October 2015

15 Heartwarming Soup Recipes

15 Heartwarming Soup Recipes | City Mom
I am one who loves soup any time of year; I love it for all seasons and reasons and as I sit here and write this, I can hear the blustery pitter-patter of rain against my window and I pull the blanket up a little closer (yes, I’m writing in bed because it’s one of those days) and all I can think about is soup; a nice, hot bowl of hearty, homemade soup.


While everyone needs to have good, tried and true chicken soup recipes on hand, I decided that I wanted to try something new and something that would hit-the-spot in the same way, so where better to look for these recipes than from a few of my favourite fellow bloggers?

Here are 15 of my favourite soup recipes; ones that I think will warm your heart and soul this season. Enjoy!

  1. Butternut Squash Apple Soup by Little Miss Kate & Co.
  2. Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup by Raising Memories
  3. Tuesday Tortilla Soup by MBA MamaMusings
  4. Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup by The Bewitchin’ Kitchen
  5. Easy Chicken & Corn Chowder Soup by Thinking Outside the Sandbox Family
  6. Loaded Baked Potato Soup by Older Mommy Still Yummy
  7. Stuffed Pepper Soup by Mom vs the Boys
  8. Spicy Barley & Vegetable Soup by Frugal Mom Eh!
  9. Creamy Pumpkin Soup by Canadian Mom Eh
  10. Tomato & Dill Soup by Life Love Liz
  11. Zuppa Toscano Soup by Thew Bewitchin’ Kitchen
  12. Slow Cooker Taco Soup by It’s Just My Life
  13. Harvest Soup with Walnut Pesto by City Mom (had to throw in one of my own because it’s delish!)
  14. Cantonese Chicken Noodle Soup by Little Miss Kate & Co.
  15. Easy French Onion Soup by My Organized Chaos

Which recipe would you like to try?

City Mom

Halloween in #LdnOnt 2015

Halloween Round Up

Here we go guys…it’s Halloween time; ghost, goblins and ghouls. With the big day, just five days away, there’s lots to do in the city to celebrate. And the good news? You don’t have to wait five days to celebrate.

Here is a list of fun Halloween-themed events to do with your kiddies around the city. Enjoy!


  • Date: October 23 – 30, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Storybook Gardens
  • Cost: $15 per child, free for adults
  • About: Get your costumes and flashlights ready and join us for a night of spooky (but not too spooky!) fun at the park! Trick or Treat through the village and visit with 20 costumed storybook characters. Try the Leaping Lily pad under moonlight and enjoy three amusement rides included with admission (some height restrictions apply).
  • For More Info: storybook.london.ca


  • Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • LocationLondon Gymnastics Academy (LGA)
  • Cost: $5 for first child, $2.50 for each child after (Adults & children under 2 are free). Food, beverage and game tickets will be sold at the event.
  • About: Bring your ghouls and goblins to a safe environment for an evening of family fun as they trunk or treat, play games and so much more! Local businesses and families will be on site handing out candy from decorated vehicles! Local police and fire will also be onsite!
  • For More InfoTrunk or Treat on Facebook


  • Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 am  – 5:00 PM
  • Location: London Children’s Museum
  • Cost: Regular admission
  • About: Bring your little ones to the Children’s Museum to celebrate Halloween in a fun way. Kids show off their costumes and go on a museum scavenger hunt for a special treat; make some slime, experiment with pumpkins, and make your own monster!
  • For More Info: londonchildrensmuseum.ca


  • Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
  • Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Westmount Mall, Lower Level Centre Court
  • Cost: $2 donation (for photos) proceeds going to Osteoporosis Canada
  • About: Have a SPOOK-TACULAR time decorating pumpkins, face painting, photo opp and trick or treating at participating stores.
  • For More Info: westmountshoppingcentre.com


  • Date: Various dates ranging from October 18 – 30, 2015 (see more info for specific dates)
  • Time: Various times (see more info)
  • Location: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 2609 Fanshawe Park Rd. E.
  • Cost: $11 + fees per person – Advance reservations required
  • About: A new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic horror tale, this year’s Hayride tells the fearful fable of a scientist, Henry Jekyll, determined to separate the good and evil inside himself into two unique beings. As the evil Edward Hyde begins to gain more control over their shared body, will Dr. Jekyll be lost forever? This year, The Nutty Bavarian food truck will be on site selling freshley roasted nuts, giant warm pretzels, hot dogs & more!
  • For More Info: fanshawepioneervillage.ca

As with all City Mom roundup posts, if you know of an event in the city that I have not listed here, please feel free to leave the details in a comment below.

