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  • Tuesday, November 01, 2022 10:48 AM | Claire (Administrator)

    Winnipeg is a hidden gem in Canada; if you want to have all the amenities of the big city but have your dollars go further, consider Winnipeg, Manitoba, a short 2.5 flight from Toronto. Immerse yourself in its diverse and vibrant culture, with a strong Indigenous presence and a thriving arts scene. The city is home to a number of museums, galleries, cultural institutions, and festivals. Winnipeg is an excellent spot for a couples' getaway with award-winning spas and one of the best food scenes in Canada.

    Where to stay:

    The Fort Gary Hotel and Spa, a luxurious castle-style hotel, is a former Grand Trunk Railway hotel and a National Historic Site. It sits in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, minutes away from all the major attractions. 

    For the couples who want to stay in:       

    Their romance package includes a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in your room upon arrival. For an unforgettable dining experience, visit the Oval Room Brasserie, a 108-year-old lounge recently restored to its 1913 appearance. As Winnipeg's only brasserie and the only hotel with a wine list curated by world-renowned sommelier Christopher Sprague, the Oval Room is a must-try. 

    For ultimate relaxation, spend a day at Ten Spa on the hotel's top floor, offering a range of beauty and wellness treatments. The spa features saunas and steam rooms, as well as a variety of massage and beauty treatments. Ten Spa is known for its Hamman ritual, a traditional Turkish bathing experience designed to relax the mind and body. Ten Spa also offers a range of packages and special events, such as couples massages. Ten Spa prides itself on delivering a "perfect ten" experience to each customer, with treatments developed after years of research from around the world and performed with a focus on traditional techniques. 

    For couples who want to explore:

    If you're looking for a romantic and adventurous activity, consider visiting The Forks in Winnipeg and trying out fat biking or skating along the river. Kendrick's Outdoor Adventures, located on the waterfront at the beginning of the trail, offers fat bike rentals and snowshoes in the winter. They also team up with the skate rental nearby to enhance the skating experience on the river. Whether you're an experienced fat biker or new to the sport, Kendrick's has options for everyone.

    Thermea is a luxurious spa in Winnipeg that is perfect for couples looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. The Spa offers a range of thermal baths, saunas, steam rooms, and massage and beauty treatments, all in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Thermea also has packages and special events specifically designed for couples, such as couples' massages and romantic dinners. 

    Whether you're seeking a romantic escape or want to relax and unwind with your partner, Thermea is a perfect choice. Located just 8 km from downtown Winnipeg, the spa is easily accessible and offers a range of facilities, including baths, saunas, exfoliation rooms, and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. There is no time limit on your visit, so you can enjoy the spa's facilities and amenities the whole day. The spa also has a restaurant on-site, so you can enjoy a meal without leaving the property. Experience the unique beauty of nature and a therapeutic reprieve at Thermea.

    FortWhyte Alive is a nature center and environmental education facility dedicated to promoting understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world through experiential learning and outdoor recreation. The center is on 640 acres of protected land and includes a variety of habitats, including forests, wetlands, grasslands, and lakes.

    FortWhyte Alive offers a range of educational programs, workshops, and events, including guided nature hikes, birdwatching tours, workshops, and special events such as concerts and festivals. The center also has a variety of outdoor recreational activities available, including hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.


    The Canadian Museum of Human Rights and Qaumajuq at Winnipeg Art Gallery are two must-visit destinations for anyone looking to learn and reflect on important issues. The Winnipeg Art Gallery is one of Canada's premier art museums. It features the world's largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art and extensive collections of fine art, decorative art, and photography. 

    The Canadian Museum of Human Rights(CMHR) is the only museum in the world dedicated to human rights education and awareness. It offers a range of interactive exhibits and programming that explore the history and significance of human rights, both in Canada and around the world. Both institutions are excellent places to learn, reflect, and engage with important issues and are well worth a visit for anyone interested in art, culture, and human rights.

    Where To Eat:

    Winnipeg is known for its delicious culinary offerings, and The Forks and Hargrave Food Market are two must-visit destinations. Hargrave Food Market is a newly opened food hall that brings together some of the city's best chefs and ingredients, offering innovative menus and local favourites. It's also a popular spot for pre-game or event gatherings at the Canada Life Centre, so if you're in town when the Jets are playing, arrive early to secure a spot. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the delicious options at Hargrave Food Market while in Winnipeg.

    The Forks is Manitoba's number one tourist destination, attracting more than four million visitors annually and steeped in 6,000 years of history. The 56-acre site offers year-round shopping at The Forks Market and Johnston Terminal, along with a variety of dining experiences, including organic bakery goods, ethnic cuisine, casual restaurants, fine dining, and a food hall that includes craft beer and wine.


