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Why Do We Throw Such Crazy Birthday Parties?

Posted by Joanne Ma on

My confession on birthday parties. Ok. So here’s the deal. I never thought I’d be the type of mom who would try and create the most elaborate birthday ever for my child. I don’t even remember the last time I planned a party for myself. So when my daughter asked for a fairy garden tea party in her very enthusiastic voice, I decided I’d suck it up and try to create something she’ll never forget. Mostly because she’s never been so excited about her birthday until now. Which also tells me she’s starting to become interested in things and that...

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5 Lessons My Children Can Learn from the Olympics

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5 Lessons My Children Can Learn From the Olympics (image provided by pixabay) Our family loves watching sports. Sports is one of those universal languages that brings people together. You can sit at any bar, in any country, and you’ll find strangers rallying together towards a common goal. So when the summer Olympics started last week, we were all ready with our homemade flags and colour coordinating uniforms during some of our favourite races and performances. We get really giddy especially for the opening ceremonies. The anticipation of watching another country symbolize what the games mean is always so riveting....

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Top 10 Covers to Slow Dance and Sing to Your Baby

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Top 10 Covers to Slow Dance and Sing to Your Baby I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while now. I get asked a lot about the songs I play for the kids as we always have music in the background. Something that’s always on heavy rotation around here is acoustic covers of our favourite songs. I don’t often gravitate towards covers of ballads as it’s really just changing up several bars. What I really love and will get my attention is an artist completely slowing down a song and deconstructing its every beat. For example, Boyce Avenue’s “We...

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5 Designs to Help Increase Social-Communication in Play

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  (image courtesy of @miniwilla)   5 Designs to Help Increase Social-Communication in Play {This blog has been updated due to the high interest in functional play ideas. Please see below.} I’m so thrilled to be sharing some design ideas that will help increase the social-communication development in your child. MF Mind Designs is a series that will help the modern parent create a play space that encourages language development, positive play interaction and independence in their little one, without the compromise of style. Can you believe a good design space can do all that?!? Maybe that can be your excuse...

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