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...

In My Mother’s Shoes

Mother

On the night of my high school graduation, my mom handed me a wrapped gift and, teary-eyed, asked me to open it. As I ran my fingers along the edges of my present, I could tell that the item underneath was encased in a picture frame. I assumed that  it was a family photo or a piece of artwork that she had selected for me to hang on my wall, but when I tore the carefully-taped paper away, something unexpected appeared before my eyes. My mother had composed and scribed (in calligraphy) a poem, … read more...

A Sweet Escape To Summerland

Summerland

At first it may seem strange that I passed up the opportunity to bring my whole family along on a press trip to Summerland, BC this past weekend. Finding a destination that can accommodate a family of 5 can be challenging (and often unaffordable), so one would think that I would jump at the chance to travel with my whole family in tow. Bringing my little swarm of bees did cross my mind. I knew that there would be other families in our group - families with babies, toddlers, teens, moms and … read more...

Why I Finally Decided To Embrace My Curly Hair

Curly Hair

When I sat in the hairdresser's chair this morning and told her that I wanted to go big - she squealed excitedly. "I've been hoping you would say that, I'm so excited that I finally get to play with your hair!" As she fluffed and snipped my dry afro, she continued to express her excitement... "I can tell you're a bit of a control freak. You want to control each and every curl, keep them in line and in order. I'm so excited to hear that you're finally letting lose - isn't that … read more...

Toddler Talk: What Is Cloey Saying?

Toddler Talk

My youngest has a great vocabulary for her age - she has to if she wants to be heard in our bustling house of loud-talkers (+ one constantly barking dog). But as with most babbling toddlers, there are times when we just don't understand what it is she's trying to say. I often don't realize that while I am fluent in Cloey chatter, others have no idea what her murmurs mean.  So, I thought it would be fun to catch snippets of her toddler talk and share them with you to see if you can guess what … read more...

You Know You’re A WAHM When…

WAHM

Browsing through my old blog posts, I came across this post, and I laughed a little to myself. I had written the post almost 5 years ago, when I was working in a full-time office job, with two young children in full-time daycare. I loved my work, but I missed my children, and struggled daily with my desire to find balance between work and family. When I was at home, my mind was on my work, and when I was at work, I just wanted to be at home with my kids. I was never fully present, and I knew I … read more...