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Top Baby Names in Nova Scotia for 2018

Top Baby Names in Nova Scotia for 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . for name nerds anyway. Vital Stats released the top baby names of the year in Nova Scotia and I’ve analysed the data in a completely unscientific manner and determined that it seems in order to give your child a unique name at school you should choose one of these most popular names. Confused? Yeah, I was too. Read on . . .

Five Halifax Family Christmas Traditions

Five Halifax Family Christmas Traditions

I know, I know. I'm the same person who wrote about my problem hoarding traditions but I do still have plenty of favourites and, yes, I still add a new one here and there...I'm a work in progress!

Of course we get to our share of holiday parades, Christmas tree lightings, and Santa visits...but, that being said, I've been trying to focus on the traditions that are most important to our family and connect us to the community we choose to live our lives in, and so I've rounded up five of our favourite Maritime family traditions.

This post is part of a #MaritimeChristmas blog hop with some other local family bloggers.

How Does a Parent Prepare for Grade Primary?

How Does a Parent Prepare for Grade Primary?

I've been preparing to let go the only way I know how. It's the same way I prepared in those final weeks of pregnancy, through nesting. I've been baking and cooking every spare minute, but instead of making family size portions, I've been freezing them in single size portion for her lunches.

I've been organizing and sorting out drawers and supplies, but instead of folding onesies and teeny socks, I've been filling her backpack with freshly sharpened pencils and glue sticks, and helping her pick out just the right indoor sneakers.

What the kids are reading these days: Midsummer 2017

What the kids are reading these days: Midsummer 2017

It can be hard to keep finding new books that your kids will enjoy reading, especially over the summer when schedules are off, routines go out the window, and (if they're like my kids) they're going through books like crazy. I decided to get my kids involved in this post by asking them what books they're really enjoying right now as suggestions for other kids to read. We'd love for you to share your recommendations in the comments as well!

I'm Failing at the Family Dinner

I'm Failing at the Family Dinner

It seems the common understanding amongst professionals now is that whether or not your whole family sits down to dinner together once a day is the benchmark for how functional your family is. Whether or not it's true that's eating together is an essential element of family functionality, it's still something I want that for my family.I feel it's important. It's something my husband and I talked about and agreed was a value we wanted to incorporate into our daily lives. The reality is somewhat different though...

Learning How To Take Time For Myself

Learning How To Take Time For Myself

When I tell people I'm a stay-at-home parent who also works from home as a writer and blogger, I often get that faraway dreamy gaze that seems to suggest I've reached the Top Level of the Parenting Game for managing to do what many parents dream of doing while on mat leave: figuring out a way to stay at home with the kids and make money.

Unfortunately, it's not always quite as idyllic as it sounds.

Don't get me wrong, I count my blessings (along with my hats) every single day. But that doesn't mean it's not a challenge. And, while I'm busy trying to keep track of everyone else's needs, my own needs often keep getting pushed further and further down the priority list...