Giving back to Sick Kids this holiday season

Imagine being sick and scared and away from your home, your family, and all the things that are yours over the holidays? Tough, right? Now imagine being all those things and being a kid too. Somehow, that seems to make it that much worse. Every year, I try to put myself into their shoes and wonder if there is a way that we might bring some smiles to the faces of some kids in the hospital over … [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...]

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...]

Cooking with parents (or how to make cooking with your kids fun!)

"Don't touch that!", "Be careful", "Don't make a mess", "Don't screw that up". These are phrases that no one really likes to hear, but when you are a kid cooking with your parents, they are all too commonly heard. When you are first learning a new skill, it's tough to be told over and over that you are doing it wrong, or that you messed up, or, or, or... It takes the fun out of it, and when things … [Read more...]

How American Ninja Warrior is inspiring my boy

Over the last few weeks, Q and I have been getting caught up on PVR'ed episodes of American Ninja Warrior. This show has been his favourite for the last few years, and each year he gets more and more passionate about it. Most people know the names of rock stars or actors. Not my kid. Yes, he has some musicians that he looks up to, like Dave Grohl, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, or Taylor Swift but for … [Read more...]

I’m a creative weirdo AKA what I learned from a colouring book

So. In my infinite wisdom and a moment of insanity, I decided that I was going to volunteer myself to take part in an October blogging challenge. What is it? How could it be that bad? These are all valid questions that you may be asking me right now. Well, let me tell you. I have decided that for the month of October, you will be getting something new and fresh every day. Every single day for the … [Read more...]

Angry Goldfish tower knockdown

Have your kids ever dreamed of really getting to play with their food? Need a way to make snack time more fun? Or have you ever just wanted to play in a live game of Angry Birds? Goldfish crackers have long been a favourite in our house, and I quite often find my son engaged in a game of tag or hide and seek with his Goldfish snack. He is also totally obsessed with playing Angry Birds on the … [Read more...]