{FOOD} The Art House Supper Club

I don't think I'm the only one who wishes I could host intimate dinner parties with friends in my home, but the daunting task of creating a mouthwatering menu and a complimentary chic-yet-laid-back ambiance, keeps me from sending out the invites. I had heard about underground supper clubs, and had been intrigued by the idea of dining in a secret location with unfamiliar faces and undiscovered dinner dishes, but I didn't know that I had access to this unique dining experience in my own … read more...

{FAMILY} When It Comes To Active Play, Technology Isn’t The Bad Guy

When I first heard about the launch of Tgoma - an integrated, interactive, digital gaming system for trampolines, I confess, I was skeptical. I thought: Why would I want to add technology to an outdoor activity that my kids already enjoy? My kids and I were invited to try out the new Tgoma for Springfree gaming system in person, and after trying it out and talking to the Springfree team about their new partnership with Tgoma, my skepticism was replaced by support. I quickly realized the … read more...

{TRAVEL} Dashing Off To Disneyland

Our family has just returned from a whirlwind adventure to the world's most magical destination, and I'm still buzzing with excitement about all that we were able to see and do over the 4 days that we were there. I'm not going to lie, my expectations were moderately mediocre. It had been 30 years since my last visit to Disneyland, so I only had my faint childhood memories to help gage my level of excitement. I had loved every moment spent in Disneyland during my last visit, but I was only … read more...

{FAMILY} 9 Reasons Why 9 Is Going To Be The Best Age

I'm going to preface this by saying that every age seems to be the best age - especially with your first child. Every time my oldest has a birthday, I quietly wish that time would stop. I don't want her to get any older, this year was the best age ever - I think to myself. And every year, it seems to only get better. Yes, the level of sass seems to grow faster than her feet. But with the added sass comes so many other wonderful qualities in my daughter. Here are 9 reasons why I think this … read more...

{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 now call home. May is not just about the flowers that bloom after April's showers, it also marks the beginning of a slew of sunny days in Vancouver - and we plan to take full advantage. This … read more...

{FAMILY} Why It Took Me So Long To Get A Trampoline

I grew up in a small apartment in Granville Island. No backyard, and definitely no trampoline to call my own. I had friends who had trampolines in their backyards, and I did everything I could do to have playdates with those friends, just so I could feel the rush of bouncing high into the air - doing bum drops and summersaults as I reached for the sky on each ascent towards the clouds. When I became a parent, fear and hesitation replaced my enthusiasm for trampolines. Having young children … read more...

{FAMILY} In My Mother’s Shoes

On the night of my high school graduation, my mom handed me a wrapped gift and, teary-eyed, asked me to open it. As I ran my fingers along the edges of my present, I could tell that the item underneath was encased in a picture frame. I assumed that  it was a family photo or a piece of artwork that she had selected for me to hang on my wall, but when I tore the carefully-taped paper away, something unexpected appeared before my eyes. My mother had composed and scribed (in calligraphy) a poem, … read more...

{TRAVEL} A Sweet Escape To Summerland

Summerland

At first it may seem strange that I passed up the opportunity to bring my whole family along on a press trip to Summerland, BC this past weekend. Finding a destination that can accommodate a family of 5 can be challenging (and often unaffordable), so one would think that I would jump at the chance to travel with my whole family in tow. Bringing my little swarm of bees did cross my mind. I knew that there would be other families in our group - families with babies, toddlers, teens, moms and … read more...