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How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Moms

Children don’t come with instructions—I wish they did! There is no one-fits-all handbook on the best way to parent, which is why you’ll hear the advice from experienced moms to “trust your own instincts.”  Moms (and dads) have to make decisions about their children every day, and often they question those decisions, wondering whether they made the best choices.

The stress associated with this huge responsibility can be overwhelming at times! The result is that moms feel they have to justify their parenting choices to anyone who questions them.

Why do Moms compare?

When a mom convinces herself that her way is the right or best way, she can then enter competitive territory where she may judge others for their parenting style and their lifestyle choices. Even if you’re not judging another mom in a negative way, you still may find yourself comparing. This happens when we squeeze ourselves into a type of mom category . . . stay-at-home mom, working mom, breastfeeding mom, to name a few. Oh and let’s not forget alpha mom, granola mom, helicopter mom, tiger mom, free-range mom. . .  there are so many labels women have put on themselves, it’s no wonder some of us are feeling overwhelmed!

So what happens when we begin to look at other moms around us, either in our family circle, among friends, or even strangers? It’s human nature to want to fit in somewhere, whether it’s the mainstream norm or another particular group.

When views and choices don’t fit that norm, some women are left feeling discouraged and subpar. How can I measure up to what other moms are doing? Wow, that mom is grocery shopping with her baby in high heels! How does she have time to do her nails and makeup?!  “She looks so good!”

You may be scratching your head wondering how that mom managed to lose all of her baby weight in a month while you’re still struggling seven months later. You may see a mom who seems to be super organized and looks put together; you may then feel worse about yourself because your hair is in a mom bun, you have no makeup on, and you’re still wearing your maternity jeans.

Comparing to moms online

Even online, when you scroll through Facebook or Instagram, you might see other moms who seem to have it all together. Most of the time, social media shows just a snapshot (which is likely staged) of their life. Every day, we see images and read stories that leave us feeling as if every parent is doing it better than we are. If social media is making you feel less confident, stop scrolling.

How to stop comparing yourself to other moms.

You need to ignore how other moms are doing it and focus on what works for YOU. Those picture-perfect moments you see on social media are not reality; they are just an image of a single moment, a carefully-designed instant. Stop yourself from feeling inadequate by comparing your behind-the-scene chaos to someone’s on-camera feature.  If you can remember that behind every seemingly ideal photo is a mom who feels just like you do, you’ll be much better off.

Alternatively, if social media, magazine or images you see in media are causing you unnecessary stress and negative emotions, stop scrolling. Unfollow, unfriend, turn off the TV – remove yourself from the things that are triggering anything that makes you feel bad about yourself. You have the remote control in your hands, so don’t be afraid to use it to shut out things that don’t serve you.

Change your inner dialogue

We all have moments of low self-esteem or insecurity—it’s completely normal. But we can change that inner dialogue to tell ourselves that we ARE good enough. When looking at other moms, it’s important to keep things in perspective and be inspired by differences. Instead of beating yourself up, be grateful for what you have and can do. While you may not be able to do X as well as another mom, you shine at Y!  Focus on the positive things that you can do and offer to your children/family. Sometimes that means giving yourself a pep talk, just as you would to a friend. Even simply telling yourself out loud, “you’re a good mother” can be enough to make you feel better.

Be confident in your way of parenting.

When you become a mother, you don’t become the mother of all children. You don’t suddenly become the ideal of what a mother should be according to everyone else’s standards. You become the mother of your own children, in the manner of your choosing.

Be secure in your own parenting decisions rather than look elsewhere for approval. Trusting your own instincts may come naturally for some but take practice for others on their parenting journey. When we feel good about our own decisions, we feel less of a need to justify our actions.

No one can parent your child the way you can, and no mother can do a better job raising your kids than YOU. Just as you automatically loved your baby as soon as you learned you were carrying him/her, your child loves you too wholeheartedly and unconditionally. YOU are and will always be the best mom for your children.

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Moms | amotherworld.com

Revised excerpt from Maria Lianos-Carbone’s book, “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.  

