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Choosing the School That’s Right for You

Choosing the School That’s Right for You There are many great schools in Kanata and there are many factors to consider when it comes time to choose the right one for your children. Whether you are getting your toddler ready for kindergarten or have moved to a new neighbourhood, choosing a school is an important decision. Let’s take a look at the options! Choice of School Board In Kanata, there are 4 school boards to choose from. Each one offers a slightly different program all within the Ontario Curriculum set out by the Ontario Ministry of Educati...

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Giving Back this Holiday Season

Giving Back this Holiday Season It is officially the season of giving and many people are searching for ways to give back. There are many opportunities right here in our community, to give back in small and large ways. Always remember, every little bit helps. Make a Donation to the Local Food Bank The holiday season is a time for food drives and you will see opportunities to make donations almost everywhere. Whether it’s at the grocery store or your child’s school, take a moment to select some items that will help another family in need. While donations ...

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Budgeting over the Holidays: A Step by Step Guide.

Budgeting over the Holidays: A Step by Step Guide The Holidays are just around the corner, and while the joy and whimsical atmosphere can make us feel a greater sense of generosity, the cost of said generosity can be cause for stress and financial hard times. To beat the holiday stress, or seasonal depletion of savings, it is important to take a good look at your finances and set a practical budget to make sure you come into January with your bank account far from the red. Here is your guide to setting a budget and sticking to it this holiday season: See...

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Setting the Stage for Halloween

Setting the Stage for Halloween

Setting the Stage for Halloween Autumn: the kids have gone back to school, the leaves have begun to change, and the temperature has cooled to a comfortable chill – hello, sweater weather! And with that hint of crispness in the air (or in that freshly picked apple as we take a stroll to admire the season’s beauty) we’re reminded of the excitement that’s just around the corner. No, not Christmas – not yet – but rather, Halloween! A fun-filled holiday for all, Halloween is the best time to add a little spook to your home décor. Here’s how! Carving the perfe...

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Moving? Four ways to make the transition smooth for your kiddos!

Moving? Four ways to make the transition smooth for your kiddos! by: Erin Junker, Paediatric Sleep Consultant Amidst the excitement and anticipation that comes along with moving to a new home, many parents are concerned about how this big change might affect their child’s sleep. Moving to a new home absolutely does not (and should not!) mean a disruption to your child’s sleep. Here’s how to keep sleep on track when putting down new roots: Prepare older children in advance: Toddlers and preschoolers love to be involved in decisions. So, discuss the move ...

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Apple Picking in Ottawa’s West End

Apple Picking in Ottawa’s West End Fall has arrived in all its crisp, colorful glory! The temperatures have dropped, the leaves have begun to change; and yes, pumpkin-spiced everything is now available in stores. It’s indeed time to embrace the changing of seasons, wouldn’t you say? And what better way to do so than by packing up the car with and heading outdoors to create some new memories with your family? A favourite outdoor activity among many families around Ottawa is apple picking. In fact, for most, apple picking is a fall tradition! Spend the aft...

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Every Drop Counts: Water conservation tips for this summer

Every Drop Counts:Water conservation tips for this summer As temperatures rise during the summer months, the season itself can make us feel like it is as dry as the desert. With the recent dry spell, and a long, hot August ahead of us, it’s a good time to consider indoor and outdoor water conservation ideas that can be applied to your home quickly and easily. Conserving water can be as effortless as turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, and redirecting water that would be otherwise wasted. Something that sounds so simple can actually make a l...

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Beating the Heat: Splash Pads

Beating the Heat: Splash Pads The month of July is quite arguably the definition of summer. School is out, vacations are in full swing, and the weather is hot, hot, hot. This year, with the sunny days outnumbering the overcast ones, we find ourselves eager to find a place or two to cool down so that we can have some family-fun, without having to sacrifice the great outdoors! Solution: splash pads. Here are a few we’d recommend in your neighbourhood: Brookshire Park: located on Klondike Road, this family-friendly park has two adjacent play structures, fu...

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Why summer is a good time to move…  

Why summer is a good time to move…   School’s officially out for summer!  If you’re like us, you’re probably thinking beaches, holidays, cottages… any activity that will get us out to enjoy the warm weather…but it can also be a perfect time to move!  While there might not be as much real estate activity in July as there is in May, it may surprise you to find out that June, July and August are busy months in Ottawa real estate, especially in recent years.  The weather is fine and there are still a lot of great opportunities to buy and sell.  Stats s...

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Tips and Tricks for dealing with Ticks

Tips and Tricks for dealing with Ticks: Summer is upon us, and as much as we love the green grass and the warmer weather, were not always a fan of some of the critters it brings with it. Specifically, ticks. These insects have become such a nuisance in the past few years, and can be the carrier of a host of problems, including Lyme’s disease. In this article, we will briefly discuss what you can do to prevent ticks in and around your home, regular tick checks on pets and people, and of course, what to do when and if you find a tick. Protection & Prev...

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Buying a Home: Step by Step

Buying a Home: Step by Step  Buying a home can seem like a daunting task in the beginning. There are so many options to consider, let alone finding that dream home. You may be wondering what the main things to consider when you’re going to buy a house, and how the process works? With so much information surrounding the housing market, we’ve created a short step-by-step process to help you with all your home buying needs! Finances The daunting and confusing aspect of buying a home always lands in the finance department. Mostly because financ...

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Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa

Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa  Summer is a wonderful time to spend a little quality time with friends and family; things are more relaxed, the kids are out of school and you won’t have to worry about a last minute snow storm interfering with travel plans (well here’s hoping!) . But organizing a family vacation, especially when you have young children, can be stressful (just think of the Griswalds). The packing, planning, stopping, driving, – the list could go on and on. Have you ever arrived at your destination t...

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