2016 Holiday Guide

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Holiday Baking Guide
Holiday Craft Guide
Holiday Family Guide
Holiday Cooking Guide
Cottage Activities to Celebrate Canada’s 150th - O Canada, you look pretty good for your age! 2017 is a big year for our country, since it’s celebrating...
9 Thoughtful Gifts for The Expectant Mom - Why wait for a baby shower to shower the expectant mama in your life with prezzies? We love the idea...
Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Fun - Looking for a few ideas to have fun with the kids for New Year’s Eve? Look no further! New Year’s...
Winter Wonderland: 6 Outdoor Craft Ideas - During those cold winter months, we tend to let our yards go, allowing them become overgrown, messy and snow-covered until...
21 Easy Hair Tutorials For Party-Ready Hair - When you want to complete the look—whether it’s for a party, a family function or just because—a simple but beautiful...
The 12 Baby Names of Christmas - Our favourite holiday baby names, from names with biblical origins to unique names that symbolize the best of what the...
20 Kids Who Aren’t in to the Whole Santa Thing - What is it about a red suit and big white beard that scares kids? It could be that they’re not...
35 Gift Cards…the Best Last Minute Gift We Know! - We’re down to the wire, with just a few days to go until the big day. If you’re a procrastinator (like...
Simple DIY Holiday Centrepiece - Want a pretty table or sideboard without having to go to too much trouble? We’ve got the perfect DIY centrepiece...
The Easiest Holiday Dinner Ever - From turkey to pie, we have the best recipes for the easiest holiday dinner you’ll ever make, including a handy...
Little Passports Subscription Boxes: The Perfect Last-Minute Gift! - The stockings are hung, the tree is trimmed, and Santa will be here before you know it. But if you’re...
DIY Rustic Chalkboard Ornaments - Making your very own tree decorations can be really very simple. Here are all the supplies you’ll need and simple step-by-step...
Last Minute Shopping Tips - The countdown is on friends and if you’re like some people (we won’t mention any names), you’ve been finished for weeks....
What Do You Tell Your Kids About Santa Claus? - I try not to lie to my children. If I serve them salmon for dinner, I tell them it’s salmon,...
2-Minute Crafts Video: Make a Quilted Friendship Ball - The perfect holiday craft for kids, watch two former staffers, Megan and Shannon make a quilted friendship ball. It requires no...
6 Fun Holiday Baby Portraits - Holiday portraits are a great way to remember Baby’s first Christmas. We have six adorable and fun holiday baby photo...
All the Gifts—All 765 Of Them, In Fact! - We know you’re busy all. The. Time. But especially busy this time of year. Which is why we really do try...
15 (More) Handmade Holiday Gifts - Even though we love shopping and buying gifts for everyone, we know that the holidays don’t have to be about...
11 Gifts for Baby’s 1st Christmas - Awwwww. It’s baby’s first Christmas and you have no idea what a 2 month, 6 month or 10 month old...
17 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas - Sometimes the best gifts cost absolutely nothing at all (other than a few craft items you may already have and...
12 Ways to Give Back - As we head—careening, head-long into the festive season—we look back on what we have and what we can spare. Finding simple...
Terrific Turkey Tips and Irresistible Recipes - So you’re a turkey cooking newbie…or you just want a short refresher course. You’ve come to the right place. Here’s...
Could Your Family Have a Gift-Free Christmas? - My kids won’t be getting any Christmas gifts from me and their dad this year. My parents are out of...
How to Make Handmade Gift Tags - Add a personal touch to each gift you wrap with these easy handmade tags. Handmade Gift Tags What You Need...
2-Minute Crafts Video: Make Glitter Cards - Making greeting cards can be so simple. Watch two of our former staffers, Megan and Shannon make some gorgeous ones...
19 Fabulous Holiday Hostess Gifts - With the Yuletide and New Year season upon us it’s a certainty you’ll be invited to some fun holiday events,...
