10 gifts for the expecting mother

15 gifts for the expectant mother

My eyes filled with tears the first time I saw the ultrasound of my future niece arrive in my inbox. I wasn’t a mom yet, but I remember the joy I felt for my brother and his wife so well. It was intense. I couldn’t wait to snuggle that little girl in my arms. I (read more…)

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Summer reading lists, part one (7-year-old boy)

In the summer, we aim for a subtle blend of structure and a free-range calendar, allowing plenty of time for the kids to wander and wonder and be, framed within a widely-fenced yard. Those pickets are what keep us from feeling a sense of chaos in the midst of the in-between time of school years. (read more…)

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Tell Your Story, Then Live It. The power of writing your own obituary.

Tell your story, then live it.

One of my favourite things to do on holiday is visit bookshops. I almost always buy a new book while away and have purchased countless Moleskins (unlined – all the better to doodle in!) before boarding a plane. Last Christmas, while on holiday in Banff, I bought myself two game-changers. One was Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes, (read more…)

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How we make family roadtripping sane(r) & cheap(er)

Right now, I’m writing this post in the passenger seat of our car, en route to Texas from Oregon. I think we’re in New Mexico. Pretty sure it’s the Middle of Nowhere at the moment. When I Instagrammed a few pics from California a few days ago, more than a few people made the general (read more…)

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bay area friends

Cuppa reads

What a week of camping this has been. We started out in the Pacific Northwest, then ventured south to a night in northern California (where I barely slept, what with my numb toes!), hung out with friends in the Bay Area for the weekend, zipped a bit east over near Sequoia National Forest, froze again (read more…)

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