This is a big week in the Canadian social media sphere. Blissdom Canada 2014 will be held this week from October 2-4th in Mississauga, Ontario. While it is technically a social media conference, the word conference does not typically bear with it an emotional connection. Blissdom Canada is more like the warm and fuzzies, a reassuring hug, that friend who accepts you for who you are, what you’ve done and where you’ve been without judging you.

By Jennell Dukovac,

A few years back we went apple picking with friends. The kids had a great time and we had a whole lot of apples! As you know, I’m on the journey to being a better mother, I asked myself, what can I make for my kids? Applesauce!!!  Holy Moley, it was EASY!! I was in shock, I never knew. My children gobbled up my easy homemade applesauce like there was no tomorrow. 

By Jennell Dukovac,

I grew up in an average American family. I’m American born, married a Canadian and we live in the great white north, and I am loving it!  Both my parents worked and I have a brother and a sister.  For some reason, the domestic life was just not for me.  I vowed at a young age that I was never going to get married. Naturally as things go, I now find myself married with four kids and no domestic skills to fall back on.

It’s back to school time. Time to catch up on appointments you may have been putting off over the summer and invest in yourself, your health and wellbeing.

It’s the Most Wonderful time of the Year! No, it’s not Christmas but if you ask any parent that’s (lovingly) been home with their kids all summer long…you guessed it. It’s back to school! It’s the time when you might find me skipping down the isles of the office/school supply store to the sounds of my kids dragging their feet through the aisles. Somewhere in the near distance you’d hear sounds of “Can we buy this, but Lisa has one and I’ve always wanted one!”

The Shrine Circus is in Montreal! My kids could not have been more excited to attend the opening night in Lasalle as special VIP guests. We joined Ringmaster Richard Curtis and his beautiful wife Kimberly Zerbini as they gave us a special behind the scenes tour of the circus. We were thrilled to see Marie and Shelley the elephants bathing before the show and even catch a glimpse of some of the 400 pounds of hay they consume every single day!
There’s something magical about seeing a giant yellow and red tent set up on the side of the highway. I experienced the sheer joy and excitement as a child when my parents would drive by a circus tent and now my own children shriek with excitement when they hear the circus is coming to town.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. You gotta keep it on the down low though okay? Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed a nice warm cup of milk before bed. I went through my uber cool phase when I’d drink a latte or cappuccino with friends and then kick myself while I stayed awake all night from the caffeine.  Before kids it was cool to stay up all night. Sleep was for the weak. Now a lack of sleep makes me weak. 

About nine years ago my husband and I were expecting our first child. We were relatively newly married, just bought a house and saving everything we could to start building our new life together. It was a special occasion and we had gotten an amazing coupon to a great restaurant in downtown Toronto that our phone service provider had sent us in the mail as a thank you for being a valued customer. We figured we’d make a night of it, got all dolled up and headed downtown for supper. We knew that we’d get to eat at this great, trendy restaurant and have a wonderful night. We got a great seat right by the window, overlooking downtown Toronto, ordered carefully off the menu, perusing each item, taking in the ambiance but also silently adding up the total, making sure that the bill and tip at the end of the meal was within budget as young couples starting out their lives together often do.

Here’s a message from an amazing brand doing awesome work:

On Saturday, May 31, the ninth annual TELUS Day of Giving happens across Canada. On this special day, TELUS team members and retirees will volunteer at the activity of their choice to make positive, heartfelt and lasting connections within the community.

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