True Confessions: I’m Coveting My Neighbour’s Goods

I want a Pandora bracelet. It’s okay, it’s not like I’m deluding myself into believing that I need it or anything; I just want it. But the problem is, I didn’t even know I wanted one until my next-door-teacher got one. And then another coworker. And now I am succumbing to the equivalent of teenage […] Read more…

Keep Your Kids Close To Your Heart!

If you want a creative way to keep your kids even closer to your heart, follow my lead: order a do-it-yourself photo necklace from Photo Jewelry Making. I bought a double-sided charm with a ballchain, but found the chain wasn’t dressy enough so I bought a new one elsewhere. (If you order a necklace, I’d recommend upgrading to the […] Read more…

Birthday Traditions (oh, and my daughers’ pseudonyms)

Before I begin, let me introduce you to my daughters, Frannie and Maggie. If you’re someone who knows me personally, this will likely confuse you a little, but I have enough strangers reading my blog now that I am following the lead of several other bloggers and assigning pseudonyms to my girls. The names do have some […] Read more…

Where Do You Stand on the Vaccine Debate?

So, earlier this month, the study which sparked the controversial vaccines-causing-autism debate was retracted. Will this affect your practice with your children? Have you always been confident in immunizations, or do you believe, despite scientific evidence, that they could cause autism? Our current family doctor is the same one who delivered me, let’s say “a number” of years ago. This […] Read more…

Amazing Crafts Site: DTLK-Kids

As a teacher and a parent, I love DLTK-Kids website. It’s run by a Canadian mom, and offers more arts and crafts ideas than you could ever possibly use. You can easily search by month, theme or holiday, and samples of finished products are shown, along with appropriate age levels. My favourite feature would have to be […] Read more…

See It: New Rentals

Alternate Title: Guess What I Did All Weekend? Here are three more DVDs to add to your rental list (please bear in mind that in general, I tend to disagree with movie critics, but I am judging films solely on their entertainment value). The Stepfather (Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward): This one was better than I anticipated. I […] Read more…

Are YOU a Hyper Parent?

Are you a “hyper parent”? Did you play classical music to your fetus? Have you competed for spots in prestigious preschool programs? Do you question your child’s teacher over half marks on tests? Do birthday parties involve caterers and  lavish gifts? Have you already started writing your baby’s university application? If so, then perhaps you need to […] Read more…

Take The Challenge: Is Your Family Worth Five Minutes?

So, for us Catholics, Lent begins today, and we are encouraged to give up (or take on) something to help make us better people. Some stick to the old give-up-potato-chips standby (I mean, if Jesus ate nothing for 40 days, surely we can go without chips?) but now we are being encouraged to think a little […] Read more…

See It (Sometime): Valentine’s Day

Although critics seem to disagree with me, I really enjoyed Valentine’s Day – the movie. It was exactly what I expected: a fairly light romantic comedy which sticks pretty close to formula, and ends (spoiler alert!!) with almost everyone happily in love. Although predictable, there were a few twists here and there: one I saw […] Read more…

Good Deeds: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

A photographer from the GTA asked me to draw your attention to “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep“. NILMDTS is a charity which sends photographers out to families who have just had a baby who will never come home from the hospital, to create beautiful portraits that will hopefully help to aid in the healing process. To raise […] Read more…

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