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Comment on Family traditions documentary photos: Saturday afternoon at the park by Jennifer Blake

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:19:59 +0000

What a fun session! I love how happy everyone looks, I bet they had a wonderful time!

Comment on Family traditions documentary photos: Saturday afternoon at the park by Steve W

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:45:12 +0000

Nice shots Dani! I know them as the daughter goes to school with DD11. That very school you were shooting at. Which is around the corner from my house! LOL They're a very nice family!

Comment on Euro2018: Booking accommodations in Paris by DaniGirl

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:53:04 +0000

That sounds amazing Katherine! I am loving the planning process - and it's less stressful than ACTUAL traveling. ;)

Comment on A few thoughts on maximizing nutrition in holiday food drive donations by DaniGirl

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:48:15 +0000

Funny you mention this Allison. At our school council meeting, we discussed this with regard to the St Mark food drive, and the students who organize it were told that this is true for the larger food banks such as the Ottawa Food Bank, but the local food cupboards and, in their case, the Shepherds of Good Hope, welcome donations as well.

Comment on Euro2018: Booking accommodations in Paris by Katherine

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:43:15 +0000

These are great tips regarding booking flights as we are planning a trip to Europe in the fall for a river cruise! Thanks! The idea is one week on the water and then one week driving around to see other sites. They say half the fun of the trip is the anticipation and planning - so here's to the planning!

Comment on A few thoughts on maximizing nutrition in holiday food drive donations by Allison McCaskill

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 01:00:18 +0000

Very helpful, although I almost always do the cash donation thing because I know food banks can stretch a dollar into way more food than i can.

Comment on Euro2018: Planning for the adventure of a lifetime by Euro2018: Booking accommodations in Paris — Postcards from the Mothership

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:47:34 +0000

[…] I mentioned in an earlier post, we’ve decided to take the boys on the adventure of a lifetime next summer: a week in London, […]

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

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:06:59 +0000

That's so fun Carly! You've got me excited all over again!! I hear you on the Paris metro being confusing. In 1995 when I was travelling solo, I entirely missed my flight home because I got tangled up in the RER!

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

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 04:03:10 +0000

All four of us just went to Paris and London in October. I definitely prefer the overnight flight on the way there and may have slipped the kids a gravol to get them to sleep on the flight. Hubby and I were tired as we didn't sleep as much as we would have liked, but it was so much easier to acclimatize the kids to the time change by having them sleep on the plane. We flew Air Canada from Ottawa, through Montreal, as there was no better option cost-wise. We went to Paris first (my brother lives there) and stayed in an Air BnB. You can't check into to most of them until after 3 pm, so we booked it for the day before so we'd be able to go straight there when we landed. While the kids snacked and explored a bit, we took a short nap then got on with our day. I was very impressed with how quickly the kids adapted, even becoming accustomed to eating dinner past 8 pm regularly! We took the Eurostar through the chunnel to visit London (where we were lucky enough to stay with friends) and it was awesome. I loved the train! So clean, quiet and free (though sometimes spotty) wi-fi throughout the ride. Even though I'm fluently bilingual and we spent a lot of time with my brother who speaks like a native, I still found London much easier to navigate. Better signage throughout their public transportation options made it a breeze to get around. In Paris we used Uber a lot because their metro was confusing to us. And while we'd been to Paris before, this was our first trip to London and I'm already dying to go back. It was amazing. So happy you're getting to experience it again soon!!!

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:13:18 +0000

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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!!