SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE – The Secrets to Keeping a Marriage Strong

What are the secrets to a successful marriage?  Why do some couples live in wedded “bliss” and others crash and burn?

Why do some couples live in wedded “bliss” and others crash and burn? Click To Tweet

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, for good or bad, it’s natural for our attention to start turning to love and our relationships.  And being a romantic at heart, I’m getting excited.   However, despite all the build-up and hype, I think it’s good to talk about the fact that, even though we shouldn’t need a special day to remind us to check in with our relationships, many of us find ourselves scrambling to find the perfect way to show our love on the day of love!

And if you’re married, especially if it’s been for a long time, it can be really challenging to come up with a unique and special way to express your love for your spouse.  How are you going to show your spouse how much they mean to you?

But is finding the perfect present on Valentine’s Day critical to having a successful marriage?

It certainly feels like it sometimes.

Like every other holiday, our society is amazing at pouring on the guilt.  Everywhere you turn there are messages about what you MUST do or more importantly buy to ensure that your marriage will be strong and stand the test of time.

But, I’ll let you in on a little secret: your gift doesn’t really matter.

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THE PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT – Simple and Timeless

In case you’re still recovering from the holidays and haven’t quite noticed that January has quickly slipped away from us, let me give you a heads up!  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Have you found the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

It’s on the calendar, so you’d better pay attention!

Are you struggling to come up with something?

Does it feel like your whole relationship depends on getting it right?

Are you starting to panic?

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DOUBLE TROUBLE IN FLIGHT – 5 Tips for Flying with Twins + 3 Tips for Choosing a Flight

I was sitting in the departure lounge at the airport, waiting to fly to Ottawa to see an old friend (old in that we’ve been friends for a long time, not that she’s old – not that there’s anything wrong with being old 😉 ).  As I sat, I watched my 7 year-old twins play, and I couldn’t help thinking back to how different it was to travel with my twins when they were little.  I realized that I’d learned some lessons that might help others.

Out of that walk down memory lane came these 5 Tips for Flying with Twins, plus 3 Tips for Selecting a Flight 🙂 .

Some of the tips I learned the hard way.  Okay, I pretty much learned all of them the hard way 😉 .

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TWIN HACKS – Creating Your Own Audiobooks For Kids

I know that I say this a lot, but parenting twins is tough.  Actually parenting in general is tough.  It’s essential to get some tricks in your toolbox.  So, today I give you a TWIN HACKS: creating your own audiobooks.

Feel free to use the HACK with any kids not just twins 😉 !

We’ve always tried to limit the amount of screen time our twins are allowed; especially when they were little.  But, every parent needs some down time, even if it’s just so you can get dinner cooked.

With twins, getting a free moment to get anything done is challenging.  Someone always needs you for something.  Enter the audiobook. Continue reading “TWIN HACKS – Creating Your Own Audiobooks For Kids”

Why the Winter Solstice is the Perfect Time for Rejuvenation + 5 Energy Restoring Strategies

Happy Winter Solstice or whichever ‘holiday’ you prefer to celebrate to mark this festive time of year :-).

I won’t go into details about what I believe or don’t believe, and where I stand on religion and the great Christmas religion vs secular debate.  I believe that spirituality is very personal and that every person has the right to express it in whichever method feeds their own soul – as long as it does no harm to other living things.

But, I am going to invite you to join me on The Longest Night, as I follow the example of the natural world and take some time to rejuvenate my soul.

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My (almost) Sugar-Free Egg Nog Substitute – Keeping Christmas Sweet Minus the Sugar

With the Christmas season here, I’ve been wracking my brain for ways to reduce the amount of sugar my children are consuming.  Christmas has many delights: egg nog, music, lights, visits to Santa, parades and SUGARY TREATS.  What’s a mom to do?

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TWINS – One birthday party or two? A lesson in simplifying

 

The introduction of twins into my life was akin to inviting two tornadoes into my home.

The chaos feels constant.

I try to remind myself to keep it simple – SIMPLIFY is my new catch phrase (or maybe it’s more like a coping mechanism).  But it’s not always easy.

And I’m learning that birthday parties are no exception.

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I DON’T HAVE ASPIRATIONS FOR MY KIDS & NEITHER SHOULD YOU: a reminder of what a parent’s job really is.

As parents today, we are inundated with messages about how we should be parenting our children.  We are told about all the things that our children need to be doing to get the best start in life.  There’s so much information and so many opportunities that it’s overwhelming.  It’s easy to get caught in the trap of parental aspirations.

We want our children to excel. We want them to have a better life than we did. And anything less is a step back and a failure – right? Click To Tweet

Not in my opinion.

Maybe dreaming big for our kids isn’t actually our job as parents…

But if having aspirations for our children to conquer the world isn’t our job, what is?

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Was it really backpacking if it was only 2 km?

If you’ve been reading along with me, you already know that I’ve been obsessed with getting off the beaten path, out of the overcrowded campsites, and back into the serenity of the backcountry with my six-year old twins.  If you haven’t been following along, you can read about our inaugural backpacking trip here and how we prepared here.

But looking back on the adventures of the summer, it might possibly be time for a reality check. Click To Tweet

I’ve been really proud about finally getting my twins out on the trail with their backpacks on their backs and actually backpacking.

But let’s get real for a moment.  From the parking lot to the far end of Mystic Beach, where we pitched our tent, is a grand total of 2.3km (1.5 miles for those of you who don’t do metric).   Does that even count?  Or is that more like a gentle stroll around the block with the dog?

Did we actually accomplish anything noteworthy?

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I’VE GOT TWINS – The evolution of biking

I recently saw a poster with the following quote:

“The bicycle is a simple solution to some of the world’s most complicated problems.” Unknown Click To Tweet

And while I was unable to figure out whom to attribute the quote to, it doesn’t lessen the truth of the words.

However, bicycling isn’t always that simple – enter my twins. Continue reading “I’VE GOT TWINS – The evolution of biking”