The Santa List – Managing Expectations


It’s that time of year where kiddo’s wish lists seem to grow and grow and grow. What are your kids expecting from Santa, parents, grandparents and other relatives? What can we do to manage these lists so that they are reasonable and affordable? How can gift giving fit with family values without leaving the little […]

Why I haven’t had a date night in 12 years.


I recently experienced something very new and different. For the first time in over 12 years, I had a night away from the kids with Daddy-o. Yes. The first time in over 12 years. His cousin was getting married in Taos, New Mexico. How could we resist? Now, I know what all you advocates of […]

How to Light up your Backyard Party


Every year, we host a big Victoria Day fireworks party. For my American friends – this means that yes, we celebrate the birthday of a long dead English Queen, but we’ll take our holidays where we can get them. This past Victoria Day we hosted one hundred of our closest friends and neighbours (an annual […]

Survival Tips for Working Moms


I am a full time working mom – I put in longggg hours at work, take care of my kids (with my husband’s invaluable help, of course), and devote a lot of time and love to my blog.  I can definitely say that I am “on” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and […]

Release the Parenting Pressure Valve with MOMS RULE!


      Being a mom, at least for me, is absolutely bananas most days.  Between working full time in a high stress job, raising two girls (one of them a teenager), and navigating the land mines of coparenting with an ex and my husband, I feel like a madwoman a good chunk of the […]

How to motivate an unmotivated kid.

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I’ve always been fascinated by what makes some people super motivated, and others, not so much. I found this particularly interesting when I saw differences in motivation between my children. Why do I have two kids who are equally clever, yet one is disappointed with a certain mark or grade in school, while the other […]

Overcoming Mommy Judgments with the Sisterhood of Motherhood

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*  I’m a Sisterhood of Motherhood Partner and am a sponsored blog partner, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.” There is a quote that says judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who you are.  As moms (and dads), we frequently face judgment.  Sometimes from strangers, sometimes […]

Spring Happenings!

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It has been a long, harsh winter in these parts. Although, there are a few signs that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s how I know that spring is near or almost here: 1) Spring Fling We welcome spring with our annual Irish Dancing performances. My kids don’t do competitive dancing […]

Surviving Kids’ Birthday Party

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March is birthday month in my life. March brings birthdays for both me and Mabel’s Labels. I also have a daughter with a birthday this month. I recently had a parent ask if I had any birthday party activity suggestions. Just thinking about the question exhausted me. In my 15 years of parenthood, I have […]