Milk Chocolate Peppermint Bark with White Chocolate Chocolate Bark Seven Ways - Chocolate bark is probably our all-time fave thing about the holidays. It is so quick and easy to assemble that it...
Easy Edible Holiday Gift Ideas - Bring the kids into the kitchen with you to whip up a batch of holiday gifts that are both fun...
5 Ways to Get in Touch with Santa - It’s easier than ever for your little elves to get in touch with the big, strong, handsome man in red. Here...
71 Holiday Dessert Recipes -   The holidays are quickly approaching and there is no better way to celebrate the season than to bake some...
13 Cute Holiday Baby Outfits - From irresistibly stylish to melt-your-heart adorable, we have 13 of the best holiday fashions for your baby.
29 Holiday Gifts for Gourmands - Ah, the foodie friend. The friend whose parties you never miss. The friend who bakes the most delectable treats and...
Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson 17 Christmas Albums We Love - Whether you’re trimming the tree, wrapping gifts, baking Christmas cookies or just relaxing with a glass of wine, all holiday-related...
23 Gifts for Everyone Else on Your List - If you’re unsure of what to get your dog walker, your mother-in-law or that vaguely familiar name you drew in...
29 Gifts for Brand New Moms and Dads - New parents have very different items on their wish lists than other parents. Brand new parents know the value of...
Cornbread and Spicy Chorizo Stuffing 21 Delicious Side Dish Recipes for Your Holiday Feast - There’s nothing quite like a big meal with your family to fill you with holiday cheer. Whether you’re cooking a...
Our Fave Gifts for Pets (and Their Owners) - Whether you’re shopping for a dog, a cat or a fish, find the perfect present for the animal in your life....
A Charlie Brown Christmas 11 of Our Favourite Holiday Movie Moments - On a cold winter night, there’s nothing better than snuggling up with your little ones on the couch in your...
Gifts for Our Dad, Your Dad, His Dad and Her Dad - Here’s the thing about dads: they always say they don’t need anything. Of course this just makes us more determined to...
27 Super Awesome Stocking Stuffers - These small (in size but not in desirability) gifts are great for stocking stuffers or as present toppers. Take inspiration...
21 Gifts for Kids that Don’t Require Plugs - We know that our kids want iPads, computers, Sphero, Osmo and of course Nintendo for Christmas this year (and let’s...
DIY Festive Shadow Box - Making your very own festive shadow box is really very simple. Here are all the supplies you’ll need and simple...
19 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts for Teachers - When you find yourself wondering how on earth you’ll manage to stay sane while spending a busy holiday break with...
17 Stocking Stuffers for Babies and Toddlers - If this is your wee babe’s first Christmas, make it a special one with one of these stocking stuffer ideas. They...
Best Places to go Cross-Country Skiing in Canada - Some people wait all year for the weather to turn cold and the flakes to start falling. Winter for them...
Stocking Stuffers for the Man in Your Life - Filling a Christmas stocking is probably one of our favourite ways to give gifts over the holidays. Instead of rushing...
17 Holiday Gifts That Support a Good Cause - You may have started your holiday shopping list months ago—but what on earth are you going to get your sister-in-law,...
21 Holiday Gift Ideas for Teens and ‘Tweens - “I’m not a kid anymore, Mom! Ugh!” How many times have you heard that lately? Suddenly it seems everything you...
DIY Snow Globe - With the winter well upon us, we find ourselves wandering aimlessly around the internet, searching for the perfect crafts and DIYs...
25 Books of Christmas: Your Kids’ Very Own Book Advent Calendar - Do your littles love Advent Calendars? We do too…but there are only so many doors with chocolates behind them we...
23 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Mom - With Christmas just a mere month away, we bet you’re already well into shopping for the perfect gifts for your kids,...
Can You Have a Debt-Free Holiday Season? -   With each passing year, Canadians spend more on Christmas gifts and holiday preparations than the year before. Some of...
2-Minute Crafts Video: Make a Pinecone Reindeer - We love throwbacks…especially when it involves former Canadian Family staffers, Megan McChesney and Shannon Phillips (and super cute, super simple...
