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Fingerprint Necklaces

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I often worry I’m not doing enough to capture my daughter’s fleeting childhoods – tangible, tactile things I can touch and feel, and that will remind me of their smallness. Which is why I love my silver necklace, that has my kids’ tiny fingerprints embedded right in the pendant. Read more

Special Report February 14, 2017Valentine’s Day the Family Way

Having kids doesn’t mean parents need to give up on Valentine’s Day altogether. It just means we need to tweak how we recognize it, by including the kids and making it a day to celebrate the whole family. For great V-Day gift ideas for kids, read more

9 gift ideas for kids who have everything 

Grandma and Grandpa want a list of what your kid wants for the holidays—but the last thing you need is more toys to fill up your already-crammed playroom. Try these ideas instead. Read more

What new moms really want for Mother’s Day 

A gift guide for new mothers and moms-to-be. Hint: they really just want to hear “thank you”, and to get a nice long break. Read more


Why I won’t Xmas shop online (Toronto Star)

I’ve gone retro with my Christmas shopping this year, and I’m not talking about the types of gifts I’ve bought. I mean I shopped in-person, exchanging cash for gifts-in-hand. We stood awestruck in the presence of Santa, and actually had fun. Read more

giftideasforhimBaby shower gifts – the do’s and the don’ts

Trying to come up with something to buy a friend, family member or co-worker as a baby gift can be daunting. As someone who’s given gifts and received them, here are my top pics for baby shower or baptism gifts, whether you know the person intimately, or just barely. Here are my ideas for the best gifts to get people who are expecting or who have just had a baby. Read more

DSCF4988-682x1024Best ever family faces book

Isla’s favourite book, hands down, is her Little Book of Family Faces. I got the idea from the wonderful blog A Cup of Jo, after she made a similar book for her son through Pinhole Press. We made our photo book using Blurb, which I’ve used to make photo books in the past. The website is simple to use and books are easy to customize, with a wide variety of templates, colours, fonts and book sizes. We published a soft cover book to save on money and the final product only cost us about $15. Read more

DSCF4940Favourite books – 6 to 12 months

Reading is an important part of downtime in our family, and has become an lovely part of Isla’s bedtime routine. After she’s had her last bottle, her bath and gotten into her PJs, she curls up in our arms in the little reading corner in her nursery, and we delve into the wonderful world of stories. Read more

imagesGifts for the people who help keep your life together (Toronto Star)

They hem our pants, scrub our stovetops, walk our dogs and = encourage us to do that one last horrible sit up. They are the people who help run our lives, and most of us would be lost without them. Because they work so hard, they should be on our Christmas shopping lists. Read more

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