WIN a family pass to the advanced screening of Walt Disney Studios “Moana”

When you hear the words Dwayne Johnson, Polynesian and Pacific Island culture, Disney and coming soon(!!), what do you think of? If you are me, or any number of Disney fans, I hope the answer to that question is Moana!  From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. … [Read more...]

It’s all about the heroes

When you are searching for costume ideas, where do you look for inspiration? Do you look to books, or movies, or a favourite television show? Do you come up with a way to imitate or honour a favourite character or do you just let your imagination run wild?  Over the last several years, there has been a fairly consistent theme when it comes to costumes, especially Q's outfits. With the … [Read more...]

Picking up the pieces

I can't remember a time when I didn't want to have a career.  When I was 5, my mom tells me that I quite proudly announced to the guy I had decided I was going to marry (as you do) that he could stay home with our children while I went to work and had a career. When I was in high school, I took honours and IB courses so that I could get into a good university. When I was in the Army, I … [Read more...]

Walking in colour

Recently, Q and I participated in our very first 5 km fun run.  I have this love-hate, actually let's be honest, it's really more of a hate-hate, kind of relationship with running. I'm not really built to be a runner, nor have I ever really been, but during various times in my life, *ahem Army days ahem*, I have done a lot of it. I know it's good cardio and exercise, and I hear every say … [Read more...]

In defense of the man-bun

Over the last several months, I have heard SO many people bemoaning the hairstyle choices of men, usually in reference to the "man-bun" but also guys with long hair in general and it really got me thinking.  My son Q is one of those guys who chooses to wear his hair long.  He has preferred long hair on himself since he was really young, and now, at almost 8, his long hair is part of … [Read more...]

Tying movies to life with a princess and the frog hunt

It's no surprise to anyone who knows me (or follows this blog) that I LOVE all things Disney. I have loved Disney movies for literally as long as I can remember. My mom loves to tell the story of how I had The Rescuers on record and had listened to it so many tines that I had the entire movie committed to memory. She also loves to remind me that I had to have all of the Disney movies on VHS as … [Read more...]

Let’s talk. No judgement, no shame

In this world where we want everyone to only see our best, prettiest, most perfect side, we have made it hard to talk about the the real stuff, the ugly stuff, the messy stuff, out of a fear that others might see us as anything less than Pinterest-perfect. The thing is, though, I don't want to be Pintetest-perfect. My house isn't spotless and always clean, and neither is my life. And I am willing … [Read more...]

Broken…

I felt defeated. Completely, totally and utterly defeated. I felt like I had lost a war that I hadn't even realized I was fighting, but looking back, had been engaged in for a long time.  I'm not quite sure when it started. Actually, scrap that, I probably do know when it started, or at least when people seem to think it should have started. Over 3 1/2 years ago, I hurt my hand. … [Read more...]