Candleholders made of Wax and Balloons - Add a simple but ethereal feel your decor anytime of the year (inside or out) with these easy homemade candle holders....
17 Holiday Freebies - By Robin Stevenson
The Minions Advent Calendar 15 Awesome Advent Calendars for 2016 - When we were kids, one of the best things about the arrival of December was digging into a brand new...
7 Stunning Scarves and 25 Ways to Wear Them - Ah, the perfect scarf. Whether you’re wearing one to stay warm, or just trying to add a pop of colour...
Holiday Party Fashion: Styling Tacky Sweaters 101 - Have you been invited to a Tacky Sweater Party over the holidays this year? Wondering what to wear? We asked...
19 Gifts for Wine Lovers - Who doesn’t love a glass of wine (or three) once in a while? We definitely have a few friends who...
Lemon Curd & Blueberry Tartlets One Dough, Six Tartlets - Whether you’re hosting a party or gifting homemade goodies, these delicious (and easy!) tarts are a must-try. With a simple...
christmas wreath 21 Easy Tips For Holiday Decorating - Personalize your holiday fête with pretty treats, treasured ornaments and simple handmade touches guests big and small will love.
41 Cookie Recipes for the Holidays - Ahhh, the holidays. So much to do with so little time. But! We can help. Stop digging through your cookbooks...
Shop and Save: Your Guide to Finding Deals - According to VISA, the average Canadian family spends more than $1,000 on pre-holiday shopping. By Boxing Day, we’re feeling the pinch...
33 Stocking Stuffers For Kids and Adults -   Stuffers for Kids Under 6 1. Janod Mobilo Phone: $17, available at Snugglebugz.ca. 2. Melissa & Doug Whittle World People, set...
11 DIY Advent Calendars We Love - Counting down the days until Christmas? You’ve still got a little time to create your own advent calendar, if you’re feeling...
21 Toys You Don’t Want to Miss Out On - May the odds be forever in your favour… The holiday games have begun and it’s a competitive year. Not since...
5 Festive Destinations to Make Christmas Wishes Come True - With Christmas less than 10 weeks (!) away, now is the time to start planning how to make this holiday season...
DIY Rudolph “Hand”-made Holiday Gift Bags - Rudolph will show up in unsuspecting places this holiday season when your preschoolers or young school-age children create his sweet...
31 Holiday Hacks (Our Gift to You!) - ‘Tis the season for holiday prep, and with it, plenty of holiday chaos. We’ve rounded up 31 holiday-themed hacks designed...
Tinsel and Tantrums - As a Jewish kid, I found Christmas to be one of the most laid-back holidays of the year. My family...
83 Awesome Crafts For the Kids to Do Over the Holidays - Are you kind of dreading the next two weeks at home (possibly alone) with the littles? Why not plan some...
Should You Share Wine with Your Child at the Family Table? - Preparing to become parents, my wife and I face plenty of decisions: from choosing colours for the (formerly spare) bedroom,...
The Sweetest Christmas Craft: Candy Trees - These candy trees are a super sweet addition to your holiday decor, and they’re perfect for making with older kids...
Your Ultimate Holiday Baking List: 101 Sweet Treats - There’s never a shortage of delicious treats during the holidays. Whether you’re baking with the kids or wrapping up bundles...
17 Sanity Saving Tips for the Holidays - Everyone has their own way to make life run smoothly…and what time of year do we need life to run...
How to Keep Baby’s Sleep Schedule Over the Holidays - For many parents, keeping baby on a fairly strict sleep schedule is key to maintaining sanity. But over the holidays,...
101 Easy Holiday Party Appetizer Recipes - The holidays are here, the holidays are here! And if you’re not as excited about them as we are, perhaps...
A Cute and Festive Dessert Idea: Reindeer Cupcakes - Once your tree has been trimmed and stockings have been hung, it’s time to settle in with your little elves...
Holiday Design, Prep & Clean-up Tips - With the holidays fast approaching, I know firsthand that hosting a memorable party can take your stress levels from zero to 60...
