Lights, snow and Santa at the Highstreet Christmas tree


On Saturday, Q and I attended the annual Christmas tree lighting at the local outdoor Highstreet mall. They have a huge tree there, with a lights and music show that plays throughout the evening. Last year, we spent a lot of time there watching the tree lights and dancing to the music. It was a nice escape from the sadness that was so prevalent in our lives at this time last year. This year, we … [Read more...]

I never thought I would have a preemie


"It's a boy! And oh boy is he a wee mite!" were the first words I remember hearing after Q was born. Then an intense, eerie silence for a minute as I held my breath waiting for a cry. And waited. No one told me what was happening, but I found out later that they were bagging my little baby, helping him to breathe before they whisked him off to the NICU to stabilize him. They quickly hung the baby … [Read more...]

The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish – book review and giveaway!!


Are you familiar with the Pout-Pout Fish books? These books, written by Deborah Diessen and illustrated by Dan Hanna have been entertaining and teaching kids since 2008. We have been reading the Pout-Pout Fish books with Q since he was quite young. He has always liked them, and I like that they are cute, kid friendly books with a positive message. Messages about being a good friend, being brave, … [Read more...]

Music Mondays – Songs to give you the feels

Welcome back to this week's installment of Music Mondays. Yes, I know that it is Friday, but I couldn't get this list quite right until now, but still wanted to share it with you. Rest assured, I did plan to have it on Monday but life happens. I've been feeling a bit emotional lately, with the year anniversary of my dad's death rapidly approaching, so this week's playlist kind of reflects that. … [Read more...]

Harry Connick Jr. That Would Be Me album review

Have you ever had one of those musicians who has been a part of your musical library for seemingly forever? Harry Connick Jr has been a musical influence in my life for well over two decades. I was first introduced to his music as a young musician in high school. I was performing in both jazz band and jazz choir and was learning the art of jazz piano, which was very different from the classical … [Read more...]

Self care during times of stress or grief 


The other day I posted about the anger I felt when my Dad was dying of cancer last year, and how much it surprised me. I'm a fixer, I like to do what I can to fix things and make them better, and this was a scenario where as much as I desperately wanted to, I couldn't fix it. I learned a lot about myself and what was important to me during that time, and I honestly believe that as … [Read more...]

Make more time for fun with Robin Hood Quick Bread mix

Before my hand injury, I loved to bake. Loaves, muffins, cookies, you name it, I made it. Usually I would make a couple of different of homemade treats on Sunday nights for the week ahead. It got a bit trickier to do after the injury occurred, and I found myself doing less and less. Now that Q is at an age where he is interested in learning to make things, I would really like to start baking with … [Read more...]