EMPTY NEST SYNDROME…NOT FOR ME!

Last month, Kev and I became almost-empty-nesters.  Nature has a particular, and maybe wise and organic, way of dealing with any impending feelings of empty nest syndrome.  There are 7 people that live in our house.  We have our 4 children, Molly (19), Domenic (18), Hugo (17), Sophie (15), and our roommate.  7 people that to look at you would …

4 Strategies to Rebuild Intimacy in your Relationship.

Every relationship gets rocky at times.  When ours gets rocky and we spend a few days not snuggling, avoiding each other around the house, and watching Netflix independently I find it hard to come back.  I feel awkward moving toward each other again.  We employ certain strategies to move in after these breakdowns.  Here are a few that I use …

Looking back…New Year’s Reflections 2021

Well, we’ve made it through the first week of 2021!  You may feel like nothing has changed but I’m betting that something has.  I chose this picture because it is a photo of who I used to be, not who I am now.  It was taken in August of 2019.  I was fitter, thinner, had less hair, and less awareness …

Lessons learned in Self Isolation #1: F@#*ing First Times

Yesterday, I was happy, content and accepting of this isolation situation.  I had a great day.  Kev and I went biking, the kids and I played Cards Against Humanity for my first time.  That game is wildly inappropriate and hilarious!  I was up and about, working, cleaning, loving my family and all was good.  Then last night, I was agitated, restless …

What I learned in my silent meditation retreat…

I went to my first silent meditation retreat in early December.  Actually, that’s not entirely true.  I attended a non-residential silent vipassana retreat at UBC one summer…but it was terrible.  The teachings were entirely beyond me and I talked and texted in the evenings when I got home.  So, to rephrase, I successfully attended my first residential, silent meditation retreat …

3 Strategies to Manage Back to School Stress

In my experience the beginning of September is always a big transition.  I find myself craving schedule again.  I am ready for less indulgence in summer food and drinks and my body is crying to get back to a regular exercise, yoga and meditation practice.  But it comes with a lot of other things…back to school shopping, new shoes for …

Grilled Peach Split

Well here’s the magazine picture and my picture.  Feels like the same experience when I try to replicate something off of Pinterest (sigh).  However it may look, this recipe is perfect for this time of year and is delicious!  It melds seasonal peaches and blueberries…two of my favourites right now.  And it is taste tested and approved by my family, …

G-pah’s Award Winning Rib Recipe

Every year we have a family vacation at a beautiful little spot in BC called Jewel Lake. My husband’s family has a family “cabin” there. The first time that I arrived there in 2014 we had just finished an epic drive: starting in Nanaimo taking the 90 minute ferry trip to Vancouver, driving northeast for 5 hours to 100 Mile …

Favourite summer gin drink!

Stuff you need for a Pimms Cup: 1oz gin 1oz Pimms mix a variety of fruits, veg and herbs   I make my Pimms cup in a 500mL festive, colourful summer cup.  Pour in your gin (I love Merridale gin from Cowichan…it’s where Kev and I were married in 2015) and Pimms and then fill within an inch of the …