Pumpkin spice play dough

  Easy Pumpkin Spice-Scented Play Dough Kristen Thompson • Oct. 4, 2017 I know that pumpkin spice has become a cliche of the fall season. Everything seems to be infused with the flavours and scents of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. And I’ll be honest: I love it. I love pumpkin Baileys, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin muffins. And now I love pumpkin play dough. This soft, squishy play dough smells and looks just like pumpkin pie. Follow these quick and easy…

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Body Image, Gender & Self-love

Post-baby body B.S. (The View) I’m standing in the shower staring forlornly in the mirror, lifting and flattening my belly in an attempt to remember what it looked like four years ago, before babies. There are days when I look at this body and don’t recognize it. Read story Love letters to C-section moms (from your spouse) I get the excited phone call just after lunch: Baby is here! Everyone is healthy and happy. And of course the inevitable condensed…

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Eating out with kids

Babylicious Welcomes Tykes Into Toronto Restaurants For 10 days, foodie parents can bring kids under 3 to eight local eateries. There’ll be high chairs, change stations and a whole lot of pureed food pouches Original article published in the Toronto Star on May 6, 2016. Read online version here Tabülé restaurant on Queen St. E. is packed with media moms and their babies. We’re sitting at tables chatting while the kids, strapped into high chairs, suck back pureed food pouches…

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This amazing town

A Love Letter To My City The kids and I were bundled up against the cold at the snowy playground near my house when everyone suddenly needed to go the bathroom. Instead of walking up the hill to the coffee shop I decided to see if our park’s little community centre was open. I tugged on the door and it swung open with a gust of warm air. Inside, people were putting on skates and chatting with a teenager behind…

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Renting on the Islands

Want to rent on Toronto Islands? Get ready to schmooze Originally published in The Toronto Star, Aug. 5 2015. Read the online version here. Embedded photos by Andrew Harris/Toronto Star   Ever have a fantasy about ditching your city life and setting up shop in one of the cosy cottages on the Toronto Islands? It’s quiet, you can watch the sun set from the beach, and you’re only a 15-minute ferry ride from downtown. Best of all, there’s no traffic.…

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What’s in a name?

Breaking new ground: Men who take their wives’ last names Originally published in The Toronto Star, June 11 2015. Read the online version here –   When Trevor Morrison took the unconventional step of taking his wife’s last name, he also broke the news to everyone in an unconventional way: by letting his wedding officiant introduce the newlyweds as “Mr. and Mrs. Morrison.” Trevor, 28, a student at London’s Western University, admits with a laugh that it was a huge…

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Learning from the Leslieville shelter

Gentrification can include marginalized people too – Original post on metronews.ca here –   Something pretty amazing in the world of social outreach happened in Toronto last week, and it’s caught the attention of homeless advocates across the country. A 106-bed shelter for women and children was slated to close at the end of March, but a developer stepped in and offered space in a boutique condo in a trendy neighbourhood.The news was celebrated around the city, especially in the…

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Confessions of a former Mean Girl on Pink Shirt Day – Original post on metronews.ca here.   It’s Pink Shirt Day in Canada — a national day to raise awareness about bullying — so let’s talk. Bullying education has come a long way since I was a kid. Students today learn that bullying takes many forms, from the physical to emotional, and they’re taught to recognize and address these various forms of abuse. It’s a conversation we need to keep…

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What’s wrong with feeding the homeless?

When no good deed goes unpunished   – Original post on metronews.ca here –   I’m your average Canadian — polite, apologetic and law-abiding. I like that rules are in place to maintain order and fairness. But there’s something wrong with a legal system that punishes Good Samaritans — and by extension the people they are trying to help. Take the recent story of a Calgary woman who was fined $250 for giving her transit pass to a man who…

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