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Toronto: The Savvy Guide to August

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News flash: back to school is not a season. Just because everyone is talking about it already does not mean we can’€™t enjoy the full month left of summer. Here are some reminders on how to do just that.
DO
Build an outdoor fort
Why? Because it’€™s fun, it’€™s simple and it’€™s the foundation for any great imagination station. All you need are some old sheets, towels or blankets. Then get cozy, stay late and bring flashlights.

GO
To the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
Why? Because the summer is winding down, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival has a great family deal for you! For the month of August, get a family four pack of tickets to You’€™re A Good Man, Charlie Brown for only $99* plus tax when you quote promo code SNOOPY. Reconnect with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang and introduce them to the children in your life.
*Offer may end without notice. Some conditions apply.

GET
Smart about lice
Why? Because this time of year is prime time for lice. The Lice Squad has all of the products (we recommend the LS 2 in 1 Nit Kit) and resources you need to help get you through this bumpy time. Lose them before school starts.

PLAY
Catch a Firefly
Why? Because it’€™s fun and harmless and (don’€™t tell the kids) they might even learn something in the process.

READ
How Can I Be Your Lover When I’m Too Busy Being Your Mother? by one of our parenting experts, Sara Dimerman, and J.M. Kearns
Why? Because it has the answers you need to become partners again with your mate. These experts deconstruct the problem of women becoming mothers before lovers to their partners and they create a step-by-step path for couples to follow to get back to being equal partners again. (Available August 14)

GREEN IT
By watering your lawn very early in the morning or late at night to help conserve H2O
Why? Because the cooler temperatures will minimize evaporation and the ground will absorb more water.

SURF
Simply Green Baby
Why? Because it’€™s got some adorable back-to-school lunch gear for the eco-conscious mom. Buy now with code savvyaug and save 15% off all back-to-school items.

APP IT
Star Walk
Why? Because it’€™s your own iPad-enabled stellar guide to the galaxies. Perfect for a summer night of stargazing in August.

MAKE IT
Something Olympic
Why? Because we have some gold medal recipes and party ideas in PartySavvy this month that are too much fun not to make.

HELP
Me to We Style by buying The Africa Tee
Why? Because this beaded tee gives back to the Maasai people and 50% of proceeds from this eco-friendly, sweatshop-free tee will go to helping families in rural Kenya generate their own means of sustainable income. You’€™ll be giving them a chance at a better life by helping to break the cycle of poverty.

DEAL IT
Use code SAVVYBAMBOO and save 25% off all purchases at www.shoo-foo.com
Why? Babies deserve clothes that aren’€™t harmful to their delicate skin. Shoo-foo.com uses Oeko-Tex certified bamboo (the highest standard available) in their towels, bedding and baby basics.

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