    Winnipeg has a diverse and inclusive food scene, with many options for people with food sensitivities, including vegan and gluten-free options. Some favourites include Modern Electric Lunch, a locally owned shop with delicious food and coffee, and Corrientes, an Argentine restaurant with empanadas and unique pizzas topped with ingredients like shaved Angus ribeye, corn, and smoked salmon. The staff at Corrientes are friendly and welcoming, and the restaurant also offers a range of gluten-free and dairy-free desserts. 

    Looking for more ideas of things to do? Here are ten things to do in Winnipeg in Winter:

    1. Go ice skating at The Forks or the outdoor rink at the Manitoba Legislative Building.
    2. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the snow-covered streets of the historic Exchange District.
    3. Visit the festive holiday lights at The Forks or in the Exchange District.
    4. Head to the Royal Canadian Mint to see the holiday light display and tour the facility. Can you lift a solid block of gold?
    5. Take a romantic walk through the snowy trails of Assiniboine Park. This large park features a variety of gardens, playgrounds, sporting facilities, and a zoo with over 200 species of animals.
    6. Attend a holiday concert or show at the Centennial Concert Hall or the Burton Cummings Theatre.
    7. Savour a warm drink and share a cozy meal at a romantic restaurant, such as The Velvet Glove at the Fairmont Winnipeg or 529 Wellington.
    8. Go on a snowshoeing or cross-country skiing adventure in the nearby countryside.
    9. Warm up with a couples massage at a luxurious spa, such as Thermea or Ten Spa.
    10. Test your skills and limits with indoor rock climbing at The Hive.

    Winnipeg has something for everyone, whether you're interested in trying out unique restaurants, relaxing at a spa, catching a Jet's game, or staying in a historic hotel. The city offers a range of dining options, from casual cafes to fine dining restaurants, and has several spas providing a variety of relaxation and wellness treatments. So no matter what you're looking for, you'll be able to find it in Winnipeg.

  • Tuesday, October 04, 2022 5:28 PM | Mercedes (Administrator)

    By Contributor: Jonsaba Jabbi

    One of the everyday experiences an expectant mother may experience during pregnancy is the dreaded "morning sickness." 

    Morning sickness typically shows up between the sixth week and the second month of pregnancy. Despite the name, morning sickness doesn't just happen in the morning. For some women, it's all day long.  

    But don't fret! Rest assured, we've gathered the best tips for combatting morning, noon and night sickness during the first few weeks of pregnancy.

    Tip #1: Know what you're dealing with!

    So what is morning sickness anyway? According to, morning sickness is nausea and vomiting that occurs when a woman is pregnant. 3 in 4 pregnant women will experience morning sickness, so expect to deal with this. Morning sickness typically shows up between the sixth week and the second month of pregnancy. Some women don't experience it all, while it can be severe and debilitating for others.

    Tip #2: Don't be afraid to ask for help

    If it's your first pregnancy, chances are you are still trying to figure it all out. But you don't need to do it alone. Ask your doctor or midwife all the questions you have. Remember, they are here to help you and make your pregnancy as smooth and manageable as possible.

    Tip #3: Make use of remedies you have at home

    Treat your morning sickness with things you can find in your kitchen cabinet. According to the book Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss, Spearmint and Red Raspberry teas are excellent for relieving nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness. You can actually drink Red Raspberry Tea throughout your pregnancy as it's an aid for labour. In addition to some household remedies, don't forget to eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables such as grapes, beets, lettuce, figs, apples, and spinach. Choose your favourites!   

    Tip #4: Take a bath….a sitz bath, that is!

    A sitz bath, also known as a half bath, is one of the most practical self-care activities to incorporate while pregnant, especially during morning sickness. Sitz baths are known to relieve many pregnancy symptoms and ailments and keep your blood flow in good circulation. All you have to do is fill up your bathtub, washtub or basin up to your abdomen (or fill it up with 3-4 inches of water) with warm water and then soak for 15-30 mins. Although unnecessary, you can also add some Epsom salt for added benefits. You can use a washtub, a large basin or even a sitz bath seat you can put on top of your toilet seat. But your bathtub will do just fine if you don't have any of these things! Do this at least 2-3 times a week. Plus–sitz baths are an excellent way to manage lower-body soreness (hint, hint) after your baby arrives! 

    Tip #5: Take it easy and get some rest

    Pregnancy is one of the most life-changing experiences because it also taxes the human body. So make sure you take it easy and get some rest while your body adjusts to the neverending changes during this exciting time in your life. Reduce or slow down your schedule where you can, and ask family and friends for help with physical tasks. Try to get to bed early and create spaces that encourage calm, relaxation and peace–whatever that looks like for you.  

    Contributor Jonsaba Jabbi is a writer, community archivist & historian and co-founder of Building A Black Archive, a grassroots community archive dedicated to building Black archives in Canada. She is a communications professional who has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last decade with organizations specializing in environmental justice, community arts, youth homelessness and the heritage sector. 

