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Meet our travel-expert moms! Here we have six of Canada’s leading family travel bloggers to help hard-working parents get a break, while the little ones are entertained by the water slides and ice cream parlours at the resorts’ kids clubs. Learn from the pros about spas, water and land sports, top beaches, poolside and cabana spots, and cuisine that isn’t just pizza and burgers. Check out their latest blog posts for inspiration!


Candace Derickx couldn’t find “Pleasantville” in the real world, so she created it online at Life In Pleasantville — where everything is wine and roses, with the occasional overflowing toilet to keep things honest. With two tween girls and a stepson at university, a restless husband and an attention-grabbing dog, Candace keeps her family’s passports full with travel by plane, train, automobile—and motorhome. Together, they’ve travelled extensively through Canada, the United States, Caribbean and Mexico.


Jaime Damak is, first and foremost, a mother of two. She holds a BA in business from the University of Sherbrooke and is perfectly bilingual. In 2010, she launched Je suis une maman, a family/parenting and lifestyle blog. Jaime not only reaches families through her blog, but also through media appearances and other offline projects. One thing she loves to cover? Travel. Jaime uses both pictures and video to give her readers a holistic experience. From fishing trips in the great outdoors to family vacations in Mexico, Jaime and her family love to explore all that family travel has to offer.


Lena Almeida of Listen to Lena is a writer, social media strategist and authentic shopaholic. In fact, if it’s on sale—she’s already bought it. Armed with a loyal readership, she has built a niche brand that speaks to moms, fashionistas, beauty junkies and foodies alike. And when she's not chatting about the latest "must-haves" or throwing an epic Twitter party, she's travelling with her family—covering destinations, hotels, dining and entertainment. Since 2010, Listen to Lena has been the most-trafficked personal blog in Toronto, and Lena’s the only social influencer in Canada ranked in the Top 0.5 per cent of Twitter users. She regularly appears in television, radio and print media, engaged as a family travel, lifestyle and shopping expert.


Natalie Preddie is a new Mom to a beautiful baby boy who already shares his mother's love of adventure. From travelling solo in her early years, to travels with her husband later on, Natalie now captures her growing family's adventures on her blog, The Adventures of Natty P, and through pictures on Instagram and Twitter.

From backpacking to luxury resorts, Natalie has travelled to over 30 countries and looks forward to visiting many more with baby in tow. Natalie has worked with Visit Jamaica, Magical Kenya, Four Seasons Resorts, Island Expeditions and Visit California to name a few, and is currently focusing on the best way to travel (and enjoy) the world with baby.

Natalie has been featured on Cityline, and in the Toronto Star, CAA Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Travel & Style and The Baby Post.


Stephanie Holmes of How To Survive Life In The Suburbs is a family, lifestyle and luxury travel blogger. A happily married mama of two, she's surviving day-to-day—attempting to keep her humour intact. Working as a social media influencer for seven years, she has enjoyed successful partnerships with brands such as the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, Azul Hotels, Procter & Gamble, Hamilton Beach, The Home Depot, Hudson's Bay, Global Resort Homes and Entertainment Tonight Canada. You can count on Stephanie’s coverage of hotels, resorts, restaurants and destinations to be detailed and enthusiastic, and include her perspective as an active mom of a tween and teen.

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Assa Cisse of is a content creator, self-confessed Pinterest addict, and mother of two very active little boys. Most people know her as the tall curly-haired, body-positive advocate. Over time she has partnered with many travel brands and tourism boards to offer a unique perspective, many travel experiences, and helpful destination guides to her readers.

When she is not in the front of a camera snapping photos of her outfits, consulting with a brand, or doing homework with the kids, she is planning her next escape with her family. During her many travels, she has discovered that one of the best ways to learn is through discovering new cultures—a lifestyle now adopted by her young family.

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