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Economic Sacrifices for Sustainable Living

A while back while hiking in a beautiful forest I came to a realization that there is a parallel between the process our family took to overhaul our lifestyle and what we feel needs to happen to make our society sustainable with respect to the environment. I hesitated in putting this thought out in a …

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Review of Summer on the Geocache Diet – Day 240

It is the start of the second week of school for Annika, the temperature is noticeably cooler, the days have gotten shorter, and well…what else can I say, summer is over for yet another year. Spring has always been my favourite season but I always enter summer with more energy and enthusiasm than any other …

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Regaining an Essential Connection with the Natural World

When we lived in the city I felt that we lost some of the connection we had with the natural world. Moving back to the West Coast, and to a smaller town, it was our goal to regain some of that connection with the environment and, maybe more importantly, make sure our kids grew up …

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Back to Reality on the Geocache Diet – Day 234

This is a big day for us at the FamilyNavigation household. Annika is starting her first day of Kindergarten and it is a big deal even though today is only a 15 minute meet and greet. Wow is she excited. So summer has unofficially ended and it is back to some sort of reality. We …

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Should We Let Our Kids Watch Movies in the Car?

“This is a very nice van for you; it has a built in DVD player”. This was the sales pitch we received when we were van shopping a few years back. Lisa was pregnant with the twins and with Annika running around beside us it was obvious to the sales person that this was going …

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Sea to Sky to Sea on the Geocache Diet – Day 226

This was the kind of day I envisioned when we moved back to the coast and pledged that we would live a more active life. We now live 2 minutes from the ocean and 30 minutes or so from the mountains and yesterday I took full advantage of this. My only regret is that I …

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What Has Happened on the Geocache Diet – Day 221

Where did we go? It has been over a week since we wrote on FamilyNavigation.com. Did we stop writing? Did we finally crack? Did we move to Namibia? Surprisingly none of those are correct. In fact we just took a little break and we may even take another one before the summer is done. We …

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Anniversary Outing on the Geocache Diet – Day 213

Lisa and I celebrated our lucky 13th wedding anniversary yesterday. It is amazing to think that we have been married for 13 years, together for 18, and our three kids are all 5 years old or younger…but that is another story. With help from friends and family we had a lot of options offered to …

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Summer Visitors and the Geocache Diet - Day 208

We have been popular hosts this summer. Now that we live on Vancouver Island, a simply splendid place to vacation, we have been getting quite a few visitors. We are not complaining at all as we are pleased to see friends and family come for visits and I hope it continues. It does play havoc …

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Tag-Team Irrational Kids

When Annika was two years old we learned that we would have better luck reasoning with a politician then her at that age. Around the time she turned three she seemed to instantly gain some sort of conscience and we could usually come up with some sort of rational compromise. That day cannot come soon …

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Our ‘Bugging’ Entomologist

As many of you know our Annika (aged 5) loves bugs. At her preschool ‘graduation’ after all the princesses, fire fighters, and artists, the teacher announced: “When Annika grows up she wants to be an entomologist”. Most of the parents looked at each other and laughed and the kids all looked confused. Like most parents …

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How to Work and Exercise on the Geocache Diet: Day 202

One of the main concerns I had before I started the Geocache Diet was that it would take too much of my time away from my main responsibilities: family and work. I proceeded with this challenge because I wanted to prove I could fit daily exercise into my busy schedule and still be as …

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