Snips & Snails vs. Sugar & Spice Family / Huffington Post

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails. That’s what little boys are made of. What sick freak thought that up? And really? Little girls are made up of sugar and spice and EVERYTHING nice? Really? As a mother of both boys and girls, my personal experience tells me that it’s not always true — at least when it comes to how they interact with Mommy....

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The Hunger Games Take Over North Carolina Family / Huffington Post

Before The Hunger Games finished shooting, it was being referred to as “Project Artemis” and was already notable for being North Carolina’s largest on-location movie shoot of all time. When the North Carolina Tourism Board offered me access to the sets of The Hunger Games, which was entirely filmed in the western part of the Tar Heel State, I jumped at the chance. There was...

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Hungry for the Hunger Games? Citytv.com/Cityline / Family

“Project Artemis” wrapped in the late summer of 2011, becoming one of North Carolina’s largest on-location movie shoots of all time. Or, as it’s now known as, The Hunger Games, the first movie based on the wildly popular book trilogy by Suzanne Collins, which arrives in theatres on March 23, 2012. I was one of four journalists (and the only Canadian) invited by the North...

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Canadian Living: Online / Family

Another year, another list of New Year’s resolutions I don’t intend to keep. The 10 extra pounds I’m carrying? Make me voluptuous. The well-bitten fingernails? Show my practical side by not splashing out money on fancy manicures. Fast food, missed visits to the gym, and gossiping behind neighbours’ backs — these are all qualities that make me an unpredictable, free-spirited and brave person (the gossip...

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Canadian Living: Online / Family

It’s painful, messy, labour intensive and stressful. No, its not childbirth, but getting through the holiday season when you have children. You may have heard that Christmas is really all about children. It is. It’s all about them. They’ll tell you so themselves. It is very easy to get swept up in the consumerism and overzealousness of the holiday period, in the eternal quest to...

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Canadian Living: Online / Family

Is there anything harder than being a working mom? One of those moms who puts in her 9 to 5 (or longer) at the office, rushes around to pick up kids and chauffeur them to doctor’s appointments, soccer games, piano lessons…you get the drift. Writer and stay-at-home mom Kathy Buckworth might argue that harder yet is transitioning from powerful workplace player to full-time stay-at-homer. She...

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