{FAMILY} Monster Trucks Aren’t Just For Boys

I'll confess, each year when I see that the Monster Jam® event is coming to town, I suggest that my husband take my son for a boys night out. Foolishly, the thought of taking the girls hadn't ever crossed my mind. Not only does Monster Jam® offer fun for the whole family, but it features highly-skilled athletes - some of which happen to be talented women, going head-to-head in adrenaline-pumping, engine-revving races. This year, Canadian contender Cynthia Gauthier will be behind the wheel … read more...

{TRAVEL} 4 Places To Peruse & Play In Penticton

We had been pedalling for almost an hour, our noses red and our breath making small clouds of condensation with every exhale. As we rode our bikes side-by-side in silence, we took in the beauty of the Okanagan River Channel that flowed peacefully beside us. In the Summer months, this is the hub for warm-weather fun in Penticton, where locals and visitors flock to float on tubes down the river that connects one lake to another. But on this day, the river was quiet, with only a gaggle of geese on … read more...

{FAMILY} How To Prep Your Kids To Stay Home Alone For The First Time

When I was a kid, playing outside and staying home alone without parental supervision was the norm. I learned from an early age how to fend for myself, recognize boundaries, and stay safe, and never found myself in harm's way as a result. I know it's not the 70s anymore, but that doesn't mean that we should trust our children, or our own intuition any less than our parents did when we were growing up. My oldest daughter will be 10 years old in 3 months, and while the average family waits … read more...

{TRAVEL} I Left My Heart In San Diego

As my husband and I sat squished in the corner of a tiny tiki bar, sipping on our overly-garnished and generously-poured boozy drinks, a couple sitting next to us shot a knowing glance our way. We could tell that they were thinking the same thing as us: we were too old to be in this bar that was jam-packed with peppy 20-somethings. "Looks like we were put in the 'old people' section" the man said to us with a nervous laugh. It turned out they were also parents, trying to enjoy a quiet night … read more...

{FOOD} Surprise Your Sweetheart With A Foodie Prize Pack

There's one thing that I love (almost) as much as I love my family: food - so it makes perfect sense for me to celebrate the upcoming day of love with the gift of grub! Through my business, I've been fortunate to work with Brad Hill - an incredible photographer and publisher of the Foodie Book series. Not only have I enjoyed creating buzz for his business, but the books have opened my eyes to new culinary destinations that I might not have otherwise discovered. After the launch of his … read more...

{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...

{FAMILY} 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...