Travel: My Top 4 Trips of 2016

The past year was filled with travel! I discovered some new destinations, and revisited some old ones, and I've loved sharing my adventures, discoveries and tips with my readers. Here are the places we explored in 2016 - both with and without our kids: BOWEN ISLAND, BC (September 2016) BC LIVING - Where To Enjoy Nature and Namaste on Bowen Island My most recent trip was to a fairly local destination. Only a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay (and a total of only 40 minutes from my … read more...

Recipe: Get In My Belly Brussels Sprouts

Growing up, nothing grossed me out more than the feeling of a soggy sphere of Brussels sprout dissolving on my tongue. I can still taste the bitter mush as I struggled to swallow it down - wincing in agony as I forked another chunk. Back then, it seemed the only way to serve a dish of Brussels Sprouts was to boil and serve. Overcooked, unseasoned globules of grossness topped with a dollop of butter (if you were lucky). I vowed to never punish my tastebuds again with the sour sting of Brussels … read more...

Let’s Stay Together

Last month I reached a crossroads with this blog. My little passion project had suddenly lost its spark, and I wasn't sure if I should break up with it and move on, or try harder to make it work. Like a relationship, keeping up with a blog has its ebbs and flows. When the relationship began, I was starry-eyed. I had found "the one" - that thing that revived my passion for writing and gave me an outlet to express myself creatively. I felt as though I had emerged from a chrysalis of … read more...

Why Moms Fail Miserably At Achieving Personal Goals

I may not believe in New Year's resolutions, but I've become really good at setting personal goals for myself. It's just the follow-through that I haven't yet managed to master... When I turned 35, I shared 10 things I wanted to do before my 36th birthday. When I turned 37, I shared another list, this time 10 things I plan to do to remain youthful. My lists always seem reasonable: have fun, take time for myself, try something new - it's not like I'm planning to change the world or … read more...

Thirty Eight

They say it's rude to ask a lady her age. A rule that I've never really understood - even to this day. At what age does this rule apply? 30? 40? And surely there must be exceptions to this rule. For example, when someone assumes that they are older than me, they ask my age - without hesitation.  "Oh you're still a baby" they say with a sneer. And it's true, most of my friends are older than I am - that's what happens when you have a birthday at the end of the year and a husband who's 7 years … read more...

The Nutcracker: Celebrate Christmas With Clara {GIVEAWAY}

To those who know me or who have been following my blog, it's no secret that I'm a fan of the Nutcracker ballet. I've seen the holiday classic for 35 consecutive years now - 3 times last year alone, and 2 times planned for this year. Each year I wonder if I'll tire of the dreamy dance, and each year I'm pleasantly surprised by clever twists, captivating costumes, challenging choreography and the new dancers that grace the stage to perform my favourite ballet. I leave each performance … read more...

Did I Shampoo My Hair?

I wake up at 5am to the smell of dog shit and a toddler tugging on my hair. It's the Friday of a long weekend - not exactly the way I had envisioned the start of my "day off". I guess that's the beauty of parenting (and housing a 15-year-old dog with wavering control of her bowels thanks to old age) - you never really know how your morning is going to unfold. I look over resentfully at my snoring husband, and roll out of bed like a log dead-falling over the cliff of a waterfall. Eyes … read more...

It’s Not You, It’s Me

It's been just over a month since my last blog post -  the longest stretch of silence since my blog's beginnings in 2011. Over the past few weeks, I've tried to revisit this space. I've contemplated writing a little check-in note to let you know that I'm still here - that I still care, but something keeps guiding my hands elsewhere. My mind keeps shifting to other tasks, or drawing a blank once the "new post" page has been opened. I stare at the flashing cursor and I'm just not sure what … read more...