Tag Archives: Ottawa Family Living

10 Ways to Make your Recipes Healthier

When it comes to healthy living, one of my main philosophies is that I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. I believe in learning, every day, to make healthy choices that lead to living a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading

2-1-1 Day

February 11 is 2-1-1 Day. It is also a good time to remember that you can easily connect to the right community and social services by dialing 2-1-1. Continue reading

ABC’s of Back to School Preparation

Assignment: Get your whole family ready for the start of the new school year. Deadline: Tuesday, September 3, the first day of school for most Ottawa kids. (Aim for a gold star!) Continue reading

About Bullying: Don’t wait for it to get better, make it better

by Jeremy Dias

I go to a different school to talk about bullying almost every single day of the school year and there is one group of people that sends me a ton of emails. I’m not talking about youth; they Facebook and tweet. I’m talking about parents. And the number one question I get is this: What can I do to prevent my child from being bullied? Continue reading

Back to School: The Next Big Holiday Season?

By Crystal McLeod

It is most definitely that time of year: Back to School!  The evidence is everywhere – on TV, the radio, in stores, newspapers, flyers, magazines … It’s as though the kids’ return to class has become the next holiday! Continue reading

Book Talk

Local authors Jennifer J. Bergin and Ruth Latta have come up with entertaining stories for young booklovers. Mom and dad will be happy with these tales too. Continue reading

Cabbage Lasagna

by Helen Mitri
If your ditching the carbs these days or at least trying, like I am, this is a recipe you may want to try. It contains an abundance of fresh vegetables and just a good amount of quality red meat. Continue reading

Cauliflower Mash

Move over, spuds. Next time the fam damily is craving mashed potatoes, shake up the dinner fare by using cauliflower instead. Continue reading

Clutter & Cupcakes for CHEO

Don’t miss it: The second Clutter & Cupcakes for CHEO event is taking place June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Gregory’s School in Nepean (Meadowlands Drive near Woodroffe Avenue).  Shop til you drop, sell your stuff and purchase (okay, sample too) some yummy cupcakes. Continue reading

Come one, come all for Villagefest

Stittsville is gearing up for a party – and you’re invited. Once all the beach towels and sand toys are put away and the kids are back in school, the west-end locale is gathering young and old for a celebration. Continue reading

Crockpot Shredded Beef

It’s perfect weather to enjoy warm, hearty meals. This family-friendly version of roast beef is super easy and always a hit with the kids.  Prepare it in less than 10 minutes, stick it in the crockpot  to cook for the day – and you’re done. Continue reading

Detox Time

Remember the refined sugar and fat from holidays sweets? The deep-fried, fatty and processed appetizers? The alcohol? As a result, our bodies are overloaded with toxins. That being said, anybody can be toxic at any time of the year due to poor eating habits, stress or their environment. Continue reading

Diono Rainier

The New Diono Rainier is the ultimate in car seat safety with new extra deep side walls providing complete side impact protection taking Diono car seats to a whole new level. Continue reading

Dreams on Ice

By Lynn Rees Lambert
Photos by John Major

By now, Analisa Love-Tedjoutomo has her routine down cold. Make that routines, plural, that take the 14-year-old figure skater from ice rink to classroom to dance floor in a sequence of scheduling that would make most others dizzy. For this girl, it’s all part of a journey she envisions with a focus that is skate-blade sharp. Continue reading

Encouraging Students to Change the World

Province Launches Seventh Annual Youth Volunteer Challenge Continue reading

Enjoy your fresh Christmas tree

Christmas is just around the corner and for many families, a visit to a local Christmas tree farm is a wonderful part of the family tradition.  Freshly cut Christmas trees are just like plants and children: give them tender loving care and they will give you joy in return. Continue reading

Excellent Adventures at the NAC

By Lynn Reese Lambert

If the National Arts Centre’s Family Adventures series is a good gauge by which to measure, the answer is a cymbal-pinging, timpani-rolling YES! Continue reading

Family Finds – Unique buys for today’s family

Featuring the Fuzzy Flyer, Mark-My-Time Digital Booklight and the SodaStream Source. Continue reading

Family Reset

Helping Parents Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle for Kids with Weight Issues

