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KonMari with a Family

After hearing about the tidying frenzy initiated by organizing guru Marie Kondo, we decided to take the plunge with our own variation of KonMari with a family. We were reluctant at first, to be honest.

A friend had been telling me about the book, the life-changing magic of tidying up–which I had heard of but hadn’t bothered to read (pshhht–I already know I’m a tidy, organized person). But she started talking about the special folding method Kondo prescribes, so I exclaimed, “THERE’S SPECIAL FOLDING?!?” and promptly ran to the bookshop.

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Top Ten Whole30 Essentials

Whole 30 Hardcover BookAs we’re prepping for another Whole30, we wanted identify the Top Ten Whole30 Essentials that helped us succeed last time with the task of clean eating for a month. If you haven’t heard of it, read all about the Whole30 Challenge here. Because we’re in Canada, some of the items listed in other Whole30 roundups are hard (or impossible!) to get, so the items here are all available in the True North.  The affiliate links below will lead you to the Amazon.ca site, so be aware of that if you’re reading this roundup from other places in the world! I’ve listed some of the items and products that made our Whole30 easier, and more exciting that we expected. It truly is a privilege to eat this way.

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toddler in sandbox with truck

Toddler Talk

Our darling boy is talking up a storm. Toddler talk is a strange form of poetry, full of unique pairings. His words often showcase his truck-flavoured vocabulary, like “Oh no, simpleton!” which means the flattened bag on the road looks like it was run over by a steamroller, or “Munga Tacta” which means Gramma has tractors near her house. Recently, he has taken a shine to a certain fairytale, and woke up the other day exclaiming “Come ON, Sinuwah!” which I’m pretty sure means he thinks Cinderella is shirking her duties at our house. (more…)

Vegetables

Whole30 Week Three

Week Three was a busy one, and there were a few fun challenges to meet on our Whole30 adventure, but we were pretty impressed with how easy it has been to adapt our plans to include healthy options. And in the surprising results column this week? My underwear are falling off. (more…)

Vegetable Garden

Whole30 Week Two

We’ve just passed the halfway mark in our Whole30 challenge, so I’d like to share our experiences from Week Two. We started this to reset and recharge our bodies, and have already taken away much more than we expected from this adventure!

If you’re new to the party, please click here for a recap of our Week One on the Whole30 Challenge.

Here’s a roundup of how we ate during Whole30 Week 2, with some notes on our progress, at the bottom.

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view of clouds from the airplane

Seaside Vacation

Every year we make the family pilgrimage to the East Coast–and this was one of the best visits yet. Fresh breezes, rolling hills, hours on the beach, and of course, time with family. It’s always a busy visit, seeing the whole clan, but we insisted on building quiet time into our schedule this year, and were lucky enough to have near perfect weather for most of the trip. Here are a few of the highlights of the simple pleasures we basked in during our vacation:

Our wee boy got some quality puddle time after the morning rain.

Puddle

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Fresh #vegetables ready for #roasting... all in the pursuit of #soup! #whole30 #delicious #tomatoes #garden

Whole30 Week One

We’ve decided to take the Whole30 Challenge to reset our physical health and test our discipline this month, with surprising results. If you’re not familiar, the Whole30 Challenge is 30 days of eating only vegetables, fruit, and clean protein. That means eating grass-fed or pastured meats, free range eggs, and wild-caught seafood, along with plenty of vegetables, fruit, and nuts. (more…)

Stationery letter paper and envelope

Handwritten Letters

This may date me, but I started university before most of my friends had email accounts–I got (and sent) letters by post every day. There is nothing quite like getting a handwritten note, however brief, in the mail. In the age of Twitter, Text, Instagram, and FaceTime, news travels much faster than the good old postal system can compete with. But there is no substitute for a the tactile joy of opening a letter to see the quirky handwriting of a not-so-near dear one.

I lost my pen pal (my maternal grandmother) last year, so the letters that come and go are fewer still. These days, the mail brings mainly online orders and bills (decidedly not fun), but once in while, I’ll get a card, or lovely note from a friend. I still love sending and receiving them, so as my heart begins to heal, I’m starting to put pen to paper again.

I have owed you this letter for a very long time-but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool.

– John Steinbeck

 

Writing a handwritten note isn’t always as easy as one would think, though. It can be daunting to figure out what to say, for somehow it matters more when it’s committed to paper than when sent whirring through cyberspace. But I’ve come up with a few reminders for myself when I’m having difficulty getting the words out. (more…)

Gobblet Board Game

Family Board Games

Not too long ago, a friend asked for a recommendation for a list of fantastic family board games. We LOVE board games, and have quite a handy stack, so I thought I’d share a list of our favourites. Some of these classics you’ll have heard of before, but several were new to us, and have become quite beloved in our house. (more…)