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Toronto: The Savvy Guide to September

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So what if the temps are dropping and the leaves are falling. It’€™s time to embrace your new routine’€”and make sure you create one that gives you at least 20 minutes to grab a coffee or a yoga class. Here are some tips to make the most of this wonderfully structured month of September.
DO
Start organizing your side hall/mud room/front closet
Why? So your mornings, afternoons and evenings can run more smoothly. But mostly so the mornings do. You’€™ll find some great ideas in our 22 Morning Time Savers.

GO
Fishing
Why? Because it’€™s a fun summer activity to do in September!

GET
Programmed and sign your kids up for activities
Why? Routine is good for everyone. Kids crave it and moms need it to get through the day. Social interaction with humans is critical so make sure you and the kids are signed up for some community art, music or sports classes.

PLAY
Four square
Why? It’s old school and kids love it. Draw a large square on the ground with lines dividing it into quadrants. One player stands in each numbered square. No. 1 goes first. The player bounces a ball from the outside corner of her square into another player’€™s square. That player must bounce the ball in his square once and return it to any other player’€™s square by hitting the ball back. Once the ball enters a new player’€™s square, it must be returned. Continue until a mistake eliminates someone. The winner is the last one standing.

READ
The Cure for Everything! Untangling the Twisted Messages About Health, Fitness and Happiness by Timothy Caulfield
Why? Because he’€™s got some pretty straight up advice on health, fitness and happiness. Need we say more?

GREEN IT
Make one green commitment for the school year with these tips from our green living expert, Gill Deacon
Why? Because back to school is the real New Year for moms and kids, so it’€™s time to make some green resolutions.

SURF
virtuallyfit.ca
Why? It’€™s a workout created by certified trainers with experience working with new moms. The workout starts slow and progresses over four months to help moms regain their functional strength, increase energy and lose any unwanted weight from the pregnancy.

APP IT
LetterSchool
Why? Because it’€™s a fun way to learn how to write letters. We’€™re not talking about the ABCs; we’€™re talking about rocket ships blasting off to form the letter ‘R.’ That’€™s fun.

MAKE IT
Breakfast Mini Quiches
Why? So you have a ready-made delicious breakfast or lunch item to give the kids when you’€™re rushed. Make a whole bunch, eat some and freeze a lot more.

HELP
The Terry Fox Run 2012 on Sunday, September 16
Why? Because everyone knows someone fighting cancer and the whole family can participate and raise funds for research that can help save lives.

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