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soothe YOURsoul At the start of the new year many of us are thinking about our financial health, establishing budgets and adjusting costs, or our physical health, eating better and exercise to our routine. Sometimes our mental health gets forgotten. Here are some ideas and resources to help.

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Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life. The Desire Map: Less Proving. More Living.

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Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives 50 Ways to Feel Happy 50+ Ideas for Kids to be Kind Agents Michelle’s Fave Guided Meditations Michelle’s Go-To Practice for Alleviating Suffering (It’s the opposite of what many people practice.)

SUNSHINE VITAMIN Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies naturally synthesize it when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Recent studies have shown even with the Vitamin D in our diets, the majority of the population is Vitamin D deficient, especially in climates that need to bundle up during winter months. Vitamin D is important for maintaining healthy bones and teeth, but did you know it also plays an important role in maintaining good immune function and preventing disease? During the winter months, a boosted immune system helps to fight off the viruses and bacteria that commonly affect families during the cold weather season. New research shows maintaining Vitamin D levels may also have long term effects of helping to reduce the risk of certain diseases.

Meditation / Mind Jar for Kids Cleansing Detox Bath Recipes Michelle (& her kids’) Fave Mantra from Mantras for Precarious Times (Also check out Deva Premal’s divine Gayatri Mantra Around the World.)

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Could 2013 be The Year of Kindness? We are always amazed at the creativity, passion, and bared-soul honesty of those in our community. You can’t help but be inspired to try something you’ve feared doing or take comfort in knowing that you don’t have all the answers. It may sound hokey but we believe in positive energy; the good you send out there eventually comes back to you though sometimes it seems to take longer than you would like. The world is full of good but there is also the sad and envious and mean. It’s easy to get pulled in to this unpleasant place. Our own insecurities cause us to criticize, envy, belittle or dismiss others who seem to have it under control or do things differently. The media doesn’t help with their studies that say we’re not doing it right or the comparisons to unachievable expectations. We believe in the good. We accept that things aren’t perfect, that we’re not perfect. That’s one reason we started The Best of EverythingMom, to show the good that is out there. Life is too important to waste on negativity and gossip and comparisons. We want to make 2013 a year for good: good media, good health, good community. We hope you will agree. Forget sharing the gossip and embrace the good.


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Channel Faves for Quick Tips & Best of the Web Crash Course YouTube Channel Top Ted Talks on Children


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Whether you are recovering from holiday spending or just want to start the new year on a stronger financial road, one way to cut costs is by making things yourself.

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The new year brings a desire to start fresh and make change for the good. Cutting back on toxic products is one way but where to start? Instead of feeling overwhelmed, start small with one of these four ideas.

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Switching out your household cleaners is a quick way to cut down on toxins in the home. Not sure if they'll work for you? Try something simple like Seventh Generation’s plant-derived, non-toxic liquid dish soap. Even if this is the only change you make, it's a good change.


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Get a handle on your money coming in and going out with these handy printables. For our techie friends, checkout Mint, a fantastic app/online money management tool.

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The start of the year brings with it New Year's resolutions and the pressure that comes with trying to fulfill them. We want to lose weight or eat healthier, write more or work less. Some resolutions we will keep but many we won't. Instead of beating yourself up over unrealistic resolutions try challenging yourself. A personal challenge doesn't always have to be a monumental task. like fitting into your honeymoon bathing suit. Challenges are meant to push you a little. Are you up for the challenge?

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CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO DRINK MORE Have you ever felt tired for no reason or hungry when you really shouldn’t be? Perhaps your skin just feels dry, irritated and itchy? This may be a sign that you need a drink.


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CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO WALK TALL Those people who walk by you on the street? The ones you envy just a little? They are no different from you. You may think I’m kidding but it has nothing to do with their clothes or their figure. It has everything to do with something we all have.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO STOP TIME School bus pick-up, doctor’s appointments, our lives seem to rotate around the numbers on a clock face. We can’t seem to stop watching the clock, even when we have no place to go.

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Have you ever been lifted out of a bad mood when someone makes an unexpected compliment about how you look? Have you found yourself wearing a big smile after a stranger wished you a good morning? It’s infectious, the positive feelings from people around us.


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Recite poetry. Sell lemonade. Understand snow storms. Whether you have snow on the ground or just in your child’s imagination, celebrate winter with this collection of books to read together.

First Facts Seasons Age 3-5, 5-8 (34 pages) Start the New Year by learning about Winter and the other four seasons. This larger board book has big text with photo images talking about elements from the various seasons. It invites interaction with questions and ideas.

A Year Comes Round By Sid Farrar and Ilse Plume Age 5-8 (32 pages) Turn the pages and walk through the year. Discover each month in this beautifully illustrated book of nature-themed haiku. A wonderful way to understand the change of seasons, passage of time, and joy of poetry.


Lemonade in Winter Written by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by G. Brian Karas Age 5-8 (40 pages) Celebrate the joy of a child's ability to think outside the box and work with others while learning a little bit about money. A great book to celebrate winter, siblings, and trying new things.

It's Snowing! By Gail Gibbons age 5-8 (32 pages) For those inquisitive kids, this non-fiction picture book will answer those basic questions on snow. Learn how it's made, how it falls, and more interesting and fun facts about that white stuff in the backyard.

