{FAMILY} This Is How We Do Spring In 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 […]

{FAMILY} Epic Quotes From My Angsty Teen Years

My closest friends and family roll their eyes at me whenever I share a story and say that it ‘happened in grade 9’. They claim that everything I talk about ‘happened in grade 9’. They mock me, but it really was a monumental time in my teen years. Grade 9 was the year that I fell into a full-blown […]

5 Quotes To Get You Buzzing In 2015

A new year, a fresh start. A fresh page, ready for a new story to be written. How will you start your story? While others are scribing their lists of new year’s resolutions, I’m keeping it real by sharing 5 motivational quotes that will hopefully get you buzzing about the exciting things to come this year. No […]

I Just Blogged A Little In My Mouth

I’ve been thinking about my journey as a writer a lot lately. Where my journey began, why I love it, what motivates me to write, and where I want my writing to take me. Before The Blog When I was six years old, I wrote my first book. I remember stapling together a stack of lined paper, […]

Adoption: An Open Letter To Birth Parents

For most of my life, I hadn’t thought about my birth parents – where I came from, who they were, or why they had chosen to give me up. For me, the only thing that mattered was that I had parents who loved me – who chose to be my parents. When I met my […]

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

2013 has definitely been a big year for our family. A year full of new and exciting experiences, ups and downs. 2014 promises to bring new adventures, and I’m welcoming the new year with open arms. As a farewell to this last year, here are my 10 favourite blog posts of 2013: Will You Tell […]

Ask Mama Dina: Raising Boys (Part I)

My first child was a girl, and for almost three years I truly believed that time outs, positive reinforcement, and a set of house rules were all that I needed to maintain a well-behaved child, and a “parent that has it all figured out” status. And then I had a boy. And while I completely disagree with the negative connotations […]

The Lowdown On Literacy – Teaching Your Child How To Read

When my girl entered Kindergarten, I knew that part of the curriculum would include learning to read. But what I didn’t realize, was that her progress would be heavily reliant on the participation of her parents – that it would be our job to guide her through the tedious process of learning the life skill that is reading. At first […]

Bits of Autumn

I know it’s a bit colder out. I know the darkness falls earlier and earlier, and there’s a winter chill antagonizing us when we step outside. But those leaves – those beautiful, colourful, oranges and reds that fall from the sky and decorate the ground – how can you stay angry at the weather when it treats […]

Possibilities (Quotable Bits #41)

“Dwell in possibility…”– Emily Dickinson A short but sweet quote. While many tend to focus on the limitations of everyday monotony, we should really spend more time focusing on our dreams and the endless possibilities that are out there, despite the obstacles and challenges that we may face. Of the many inspirational quotes that were shared at the Leading […]