I know many men all over Canada are excited by the beginning of the NHL season. My father enjoys watching hockey and becomes a little kid when it’s opening night. Although, not even he could have expected the crazy night that Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs had last night. What a performance! His parents must be so proud.


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It’s that time of the year, the holidays are upon us! Friends, in-laws and extended family are packed up and ready for their long-awaited visit. The best hosts are the ones that know how to make their guests feel comfortable. When I prepare for guests to stay over, I try to put myself in their shoes -- what does it feel like to be a guest in someone’s home?


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As the temperature is starting to decline from the balmy summer that we had, for me and the family it's the perfect time for some evening walks in the country. With younger children it is not always easy to carry out long walks in such high temperatures like we had this summer, carrying the water, snacks and stuffed animals needed to accompany the journey is like having another child onboard! So as we get ready to embrace all the Fall has to offer, I like to take this opportunity to explore the great outdoors.


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TIFF 2016 is in full flow and my pieces on movies continues! I feel that it is important to celebrate film during this time, as here in Toronto we are lucky enough to host one of the best film festivals in the world. Movies are discussed, reviewed, watched, revered, and awarded more than any other art form! And it has to be the subject of one of the hardest questions - what's your favourite movie? People are flustered by the query and do their best to shirk a reply, if they can!


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Today marks the opening of the 41st Toronto International Film Festival. I really enjoy the way in which this festival changes Toronto for the days it is in town. We are treated to a great variety of films, movie stars from all over the world visit and the city is abuzz with tourists and locals alike getting their film fix. I enjoy going to the parties each year and trying to see at least one film. However, if I can't make it up to see a movie, I always plan a special family film night.


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September 1st to many is just another day in the calendar. To me it has more significance. Many think of January 1st as the beginning of a new year, and of course in the terms of the Gregorian calendar they are absolutely correct. But for me September 1st is the time of the year that I start anew. With the beginning of a new school year, the kids starting a new grade and the sense of summer turning into fall, this is when I try to reorganize my life and start to forge new habits. This year I want to do a few things differently.


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That dreaded feeling is creeping back...those Sunday nights when parents are desperately getting organized for the week ahead and the children are thinking of every excuse to not go to school. Although we have a couple of weeks left before school begins, the commercials on TV keep reminding us that it's getting closer and closer.


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Wait a second… didn't I just write a blog about saying goodbye to the school year? Here we are, nearing the end of summer. How quickly time flies! 

While we have a couple of weeks left to enjoy the glory of summer, I have had to pull in the reins ever-so-slightly to begin prepping for the imminent school year. It's time to start signing up for after school activities, figuring out who will be driving which kid to where and when, fitting school uniforms, buying new shoes, pulling together school supplies... Any parent out there knows the drill!


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The barbecue is a summer staple for the Baeumler family and for the majority of Canadians. No longer is the barbecue limited to red meat and hotdogs, the grill can be used for all types of delicious meals and can accommodate any dietary requirement. Barbecuing has joined us in the 21st century and is proving its adaptability for foodies all over the world. Alongside its ability to keep each guest happy, technology has helped to make barbecuing easier, safer and more tasty. Here are some Dad Approved barbecue tools for hot weekend ahead.


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As the internet and social media offer more and more avenues and channels for discussion, opinion and judgement, it is becoming challenging to figure out what a good mother or father looks like. Everyone has their own experiences, and therefore their own position on parenting. With all these conflicting theories and attitudes it can sometimes be overwhelming and hard to navigate the world of parenthood.


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