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Happy Fall ! Fall activity guide

It is that time again, shorter days and less sunlight.  For me, fall is Canada’s number one season.  If you ever think about visiting Toronto make sure you visit in the fall.  Fall in Toronto is warm days and gorgeous nights with beautiful fall foliage and harvest bounty for the farmers markets.

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Find Monarch butterflies

Every year something magical happens in Toronto. Each year, thousands of beautiful Monarch butterflies congregate at the shoreline before embarking on a 3,500-kilometre fall migration to Mexico.

Today we decided to follow Monarch butterflies on our bike ride by the shoreline.

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Tomato sauce (preserving tomatoes)

Tomato sauce I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to make my own tomato sauce, but that is before I discovered there is tomato sauce and there is tomato sauce. After I tasted the first jar I became totally hooked and probably will never buy a jar of sauce from a store ever again.

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Walking to school

walkingfrontFredrikstad. Norway:  I remember when I was a kid I walked to school alone without any parents. I know I share this experience with many readers. It is a mantra I hear a lot from people growing up in the 70’s regardless if they grew up in Norway or the US/Canada.

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THE WALK OF LIFE : Tips for walking to school

By Emily McBurnie

walkingsafetyreflectorsEach weekday morning I get myself and the 2 kids out the door by 8.30 for the walk to school. It is a 20-30 minute uphill hike or 1 mile (1.6 km) to be precise. I was surprised to see just a handful of mums & dads doing the same journey, most opting to get the kids in the car for the 5 minute drive . Of course there are days when I think it would be handy to be in a vehicle, however once we get on our way, the minor complaint soon fades.

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Back to School : Bento style lunches

We pack picnic lunches a lot.  We love to get outside and eating outside affords us more active time- plus no mess for me to clean up at home!  My son goes to school in the afternoons so when we want to maximize our time out in the morning we pack lunch so we don't have to waste time driving home to make lunch.  I hate to be that person that says, "I did this before everyone else", but I did.   I'm not referring to picnic lunches, no, of course they've been around forever, but my interest in Japanese bento style lunch and alternative reusable lunch containers is one that I've had for a long time.  In college I worked at a day care at Harvard that had many Japanese children whose parents were here studying.  The children from Japan had lunches that were packed very differently from the American children.

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