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Strawberry Picking Tips (Fun For The Entire Family) : The GGC 2018 #1 July 2-8

SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS AND CREATE LASTING FAMILY MEMORIES   Did you know this about strawberries? I had no idea that strawberries were part of the ROSE family until I asked a local farmer about strawberry picking availability on his farm. Apparently strawberries are neither a fruit or berries. Strawberries are actually an aggregate accessory fruit. What does this mean? The fleshy part is derived not from the plant’s ovaries but from the receptacle that holds the ovaries. Each apparent “seed” (achene) on the outside of the fruit is actually one of the ovaries of the flower, with a seed inside it. Source: Wikipiedia Exploring rural areas in Ontario not only brings wonderful scenery but local farms that offer an abundance of fruits and vegetables that you can pick when in season. This handy Ontario Harvest Calendar at pickyourown.org is great for viewing when you can harvest fruits and vegetables in Ontario. Strawberry harvest in Ontario begins in late May and can go until the end of July which is why we decided to organize our first strawberry picking adventure as a family in June. Once you see the flowers on your strawberry plants in the next 3 to 4 weeks […]

Black Friday Shopping Is Now On Our To-Do List For 2 Reasons

MISS THE SAVINGS AND YOU MAY END UP PAYING THE PRICE   Black Friday shopping may be just another day to you but for many consumers it’s a day to save money in their budget and a great way to buy gifts for the holidays. I really don’t know why they call it Black Friday though when most retailers are starting sales on Thursday and some even going all week-long. Black Friday is not a one day sale anymore which I discussed last year but it seems every year some retailers add an extra day or wow factor to the day. Even the 2015 Canadian Tire flyer states “Black Friday Starts with Red Thursday“. Retailers may as well offer Black Friday shopping with a full month of savings for consumers in November and be done with it. Sooner or later it will be Maroon Monday Turquoise Tuesday White Wednesday Red Thursday Black Friday Sky Blue Saturday Sea Green Sunday There, I’ve done the work for them. All joking aside you get the point. My email inbox has been flooded with Black Friday promos this past week and once that’s done there will be another marketing extravaganza for the next big […]

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10 Breakfast Ideas That Are Budget-Friendly : The Grocery Game Challenge #2 Nov 9-15, 2015

THE MEAL OF CHAMPS   We’ve all heard that eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day but for many people we let the busy morning get the best of us so we skip it. Everyday there are school breakfast program advertisements on the television because without breakfast it’s hard for kids to concentrate. The same holds true for adults which is why we need to eat a balanced breakfast in the morning. I’m probably one of the worst breakfast eaters since our son was born but I’ve been working on changing that. With a busy morning I am that person who puts my needs aside to help take care of everyone else. Typically grabbing a coffee in the morning would work for me but now I’m reverting back to my old ways where breakfast is king. I want our son to realize how important it is to sit around the breakfast table in the morning and why it’s important to get up early to do so. While grocery shopping, I always go down the cereal aisle to see what bargains we can find. Buying cereal used to be a big deal in our house when coupons made […]

How I keep my kids entertained for free

Fun Doesn’t Have to Cost a Dime   While I don’t mind paying for an experience with the kids the cost of entertainment can easily escalate taking more money out of your wallet and budget than you may actually be able to afford. How many times have you gone somewhere and after snacks, amusement rides and souvenirs you have spent a lot more money than you anticipated beforehand? No matter the season or the time of year having fun with your kids doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are many things that you can do free of charge to keep your little kids occupied. These explorations will teach children life lessons or help them to expand their creative imagination while having some fun at the same time. While you may not always have a souvenir the memories made and the bonding time between parents and kids will last longer than any souvenir you could buy. While playing soccer, baseball and other sports with your kids is definitely time well spent explore your creative side and see what other ideas you can come up with.   Get Outdoors and Explore   There is so much to […]

Do you send a brown bag lunch with your kid to school?-The Saturday Weekend Review #58

BAG IT OR BUY IT   I’m not sure if it’s only the USA where elementary schools might not use the brown bag lunch system rather they pay for a hot lunch in the cafeteria every day. What is a brown bag lunch system? Simple… you make your kid a lunch and send them to school with it! Brilliant idea if you ask me. Although, I’m starting to wonder if anyone sends their kids to school with a brown bag lunch at all in the USA after watching another Yahoo story this morning about kids being treated different because of delinquent lunch accounts. If you are thinking what I’m thinking then you are right to say we are teaching our kids it’s acceptable to buy lunch every day rather than make a healthy brown bag lunch at home. This will be the lesson they carry with them as they get older, at least in my eyes. Then we wonder as adults why the line-ups at the fast food joints at lunch time are jam-packed and why you might find drivers more erratic during the morning rush hour, the lunch rush hour and the rush to get home or maybe to […]

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