Put your hair up! The Trolls have come to Netflix

Put your hair up! This song, and the rest of the Trolls soundtrack has been on constant rotation in our house for the last few weeks. I'll admit - Q and I are totally late to the Trolls party, having not watched the movie until just a few weeks ago. We recently stumbled upon it, though, and from pretty much the first few moments, Q (and me too, let's be honest) has hooked. Since then, we've … [Read more...]

M’s Bacon Risotto recipe

My husband is a really fantastic, self-taught cook, and over the years, he's really perfected a few signature dishes that we, as a family, love to eat for dinner. I'd never actually tried risotto until M was inspired by watching everyone make it on the Hell's Kitchen (or one of the other Gordon Ramsay shows). It seemed quite finicky to me, but he figured he'd give it a go. He researched recipes … [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...]

It’s time to make a change – on violence, guns and fear

It's only Tuesday and it's been a hard week already. Yesterday, a police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in my hometown, at a place that we frequent, at a time that we are often there. My heart is broken for my friends on the police department who have lost a friend and colleague, for the family who has lost a husband and father, for all who loved him. It also struck home a bit too … [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...]

I have a confession to make…

I am a bathroom Netflixer. There. I said it. Judge me if you must, but here it is.  Now, don't get me wrong. I don't watch Netflix in public washrooms or in other people's houses, but I have found that as a busy mum, sometimes the best time to get some uninterrupted watching is while I'm otherwise indisposed. I know that I'm not the only one who finds this either, and am willing to bet that … [Read more...]

Depression lies. Attention seeking? Maybe…

Recently, I read that singer Katy Perry had done a 4 day full access livestream to her life as a lead up to her new album. As part of this, viewers could watch her sleeping, doing yoga and even taking part in a live streamed therapy session. During this session, she and her therapist began talking about her recent and dramatic hairstyle change and her motivation behind it. It came out that … [Read more...]