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Ottawa: The Savvy Guide to June

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Moms know: June is no joke. This month is bursting with year-end projects, school assemblies, recitals, and report cards. Summer sports cross over with school extra-curriculars, meaning weeknights are now twice as busy (and we thought it wasn’t possible to be any busier). Keeping track of who needs to be where and when—not to mention actually getting them there—requires air traffic control-levels of planning and organizing. Summer is here but its lazy days most definitely aren’t. Here’s your guide to conquering June and making it through this crazy month like a boss.

DO
Make a plan for Father’s Day right now
Why? Because the days between now and June 18 are going to disappear, fast. Before you’re left wondering where the time went, call the restaurant and make a reservation, or sit down and make out your grocery list—we recommend serving one of these beer-themed recipes. Then, order the gift online, and sit the kids down now for a card-making session. 

GO
To the Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat Festival from June 22-25 at Mooney’s Bay Park
Why? Watch over 200 teams compete in North America’s largest dragon boating festival. There will also be concerts, a children’s area, sports demos, art on display, delicious food and more—and it’s all free.

GET
A stash of hostess, cottage, and year-end gifts to have at the ready
Why? Because future-you will be thanking present-you for your foresight when there are no last minute scrambles this month. If you like to thank your kiddos’ teacher with a year-end gift, shop our list most beloved teacher gifts, then cross that item off your to-do list. Next up? Add an extra bottle of wine or olive oil (makes a great gift!) to the grocery list and the next time you’re invited to a barbecue or weekend away, your hostess gift is sorted.

PLAY
Sponge Bullseye
Why? Because all you need is some chalk and a sponge. Draw a large bullseye in chalk, assigning different point values to different sections of the bullseye. Load up a sponge with water and let the kids take turns tossing the sponge and tallying up the points. Kids of different ages can play together—just up the ante for older kids by having them start their throw from farther back.

READ
25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit, by Jody Robbins
Why? Because this brand-new book can help you solidify your summer travel plans. Between our struggling dollar and uncertainties some may have about crossing the American border, there’s never been a better summer to travel in Canada. Plus, what an excellent way to celebrate #Canada150! Jody, a travel expert and very savvy Canadian mom, can recommend the best spots for family-friendly adventures.

APP
SharetheMeal
Why? Because it makes feeding a hungry child as easy as the click of a button. This app is run by the United Nations World Food Programme, so you know it’s legit and that donations are reaching the neediest children. Just 50 cents can feed a child for a day.

SURF
Converse.ca
Why? Because the beloved brand just launched an e-commerce site in Canada, meaning we can finally shop for the iconic sneaker online (and not despair when the local department store is sold out of a particular size or colour). They’ve got men’s, women’s, and kid’s shoes, so you can outfit the whole family for summer.

MAKE
Batch meals to get you through the bitter end of school lunch making
Why? Because your enthusiasm for putting together lunches has hit an all-time low. Make it easier, (and mindless) by making up a few things that can be stashed in the freezer or fridge and tossed into the lunch box through the week. Try freezer-friendly items like mini frittatas (easier than they sound), healthy muffins, or one of these other 7 school lunch foods that freeze well. Also, this chickpea salad is a hit with tweens, easy to make, and a big batch keeps all week. Now, pat yourself on the back for making it through ten long months of packing lunches.

HELP
Raise money for CHEO by attending the annual CHEO BBQ on Saturday, June 10 in Shefford Park
Why? Challenge yourself to complete the 5 km run or bring your whole crew to do the family fun run/walk. Enjoy the barbeque after you’ve worked up an appetite, and check out the Family Zone, which will have entertainment and crafts for the kids.

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