Worried about your child’s weight and health? There are reasons parents are uneasy. Loads of kids — nearly one in three in Ontario — are dealing with excess weight or obesity, meaning they’re at a higher risk for medical problems, bullying, self-esteem issues and depression. Continue reading

Fitting In Friends

By Alyssa Delle Palme Motherhood is like a circus act and in my show, I perform the art of plate spinning. Family is obviously the most important plate and I focus intently on its speed. As a mother, I work … Continue reading

Focus Programs zero in on engaging students

How’s this for creative thinking? The Ottawa Catholic School Board has put on its institutional thinking cap to come up with some pretty compelling and positive options to appeal to different types of learners. Continue reading

Fun concerts for both grownups and kids

Looking to get into the spirit of the season?  Get tickets to a special holiday event. There are two concerts on tap this week that will have you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes and humming along. Continue reading

Fun with Pancakes

Breakfast for dinner? Absolutely, especially when it’s Shrove Tuesday. Have pancakes—and have fun with pancakes. Continue reading

Get Your Child Engaged In Learning

Have you ever wondered if it’s just you? Well it is! Every brain is wired differently but we can train our brains to work better.

Learn more at a free information session on getting your child engaged in learning. Continue reading

Gluten Free Utopia

Do you or somebody in your family need to live a gluten-free lifestyle? Then you don’t want to miss Gluten Free Utopia. Slated for Saturday, April 5, at the National Library and Archives, 395 Wellington Street, it will showcase more than 50 regional vendors specializing in all things gluten-free. Continue reading

Healthy “Fried” Chicken

One of the best parts about cooking healthy food is when you make something that tastes like it should be bad for you. Continue reading

Healthy Apple Crisp

As you know, apples are in season in Ontario right now, so it’s time to start taking advantage of them! Royal Gala and Honeycrisp are my personal favs for snacks, while Cortland, Empire and Granny Smith are tart and perfect for baking. Continue reading

Healthy Baking with Bananas

The next time you’re grocery shopping buy double the amount of bananas you normally would. Let one bunch get nice & ripe, and than pop them in the freezer. Continue reading

Healthy Cottage Snacks

For me, the perfect cottage weekends are filled with morning runs or bike rides followed by swimming in the lake, tanning and reading mags on the dock with friends and family, kayaking, boat cruises at sunset, camp fires, and of course delicious meals and snacks. Continue reading

Healthy Holiday Baking

If you’re in the baking mood I have a great list of delicious and healthy Christmas baking recipes that you’ll be eager to make and share this Christmas season. The best part? You can tell people they’re healthy, and they won’t believe it! Continue reading

Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing

I always encourage my clients to make their own salad dressing instead of buying it at the store. Most pre-packaged, store-bought dressings are full of preservatives, sugar, salt and unhealthy oils. Continue reading

How To Recharge Your Whole Health in 1 Month, Part III

By Trinity Chiropractic

Welcome back! Feeling refreshed yet? We’re doing a special three-part series on revitalizing your entire well being by working on all six aspects of your health over the course of 1 month (mental, social, spiritual, environmental, emotional and physical). The goal? To feel revived, refreshed, and healthier than before! Continue reading

I am Santa

By Alan Viau

“There’s Santa,” a little girl exclaimed as I walked into the photo studio. Yes, I am Santa. For those few moments with the kids I symbolize a whole lot of myths. And it takes a lot more than Ho Ho Ho to win them over. Continue reading

Instant Kids

Say hello to jam hands and a plushie avalanche

by Jordan Danger

What happens to kid-free individuals who meet, fall in love and forge relationships with single parents? We develop a bewildering condition called Instant Kids. Continue reading

Is this an eating disorder?

By Barb Duncan

In the summer between Grade 9 and Grade 10, Sara Cameron* registered for a learn-to-run program. Pretty soon, she was covering five kilometres with ease. “She talked about trying a half marathon,” her mom, Liz, recalls. Continue reading

Is Your Frying Pan Safe?

It can be overwhelming enough to keep track of which food and drinks are healthy, and now I’m talking about your cookware too. I feel the same frustration when I hear about yet another common food, drink or everyday item that’s no longer considered healthy or safe to use. Continue reading

Keen For Quinoa

What’s all the fuss about quinoa?

