A must-do before you approach the to-do

Yesterday I sat at the library gazing through a rectangular piece of pink glass as my preschooler exclaimed “Don’t take your goggles off! You have to keep them on all day!”, and I tried to keep a watchful eye of my 15 month old crawling danger lushly close to the fire extinguisher hanging on the wall.… Continue reading A must-do before you approach the to-do

Why I didn’t rush to get my broken dishwasher repaired

A broken dishwasher can be a blessing in disguise, you know. Before you call me crazy, just hear me out. I am constantly on the lookout for ways to make my days with kids more efficient. More simple. I’ve moved all of the puzzle pieces to zippered pouches, for example, because I was tired of… Continue reading Why I didn’t rush to get my broken dishwasher repaired

A mindful Christmas

The other night I went to the bookstore, my usual location for a night out by myself. I picked out a new book for my boys for Christmas. I settled on The Gruffalo. A modern classic. I chose the board book version, to protect its’ pages from my 15 month old’s eager hands. I pulled… Continue reading A mindful Christmas

The power of children’s books

My favourite moments with my kids are often reading a story together. It’s one of my best tools to keep the peace in our house. Maybe I am too tired to do anything else. Or my preschooler wants some attention. Or my toddler needs to wind down. Or I am about to lose my cool… Continue reading The power of children’s books

The best run of my life…for the simplest reason

Today was something of a miracle. I went to the gym. This is commonplace for many people. But not for me. It’s a big step for me. Because it is a moment I have been waiting for…for about the past 3 years of my life. To exercise…by myself…with my own thoughts…alone…quietly…by myself. All it took… Continue reading The best run of my life…for the simplest reason

Slowing down is a battle worth fighting

“Please slow down. We love our children.” These words are bold white, planted on yards around my neighbourhood, reminding drivers to watch their speed. These words are more than this for me. “Please slow down”. They are the words constantly tugging at me. All the time. Everything in my life tells me to slow down. And when… Continue reading Slowing down is a battle worth fighting

The other type of to-do list that could change your life

Ahh. The to-do list. So satisfying. So mood-boosting. So efficient. But what about the NOT-to-do list? I came across the idea of making a “Things I don’t do” list a few months ago and I thought it was brilliant. Aren’t the happiest most effective most productive people the ones who are so tuned into their… Continue reading The other type of to-do list that could change your life