2016: It Wasn’t A Total Dumpster Fire

As the year closes, I have been pulled in by my computer to put a stamp on 2016, in my own words. If you simply live your life through your social feed, it has been a shitty one. So many celebs we grew up with passing away, the whole Trump thing and an endless supply of other WTF moments. While I agree the last 365 days have been overall bad, I do want to focus on all the good, especially when it comes to my personal life.

Remember, life is how you look at it, so I suggest stop dwelling in the negative and celebrate the good times a lot more.

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Win a Week of Fun for Your Child at Adventure Valley’s Winter Break Camp

Already wondering what you’re gonna do with the kids over Winter Break? Well what about camp? This great summer day camp in Toronto runs an annual winter break camp to keep your little ones entertained after they immediately get bored with their holiday gifts.

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The activities mix in nature, art, cooking, music, science, dance, sports, games and outdoor fun. They also offer an option to have a hot lunch made fresh on site, and door-to-door transportation by bus for most areas in the GTA. Check out more info here.

Right now, you can enter to win a free week for the upcoming holiday season.

How to Enter Contest

Go to my Facebook page, and leave a comment on the post pinned to the top, sharing your family’s favourite winter activity to do together. You must also like Adventure Valley Day Camp’s Facebook page to complete your entry.

Contest Rules & Info

Only one entry permitted per person. If you’re selected as the winner, you’ll receive a message on Facebook asking for you to provide further contact details. Entries that are deemed inappropriate or fraudulent will be deleted.

Buying Our First House in Toronto

You have heard all the scary stories, read about all the crazy prices and for many, gave up on the dream of owning a house in Toronto.

It’s all true and with the banks starting to raise the roof so-to-speak on mortgage rates, it’s not going to get any easier.

As we just hit the first anniversary of buying our first Toronto home, I wanted to share a positive story that it can happen in a quick time frame. For us it was being at the right place at the right time. I want to share a story to show it is possible to buy a house in an area that meets your needs as well as staying under budget. Everything lined up for us and we could not be happier a year later.

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But the adventure to get there? It was a roller coaster that I am glad we don’t have to go through again this year.

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Channeling the Leading Ladies of Netflix

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If there was ever a time that we needed to send a positive message to the young women of the world, it seems now is an ideal time. We all know what happened on Nov. 8. It happened. Instead of having the first female president, well, you know what we have.

While trying to digest, comprehend and figuring out what is next, maybe it’s time to turn off the Twitter, stop reading articles on how we should feel and just enjoy a few Netflix shows that showcase women who don’t’ let the dark days get them down.

Yes, put on some cozy clothes, get comfy on the couch and take a break from what’s going on in the world.

Netflix hosts a wide variety of series that capture the vibrancy of modern womanhood, whether it’s the solidarity expressed by the diverse inmates on Orange Is the New Black, the inspired efforts of a tenacious young Queen in The Crown, the emotional and physical strength of Jessica Jones or the outspoken, unfiltered wit of Chelsea Handler as she relates to women across multiple generations. These characters represent diverse and complex backgrounds that reflect the idea of “empowerment” in numerous ways.

In honour of the newest leading female character on Netflix, Queen Elizabeth II, a few leading women of Netflix originals have drafted notes to their younger selves – and everyone everywhere – highlighting some of the universal truths, challenges and wisdom that transcend place and time, that modern women everywhere can relate to.

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