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10 Things to Do with Kids in Ottawa This Summer

July 5th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips

There is so much going on in Ottawa this summer that it is difficult to see and do everything, but we narrowed down our to-do list to ten things: traditional activities like summer fairs and drive-in movies, and a few of the special Canada 150 activities, including MosaiCanada 150. What’s on your summer bucket list?

Summer vacation is rolling out the welcome mat for kids all across the Nation’s Capital. And if your kids are like mine, then they are ready to run off some energy and have some fun! Every summer my family and I make a “bucket list” of things we must see and do as a family to make summer awesome! This year our list is a little longer than 10, but here are our top 10 things to do as a family in Ottawa this summer:

1) Visit the new Canada-themed park at Mooney’s Bay
If you haven’t been to the new Canada-themed park at Mooney’s Bay with the family yet, pack a picnic lunch and plan a day or even a few hours to take in the play structures, slides and swings that each represent a different province or territory. The park is located next to Mooney’s Bay Beach—a great spot to cool off on a hot summer’s day!

2) Check out the new Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature
The Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature just opened June 21st and is filled with interactive activities, games, interesting facts and educational fun for the entire family. This new permanent gallery is full of unique ways to celebrate Canada’s Arctic!

3) See the Northern Lights Sound and Light bilingual show on Parliament Hill
The Sounds and Lights show is always impressive, but with Canada 150 it’s a must-see summer event this year! Grab some snacks and a picnic blanket and head down to Parliament Hill in the late evening from July 11th to September 16th to enjoy Northern Lights, a show about the foundations of our nation and so much more. For tips on how to make the evening a memorable one, check out our tips here.

4) Check out MosaiCanada 150
MosaiCanada 150 is a FREE horticultural event featuring paintings, sculptures, artistic works, as well as 40 impressive horticulture arrangements (some larger than life!). MosaiCanada 150 is held at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau from June 30th to October 15th and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. This unique horticultural event is a part of the ongoing activities celebrating Canada 150.

5) Watch an outdoor movie
Every year we try to watch an outdoor movie and this year we not only plan on returning to the Port Elmsley Drive-In, but also grabbing a lawn chair and going to one of the more urban outdoor movies. Capital Pop-Up Cinema runs local outdoor movies that look like a lot of fun– here’s their schedule:

6) Be wowed by La Machine at the end of July
I keep seeing the La Machine event pop up in my Facebook newsfeed and every time I see it, I can’t get over how impressive it looks. From July 27 to the 30th these big machines – including the dragon, LongMa, which according to the event website, stands 12 metres high, 5 metres high and weighs 45 tons, will be roaming the downtown streets of Ottawa. This incredible weekend is a part of the ongoing celebrations for Canada 150.

7) Visit a summer fair
Cotton candy, demolition derbies, carousels, concerts, live entertainment, and more, Ottawa offers many local summer fairs including these:
July 14-16: Almonte Fair
July 28-30: Beachburg Fair
August 10-13: Navan Fair
August 17-20: Arnprior Fair
August 18-27: The Capital Fair
August 25-27: Chesterville Fair
September 7-10: Russell Fair
September 14-17: Richmond Fair
September 21-24: Carp Fair
September 28-October 1: Metcalfe Fair

8) Pretend we’re pirates at Pirate Adventures Ottawa
If you have ever wanted to bring out your inner Jack Sparrow or Jake the Neverland Pirate then this 75-minute interactive pirate-theatre cruise may be for you! Located at Mooney’s Bay this pirate ship adventure includes costumes, face painting, treasure maps, and much more!

9) Actually make it through the Mile Maze at Saunders Farm
Jumping pillows, an amazing play structure, and of courses mazes! Saunders Farm is a lot of fun and one of these days I WILL make it through the mile maze without having to ask complete strangers if they can help me find my way out. ;)

10) Connect with nature at Eco-Odysee
Beautiful scenery, water maze adventures, exploring and puzzle solving – Eco Odysee in the Outaouais is a great way to spend a summer’s day outside and in nature.

From Care: 5 Things Every Healthy Married Couple Remembers

July 5th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in From Care
A listener recently e-mailed me to ask about something I shared on my show last week: “5 Things Every Healthy Married Couple Remembers… at Every Stage”.
My husband and I were both in a wedding two weekends ago, we will both be standing in another one in October, AND we’ve been invited to a third this summer (yes, it’s an expensive summer!!). 
The listener mentioned she will be attending a wedding and was inspired by what I shared and plans to include it in the wedding card she is giving to the newlyweds.
It’s always hard to find the right words to say to a newly married couple. I have only been married 6 years and I already feel like I have so much advice to give! LOL

Here is what I shared:

5 things healthy married couples remember at every stage…

  1. They don’t let society pull them down
  2. They don’t ever talk about divorce (don’t even plant the idea in your head!)
  3. They remember that marriage is not 50/50 … each should give 100% (*this was the best advice we were given at our wedding)
  4. They know that you will both change a lot
  5. They start every day with fresh eyes: Trust God and face every day with a newfound sense of hope, a fresh pair of eyes and a desire to love your spouse unconditionally.

No marriage is perfect but I pray yours will be a healthy one!


This is the original article (that I summarized :))

No Joke: These ‘Comedy Kids’ Are Serious About Raising Money for Cancer Research

July 5th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Good News Story

Innovation! Don’t ever say you don’t have the resources, talent, etc, to make a difference… Just take what God has given you and use that.

Have you heard the one about the pair of 8-year-olds who raised $30,000 for childhood cancer research? Just by being funny, one joke at a time?

Well, here’s how that one goes.

It started during indoor recess in Chappaqua, New York. Third-grade buddies Max Chwatko and Alex Travin came up with a plan to help sick kids like Max’s sister, Scarlett, who was battling a brain tumor.

The boys decided to do what they loved the most: tell jokes. They would charge their classmates a nickel for each one and planned to donate the money to research.

16-Month-Old Spreads Joy Wherever She Goes

July 5th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Encouragement

Easy S’mores Pretzel Bites

July 5th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle

This recipe makes 24 s’more pretzel bites but you can adjust it as necessary.

Leave them under the broiler until they puff up and get a little brown.

These turned out soo yummy with a little salty/sweet flavor! They were great right out of the oven melting and a few hours later was good. Not sure how long they can be kept though.


  • 48 pretzels
  • 2 Hershey bars (24 individual chocolate pieces)
  • 72 small marshmallows (3 per pretzel)


  • Lay 24 pretzels on a cookie sheet (use parchment paper for an easy clean-up).
  • Pre-heat the broiler to high.
  • Place three marshmallows on each pretzel and stick in the oven for 2-3 minutes.
  • Place a Hershey chocolate piece on each pretzel and put back in the oven for 1-2 minutes so they melt.
  • Stick a pretzel on top of the chocolate.
  • Enjoy them all warm or put them in fridge to chill.

Mandy Harvey Is Proof That You Should Never Give up on Your Dream

July 5th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight