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...

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...

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 --...

It’s been a few years since bedtime stories have been a regular thing in our house. For years it was part of the nightly ritual to read a story or two (or sometimes five!) to our daughter right before tucking her in. Now she’s 10, and...

A while back, Buzzfeed ran up one of its longer but curiously more profound lists entitled "37 Things You'll Regret When You're Old." Although littered with GIFs (as Buzzfeed tends to do), the actual list is worthy enough of attention. In fact, we're posting the list...

When our DD was three years old, she was into Tinker Bell. Like, in a BIG way. Well, truthfully she was into all things fairy. Her favourite blanket was a quilt featuring fabric prints of the The Flower Fairies of Cecily Mary Barker. And her absolute...

If you have kids, you're keenly aware of the one major factor they all have in common: They don't stop growing. And that growing is a big problem for the budget, especially as they go through spurts. Isn't it fantastic when you can count on them as...

As you've probably guessed by now, we're all about healthy eating and finding ways to tweak existing recipes into healthy eats that are both nutritious and taste remarkable. Enter these Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies. This post contains affiliate links. You're under no obligation to order from them,...

I wouldn't be the first person to state that 2017 brought on a flurry of new terminologies that have made navigating our news feeds a frustrating mire of argument, oddity, and aggravation. New terms like "fake news" and "alternative facts" have come to the fore...

I used to say that the key to my success -- such as it was -- was being absolutely merciless with myself when it came to my morning routine. Getting up at dark o'clock and executing a well-timed, precision plan was how I got stuff...