Author: Lisa Pedersen

Planting Seeds With Small Children

Bring out the pots, seeds, dirt, water, and head outside.  This sounds like a lot of fun for kids, which it was.  For me it was a trying activity.  OK, maybe planting seeds with 3 kids under 5 was a bit ambitious, but I wanted to get them involved with gardening from the start.  I probably knew that it would end in tears, most… Read more →

Nature Outings to Welcome Spring

With the weather starting to warm up in some areas, and little flowers popping up everywhere, I thought I’d write about some outings to do in nature with your kids in spring.  The list of course could go on and on but I will tell you about my favorite few. A Spring Scavenger Hunt Get the kids to look for:… Read more →

We Celebrate Earth Hour

Saturday, March 27this Earth Hour and we will be joining in to cut our electrical consumption for an hour.  Last year we put the twins to bed and we read to Annika by candlelight.  Martin and I had a quiet dinner, also by candlelight, while we played some board games.  Two hours went by and we didn’t even realize it.  It was almost a… Read more →

Feeding the Hummingbirds

Right now the Hummingbirds are starting to migrate and move to the BC coast.  We saw three hummingbirds in different locations around Victoria and I believe that they where Anna’s Hummingbird’s. A friend told me that they actually live in Victoria year round because of the mild tempertures which was verified here.  I only managed to get a photo of one,… Read more →

Our Struggles With Infertility

Last week the Calgary Regional Fertility Program held their annual Images of Hope Fundraiser.  We participated by submitting the following story and photograph.  The Generations of Hope website states their mission as: Through the Generations of Hope Fertility Assistance Fund, patients for whom IVF treatment is a challenging financial option can receive support for treatment at the Regional Fertility Program… Read more →

Reconnecting with a Lost Hobby

As parents we tend to put our kids first and everything else goes on the back burner.  Most of the parents I have talked to has given up at least one of their hobbies that they enjoyed in their younger years.  Did you once love to play the guitar, cook pastries, or do ceramics?  I asked some friends on Facebook this question… Read more →

Our First “Gardening” Attempt

We went to the garden supply store a week ago and bought all kinds of seeds for the garden.  The kids had fun picking them out and we tried to keep it under control, really.  Since then the weather has been quite rainy and cool and all we’ve managed to do is some more yard clean-up.  Thankfully what we did… Read more →

BPA – Still a Hot Topic

Back in 2008 we remember the panic caused when we first learned about bisphenol A (BPA) and its presence in baby bottles and other plastics and the potential for serious health problems.  In Canada many products that contained BPA were pulled from shelves and have since been replaced by BPA free items.  So is BPA gone from our food supply? … Read more →

Importance of Sleep and Rest for Parents

You shouldn’t be ashamed of resting or relaxing.   For parents of young kids it’s sometimes hard to get in the rest that you need to function properly.  There is a great article from Australia that goes into more detail about it, called “Sleep for Parents”. When we had our first baby I slept when she slept, just like everyone tells… Read more →

“Found” Art Materials

I don’t want to sound like an old lady but, whatever happened to being creative when choosing art and craft supplies?  The craft stores are full of ready packaged crafts, just empty the bag and assemble.  Some days that is great, with no thought involved I can give the kids something semi-creative to do.  Usually, however, I prefer to make crafts that are special… Read more →