How to make it a “Netflix and bone-chilling” Halloween

How to make it a Netflix and bone-chilling Halloween.

So whether your version of “Netflix and bone-chilling”, includes a screening of “Super Monsters” with your wee ones or a marathon session of “Stranger Things”, Season 2, here’s what you’ll need for a spook-tacular TV night. Continue reading

Hug it out

Even on days when you're feeling done -- done with cooking, cleaning, kids, cooking, laundry -- stop and go for the hug.

They say you shouldn’t ever be the first to break a hug with your child. I get it. You’ve had a gong-show of a day and are literally counting down the minutes until bedtime. The kids have suddenly turned into little velcro love bugs at the exact moment you want… Continue reading

How to help your teenage daughter cope when period pain is more than “just PMS”

What to do when your child suffers from acute pain related to her menstrual cycle.

I am, by turns, good cop/bad cop: gently soothing tones tempered with firm reminders to breathe when she begins to get hysterical. This is no ordinary period pain.  Continue reading

5 Ways to Eliminate Birthday Stress and Party Like It’s 1987

Birthdays are a lot of work. So we've got 5 no-stress ways to party like it's 1987. #streamteam

Thirty years ago, there were no themes. A party was a party. Guests arrived, played games, ate cake, and…wait for it…watched while we opened our gifts. Here’s how to get rid of that birthday stress bring back some of that old-school party charm. Continue reading

The Homework Hustle Playlist for Those Times When You Can’t Even

The new form of parental torture is homework, in case you missed the memo. But, parents, I’ve got your back. I’ve created my own personal Homework Hustle Playlist for those nights when you just give zero f**ks about whether the homework gets done or even if there is any homework at all. Continue reading

Authentic Spanish Gazpacho: A Recipe for Family Memories

This is the most authentic Spanish gazpacho you will ever taste. No frills. All fresh goodness. Yum!

Chefs around the world are dabbling in variations of this classic dish but an authentic Spanish gazpacho should be a smooth purée of fresh vegetables with a hint of garlic, pimentón and vinegar. Continue reading

Spread Joy into Your Back-to-School Routine with These 3 Backpack Essentials

3 fun ways to #spreadjoy and get your kids totally jazzed to head back-to-school.

That family calendar? The one sent down from the organizing angels above? That is your new best friend. Turn it into your family’s communication hub by assigning a new PaperMate InkJoy gel pen colour to each family member. Continue reading

Whip up these Cocoa Crinkle Cookies to celebrate World Chocolate Day (or any day)

Where has this recipe for cocoa crinkle cookies been hiding all your life? Find all the deliciousness at @ericablogs.

World Chocolate Day totally snuck up on me and I am wholly unprepared. But you could declare it World Chocolate Weekend and prep these cocoa crinkle cookies today and bake them tomorrow. Win-win! Continue reading