DIY: Holiday newspaper craft – success at last!

Finally!! After two previously documented attempts, and a few really miserable undocumented tries, I finally figured out how to create something that I don’t mind hanging in my house. The challenge was to create something that looks magazine-ready, using newspaper and flyers. The beauty about this particular craft is that it only took 20 minutes […]

A simple Christmas and Hanukkah – is it possible?

Our family Hanukkah celebration, December 2011

For the past few years, I find myself saying the same thing, “This year, we’re going to keep things really low-key.” This is mostly because our wallets have been pretty lean compared to pre-baby days, and I’ve been either pregnant or on maternity leave since circa 2009. And yet, every year, I cave and buy […]

3 tips for protecting your kids and your Holiday decorations from each other

DD in playpen beside Christmas tree

Decorating for Christmas and Hanukkah is one of my favourite things to do out of the whole year. I love stringing up garland, tying bows on just about every candle I own, and blowing the dust off my Nutcracker collection. But Holiday decorating also presents extra hazards for little ones who are crawling or toddling […]

DIY: Holiday newspaper craft – Take 2

Fold a flyer into a cone shape and secure with tape (not glue).

Who doesn’t love a festive Christmas hat? Especially one made from upcycled Holiday flyers? My daughter, that’s who. This is the second post in my mini-series about finding the perfect (quick and easy) Holiday upcycled newspaper/flyer craft. As I mentioned in the first post, if you’re looking for something lovely and magazine-ready, you better hit […]

DIY: Holiday newspaper craft – Take 1

Shopping flyers in conveniently festive colours for an upcycled Holiday craft

This is the first in a series of posts about how to discover the perfect Holiday newspaper craft…and fail miserably along the way. If you thought you were going to find something cute, smart and pretty here, I’m sorry that you’re about to be disappointed…unless you stick around for my future attempts which may or […]

This hour has 222 minutes

If you’re a stay-at-home parent, or if you mind children during the day, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the hour that becomes excruciatingly, mind-numbingly long and understimulating as you wait in anticipation for the other adult to come home for the evening. Seconds tick, tick, tick by. You could swear that the […]

The fascinating {and inspirational} minutiae of baby life

I am constantly entertained by the smallest details of life with a baby…and how a kid can find and fixate on the weirdest things. Not that my little guy isn’t insanely cute, but he can still do some strange stuff. I shot this video to share with my husband who was away for the weekend. […]

My first week as a WAHM and why I’m not so sure now that WAHM is even a “thing”

It was my son’s first week of daycare and my first week with long stretches of time during the day to focus on my businesses (yes, more than one). I was looking forward to being a work-at-home-mom (WAHM)…yet another label to add to my collection since I started a new path alongside other bloggers and […]

Frugal fashion “lookbook” of hand-me-downs and handmade clothing

12 months - Who says you can‘t be comfy and dressy? This is a gorgeous deep purple formal dress, layered with a puffy jacket in fuchsia. The Ugg-style faux suede boots and brightly patterned winter toque complete the eclectic vibe.

Inspiration for buying gently used and locally handmade clothing for your kids. The bleak state of the economy, an ever-growing appreciation for reducing consumption, an increased awareness that supporting local small businesses will help bolster our communities and the economy…it seems there are a lot of big (and long-winded) reasons that people are thinking frugally […]

Teaching remembrance

Two red poppies - Lest we forget

Across the country we join together in remembrance for those who championed freedom, both in word and deed, for the love of country, people and a healthier, happier future. Lest we forget. If you’re wondering how to explain Remembrance Day to a little one so they start to understand the concept, here’s the conversation I […]