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Giveaway! Lonely Planet Kids :: great books for the holidays

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Do your children dream of exploration? Do they love it when you read them stories at bedtime, or enjoy reading books themselves as a favorite nighttime ritual? 

My kids love to read, despite the lure of their iPhones, our family iPad, and the latest version of COD on the Xbox {they are teenagers now}. But the love of a good book, and the quiet time it embodies to enjoy it, is a valued commodity in our home. 

Thanks to the excellent folks at Lonely Planet

Travelling Baby Style: how to prepare for flights with a little one

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Travelling with a baby can be overwhelming. They're so small, but seem to need so much.

The good news is that through some careful planning, you can easily prepare for a smooth(er) flight with a little one (or two). From figuring out what can go in your carry-on bag to how to get through the security checkpoint with ease, the Travelling Baby Style infographic from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has you covered.

This handy, dandy infographic tells you everything you need to know about travelling with baby. …

7 Steps to Planning {and surviving} Multigenerational Travel

Multigenerational travel can teach both young and old new tricks

For some of us, the idea of planning a holiday and spending weeks together in a foreign land with our parents and children sounds like a new circle of hell in Dante’s Inferno. 

But, if your family relationships are solid and you can ride out the occasional emotional storms and historical family member behavioral patterns, the benefits of multigenerational travel far outweigh the downsides.


Remembrance: the Centenary of World War I

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Remembering the fallen at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

The fields of Belgium and France are green and bucolic, filled with quaint villages, farms and church spires. It is nearly impossible to imagine the stripped trees, bombed-out towns and mud quagmire of those same fields, as they would have looked one hundred years ago. 

This year 2014 marks the centenary - 100 years - since the start of World War I: the Great War, the War to End All Wars. The nations of Europe have been commemorating this solemn anniversary all year long with incredible and moving memorials. …

Camping Hacks for Families: make camping a breeze

Our family LOVES to camp. Even when the kids were babies, we ventured out with them swaddled in MEC Chuck Roast onesies, strapped in to Baby Bjorn carriers and hiking backpacks to introduce them to the great outdoors. 

Taking the kids on even a modest camping trip is no small feat. In addition to cooking, cleaning, and providing the usual supervision, you need to anticipate their needs that may be unique to the outdoors. This adds up to a lot of preparation, not to mention a lot of gear.

Get the kids on the slopes with Ski Canada's SnowPass


Winter in Canada can have some benefits. Really. 

It's a source of pride in our country to bundle up, brace for the lower end - the sub-zero - of the thermometer, and go outside and play in the cold white stuff. It's almost a patriotic duty, though on the west coast we don't feel quite the same bravery venturing out into our annual winter rains.

The Canadian Ski Council and the nation's ski resort areas have made it easy for Canadian families with children in grades 4 and 5 (ages 9 and 10) to get the best out of winter and enjoy the marvelous snow sports of skiing and snowboarding.