Rustic Turkey Stuffing 17 Simple Stuffing Recipes - Pass the stuffing! We’ve rounded up our favourite simple stuffing recipes that are a perfect addition to your next holiday feast.
How to Keep Your Kids Safe During the Holidays - The holiday season can be a tough one for toddlers who just want to touch everything they see. But a...
Simple DIY Wreaths - Are you itching to get decorating for the holidays? Want to make something you can use again and again, year...
Cool Craft Idea: Scrapbook Gift Tags - Gift tags are always the perfect way to personalize a gift and add that extra special something. In this tutorial,...
Cute Lunch Idea: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Sandwich - This yummy and adorable Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer sandwich was super fun to make. The kids thought he was really...
Beautiful DIY Holiday Decorations for the Whole House - Want to decorate your home for the holidays but don’t know where or how to start? One small touch in...
Chipotle and White Cheddar Shortbread Crackers - Okay, holiday prep isn’t always the most fun thing (crowded malls, fighting for the last turkey at the grocery store)...
15 Ways to Tie Your Wee Jedis Over Until the Next Star Wars - To to satisfy our inner Star Wars geek, here is a list of 15 ways to tie your wee Jedis over until the newest...
35 Superb Sips for Your Holiday Soirée - Ernest Hemingway said, “I drink to make other people more interesting.” We want to make everyone more interesting with this...
How to Make Split Holiday Celebrations Easier for Kids - From his first years, my son Nick had the most gruelling holiday schedule. From early Christmas Eve through late Boxing...
13 Creative Kitchen Hacks to Save Time During the Holidays - ‘Tis the season to be busy! Whether you’re hosting a big family feast or throwing a few fab holiday parties...
Forget Gender-Specific Toys This Year - A purple toy castle for Emily, a remote-control car for Jacob—do these sound like familiar toy choices in your house?...
Original Christmas Wreaths from Etsy - Before you adorn your home with lights, inflatable snowmen and reindeer on your roof, add a charming wreath. They’re a...
5 Tips to Get Your Teen Into The Holiday Spirit - Worried your teen would prefer to text her friends than trim the tree with you? Or FaceTime peers rather than...
Once Upon a Forest - If you walk in the woods today, what you find may be a surprise. Children are just the right size...
Curb Your Child’s Shopping Demands - It started with the monster trucks when he was just three years old. Once a month, Stacey Scolli would treat...
Easy DIY Paint Chip Greeting Cards - With the holiday season fast approaching, our mailboxes will soon fill up with greeting cards from family and friends. Why...
Cute Holiday Craft: DIY Marbleized Greeting Cards - Need some cards to send out for the holidays? It’s time to shake things up and introduce a new technique to...
Make Angel Wings from Doilies - Everyone has a drawer with doilies in it, don’t they? Whether you bought a few thinking they were adorable, were...
Let It Snow! Keep Littles Warm with These Gifts - Even if it’s not yet snowing in your neck of the woods, we all know it’s coming. Winter will be...
One Dough, Six Cookies - Holidays are busy enough without dragging out six different cookie recipes. But you always seem to need more cookies than...
How to Make a Fabric Advent Calendar - Count down the days with the little treasures hidden in each of the pretty little bags hanging from this cottage-chic...
Holiday Decor: DIY Rosemary Wreath -     Make a sweet first impression with a savoury-scented wreath of rosemary. You’ll need a 12-inch wreath form, bunches...
Pear & Wild Rice Stuffed Turkey Roll-Ups Your Guide to the Easiest Holiday Dinner Ever - Not into cooking up a huge turkey feast this year? Don’t sweat it! This easy turkey dinner goes from prep...
Fa la la la Fabulous Fabulous Holiday Decorating Tips from Meredith Heron - Get your home looking extra-fabulous this holiday season with some simple (and stunning!) decorating tips from designer Meredith Heron.
Bacon, Chive & Maple Syrup Shortbread - This job is tough some days. Especially on those (not really) when we have to test shortbread recipes as we...

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