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Comment on Ho! Ho! Hooray for Holiday Parades, the 2017 edition! by DaniGirl

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:38:16 +0000

Updated to include Arnprior and Petawawa!



Comment on Ho! Ho! Hooray for Holiday Parades, the 2017 edition! by Anonymous

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:32:08 +0000

Arnprior's parade is November 25th at 6:00 pm



Comment on Euro2018: Planning for the adventure of a lifetime by DaniGirl

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:58:39 +0000

Oh thanks for the great feedback, everyone! I love the variety of perspectives. This is going to be a fun series! Gal, you're in London! So that's why you haven't booked photos recently! ;)



Comment on Euro2018: Planning for the adventure of a lifetime by Mark U

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:59:24 +0000

Sounds like a great time. If you are looking for high season travel next summer, you probably can still watch fares for a while longer before locking in. I would definitely not try the Iceland stopover (unless you have interest in staying in Iceland for a couple of days to explore) What I have learned with the overnight flights is that there really is no good way to do them - they are lousy and you just have to accept that to a certain degree. Going to London is actually harder in some ways than going further, to Rome or something, because there is always something going on during your flight, whether it is meal service, selling duty-free, giving you 'breakfast'. Between all these things, you are lucky if the lights go out for 45 minutes to try and grab a quick nap. If you are able to arrange to access your accomodation in London early in the day, it is truly worth any price. A routine that we have found works well is a little two hour nap upon arrival and then the rest of the day can actually be enjoyed rather than walking around like zombies. Although the Montreal option can be a bit of a pain, sometimes there can be deals to be had, particularly to/from Paris and one advantage is that on the way home, your car is there waiting for you, rather than waiting a couple of hours in the Montreal airport for your 30 minute flight home. I will be happy to share some Paris restaurants if you reach out via email - I've built a little Google Map of some favourites since I go for work quite often. It is a tough city to eat out in - if you don't have a plan it can be very expensive for a pretty lousy experience - especially the places that prey on tourists. Check out our post on our family trip to Italy a couple of years ago - still wonderful memories - you'll enjoy yourselves no matter what you do!



Comment on Euro2018: Planning for the adventure of a lifetime by Gal

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:42:56 +0000

We're in London! It's worth knowing that kids' holidays are a bit different here. July and August are naturally super busy, but if you must come in the summer then early July is better than later, as the schools break up around July 20. Even in regular times, there will be lines and crowds but I find that if you're mentally prepared it's not that bad. Public transport works with touch card now, so if you have a credit/debit card with touch you actually get a better deal than the weekly card (although the exchange rate is something to look into). For specific recommendations feel free to drop me a line and I can set you up with restaurants, attractions, whatever :) It's the best city!



Comment on Euro2018: Planning for the adventure of a lifetime by Kate

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:10:36 +0000

Our family of 5 went to London in 2015. It was the trip of a lifetime. If you are going in the summer, be prepared for crowds and line-ups. We shuffled our way, cheek by jowl, through Westminster Abbey. I had to get a docent to let my 15 year old out because he was feeling claustrophobic. The hardest part was finding accommodation that didn't break the bank. I was leery of Air BNB because I had heard a few bad stories. I didn't want to be stuck in London in high season with nowhere to stay if it all went wrong. We ended up renting a flat from one of the universities. It was perfect. We took the overnight flight because it was considerably cheaper. We flew into Gatwick, took the train into town. We were zombies. We couldn't get our flat until late afternoon but we were able to leave our luggage. We ended up grabbing some lunch and taking it to a local park to eat and 2 of the kids crashed much to their dismay at sleeping in public! The kids loved taking the tube and were pros in no time. We bought the London Pass (you can buy in CAD before you go) I don't know that it saved us money, but it saved us from having to pull out our wallets every 5 minutes and we were able to skip some lines. It also focused our sightseeing. At one point my son complained that he was sick of looking at old stuff. So we looked to see if the Pass got us in anywhere newish. Which is how the 2 of us went off on our own to tour Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal . It was very cool. And new! I could go on and on. Have fun planning :)



Comment on Euro2018: Planning for the adventure of a lifetime by Sarah McCormack

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:50:56 +0000

You are speaking my language........ I love the planning part..... really LOVE it! I am in the recollection phase of our Summer 2016 Europe trip- which is making photo books, another favorite thing! yes, you are crazy re. Iceland. I would lock in because that is me. but, waiting might save you money. for me, not enough to wait. we did the red-eye last summer. it was rough. I didn't sleep. my teen didn't sleep. we arrived around noon in Budapest and my teen practically collapsed in the hotel room. we attempted to drag him through the streets, and gave up and let him sleep.... 20 hours he slept. disclaimer: he was also sick with a bad cold with added to his fatigue. we have done the overnight flight with kids 5 times, and this was the worst result. The nice thing is that you have a good amount of time in your first stop, London... so if you need a day to just chill in a park and recover from jet lag, sleep in, or get a very early night..... it's ok!! especially for the teens, who need their sleep :) I am excited for you!!! I am also curious what your budget is for your holiday...... we will trade #'s sometime.. my own horrifying #'s will make your feel better!