  • Thursday, September 29, 2022 9:03 PM | Allison (Administrator)

    PsychCentral has a great resource from Annabella Hagen, about “What’s on your plate? Stress Management Strategies” from 2016.

    It is no longer available on their website, but they have lots of other great resources. I am summarizing some here as a mom who experienced anxiety, who went through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a patient, and a LWAB HOPE Peer.

    Our jobs, home life and other activities of managing your life with a baby (or child, or teen) can get overwhelming. How can you take stuff off of your plate to make it more manageable?

    Pay attention to your body

    A first suggestion is to recognize your body signals. Our bodies get to a point where our brain cannot process any more, and we develop psychosomatic symptoms. These can include tummy aches, headaches, and problems with sleep.

    All-Or-Nothing Thinking 

    Using the metaphor of a full plate, individuals with perfectionism tend to have overcrowded plates. This can include a set of negative beliefs, which can distort the expectations they have of themselves and others. This can sometimes look like a person saying yes to doing something they may not have the capacity to do, in order to not upset someone. This is an all-or-nothing type of thinking.

    Don’t Should On Yourself 

    When you get down time, do you also feel like you “should” be doing something else? My therapist would often say to “Not Should On Yourself”. Becoming aware of your thinking patterns is a way you can work to combat your negative thoughts.

    A great way to help yourself is to give something up. This can be difficult to do for multiple reasons, but ultimately it is about finding a balance of tasks that work for you and your family, so you can be there fully for them.


    No. It is a complete sentence and answer to a request. You can also say not right now. With my work in mental health, I have started to try to ask people if they have the capacity or time to do something. If I ask that way, I would be ok with getting a no (even if I don’t ask that way). You can choose what you take on. It is impossible to please everyone, and sometimes even if you say yes, and you fail to be able to do the task, it would be worse than if you had said no at the start. You can also say “yes, but…” and put restrictions on your time, or your skills – that is, you can ask for help with parts of the task, and allow you to focus on the component that is best in your skills and abilities.

    Self-Care is whatever works for you. 

    You need to prioritize your time, focusing on what it is that you care about the most. This is related to your values and standards. Finding the right balance for you is a priority part of this mental health journey. Within this time, find a balance between your work, love, and play activities. Make sure you find activities for you, not only your children. I am loving doing online Zumba! It gets me physical activity, online, with colleagues. Often, my daughter will join me in dancing but it is an activity for me, and just a bonus that she loves it too. Other times, my self-care is watching TV and playing games on my phone. 

    Taking the time to love yourself, to focus on YOUR emotional, physical, and mental well-being is so vital. When your plate is feeling full, take time to play with your children, friends, and family. Only keep on what is really needed, and it will help to allow you to focus on the other things you need to do. 


    If you are feeling concerned about your mental health, please reach out to someone. It can be a therapist who specializes in maternal mental health, or various online resources such as MomsOverMatter

  • Monday, September 26, 2022 10:59 AM | Claire (Administrator)

    The cheapest birthday gift idea that your kid and their friends will love.

    I learned about the Owlkids magazines at the Library, and Ethan has been hooked ever since. He loves getting mail with his name on it, and anything that encourages him to read more is a big win. It was $29 for a whole year of magazines which is $2.17 per month!

    After seeing his reaction, I've decided to start giving out the OWLkids magazines as a birthday gift for his friends because it's so much better than another gift card that they'll end up losing anyway.

    If you are getting it for your kids, then all you have to do is choose the magazine that is right for their age range. 

    Chirp is for kids ages 3-6, ChickaDEE for ages 6-9, and OWL for ages 9-12

    If you are getting it for your child's friend,

    First, check with your child's friend's parent to find out if they already have a magazine subscription.

    Second, make sure you put the child's name as the recipient, so it's their name on the package (they absolutely love receiving mail with their name on it). The novelty has worn off for me since mine are just usually bills ;)

    Third, get their mailing address. I accidentally put my address on the one I sent to my nephew by accident. It was an easy fix through their customer service.

    Finally, relax in the comfort that your $29 gift continues to give ALL year long instead of another gift card. If you are thinking ahead, this also makes a great holiday gift. 

  • Saturday, August 06, 2022 10:05 AM | Krista (Administrator)

    We recently travelled to Vermont to the Jay Peak Resort – what an amazing summer trip!!

    Our trip started out in Cambridge, Ontario and we decided that with an 8+ hour drive ahead of us we would spilt the drive over two days, so we left right after work on a Wednesday and drove as far as Brockville that evening. The resort is very close to the Quebec/Vermont border, however we opted to cross at Cornwall, ON so we had more opportunity for shopping on the way. This was by far the smallest and fastest border crossing I’ve ever been to! What a nice change from the busy ones we would normally cross around Niagara! The drive from the border to the resort was mostly along secondary highways with very little traffic. As we crossed from New York State into Vermont you could start to see the mountains, it was beautiful!

