Illumination: An Art Show Supporting Mental Health 

Full disclosure: My kids are in a very tough stage. Breccan is turning from 3 to 4, which is mostly amazing (good riddance threenager stage), but he’s super kinetic and wants to be out and active all the time. And Olin has his the fussy 16-month stage and GETS. INTO. EVERYTHING. And he is STILL […]

Family Roadtrips – Kamloops, BC Part 2: Animal Encounters 

We feel very fortunate to get to spend time at our family friend’s hobby farm in Savona, about an hour outside of Kamloops. They have goats, chickens, alpacas, and rabbits, plus a few barn kitties. The boys were thrilled. Kamloops is a great place to have an animal adventure. Because farming and ranching are a […]

DBT Skills for Parents: Reality Acceptance 

Years ago, Nick and I were sitting in our living room in Montreal, having what could have been a make-or-break moment. Our credit cards were maxed. Our job prospects were nil. We were feeling isolated and broken. My anxiety was at an all time high, and both of us were probably a little bit depressed. […]

Summer in Vancouver: Best Beaches for the Whole Family 

For all my years in East Van (one of the few parts of the Lower Mainland without good beach access), I never realized how amazing it is to live near a beach. There’s something about the sand, sun, and surf, the driftwood and rocks, that calms me.  Summer is here, and I know a lot […]

Family Roadtrips –  Kamloops, BC Part 1: Staying Cool in Kamloops

Kamloops gets a bad rap down on the coast for being kind of a bro town with not a lot to do. We have a family wedding up there this summer, and I have really enjoyed the time I’ve spent there. If you’re looking to test your kids’ road trip legs this summer, I highly […]