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Canadian Family Magazine

12 Free March Break Activity Ideas for Kids

By SHANNON KELLY

Free tip #5: hit the public skating rinks (Photo: Cristian Bortes)

March Break is coming up soon, and maybe you’re hopping on a plane to warmer climes. But for the rest of us, Canadian Family has twelve great tips for a family “staycation”—all of them entirely free. (more…)

Weekend Reading List: December 2 & 3

Can’t get enough of holiday gift guides? Dig into the 90-item whopper from TorontoLife.com, a guide to pop-up shops from FashionMagazine.com, kids books from Quill & Quire, trendy gifts for girls at Wedding Bells and a culinary wishlist from Ottawa Magazine’s food editor.

All done with your shopping? (Seriously?) Whip up some fudge à la 20 Minute Supperclub or just ooh and aah at the pretty lights in Torontoist’s decked-out homes slideshow. (more…)

Weekend Reading List: November 19-20

News flash: Toronto is still occupied. And it’s five weeks (!!) till Christmas, folks: Fashion Magazine has 95 stylish gifts for everyone on your list. Plus, Andrew Westoll speaks about his experience writing about chimps in a Quill & Quire podcast; the chimp photos are cute, but Wedding Bells’ shots of 50 pets dressed in their wedding best takes the cake.

  • Introducing: The Dog Bowl, an eco-friendly dog boutique for the coolest (and most adorable) doggies on Dundas West {Toronto Life}
  • Holiday 2011: Gift Guide {Fashion Magazine}
  • Robert Pattinson and the Mark Hamill Curse {Canadian Family}
  • Grow Your Own: A Val-des-Monts couple tries their hand at food self-sufficiency {Ottawa Magazine}
  • Banana Bread in the Slow Cooker {20 Minute Supperclub}
  • 50 Adorable Ways To Dress Up Your Pet For Your Wedding Day {Wedding Bells}
  • Quillcast Episode Two: Andrew Westoll and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary {Quill & Quire}
  • Occupy Toronto: One Month In and Safe, for Now {Torontoist}

Keep Kids Happy En Route with 13 All-Canadian Songs

Keeping kids entertained on extended road trips is no small feat, as evidenced by the popularity of portable DVD players and game systems marketed to the under-12 set. Singalongs have long been a family friendly car activity, but these all-Canadian songs by artists like Bedouin Soundclash and Feist, chosen by the editors over at Canadian Family, might get mom and dad’s toes tapping, too. (Read: no Raffi.)

At the very least, they are less likely to provoke a migraine than the fifty-seventh repeat of “Wheels on the Bus”.

See the 13-song slideshow at CanadianFamily.ca.

Image by Klaus Hiltscher

Weekend Reading List: November 12-13

It’s c-c-cold across much of Canada this weekend as the competition for the nation’s culinary champion heats up in Ottawa. Keep warm with a wedding chick flick or an award-winning food-centric read like Flavours of Prince Edward Island. Better yet, fire up the oven: 20-minute Supper Club confirms our theory that brie should always be baked. And, unrelatedly (we’re easily distracted by shiny things), aren’t Toronto’s new streetcars pretty?

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Weekend Reading List: Top Stories From Our Sister Sites

This week it’s a double dose of cute, with kids in adorable Halloween costumes and designer dogs.

And it may still be fall, but Christmas is in the air: the update on Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade (November 20 !) and, for your holiday shopping pleasure, Google finally launches its Canadian e-bookstore.

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Weekend Reading List

Toronto’s best tacos, Ottawa’s top hole-in-the-wall eateries and, for Halloween, genius last-minute costume ideas (Karl Lagerfeld? Katy Perry? via FashionMagazine.com) and gross-out treats (CanadianFamily.ca). Top stories from around our offices this week. Boo!

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Weekend Reading List

It’s an autum-tastic at St. Joseph Media this week: Oktoberfest recipes, hidden Ottawa, a Toronto ghost map, Bridal Fashion Week and…watch out, Calgary! Boobyball is coming your way.

  • Gallery: 67 looks from Jay Manuel’s Attitude by Sears spring/summer 2012 runway {Toronto Life}
  • Inside the 10th annual Booby Ball: Shenae Grimes, Jessica Stroup, a bouncy castle, and a Marilyn Monroe impersonator {Fashion Magazine}
  • A Boo-tiful Halloween Treat Idea: Boilin’ Cauldron Cupcakes {Canadian Family}
  • Hidden Ottawa: Voices of Venus, one great Red Wall, and eight more hideaways where underground scenes flourish {Ottawa Magazine}
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest by Cooking with Beer {20 Minute Supperclub}
  • Photos From Bridal Fashion Week: Oscar De La Renta Fall 2012 {Wedding Bells}
  • Kobo tablet to do battle with Kindle Fire, iPad {Quill & Quire}
  • Haunted City: A Ghost Map of Toronto {Torontoist}

Weekend Reading List

Going to Toronto? Love cheese? Click through Toronto Life‘s mouthwatering slideshow. Torontoist comments on the AGO’s new Chagall exhibit. Ottawa Magazine goes on the hunt for the Great Pumpkin. Plus more top stories from around our offices this week.

