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

The Summer Of Pokémon GO

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2016 | 11:53 AM

Looking ahead in the history books, I wonder if the summer of 2016 will be referred to as "The Summer of Pokémon GO"--in the same manner that 1967 is recognized as "The Summer of Love"? Pokémon GO has been a huge social phenomenon; a tidal wave sweeping through people ages...

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Take Time To Remember Dads Who Are Still With Us In Spirit

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 3:49 PM

This article goes out to all the people missing dads this Father's Day. With greeting cards featuring tableaus of fishing, golfing and barbecuing with Dad, I can't help missing my father-in-law and feeling the void of his absence. I try to look back with fondness at all the great memories...

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What Does RSVP Truly Mean?

(7) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 2:58 PM

Misunderstanding can be commonplace when foreign words find themselves in mainstream English. Take for example the French abbreviation "RSVP", which is short for répondez s'il vous plaît. Undoubtedly you've seen the words RSVP printed on wedding, birthday party, or similar invitations -- but do you truly know what RSVP means...

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Is It Safe For Our Kids To Play Outside?

(74) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 2:57 PM

As a three-year old child in the mid-1970s, I was allowed to play outside on our street by myself. It was taught that I should "never talk to strangers" and "never go with strangers". Only one year later, I was granted even more freedom, and was allowed to roam freely...

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10 Predictions About Self-Driving Cars

(4) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 1:42 PM

Self-driving cars have really been featured in the headlines over the past year. Whether it's the Google car that drives itself, or the projection that "robot" cars will be mass manufactured in just ten years. But what trends will the self-driving car bring about? Here are my top ten predictions...

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10 Tech Gifts for Dad on Father's Day

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 2:21 PM

Do you have an easy-to-buy-gift for dad, or is Father's Day always a challenge every single year? To make shopping for him a no-brainer, browse through this list of Top Ten Tech Gifts for Dad. We tried to include something for every budget.

1. HP Spectre x360 Convertible...

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How Is Your Relationship With Your Mother-in-Law?

(6) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 5:51 PM

Read to the bottom for a Mother-in-Law Survey!

Why is there a tendency for daughter-in-laws to have bumpy relationships with mother-in-laws? Is there such thing as the "mother-in-law effect," which could be defined as two queen bees fighting for dominance of the hive? And when does one go from being...

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

(6) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 9:49 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 | 1:19 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 | 5:27 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 2, 2014 | 11:59 PM

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 | 7:57 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 | 4:25 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 | 11:13 AM

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 | 2:22 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 | 4:38 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 | 5:27 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 | 5:26 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 | 5:51 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 | 5:39 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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