{FAMILY} The Nutcracker: Celebrate Christmas With Clara

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...

{FAMILY} 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...

{RECIPE} Mouth-Watering Chicken Marbella

chicken marbella recipe

I first tried this delicious dish at a dinner party a few years ago, and it was absolutely mouth-watering (hence the name of this recipe). I had asked for the recipe, eager to duplicate it, but ended up tucking it away in a kitchen cupboard - out of sight, and out of mind. The other day I came across the recipe card, and while the memory of the dish had my taste buds screaming for an encore, I was intimidated by the long list of ingredients. I assumed it would be tricky to make, and didn't … read more...

{FAMILY} Why I’ve Decided To Stop Making My Son Wear Pants

In the middle of my son's Kindergarten year, he decided that he didn't like pants. He didn't just dislike them as an item of clothing - he refused to wear them. For months I fought the daily battle, trying my best to wrangle him into pants. Some days, physically forcing him into the ankle-length garb. And then one day, I gave up. I waved my white flag and walked away unscathed (except for maybe a slightly-bruised ego). I soon realized that my desire for him to wear pants wasn't … read more...

{FAMILY} (Barely) Surviving Summer As A Work-At-Home Mom

21 days until school's back in session. Yes, I'm counting. Don't get me wrong, we've definitely had some fun this Summer. We've enjoyed a week at a beautiful lake, we've had some fun get-togethers with friends, and we've taken advantage of every sun-drenched day that our city has had to offer. But while I've done my best to fill our days with active, kid-friendly activities, the work-life balance pendulum has definitely been swinging too far in the opposite direction over these past few … read more...

Bits of Bee Turns 5

I can't believe how quickly time has flown by. My little blog has been buzzing along for 5 years now, and boy what a ride it has been. This past week, my family and I enjoyed a peaceful, fun-filled, (mostly) unplugged week by our favourite lake, and on my official blogiversary (July 30), I took a few moments for myself, to reflect on the past 5 years. Each year, on the anniversary of the day that I started this blog, I've reflected on my favourite moments and posts of the past year. … read more...

{RECIPE} Roasted Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad

While I cook all the meals in my home, I've become a lackadaisical chef. There was a time when I enjoyed cooking. When my relationship was new and I cooked to impress. When I didn't have fussy little mouths to feed. When new meals weren't met with dry heaves and gasps of disgust. Now, I cook to survive. To keep my family alive. My enthusiasm has dwindled, replaced with disdain. If I could hire a full-time chef - someone to nourish my family for me, I'd be in heaven. But at this time, I … read more...

{FAMILY} This Is My Success Story

Some may think that leaving a "dream job" with the Vancouver Canucks to pursue a part-time writing career is more of a cautionary tale that a true success story, but I'm proud of the path that I've chosen. Yes, the money pales in comparison to that of a full-time corporate job. And yes, freelance work can be fleeting, but I love what I do. For many, the recipe for success includes a showy salary, a nimble nine-to-five, and a sumptuous collection of stylish suits, but thats' just not me - … read more...