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Traditions are the bonding goop in families. They are ‘understood’ by the family, like an inside joke or secret handshake. They are a constant to rely on, a marker for special events. Traditions are a display of family pride, like team colours or an anthem. And the BEST thing about traditions is that they can be aaaaannnnything […]
So we have a new tradition this year. Adventing (oh yes, in this house it’s a verb). This year I had felt overcome by the meaning of Advent. Suddenly the weeks leading to Christmas seem so precious to me. Give me ten years max and I will become ‘that weird Christmas lady’ because I am […]
We just spent the week talking about gift giving. We talked about ways to make your gifts more thoughtful and ways to give kids gifts without it feeling like you are overrun with toys. There are still some ways you can make your gift giving simpler. Here are some tips to make […]
We are coming off a year of ‘giving experiences not gifts’ so I’ve been approaching this Christmas with a smaller shopping list and big plans on how to ‘do things’ with our kids. We have told the kids that for Christmas we will take them to a hotel and go swimming. Their reaction has been […]
We all feel the tension. The commercialization versus the simple joy of togetherness. The presents versus the presence. Of course, I’d like to raise charitable kids over entitled kids but I don’t want them to think there is anything wrong with presents. I like presents! To me, the perfect gift is one that has thought […]
I have spent much of my life waiting. Waiting to drive. To graduate college. Waiting for my boyfriend to propose to me (little did I know what marriage entailed). Waiting to own a house (which turned out to be this house). Desperately waiting to see two pink lines, then of course, waiting to not be pregnant […]
On Friday we talked about these five tips to make your Christmas simpler. But ‘simple’ looks different to each family. What does it look like to your family? The first step in finding your Simple Christmas is to get to know what’s going on under that candy cane grin. What are your expectations, your sources of […]
Welcome to #fiveonfriday, where I team up with other Canadian bloggers and we share our list of ‘five’. I thought today would be a good time to introduce a new series called A Simple Christmas. . . . Christmas was likely a holiday that you adored as a child. You can smile and rattle off […]
I really have no clue what is gonna work when it comes to parenting. I can do trial and error or get loaded down with all the ever-changing statistics; google science; and unwelcome advice available from my local grocery store cashier. At the end of the day, almost every experienced mother will tell you to […]
This post was inspired by a lady friend who listens to my mom woes, bad jokes, sends me cupcakes when I’m PMSing and cohorts over at A Little Light with me. I had mentioned to her that my college frugal ways led me to learn some practices of making my clothes last longer. She said […]