Giving thanks isn’t always easy.   Amid the turmoil of frustrations that make up everyday life. Amid the unfinished homework and messy bedrooms. Amid the bills and taxes and myriad little drains on prosperity. Amid the unwashed dishes and unmowed lawns.   Giving thanks isn’t always easy.   When we’re exhausted from sleepless nights. When...

You know we like to keep a tidy entryway as much as possible. However, with limited closet space in the house and even more limited hanging space in the front entry, this has been a bit of a challenge. We started by creating a wainscoting...

One of the things we love about modern homes is the layout. The rooms are designed for flow, with clean lines and clear lines of sight throughout. Unfortunately, it’s often the case with a more modern build that there is one thing lacking: character. Of course,...

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally approaching the final stages of our epic living room makeover project! We can hardly believe it! When we say “a long time coming,” we’re not joking. It’s actually been close to a year since the whole thing...

It should be plainly obvious by now, but we are in LOVE with fall. Summer is still holding on for dear life here in the GTA, but the leaves are starting to change and we’re starting the gradual shift towards the fall decor here at...

I taught piano, voice, and guitar lessons for over 20 years. In that time, I learned a lot about what parents expect from a private music teacher, and about what teachers should expect from their students and parents. Now, parents will sometimes contact me just...

For some, January 1 is New Year’s Day. It’s the first day of the new calendar. It’s the first leap into a new season of health, fitness, prosperity, and the myriad other goals we set out for ourselves. It’s an annual ritual now shared around...

Fall is our absolute favourite time of the year. As teachers with kids, it's almost like it's our own new year. New clothes, a new plan of attack at work. And, let's not forget, it's the prelude to the amazing food and holiday celebrations that come...

Becoming a new father is a rewarding and life-affirming experience. But it's also exhausting and terrifying. The old saying, "they don't come with an instruction manual" rings absolutely true, and while on an intellectual level we might know the essence of what to expect --...

Becoming a new parent is perhaps one of the most life-altering events you could ever experience. From the physical impact on your body, to the hormonal changes, to the long, sleepless nights, to the instant changes in the dynamic of your household. Postpartum chaos is...