Seeing myself through others’ eyes

We recently had family photos done for the first time since Q was 5. He just turned 10. We tried to do family pictures with my dad before he died, but the weather refused to cooperate, and he got so weak, so fast, that the best we could do were a couple of group pictures, then one of my parents together, and one of Q and my parents, both of which I treasure. My friend, the photographer who did … [Read more...]

This is Halloween – Music Monday returns

It's Halloween. Before long all the little ninjas and unicorns will be out on parade, and how better to celebrate that with the return of our music playlists? I've been thinking about resurrecting Music Monday for a while. It is one of my favourite things to write, and I hope you all like it too. I love finding new and old songs to share, and link them together with a common theme. Music is the … [Read more...]

A top ten list to celebrate a decade of Q

Ten years ago I became a mum and our little family was made. He made a dramatic entrance into the world, that's for sure, always impatient for the next thing, my boy. He was honestly the smallest person I'd ever seen. I remember seeing him for the very first time in his incubator (after our initial, drug hazed first meeting hours after he was born) and crying because I didn't know what all of the … [Read more...]

We owe it to them

I wanted to write something cute and fun for Valentine’s Day yesterday, but no matter how hard I tried, I just kept drawing a blank. At first I blamed it on finding out I have a bad case of strep throat, but then the news broke about the shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida yesterday afternoon and I just couldn’t. How could I make some cutesy post when all of a sudden there were … [Read more...]

Road-trip essentials for painless family travel

There is nothing like an epic family road trip to bring everyone together. Spending hours, or even days, together in a vehicle may not be everyone's idea of fun, but in our family, it is one of our favourite ways to travel. My husband and I have road-tripped together as long as we've been married, and my family did when I was growing up. I guess you could say it's in my blood. Years and years of … [Read more...]

We Day 2017 interviews, messages and adventures- Q’s views

Hi everyone, this is Q. I went to We Day last week with my mum and it was really fun. I’m going to tell you all about We Day and the experiences we had. We had to wake up really early, at 0600 hours, because we had to catch the train to Vancouver. That’s where We Day was. Once we got to Vancouver, it was pouring and we needed to catch a cab to Rogers Stadium and that took a while. The cab driver … [Read more...]

Depression is not a choice. If only…

Last week, I saw a couple of things on social media that really pissed me off. The first was a meme, shared on someone's Facebook page that had two images, one above, one below. The top image was a beautiful picture of a forest, and the caption simply said "This is an antidepressant". The bottom image was a spilled jar of pills, and its caption said "This is an addiction." Then I read the comments … [Read more...]

6 reasons Disney Cruising is an ideal family holiday 

Q, my mom and I recently took a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise with Disney Cruiselines. I had never cruised before, but my mom had been on a number of cruises over the years, but never with Disney.  As I shared last week, I had a number of misgivings about family cruising, but every single one of them was completely unfounded, and it turned out to be an absolutely perfect vacation for … [Read more...]