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Cheese Recipe

Meatloaf is a classic comfort-food staple in our household, especially during fall and winter. But why not kick it up another notch and wrap your meatloaf with bacon and stuff it with cheese? Ah yes! This bacon-wrapped meatloaf with cheese recipe is sure to please. The bacon keeps the meatloaf moist along with the extra ingredients in the meatloaf itself.

Kick it up again by cooking it in a smoker rather than in the oven. My husband did just this for Thanksgiving and the bacon-wrapped meatloaf with cheese was the highlight of our feast. Cut into thick slices and serve on a burger bun with extra cheese and gravy if you like.

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ cups mushrooms, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried marjoram
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 egg
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce or Coconut Aminos (soy-free)
2 lbs AAA or prime rib beef
1-2 tbsp breadcrumbs (optional)
1 package bacon
1 cup cheddar, thick slices

Method

In a pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, oregano, marjoram, basil, salt and pepper and saute for about 5 minutes or until soft. Allow to cool.

Once cool, add veggies to the Vitamix and blend until becomes a puree.

 

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In a large bowl, add the beef and add the veggie puree, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce (or Coconut Aminos), and egg. Mix well with wooden spoon or hands. If too sticky, add some breadcrumbs.

Line counter with a large sheet of parchment paper and form a large rectangle evenly. Add cheddar cheese slices in the centre. Take sides of parchment paper and roll meatloaf, pressing down so that ground beef connects.

On another sheet of parchment paper, line about 5-6 slices of bacon horizontally with fatty sides facing one direction. Take another slice of bacon and begin to weave vertically, over and under the horizontal slices. Continue until you create a rectangle about 5-6 slices long and wide to cover the meatloaf.

Then, take the meatloaf and place in basket weave. Wrap the meatloaf from both sides with the bacon, stretching slightly.

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Cook in a smoker according to directions, or bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 F for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until meat thermometer registers at 170 F.Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Cheese RecipeBacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Cheese RecipeBacon-Wrapped Meatloaf with Cheese RecipeCertified Reconditioned Venturist V1200

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Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Peach Loaf

It seems rare that locally-grown peaches are still available in farmers markets and grocery stores this time of year! We still have plenty and love a good peach pie or this delicious gluten-free dairy-free peach loaf.  Those of you lucky folks who can still consume wheat and dairy can make this recipe with regular flour and milk.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Peach Loaf

Ingredients

5-6 peaches, peeled and chopped

1 cup coconut palm sugar

½ cup grapeseed oil

2 eggs

½ cup almond milk  (or regular milk if you’re not dairy-free)

2 cups gluten-free flour (3/4 cups almond flour, ½ cup sorghum flour, ½ cup brown rice flour, ¼ cup tapioca flour) + 1/8th teaspoon xanthan gum  (or 2 cups flour if you’re not gluten-free)

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon of sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Peach Loaf recipe | amotherworld

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Peel and chop peaches; add to a bowl and sprinkle the cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of the sugar.
  3. In a bowl mix flours, xanthan gum, baking powder and sea salt together; set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer, blend oil and sugar until well blended. Add eggs and mix; then add almond milk and vanilla.
  5. In two parts, add gluten-free flour mix until blended. Remove from the stand mixer, and fold in the peach mixture.
  6. Pour into the parchment-paper-lined loaf pan, and bake for 1 hour.
  7. Once cooled, remove loaf from pan.  Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Peach Loaf recipe | amotherworld.com

How to Deal With Strangers Trying to Touch Your Baby

You’re taking your baby out for a walk in the city. But your plan doesn’t go as well as you thought. As you’re trying to enjoy a stroll, the sidewalks are crowded with people, a few passersby are smoking, and then it suddenly begins to rain. You run into a coffee shop for cover.

But then the baby admirers come over to see your baby. One is sneezing; the other is coughing. Before you know it, a stranger is grabbing hold of your baby’s hands, cheek or head. What do you do? How do you deal with strangers trying to touch your baby?

Once, I took my baby to do some shopping, and an older woman walked up to us and told us how cute my baby was. Before I could even utter a “Thank you,” she had grabbed his hand and started to gently rub his little fingers. I was a little nervous because the only thing I could think of was GERMS! But I know the lady meant well, and seeing my baby probably made her morning a little brighter.

