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Our Montessori Experience: the highs and lows…Is it right for you?

When my second son was born, I was craving some one on one bonding time with him, like I had with my firstborn. I also felt that my older son was ready for more social interaction outside of our home with his peers. So I started to do some research into enrolling him in a preschool near our home. I read into the Montessori method of learning, which really resonated

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The one thing my mother did for me that made me a better mother

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and our family is no exception. My grandmother played a big role in my upbringing, and now my mother is doing the same in my kids’ lives. Like many other millennials, I was raised with the mindset that I could do anything. I was also raised to be fiercely independent as I had to navigate a lot of things on

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The Good, the Bad, and the Lovely of Marriage

This past weekend, my husband and I had a long overdue date night. We attended a marriage conference hosted by our church in Waterloo, and had a long drawn out dinner at the Keg. We were able to let go of the daily stresses of life, and just enjoy one another’s company while discussing the inevitable: the funny things our kids said/did during the week. Sigh. We did try and

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Traveling with kids: Long-distance car rides

We made it! The last installment of my three part ‘traveling with kids’ series. Here is Part 1 and Part 2 of the travel series. When we decided to move to Toronto¬†from Vancouver in 2015, we ambitiously chose to drive our car across Canada and the United States, with our most precious cargo including our toddler (our baby wasn’t born yet). Our son was about 18 months old at the

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Valentine’s Gift Guide for under $50

These two are the ultimate gift ūüėČ I know Valentine’s Day is still a couple weeks away, but if you’re like me and order 99.9% of things online, then it would be wise to start the shopping now to ensure you get your goodies in time! These items are for the special lady in your life (although chocolate is for everyone), so feel free to pass on this post to

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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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