The give and take of “No”

The give and take of "No" - Quill and Curio blog

“No” is a healthy part of our vocabulary. It helps to define boundaries, set expectations, and protect a person from unsolicited words or actions. “No” is often heard around our house to help the kids understand what is and isn’t acceptable. “No, Norah, you shouldn’t do headstands on the couch,” or “No, Theo, please don’t […]

Sweet, smooshy baby lips

__ *Muh, muh, muh* Two, beefy cheeks and a wide open mouth plant a wet one right on my forehead as I lay on the playroom floor. “Mama,mama,” he says, whacking me on the head with his chubby little hands. Yes, darling, I’m your mama. At 13.5 months old, my littlest guy has just figured […]

Is this what the end of the world feels like?

When I first heard the news about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, I was simply overwhelmed with grief as a mother — as a human — on behalf of the families who lost their worlds yesterday. I felt angry, confused, bitter and disappointed in a world that seemed to be twisted inside out. Any words […]

What does hope look like? A lot of laundry.

As I sort, wash, photograph and catalog all the clothing donations from Dress Them In Hope….I’m not gonna lie….it does get a bit tedious. I took a break this afternoon to look through some of the pics that we took from our Dress Them In Hope launch weekend (Nov 30 and Dec 1), and it really […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]