The polite, shy person I once was too embarrassed to say anything, so I let it slide. As soon as she left, I reached into my diaper bag and grabbed a wipe to clean his hands.

Are your hands clean?

Strangers think it’s okay to touch a baby’s hand or even their cheeks! But it’s not cool, even if they mean well.

If strangers are trying to get too close, trying to touch or pick up baby, quickly ask, “Are your hands clean?” or “we shouldn’t be touching him if hands aren’t clean.” That will deter strangers from touching your baby.

Babies can get sick.

If the person insists, be polite and honest. “I’m not comfortable with people touching my child, so please don’t. He can get sick.” You can politely say, “I’m sorry; I know you mean well, but my baby is very young and susceptible to germs.”

If you find it challenging to speak openly, say it with a smile so the stranger realizes you’re being a protective mom and not trying to be rude.

Of course, if you’re not concerned about pleasantries, be matter-of-fact and firm in your reply by simply saying, “Please don’t touch my baby.”

Baby has stranger anxiety.

You can also tell people that your baby doesn’t respond well to strangers and that she has stranger anxiety. “She’ll start crying if anyone she doesn’t know touches her” might work to get people to back off. If the stranger persists, be firm. This is your baby, not a piece of fruit at the grocery store.

Turn the other way.

If you see someone eyeing baby and you’re pretty sure they are about to approach you, run! There were plenty of times that I didn’t have the energy to make small talk (think sleepless nights). Avoid bumping into a chatty Cathy by swiftly swivelling the stroller and darting in the opposite direction.

Cover baby.

You can also place a breathable cover over baby’s stroller—this usually acts as a good deterrent. These breathable covers keep the air circulating but also prevent admirers ogling.  You may have the odd bold person lifting up the netting or cover and still reaching for baby, but this extra layer will give you time to tell the stranger that touching your baby is not okay.

 

Your baby isn’t fair game for strangers to touch or pick up. You’re your child’s advocate so make sure you are comfortable and most importantly, your baby is!

 

How to Deal With Strangers Trying to Touch Your Baby | amotherworld.com

 

Revised excerpt of Maria’s book, “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year“.

 

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Why I’m Not Excited About Back to School

The summers seem to pass much quicker as our children grow older. Back to school means we’ll be back to our usual, hectic routines with jam-packed days and evenings and weekends of errands and hockey. And the older your kids get, the busier their days and weekends are with friends and activities.

In past years, I looked forward to the school year because I was exhausted having my boys home all summer. I selfishly wished the time would fast forward to the first day of school so I could have some alone time again. Though I loved having my boys home, keeping them entertained for a part of the day without playing referee constantly became overwhelming. I remember feeling drained by the middle of summer, counting down the days where our regular routine would be restored. I’d have quiet time to focus on work without being interrupted every five minutes, and some “me” time to decompress.

This might be the first summer in years that I wished summer break would last longer so I could spend more time with my boys. I wholeheartedly enjoyed hanging out with them this summer. The usual bickering was bearable, surprisingly. We spent time doing things outdoors. We got our fill of the hot summer sun. We explored parts of Ontario we hadn’t visited before, frolicked on the beach, and circled the grounds of Canada’s Wonderland countless times.

But the difference this summer is that my boys also spent time apart from one another and with their own friends. They’d be out for hours, separately, only calling me to check-in. Instead of the usual questions of summers’ past, “Where are you taking us today?”, they asked, “Mom, I’m going out with my friends now.”

This summer I felt a huge shift and it really hit me – my boys are becoming independent, self-sufficient young men. Gone are the days when I’d have to arrange playdates and meetups. Gone are the days I’d have to plan activities to keep them occupied, and camps to help them burn off their insurmountable energy. Now, they’re scheduling their own plans with friends and don’t need me to organize their social life anymore.

I was their taxi driver, chauffeuring them and their friends to various activities this summer. Some days, they hopped on their bikes and scooters and took off for hours. Other times, the gang would congregate in our garage. My basement turned into the local movie theatre for their friends.

There were days that went by where I hardly saw my boys and needed some extra cuddles by evening because I missed them so. “I haven’t seen you all day!”

That’s the strange dichotomy about parenting – we hang onto every moment we can share with our kids and yet we push them away when we’re overwhelmed.

