog, "Is this the year the Toronto housing market deflates?" In brief, the article discussed how we "lost" a home we loved in November 2010, due to an irrevocable deposit clause that we wouldn't accept....

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How My Family Got Fit in Two Months

(4) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 11:36 AM

On January 1 I decided to make some major changes to my family's nutrition and physical activity. Although there was no single event that triggered this life change, I definitely took notice the very first time I experienced pain in the knees when climbing the stairs.

This pain got...

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10 Tips For Doing Disney With the Family

(7) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 5:14 PM

I have fond memories of going to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida when I was a child. Every year from the ages of six to nine years old, my parents would take my older brother and me to Disney. And what a trip we had, all four of us...

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Do You Have a Destructive Child?

(7) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 7:23 AM

My five-year-old son waited until I was in the bathroom, when he began wreaking havoc on my household. In only five minutes he had pulled down the birthday presents, placed "out of reach" on the top shelf of my closet. Not only were all sealed boxes taken down, they had...

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I Lost Fifteen Pounds...By Tobogganing!

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 5:39 PM

On January 1 of this year, I made a resolution to get my family more active, and eat healthier foods together. The quintessential resolution, right? But would you believe that I lost 15 pounds in six weeks by sledding? Yes! As in with a toboggan! I'm proud to be Canadian,...

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What I think of Vine iPhone App!

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 3:04 PM

I recently heard how the new Vine app was taking the Social Media world by storm. It's an iPhone app that allows you to shoot a 6 second looping video and upload it to Twitter, Facebook and the Vine network. (Facebook has blocked the app, I've heard, but Vine did...

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10 Ways to Get Your Family Healthy

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 7:58 AM

This year I resolved to get my family more healthy and active, by employing 10 simply strategies. I had taken inventory of my family's daily nutrition, and realized that there was room for improvement in both the quality and quantity of food that my family consumed. And assessing my family's...

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Is This the Year the Toronto Housing Bubble Deflates?

(10) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 5:23 PM

It was November 2010 when the perfect family home presented itself to my husband and me. It was spacious enough for our growing family of seven, in a good neighbourhood, steps to the local public school, and reasonably affordable. And oh, the 3rd floor loft! It would've been like having...

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