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 […]

I’m still a girl

“And she’ll promise you more Than the Garden of Eden Then she’ll carelessly cut you And laugh while you’re bleedin’ But she’ll bring out the best And the worst you can be Blame it all on yourself Cause she’s always a woman to me.” ~ Billy Joel I’m a mom, wife and professional with a […]

Serenity now!! Where do you find your personal strength?

Digging deep to discover personal strength via quillandcurio.com

As a mom, and now as a new entrepreneur, I’ve had to dig deep countless times to keep myself motivated and energized over the past couple of years. And not even for the really big things or big projects. Sometimes it’s just about putting one foot in front of the other to get through a […]

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 […]

Do you have some words to spare?

Send a message of hope and support to the homeless mothers at Marillac Place.

Being a parent is a tough job in so many colourful ways. And it sometimes draws out words that are equally colourful. For instance, when my 2.5 year old daughter decided to run down the street this morning as I was buckling my son into his car seat, I muttered a few choice words. Thankfully, […]

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 […]

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 […]