The day Cameron Diaz and Stevie Nicks helped me get rid of my junk


My back is still aching and I’ve been having trouble bending over. My parents are preparing to sell their house, so I have been helping to clear out the junk, much of which I left behind after moving out 15 years ago. Anyway, you’re probably thinking that I forgot to bend my knees when I […]

Queen of the less-than-perfect comeback gives son advice on how to be assertive


I just thought of a really good comeback for that cranky, rude woman…the one who, at Tim Hortons, complained that my crying baby was disturbing her… …too bad that incident happened five years ago. Yes, I am one who will think up a deliciously, witty response…just, a bit too late. Other than George Costanza, I […]

My 3-year-old has a temper like Taylor Swift


My two young sons were arguing recently. It wasn’t an unusual occurrence. However, when they settled down, my youngest son turned to me and, with a huge smile, sang, “Now we have bad blood, it used to be mad love.” Innocent enough. But what do I say when he asks me about the lyrics with […]

Parenting…mostly with my head above water


I’ve been treading water well lately. I can go for about 90 seconds. Knowing that I have two young sons and a pool in the backyard, my instructor wants me to be able to get to the point where I can tread, while managing the weight of a child. I’m fine when I have my […]

I hit the wall, but kept going


Back in June, when my cousin first asked me to do WIPEOUTrun, I was immediately taken back to grade 8 gym class. “Ugh…my face feels kinda hot…did I miss the ball? Where’s the ball?” Fears and negative self-talk filled my mind. “What if I can’t make it over the wall?” “Monkey bars? Oh man, I […]

Inspired to do some cool sh*t…but wait, I have to change my son’s diaper first


I recently read the book “Do Cool Sh*t,” by Miki Agrawal, thinking it would give me some much-needed inspiration after being at home with the kids for almost five years. And, although it is a very good read – filled with practical business-start up tips and memorable anecdotes – I was left feeling old and […]

Travel Review – Great Wolf Lodge


Great Wolf Lodge is an ideal option for a quick getaway with the family. And, although the priority of the magical forest-themed resort is to cater to the imaginations and the size limitations of their younger guests, the entertainment factor engages children of all ages. My family (including two young boys – two and four […]