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mother-of-four, wife, friend, daughter, sister, writer, and eternal optimist
Interests: raising kids, reading, writing, cooking (not baking), DVD box sets, playing songs on repeat, laughing til my face hurts
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Once you are real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always. ~ Margrey Williams The Velveteen Rabbit has a special place in our family. Our oldest daughter received the book as a gift before she was born, and it has since been passed along to her siblings. The... Continue reading
Posted 8 minutes ago at late night plays
We're in that perfect seasonal sweet spot. My favourite time of year. The colours are bright, the air is crisp, the sun still warm in the afternoon. Oh, and the kids are back in school. It's funny isn't it? How the summer starts to draw to a close and you... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at late night plays
Carrie.....A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, YES. There were so so so many titles on my page. Its ridiculous. Im going to try The Giver so I can screen it for the kids. And this Swallows and Amazons sounds very interesting. Thank you for sharing. xo
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on MY 10 MOST FAVOURITE BOOKS at late night plays
{Photo credit: Goodreads} If you're going to ask a person to create a list of their dearest friends, there has to be enough space to talk about each one and to share how they influenced and impacted your life. I was terribly shy as a child and a good book... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at late night plays
Yes, I couldnt agree more. We NEED to help our kids process and work through the worrying and anxiety as early as we can. Because those coping skills will serve them well as they navigate the bumps of growing up. I am lending the book to J.A. feel free to ask her for it afterwards :) Typepad HTML Email Hi louise, Heather Coxe Dancyger ( has left you a comment: Louise, Thank you so much for the book recommendation! I have two anxious daughters and they each show it in different ways. Interesting that the one who is better at vocalizing her fears is the one who basically gets along quite well. My 8 y/o has a much bigger problem expressing her feelings and ends up having wild outbursts. As she matures, these outbursts are easier for us to talk her through, but she tends to have more of them. I worry that if she doesnt learn how to recognize and deal with these feelings, then as she gets older she will talk even less to us (as some teenagers do) and her anxiety will result in much worse issues. Bigger the kids, bigger the problems. We have talked through a few different books about worry with her, but sometimes its just a matter of finding one that resonates. Looking forward to reading this one with her :) Status: Published Options: Unpublish
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on {GIVEAWAY} WHEN KIDS WORRY at late night plays
I love it when families have their own special rituals. It is such a comfort for our children. Good luck and thanks for entering, Celine.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on {GIVEAWAY} WHEN KIDS WORRY at late night plays
Yes, there are a lot out there. This would be a good start. And there are plenty more to be found. Even fiction can be good for understanding that others feel the same. Hugs to you, Rea. xo
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on {GIVEAWAY} WHEN KIDS WORRY at late night plays
Sounds like we both use a lot of the same strategies within our family units. Relaying similar experiences and feelings really helps our kids as they see us as being successful and brave as adults. Good luck and thanks for entering, Tara.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on {GIVEAWAY} WHEN KIDS WORRY at late night plays
Last minute surprises are a no-no here, too. We listened to some meditative CDs for kids and we all enjoyed them.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on {GIVEAWAY} WHEN KIDS WORRY at late night plays
Yes, its hard isnt it? The book comes with a code to additional audio support. Ill bring you my copy xo
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on {GIVEAWAY} WHEN KIDS WORRY at late night plays
Im sorry to hear hes been having a hard time, Tammi. I hope it gets better for him xo
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on {GIVEAWAY} WHEN KIDS WORRY at late night plays
Hi Laura, thanks for entering and good luck!
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on {GIVEAWAY} WHEN KIDS WORRY at late night plays
I am the kind of parent that is thrilled to see my children trying new things and taking chances to satisfy a curiosity or embark on an adventure that gives them a sense of accomplishment. It amazes me to see them doing things I was never brave enough to try.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at late night plays
This is a big year for all of us. Each of you is at the beginning of something new. And isn't it amazing? Even though you are only at the beginning, I want you to know you have already succeeded. And it's because you were brave enough to start. You... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at late night plays
I LOVE it, too, Christine!!! Good luck :)
Yes, Rachel, you said it. Unforgettable.
I get the How do you do it all? question a lot—especially with the back to school season upon us. Four kids to organize. Six mouths to feed. Looming deadlines to meet. And the short answer is: there isn't an all for me. Not a version that's set in stone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at late night plays
Its a great way to bump up your exercise without feeling like youre doing too much work or having to go out of your way to get it done. Its simple things like parking further from the door to get more steps. Or following my kids on foot when they ride their bikes, instead of hopping on my bike too (though its also a good work out to ride your bike!). Good luck, Leila!
Its like a quiet little personal trainer that sits on your wrist and doesnt shout. Sends positive updates and motivators. Its really great. Thanks for entering Kathy- good luck!!! xo
Its a great little motivator, Dana. Good luck!
Yes, Im not doing a very good job of sharing mine either Kristy! Good luck and thanks for entering!
Ha- my soon-to-be puppy will be quite happy if Im still into my Fitbit like I am now! Good luck, Joanne. Thanks for entering.
Ha even more motivating when youre competing with your sister ;) Good luck, Alison.
Well youre well ahead of me, Jennifer. Im sticking to the rapid walking for now ;)
Ohhhh I am my own worst competitor, Karen, except when it comes to my sister ;) Good luck and thanks for entering.