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Kids in the Kitchen: Recipes & Tips

Teach your kids about nutrition and the importance of eating healthy, homemade food. Having children help in the kitchen will foster a lifelong love for cooking, and provide them with an important life skill. Cooking also helps with fine motor skills and incorporates time management, science, reading and math. Here are some of our favourite ways to inspire your pint-sized chefs.

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Calgary’s Top Indoor Play Gyms

Greater Calgary is tops for year-round family fun. During winter, when it’s a bit too cold to play outside, families have a host of indoor kid-friendly gyms and activity centres to choose from. We polled our Excel staff and come up with our top spots for monkeying around with your little ones.

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Exploring Your Community: Baby & Me

Parenthood is a joyous, never-ending rollercoaster. Days can quickly turn into weeks, months and years when we’re juggling work and family life. Taking a few moments for ourselves every once and while is important to maintain balance. With its host of parks, playgrounds and recreation centres, Greater Calgary is an amazing city for parents with young children. Even better? You’ll also find some innovative health and wellness focused businesses that offer onsite childcare – allowing you to focus on your treatment or practice without worrying about your little ones. Here are a few of our favourite R&R spots in and around Calgary.

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DIY Holiday Gift Guide

December is the season of giving. Throughout the month we’ll buy hostess gifts for holiday parties and thank-you gifts for our mail carrier, garbage collector, hair dresser and children’s teachers. And this of course is in addition to the presents we buy for under our tree – and in our stockings. Needless to say, January credit card bills are never a joy. So to help with your holiday budgeting we’ve come up with a few chic DIY gifts that will impress both the recipient and your wallet.

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Hot Home Décor Trends & Tips For Winter

Calgary has been blessed with an unseasonably warm fall this year. We’ve all enjoyed the double digit temperatures that have allowed us to spend more time outdoors. However, we can’t expect the dream to last forever. Winter is on its way, and we say let’s greet the change of season by refreshing our interior décor. Check out our favourite new tips, trends and treasures for Winter 2017.

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Excel Organization Series: Clutter Free Closets

Colder weather means cozy sweaters, warm wool socks and lots of layers. As bulky winter clothes tend to take up more room in the closet, now is the time to take inventory of your wardrobe, store your summer favourites and purge all of the items that you no longer wear. Check out our top tips and tricks for decluttering your closet:

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Throw a Spooktacular Creepy but Chic Halloween Party

Plan the perfect All Hallows’ Eve bash this year with a few of our fabulously frightening tips and tricks. Tantalizing treats and glamourous, ghostly décor will impress even your most discerning of guests. After all, the devil is in the details – so why not knock ‘em dead.

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Giving Thanks, Feasting with Family

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, it’s time to pull out your fall decorations and start talking turkey. From DIY décor to lavish family feasts, we’ve found a few Pinterest perfect ideas to help celebrate the season and give thanks.

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Back to School: The Basics

Many parents feel that back to school in September is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also when the lazy days of summer are replaced with earlier bedtimes, scheduled activities and evening homework. Given that there’s always an adjustment period for parents and children, we’ve put together a back to school cheat sheet to help you get organized.

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Designer Décor for Kids

Decorating and furnishing your kids’ bedrooms is a chance to let your inner child shine through. Whether you go for big, bright and bold, soft, light and whimsical or somewhere in between, the décor project shouldn’t break the bank – as let’s face it, kid’s grow up quickly and their personal style and needs can change on a dime. Here are a few of our favourite design ideas that will help you create a magical space for your little darling.

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Excel Homes Organization Series: Lovely Laundries

Is your laundry room underwhelming? A poorly lit room where single socks and dryer lint run rampant? Given the many hours we spend washing, sorting, and folding clothes, we feel the laundry room should be a welcoming space. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to show your laundry room some love with a few of these simple tips and tricks:

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Excel Summer Series: Throwing your Kiddos a Backyard Bash

School is out for summer! With the July long weekend behind us, we are looking forward to the weekends ahead. We’ve got the details of planning an adult party under control, now we need to entertain the kids! It’s their turn to let loose and make the most of their backyards during the summer months. We've broken down the party essentials into three easy steps that are guaranteed to have your neighbourhood kids talking about your shindig all summer long.