Get a puppy, they said; it’ll be great, they said. 5 reasons they might be right. 

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We’d been thinking about getting a puppy for a while. Actually, it wasn’t so much a thought per se as a constant nagging refrain uttered in the key of toddler: the kids have been asking for a puppy non-stop for roughly the last 17 weeks (or since they could talk). Anyone who’s ever had a determined kid will know that after a while, we began to think that it might be easier to just give in rather than constantly making up excuses. But all joking aside, we’d been tossing around the idea of a new dog for a few […]

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Almost … but not quite

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Much as I like to think writing is a cumulative activity — the more you write, the more you keep writing — sometimes there’s so much going on that even five minutes on another project is more than you can spare. And there has been a lot too much recently. So much, in fact, that nothing seems to ever be quite done … yet. There’s been a lot of stuff with the house: We had a new roof put on the house last month — a big change from the flat roof we had before. The boys loved watching the crane lift […]

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“So good I can’t believe it’s Vegan” Apple cranberry crumble

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This year, our apple tree is already covered in fruit, so I’m looking for recipes to use all those little apples. I adapted this from a standard apple crumble recipe, using vegan margarine instead of butter. In lieu of the usual lemon juice and raisins, I used orange juice and cranberries for the filling. As you might be able to tell from the hubs’ not-so flattering name for it, it turned out pretty well, even if there’s no butter.   Recipe Filling 4-6 apples, peeled and cut into 1/4″ pieces 1/2 cup Orange juice 3 tbsp golden sugar 1 cup […]

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The Only Kids’ Behaviour I Worry About

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“We have a zero screen time policy” “Formula is practically poison!” “I’d never let my child behave like that!” These are just a few of the statements I’ve overheard lately whilst trying to squeak out some writing time at various coffee houses. Most of the time, I’m pretty good at tuning out the conversations of others, but sometimes these gems just filter through. The screen time one made me laugh out loud because until he was about two and half, I would’ve given anything for my older child to sit still and watch something – anything! – on TV […]

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The mouths of babes …

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I’ve been on-deadline with my thesis for a few weeks now and the latest draft is due this weekend. This means I cut a few corners to try to scrounge extra writing time. A lot of corners. So here I am, no makeup, schlumpy clothes, unwashed hair scragged back into something resembling a braid and my sweet, soulful child exclaims: “Mama! You look just like Elsa!” Elsa, his favourite character, the one whose songs he sings and actions he mimicks. I have never really understood the phrase “love is blind” until today. Thank you, little one. Linking up with:

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5 tips to help little kids at the dentist

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We brush, we floss, and we don’t have sugary drinks, but still my four-year old wound up needing two fillings. After an initial consult with my regular dentist who confirmed the squishy bits I’d noticed while brushing were indeed cavities, we were referred to a paediatric dentist. I can’t say enough good things about how kind and patient the staff were. For a small child in a new, environment with people asking him to do strange things can be quite terrifying, but he actually wanted to go back for his follow up! It took us two “happy visits” before […]

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Old Bread and Shoe Sauce: a recipe

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Most Fridays, we have dinner with the hubs’ parents. Along with the usual bottle of wine, dish of hummus, and exclamations of “you didn’t have to! So much work!”, they bring a loaf of Challah. It’s a fairly dense white bread made with eggs and is usually braided and glazed, so it’s something of a work of art. The kids love it, and as soon as they see it, they start ripping into the knots, smearing them with the hummus … and completely ruining their dinner. The only problem with fresh bread is that it only lasts so long — […]

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The Renovation: Before and After

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The great thing about having a lot of people over is the motivation it provides to tidy up. If it’s a few friends, I can usually let stuff slide — after all who doesn’t have piles of papers, books, a selection of Elsa costumes and the last three years’ worth of kid-crafts spread all around the kitchen? (Or is that really just me?) But when it’s a whole bunch of people — children, parents, old friends, new friends — well, the hubs and I both felt we should at least try to tackle some of the clutter. As we […]

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Four year-old versus Spider-Man

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Four is such a funny age. Four year-olds aren’t babies any longer (as they are very quick to let you know), but they are still such small children — at least developmentally — that they can be just as tricky to decipher as a newborn. Though they usually have the ability to communicate with actual words — as opposed to the vehement grunts and wild gesticulations favoured by my almost two year old–  it’s still hard to know just what they are thinking and feeling. Harder still to predict what they will like on any given day, or to know […]

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That awkward moment when you question your sanity

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We’ve been on the look-out for a play centre for the boys for a while now. We’d been hoping to find one second-hand because these things are a) notoriously horrific to build and b) not cheap — as in, the better part of 2 grand kind of not cheap. But of course, so is every other parent out there also looking for a deal, so buying used (and still finding something safe) was like trying to find a needle in a stack of unicorns. With spring approaching and the boys practically bursting out of their socks with eagerness to […]

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Where can I return 2016?

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Yes, hello. I would like to know where I can return 2016? Why? Because it is clearly defective. The kids, hubs and I have spent almost the entirety of the last 70 days being sick, getting each other sick, or recovering from being sick. First it was stomach ‘flu right after christmas. Then, that weird virus that saw us cut our holiday short. Then another cold that just. wouldn’t. go. away. And now… Now the littlest has been fighting strep throat with crazy high temperatures and a weird rash. It’s at the point where the four year old keeps […]

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