Summer Vacation

Tips for the Beginning of the School Year

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Parents
Shanita Hubbard

New Power episodes are no longer playing on Starz, you can't turn on the TV or radio without some type of "bogo" sale going on and at least one person is having their final all white party. If this was Twitter, that sentence would have ended with #SummerIsOver #Back2SchoolSeasonIsHere #TeachersStopCrying.

Get Your Kids Ready to Go Back to School

Her Magazine | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

You've probably been thinking of back to school since July because that's when the ads first appeared. Of course they did -- we need to make way for Halloween already. So here are some recommendations to help you and your children get your heads back into the game.

10 Loonie-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit Before the End of Summer

Trivago.ca | Posted 08.15.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

Trips across the border are becoming more expensive as the dollar continues to drop, but that isn't making our closest neighbour any less popular with Canadian travellers looking for that last summer vacation. Sneak in a wallet-friendly getaway before school starts!

Planning a Budget-Savvy Getaway This Summer

Adrienne Down Coulson | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Travel
Adrienne Down Coulson

As summer draws to an end, now is the time to squeeze in that much needed vacation. If you are open-minded and flexible, you can book an escape that leaves tomorrow or travel somewhere you never considered before.

How to Start Kayaking

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I have written before about how you are never too old to learn a new sport or spend time outdoors. Kayaking is no exception. It is an amazing way to enjoy nature, be close to the water and spend some fun times with friends and family.

My Love Letter to Ontario Cottage Country

Chris Taylor | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Living
Chris Taylor

There's just something special about Ontario cottage country, everything from the way the light streams through the pines and birches, to the call of the loons amplified across the water, to the unmistakable taste of fresh cobs of corn.

5 Ways to Be the Ultimate Cottage Host

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

One of the great joys of having a cottage is welcoming friends and family to come and visit. However many cottage guests are not regular cottagers and because every cottage is so different, it falls to the cottage host to take a few extra steps to ensure a wonderful visit is had by all.

How to Find a Super Comfortable Tent for Camping!

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently, I was fortunate enough to speak with Andrew Sutherland, Public Relations at MEC. Andrew shared the top tips for choosing the right tent and how to make camping super comfortable. What can help make your tent more comfortable?

How to Eat Healthy While on Vacation

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Summertime means different things to different people. Some are excited to get out of hibernation and go travelling. Others see vacations as a scary time where they are likely to binge or overeat, gain weight and feel even more out of control with their health.

How to Uncomplicate Camping

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Camping can be the best memories that you can share with your friends or family. Growing up, I really loathed camping and actually being outdoors in general. I did not see the point of it. But now I love it. Being in nature is a requirement for me to live a happy, balanced life.

18 Beach Towels That Fit All Your Needs

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Living

When it comes to finding the perfect beach towel, most people agree there's a long list of criteria you'll want to check off. Let's see, you'll want s...

Going on Holiday May Save Our Minds and Our Economy

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Who killed summer vacation? That's the million dollar question -- literally. Long gone are the days of casually taking a few weeks off with the family to go on a road trip, or jetting off to a remote destination where the real world ceases to exist. This is a problem.

How to Stay Fit on Vacation

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

A recent study published in Journal Obesity found that after just five days, eating a high-fat diet can lead to problems such as weight gain, obesity and other health issues. Here are a few of my tips to help maintain diet and exercise while on vacation.

How This Teacher Made a Difference

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

This is the week when we are supposed to say thanks and farewell to our teachers. They and our children now get a well-deserved break from each other. With any luck, we will have a chance to reflect on teaching and learning, before it all starts again in the fall.

How to Resist the Summer Splurge

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jeffrey Schwartz

Let's face it -- as a nation, our collective summer starvation turns us into ravenous sun-worshippers, giddy and eager to soak up every moment. And for many of us, money proves no obstacle, even if it means going into debt.

14 ways to say 'goodbye school and hello SUMMER!'

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Parents

Summer vacation is just around the corner! To help your kids celebrate its arrival, we've rounded up 14 ideas to mark the last day of school. ...

Best Ways To Keep Kids Busy While Travelling

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Parents

Here are the best ways to keep kids busy on a plane, train or automobile.

The Best (and Worst) Teacher Gifts for 2015

Lisa Orr | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

With summer vacation just around the corner as an etiquette and protocol expert I get a lot of phone calls about what to give the fabulous people who have inspired brilliance in our adorable children all year -- their teachers.

Most Affordable European Airports for Canadian Travellers

Cheapflights | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Travel
Cheapflights

We calculated the average airfare based on flight prices from half a dozen airports in cities across Canada. And, those perennially favourites, along with Dublin, Brussels and Amsterdam, come out on top in terms of affordability. Pay attention -- there are some big differences between cities that aren't that far apart.

How To Have a Pizza Fest in Piemonte

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Travel
Corinna Clendenen

The Cappello Del Prete (Hat of the Priest) is a showy pie. A rolled crust forms the rim of the priest's hat, and is stuffed with a pipeline of ricotta surrounding a center of tomatoes, basil and schiacciata calabra -- thin slices of a Calabrian pork sausage. When the middle of the pie has cooled, a cut into the rolled rim still vents steam.

Roadtripping: Family-Style

Amanda Blakley | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Travel
Amanda Blakley

There is something universal about roadtrips. My parents Chevrolet wagon with faux-wood paneling would barrel down the freeways. Many years later my husband and I were hitting the open road with our two-and-a-half-year-old son, Atticus, for our inaugural family roadtrip.

High Gas Prices Keeping Canadians At Home

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A new survey says nearly one quarter of Canadians won't be travelling this summer, with budget concerns keep them close to home.The survey b...

Excited For Your Summer Vacation? So Are Burglars, Police Say

CBC | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Living

Checking in on social media at your hotel’s swim-up bar is an invitation to thieves to break into your house while you’re away, according to Laval...

Stressed About the Family Holiday? You're Doing Something Right!

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Once you let go of the expectations of having a perfect family holiday you can really begin to enjoy the opportunities for building deeper connections that are right in front of you. So the kids work through their backseat sibling issues and have fun exploring the new locations. And despite the sand flies the beach was great.

How To Babymoon in Miami

Amanda Blakley | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Amanda Blakley

Thanks to my generous father and our caregiver, my husband and I slip off (childless) into the wee hours of the morning to hop a quick flight to Miami. Perhaps not the first place that might come to mind for a moon of any sort (honey, baby or otherwise) but proximity and weather made the decision an easy one.