Chefs, foodies, healthy eaters and home cooks are mixing it into everything from granola to sushi. Pronounced KEEN-wah, the grain-like seed is a star on the recipe scene, probably because it’s versatile, naturally gluten-free and super nutritious. Continue reading

LGBT Lanark County the first LGBT Civitan Club in the world!

The Smiths Falls Civitan Club is making history. Just days ago, the club invited LGBT Lanark County to join forces, in a move that will see LGBT Lanark County become the first LGBT Civitan Club in the World. Continue reading

Little Lotus Yoga

by Samantha Brazeau-Wilson

Yoga? For wee ones? Absolutely! Little Lotus Yoga offers classes throughout the Ottawa and Gatineau areas that the whole family can enjoy — right from the start. Amanda DeGrace, the self-proclaimed yoga lover behind LLY, believes everybody can and should have the opportunity to do yoga. “All are welcome and no yoga experience is necessary,” she says. That means all ages too. Continue reading

Love Mustard

I love mustard. Do you? There are a few reasons you should make mustard your condiment of choice: Continue reading

Make it a Date!

One of the tricks to healthy baking is to find a natural, unrefined sweetener to substitute for refined sugar. Ripe bananas, unpasteurized honey, coconut palm sugar, real maple syrup and dates are my top choices. Continue reading

Making a splash in the kiddie pool

By Alan Viau
There is nothing better than running through water on a hot day. It is the most fun way to cool kids off during these scorching summer holidays. And an inexpensive kiddie pool is just the thing. Continue reading

Maple Ginger Cedar-Plank Salmon Recipe

A few weeks ago I discovered the True North Salmon Company, a North American company that sells hormone and antibiotic-free, sustainably caught, farmed Atlantic salmon. Continue reading

March Break and spring fun in the city

The countdown is on for March Break. In just days, students will be off school for a week. YIKES! What are you going to do? Just because they get a break, it doesn’t mean you do. Continue reading

Musical Taste of Our Heritage

What a way to mark Family Day Weekend! Odyssey Showcase is presenting Canada Roars: A Musical Taste of Our Canadian Heritage February 16 at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. Continue reading

My Part of Town is Orléans

by Loukia Zigoum

When I got married and my husband and I were looking for a new house to buy, I never imagined we’d go east. However, we quickly fell in love with the neighborhood of Chapel Hill in Orleans, and now, ten years later, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Continue reading

NatureTalks will get you talking about science

Want to expand your mind and feed your curiosity in 2014? Don’t miss NatureTalks.  Presented by The Canadian Museum of Nature, it’s an exciting new opportunity to explore science and its role in our lives. Continue reading

NomNoms: Tasty, Nutritious Weekday Dinner

#WFD: What’s For Dinner? If you’re wondering what to put on the table tonight or tomorrow night, these stress-free recipes are filling and packed with goodness. You can easily modify both of them to suit your family’s tastes. Continue reading

Orpheus Presents LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical

Ready for a fun night out? Orpheus Musical Theatre Society is presenting Legally Blonde The Musical at Centrepointe Theatre from November 22 to December 1.  It will be a show full of all things pink, with passion and purpose in the story and the performance. Continue reading

Outstanding Principal

“Rene Bibaud is the finest principal I have known and the best role model I can imagine…” Continue reading

Pay it Forward and Recycle

Now’s your chance to share your stuff with people who could really use it and appreciate it.  The City of Ottawa’s Fall Give Away Weekend is taking place this Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, all across town. Continue reading

Potential? Unlimited

by Tammy Culhane

There are well-traveled paths to success for post-secondary students with disabilities.