    We had a reservation in one of the Timberline Condos. Check-in at the main hotel was a breeze and the front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. We received our room keys, resort map, attraction/restaurant schedules and waterpark passes (plastic wristbands). We found our condo easily with the map provided - they are in row style houses with some units on the main floor, some on the second level and some in the basement (walkout units). The accommodations were amazing!! Our condo included

    ·       Two bedrooms, each with a King bed that could be converted to 2 twins on request.
    ·       Lots of drawers and closet space for our stuff.
    ·       A large ensuite bathroom plus a second full bath in the hall gave everyone lots of room (and no waiting for the shower!)
    ·       A large family room with seating for 6 around the fireplace and tv – a perfect place to relax at the end of each day!
    ·       A huge kitchen with a breakfast bar and a dining table with 6 chairs. Tons of cupboard space. Dishes, cutlery, cups, pots and pans. Plus a fridge/freezer, toaster, coffee maker, microwave and stove/oven. And yes, there was a dishwasher, because who wants to do dishes when they are on vacation?!
    ·       A private deck off the dining room, with 2 chairs and a little table, perfect for your morning coffee.
    ·       The in-suite laundry was a nice bonus.
    ·       There was also a mudroom at the entry with tons of hooks for hats, jackets etc. With the door I imagine this would be ideal for the winter vacations where you don’t want to let too much cold air inside.
    ·       Plus great views from all the windows!

    When we checked in they gave us a schedule that included the hours of operations for all their food and beverage locations. The schedule was nicely laid out with each location and the hours by day, as some change depending on the day of the week.

    We checked the resort schedule for dining options and found the Clubhouse Grille was our only option the first evening. We took the quick drive over to the restaurant and were helped right away. Thursday night at the Clubhouse Grille had a beanbag toss game and wings on special, we has missed the tournament but the boards were still out so the kids played with that while we waited for our food.

    The food was great - we opted for some wings, a salad, and Lobster roll (so good and worth the market price!!) and the kids had chicken fingers.

    We noticed Friday nights they had Wood-Fired Pizza so we made sure to go back the following evening for that, however we opted to do takeout this time and eat in the room. The pizza was delicious!

    I ate at the Foundry one night as well, along with the other moms in our group, it was quite a busy place, but the service was good and food was tasty, and company was great!

    We did have a full kitchen in the condo so we had stopped for a few groceries before we arrived, but we definitely missed some things (butter, salt and pepper, foil/parchment paper) luckily the Provisions General Store had these things (and more) available for purchase. The store was fully stocked with fresh and frozen food, sundries, snacks, drinks and prepared foods. Our condo seemed to be missing cereal bowls, so we improvised with a small mixing bowl, and there were not any ‘dish cloth and towels’ so we just face cloths, but otherwise we had what we needed.

    We rode the Tram up the mountain a couple times to enjoy the views from the top of Jay Peak – what a view!

    The tram leaves every 30 minutes and takes just under 10 minutes. The kid’s favourite part was when we passed by the towers and the tram got a bit of a swing LOL.

    Once at the top you can just enjoy the view from the windowed area outside the loading area, do little climbing to see the views from the very top, or even hike back down (or up and catch the tram down). We didn’t brave the hike, but some friends did, said it took them around 2 hours with their kids in tow. We took the tram a second time at the end of the day with the other families we came with and the driver even gave us a peek into the Ski Patrol’s room!

    We spent most of our time at the Pumphouse Water Park. Wow! There was so much to do here, the kids were in heaven!

    Our group has use of a cabana so we were able to keep our bags and things in there while we played. It had a stock of towels, with more available at the surf shop if needed. It also had a small fridge that included several bottles of water. There were 6 or 7 cabanas around the waterpark, ours was a bit of a walk from “action” but was just beside the bottom of the tube slides so perfect viewing of the kids going up and down the slides. Our cabana was just down from the snack bar so we did grab lunch there one day, standards like burgers, hot dogs, fries, nachos and salads were available, plus ice cream.

    There were 4 slides – 2 tube slides (blue and green) with single and double tubes, and 2 body slides (orange and red – the red had a weight requirement, and went straight down, so the kids didn’t get on that one, but dad thought it was fun – and fast!). The waterpark was big and even though there were lots of people there it didn’t feel crowded and there were virtually no lines for the slides (which meant lots and lots of trips up and down). The kids raced on the blue and green so many times! When I asked them which was their favourite, they just couldn’t decide, they said they were all so fun!

    The slides end in a 3ish foot deep pool that connects to a lazy river. The river wasn’t open when we were there as summer is their ‘off season’ and they don’t have the staff for it, but it would be great to just come off the slides and then float around the river before going back up.

