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Ottawa: The Savvy Guide to February

SavvyMom January 11, 2017
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February, we need to talk. We wish we didn’t spend so many of your mere 28 days contemplating an escape to warmer climes, but sometimes your blustery weather gets us down. So go easy on us and we’ll do our best to make the most of you, okay?

DO
Count down to Valentine’s Day
Why? You can’t possibly make too big a deal of loving your kids, plus they need something to look forward to this month. Use hearts cut from pink or red construction paper to write sweet little messages and tape to their bedroom doors every night between today and the big day so they wake to a new love note each morning. And since February 14 falls on a Saturday this year, there’s time for a special outing with your grown-up Valentine, too. Get a sitter and book brunch or dinner together. Or simply pop some bubbly once the kids have gone to bed.

GO
To Winterlude, of course!
Why? It really is the event on in town this month, isn’t it? Our personal fave is the Super Slides attraction in the Snowflake Kingdom (aka Jacques-Cartier Park). There’s a kiddie slide for the littles, too.

GET
The thong that works like shapewear
Why? Because you won’t mind your sweetheart seeing you in these ingenious panties that shape and flatten but still look sexy. Made by Toronto-based lingerie and swimwear company Dear Frankie, the Control Top Smoother Thong won’t create lines under your date-night dress or anything else you put on this month.

PLAY
Whoowasit
Why? Because you resolved this new year to have more family game nights, but you’re getting tired of Candyland, Sorry and Monopoly. Whoowasit gets the whole family working together to defeat the evil wizard. Want more great board game suggestions? Peruse our Best 11 Board Games for Kids.

READ
Why Married Couples Don’t Have Sex…at Least Not with Each Other! by Sara Dimerman
Why? Because psychologist and Savvy Expert Sara Dimerman has heard it all in her 25 years as a couples’ counsellor. She digs beyond the clichéd excuses to explore the patterns and problems that create barriers to sex and intimacy, and why so many married people are willing to risk it all for sex outside the marriage. This one hits shelves February 24, but you can pre-order it here.

SURF
twigaclothing.com
Why? You can customize the pieces in this unique Canadian line of active wear for girls and women by having her name screen printed into the waistband.

APP
Flipp
Why? This app makes it so simple for you to browse flyers and ‘clip’ the ones you need without even touching the paper versions, let alone remembering to bring them to the store.

GREEN IT
Donate your bestsellers
Why? You wanted to read Gone Girl before you saw the movie, but you don’t need to make room for it next to your vintage copy of The Catcher in the Rye. Donate your used books and help your local library out in the process—the Ottawa Public Library accepts donations year round. Plus, it’s a great way to meet your 2015 decluttering goals.

MAKE
Beautiful collaged Valentine’s Day cards
Why? If you’ve got crafty kids or just a chilly February day to fill, these handmade Valentines are fun to put together and offer a creative alternative to store bought.

HELP
Provide education to women and children about health, nutrition, hygiene, gender equality and post-natal care in Ethiopia by going to CARE Canada’s charity concert on Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 pm at the National Arts Centre
Why? Because Jully Black will be performing! This women-helping-women event is a wonderful way to enjoy an evening of great music while raising money and some much needed awareness.

Image of Valentine’s Day from Shutterstock.

 

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