Ah, the day is done, the kids are in bed, and I've poured myself a well-deserved glass of sweet, velvety, red wine. Just as I sit down on the couch for the first time all day, I hear the...
Thinking about strangers staying in your home or sleeping in your bed are always the top objections friends share when I tell them we rent out our home occasionally on home rental sites like Airbnb, HomeAway, Housetrip, and Couchsurfing. My...
My mum recently confided in me that she still suffers guilt from my brother and my very 'humble' childhood. My parents couldn't really afford all the latest toys; instead we spent hours in the garden and fields with a host...
Summer is over and the kids are back at school. You're thinking this might be the time to create that home-based business you've been dreaming of. But how? I interviewed three local moms with successful home-based businesses, and asked them...
Starting this September I will no longer be the mother of a preschooler. My youngest child is officially loading his backpack and heading out to school. As a former SAHM, this means I am venturing into a new season...
It's official. I've decided to go back to school for my Master's Degree. This will either be the best or worst idea I've ever had. It’s not like I’m 19 and commitment-free over here. I’m a stay-at-home mom with...
The idea of returning to work after being home with my son since his birth seven years ago was just that, an idea. There were dreams of what I'd do and where. The idea never went any further because I...
My kids are now both in school. Full time. All day. And by full time, I mean six hours. Which is enough time to do exactly 78% of each job that I currently hold. Housekeeper, chauffeur (via bike, I do...
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" How often do we ask our kids this question? Through the years my kids have given many enlightening and often hilarious answers. Once, my son told me he wanted to...
Messy rooms. We’ve all seen them. We’ve been responsible for plenty of our own. The trouble with a messy room is that important things can be misplaced. Add a bit of confusion, or perhaps a dash of chaos, and...

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Ok, so June was... weird. Not always the most awesome. We may be living in a social apocalypse, but on top of that it...