The Quiet Beauty of Ordinary Days

The Quiet Beauty of Ordinary DaysA few days after the New Year I  put away the Christmas decorations. Christmas had been wonderful, but it was time to put it away for another season. There is a part of me that is always sad to see the Christmas decorations go down, but there is another part of me that likes to return to the simpler routines of ordinary life.

Almost immediately I started seeing Valentine’s Day popping up everywhere. Now I expect this in the stores. After all Valentine Day is a huge money-maker and I suppose it makes sense for the stores to push all that heart shaped stuff as early as possible. What I couldn’t quite reconcile was the number of Valentine Day blog posts I was seeing.

At this point February 14th was still SIX WEEKS AWAY.

Six weeks to go and post after post was  promoting Valentines decorations, food, treats, gifts, crafts, printables, and even sensory bins.

I was quite astonished.

Now I want to be clear that I am not against Valentine’s Day. I am not comfortable with the more commercialized aspects of the celebration, but the idea of setting aside a day to acknowledge the gift of love in our life is wonderful. But do we need to start six weeks ahead of time? [Read more…]

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7 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes

7 Delicious Hot Chocolate RecipesWhen I was a child my mom or dad would often make us hot cocoa. I can still remember that creamy chocolaty flavor. It was a little taste of heaven.

Hot chocolate was also part of my boy’s childhood. It is the perfect drink to serve on a cold day. Somehow that chocolaty goodness warms you right down to your toes. I often made it to welcome them home after school. The great thing about a warm drink is that you can’t drink it too fast, so it gave us lots of time to chat. Sneaky huh?

For the past week northern Alberta has been shivering through freezing temperatures and extreme wind chill warnings. It seemed like the perfect time to feature some delicious hot chocolate recipes. Just looking at the pictures makes me feel warmer!

I know that some of my readers are sweltering in summer weather right now (I wish) and the last thing you want is a hot drink. Don’t fear I have also included a recipe for a frosty chocolate drink.

There are literally hundreds of recipes for hot chocolate. Here are my top seven.

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15 Ways To Be Silly With Your Kids

When was the last time you had a good belly laugh with your kids?

Let’s face it we can all use a little bit of crazy silly in our life. Sure there is a time to be serious, but we also need to laugh. Laughter does wonders for families and has so many benefits. It can

  • Lower blood pressure and stress hormones.
  • Boost the immune system.
  • Trigger the release of endorphins.
  • Produce a general sense of well-being.
  • Burns calories (now that’s an exercise routine I could get into)

Just look at all those benefits! The other important thing laughter does is to bind us together. It’s like relationship glue. When friends or family members share something funny they feel an instant connection. And children just love it when adults are silly with them.

15 Ways to be Silly With Your Kids
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15 Simple Ways to Show Love to Our Children

15 simple Ways to Show Love to Our Children

We are on the cusp of a brand New Year. I love the transition from one year to the next. It’s a time to check in with our lives, assess, and think about what might make life even better for our families.

  • How might we continue to make strong connections with our children?
  • How can we continue to really communicate our love for them?

Most of us love our children, there’s no doubt about that.  Still, in the busyness of life we can sometimes forget to do the little things that demonstrate our love.  Words can be affirming, but actions are concrete. What we do and the way we treat our children sends a powerful message. [Read more…]

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