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Black Raspberry Cobbler: Summer with a Spoon

Posted on July 19th, 2014

This week, in Southwestern Ontario, has been that magical time of year when strawberries and raspberries overlap in their ripening. Last Tuesday, I finally got to pick black raspberries at our local berry farm. Just to clarify: black raspberries are not to be confused with blackberries, which look similar but A) are not raspberries, B) […]

Three Years.

Posted on July 9th, 2014

Dear Sebastian, It’s been hard to write today. Not just because thinking of you can be hard. It’s also difficult to find the time, with your brother and sister around, and life being the overwhelming To-Do list that it is. I feel drained, and the words feel awkward under my fingers. It’s been three years […]

Summer Sequence Initialized: Check.

Posted on June 29th, 2014

Summer has begun! Favourite Last-Day-of-School Moment: All the Grade 5 boys from the 5/6 class, who were actually getting along for once in their alpha-dog lives, TOTALLY ROCKING OUT to Beyoncé (All The Single Ladies). They danced and they knew the words. Summer: Day 1 and 2 are IN THE BAG, folks. Daddy had to […]

Dear Five-Year-Old: I sure love you, even when I don’t like you much.

Posted on June 24th, 2014

Beloved E, I started writing a blog post in your honour just over two weeks ago, when you turned five. Part of the reason it didn’t get done in a timely manner is because your birthday happened to fall between two disparate weeks of insanity. The other reason is that I wanted to write something […]

Baby AB’s Fashion Blog – Issue #19: Tennis Style

Posted on June 13th, 2014

So. Biggest hiatus ever in the history of this blog. Jeepers. Suffice it to say I’ve been itching to write  – oh, so many posts in my head – but was away for a whole week at leadership camp (MOTL) and returned home just in time for my firstborn’s fifth birthday (as yet herein uncommemorated! […]

DIY Tie-Dye Jamboree! Shirts, shoes, and a jillion tiny socks.

Posted on May 24th, 2014

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been attracted to things that are tie-dyed. I love the fluid shapes and patterns and the vibrant colours. Fortunately for me, tie-dyed clothing is one of the 80s trends I like that came back! (Along with some that make me wince a little, such as crimped hair.) I […]

I am a square. (And such a fortunate one.)

Posted on May 13th, 2014

This past Sunday, as you know, was Mother’s Day, and also my thirty-sixth birthday. It was pretty much as lovely as I could have wished for. You also could say it started on Saturday, when I got to (1) take an impromptu nap on the reclining couch upon arrival at my parents’ house, while members […]

Writer’s Flood Paralysis and the Blogging Shame Spiral (a.k.a. excuses)

Posted on May 5th, 2014

What the Sam Hill… I haven’t posted since April 22nd?? Lots of bloggers complain about writer’s block and lack of inspiration. (Fortunately, lots of other bloggers offer solutions for both.) I can imagine getting blocked, if you’re a niche blogger. Some days you just might not have that kicky recipe or new fitness tip or […]

Let’s put some deeper education into Earth Day

Posted on April 22nd, 2014

Happy Litter-Picking Day! I say this with one part sincerity and one part facetiousness. Litter is the thing we all – especially those of us who work with kids – can easily dive into on Earth Day. It’s a nice, manageable, do-something-able topic. And don’t get me wrong, litter is a super-stupid phenomenon that drives […]

Toddler Tracks: Baby AB and the Amazing Technicolour Accessories (Fashion Blog #18)

Posted on April 10th, 2014

It’s weird think back to AB’s infancy, when she WOULD NOT STAND FOR HATS. Any hat we wrangled onto her would be off in seconds. Now, it’s the opposite. Anything that could possibly be construed as a hat will be worn; if it doesn’t work as a hat, it goes around the neck. And then […]