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A Little Goes a Long Way - Decemeber 8, 2017


Leek Apple and Brie Tarts - December 7, 2017


Game Day - November 15, 2017


Recipes for Leftover Halloween Candy -  November 3, 2017

Thanksgiving Desserts - October 8, 2017

Muffin Tin Fritattas - September 13, 2017

First Time Back to School - August 25, 2017

Back to School Must Haves - August 14, 2017

Back to School Snacks - August 14, 2017

Long Weekend Games - August 1, 2017

Packing 101 - August 1, 2017

Camping Treats - July 13, 2017

Cooking with Kids - July 5, 2017

Maple Mustard Turkey Burgers  - June 6, 2017

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September 6 - CTV Morning Live

Fresh Ideas from Foodland

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Grilling with Rob Rainford


September 21 - CTV Morning Live

Fall Home Decorating and Hacks


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Back to School


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August 10 - Rogers TV - Daytime


August 9 - CTV Morning Live

Twists on Breakfast





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Step Outside of the Basket

Scrambling around for something new to delight your kids on Easter Morning?  It may be time to put your basket aside and create some excitement with these alternatives to the traditional basket.

April Showers

What kids does not love an umbrella?  Fill these colourful bubble umbrellas with springtime treats.  Layer the base with a little Easter grass and add books, DVDs, kids gardening tools, Lego, a little candy and a few dollar store toys. 

Pick a Theme

Every kid goes through stages. From Superheros to Barbie, Bubble Guppies to Shopkins there are times when our little ones just can’t get enough of a certain show, book  or character.  Easter is the perfect time to take advantage of a trend and wow them. This cute Shopkins basket incorporates a colourful tutu and matching hot pink accessories.  Super sweet without a lot of candy. 

Rainboots – Easter’s Answer to the Christmas Stocking

If you can fill a Christmas Stocking, you can fill a pair of little rubber boots to delight your bunnies on Easter morning.  Stuff the toes with colourful socks and spring gloves.  Add some silly sunglasses, a few treats, colouring books and pencils.  After breakfast, be sure to take a walk outside looking out for springtime puddles. 

Pool Party

Here’s a clever idea?  Use a pool towel and googles to create a cute little summer bunny.  Fill the rest of the towel with lip balm, sun screen, flip flops and a few Easter surprises. 

Baker’s Delight

Older kids love to bake and create in the kitchen.  This bright mixing bowl is filled baking supplies and equipment for hours of fun.  Include different pastel cupcake liners, spatulas, measuring cups, an apron and boxed mixes to try.  You never know, you may find an extra treat on your Easter dinner table. 

Movie Night

Don’t forget the bigger kids.  You can find these reusable popcorn containers at any dollar store or Walmart.  Fill them with movie tickets, candy, popcorn and gift cards.  


The Book of Mormon Pre-Sale Starts Today

April 25 – 30, 2017

National Arts Centre

The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.





Cold Weather Kitchen Concoctions


Kids love cooking and doing experiments, so food science experiments are like the best of both worlds for them. It’s amazing how many different experiments you can do with a few simple pantry items. Here is a roundup of some of my favourite kitchen science experiments for you to try with your kids on a cold winter day. 

Coffee Dough

Make this versatile play dough from used coffer grinds.  You can bake it to save your childrens’ masterpieces.  I love the smell of it and the kids love the odd texture. 


  • 1 cup used coffee grinds
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


Mix dry ingredients.  Add water and stir to form a soft dough.  Once shape has been finalized.  Bake in 200 degree oven for 45 minutes. 


Erupting Volcano

There’s nothing more exciting than reliving your childhood through your own kids.  Remember making the volcanic eruption with tin foil on a cookie sheet?  Here’s a fun alternative using the coffee play dough to create a more real-to life, environmentally friendly base. 


  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar


Place some of the baking soda into your volcano and add some of the vinegar

Teaching Moment

The baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a base while the vinegar (acetic acid) is an acid. When they react together they form carbonic acid which is very unstable, it instantly breaks apart into water and carbon dioxide, which creates all the fizzing as it escapes the solution.


Bouncy Ball


  • 1 T. white glue
  • 1/2 tsp. borax powder
  • food colouring
  • 3 T. cornstarch
  • 4 T. warm water


In one cup, combine the warm water, cornstarch and borax. In another cup or bowl, put the glue.

Next, add several drops of food coloring to the white glue and stir well.

Give your water/borax/cornstarch mixture a good stir to combine all the ingredients (the cornstarch has a tendency to settle on the bottom). Then pour the water mixture into the colored glue.

Stir and you'll see it immediately start to clump together. Stir a bit more until you have one big, slimy glob.

Take the glob out of the liquid and begin rolling it between the palms of your hands to form a ball. It'll be sticky at first, so keep a paper towel handy to wipe off your hands occasionally. Soon a rubbery ball will form.


Blow up a Balloon

Here’s a fun way to blow up an everyday balloon using baking soda and vinegar.