Time. It’s the only constant in our lives. And the time we have with our children is fleeting.

Balancing that time carefully will allow us to appreciate and fully enjoy the precious time we have together.

 

 

 

 

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have

With a new school year beginning, I’m always on the hunt for fun and unique back to school products. Sure kids need new binders, pencils and backpacks, but what about some other fun and unique back to school items to have that aren’t on your typical back-to-school shopping list?

Here are some fun and unique back to school products to have this year:

Nixplay Seed

With the start of each school year comes a feeling of nostalgia. Once your children are in school, the years seem to fly by with little warning. But with less and less time, many of our photos end up only as files on our mobile devices or cameras. Display those precious moments on your cell phone on the Nixplay Seed display screen. The 10.1-inch widescreen presents your most treasured snaps on a sleek frame.

The Nixplay App for iOS and Android gives you full control over your frame; Connect to Google Photos to ensure your frame is always up to date; Dropbox, Facebook and Instagram also supported from the website. Both the app and website are easy to use; just upload your photos and add them to your playlist. Share photos and videos from your phone or by email to the Nixplay frame, wherever it is!

$169.99 Nixplay

Fun and Unique Back to School Products to Have - Nixplay Seed

Skrible pencil case

Now here’s a smartly-designed pencil case – the Skrible. There is room for all of your pens, pencils, erasers and other school gadgets. The Canadian-designed Skirble has a molded hard shell but with a soft feel and cool designs your kids will love. The best part of this pencil case is that it opens up like a book – the heavy-duty wrap-around zipper opens flat so you can see everything inside easily. No more digging to find that eraser or sharpener.  The mesh compartments keep everything organized.

What’s more is that each Skrible purchase supports WE Well-being, an initiative that empowers youth and families with educational tools and resources to promote their own positive well-being and the well-being of their community.

$19.99 – $25.99 Skrible

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - Skrible pencil case

 

NoteTower Desktop Pro

Trouble finding that scrap piece of paper with important info on it from the other papers strewn across your desk? Well, the NoteTower® Desktop Pro will help with your most important papers, photos and sticky notes. Since the NoteTower® Pro takes space upwards, your desk can remain clean and organized. This innovative organizer keeps can hold your documents in place for easy viewing, organizes your sticky notes, business cards, and other important mappers.  The clever lever arms extend from the rear of the tower to hold copy paper in portrait or landscape positions. The bottom of the NoteTower has suction pads to provide stability and can be moved without leaving marks on your desk.

$19.99 NoteTower

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - NoteTower Pro

Mead 2019-2020 Donut Planner

Show off you personality with a fun, unique design on a daily planner. The Mead 2019-2020 Gold and Bold Donut Large Weekly/Monthly Academic has a weekly two-page spread, and a monthly as well. It also comes with telephone/address page, pages for notes, event calendar and holidays; twin coil binding resists snagging and lays flat for ease of use.

$16.99 Amazon.ca

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - Mead Planner

Drawstring Bag

Kids will obviously have their backpacks for books and binders. But it’s helpful to also have a drawstring bag for gym clothes, extra shirts and other belongings. This cute monogrammed bag on Etsy can be personalized with your child’s initials.

$21.96 Etsy.ca.

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - monogrammed bag

First Day of School Sign

Thanks to social media, every start of school means your feed is full of back-to-school “first day of school” photos. A perfect prop when taking photos as they’re ready to head off to school on the first day (and eager on their last) is this handmade wood sign with “My First Day of _” on one side and “My Last Day of _” on the other. Each side has a painted chalkboard label to customize each year.

$42 Etsy.ca

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - First Day of School Sign

Metallic Sharpie Markers

Add a little pizzazz to your daily planners, calendars and notebooks with this 6-pack of Sharpie Metallic Fine Point Permanent Markers.

$12.99 at Staples.

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - metallic Sharpies

 

Pineapple Backpack

Kids and moms alike will love the pineapple and coconut patterns on this fun backpack. It’s durable and water-resistant and has many pockets to help keep your things organized.

$38.99 Amazon.ca

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - pineapple backpack

Animal USB Memory Sticks

I love these adorable USB Flash drive memory sticks in either a penguin, owl, bee, or fox. They come in sizes 4GB up to 128GB.

