I never fully understood what people meant when they told me "Enjoy them while they're young", "They're only little once", and "Time flies!" Then I had a child and all of a sudden, I knew what others meant, and boy, were they right. Time flies! It's hard to believe that this time eight years ago, I was on strict hospital bed rest at Mount Sinai Hospital. It all seems like … [Read more...]
Shocked At What I Have Been Doing To My Child
I am shocked at what I have been doing to my child. "Donne un beau bec!" "Give Grandma a hug!" "Give Uncle George a kiss goodbye!" I had no idea that by telling my child to do these things, I was doing her a tremendous disservice. I grew up in a culture where every adult relative or friend was considered family. Friends of the family were all "aunts" and … [Read more...]
What do people REALLY like on Facebook?
To be honest, that's the question many people have been trying to figure the answer to. Though I try to keep my blog's Facebook page fresh and up to date, and post regularly, I will be the first to admit that Facebook is not my first love when it comes to social media. I should rephrase that and say that it's not my favourite for my own purposes. I do love Facebook for my … [Read more...]
Who Are You?
The following post is written by contributor, Jill from Crooked Lake Farm. Jill shares stories of the real side of farming and life on a farm. To read more, follow her on her blog and engage with her on Twitter. Okay, so now you have “Who Are You” by The Who running through your head. Sorry, but I couldn’t think of a more appropriate title to discuss cattle … [Read more...]
Life on the Farm #FarmFactFriday
Being a farmer's wife and living on a working farm, I realize there are many questions about what life on a farm is like. I want to include the perspectives of farmers and believe it is a good idea for people to get to know the farmers who grow their food. For this reason, I have teamed up with a few people in the ag world to best answer questions the public may have. We … [Read more...]
Open Mouth, Insert Foot
This post could be alternately entitled "How to Teach Kids to Have a Social Filter". Open Mouth, Insert Foot is quite fitting though. Oh, I have tons of Open Mouth, Insert Foot moments that I wish I could double back and erase. My brain and mouth don't often work together and aren't always on the same track. With kids, it's different though. They're just learning social … [Read more...]
I’m As Free As A Bird Now
Friday mornings in the Fall always leave me feeling a bit pensive. I reflect upon the week that has just passed and plan for the week ahead. I make sure meals are planned, all my projects, meetings with clients and work for the week to come are planned out and penciled onto my calendar. In between family, work, the farm, the house, I occasionally get a few precious minutes … [Read more...]
Do You Ever Lie to Your Kids?
I stood outside in shock. I wasn't sure if I was sad or upset. There was a lump in my throat and a knot in my stomach. I found one of Little One's bunnies lifeless and its littermate suffering from some kind of neurological issue. The way its head was tilted to one side and looking up to the sky, I knew something was wrong. That, and the fact that it showed no interest … [Read more...]
There’s Something Wrong With The World Today
There's somethin' wrong with the world todayI don't know what it isSomething's wrong with our eyes Whenever I turn on the news or listen to the radio, I'm saddened to hear stories of strife every single day. Whether it be the conflict between Israel and Hamas, a drive-by shooting in Toronto or towns and villages upturned by hurricanes, tornadoes or flooding, the outcome … [Read more...]
A Peek into my Rustic Kitchen
Many of you know I love to cook and host dinner parties and get-togethers. Some of you have asked to see my kitchen. We're still in the planning stages for our kitchen reno and quite frankly, I have no idea where to begin! Since the kitchen is the hub of the household and where memories are made (long dinners spent with loved ones, gathering around while the meals are … [Read more...]
Co-Sleeping: The Post Where I May or May Not Get Slammed by Other Parents
You know when you become a new parent and think you have everything figured out, only to discover that nothing you had planned ever turns out the way intended? I was one of those people who said "I am having a home water birth with a midwife and a doula", only to end up on bed rest not even in my third trimester and having Little One canon-ball her way into the world without … [Read more...]
I never expected this to happen -- at least not this early. We were at a dinner party and there was a lot of giggling from the kids when all of a sudden, my friend yelled, "NO KISSING, you guys!" Sure enough, there was my little girl, about to kiss my friend's six year old. Yes, the pair were both giggling, had their eyes closed and were reaching in for a smooch. We quickly … [Read more...]
Being Her Role Model #parenting
Something happened recently that caused me to panic. Perhaps panic is not the best choice of words. It was more like "wake up". That's it. Something happened that caused me to wake up. I was under the weather, and Little One was keeping herself busy after school. My five year old was doing her homework on her own because I was "preoccupied" ahem...clinging to the porcelaine … [Read more...]
You’re a Social Media Community Manager? What is it that you do again?
"You're a Social Media Community Manager?" What exactly is does that mean? What do you do?" This topic has been written about countless times by numerous others. I've even written about it last year. Still, I get questions like "Oh! You're a blogger. You get free stuff all the time" and "You blog for a living?" Being a Social Media Community Manager and a Blogger are … [Read more...]
Things My Kid Says: On Conception
Little One sat beside me and was quiet for a moment. She looked at me and had that look. It's a look I know all too well. It means one of two things. She either did something she wasn't supposed to do and was feeling like she needed to confess or that she had a question for me. You know...One of those questions. The questions that you know you need to answer as best as you … [Read more...]