Lions and Tigers and Dragons, Oh My!

Animal adventures are the norm around our house, no matter what the season. I feel like I’m living on safari with how often we have cheetahs, tigers and “jagwa”s running around the kitchen. This month a new animal has been added to the mix, we are now home to a few dragons! 

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We fell in love with Toothless, Hiccup and the gang back in 2010 when the original How to Train your Dragon movie was released, and since then Netflix has added the entire Dragon line up to their roster, much to my munchkin’s delight! In addition to the movie’s sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, there is also Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers and How to Train Your Dragon; Legends. 

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The newest dragon baby is Netflix Original Series Dragons: Race to the Edge! In this latest instalment, Hiccup and the gang are exploring beyond the island of Berk in search of new dragons, and *spoiler alert* boy do they find them. We get to meet some of the most exciting dragons yet, each with its own special abilities including shock waves, cannon balls, fire blasts and more!

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One of the big themes in this series is one my children know all too well; that a little curiosity and determination can make every day an exciting journey. Check out the series preview below and be sure to catch all the Dragon fun this summer on Netflix!

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All on the Table Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam program, and receive special perks for sharing all my family’s favourites with you. I was not financially compensated for this post, and I would never share anything less than superbly stellar with my fave readers!  

Theatre Under the Stars Vancouver Giveaway + Review #TUTS2015

Opening act of Oliver! at Theatre Under the Stars

Ever since my youngest was born almost 2 1/2 years ago, I made a habit of taking my older daughter on ‘dates’ as often as our hectic schedule allowed. We do simple things like go out for coffee, or play in the park, and we do elaborate things like spending a day at Playland or get manicures. Our latest date was far and away our favourite of any we’ve done so far. We went and saw Oliver! presented by Theatre Under the Stars Vancouver.   Having never been to Theatre Under the Stars before, I was expecting a decent show, but was completely blown away by our entire experience. It started the minute we walked onto the grounds, with the performers wandering through the crowd … Keep Reading!

5 Summer Survival Tips for Work At Home Moms

5 Summer Survival Tips for Work at Home Moms

Have you ever noticed how so many things that held excitement and allure as a kid turn into things that you dread as an adult? The freedom burden of making all the decisions, getting to having to stay up really late, SUMMER VACATION! Show me an adult who doesn’t dread summer vacation, and I’ll show you an adult who a) doesn’t have kids or b) doesn’t work from home!  While there are things I love about my kids being off of school; no more being late for drop off & pick up, no mad search for misplaced assignments and overdue books, no cleaning out yesterday’s pungent, uneaten lunch containers - having to appear professional and coherent with 2 screaming kids running … Keep Reading!

A Mother’s Plea to Parents of Boys

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Dear Parents of Boys, Allow me to introduce myself. I am a Mom to 2 amazing little girls. They are so full of light, life, love and laughter. They are funny, kind, strong, clever, sweet, spunky and oh-so-full of attitude. They drive me crazy and I love them so much that it sometimes hurts to breathe.  I’ve always been terrified of raising teenage girls. It wasn’t that long ago that I was a teenage girl and it was an incredibly painful experience. I didn’t have the wherewithal to confidently navigate those years myself and I worry about how to help my girls succeed where I didn’t. It is my constant prayer that my girls have enough inner strength to make good choices based … Keep Reading!

July is #MeetMyMarket Month at BC Farmers’ Markets!

BC Farmers’ Market

July is #MeetMyMarket Month at BC Farmers’ Markets! Introduce a friend to your favourite farmers’ markets this month and you could win big! This July, friends all over BC are heading to their local farmers’ market to celebrate Meet My Market Month!  With a chance to win (one of two!) three night getaways (+ wine touring) to the Okanagan’s beautiful Sparkling Hill resort, it’s clear this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with your local BC farmers’ market!  Here are five great reasons to bring a friend to your local BC farmers’ market for Meet My Market Month:  The eats. BC boasts an amazing array of locally grown food, and it’s all at the … Keep Reading!

The Balanced Working Mom and Other Mythical Creatures

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Quick tell me; what do the Loch Ness Monster, BigFoot and the Balanced Working Mom have in common? Yes, they are all mythical creatures! If there is balance to be had between career and parenting, the only evidence I’ve seen of it is in grainy photos from afar that you are sure are doctored. No reliable first hand evidence of work-life balance has ever crossed my path.  Despite my apparent cynicism, I’m all for working moms, whether out of necessity or desire. I’m a working mom myself. I simply have never found that elusive balance that allows one to thoroughly enjoy both career and work simultaneously, while also succeeding in both arenas. For while I thought it was me. There … Keep Reading!

Netflix Nostalgia: Saturday Morning Cartoons #StreamTeam

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Very few things make me as nostalgic as certain TV shows. Anytime I hear the word ‘palaeontologist' in any setting I automatically think of Ross and wonder “Did she get off the plane??”. As well as music and books, different stages in my life are clearly categorized by the shows I watched. Living with my big brother in my late teens was a period of The Sopranos and the original Law & Order. A bit earlier was Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saved by the Bell and Happy Days. Oddly enough we didn’t have a TV for most of my early childhood, but my hubby has those classic fond memories of early Saturday mornings eating breakfast and watching Saturday morning cartoons. He’s been loving sharing … Keep Reading!

Huggies® Little Movers Plus for Toddlers on the Go

Hughes Little Movers Plus for Toddlers on the Go

I don’t know if it is true for all kids, but my girls were little movers from the get go. From rolling over to crawling, cruising to walking, running to climbing; they never stop! My youngest is now 2 years old and is constantly trying to keep up with and copy her gymnastics loving big sister - which means lots of time spent upside down and in comical body contortions. Which ALSO means lots of leaks for some diaper brands.  I’m not sure if my toddler has odd proportions (she is perfect to me) but it is surprisingly hard to find diapers that don’t gape around her legs while she is on the go. This has led to many more leaks in an otherwise perfectly dry diaper than I care to … Keep Reading!

Grief is not just for Moms #ShowUpForDads

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  I’ve talked quite a bit about remembering and honouring all women on Mother’s Day, especially those who have suffered through infertility, pregnancy and infant loss, and I recently took a step back and asked myself - “what about the Dads”?  Friends and family can overlook grieving dads and may not know how to offer support, or may think that men would be uncomfortable with the show of emotional vulnerability. Despite our progress in banishing stereotypical gender roles, men are often still perceived and expected to be the strong silent type. To suffer in silence and not let their emotions show. Additionally, women tend to have bigger social networks that they can draw … Keep Reading!

3 Bathroom Hacks to Extend Your Clean

Lysol Bathroom Cleaning Hacks

I hate cleaning.  Even more than that, I hate having to clean AGAIN when I’ve just finished cleaning. Once it’s done I want it to stay done, at least for a little while. Lysol® has a full range of products that got my bathroom clean quickly and easily (including killing 99.9% of germs) from toilet to tub, sink to shower.  While I was using the Lysol® Bathroom Cleaning Foam in my shower, I enjoyed seeing exactly where the product was disinfecting and how easily it covered large surfaces as it was sprayed. The Lysol® Power Bathroom Cleaner was great for spraying my faucet, sink and toilet, leaving everything so shiny and germ free.  Since Lysol® did such … Keep Reading!