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January 10, 2020

Hiking is one of our favourite family activities and we love doing it in the mountains, the woods and the prairies. It's been a rather large learning curve though navigating how to successfully hike with kids and adults and to make it enjoyable for all. Here are the top 10 things we've learned. 

1) Keep it under 5km round trip. Our very first hike we did with the kids we took them all the way to the Ink Pots at Johnston Canyon. We read "3-4 hours" and though...

January 7, 2020

To the Friends and Family of Homeschoolers

This is a post I’ve wanted to write for a while and feel like I can write from a bit of a removed stance as I have received nothing but support from our family and close friends. Even though our education path may have seemed unconventional to some or perhaps they had doubts, our circle chose to be supporters, cheerleaders and resources. For that I am so grateful. 

Even relative strangers that I meet and get into con...

December 7, 2019

Self care is a trendy term right now, so trendy that I hesitate to even use it. Wine O'clock, bubble baths, chocolate and tacos. All good things and I believe they were recommended at one point in a genuine attempt to encourage people to take a minute for themselves and do something they enjoy but they've become a very shallow definition for self care. 

I feel like my husband and I have been pretty intentional to consistently work at making our life one that...

December 4, 2019

If you've known me for any length of time you know that I'm pretty passionate about teaching my kids solid business principles at an early age. We live in a day and age where there are more resources available to independent business owners than ever before. I see all the funny memes about people wishing their education had included more about entrepreneurship, financial management and taxes than parallelograms and the unknown variables. They're funny cause...

November 26, 2019

I was recently asked on insta to share a home tour with you all. What a fun request! Seeing as we live, school and work in our home it's pretty important to us that it be a calm, welcoming place that functions well for us. I can say wholeheartedly that I absolutely LOVE my home. It's not a massive home, it has it's quirks but it really works for us. 

When we were house shopping we asked our realtor to find us a character home with a wrap around veranda (both...

November 22, 2019

My son has started to ask an interesting question every time we are headed to an event - "Who's hosting?". It gave me pause the other day because I don't think it's a typical question for an 11 year old boy to ask. 

What it made me realize is that in this life we have chosen my children are constantly seeing people step up to plan and create times of gathering. They have an acute understanding that activities don't magically happen. I understand that sounds...

November 20, 2019

 One of my husband and my favourite group date activities is doing Escape Rooms with our friends. We are somewhat competitive, have competitive friends and enjoy doing something different that engages our minds and challenges us. We recently had done another adult escape room and our kids were BEGGING us to let them do one.

We'd love to do an escape room with them but all the ones we knew of were suited for adults and wouldn't have worked well for kids. It w...

November 7, 2019

 I am so thankful for the freedom in our country and for those who sacrificed to protect that freedom. As much as I want to maintain the innocence in my children, I do want to inform them in age appropriate ways that freedom is not free and to encourage empathy and compassion for those still living in war zones today. It's a delicate balance and one that I don't take lightly. I think as parents we know our children best and we know what they can handle and...

November 1, 2019

I've been a reader for as long as I can remember. I was always signing out the maximum number of books, always asking the teacher if I could run to the library at recess so I could get new books as I read them in 1-2 days and didn't want to wait a week until our next library class. 

What I never anticipated all those years ago was getting to read my favourites books and authors then with my own children now. It might even be better than the first time!

First...

October 30, 2018

Sixteen years ago when we met with our mentor and pastor (PJ) for our pre-marriage counselling he had us create rules of engagement for arguments or disagreements. We have essentially stuck to the same boundaries for arguments for the last 16 years because they have worked. 

Before I get into listing the boundaries we have made for ourselves when it comes to how we "fight" lets talk about the why.

You treat people how to treat you. What you allow you condone....

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