8 Tips for a Successful Play Date

8 Tips for a Successful Play Date

I’ve experienced play dates that have left me in a frazzle, the kids tired and grumpy and my house in absolute chaos. I love giving my kids opportunities to interact with other children and myself the chance to visit with grown-ups and so over the last six years I’ve been honing my play date hosting skills

Dairy Farmers of Canada Show Milk’s Health Benefits in a Captivating Way

Dairy Farmers of Canada Show Milk’s Health Benefits in a Captivating Way

Posted by: on Mar 26, 2015 | No Comments

Remember the Got Milk? Campaign? The purpose of it was to encourage us to drink more milk for the various benefits to our health. Now the Dairy Farmers of Canada are highlighting more surprising ways milk benefits health – like how it could help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

8 Tips for a Successful Play Date

8 Tips for a Successful Play Date

Posted by: on Mar 26, 2015 | No Comments

I’ve experienced play dates that have left me in a frazzle, the kids tired and grumpy and my house in absolute chaos. I love giving my kids opportunities to interact with other children and myself the chance to visit with grown-ups and so over the last six years I’ve been honing my play date hosting skills

Top 5 Spring 2015 Dresses For Breast-Feeding Mothers

Top 5 Spring 2015 Dresses For Breast-Feeding Mothers

Posted by: on Mar 24, 2015 | No Comments

Here on the West Coast we’re singing the praises of Spring with blossoms blooming and even the occasional shorts weather. What!? Yes, it’s true. If it’s practically shorts weather in Vancouver than it’s definitely time to bring out the best Spring dresses.

Remember when I said Ezra was self-weaning? Well I guess he changed his mind. He likes to dive bomb my chest at the most awkward moments and so it’s essential that my clothes be breastfeeding friendly. These five dresses allow the goods to pop out or the baby to slip under in a somewhat modest fashion.

Powering Down With Kraft Butter

Powering Down With Kraft Butter

Posted by: on Mar 20, 2015 | No Comments

Some of my favourite memories of bonding with Ben’s family before we got married were the candle-lit dinners I shared with them. Three of Ben’s younger siblings were collectively, 9, 11 and 12 years old when we first started dating and they had made their own beeswax candles. My mother-in-law told me the lit candles kept the kids focused at the table and Ben and have found the same with our kids. There’s something about a flame that mesmerizes kids (and adults).

Family-Friendly Vancouver | Start With Art (So Awesome)

Family-Friendly Vancouver | Start With Art (So Awesome)

Posted by: on Mar 20, 2015 | No Comments

One of my deepest desires in homeschooling Levi is to foster an appreciation of art in him. It turns out it won’t be much of a challenge. He spends hours every day creating detailed drawings of his world. His work is amazing (I know I’m biased).

Shop Your Closet For Lent

Shop Your Closet For Lent

Posted by: on Mar 18, 2015 | One Comment

This season of Lent I took on the challenge of shopping my closet for 40 days. I started the challenge about a week into Lent and I will continue it past Easter to do the full 40 days. I’ve been posting all my outfits on Instagram to keep me accountable for each day.

This challenge has been a blast. It’s been liberating to fast from online shopping. I don’t buy a lot but even the time spent browsing can be so wasteful. The whole point is to reexamine my motives and desires and prepare my heart for Easter. I didn’t expect to have fun doing it.

Lemon Coconut Paleo Cookies

Lemon Coconut Paleo Cookies

Posted by: on Mar 16, 2015 | One Comment

I’m always looking for sugar-free, paleo baking recipes because my kids love to snack and most store bought baked goods are loaded with preservatives and sugar. I find there are a lot of unreliable sources for paleo baking

Triathlon Update!

Triathlon Update!

Posted by: on Mar 13, 2015 | No Comments

I’m in the white swim cap

All week leading up to the UBC Triathlon I was considering backing out. Our family was so sick with a stomach bug and I had a migraine on top of that. I couldn’t train and could barely eat. I should be thankful that UBC Recreation makes cancelling your registration very difficult.

The Necessity of Touch

The Necessity of Touch

Posted by: on Mar 9, 2015 | No Comments

Learning about the Romanian Orphanage Study in University had a profound effect on me. I never forgot how the babies in the Romanian orphanage failed to thrive due to lack of routine touch and massage. When it comes to my own kids I make sure they get covered in kisses and hugs every day. Even as Levi gets older and less cuddly I ensure that I steal hugs, offer my hand and rub his back whenever possible.

An Outfit and At-home Massage With Pampr Vancouver

An Outfit and At-home Massage With Pampr Vancouver

Posted by: on Mar 8, 2015 | No Comments

Yesterday was my first triathlon and I’m planning a detailed post this week of the whole experience. When I was training it was hard to find information on the nitty gritty details of what race day would be like and while every triathlon is different I think some of what I learned could be useful for anyone contemplating their first tri.

Leading up to the UBC Triathlon our whole family was sick and I had to consider backing out. In the midst of the craziness I was treated to an at-home massage by Pampr Vancouver. This massage was a turning point for me in an otherwise physically taxing week.