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Traveling with kids: International travel

This is part two of my travel series on the blog. Last week, I discussed domestic travel, specifically within Canada. This week, I’m addressing the enormous task of  international travel with young children. About 4 months after having our second son, we decided to travel to Australia to visit my husband’s side of the family. We have gone three times before as a couple, and once with Vincent which was quite

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A cut above

Do you like my fiery red bob circa 2012? I’m getting the itch again…to chop it all off. My hair, that is. About once every couple years, I get the urge to just cut off all my hair. I love styled hair, but in this season of nursing babies and grabby hands, throwing my hair up in a ponytail seems to be the easiest option. But it’s too easy. So

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Traveling with kids: Domestic travel

In the past year and a half, our family traveled domestically and internationally via airplane PLUS we endured the longest car ride EVER in our move from Vancouver to Toronto. This post will be the first of a three part travel series imparting a few survival skills (we survived!). In this post, I’m addressing “the Good, the Bad and the Lovely” of domestic air travel. If you are planning to travel

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5 Ways to Keep Busy with Kids During School Vacation, or Anytime Really

My oldest started preschool at our local Montessori school this past September. It’s been a game changer. For both of us. Prior to preschool, he was at home with me all day long. Don’t get me wrong. I am so grateful to be able to stay at home with my children. But the days can be very long, especially if I haven’t planned anything for the kids. Let’s be honest,

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Date Night Fashion Dilemma (when you’re a Stella & Dot stylist)

When you have your own jewelery business, you have the dreaded task of choosing which pieces you’re going to wear on a special night out. It’s like asking me which child is my favourite. JK. Don’t make me choose! But it is a first world problem in that you have so many wonderful pieces to pick from, it’s easy to get stumped and proceed to tell your husband you have NOTHING to

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That time I accidentally made a healthy version of Nutella

I love to snack. All day long. In fact, in this stage of life with littles and breastfeeding a baby, if I didn’t snack, I would have zero energy. Since my kids constantly need fuel throughout the day, I usually take that opportunity to eat too. When you are constantly eating, and trying not to gain 10 pant sizes, you try and find healthy alternatives to your favourite foods (chocolate,

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What are your resolutions? Here are mine in 10 words or less.

Start a blog. Be in more photos with my kids. Speak less. Listen more. Love more. Judge less. Wake up earlier. Start my day in prayer. (As opposed to when needed). Put down my phone. Play with my kids. Declutter my home. Regularly. Declutter my mind. Practice the art of silence. Choose contentment. Do any of these resonate with you? I’d love to hear what yours are.      

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The one thing I wished I did differently after having my first baby

When you have a baby a second time, there are things you learn to do differently from your first pregnancy, such as, feeling the need to decorate a fully decked out nursery with all the bells and whistles (you don’t.) In fact, our family didn’t even need a crib for the first 3-4 months of baby’s life. We ended up being one of those families who *gasp* cosleep. We never

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Not another mommy blog

Okay so maybe it is. Well not entirely. It’s a blog that’s been a long time coming. I have been journaling since I was a tween (aka pouring my heart out in a lock & key diary). I started blogging in 2005 when I studied abroad in New Zealand as a way to stay in touch with friends and family in Canada. But this blog is the blog I have always wanted

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