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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#TravellingMaple Tuesdays - Share Your Instagram #Travel Photos!

Welcome to Travelling Maple Tuesdays! Each Tuesday we invite you to post a picture on Instagram and include the hastag ‪#‎TravellingMaple‬.

Travelling Maple is a website meant to showcase Canadian travel content. Canadian writers are invited to submit their travel themed posts. It can be about worldwide travel, or travel that takes place here in Canada; around the world or down the block, we want to hear about it (Remember, what's local for you can be a tourist destination for someone else).

Each Tuesday we want to take it to Instagram and share our Canadian perspective on travel with the world. We invite Canadian bloggers (or expats) to join in. Post any sort of travel photo, tell us where it's from and be sure to tag it #TravellingMaple.

If you decide to take part we ask that you share the love. For each picture you post please comment on or like at least two pictures with the #TravellingMaple hashtag.

And please be sure to follow your hosts:

We can’t wait to connect with you and see your awesome travel photos!

Plan Your Family's Summer Getaway, Visit the Eaton Chelsea Toronto

July is more then half way done, but there's still plenty of time to plan some family fun. For those of you here in Ontario who don't want to travel far, I've got the perfect destination, somewhere that caters to kids and has enough onsite activities to keep you there for multiple days -- the Eaton Chelsea in Toronto. No seriously, this is one of the most family friendly places I've ever stepped foot in. We visited them over the March Break and I was blown away by just how kid friendly they were, and by how much there was to do without even leaving the hotel. How does this apply to your summertime plans? Well, the special family activities that they offer over the March Break are just a mini-version of what they offer all summer long.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Join the #CleanWater Photo Challenge, Chance to Win a $250 Wal-Mart Giftcard & More!

How many times in a day does clean water touch your family’s life?  How many times in a week?  In two weeks?

As Canadians, we have a seemingly unlimited supply of clean water, so it’s no wonder that we often take it for granted.  I know I've been guilty of it myself. Brushing our teeth, watering the plants, doing the laundry, having a tall cool glass of water on a hot day. All of that clean water readily and easily available whenever I turn on the tap. It's an invisible part of our lives, one I rarely stop to think about. Yet approximately one billion people in the developing world do not have the same luxury. Every day diseases from contaminated water are killing more children every day than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined (Source: World Health Organization).

I want to dwell on this a bit. I'd like to be a little more aware, and not take clean water for granted. Perhaps even focus a bit more on water conservation, a hot topic for debate between hubby and I (to leave that tap on when you brush, or not?). So to help focus on how lucky I as a Canadian am to have constant ready access to clean water, I am going to take part in P&G's #cleanwater photo challenge.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up ~ Week of July 17

Welcome to the The Great Canadian Giveaway Link-Up 
This is a weekly link-up, with a new linky published every Thursday (often up by Wednesday night).

All Across Canada #ThrowbackThursday

Two weeks ago we saw a vintage map of Canada from the 1967 World Expo Official Guide book. This week I thought I would share the maps of all the provinces and territories. I love the vintage story book illustration style!

Why I Believe We All Need to Think #LikeAGirl

The first time I watched this video I cried. For full disclosure's sake I'll point out that this video is an Always ad, Always is a P&G brand and and I am a PGmom ambassador, but the first time I watched it had nothing to do with any of the above. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and something made me click. I think it was the blurb, something like "We asked actors to show us what it means to do something 'like a girl' and then we asked young girls the same question. The results may surprise you..." And I clicked and then I sat there watching, and then my daughters came into the room.

And, well, if you haven't seen it yet, you need to watch the video to see what I'm talking about. Trust me, it's worth the three minutes.

My daughters came into the room a little more then halfway through the video. With perfect timing they walked in at the 2 minute mark when the voice over asks "What advice do you have to young girls who are told they run like a girl, kick like a girl, hit like a girl, swing like a girl?" and the woman replies "Keep doing it, because it's working!... You're doing it right, it doesn't matter what they say. I mean, yes, I  kick like a girl and I swim like a girl and I walk like a girl and I wake up in the morning like a girl because I AM a girl. And that is not something that I should be ashamed of. So I'm going to do it anyway."

I made like I had to blow my nose and tired to hide my tears as my seven year old looked at me and said "I can do all of those things! Girls rock!" and the four year old chimed in "Yeah! Girls rock!" And then the video came to an end and my daughters asked loudly to see it one more time, as they do for pretty much every YouTube clip I show them. And I thought, I don't want to show them the beginning of this video. I don't want to show them people acting out that doing things "like a girl" is anything less then sublime. I want to somehow preserve this self confidence that radiates from their every pore. So I gave them each a high five. Told them that yes, girls do indeed rock, and sent them on their way.

To them doing something "like a girl" means to do it with your whole heart, often loudly and with a great deal of mess. To them "run like a girl" means pelt down the sidewalk at full speed and "throw like a girl" simply means play ball. At the end of the video a woman asks "Why can't run like a girl also mean win the race?" To my daughters that question is ridiculous; why would it mean anything else?

At what point does doing things "like a girl" become a bad thing? And why should their perceptions ever need change? When my seven year old says "like a girl" her tone says "like a BOSS". As a mom I wonder, what can I do to help preserve that confidence? I desperately want to redefine "like a girl" so that it truly is the positive affirmation my daughters currently believe it is.

I challenge YOU to think like a girl.

My daughters both think "like a girl" and they think girls can do absolutely anything. Maybe that's the problem, we grow up and somewhere along the line we learn to think like adults, we think like women, we no longer think like girls. We allow the perceptions of others to push us down, we internalize it, and we begin to believe it ourselves-- to be female is to be less than. But girls, at least these amazing little girls that I live with, they don't think that being a girl is anything short of awesome. Maybe the first step in redefining the phase "like a girl" into something positive is to think like a girl. Because, as my kids assure me, girls rock.

Join in the conversation. Tell people what you are proud of doing #LikeAGirl. Help inspire girls everywhere. Let's talk about why being a girl rocks.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summertime Bubbles! {Wordless Wednesday}

Photo credit: Holly Pageau
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