I’m Dreaming of a West Coast Winter

The past nine winters we have experienced the ‘Great White North’. Canada has earned its image of the land of ice and snow, where you need snow shoes and a dozen layers of thermal underwear just to venture outside on certain winter days. We have since moved from Calgary back to the Vancouver Island and this winter the snow shoes and… Read more →

Activity Advent Calendar

It is nice to pass on some traditions at Christmas.  I have fond memories counting down to Christmas Day on my homemade advent calendar when I was a child.  This calander gave me an instant answer to my ‘when will it be Christmas?’ question and provided a small release for my growing excitement each day.  My father’s family is Danish and one of my Aunts had made me this calendar when… Read more →

The Benefits of Freecycling

Have you freecycled yet?  It is a great way of getting rid of your clutter and getting things you need for free.  I have belonged to The Freecycle Network for five years now.  I have given away a couch, coffee tables, a Christmas tree, and numerous children’s items we were no longer using.  We could have tried to sell it but… Read more →

Avoiding Stress at Christmas

For many, if not most, the Christmas season can be the most stressful time of the year. What is supposed to be the most joyous of all holidays can be a real struggle to get through. There is often an increased workload at the office, more requests for social activities, and of course some intense shopping at overcrowded stores. Even on Christmas Day… Read more →

Daddy Time Everyday

When we decided that we would leave our old family life behind us and start over, I wanted to have a release for some of the thoughts that had been stuck in my brain for far too long. While not all of these thoughts will turn into blogs, FamilyNavigation.com has been, and will continue to be, a great source of… Read more →

Hand Me Downs – Pay it Forward

Somewhere along the line hand-me-downs became a negative term.  Sure there are some kids who do not like wearing their older sister’s clothes, though Bryce does like Annika’s old pink slippers, I would suggest that if you move past the stereotypes hand-me-downs can be a great way of saving money on kids clothes and equipment.  This is especially true during the younger years when kids… Read more →

Rediscover Your Public Library

A few years ago I rarely used the library thinking that they were out of date and held little value. I did not read a lot of fiction at the time and I used the internet for a lot of my personal research (mostly travel related). When our first daughter arrived we decided to check out what resources were available… Read more →

Why Spend Too Much? Buy Used Kids Stuff

Picture this; A group of urban mamas slurping their latte’s with their kids sitting in their new top end stroller, wearing designer clothes, and playing with the latest toy that will double their IQ. I walk in with my garage sale stroller, with kids dressed in thrift store clothes, playing with hand-me-down toys. Oh the shame……. the embarrassment……..Ha Ha………….I spent… Read more →