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Best Use of Space in Small Pantry Well Stocked Pantry List Dollar Store Pantry Makeover Free Printable Mason Jar Labels Organized Pantry Tour Lazy Susan Pantry Makeover

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The Best Dish Racks

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Organizing with Handled Baskets DIY Fridge Mats Best Before (And AFTER) Dates Smart Fridge Storage Fridge Bins and Trays Refrigerator Makeover

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DIY Canned Food Organizer DIY Under Sink Drawers

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12 Steps to an Organized Linen Closet Save Space by Rolling & Hanging Organizing Your Linen Closet Dividers, Baskets & Door Hangings 4 Ways to Fold Bedsheets

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How to Fold Towels to Fit Anywhere


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Shoe Hanger as Medical Cabinet Supplies in Baskets & Drawers Badge Holders & Baskets

Stylish & Simple Medicine Cabinet Organize First Aid Kits Organizing Vitamins & Supplements

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Store TP with the Loo Basket Maximize Space Under Bathroom Sink Stock Guest Bathrooms 43 Practical Bathroom Organizing Ideas Organized Bathroom Tour

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File Clothing Vertically in Drawers

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Organized Laundry Room Tour $100 Laundry Room Makeover Sea Inspired Laundry Room

Over 4000 Beautiful Laundry Rooms Incorporating a Laundry Tower Little Changes = Big Dierence


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Hang Cleaning Tools

Save Floor Space with These Cheap Laundry Basket Dresser Quilted Ironing Mat for Your Dryer Shower Caddy as Laundry Organizer Clever Way to Never Lose Socks Again

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Organize Your Cleaning Supplies

Organized Stand Alone Linen Closet Converted Entryway Closet to Nook Shoe Cabinet Organizer How to Build Closet Organizer Build Your Own Entryway Lockers

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Cereal Box Fits in Car Door for Garbage Grab & Go Zippered Bags Cleaning Caddy for Kiddies Best Organized Car Tour Emergency Car Kit

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Hang Garden Tools on an Old Rake Tami’s Organized Tools

Staggered Shelving for Storage Shed Paint Storage Area 7 DIY Recycling Centres Vintage Storage Ideas


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Organize Garage Tools with PVC Pipe DIY PVC Bin Storage Organizer DIY Sliding Ceiling Storage System Beautifully Organized Garage Tour Repurposed Filing Cabinet for Garage Best Organized Tools

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Build Your Own Bike Storage Rack Storage Between The Studs Outdoor Toy Organizer Garage Hockey Lockers Sports Shelving with Pull Out Bins Outdoor Tubs of Toys


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Organized Office Tour

Organizing Your Office Closet 14 Home Office Storage Spaces 19 Home Office Solutions Top 10 Ways to Control Cables Creating a Filing System That Works

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Multipurpose Work Room Organized Drop Zone Organizing Your Purse Menu Planning Board No Nonsense Nightstand Cutlery Tray for Jewelry


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The Best Craft Rooms

Best Organized Sewing Room Pack Up Your Crafts in a Suitcase Get Organized with a Shower Caddy Wine Racks for Markers & Yarn Spice Rack to Organize Paints

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How to Organize DVDs

Best DIY Charging Station The Family Media Center Family Photo Display Electronic Odds & Ends How to Organize Your Electronics

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Keep your papers together with this staple-free stapler from Grassroots. You can secure up to four sheets of paper with one of these four colourful cubes or standard black. $10.69 Cdn

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Plan your day on this writable Weekly Planner Desk Pad from Crate and Barrel. A dateless calendar means nothing is wasted on those weeks you take a break. $15.46 Cdn


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9 WAYS TO ESCAPE WINTER BLAHS IN

The Maid of the Mist has been docked, the trees are bare, and the wall that over looks the Falls is covered with icicles. Winter in Niagara Falls is very different than visiting in the popular summer months, but it still offers families a magical escape.

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The observation deck at the base of the Falls offers a completely different perspective to the magnificent Falls but portal hallways are just as impressive. From two open viewing areas you can see the force of the rushing water and hear the thundering power as you stand behind Niagara Falls.

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A LITTLE PLANNING GOES A LONG WAY Spring break tips from Michael Duchesne, Travelzoo Canada’s Top 20 & Newsflash Publisher •

Make a list of “must haves.” Deciding in advance what your destination must have (i.e. waterfront, spa, kids’ activities, etc.) helps narrow down the best location for your needs. Deals sell out quickly so planning ahead reduces you’re the odds you’ll miss the sale while you make up your mind.

Be flexible. If you decide to go “somewhere warm” instead of somewhere specific like “Mayan Riviera” you increase your chance of getting a great deal that meets your needs.

Think 30. Looking at least 30 days in advance of your desired travel date increases your likelihood of getting a great deal. While it is possible to score a great last minute sale, you run the risk of not finding the right fit for you and your family if you leave it too late.

CLIFTON HILL If you’re looking for a crazy fun to balance out the natural beauty of Niagara Falls than you have to visit Clifton Hill. Where else will you see a super-sized Frankenstein coming out of a building eating a hamburger, a park filled with dinosaurs, or a building turned on it’s side? The kids were mesmerized just walking the main street, peering into windows and looking at the lights.

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