$4-$11 Wish.com

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have - animal memory stick

Fun and Unique Back to School Products To Have | amotherworld.com

 

Earn Extra Aeroplan Miles When You Shop For Back-to-School

Before we know it, September will be upon us and kids will be going back to school! While I love the summer, there is something about the back-to-school season that always gets me excited – even though I’m an adult! But now, that anticipation is for my own kids: new teachers and classes, reuniting with friends, and getting back into a normal routine.

Part of that excitement stems from getting organized for a new school year. We love back-to-school shopping, and cracking open a new notebook, sharpening brand new pencils, and choosing a new outfit for the first day.

Before I begin shopping, I like to take inventory first to see what we already have. I’ll rummage through kids’ closets and storage bins to see what clothing still fits, and what’s been outgrown. Together, my kids and I will check school supplies and see whether backpacks, pencil cases, lunch bags and binders have managed to hold up over the course of the previous year. Then, we’ll make a list (I love lists) and then check out the deals online first.

The frugal shopper that I am means I love finding ways to save money and earn travel miles. As an Aeroplan member and wanderluster, I’m constantly searching for ways to earn miles on my purchases so that I can book that next vacation faster. With over 170 retailers to choose from on the Aeroplan eStore, it’s easy to earn miles.

Just in time for back-to-school season, Aeroplan Members will be able to earn up to 7X the miles when they shop at select retailers during the Back to School event via the Aeroplan eStore between August 5-18th.

Aeroplan eStore Earn Extra Miles

Aeroplan eStore retailers include Apple Store Canada, Amazon.ca, Indigo.ca, Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo, Under Armour, Hudson’s Bay, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Reebok, Adidas, and more. Members can find special offers on a daily basis from over 10 different product categories including fashion and accessories, electronics and computers, books, music and movies, activities and travel, health and beauty, home and garden, handbags and luggage, sports and fitness, and toys and games.

You can earn miles by shopping through Aeroplan’s eStore in one central location. Here’s how:

  1. Log in to the Aeroplan eStore with your Aeroplan Number and last name
  2. Click on the special offers on the landing page or browse through the categories listed
  3. Click on the “Shop Now” button to be redirected to your retailer of choice and start shopping online

You can earn even more miles on each purchase if you use an Aeroplan-affiliated financial card and, if you’re an Aeroplan Status member, you’ll earn even more miles.

With Aeroplan, you’ll be able to use miles on flights, accommodations, car rentals, destination activities, and travel packages all in one place, from either your mobile device or online. And with up to 7X the miles site-wide between August 5-18th for back to school, you can reach your travel plans faster!

Happy back-to-school shopping!

Earn Extra Aeroplan Miles When You Shop For Back-to-School

 

Disclosure: I am an Aeroplan partner! As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Cake With Crumble Topping

I love the combination of fresh blueberries and lemon in cakes, muffins and loaves. The sweetness and tangy flavours of blueberry and lemon together are fresh and summery. Here’s a simple gluten-free blueberry lemon cake with crumble topping recipe that’s sure to fill that craving. Serve it to guests as a summer dessert, or to have with your afternoon coffee.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Cake With Crumble Topping

Ingredients

1 ½ cups gluten-free flour (I use a mix of almond, sorghum, brown rice and tapioca)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon xantham gum

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup milk

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons lemon zest

2 ½ cups blueberries

Crumble

1/2 cup almond flour

1/4 cup light brown sugar

4 tablespoons butter, room temperature

gluten-free blueberry lemon coffee cake with crumble topping

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, toss together the blueberries and lemon zest. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, xantham gum and sugar together. Add the melted butter, then eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Spoon the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the blueberry and lemon mixture over the batter.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the almond flour, sugar and butter to make the crumble. Mix with your hands until crumble forms, and then sprinkle over the blueberries.
  6. Bake for 55 minutes or until golden on top, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Cake With Crumble Topping | amotherworld.com

Deerhurst Resort is the Most Fun Muskoka Retreat for Families

Right in the heart of Muskoka, Deerhurst Resort is a year-round retreat to Ontario’s famous cottage country. Deerhurst is a popular escape from the city’s bustle where families can find fun and adventure, and relax and retreat in Muskoka.

