Back to school with MITK


Back to School - Setting up for Success

We are back to school and quickly settling into our routines. Luckily, my kids have not be overwhelmed with homework yet as they ease back into the school year. I know it is coming and this year I am going to be prepared.

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Back to school, back to our routines and back to the neighbourhoods we call home. 

There is no time like the fall to remind us of home – the streets we live on, the shops we frequent and the places we meet. Fall is brimming with tradition and this urban Mom is eager to get her family in full swing. A recent trip around my neighbourhood brought me to theField House at Parkdale Market. This is an amazing food boutique where everything is grown and produced locally. Fall comfort cooking with my kids is a wonderful tradition, especially with fresh local products. Have a look at my tip sheet for cooking with kids for ideas.

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Pack a Picnic, Pick a Pepper…it's in season

A lot of families planning to head out on a family a road trip. Along the way there is not a lot of choice for food.

It is great to have some food on hand or even pack a picnic of options.
A few ideas using all of our in season produce:
Curried Chicken Salad with Peaches. Switch it up and serve it on Romaine lettuce leaves, half a pepper or cucumber rounds.
With all the choice of fresh fruit, pack some straws and make fruit Kabobs. For a little sweetness add some sponge cake to the pattern.
If you have a chilled vessel, Peach Milkshakes are a favourite in our family.
Raw veggies served with hummus or a homeade herb dip is a good way to refuel.
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Be sure to pack wet wipes and a few road trip game ideas!



small maple leafMITK Quick Tips

Stand out in a crowd. Use a bright coloured backpack. The bright colour allows you to be recongizable in a crowd.

Keep food cool. Pack a lunch bag cooler. A tip for keeping things cold is to freeze your juice boxes overnight and use them as ice packs the next day. It's a great treat at the end of a hot day to have a cold drink.



small maple leafPack it all in Checklist

Here is a great  little checklist to help you 'pack it all in'. There are so many places to go and people to see, be ready for anything.




Don’t forget:


  • Hat
  • Towels
  • First Aid Kit
  • Dry Bag
  • Water Bottles (green option -  many water stations out there)
  • Cool Scarf
  • Rain Poncho
  • Wet Wipes
  • Umbrella (for both sun and rain)

Into the Night

  • Flashlight
  • Kleenex
  • Sparkles
  • Glow Bracelets (safety)

small maple leafNeed some time away from the crowds?

Pack some travel games and find a quiet spot. A travel game selection can be found at Scholars Choice

A few of my favorites are:


~ Yikers

~ Magnetic Checkers

~ Cards


 From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Canada Day!