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Qualicum Beach Is Rustic, Relaxing And Anything But Boring Travel

“Relax, it’s Qualicum!” I heard this many times during my visit to this small Vancouver Island community, whose population of 8,900 swells to 16,000 in the summer. They boast the dubious honour of having the highest median age of any city in Canada. But if you think that means this is a sleepy, tea-room filled community, think again. “If you’re bored in Qualicum Beach, it’s...

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Gold Medal Mom Wins At Mother’s Day #ThankYouMom

When my kids were young, I used a reward chart to motivate them to accomplish certain tasks. Stickers or stars for cleaning your room, making the bed, maybe even brushing your teeth or being nice to a brother. But when Olympic gold medal trampoline athlete the Rosie MacLennan was a little girl, her Grandma kept an activity chart up at the cottage for her and...

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Read With ‘Em, and Weep. Why Do We Hate Reading Glasses So Much? Health / Life

“Pass ‘em over”, said our good friend Joe, to his wife, as we all peered at our menus in the darkened restaurant, trying in vain to read the tiny print without using the reading glasses that were making the rounds. Sooner or later, many Canadians will find themselves stretching their arms out to the point of shoulder dislocation, or using a magnifying glass from their...

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Teen N’ Clean Family

Personally I think this is a great name for an initiative that sees teens get involved in keeping their space clean. Of course any time is a good time to get your kids to clean up their room, but with school, hockey, homework and more it can be hard to fit it in year round. Take some time in the spring to make sure you...

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How to Stay Fresh & to Refresh After a Long Flight Travel

“Long flights can either be the best thing ever or the absolute worst”, says Heather Greenwood Davis, award winning travel writer and founder of GlobetrottingMama.com. Davis knows, as she travels extensively around the world; most recently to long haul destinations such as the Azores, and Hawaii. Often, she’s expected to launch right into a full day of tours and meetings, without first heading to a...

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Why “Because I Have Kids” Is Not a Real Excuse For Not Working Out. Family / Health

“I’d work out if I didn’t have kids.” Many of us have thought this, or possibly said it out loud…and actually believed it. I’m pretty sure there are a few Dads who might use this excuse also, and while there is no denying that adding “raising a healthy and functioning human being” into your life schedule adds a bit of pressure, the fact is that...

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