The Great Debate: Movie vs Book

Coming from a book and movie loving family, a common topic of discussion around our table is the latest winner in the movie vs book debate. My husband often leans in favour of the movie version, while I almost always prefer the book, so it was a nice surprise when we both agreed that we thoroughly enjoyed Netflix new series, The Adventures of Puss in Bootsbased on a children’s book by the same name.

Spin-offs usually get a bad rap, but not only did we enjoy it, our kids love it too. My 2-year-old asks for the “kitty show” every chance she gets! Thankfully it’s not the only good option for TV shows and movies based on books – Netflix has a great line up to inspire your watching and reading this month!

Literature Inspired Netflix Titles 
Eight titles to share with your kids on Netflix: Big Kids
   

1. How to Train Your Dragon
2. Peter Pan
3. Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
4. The Baby-Sitters Club

Little Kids

2. The Red Shoes
3. Harold and the Purple Crayon
4. Stuart Little: The Animated Series

Tell me, what is your favourite movie based on a book?

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!  

Potty Training Must-Haves

Potty Training Must Haves

  Potty Training is a big undertaking in any household. I know that for me the excitement about not having to change any more diapers can sometimes get the best of me and I have to remind myself that it’s not just a big deal for me - it’s not even about me at all. The most important thing is to go at my child’s pace, following her lead, ability and comfort level. When she’s ready, I know she’ll let me know, and I will be more than prepared. I’ve been down this potty training road once before, but that was 4 years ago. Not only are my children 2 totally different people, but products have changed in the years since I last did this, so I chatted with the lovely ladies at Boomers … Keep Reading!

A Day in the Life of a Work at Home Mom

Work at Home Mom

Many people I talk to have a misguided notion of how wonderful, glamorous and luxurious it is to be a work at home mom (WAHM for short). Doing business over coffee or lunch, working weekends, being able to spend more time with your kids and be involved in their school and extracurriculars, they wonder how I ever got so lucky. Please don't get me wrong, I truly do love what I do and some of the freedoms and perks it offers, but make no mistake. It is tough. Very. Tough. I figured I'd illustrate a general day in my life as an example. It's hard to determine exactly when my day "starts" after being up every 2 hours all night with a difficult toddler, but for the sake of brevity, lets pretend … Keep Reading!

Exhausted Mom (and Dad) Survival Kit

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Let me set the scene for you. It was 5 am and my toddler was up for the day. This isn't unusual, but when added on top of 2 nights of her not sleeping much at all, baking and decorating 48 elaborate cupcakes for my daughter's class party, mad holiday prep and regular workload, this mama was at her wit's end. It was all I could do to keep my eyes open and the coffee to my lips; the thought of entertaining a very active, danger magnet was more than I could fathom at the time. Luckily (or unluckily) for me, I have had lots of practice keeping my kids alive and fairly happy with little to no movement. Between 2 horrendously ill, medicated, bed rest filled pregnancies AND 2 patellar (knee cap) … Keep Reading!

Size Me

Size Me Silhouette

I have never been terribly obsessed with weight or size labels on clothing. As a tall, "big-boned" girl, I learned early on that I could gain or lose 5 lbs in a day without trying or noticing. I learned that size is very much relative, with one brand's 6 equalling another brand's 10. Don't misunderstand me - having this understanding didn't make me a super confident, breezy person. I was still very much an insecure, shy, awkward teenage and 20-something with a distorted body image and low self esteem. If I could have waved a magic wand and changed the things I didn't like about myself, I would have become unrecognizable to anyone who knew me. Thankfully I've had a perspective change … Keep Reading!

New Year’s Resolutions……après kids

New Year's Resolutions

As the new year approaches, people often get reflective and introspective, pondering the things they want to change or improve on with this fresh start. I've done my own contemplating and I've come to the realization that just as my New Year's Eve celebrations have changed, my New Year's resolutions look much different now as a mama of 2, than they did before we had kids! Not sure what I mean? Allow me to illustrate....     Tell me, what are your resolutions for 2015? … Keep Reading!

Adios Pity Party, Hello Birthday Party!

Boston Pizza Picnic Collage

My daughter had a few big lessons this month on dealing with disappointment in a big way. Unfortunately, I was the one to teach her. She turned 6 a few days ago, and even before her 5th birthday party she was dreaming about doing a skating party when she turned 6. She talked about it non stop for the past 12 months, and I was dreaming right along side her of the cake I would make. It was the stuff of epic Pinterest pins. Sadly, the closer we got to December, I realized there just wasn't room in the budget to do a skating party this year. Hell, there wasn't even a budget this year at all! I was fighting tears when my hubby and I broke the news. The only saving grace was a last-minute idea to … Keep Reading!

A Letter To My Daughter On Her 6th Birthday

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Dear Adri, Have I told you lately how much I love you? How proud I am of you? How amazed I am by your love, kindness, strength and brilliance? How worried I am for your tenderness, fragility and soft heart? You delight and frustrate me on a daily basis and I can't imagine life without you. It's hard for me to put all these feelings down, to find the words that adequately convey exactly how I feel about you and what you mean to me, but I'll try. I'm so very proud of you. I'm proud of what an amazing big sister you are. How so much of the time you think about your sister first, even though you're only 6. How sharing things with her is your natural inclination, and how even with a 4 year … Keep Reading!

Blue Christmas

Papa at Christmas

Christmas in Vancouver is rarely white, but this year it's feeling particularly blue. This is my first Christmas without my Dad, and this wave of sadness that has engulfed me has completely caught me off guard considering my family lives 3000 kilometres away and we haven't celebrated Christmas with them in 5 years, preferring to travel over Thanksgiving when the weather is nicer and flights cheaper. Up until now, I've had gentle waves of nostalgia as December 1st came and went without talking to my Dad on the phone and hearing a play by play of the dinner he made and wine he chose for his big "start of Christmas" party. Up until now, I've given a small sad smile, and thought of my … Keep Reading!

Why I Don’t Do Elf on the Shelf

Why I Don’t Do Elf on the Shelf

There are many many posts and blogs floating around about the downside and dangers to Elf on the Shelf. This is not one of them. I have a different point of view on why I'm not down with this crazy charade. Adri, my almost 6-year-old, lost a tooth yesterday. Seeing as it's her 5th tooth, you would think that I would have the Tooth Fairy routine down pat by now. I remember when she lost her first tooth, we went and got a special wooden box from Michael's (my happy place) that she painted and decorated with stickers and sparkles. The next morning, not only was there a shiny coin in place of the tooth, but a special certificate from the tooth fairy as well! We kept these traditions for the … Keep Reading!