Birthday Barbies, bubblegum and butterflies

Birthday Barbies, bubblegum and butterflies

Well, that’s that. I feel like an old mama. Yesterday, Babe turned five! I won’t write in great detail how awesome she is, but she is. I brought Bug to daycare and she and I spent the whole day alone–so rare, these mommy-daughter dates, but so important. She’s one of those kids, pretty deprived of […]

Celebrating the holidays at the Ecomuseum

Celebrating the holidays at the Ecomuseum

I’d have a hard time coming up with a more perfect place to walk around on a snowy New Year’s Eve Day. We love the Ecomuseum at any time of year, but in the falling snow, it’s absolute magic. Read here for a more in-depth description of the park, which we visit as often as […]

Sustainability: Our Children’s Quest

Sustainability: Our Children’s Quest

Guest post by Marie-Joe Costantine of BioFuelNet Canada We all know it; our children are the future generation that will inherit planet earth, and all the opportunities and challenges left by past generations. Our children will be the next engineers, scientists, teachers, artists, farmers, doctors, political leaders, but most importantly, they will be the new […]

Help build the Peace Cafe!

Help build the Peace Cafe!

Caffè della Pace: Peace Cafe. How beautiful does that sound? A space in Montreal that will provide prenatal classes, breastfeeding support, community, a warm place where women from all over can find friendship. This is the dream of Rivka Cymbalist, my friend, and the doula who attended Bug’s birth and helped me with so much […]

Butterfly Garden Giveaway. Beat winter blues with the Butterflies!

Butterfly Garden Giveaway. Beat winter blues with the Butterflies!

What a way to beat the winter blues! Nothing feels springier than being swarmed by a million Blue Morpho butterflies. Yesterday, our yearly visit to Butterflies go Free snapped me out of my wintertime funk. Granted, it was warm and sunny outside– that, coupled with the rainforest-like temperatures inside the greenhouse and the sun beaming […]

Curious Critters Vol 2 Review and Giveaway

Curious Critters Vol 2 Review and Giveaway

Babe fancies herself an Animal Rescuer. She loves Diego and loves animals. When our copy of Curious Critters Volumes Two arrived, I couldn’t wait to show her. As predicted, her eyes lit up as she eagerly turned the pages. So did mine. I sell kids books! I love my Barefoot Books, but this is something […]

Green Kid Crafts Backyard Scientist review

Green Kid Crafts Backyard Scientist review

Babe’s a crafty one! This very active monkey of a child needs to run around the park at least twice a day or we have problems. But, she also has great concentration when it comes to arts and crafts. She spends ages, everyday, colouring and drawing. It’s often the first thing she does upon waking […]

I wanna praise you, but I shouldn't: A look at Evaluative and Descriptive Praise

I wanna praise you, but I shouldn’t: A look at Evaluative and Descriptive Praise

While I feel it is awesome, I don’t feel that Montessori principles are particularly intuitive. They seem counter-intuitive to me. Or is it just that I’m mixing up “intuition” with the behaviours I have learned throughout my life? I am specifically thinking these days about how this applies to the way we interact with and […]

Montessori or free labour?

Montessori or free labour?

The more I learn about Montessori, the more I fall totally in love with its concepts. I was first exposed to it by the two brilliant kids I used to babysit. I’m not sure if their brilliance was directly linked to the fact that they were going to a Montessori school, but I think I […]