Exploring Cultures

I believe in the strength of Canada’s wide open spaces and welcoming hearts.

This country, that is our new home, offers all enough room to explore its culture, and allows global citizens the time to put down roots and tend to them. I love exploring various cultures that come together here along with local Canadian-produced food, nostalgic Indian food, and everything else in between.

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Gift your daughter the chance to be a part of something bigger

I want my kids to have the best start possible. I want them to be confident and lead life with a positive outlook. I want them to grow up with a sense of purpose and impetus ready to shape the world we live in. Most importantly I want them to be happy and healthy. And in today's world, all of that may be a tall order but as I discovered there is help out there. Raising happy healthy kids in today's technology-heavy world can be tough. What can help is being part of a diverse and inclusive community that has...
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Tips for Flying the Maple Leaf – Canadian Flag Etiquette

My hubby and I have lived in Canada for almost 15 years and have been Canadians for most of that time. We have been thinking of buying a Canadian flag for a while now, and finally last week on a road trip to Ottawa we walked into a flag shop and bought our very first Canadian flag. It felt like a real milestone! But before we actually fly the red and white maple leaf I did some research on Canadian flag etiquette and felt as if we needed more direction. Thankfully my friend Alison from OffThePorch.ca has great advice for...
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You know you’re living in Canada when….

Life with two kids is humorous and never boring! My hubby and I moved to Canada a decade and a half ago and in that time have learnt a lot about this country we now call home. Over the years we've come across a few experiences that are so typical of life in Canada, I almost wish I had known about them before we moved here. Enjoy! 7 Things I wish I had known about life in Canada 1. The cold, of course. It is Canada after all. But did you know that your body can tell when it's below -10...
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Celebrating Summer in Canada with Sobeys

My husband and I moved to Canada 15 years ago, long before kids were on the horizon. This was at a time when we were only responsible for each other, and our biggest decision was where to dine and which movie to check out that weekend. Like other new Canadians, we’ve learnt lots about Canada since our move. Moving houses and cities, and travelling from Toronto to Tofino and back again helped a great deal. I remember the first time I tried on fur-lined boots in Calgary. I realized why my stylish leather boots that were bought in Italy didn't...
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Raising Kids in a Time of Fear

The headlines last November said it all.   "Donald J Trump is the President of the United States." For months the conversation around our dinner table had been about the US elections, and the blurring of lines between comedy and reality. Every day there were new examples of indecent and mean behaviour from the man who was standing for elections to the highest office in the United States. "Grab them by the......" "And some, I assume, are good people." "Look at her face." The list of mean-spirited comments was long, and with so much evidence mounting against Trump, he seemed...
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12 Family-friendly, Free March Break Activities In Toronto

After spending almost 8 years in Calgary, my husband and I moved back to Toronto a few years ago. Since then we've spent time exploring the city that we thought we already knew. Initially, I was a little overwhelmed, Toronto is after all one of the largest cities in North America, much larger than Calgary for sure. But it's also one of the most multicultural and family friendly, and soon it felt like home.   Fun and Free March Break Activities In Toronto With March Break coming up it's the perfect time to revisit some of our favourite haunts. But vacation...
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5 Books To Add To Your Reading List, Canada

My husband and I moved to Canada almost 15 years ago. Now that I think about it - it seems like a long time. And like a lot of other new Canadians we didn't know much about the True North when we moved here. Over the years we've tried to remedy that gap. After moving numerous houses and cities, travelling across the country from Toronto to Tofino, and generally camping and hiking and dining in small towns across the country, there's still a lot to be learnt. And every so often I hear something newand it feels as if we've...
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Diverse Books: A Cause That Needs Your Support

My kids are living in a multicultural world. My husband and I grew up in India, and then in our twenties decided to embark on an adventure of a lifetime and moved to the other side of the planet, literally! After a few stops along the way, today we live in what is probably the "most multicultural city in the world" - Toronto. And my kids are growing and learning in this multicultural world where they are celebrating Diwali and Christmas, Halloween and Holi with the same fervour, where spaghetti and meatballs, and keema naan holds equal importance on the...
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Meet Sailaja Joshi – A Mom Who Decided To Change The Story

My husband and I have moved homes a few times since we got married. From India to the UAE and then Canada. During that time we've had two kids, changed jobs and travelled to more cities than I can count. But it was only in the last couple years when I started blogging that I discovered the world. One would think blogging is a lonely past time. A mom in her sweats sitting at the dining table typing away furiously. And you would be right for the most part. Except for the people I've met through blogging. The people who have inspired and invigorated...
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Celebrating Diwali #MyDiwaliStory

Diwali is the single-biggest celebration for more than a billion people living around the world.  I grew up in India where celebrating Diwali meant shopping for new clothes, hanging out with cousins, feasting every day and of course setting off fireworks.  My mom would decorate trays of homemade mithai - sweets - and my brother and I would go around the neighbourhood to deliver.  My favourite part though was dressing up in a lehenga (long Indian skirt).  I loved going up and down the stairs of the apartment building carrying beautiful trays, knocking on doors, and wishing everyone, "Happy Diwali."...
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