Happy Halloween!

City Mom

DIY Starfish Christmas Ornament {Video}

DIY Starfish Christmas Ornament

I know, I know…it’s only October 23rd so you might be wondering why I’m already writing about the holidays. Well, the answer is twofold: first, there are only 63 shopping days left until Christmas; and secondly, we have recently moved into a new home that has a brand new colour scheme, so our old decorations just aren’t going to cut it this year. This means that I need to get started on my decorations now in order to be ready in time, especially if I plan to make some of them myself.


The two main floors of our new home can be best described as a modern, blue/green, beachy, rustic theme. That’s a mouthful, but it’s what I’m going with. I’m so excited about this because well, I love the beach and all things rustic. I would love to celebrate every single Christmas at the beach but I want the snow too, so a perfect combination is a beachy, rustic Christmas here at home!

Of course, ditching our old decorations and creating a new collection will be time-consuming and costly, so I am looking for opportunities to cut these costs by doing some DIY projects; and who doesn’t love a homemade ornament hanging on their tree?


What is a beach-themed holiday tree without a few sparkly starfish right?! I knew this would be my first DIY project and I’m glad it was, because they are so easy to create and require very few ingredients. Check out my video to see how I did it:

As you see, this is a very simple project. I got my supplies at Michael’s (and raided my husband’s toolbox) and used one of their 40% coupons for the Starfish because they are kind of expensive at $19.99 for 4 which made it a much more affordable project.

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Thanks for watching!

City Mom

Please Take a Moment to Read: Child Abuse Prevention Month #StopChildAbuse

Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child abuse is a topic that is near and dear to my heart; I’m a mom after all, and chances are that if you are reading this, you are a parent too, so I assume it is an important topic to you as well. So thank you for taking a moment to read this quick informational post.


Do you know what to do if you suspect child abuse? Do you know the signs that may indicate that a child is falling victim to child abuse? I thought I had a general idea on both of these questions, but after looking into, I realized that I needed to know more. I assume I’m not alone in this realization; I want to share what I learned in an easy (and hopefully quick) format.


We all share a responsibility to protect children and youth from harm – a responsibility that extends to those situations where children may be at risk, suffer abuse and/or neglect in their own homes. Ontario’s Child and Family Services Act provides protection for these children and youth.


Child abuse graphic

First, let’s take a quick look at the kinds of abuse we are talking about:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect

What is physical child abuse?

Physical abuse could result from a parent or person in charge causing physical injury to a child, or failing to adequately supervise a child or from a pattern of neglect of the child. Here are some examples of physical abuse:

  • beating
  • slapping
  • hitting
  • pushing
  • throwing
  • shaking
  • burning

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse happens when a parent or other person in charge sexually molests or uses a child for sexual purposes or knowingly fails to protect a child from sexual abuse. Here are some examples of sexual abuse:

  • any sexual act between an adult and a child, including intercourse
  • fondling
  • exposing a child to adult sexual activity
  • sexual exploitation through child prostitution or child pornography

What is emotional abuse?

Emotional abuse occurs when a parent or other person in charge causes emotional harm or fails to protect a child from emotional harm that results from verbal abuse, mental abuse and psychological abuse. Here are some examples of emotional abuse:

  • Yelling at, screaming at, threatening, frightening, or bullying a child
  • Humiliating the child, name-calling, making negative comparisons to others, or saying things like: “You’re no good. You’re worthless. You’re bad. Having you was a mistake.”
  • Showing little to no physical affection (such as hugs) or words of affection (praise or saying “I love you.”)
  • Saying that everything is the child’s fault.
  • Withdrawing attention, giving the child the “cold shoulder”
  • Confining a child in a closet or a dark room, or tying the child to a chair for long periods of time
  • Allowing the child to be present during violent behavior of others, including the physical abuse of others

What is neglect?

