Coffee Break

Be Still and Know

The last 6 months has been a little ‘up in the air’ for our family. Every decision that we made, starting in November, was made with the preface, “If Brian gets into grad school…” If Brian gets into grad school, we’re going to have to move or store any of these Christmas presents that we buy for the kids… do we really want ... Read More »

Fun Family Features on Netflix #streamteam


So apparently having four kids is a “big family,” according to most of society. And the fact that they are all boys  - wow, I must really have my hands full! I don’t mind all the comments. A big family is what I grew up with, and I love it. It is busy, noisy, messy, and definitely never boring. Our boys ... Read More »

CAA to the Rescue! (…it had nothing to do with my car…)

featured CAA

Funny story.  There’s a store in Hamilton called “Farmer Al’s.” It’s known for bulk meat & butcher’s cuts at cheap prices (but I’d check the exp date on dry goods before you check out…). It’s also a 20 minute drive from our house. I usually make the trek out to the far east mountain about once every three months for ... Read More »

Dear Target Canada: I Love You, I Hate You, I’ll Miss You

Target Canada Closing

Dear Target Canada: I’m not going to say that I’m surprised. I mean, I am, but not really. The writing was on the wall: every quarterly report that was released said the same thing: you were in trouble. But I thought that I’d have more time. I thought that maybe you’d close down four of the six stores within a ... Read More »

Where’s the Mute Button?

Mute Button

Two days ago as I was cleaning up the basement, I ran upstairs, puked in the bathroom, and then proceeded to spend the rest of the day half passed out on the couch, binge-watching The Paradise on Netflix as my children used my weakened body as a jungle gym. Right on the heels of that was the cold. It started ... Read More »

Sunday Musings: Christmas Tree Traditions


For as long as I can remember, the first weekend in December has been the time that our family puts up the Christmas tree. It could be because of the Sinterklaas traditions that we had, or it just could be that that’s when the Christmas Trees arrived in town and my parents were firm believers in getting fresh trees. Whatever ... Read More »