Author Archives : Guest Blogger

Heart, Flowers and Twinkies.

By Lisa Van Meeteren A one word definition of Valentine’s Day would probably be love. But I can honestly say my one word definition of the day hasn’t always included that word. Read on to see if you relate! Childhood Valentine’s definition: popularity. Valentine’s Day in my childhood taught me that people showed they liked […]

Why your kids should curl

Guest Post by: Simon Barrick “You curl? That’s neat, my grandpa used to curl.” I cannot begin to tell you how many times people have responded with this line when they discovered that I curl. But let’s face it; the curling stereotype involves images of elderly men in knitted sweaters, donning funny headgear (tams), with a […]

What’s the big deal about New Year’s?

New Year’s is a lot of pressure. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the holiday it’s just that the expectations that come with it are crazy. Take New Year’s Eve- I don’t know about you but in the past I’ve ran around like a maniac searching for the perfect dress, (the one that […]

Rules to live by for the Holiday season

image via: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ Eat drink and be merry: I have no problem with the eating and drinking part. Got that down to a cookie filled, red wine flowing science. It’s the whole “merry” part of holiday entertaining. It’s tough to be merry when your pants are tight, your kids are hopped up on sugar and people […]

Tis the Season to be Jolly?

By Lisa Van Meeteren Tis’ the season to be jolly….yeah right…you can tell that little “diddy” was written about a hundred years ago, before the advent of giant adrenal gland wrecking coffees, the smartphone, and computers that keep us plugged in 24/7. Perhaps when Christmas only lasted for two weeks it really was wonderful and […]

Three tips to increase your child’s communication skills

Communicating is an important part of a child development. Though all children progress at their own pace, if you are looking for ways to help your child with his/her communication skills and listening skills at home, here are three tips which you may find helpful. 1) Get Face-to-Face with your Child This allows your child […]

Fun with GIFS!

Every morning, bright and early, I drive my daughter to the train, coffee in hand, sometimes in my pajamas, and almost always in my slippers.  After dropping her off at the train station today in a rush to get to the rest of my morning routine before work, I tripped up our porch steps, my […]

Parental Vs Halloween Lessons

By Lisa Van Meeteren Halloween and I have a somewhat rocky relationship. While there are things I like about it (Halloween candy, bit of a love/hate there really, coming up with Halloween costume ideas for my kids, and putting up Halloween decorations) there are parts of it that I find downright confusing.  You see I’m […]

Halloween a Love/Hate Relationship?

By Lisa Van Meeteren If Halloween and I were in a relationship we’d probably need counselling. That’s because while I can get into the Halloween spirit like anyone else, helping my kids come up with Halloween costume ideas and putting up Halloween decorations there are still parts of it that I don’t like and things […]

Should You Co-Sleep…with your partner?!

By Lisa Van Meeteren   I haven’t had a REM cycle since 2002. Or at least it certainly feels that way. It’s no coincidence that it’s also the year I got married. While many debate about whether or not to co-sleep with their children-that was never a consideration in our household. I have enough trouble […]