Summer Bucket List: 20 Things To Do With Kids

This Summer I will be home alone with all three of my kids. No Summer camps, no work, just Mama Bee plus three little honeys. And while I feel fortunate to have the Summer months off with my little ones this year, I’ve been dreading the daunting task of filling the approximately 40 weekdays with activities […]

Spring Break: Exploring Our Favourite BC Destinations

Our original plan was to spend our 2 week Spring Break vacation checking off items on our infinitely long to-do list. Fix this, clean that, buy this, build that. Sounds exciting, right? But when the first day of vacation arrived, we thought we’d throw that plan out the window and enjoy what might be our […]

Holiday Shopping: Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until the Last Minute

With Christmas only 6 days away, I figured it was time to tackle my holiday shopping list. I thought if I hit a rural Toys R Us on a weekday evening, suited up in comfy clothes, belly full, and equipped with a complete list of toys to purchase, it would be smooth sailing. Boy was I […]

When Santa Can’t Deliver

I’m all for encouraging my children to believe in the magic of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, but what do you do when your kids ask Santa for something that’s simply not possible to give? Last year’s requests were easy – a Monster High doll and some Lalaloopsy dolls for her, and a square chocolate for […]

Santa Photo Shenanigans

Every year I take the kids for the obligatory “photo on Santa’s knee”. And every year, our adventure is filled with some sort of drama, stress, or meltdown. Last year I thought we would go somewhere local – a small mall right here on the North Shore. I thought I was so clever, taking the […]

Holiday Traditions: The Nutcracker (Giveaway)

I remember going to my very first professional production of The Nutcracker when I was 6 years old. I had been dancing for 3 years by then, and dreamed of one day dancing the lead role of Clara in the beautiful holiday classic. I wore a poofy party dress over a crinoline, shiny black shoes, […]

Top Ten Posts of 2012

The final days of 2012 are here, and I’m so excited to be looking forward to a new year. I have big hopes for 2013!   I’ve always loved the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, when the kids play quietly with all of their new toys, the fireplace is constantly ablaze, and coffee & […]

Christmas Mourning

Two days after my last post, on the morning of Christmas Eve, my biological father passed away. It was sudden, and completely unexpected.   Although he was in the hospital for extensive testing following a bout of pneumonia, and it was discovered that he had developed a very rare form of cancer in his lungs called sarcomatoid […]

Winter Wonders & Woes

December has been a month of mixed emotions. I’ve seen the many wonders of winter – my daughter performing in the Nutcracker ballet, making gingerbread houses with her Kindergarten class, enjoying our first snowfall of the season, and enjoying family time by the fire under the warm glow of our Christmas tree.   But I have also seen […]

Is Elf on the Shelf The New Santa?

If you were to say to me, “I have a great idea. I’m going to design a creepy little elf made of felt with a cheap plastic head. People will buy it, and put it in different places around their homes. Parents will warn their kids that the elf is watching them on Santa’s behalf, to […]