  • “The Milky Way: 9 of Toronto’s most beautiful ricotta, mozzarella and burrata creations” {Toronto Life}
  • “Our biggest slideshow ever! Peep 100 photos of the top 10 trends worn on the street in New York, Milan, and Paris” {Fashion Magazine}
  • “10 Delicious Recipes to Try in October” {Canadian Family}
  • “Road Trip: Millers’ Farm in Manotick for pick-your-own pumpkins” {Ottawa Magazine}
  • “Quick Weekend Dinners: 5 DIY Pizzas” {20 Minute Supperclub}
  • “5 Cake Trends that Will Carry Onto 2012″ {Wedding Bells}
  • “Book links round-up: new U.K. literary award, Larsson trilogy goes graphic, and more” {Quill & Quire}
  • “From Russia With Love” {Torontoist}

Weekend Reading List

This week’s top stories from our SJM sister sites is fairly food focused, which is understandable, it being Thanksgiving on Monday and all. Still haven’t decided on your menu? Steal a stuffing recipe from 20 Minute Supper Club or whip up a mean Spanish omelette for Thanksgiving brunch. Plus: Apple’s contribution to fashion and this year’s nominees for the prestigious Giller Prize in fiction.

  • “Introducing: Cutler and Gross, a Yorkville Boutique for the Bespectacled Man and Woman” {Toronto Life}
  • “The Fashionable Ways of Steve Jobs” {Fashion Magazine}
  • “15 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes” {Canadian Family}
  • “Behind the Scenes: Chloe Berlanga’s Tortillas de Patatas recipe” {Ottawa Magazine}
  • “Thanksgiving Dressings: 6 Stuffing Recipes” {20 Minute Supperclub}
  • “15 Sexy Nude Nail Polishes” {Wedding Bells}
  • “Slideshow: Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist” {Quill & Quire}
  • “Praise Jesus” {Torontoist}

Weekend Reading List

Welcome to the weekend! Here’s a round-up of the most popular stories from our sister sites at St. Joseph Media this week:

TorontoLife.com: It only takes $1 million to move to San Francisco—without leaving Toronto (slideshow).

FashionMagazine.com: As Fashion Week continues to its next hotspot, catch up on the inside scoop from backstage to the runway.

CanadianFamily.ca: Need a kid-friendly weekend project? Canadian Family takes you through glass-magnet making 101.

OttawaMagazine.com: Ethical oil is sticky business, Mark Bourrie explains, especially when Saudi lobbies are involved.

20minutesupperclub.com: It’s apples every which way, from soup to French toast—as usual, all in 20 minutes or less.

WeddingBells.ca: Barns, burlap, and baked goods (mmm…pie) are among Wedding Bells’ 8 essential rustic wedding elements.

Quillandquire.com: In an announcement appropriately timed for the harvest moon, Neil Young will publish his memoir next year.

Torontoist.com: Old-school is new again if the leak that the Blue Jays plan to adopt a new logo is true.

Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites

Kick back this weekend with this week’s most popular stories from our sister sites at St. Joseph Media:

Toronto Life takes on suburban sprawl in “Exodus to the burbs: why diehard downtowners are giving up on the city”. [Toronto Life]

At New York Fashion Week, Fashion Magazine snapped behind-the-scenes photos of models off the runway. [Fashion Magazine]

‘Tis the season of pears, blueberries, and cheesy broccoli—so says Canadian Family in “10 Tasty Recipes to Try in September”. [Canadian Family]

Ottawa Magazine contributing editor Mark Bourrie weighs in on the Xinhua “espionage” scandal that he thinks likely never was. [Ottawa Magazine]

Did you know quark was a type of cheese? Neither did we, but 20 Minute Supper Club tells us that paired with lavendar it makes a delish cheesecake. Visit the site for all five “Weekend Baking Adventure” cheesecake recipes. [20 Minute Supper Club]

Minimalistic and floral is the way to go in centrepieces, as evidenced in a vibrant Wedding Bells slideshow. [Wedding Bells]

Quill & Quire asks, “Does an upsized IKEA bookshelf spell doom for print publishing?” Well, does it? Read the story to judge for yourself. [Quill & Quire]

Torontoist reports on city budget cuts proposed this week, among them selling the Toronto Zoo, snow-clearing reductions, and—always a hot-button topic—increasing TTC fares. [Torontoist]