All Mascara is not created equal – a review and giveaway!!!

Nowadays, there are tons of books filled with inspirational messages, ways to improve yourself and your outlook, and how to be happy. It can be hard to decide which book is right for you. If you are anything like me, your reading time can be limited to a few minutes here or there during the day, maybe in the bathroom or while you are waiting for someone to finish something. I always like to try … [Read more...]

The power of touch

I have known for a really long time how the power of touch can affect people, how a hug or a bit of contact can soothe, or calm, or provide comfort. Few things are more healing than the touch of someone you care about. When Q was born, he was extremely tiny. He weighed less than 5 lbs and was in a special NICU incubator for 10 days. I wasn't able to hold him until the day after he was born, but … [Read more...]

Oh, yeah, hey there jealousy

I see pictures on Facebook and Instagram of my friends in their workout or dance attire, sharing their skinned knees and sore feet from dance practice, bruises from pole or sore muscles from working out. I see people flexing and squatting or lifting heavy weights, then sharing stories about blown knees and torn arms and tweaked backs. I hear story after story after story about people with injuries … [Read more...]

We should all follow our dreams

The notion that you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up is a powerful and often defining notion. As a parent, I want to encourage my son to peruse his dreams, find his passions and follow them into something that is interesting to him. I think that following your interests is important in pretty much all aspects of life, actually, and that trickles down to what you choose to watch. No … [Read more...]

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...]