Why I Don’t Make a Big Deal of the First Day of School

We don’t really take Back to School pictures. I mean, I’ll usually snap a quick one of the girls as I’m headed out the door to work or something, but we don’t do a sign or a chalkboard or even a pose of any kind. I went to Bella’s first day, and Annika’s first day and Ryan went to Maelle’s ....more


Blake’s been gone two years. Two years ago on Sunday. Sometimes the thoughts of him pass with no thought following at all, sometimes they even pass with a smile ....more

It’s gettin Political up in here. [Canadian Leaders Debate, Election 2015]

I’m starting a political blog. Not here, don’t worry, I’m starting it on another site altogether. Let’s not get too excited, some of us are Canadian in here ....more

Hi. I’m 33.

It’s my birthday. I’m 33 today. That sounds old but doesn’t feel old ....more

Slowly, and then all at once. The Tweens.

It’s kind of how John Green describes falling in love in The Fault In Our Stars: “slowly, and then all at once.” That’s how Isabella became a tween. I hate that term- tween. It’s so precious ....more

Being assertive, and being wrong.

The translation from Finnish is: ‘assertive’. I’ve finally been asked a few times about my tattoo in public, from strangers, and I still brace myself for their reaction. Even though the very reason for its permanent placement on my body is both an affirmation and a reminder....more

I want my daughters to fail.

I want my daughters to fail. I want my daughters to fail so hard. While you talk of not burning bridges, I whisper to my daughters “maybe just take the river route” ....more

They DO grow up, eh?

I mean, that’s why we...more

Cover Your Bits- why my children dress terribly & why I like it

“Oh. Maëlle has taken on her sister’s sense of style, I see…” was the genuinely good-natured comment offered by Annika’s teacher on a pick up one evening with two other Ladies in tow. My daughters’ choices of attire are sometimes usually always just left of traditional and would really never be found in a magazine or Pinterest spread ....more

A first hand perspective on Finnish schools vs North American schools

My twitter feed is varied with every type of account from family, to Moms and Dads, to local breweries, to bird &...more