You can raise a child who loves nature and is deeply connected to Mother Earth even in the middle of a metropolitan environment. Look at me. Born in Toronto, raised in the city, I love immersing myself in everything outdoorsy. Camping, canoeing, hiking, vacations in the forest, I love it all. It's not that I … Continue reading Raising a Wild (nature-loving) Child is Easy!
Can we just admit that we don't need the gifts? C'mon... say it with me, "I do not need to buy presents." A few years ago my side of the family decided to end the gift-giving dance. It got to the point where I was giving someone a $50 gift card so that one person … Continue reading Give Up The Gifts
I don't have to tell you about the dangers of not using sunscreen. For fun on how we used to know so little, watch this hysterical comparison bit of a 1980s mom vs a 2019 mom. I cried so hard from laughing my butt off watching this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKWn3t8UJcE But there are dangers to the planet … Continue reading Protect More Than Your Skin With Sunscreen
Yes, major pun intended! I have loved cloth diapering both my kids. I don't need to write all the conveniences of disposable diapers; we know what they are. What I want to do is highlight how awesome cloth diapers are because a lot of people think they are hard to use, but they are not! … Continue reading Cloth Diapers Are The Sh*ts!
Granted I live in a small house, but I can't stand clutter. So when we found out we were having kids, I immediately asked our families to respect our rule: no "new" toys (and frankly, to vet used and thrift toys by us first). I knew I wanted to raise them in a house where … Continue reading Minimalist Approach To Toys Maximizes Child’s Play and Minimizes Environmental Impacts
Tell me this. Why in the heck do you want a ginormous, 3-foot, stuffed in polyester, synthetic crap bear with a stitched on giant red heart? Like, really, I ask you. What are you going to do with it? Let's keep this Valentine's Day beating its green heart with some really basic choices, and show … Continue reading Show The Planet Some Love On Valentine’s
Cold season. Allergies. Runny nose. Bloody nose. Leaky nose. Whatever the case, your nose will always have a reason to need an object to wipe it. But do we need to use disposable tissues? I say not! Hankies are what we use to dot our little noses in this house. Of all the sustainable behaviours … Continue reading What a Spanky Hanky!
Halloween is one of the cutest holidays ever. Newborns in little skeleton onesies. Toddlers in one-piece animal suits. Kiddos emanating childhood dreams through costumes. And for me, this holiday is one of my faves: chocolate bonanzas, carving pumpkins, Ghostbusters on TV on repeat, Hallmark Channel movie sets at fall fairs and corn fields. Just things … Continue reading Halloween Is Scarier Than You Think
I love simple therapeutic pleasures. One of them is movies. God, I cannot get enough of movies. Good or bad. And I am happier when I have added a cold glass of local beer to that experience. Salty goods and pizza are my weaknesses. But I get a real kick from writing, especially this blog. … Continue reading A Day In The Life: Bulk Refill Pantry Shopping
To-do lists. Grocery lists. Packing lists. Weekly family menu planning. Love notes. Reminder notes. Whatever it is, we all have used cutesy pads of paper to jot all these down. Whether it's from a fancy stationery store at $6-10 for a few pads at 50 sheets each or the dollar store at $1-2 for a … Continue reading Doodles Repurposed For To-Dos