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Radio Flyer EZ Fold Stroll ‘N Trike

The EZ Fold Stroll ‘N Trike™ is designed to fold in one easy step so you can store or take it anywhere. This 4 in 1 trike is a great grow-with-me trike offering the many features and  fun for kids 9 months to 5 years. Continue reading

Round Square “There is more in you than you think”

Ottawa’s Ashbury College is the only school in the area that’s involved in an empowering international program called Round Square. Continue reading

Say No for Nick

By Pam Dillon

What’s new? “Nothing.” So when the youngest came home from his final exam a few weeks ago, I wasn’t expecting any revelations. How did it go? “Good.” Was it hard? “No.” He sat down. I looked over. “Mom,” he said, “Nick Cody died.” Continue reading

SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! Musical Mysteries

Want to enjoy a special family treat? SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! Musical Mysteries is a SPOOKtacular show that’s onstage at Centrepointe Theatre Wednesday, April 9, and Thursday, April 10. Continue reading

Shoes to Fit

By Pat Ross

It was near the end of August when Joanie had the meltdown. At the time, we were 10-year-old cousins in the midst of a back-to-school shopping trip. The day was hot, the excursion was seemingly endless and there were four of us kids with just one adult, my uncle. When Joanie saw the platform heels in the middle of the shoe section at the department store, she had to have them. Continue reading

Should Toddlers Be Exposed to Technology?

By Kathy Lane
Technology in the hands of a toddler can be like handing the world’s nuclear codes over to North Korea. You don’t know what they’re going to do with it or if you’ll ever get it back. Continue reading

Skate Central, Canada? Oui, You’re Here

By Pam Dillon

Skate Central, Canada? Imagine one chance to make a dream come true. Picture just four and a half minutes to prove you’re Canada’s best figure skater in your discipline. From January 9 to 15, the country’s brightest stars will be leaving it all on the ice at the Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships. The stakes? Extraordinary. The spotlight? Dazzling. Continue reading

Solving Those Math Homework Problems

Worried about supporting your kids to do their math homework?  You’re not alone. Last night, the parents of kids at Navan’s Heritage Public School went back to math class. Say what? Continue reading

Stop bullying? Really

by Jeremy Dias Guess what? The best research from universities and ministries of education has made it clear: a presentation on bullying does not work. All those slides? The graphs and statistics? Zzzzzz. Kids tune out—and fast. After all, why … Continue reading

Supplemental Insurance

Planning to add to your family? Whether a pregnancy test has already revealed you’re expecting or you’re finally ready to try and conceive, you want to be certain you and the baby-to-be are getting all the nourishment you need. Continue reading

T-fal Easy Pro Deep Fryer

Deep fry like a pro! Designed with family sized capacity, the new Easy Pro Deep Fryer can hold up to 2.2lbs of food. Continue reading

Thai Shrimp Salad Recipe

I think most of us feel a little sluggish at this time of year and we could certainly use a break from rich, heavy food. Continue reading

Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad with Sesame Peanut Dressing

The other day I bought an awesome new kitchen gadget: the OXO Julienne Peeler (available at The Bay for $10.99). It works like a regular peeler, but the blade is serrated to form long, skinny strips of whatever you’re peeling. Continue reading

The Goodluck Assembly at the Shenkman

How’s this for a fun night out? Shenkman Arts Centre’s Richcraft Theatre will be transformed into a nightclub next Friday, February 7, when two Ottawa bands hit the stage. Continue reading

The Great Beyond

by Samantha Brazeau-Wilson and Chelsea Brunette

For kids and parents, the jump up to post-secondary school is a big one. Continue reading

Time to Detox

Everyone is interested in detoxing at this time of year. You’ve overdone it over the holidays, and want to rid your body of built-up toxins. I’ve put together an awesome smoothie recipe that includes fresh, raw ingredients that will do the trick. Continue reading

Top 10 better back-to-school tips

Savvy eco-bloggers and expert parents have joined David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Tovah Paglaro, to offer these top ten tips for setting green back-to-school habits. Continue reading

Upper Canada Village

When Ally and Bobby Montminy first arrived at Upper Canada Village during their 2011 summer break, they knew it was going to be an unforgettable week. Continue reading

We Day-Canada is April 9 at Canadian Tire Centre

Canadian Tire Centre is the place to be April 9. Youth by the busloads will be streaming into 1000 Palladium Drive for the second annual We Day-Canada event. Talk about a pep rally! Continue reading

Weathering Winter

It’s a Family Health and Safety Issue. Know what really bites? Frostbite, hypothermia and realizing, a half an hour after your kids hopped on the bus, that they’ve forgotten their mitts or snow pants in the hall closet. Continue reading

Yay for Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa!

Ninety years young, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa provides kids with a fun and supportive place to belong, believe and achieve. Continue reading