Rage, grief, second chances and moving on

It's been almost 3 months now since my Dad died. A quarter of a year. A season. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him, or think about him but I know that the last thing he would want me to do is not get on with the business of living. I know this because he told me. He wanted me to be happy. He wanted Q to remember the good times with him and not just the end. So I choose to honour that. Grief … [Read more...]

Celebrating Chinese New Year with kids, a dumpling recipe and a giveaway!

Gong Hey Fat Choy! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year! Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. People all over the world will be celebrating the start of this new year and hoping that it brings happiness and prosperity to themselves and everyone else. There are many ways to celebrate, but one fun way is by cooking. What better way to celebrate than to make your own dumplings! The … [Read more...]

Cuddles and snuggles and hugs equal love

"Mummy, you just put your legs in there" he says as he peels back the blankets on the bed beside him. "You can stay here for the whole night if you want." He picks up his Bad Kitty book and begins to read. I use my finger to help him keep track of which line he is on and I hold one side of the book while he holds the other. He reads to me proudly, from this chapter book, one he was intimidated by … [Read more...]

Reaching out with the Kraft StickTogether campaign

Kraft Peanut Butter helps one family plan an unforgettable surprise for one special mom. Fans of heart-warming videos, take note. This beautiful video will have you sending a message to your loved ones in no time. Today’s busy world asks so much from parents. Work / life balance is hard to achieve and schedules are more jam-packed than ever. As divide-and-conquer parenting becomes increasingly … [Read more...]

“Mummy, tell me what you know…”

"Mummy, tell me what you know about porkapines" he calls from the bathroom as he gets ready for bed. "Porcupines?" " yes, por-ka-pines", he repeats slowly, sounding it out carefully to make sure that I understand him, "you know! They have quills?" " yes bubs, I know, hang on..." I reply, while frantically googling porcupines on my phone. He keeps talking. "Did you know that North American … [Read more...]

Mummys are awosome

Mummys are awosome because they have children and they feed you and they make mounne . They go to work. They love you and takos. They take you to movees like Sponjbob. They buy toys and they play pirats and they play bounsy balls. They cook mac and chees and they help you when you are sick. Mummys danse wif you to Happy and any other songs like Free Bird. Linnard Skinard sings it in case you … [Read more...]

I choose happy

There is always something to feel sad or upset or angry about in this world. Life is tough, no two ways about it. Too often, we find ourselves dwelling on the negative things - the jerk who cut you off in traffic earlier, the cable company that jacked the bill without improving their service, the snotty mom at school who turned their nose up at your attempt to make conversation at pick-up time. … [Read more...]

Love is love

Once again, I want to thank my awesome husband for patiently typing out my thoughts for me to get this post out. It's been weighing heavily on my mind, and I knew that it had to be done. Recently, I was introduced to the song "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. A friend posted the video to her Facebook page, dedicating it to some special people in her life who were celebrating a … [Read more...]