    While we did spend most of our time on the slides there was another pool with a climbing wall on one side and basketball net on the other (we spent a lot of time here as well), plus a little kids area (think splash pad with a tipping bucket), hot tubs and a wave rider (I couldn’t work up the courage to try it, but everyone who tried it looked like they were having a blast!).

    When we came back the next day we also checked out the outdoor pool and outdoor hot tub. There is definitely enough pool space for everyone!

    There are mountain bike trails at the resort as well, with bikes available for rental through The Mountain Shop. My hubby brought his bike from home and took a ride one morning while we went to the waterpark.  He was given a map with a number of mountain bike trails marked out.  Unfortunately early in the season much of the trails are too wet to ride.  Around the base of the resort there are a number of kilometers of gravel based double track, and the service road up the mountain offers a challenging climb with great views and a fun ride down.  Overall he was able to get in a good 10km ride.

    One morning we all went on a short hike, there were 3 different trails to pick from, but we just went on the shortest loop as we didn’t come prepared with water. It wasn’t too long and we passed through some trees, saw a little creek, the snow making pond, as well as a wedding ceremony set up – what a beautiful place to get married!


    The resort has many other attractions like that unfortunately were not open during our stay, but would be open during their peak winter season – indoor rock climbing for kids, movie theatre, as well as some that were available but we didn’t make use of this time – golf, disc golf, a spa, indoor ice rink. I am not a skier, but I would definitely come back to Jay Peak in the winter just for all the other activities they offer!


  • Tuesday, July 19, 2022 12:12 AM | Allison (Administrator)

    After a long travel hiatus, I finally got to travel again with my kids and my mom! We have done a few other great #LWAB trips to Fern Resort and Sudbury, and they have always been amazing way for the Community Managers to meet and connect, but also to enjoy time with our families.

    This time we were invited to Jay Peak resort in Vermont, and it was amazing. I traveled with my mom, and kids aged 9 & 7. We had not traveled since before COVID as a family and there was a lot of learning curve to traveling post-pandemic.

    My mom and I had our passports, but my kids had their long form birth certificates, and we had no problem at the Queenston- Lewiston border, either entering the USA or Canada, for not having passports.

    A few things that made Jay Peak a great place to travel with kids in the summer:

    Endless Activities

    Jay Peak had so many things to do! They have an enclosed tram that takes you to the top of Jay Peak. I am not afraid of heights, but I am afraid of falling from heights, but I felt safe on the trip up and down and exploring the top of the mountain. The views were amazing, and there were some fun rock areas for the kids to climb! Both kids found sparkly stones and were convinced they found precious crystals. I’m glad that we were driving so I didn’t have to pay extra to carry the stones on an airplane! We went on the tram twice – the first time we saw our friends as they returned from a trip at the Tram Station, and the second time we went with the friends! The tram driver let the kids and us into the Ski Patrol office so we could see where they wait and monitor the ski hill conditions. We didn’t do this, but some friends took the tram up and hiked down the mountain.

    The next activity for the kids was the Pumphouse Indoor Water Park. We were able to use Cabanas, and it was great to have a place to put our stuff, eat, and connect with the other LWAB families. There were numerous waterslides – some body slides and some tube slides. They had both single tubes and double tubes for going down with kids! They had a kid’s climbing area with mini water slides and activities, and an indoor hot tub.

    We had the chance to try the Double Barrel Flow Rider! This just required completing a waiver at the Wave Surf Shop and get an extra bracelet to show you could ride it (the water park required a bracelet for our stay also). The lazy river was not open during our trip, which was disappointing. 

    Where we spent most of our time though was the swimming pool! The pool had a shallow and deep area, but they were well separated by a wall, so when kids were in the pool alone (and I was sitting in one of the many chairs around the pool) I felt safe that they could touch bottom. There were also lifeguards on duty, and they switched positions often, and did a great check of the pool with a visual scan of the pool as they switched shifts, which as an anxious mom made me feel like my kids were safe. The shallow area had a basketball net, and there were lots of balls floating for the kids to play with. The deep end had a rock-climbing wall – it was great to climb the wall and not need to worry about falling – other than holding your breath! The kids (and adults) loved it!

    Two of the other LWAB families had kids who were around the same ages as mine, and it was so fun to watch them play! With the number of adults we had, we could spell each other off and rest in the cabana or in the lounge chairs!

    We also went to the outdoor pool one day, where the kids played and laughed together! The next day we went to the outdoor hot tub, which the kids enjoyed.

    There was also disc golf, hiking, bike rentals and lots of other things to do! The kids also had a blast running and playing tag around the condos and we were far enough away from the road and our condo was down a private road, so they could play and explore!