Comment on New this year: Family Traditions documentary photography sessions by Photos of the day: The end of porch season 2017 — Postcards from the Mothership

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:08:32 +0000

[…] you love candid family photography, consider booking me for one of the new “Family Traditions” documentary sessions. I can come to your home, or a location of your choosing, and tell the story of YOUR family in […]



Comment on Ho! Ho! Hooray for Holiday Parades, the 2017 edition! by Ho- Ho- Hooray for Holiday Parades 2016 — Postcards from the Mothership

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:23:12 +0000

[…] Edited to add: Click this link for the 2017 Santa Claus and holiday parade info! […]



Comment on Photos of the day: Those curls, though! by Diego Lopes

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:02:33 +0000

Photos of your little ones are always harder to get, but that makes them extra special. I love these, she's so adorable!!



Comment on Five reasons why you should join your school’s parent council by Andrea Vicechairtasticatron

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:55:51 +0000

Hey Dani, I was googling St. Mark Parent Council Manotick and found your blog. I love what you wrote and wanted to tell you that you aren't alone! I get intimidated like you and put my big-girl pants on to come to our first meeting too - heck, i brought a friend so i didn't feel so alone, I'm definitely not part of any 'in-crowd' and my community connections are simply from helping out a lot. I am percieved as that high-energy, enthusiastic, hyper-involved mom but I can tell you - that comes from just being stubborn and not wanting things to fail. I'm a square peg trying to force myself into round holes quite often. I regularly take on way more than I should and pay the cost for it quite often but It's hard finding other people to step-up when their life is already super demanding. I'm going to take a note about that 9:30 comment and make efforts to stay under it - you're right, that's excessive for the early risers. Thank you for all your years of time and effort and I have to say - you are a fantastic secretary! Our council is super priviledged to have you with us.



Comment on New this year: Family Traditions documentary photography sessions by Photos of the day: Those curls, though! — Postcards from the Mothership

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:21:33 +0000

[…] season for family portraits on the porch is nearly done, but I’m offering a great new type of family traditions documentary photography sessions that can take place in your home or on location anywhere your family likes to hang out. And […]



Comment on Saying goodbye to Papa Lou by Matt

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:48:21 +0000

I'm so sorry, Dani. Thanks for sharing your stories of him with us.



Comment on Saying goodbye to Papa Lou by Madeleine

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:11:28 +0000

I'm so sorry to hear this, Dani. I've enjoyed your Papa Lou stories over the years and the love always shone through like it does here. May you be comforted by your memories and may your family all find comfort in each other.



Comment on Saying goodbye to Papa Lou by Carly

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:42:59 +0000

That's just beautiful, Dani. I'm so very sorry for your loss but share your joy in having such beautiful memories of your Dad. Eternal rest grant unto Lou, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. (My Captcha is Heineken. Seems somehow fitting - we can raise a glass to your father!)



Comment on Saying goodbye to Papa Lou by joy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:49:42 +0000

I'm so sorry for your loss



Comment on Happy 65th Birthday, Papa Lou! by Saying goodbye to Papa Lou — Postcards from the Mothership

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:22:11 +0000

[…] a few years ago now, I wrote a post for my Dad’s 65th birthday that says a lot of what I’d like to say today. And last year, I wrote this post for my […]



Comment on This week in pictures: In which she embraces the strobe by mitch

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:53:47 +0000

Great work, must have been an awesome workshop



Comment on Planning for PEI 2016: Why we love the Points East Coastal Drive region by Cynthia

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 18:34:14 +0000

Hi! Enjoyed your blog! My husband and I are taking my mother on a trip to the East coast. We are renting an RV then heading east from Ontario in a week and a half. We have ten days. We are going to see Quebec City then continue east to PEI and/or Nova Scotia. We too aren't interested in touristy sights but rather the quaint fishing villages and local arts and culture. I truly appreciated your thoughts and suggestions as we try to decide which part of PEI to visit! Thanks again and if you have any other suggestions, we would love to hear them! Thanks! Cynthia



Comment on A taste of summer all year long: Baked s’mores dip recipe by joy

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:59:41 +0000

yum! looks delicious! if only my oven worked :/