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Our 12 days of Christmas presents tradition

A few years ago I began implementing the '12 days of Christmas presents tradition'. Inspired by the 12 days of Christmas song, I decided on gifting the members of my little family, myself included, with one gift a day beginning on December 13th. Unlike the song, the number of items to be received doesn't increase every day so there is only one gift per person at a time. So what I do is basically a cross between the tradition proposed by the song and the popular custom of keeping an advent calendar with treats. The gifts can be anything: new...

An advent calendar of books for this holiday season

In addition to our Christmas gifts this year I decided to create an advent calendar of books for the girls. I know that by doing so I am losing out on a few of the benefits of the 12 days of Christmas presents tradition, but I don't mind. In case you do, put a pin in one of these two activities until next year. I have decided on combining both these gift giving ideas this year for two main reasons. I wanted to take full advantage of the current stage in June's development. At the same time I wanted to...

20 free fall activities to enjoy with your kids this year

The best things in life are free. Sunshine, fresh air, a good night sleep,... But one of the best things by far is creating long lasting memories with your loved ones. Recalling those treasured moments is a lifelong source of joy that doesn't cost a penny. Because fall is a breathtaking season, I put together a list of fall themed activities you can do as a family. They will strengthen your bond and help you create beautiful memories together. I know most of these suggestions are classics, but having a list handy can be nice. Along with a few shots...

10 Reasons why you should try an audiobook

Why an audiobook? I listen to an audiobook every single day. An audiobook, to me, is just one of those elements that makes my day complete. Nothing relaxes me more than a warm soothing voice reading a story and bringing me to another world. But why should you try one? Here are the 10 best reasons I could come up with! Fair Heads-up: This post contains affiliate links. 1. An audiobook is easy to get Some of you may like strolling through a library or going through old dusty book stores, but not this guy. Maybe it's just me but...

Stranger Things. My recommended Halloween series.

Spooky season Stranger Things on Netflix is my numer one favorite show to watch at the moment! It’s the perfect combination of scary, intriguing and nostalgia for me. Sure, we have netflix, but I come from a time where bingin on episodes was only possible if you went and got the dvd so I like taking my time to watch every episode. After having finished Stranger Things season one last week I honestly couldn’t wait to see what season two would bring! Boy oh boy, they have not dissapointed so far! Stranger Things, new questions The mysteries keep piling up...

Improve yourself to improve your world

      I am my own worst enemy. I am my own greatest ally. This is something I have come to realize over these past few weeks. As you may all be aware by now I am a great fan of reading. Where Nina is very busy with the effects of the foods we consume on our body I am obsessed with the effects of what we feed our minds and how it affects out thoughts. Just as junk food is a detriment to our bodies I am convinced that junk information is a detriment to our...

Have a Lush Halloween!

I'm a bit of a Lushie..  I know their products are not 100% muck free but I think they totally make up for that in creativity and freshness. ( Plus that they're eco-friendly and most of their products are vegan ! ) Up until 3 years ago I didn't like taking baths. I did so rarely, as I found them a waste of water and of time. I couldn't sit still or enjoy one for more than 5 minutes. It takes about 15 to fill the tub, so... not really worth the trouble. These last few years however, I've really started...

Taking care of your better half

With winter around the corner and fall still buffeting us with indecisiveness on whether the weather should be hot cold, rainy or a little bit of everything thrown into the mix many of us are victims to a weakened immune system. Both Nina and the kids, in fact, fell ill recently to a cold and it was this guy right here's task to make sure they were well taken care of. So what can you do to make life a little better for those who are feeling a little 'under the weather'? Taking over some of their daily tasks around...

Battling the flu, colds and infections

Your body keeps signalling you that it's time to stop and recharge. You don't realize this or chose not to listen. Maybe it's a busy week, there's lots that needs to be accomplished and you're on a tight schedule or you're simply too preoccupied to properly focus on your needs. All no-no's of course, from a health and wellbeing perspective, but for many of us still our reality. So what do you do when you wake up one day, completely overcome by sickness? Whether it's a nose/throat/ear infection, the flu or simply a cold, here are my go to's when...

Audiobook top three, titles worth listening to

Chosing the right audiobook When it comes to audiobooks, I’m not very picky. I’ve pretty much listened to any book worth listening to in my preferred genre. Nowadays, Instead of looking for a specific audiobook, I tend to browse the recommended section until something catches my fancy. Audiobooks are something special. They not only require a good story but also a great narrator. Sometimes one can be great while the other is terrible and vice versa. So here is a little top three list to help you along the way. These are...