Neglect happens when a child’s parent or other person in charge does not provide for a child’s physical, developmental, emotional or psychological needs. Here are some examples of neglect:

  • failing to provide emotional support, love and affection
  • failing to provide:
    • proper food
    • clothing suitable for the weather
    • supervision
    • a home that is clean and safe
    • medical care, as needed


Thanks for reading this far…I know it’s not pleasant material to read, but it is so very important to educate yourself on this topic…so let’s keep going.

Signs of Physical Abuse

Signs of Physical Abuse

Signs of Sexual Abuse

Signs of Sexual Abuse

Signs of Emotional Abuse

Signs of Emotional Abuse

Signs of Neglect

Signs of Neglect


Here is a quick video that will help you to learn more about what you should do if you suspect a child is victim to abuse. This video is relevant to Ontarioans. Your call could be the most important in a child’s life. This video explains why:


Visit www.oacas.org

Thank you for reading this post to the end. Please help me to spread the word about Child Abuse Prevention month by sharing this post with your social networks. Together we can make a difference.

City Mom

Buying a Furnished Model Home is Painful!

Buying a Furnished House

See that picture above? The cute little starfish? Pretty right?

Well, all I can see is this:

Buying A Furnished Model Home

These labels have become the bane of my existence. You see, every single item in our house (when we moved in) had a sticker just like this on it. I mean each fork, napkin ring, pillow, rug, lamp, soap dispenser…the list goes on.

I assume the stickers are for inventory purposes as the choice to buy furnished is not mandatory. This way they can track which items are in which model home etc.

The day we took possession I came in to spend two days cleaning the house from top to bottom. It’s not that it was overly dirty, but we wanted to start with a clean slate. When I discovered these little pains in the butt were on everything, I began attacking them like a fruit fly on wine (I have experience with this).

By the end of only day one, I noticed a sharp pain in my finger; it seemed to be coming from under my fingernail. It really hurt. I finally realized that it was from using that finger all day long, to get under each sticker to peel it off.

On day two I came prepared with a scraper to assist me in my tribulations. But guess what? It didn’t work nearly as well as my fingernail, and I was working against a deadline; we were moving in the next day and you know what they say, ‘no pain, no gain’ so a picking I went, all day long.

I know what you’re thinking, wow, this is really a first world problem and I agree; we are so fortunate to have been able to buy a beautiful new home with beautiful new furnishings. And in the end, this is just some fun food for thought.

But every once in a while, I walk past something or pick an item up, and guess what? There’s a pesky little label staring back at me and I swear I can hear it whisper “you’ll never find us all!”

City Mom

Our New Home – Part Two {Video}

Our New Home

As promised, here is part two of our new home; this video features the other two floors (main level and basement) of our new house.

Those who know me well, know that there are two things that really make me “tick” (other than all the obvious ones) and that is the beach and Paris! Once you see the video, you will know why I fell in love with this little home.

A couple of months before buying our new house, my husband and I attended the Lifestyle Home Show here in London. One of the vendors had this gorgeous, weathered beach house flooring. Knowing that colour scheme and style would have never fit in with our downtown condo, I jokingly asked my husband if we could redo just one room in the condo to get that vibe in our home.

Though that flooring is not a part of our new home, the vibe and colour scheme is. As you can see in the video(s), the top two floors have a fresh and airy colour scheme with small “beachy” elements here and there. And the basement? Well, it’s just a Paris-lover’s dream come true!


Buying a furnished model home allows a unique privilege to move into a home that has been professionally staged and designed. But I am still a DIY’er and wannabe designer at heart so I have been having fun adding my own touch to the house to really make it ours.

If I had my choice, I would live in a rustic, shabby-chic beach house for the rest of my life (and visit Paris on the weekends), alas, at this time in our lives, that can not be a reality so, bit by bit,  I am going to try to create one here in the city.

Stay tuned for some fun additions that are both cost-effective and relatively easy to implement to enhance the theme and/or design of your home.

Thanks for watching!

City Mom

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