    Quiet Place to Crash

    After all the activities, it was great to have a full condo to rest and recuperate in. It was also important for me after the 8.5 hour drive from Niagara and trying to keep up with the kids!

    The condo was great – we had two bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom. The kids and I used that room. My kids loved the dressers and bedside tables and unpacked their clothing and toys into the bedside tables! There were big windows all over, so we could open windows on both side of the condo and get a nice breeze. There was also a great patio – a great place to sit and eat breakfast.

    The kitchen was great – with a full-sized fridge and freezer, oven, microwave, and coffee maker. I forgot to buy coffee grinds, but it worked well for my mom to make tea. Our kitchen was stocked with mugs and glasses, but only 2 bowls. For my snack, I used a gravy boat. 

    The kitchen also had a dishwasher, and dishwasher pods, so we were able to run the dishwasher at bedtime and wake up to clean dishes.

    The condo also came with a full washer and dryer. I bought some laundry soap at the General Provisions store on site and did laundry before we came home. It was so great to come home with clean clothes, instead of having to spend a day after travel doing laundry.

    Fill their Bellies (plus coffee for mom)

    Having the full kitchen in the condo was great as we could pack groceries, and not need to eat each meal out. After a day of driving, I was ready for lots of vegetables. We brought food for breakfasts, and dinners such as frozen meals and salads.

    We started each day with going to the General Provisions Store and getting iced coffee for me. It was great to be able to charge it to the room. The first day that didn’t work, and I had to pay with my credit card, but they were able to get it working by day 2.

    For lunch, we ate at the main resort most days. The first day, we had subs from the General Provisions shop, and the kids’ favourite part was the slushy machine where they could make their own mix! The next day, the kids had grilled cheese from the Warming Shelter Snack Bar in the Pumphouse Waterpark. I got ramen noodles from Miso Hungry, and although I was hungry, there was enough left over for my mom to have as dinner the next day (and the cabana had a fridge, so I put it in there to keep it cold!) The Snack Bar became a favourite place for my kids, as they could have unlimited refills on the pop, and they could do the fountain pop on their own! They also enjoyed Dipping Dots ice cream as a snack one day. The cabana was stocked with bottles of water, and lots of towels, and was a great place to enjoy our lunch.

    The Moms of LWAB enjoyed a dinner out at the Foundry Pub & Grille, where we were able to catch up without having to attend to our kids. My mom had also heard about the lobster roll from the Clubhouse Grill, so we picked one up, and brought it back to the condo. She was very happy with it.

    We did go off resort for dinner the final night, with kids and spouses going to The Belfry which was about a 10-minute drive from the resort. The food was great, and they accommodated our 11 people easily.

    Great Memories

    Are the last thing you need for a vacation. On the first morning, I happened to wake up very early, and my son who is typically an early riser, woke with me, and we watched the sunrise over the Vermont mountains. It was gorgeous, and a great memory that we were able to sit on the balcony and watch the start of our day together! (I then went back to bed for about an hour, but he stayed up and played video games – the Wi-Fi was very reliable!)

    There were lots of great places in the condo to play games. We brought a few of our family’s favourites – Spot It, Dominoes, and Uno. Most of our meals we ate at the breakfast counter at the condo, but the dining table was great for the games. The living room was also great for watching movies, and the fireflies exploring in the wooded areas around the condo! There were also some animals we saw around the condo – lots of birds and a few small mammals.

    We will cherish the memory of travelling again after a long hiatus due to COVID, and making memories with our LWAB colleagues, and watching our kids become friends!

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022 8:30 AM | Allison (Administrator)

    This blog is about attending university, specifically a Masters level program, while being a full time mom. 

    I did my undergrad when I was 25 years old. I then worked for many years at Brock University studying human brain activity. After I had my children, I wanted a different challenge, so when my daughter was 2 years, and my son was 4, I took the plunge. I went back to school to do my MA in Applied Health Science. A few things that helped me are outlined below.

