Tour De Parkdale – Bike Riders Can Stop, But They Won’t Stop

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You noticed I called them “bike riders”. They are not cyclists in my eyes. To me a cyclist rides for exercise, sport and the love of having a fine tuned machine as their mode of transport. I also bet they follow the rules of the road.

Since the summer began, the amount of “bike riders” in our area has increased dramatically. Duh. It’s nice out. It’s better than being stuck on a streetcar and it’s great to get that breeze in your face. But….

It’s also a time for more annoying and somewhat dangerous experiences when walking.

The cross walk at the end of our street is a 3-way intersection with our street being a one-way. There is a bike lane of the main street we connect with. It’s just houses really.

So what happens is, bike riders like to cruise through the intersection without ever stopping. Honest. I watch and actually make a point of noting when a bike rider stops. It has not happened in many weeks. Hell I will take a slow roll or yield.

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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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Thank You Howard

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There are so many variables that go into the makeup of who your kid becomes. As much as you try to control the narrative, manipulate each path taken and add your two cents to each decision, there are aspects you just can’t control.

One such variable that shapes a kid and sets them on a path is where they start school. I am not talking daycare or preschool or babysitting, I am talking full day, school. Where your kid starts going to school can have a huge impact on their love of school, how they learn, how they develop and who they become. It is the starting point for who their friends are, what types of teachers they like/dislike, the start of real stress and worry and really, the start of them becoming an individual person.

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