7 Household Organization Tips to Save Parents Time, Money and Sanity

Leslie Campos, Guest Contributor Cover Image: Pexels Anyone with kids knows how quickly life can move from calm to chaotic. Staying organized is essential for a smooth household. Yet, many organization “tips” are complicated and hard to maintain. Here are seven simplified ideas for organizing your household without wasting time, spending tons of money or…

Cumin Cauliflower Side

I usually make this as a nice add on side to my Thanksgiving dinners.  But it’s versatile and easy to make that there is no reason why it couldn’t be part of a any meal throughout the year.  It’s a great way to have your fix of cauliflower and all the benefits it comes with,…

Photography: House for Sale

With my recent house move I learned a lot about new strategies and tips from moving efficiently, to more focused house hunting; one thing that seems to be trending that I found interesting was the prevalent use of staging to make the house visits more visually appealing and give a visual image of what could…

Establishing a family “People Charter”

I’ve always found it challenging to deal with children when it comes to over criticism versus explaining some of the nuances of dealing with people.  Where do we draw the line between setting some basic social structure for the little guys versus allowing them to be free in expressing themselves?  Obviously there is no right…

Top 5 Reads 2022 (Part 2)

My top 5 reads for the second part of this year, some done some still going through, and others looking forward to starting very soon.  Not sure why these have to be linked to 2022, they are great at any year really, but I guess it’s a good way to document at what phase in…

Don’t-worry-about-it Date Cake

This is one of those many tea cakes that I like with low sweet taste, but definitely able to satisfy the sweet tooth.  Some would argue that is is healthy, but more than that it provides a warm comforting taste reminiscent of the holidays.  Goes with everything and a cinch to make.  Looks more complicated…

A Road Trip to the Canadian Maritimes

So we started our family road trip from Mississauga through the Maritimes and back, by car with two – shall we say – restless/energetic kids.  That’s probably as diplomatic as I can be.   It’s been a very stressful time with a move to a new home, a longer than expected renovation phase (most of which…

Fighting Entitlement with a Dose of Perspective

I have written about not guilting kids, and that doing so actually has more negative effects than benefits.  But there is a fine line between guilting and readjusting a child’s perspective.  Especially when it comes to being grateful, empathetic, and understanding.  If you are too careful about avoiding any guilt trips, you may run the…

Nurturing Photography in Kids

It is often said ‘start ‘em young’ but you don’t want to go too hard-core early getting them into a hobby and have them backlash against something that can bring a lifetime of joy.  That’s certainly how I feel about introducing them into photography, I would rather indirectly have them casually experiment and organically ease…

Top 5 Reads 2022 (Part 1)

Here are some good reads I had the pleasure of reading in the past 6 months, most of them non-fiction. As always I like to take in a range of genres to keep me stimulated and read outside my regular comfort zone. Let me know of you read any of them and what you think…