    1.      Manage expectations
    a.      This includes your supervisors, your colleagues, your families, and your own. I knew my supervisor from my previous work and we had volunteered together with a breastfeeding promotion organization. I knew I wanted to work with her to do research on the transition to parenting and I arranged a phone call with her to discuss thesis options. We decided it would be a good fit, but I was also clear from the start that as important as the thesis was, my family was my main priority. She had done some of her education when her children were young, so she was understanding of this.  I also learned during my time, to ask for what I need. Originally we had recurring meetings, then they fell off, unfortunately it was around the time that I was “losing momentum” so it was easy to procrastinate writing my thesis. I should have asked to reinstate the meetings to keep me on track.
    b.      I had to manage my colleagues expectations on the dreaded group projects. I explained that I would work hard and get the work done, but it would likely be at odd hours. What I found worked for me was doing school work during the day while they were in daycare then coming home and parenting for a while, then working after they went to bed. If I had a big project, there were a few times that I would go out to work at a coffee shop.
    c.       I had to manage my families expectations when I had to work through long deadlines, and would spend weeknights and weekends away from them or working while they played. My husband spent many hours driving kids around for their naps and parenting them while I worked.
    d.      I also had to manage my expectations. While I was still a Type A student, I chose to spend less time on individual class projects than I did in my undergrad. I also connected with my professors to ask for extensions on projects if there were too many due at the same time. With the MA, it was mostly assignments, so it allowed me to be able to space out the work on them more than studying for exams would have. My daughter would also wake through the night, and I would comfort her back to sleep. I would then have a hard time falling back asleep, so I would get up and work. I would try not to send emails at 3 am, but did lots of great writing!
    2.      Build your dream team
    a.      This can include babysitters, family, partner, friends, other students and resources available from your school.
    b.      Being a student is a great time to get access to free education opportunities outside of the classroom. I tell the story of when I took an essay writing workshop in my undergrad, and the essay I wrote after the workshop garnered an A+ average which was a large difference from my previous grades (B to B+). That 2 hour work shop helped me to understand how to better write essays, but many people don’t seek out resources like that. My grades were fine before, but the workshop made it much easier to write all (ok most) future essays.
    c.       When I started my MA, I was so lucky to be starting with another student, who was also a mom to young children. We became lab BFFs and could then have someone who fully understood what our days looked like – from having to get kids up and dressed each morning then attending a day of classes. 
    d.      Outside of the school, I had a few friends who had done their continued education while they had kids. We would have regular dinner meet ups to discuss and allow me to vent while getting mentorship from them on strategies they used.
    e.      My husband, my parents and my husband’s parents were great at stepping up and supervising children while I worked. Sometimes this meant going away for the weekend, or us travelling to their places and allowing me to work. I finished writing my thesis while on a cottage trip with my in-laws -  it was great to have minimal wifi while writing, and knowing my kids were making amazing memories, then I was able to connect with them during my writing breaks.
    3.      Push beyond the classroom
    a.      I chose to take an extra year to complete my data collection and write my thesis. I also took an additional course that was outside of my comfort zone. At the start of each class, the professor would ask the 20 students in the class if we had done the reading – however – it was asked without any judgement. If we didn’t, she just modified the way she taught the content. It was brilliant, (as was she) and made us feel like “actual” adults. This was amazing as it was part of my managing my expectations – that undergrad me would have done all the readings. MA me couldn’t fit it all in while prioritizing my family and my thesis.
    b.      As above, there are programs available within your university or outside of the university to help you learn more. These can include specific workshops on skills (including reference management, a prof once quoted “Friends don’t let friends do their references manually, they teach them Mendeley”). It also includes networking and netweaving opportunities that will allow you to connect with likeminded people. Attend conferences using the discounted fees, even better, present at the conference! Find as many opportunities to discuss your research, and you, to help in your future career path.

    Expand your technology horizons. When I did my undergrad, I printed the slides the professors provided and handwrote my notes. While some students still do that, it was not ideal. Use free software like Mendeley or Zotero to create your in text citations and reference section. Use text to speech software. Reading is not my preferred method of learning, and where I did find a better method for me was videos created by other students as projects, and available on the public domain! While I still had to do some text book reading, these videos really helped to corroborate the knowledge.#@#_WA_-_CURSOR_-_POINT_#@#Overall, if you are thinking about going back to school, it is manageable with children! You just need to work to find the resources and tricks that work for you!  

    For full disclosure, that I work at Brock University in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. I also work part time as the Foundation Manage for with Life With A Baby.

  • Friday, April 22, 2022 12:16 PM | Claire (Administrator)

    If you're planning to visit Canada's Wonderland, it's important to know that cash is no longer accepted at the park. You'll need to use a debit or credit card, or a smart device with Apple or Google Pay. If these options are not available to you, there are Cash-to-Card Kiosks in the park that allow you to turn cash into a prepaid debit card that can be used anywhere, with a minimum balance of $5 and a maximum of $500. These cards are not reloadable and do not have any transaction fees. If you don't use all the funds, the can be used as pre-paid debit.

    If you have a meal plan it's worth checking which locations accept the meal plan before you get in line to avoid disappointment. You can do this online or through the app, and you can also filter activities and rides based on thrill level and other criteria to help plan your visit.

    If you're visiting from a distance and it's your only trip to the park for the summer, it might be worth considering the Fast Lane option to avoid long lines. If that's not an option, try to arrive early and have a plan for the rides and attractions you want to experience. If you have a season pass, take advantage of early ride times to avoid the crowds later in the day.

    If you have a parking pass, it's a good idea to put it on one of your children's cards rather than an adult's. This will allow anyone taking the child to the park to use the parking pass as long as the child is in the car.