  • Balloon
  • Small bottle
  • Small funnel
  • 2 T. Baking soda (2 tablespoons per student)
  • 6 T. Vinegar


Using the funnel, add the baking soda to each balloon (two people may be needed for this; one person to hold the balloon open and the other person to put the baking soda inside of the balloon).

Pour the vinegar into the bottle.

Carefully fit the balloon over the bottle opening (be careful not to drop the baking soda into the vinegar yet).

Once the balloon is fitted snugly on the nozzle, hold up the balloon and allow the baking soda to fall into the vinegar.

Observe the chemical reaction and effect on the balloon.


Soda and Mentos Explosion


  • 1 roll of Mentos chewy mints
  • 2-liter bottle of diet soda
  • Sheet of paper to roll into a tube


Go outside where you can make a big mess.

Open the bottle of Coke and place it on the ground.

Roll the paper into a tube so that the Mentos will just fit inside. Hold the tube of paper upright and put the card over the bottom of the tube.

Load 4-6 Mentos into the tube, holding the card so they don’t fall out.

Carefully hold the tube and card directly on top of the bottle, lining up the tube and the mouth of the bottle.Pull the card out from under the tube, letting the Mentos drop into the bottle.


Super Slime


  • School glue
  • Borax (Sodium tetraborate)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Water
  • Two bowls


In one bowl mix 1 oz. glue (about ¼ of the glue bottle) and ½ cup water. If you want colored slime, add food coloring to the glue and water mixture. Add ¼ cup of borax to the glue and water mixture and stir slowly.

Stir as much as you can, then dig in and knead it with your hands until it gets less sticky.. Don't worry about any leftover water in the bowl. Just pour it out.

Teaching Moment

The glue has an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate, which is a liquid polymer. The borax links the polyvinyl acetate molecules to each other, creating one large, flexible polymer. This kind of slime will get stiffer and more like putty the more you play with it.


Brownie in a Mug

All done experimenting for the day?  Treat yourselves to a cool glass of milk and one of this delicious brownies that you can make in a mug.


  • 4 T. Flour
  • 4 T. Sugar2 T. Cocoa powder 
  • 2 T. Vegetable Oil 
  • 2 T. Water
  • Dash of salt
  • Mug


Add te sugar, flour, cocoa, and salt to the mug and mix. Then add the oil and water and mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Be sure to be thorough, there's a tendency for clumps of the dry ingredients to form

Microwave for two minutes and enjoy.  Thanks to Carson for sharing his favourite recipe idea. 







MomInTheKnow cooks up a few ideas for a happy, healthy new year. 



Stay Up Late and Celebrate!


Five – Four – Three – Two – One!

The countdown is on to make plans to ring in the New Year!  Dancing? Dining Out?  House Party? Family Gathering?  There is no shortage of fun events and outings going on around town this year.  For me, a cozy New Year’s Eve at home with my family beats all. 

Kids love to create, celebrate and stay up late.  So I am giving them lots of options this year.  We are going to have a party in our own living room and whoop it up until the ball drops to ring in 2014. 


Let kids decorate and personalize their own party hats and noisemakers with markers, glitter, and tissue.  Use plain paper cones or wide headbands for the hats.

Make a Memory Book or Time Capsule.  Give each child a photos of some their favourite 2013 memories.  Gather fun keepsakes and use an old jar or scrap book put them together.  Encourage kids to comment on photos and tag items with their memories. 

Create a special kids table.  Set up a fun kids table giving them a fun place to sit.  Decorate it with garland and other Christmas stuff you already have around.  

Decorate.  Add a little sparkle to your table by lighting a couple of sparklers as the countdown starts.


Bake a Wish Cake. This is a fun Greek tradition in which you bake a cake with a lucky coin or other trinket hidden inside.  The recipient of the coin is said to have good luck for the upcoming year.

Watch home movies and reminisce. Cuddle up with some popcorn and look over your favourite moments from the past year together. 

Dress up and have a dance party.  Kids love to dress up, so let them put on their best clothes, push the furniture back and have a dance party.  Make it even more fun by wearing boas, tutus, silly hats and glasses. 

Make Memory Books.  Provide each child with a small notebook and have them write and draw their memories from the year.

Talk about resolutions and what they mean.  Have kids write down what theirs are for 2013

Stay up Late

Celebrate Midnight in Another Country.  Let’s face it, some of our kids are just too young to make it until midnight.  Why not celebrate the New Year earlier in the day alongside another country in another part of the world.  If you are in CAnada for example, you could celebrate alongside Paris which would be 6:00 p.m  Oh La La.

Ring it In. Set all the clocks, alarms, and cell phones to go off at midnight.

Keep them Busy. Do hourly activities to help kids count down the time.   Write them on a slip of paper and put them inside of a balloon or envelope.  

Midnight Milk and Cookies Toast

Have a balloon drop at midnight.  You can make your own balloon drop using a drawstring garbage bag.  Till it with balloons and hang it upside down.  Then undo the drawstring at midnight and let the balloons shower down.

If you want to go out and about! Ignite a year of clebration at City Hall or Parliment #Canadas150 http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/new-years-eve-celebration/