This Is My Success Story

Success

Some may think that leaving a "dream job" with the Vancouver Canucks to pursue a part-time writing career is more of a cautionary tale that a true success story, but I'm proud of the path that I've chosen. Yes, the money pales in comparison to that of a full-time corporate job. And yes, freelance work can be fleeting, but I love what I do. For many, the recipe for success includes a showy salary, a nimble nine-to-five, and a sumptuous collection of stylish suits, but thats' just not me - … read more...

Tempted By The Fruit Of Another…

Tempted

Regardless of where you're at in life, the grass always seems to be greener on the other side. For me, this has always been the case when it comes to my career. When I was working in the corporate world, I dreamed of what life would be like to work remotely. I thought working from home would be the answer - the way to achieve the work-life balance that most desire. I left my office job to work from home in October of 2012. It was a huge decision, but one that I will never regret. I've been … read more...

Review: The Art House Supper Club

Galette de Pomme de Terre with Smoked Salmon

I don't think I'm the only one who wishes I could host intimate dinner parties with friends in my home, but the daunting task of creating a mouthwatering menu and a complimentary chic-yet-laid-back ambiance, keeps me from sending out the invites. I had heard about underground supper clubs, and had been intrigued by the idea of dining in a secret location with unfamiliar faces and undiscovered dinner dishes, but I didn't know that I had access to this unique dining experience in my own … read more...

When It Comes To Active Play, Technology Isn’t The Bad Guy

Tgoma 2

When I first heard about the launch of Tgoma - an integrated, interactive, digital gaming system for trampolines, I confess, I was skeptical. I thought: Why would I want to add technology to an outdoor activity that my kids already enjoy? My kids and I were invited to try out the new Tgoma for Springfree gaming system in person, and after trying it out and talking to the Springfree team about their new partnership with Tgoma, my skepticism was replaced by support. I quickly realized the … read more...

Family Getaway: Dashing Off To Disneyland

Paradise Pier

Our family has just returned from a whirlwind adventure to the world's most magical destination, and I'm still buzzing with excitement about all that we were able to see and do over the 4 days that we were there. I'm not going to lie, my expectations were moderately mediocre. It had been 30 years since my last visit to Disneyland, so I only had my faint childhood memories to help gage my level of excitement. I had loved every moment spent in Disneyland during my last visit, but I was only … read more...

9 Reasons Why 9 Is Going To Be The Best Age

Best Age

I'm going to preface this by saying that every age seems to be the best age - especially with your first child. Every time my oldest has a birthday, I quietly wish that time would stop. I don't want her to get any older, this year was the best age ever - I think to myself. And every year, it seems to only get better. Yes, the level of sass seems to grow faster than her feet. But with the added sass comes so many other wonderful qualities in my daughter. Here are 9 reasons why I think this … read more...

This Is How We Do Spring In Vancouver

Spring Vancouver

For me, May is the month of milestones. It's the month I gave birth to both my first born, and my littlest bee. It's the month we celebrate the birth of my mother, and the gift of motherhood. It signifies the start of my writing career, and the anniversary of our move to BC's North Shore where we now call home. May is not just about the flowers that bloom after April's showers, it also marks the beginning of a slew of sunny days in Vancouver - and we plan to take full advantage. This … read more...

Why It Took Me So Long To Get A Trampoline

Springfree trampoline

I grew up in a small apartment in Granville Island. No backyard, and definitely no trampoline to call my own. I had friends who had trampolines in their backyards, and I did everything I could do to have playdates with those friends, just so I could feel the rush of bouncing high into the air - doing bum drops and summersaults as I reached for the sky on each ascent towards the clouds. When I became a parent, fear and hesitation replaced my enthusiasm for trampolines. Having young children … read more...