    Top 10 reasons for a visit to Canada's Wonderland

    1. Thrilling roller coasters: With more than 70 rides and attractions, Canada's Wonderland is home to some of the most exciting roller coasters in the world, including the Leviathan, Behemoth, and Vortex.
      For parents with littles, Kidsville and Planet Snoopy is the place to be. 

    2. Water park fun: Splashworks Waterpark is included with park admission and features a wide range of water rides and attractions, including the Lazy River and Tsunami Surge wave pool.  You can go all out or spend time at the splash pad and gentler rides. Whatever your thrill level, you'll ride a ride that works for your family.

    3. Entertainment for the whole family: In addition to the rides and water park, Canada's Wonderland also offers a variety of entertainment options for all ages, including live shows, character meet and greets, and special events throughout the summer.

    4. Delicious dining options: With over 30 food locations throughout the park, there's something for every taste and budget.

    5. Convenient location: Located just outside Toronto, Canada's Wonderland is easily accessible from major highways and public transportation.

    6. Affordable ticket options: With a variety of ticket options available, including season passes and discounts for children and seniors, there's a pricing option that fits every budget.

    7. Exciting special events: Throughout the year, Canada's Wonderland hosts a range of special events, including Halloween Haunt, WinterFest, and Canada Day celebrations.
      For younger kids, the trick or treat days in October is a great ways to experience the fun of Halloween on the weekends before Haunt.

    8. Scenic surroundings: The park is set on over 300 acres of beautiful parkland, providing a picturesque setting for your day of fun.

    9. With four season of activities,  you can use your park for from April to December. Winterfest is a great time to visit with kids whether you want to skate, watch the shows, stroll around in a winter wonderland, or take Santa photos. 

    10. Fun for all ages: With rides and attractions suitable for all ages, Canada's Wonderland is a great destination for families with kids of all ages.

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021 10:34 AM | Claire (Administrator)

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  • Thursday, April 08, 2021 2:25 PM | Claire (Administrator)

    Life is all about intersections. Each of us wears a few hats per day, and sometimes per hour! I think of it as a stack. Each time we put on a hat, the others don’t go anywhere. The pile gets taller and taller as caps are added, switched and even replaced, but they continue to affect each other. For instance, if you’re both an employee and a woman, your gender may influence your experience as an employee, such as learning less for the same work. That’s what it’s like being a BIPOC person and parent. The BIPOC part permeates each of those hats. Some of it comes from the inside. Things like culture, language and music influence how we see and move in the world. Much comes from the outside; things like stereotypes, bias and racism. Dealing with those things doesn’t mean you don’t deal with what every other parent is dealing with; those hats remain.

    Instead, it means tackling those things concurrently. It gets tiring sometimes. It’s easier when others get it, because that’s when a slight shift makes significant differences happen. We are fundamentally the same. We all want to be safe, healthy and loved; that doesn’t change just because you don’t look like someone, or they don’t look like you. It’s about not letting anything less than what’s right stand–even when you’re not personally affected. This month, we’re sharing resources to help everyone understand themselves and others better because seeing your reflection in another is the only path to harmony.


    "Right now, among the Asian-Canadian community, many are really living in fear." — Avvy Go.

    TVO's The Agenda talk to Avvy Go and Dr. Gina Wong about anti-Asian racism - and what you can do to help.


    "Not only does racism impact you as a parent, it can also impact how you interact with your children." A comprehensive guide on taking care of yourself from the American Phycological Association:

    Racial Stress and Self-care: Parent Tip Tool

    "Children of colour need to grow up experiencing the world as a place where they feel included, not invisible." Raising Kids of Colour


    Many times, dealing with discrimination, racism, and violence transcends generations. Read about how that's happening right now in the Asian community from The New York Times.In a Role Reversal, Asian-Americans Aim to Protect Their Parents From Hate

    I thought a loving home would be enough for my biracial child

    🎥  I Am Not Your Asian Stereotype | Canwen Xu

    🎥  No, You Cannot Touch My Hair! | Mena Fombo


    Knowing is half the battle. Get to know the terms from this simple definitions list from Holland Bloorview:

    Racism can be defined as: race prejudice that is supported by social and institutional power; a system of advantage based on race; a system of oppression based on race.

    Anti-Racism refers to actions and practices that challenge and counter racism, inequalities, prejudices, and discrimination based on race.

    Anti-oppression challenges the systems and systemic biases that devalue and marginalize differences.

    Diversity & Inclusion have to do with the acknowledgment, valuing, and celebration of difference.

    • From Today's Parent:  "This may be uncomfortable to hear, but racism is ingrained in all of us. It’s no longer enough to teach kids not to “see colour”—in fact, it’s harmful. Here's how to take action." This is what it means to raise an anti-racist kid.

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