Bonding over Board Games: Developing a Winning Game Plan for Busy Families.

It is the dreaded 4-7pm, at least for our household, when we enter what we affectionately call the “Death Spiral.” It is the free-for-all fueled by the end-of-day crankies, hunger pains that can only be satisfied with chips and crackers instead of the nutritious dinner that is being prepared at the stove, and the inevitable resistance to the ever-impending bedtime. Oh the frustration! And not just towards keeping everybody happy at the end of the day but more as a desire to make dinner time and evening family time meaningful....more

Family Unplugged: The Results Show

It is now 10 p.m. on Sunday evening. I have officially been "disconnected" for 24 hours, and I am ready to once again join the virtual world. In case you missed my previous post, I was inspired by the Australian mom who made her family disconnect from all electronic devices for six months. So I made my family unplug for one day. We were not allowed to watch TV, play video games or use the computer all day....more

Live, Learn and Compromise

You may have noticed that there is a metre or so of snow on the ground, right now.  Looking out our front window, you would never guess that we HAVE a front walk - nevermind that it was shoveled less than 24 hours ago.  I'm drinking my coffee in my jammies, looking at all that snow, and trying to use telepathy to get that boy three houses down to come and ask to shovel our walks.He wants a new snowboard.  I want him to have a new snowboard.  Especially if it means I don't have to get dressed, today....more

This snow has really forced us to slow down at exactly the right time. I can't remember our ...more

Baby it's cold outside - so let's stay home and watch a movie.

Every Christmas my hubby gets psyched about getting his movie-fill for the year.  For the past two Christmases, I have given him a Netflix subscription for the winter months and he doles out movie gift cards to everyone in the family. The rest of the year viewing home movies and paying to go to the movie theater is low on the list. By April, the weather will be nicer and the fury will have dimmed. This year my son, who claims he hates watching movies, has been a movie hound the past two weeks himself....more

More movie and Netflix features I forgot:

Leap Year, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Pineapple ...more

Strategically Planning for The Day After Christmas Shopping

Once my kids became teenagers, the days of running out Christmas shopping early, hiding gifts & going on late night wrapping frenzies ended. We created a new tradition. We each have 1 gift under the tree and then on December 26, we shop till we drop. If you were to install a nanny cam in our home, you’d think we should be wearing camo and have our faces painted up. Its like the shopping war room when the planning starts. ...more

Making Magic: Homemade Fairy House

For a long time I have been enamored with the type of fabulous creations that are found in toy catalogs like Magic Cabin. When they appear in my mailbox I hide them from my children until I’ve had a chance to drool over the gorgeous spreads depicted on the glossy pages. Oh, the lovely absence of plastic! The loose concepts leaving lots of room for childish ideas! The enticing colors and knobby shapes just right for little hands! ...more
Oh, and my daughter's latest project is making a paper version of the Los Angeles Johnny ...more

An Account of His Day

For the last two months a secret pleasure of mine has been the time from when I pick up my four-year-old son from kindergarten to the time we get home. We live close to the school, and he attends kindergarten for half the day. A few minutes before his release time I pack up the baby, strap him into the stroller and walk to my son's school....more

Moose Hunt - Family Time Friday

Family Time Fridays!  My sweetie and his dad just got back from up in Northern Alberta.  They were gone for a week and had a great trip....more


One of the things that I love about living in the country are the stars.  I love being able to sit outside with my kids at night and look at the beautiful sky all around us.  There are no trees to block our view.  No cars honking or driving by to distract us.  My 11 year old can name quite a few of the constellations.  He's learned them from sleeping under the constellation exhibit at the Seattle Science Center during 4-H w...more

Do You Eat Family Dinners?

Does your family sit down to the dinner table each night? Several nights a week? Never?   Family dinners are one of the most important factors to a kid's success in school and in life (Time Magazine even says so!). However, if you arent used to sitting down to the dinner table each night, that can be a daunting prospect. Here are a few tips to ease the stress and increase the fun....more