Motherhood is often a thankless job, but we didn't get into it to be thanked. We got into it for wet baby kisses, macaroni necklaces, and surprisingly philosophical conversations with teenagers who amaze (and frustrate) us daily. On the bad days - the terrible, not-so-good, eat-the-last-brownie-crying-while-hiding-in-the-laundry-room days - I fantasize about what my own retirement will look like.
When you think of ways to make your home greener, things such as using energy-efficient bulbs, composting/recycling, and conserving water are probably what immediately come to mind. These are all excellent actions to take but there are some things you may not have heard of or even thought about doing around your home—things that will reduce your carbon footprint in a significant way—like the following:
Erica Ehm has gone from rock'n roll to rocking the cradle. She is the creator/publisher of YummyMummyClub.ca which speaks to the woman in every mom struggling with the reality of being a modern parent. Erica's son Josh, daughter Jessie and hubby Terry give her the freedom to have a life that includes being a mom and wife, but also an entrepreneur, girlfriend, avid reader, part-time runner, and full time multi-tasker.
The key to a good night’s sleep at any age is setting up your sleep environment for sleep success. We equip our kitchens with the tools we need to create delicious meals and our dens are our family’s space for relaxation and entertainment. Unfortunately, though, our bedrooms environment often gets overlooked.
My son was born with many food and environmental allergies, and his immune system often seems...a little confused. It likes to throw us curve balls: reacting to things that should be totally safe for him, making him susceptible to every germ that floats through his school, and giving him asthma. He recently spent four days in the hospital after what I thought would be a quick visit to the ER for bronchitis. As it turned out, he was having a very severe asthma attack - but before that, we didn't even know he had asthma. Seeing him struggle to breathe was so scary.
Have you ever looked at the price of vanilla sugar? It's priced somewhere between "Gold per Ounce" and "Firstborn Child." And if you've ever had the pleasure of smelling vanilla sugar, it's not hard to see why they feel like they can charge prices like this.
But if you're savvy, you know better. DIY vanilla sugar is something everybody can do. All you need is a big ol' jar like a pickle jar, except with all the pickle smell long, long washed out; some sugar, and some vanilla beans.
Tourtière, the classic French-Canadian meat pie, is a holiday favourite of many Canadians, including those with and without French roots. Part of a traditional reveillon – a long dinner held on Christmas Eve – tourtière includes a combination of savoury and sweet spices that give it a distinctive and oh so appealing taste. For those who find a mostly-meat version a little on the heavy side, I’ve lightened up the texture a little in this recipe by adding in a lot of chopped vegetables.