Date Night Ideas for Busy Parents

Portrait of a happy young couple having date outdoors

Being a parent is a full-time job. It’s even more stressful if you both have day-jobs that you need to take care of as well. Between work and your kids, it can feel like the romance between the two of you has died. Thankfully, all you two need is a little alone time to remember […]

Tips To Cope with the Bone-Crushing Pain of Abandonment


I thought I would get the dramatics out right off the bat.  Catchy title, huh?? For some, there is an unwritten rule in blogging.  Sometimes it feels like there is pressure to always be positive…always say good things…never be too political or controversial or curse too much.   I feel that rule sometimes, and so […]

To Grandma on her 100th Birthday

Grandma's 100th Birthday

There’s no question, I’m pretty lucky to still have a grandma. This particular Grandma is pretty special for a few reasons. She was one of 21 children born in Ireland to her entrepreneurial parents. Grandma went on to have many children herself – she had babies in the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s. She often […]

Teen Trends: Who Knew?


We recently went on a family ski trip that involved very little skiing. Mother Nature has not been well behaved, so we had no snow and conditions were not even cold enough for the snow-making machines to do their thing. So, we spent our ski trip doing a lot of alternative activities – bowling, walking, […]

Where I’m From


I remember sitting in my senior psychology class in high school as my psychology professor put some poor underclassman through an exercise.  This poor person sat at the front of the room in a chair, by themselves -which in high school is probably bad enough with everyone looking at you, and he asked a question […]

The Starbucks Controversy and Other Holiday Debates


“Image via Starbucks” ‘Tis the Season… for holiday controversies. And these are the biggest I have seen so far: The ‘Starbucks Hates Christmas’ controversy: In case you have been living under a rock and have not heard about this, let me break it down for you: Starbucks puts out their holiday mugs. They are red. […]

The Art of Letting Your Babies Grow Up

sister helping sibling

I have to be honest, I always saw myself as a baby kind of a mama. When my Biggies were babies, I remember being at the park and seeing school aged kids and thinking how weird it must be to parent such big kids. I just couldn’t imagine the day would come. And I certainly […]

Tween Girls: Why They Are My New Favourite Age and Stage

polar bear dip

Most parents say that there was a particular age and stage in their child’s life that they enjoyed most. I’ve always identified as a “baby” person. If there is a newborn in the room, before a minute passes, that babe will be in my arms. I’m quite sure that every time I smell a newborn, […]

4 Reasons Why Solo Parenting Can Be Awesome.


For over three years, Daddy-o has been a Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) parent. It has not been without some challenges and now he’s transitioning back into the local office. This is good news! Although he works long hours, it means he will be home most nights. It’s something we are all looking forward to. (Kind of.) […]