2016 Holiday Guide

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Holiday Baking Guide
Holiday Craft Guide
Holiday Family Guide
Holiday Cooking Guide
sago-jinjas-house 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...
Festive-Shadow-Box-Rona-final 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...
education-bracelet 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...
turtleisland_1024x1024 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...
skiing-canada 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...
ink-box-tattoo 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...
CF_Holiday_Gifts_Expectant_Moms_featured 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...
owen-bear-sears 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,...
swagway 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...
Photo from: ApartmentTherapy.com DIY Snow Globe - With the holidays upon us, we find ourselves wandering aimlessly around the internet, searching for the perfect crafts and DIYs....
night-before-christmas 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...
21 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Mom 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,...
debt-free-holiday 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...
pinecone-reindeer 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...
Candle-Holders-Wax-Balloons-4 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....
15 Holiday Freebies 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...
how-to-tie-a-scarf 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...
tacky-sweater-diy 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...
gifts-wine-lovers 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.
holiday-cookies 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...
holiday-shopping 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...
CF_Stocking_150 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...
Buckets of Joy Advent by Garnet Hill 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...
rubiks-spark 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...
festive-destinations-Auberge-Saint-Antoine 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...
reindeer-bag 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...
heart-wreath 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 Tinsel and Tantrums - As a Jewish kid, I found Christmas to be one of the most laid-back holidays of the year. My family...
t-shirt-apron 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? 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,...
Photography courtesy of My Heart's Desire 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...
Turkey Tips - So you’re a turkey cooking newbie…or you just want a short refresher list. You’ve come to the right place. Here’s...
lemon-cornmeal 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...
family, childhood, season, holidays and people concept - happy family in winter clothes over lights background 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...
Photography by Paul Goyette, via Flickr (CC) 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,...
cheese-with-garlic-and-chutney 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...
Photography by Annie, With Sprinkles on Top 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...
cf_candles_main 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.
keep-kids-safe 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...
thumbtack-wreath Simple DIY Wreaths - Are you itching to get decorating for the holidays? Want to make something you can use again and again, year...
3-Innovative-Scrapbook-Projects-gift-tags 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,...
CF_Rudolph_Sandwich_154 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 Hou 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...
Photo courtesy Gay Lea 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)...
star-wars-decorative-pillows 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...
kir-royale 31 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...
Illustration by Lillian Chan 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...
glad-top-975x400 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...
kids-playing 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 Wreaths from Etsy 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...
teenager-holidays 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 Once Upon a Forest - If you walk in the woods today, what you find may be a surprise. Children are just the right size...
child-tantrums 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...
Photography by Chica and Jo 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...
cards3 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...
Doily-Angel-Wings 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...
one-dough-638 One Dough, Six Cookies - Holidays are busy enough without dragging out six different cookie recipes. But you always seem to need more cookies than...
CF_advent_calender_large_800 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...
CF_Holiday_diy_Wreath_featured 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 and Chive 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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