I headed with my two kids and my mom to enjoy and explore this beautiful family-friendly resort in Huntsville for a few days. How did we like our visit? We loved this gorgeous and fun Muskoka retreat for families and wished we could have stayed longer! The cherry on top was bumping into not one but two friends and their families who happened to be vacationing at the same time!

Here’s why Deerhurst Resort is the Most Fun Muskoka Retreat for Families.

The Resort

The main Pavilion has the charm of Ontario’s iconic Muskoka region. The Compass restaurant features gorgeous murals of the Muskoka lakes spanning the walls of the restaurant. The high ceilings and fireplace invite you in, making you immediately feel connected to cottage country. Artwork by Canadian artists adorn the walls, and handcrafted pieces and sculptures are displayed throughout the Pavilion.

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Wall murals Compass restaurant Deerhurst Resort

Deerhurst Resort Eclipse Art Gallery

Tom Thompson Eclipse Art Gallery

Deerhurst Resort Lakeside Lodge amotherworld

There are several types of accommodations to choose from; hotel rooms and suites located in the main building where all the restaurants (except the steakhouse) are located. The rooms at Bayshore are conveniently located right at the beach offering an excellent view of the lake and steps from the waterfront activities. There are also Resort Homes and vacation rentals with kitchens or kitchenettes, dining areas, and living rooms with fireplace.

The resort also hosts weddings and conferences so you know that the resort can accommodate large groups.murals

Lakeside Lodge

Lakeside Lodge is perched on the site of Deerhurst’s original lodge built in 1896. This brand new accommodation building offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom resort homes with cottage-inspired décor – ideal for a family retreat in Muskoka. Lakeside Lodge is a stunning addition to Deerhurst, offering a feel of luxury on the lake.

Lakeside Lodge Deerhurst Resort poolside

Lakeside Lodge path

Deerhurst Resort is the Most Fun Muskoka Retreat for Families

We stayed in a modern and spacious two-bedroom, two-bath condo equipped with a full kitchen, dining area, living room and a balcony with a stunning view of the lake and pool. The décor is modern/contemporary with a splash of Deerhurst charm; loved the Deerhurst pillows in the bedrooms, and the barn wood mantle and furniture.

One bedroom had a king-size bed with a full bathroom (shower and tub), and a TV with lake views, while the second bedroom had a queen-size bed. The main living area had a large comfortable sofa and two armchairs with a fireplace and a wall-mounted TV.

The condo features a modern, full-sized kitchen with stainless steel appliances – fridge, stove, dishwasher and microwave, as well as a kettle and coffeemaker. Cabinets are also stocked with drinking and wine glasses, dishes and cutlery. There is also a kitchen island with two bar stools and a dining table with six chairs.

There is plenty of space for a family, which separate rooms for privacy and downtime too! After a full day enjoying the resort amenities, my boys rested in one bedroom, my mom in the other, and I had the living area to myself. We also took full advantage of the balcony of our corner unit, which wrapped around slightly, offering beautiful views of the lake and pool.

The Lakeside Lodge does have an elevator, which is wonderful for travelling with kids (strollers) and grandparents; my mom recently had knee surgery so having accessibility was super important.

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Pool, Lake Activities and Water Sports

Deerhurst Resort features an indoor swimming pool with a whirlpool and children’s wading pool, plus three seasonal outdoor pools located throughout the property. Seasonal pools are open July through mid-September. Guests are encouraged to bring their favourite beach towels, but if you forget (which can happen!), there are pool towels available for guest use.

Deerhurst offers a variety of waterfront fun featuring a newly expanded sandy beach, Splash Zone, water sports & boat rental centre. There’s also a beach area for swimming and plenty of chaise lounges and Muskoka chairs for relaxing.

Once you arrive, make your way to the Heritage Cottage Waterfront Shop where you can receive wristbands for the Splash Zone and towels.

Splash Zone is an inflatable waterpark on the lake, open July and August from 10-6 daily. The boys had an absolute blast playing on the inflatables, and I felt comfort in knowing they were wearing life jackets (mandatory) and lifeguards were on duty.

