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New Year’s Eve Movie Party : Transformation Movies

What with New Year’s resolutions bobbing up and fizzing off like so many Champagne bubbles, we thought we’d pitch this year’s New Year’s Eve Movie Party as a “Transformation” number. From the last sunrise of 2016 to the first of 2017, we’ll be watching movies that feature some kind of major character “transformation” or “makeover.”   […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Christmas Eve Checklist

Next year, big changes are coming to The Lunchbox Season and Summer of Funner …dare we say, a transformation? With this in mind, we thought we’d bring you our biggest, best, and most ambitions CHRISTMAS EVE CHECKLIST ever! But, here’s the deal, folks. This isn’t your Christmas List! No need to get all of this […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Bake ALL of the Christmas Cookies + The Lunchbox Season’s Top 10 Holiday Cookie & Bar Recipes

Today is the day when we bake ALL of the Christmas Cookies!  In addition to the world-famous Nestle Tollhouse Cookies recipe on the back of the bag and Better Homes & Gardens’ recipe for Gingerbread Cookie Cut-Outs, we’ve developed an immense list of ORIGINAL Christmas Cookie recipes that we love to bake each year. After six years […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Random Act of Christmas Kindness

Today is our Random Act of Christmas Kindness day. Do something kind, and, if possible, in secret, for someone you don’t know, or, at least, someone you don’t know very well. As with last year, we’re not going to give you any lists of ideas about how to go about making other people happy. You can figure that one […]

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Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas: Make Fudge! Our Recipe for Penuche, Butterscotch Fudge with Pralines

  Today’s Family Advent Calendar post is also part of an amazing media exchange! I’m working with some fantastic online magazines to help you Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas. See the links on the bottom of the page for all of the other makers and innovators who are participating in today’s #canadianlittlechristmas and check out their inspiring […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Support Forests Ontario #givingtuesday

It’s the second #givingtuesday on our Family Advent Calendar. And this one is in honour of trees. As you may know, we lost the giant Norway Maple in our front yard this year. The city of Toronto had to remove it because it was growing old and hollowing out! No worries, it will be replaced next spring […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Holiday Book Swap

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…It’s time for our Holiday Book Swap, a.k.a. our Family Book Exchange! A few days ago, I had everyone pick names from a stocking and choose a book for that person. Last year, we had a theme: Give a Books in which Gifts are Given in Secret. This year’s theme? Simply, […]

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The Lunchbox Season’s Top 10 Gifts for the Kitchen + a Soundtrack

    After this morning’s post about our Christmas Dinner Plans and my Christmas Wish List, so many of you asked about my favourite holiday gifts, I thought I’d draw up a shopping list for YOU. [Prices, in Canadian Dollars, are quoted at time of posting and are not necessarily the prices we paid for those […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Massey Hall Christmas Concert

TODAY’S ADVENT TBD: ATTEND A CONCERT! Today, three of us will be attending Christmas at Massey Hall, a concert with St. Michael’s Choir School, featuring Matt Dusk and The True North Brass. [And the other one will be singing in it!] Afterwards, we’ll grab a hot chocolate or, maybe, hit up a food truck!  Do you […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Tree Trimming Party with Homemade Eggnog

It’s the first Friday in Advent, which means that it’s time to trim the tree!! Tonight, we’ll be getting out the Favourite Photo Ornaments, along with the tree, the lights, and all the other baubles. We’ll order fish and chips, turn on some favourite holiday movies, and eat a few of the Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons we made […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Make Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

What would the first week of Advent be without a little holiday baking? We always wanted to test-drive a coconut macaroon. And, over the past few months, we did so. Today’s the day we go from test-drive to license-to-thrill.  Here’s our best-ever recipe for the Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons we’ll be making today. It’s a slightly […]

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Tarot, Tasseomancy, and a Matcha Green Tea Texas Sheet Cake

To get ourselves in the Halloween mood, we decided to have a night of magic by having a family Tarot and Tea Leaf reading session. Remember that tea-leaf-reading-cup I was swooning over back around Mother’s Day? Well, the kids gave me one! And I have had great fun with it, subsequently, both at a Harry Potter […]

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Hosting Our Own Homecoming Bash

Our alma mater’s homecoming game is this Saturday, but we’re not able to make the trip back to the States for the big to-do. Still, we’ve got the college football bug. And we’ve got an Oktoberfest bug, too. So, we decided to have our own Oktoberfest-slash-Homecoming party right here at home. Here’s how we’re planning on pulling it all […]

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All Hallows Read 2016 : What Books We’re Giving To The Kids This Year

Once again, this year, we’ll be celebrating, All Hallows Read. What’s All Hallows Read? It’s a fantastic holiday book-giving project! The main premise: give someone a scary book for Halloween! Gosh, can I tell you how much better this goes down in our house than the stale caramels and ambiguous-looking “chews” we weed out of the […]

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Friends’ Getaway: Phoenix

You’ve got to practice what you preach, right? As part of this year’s September Unplugged piece, I vowed to spend time planning a vacation or heading out on a friends’ getaway. Promise kept! Last weekend, I met up with my high school girlfriends in Phoenix, Arizona for a weekend of R&R. I hadn’t seen some of these ladies […]

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