Deerhurst Resort Splash Zone

 

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Deerhurst Resort Splash Zone inflatable lake fun

Also included in the nightly resort fee are canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks (late-May through early October). It’s first-come-first-served but even on a busy day (which it was during our mid-week visit), you didn’t have to wait for boats. The boys went on the kayaks a few times!

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Deerhurst Resort lakeside beach water activities

There are also other activities available for purchase including water skiing, wakeboarding, jet ski rentals, tubing, flyboarding and the Cable Park.

The new pool at Lakeside Lodge has beautiful views and sits right by the lake. The pool is shallow (no diving allowed), and there is a lifeguard on deck. My boys enjoyed swimming and switched from the lake to the pool throughout the day. I enjoyed lounging by the pool, and taking a few dips – the weather was so hot! There is also a hot tub.

I would’ve loved to see a few umbrellas for shade by the pool; my mom can’t handle the sun for too long (neither can I really), and on a hot day, it’d be nice to have some shade. A poolside bar offering refreshing drinks would also be an amazing addition.

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Even More Activities

There are many activities to choose from, so you’ll never hear “I’m bored” from the kids. Aside from the water activities included with the resort fee, there is also rock climbing, a toddler room with a play gym, and an arcade in the main building. There is also an Escape Room to enjoy with the family. After dinner, the boys enjoyed visiting the arcade and playing a life-size game of Pacman.

There are also a ton of scheduled activities throughout the week. Some activities require advance booking, some require payment. There are early morning guided paddles, sunset yoga, guided hikes to the lookout, arts and crafts, kitchen tours, family lawn games, boat cruises, campfires, kids fishing on the dock, and more.

For golfers, Deerhurst Highlands was named one of ScoreGolf’s top public courses in Canada again this year. Families wanting to connect with mature can head to on-site Stoneleigh Farms to go on horse rides on the trail or visit the petting farm.

Deerhurst also offers Amba Spa, a full-service spa which offers guests treatments, manicures and pedicures, couples’ massages, steam room and whirlpool. If I can manage a getaway with the girls, I am definitely going to treat myself to a treatment!

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Dining

Deerhurst Resort has four restaurants to enjoy, and all have plenty of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options.

Eclipse Restaurant has a breakfast and dinner buffet. I enjoyed the made-to-order omelette station at the breakfast buffet which also included fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage cereals and bread, fruit and pastries. The dinner buffet offers antipasto, salads, smoked fish, seafood, and meat entrees that change nightly.

Compass Bar & Grill offers a variety of tapas. I tried the Roasted Chicken Ballotine stuffed with quinoa, kale and goat cheese, along with sweet potato puree, roasted cauliflower and asparagus. It was delicious!

Maple Pub & Patio has your casual Canadian fare with burgers, pressed panini sandwiches and fresh salads. I tried the gluten-free pizza which was surprisingly delicious! The patio overlooks the lake with a lovely view of Lakeside Lodge and the golf course.

Maple Pub and Patio at Deerhurst Resort

The Antler Steakhouse is not located in the main pavilion but just a few minutes away. We didn’t have an opportunity to dine here this visit – hopefully next time.

Helpful Tips

I’d recommend staying at least three nights; two nights honestly wasn’t enough for us. With a 4:00 p.m. check-in and an 11:00 check-out, we really only were able to enjoy a full day-and-a-half.  While we came early and left late so we could enjoy the pool and lake a little longer, it would’ve been nice to have an extra day to try some of the other activities the resort has to offer.

If you need a spot in the shade, I’d suggest you secure some lounge chairs under a tree by the lake early. The lake and pool get super busy in the summertime and might have trouble finding a spot.

If you plan on visiting, pack some bug spray, especially if you plan to sit by the lake at night. Even from our fourth-floor balcony, the mosquitos managed to be a nuisance!

Bring a few beach towels from home, and don’t forget goggles! It might also be a good idea if kids wore swim shoes on the inflatables to give their feet better grip. By the time we left, the boys formed blisters on their feet from all the climbing!

Deerhurst Resort is the Most Fun Muskoka Retreat for Families | amotherworld

Disclosure: We received a complimentary visit at Deerhurst Resort, in exchange for our honest review.  As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Deerhurst Resort is the Most Fun Muskoka Retreat for Families | amotherworld.com