Totem poles in Duncan, BC

Totem poles in Duncan, BC

“But we didn’t get to see the real totems!” Complained Babe as we left Duncan, headed to Victoria. Real, to Babe, seems to mean animated. I don’t know what exactly she wanted the totem poles to do, but we had fun, regardless! We stopped in Duncan for lunch and to break up the long trip [...]

Happy New Year from Vancouver Island!

Happy New Year from Vancouver Island!

In case a search engine pulls this up as you’re researching your wintertime trip to Vancouver island… Get yee to Strathcona Gardens in Campbell River of you happen to be in Vancouver Island for New Years. It was the best New Years Eve I ever had. Seriously. We found ourselves with no plans on January 31. [...]

Ballet Victoria's The Gift -- a true gift for our kids

Ballet Victoria’s The Gift — a true gift for our kids

   This holiday season, everywhere we turned was a nutcracker. Gramps took the entire family to go out to the Comox production of The Nutcracker a few days before Christmas. Babe was heartbroken when, dressed in a tutu, she was told that no, she was not going to be going on stage that night. “Then [...]

Dairy-free lasagna recipe + Daiya dairy-free cheese giveaway!

Dairy-free lasagna recipe + Daiya dairy-free cheese giveaway!

Papa said it best the other day. Isn’t gluten-free, dairy-free “grilled cheese” kind of missing the point? It kind of is. Like a vegetarian that eats soy meat. I was a vegetarian for my teen years and my mom was good about it, using things like veggie ground round to simulate the meat the rest [...]

World Parrot Refuge in Coombs, BC

World Parrot Refuge in Coombs, BC

Papa had dry skin on his face, so I hooked him up with the macadamia nut oil I’ve been using as a moisturizer. He reckons the fact that his face smelled like nuts is the reason the birds at World Parrot Refuge were all over him when we visited Monday! I think it’s cause he’s [...]

3 ways to make the world better for our children

3 ways to make the world better for our children

Guest post by Christine Welsh Everything the world does will affect future generations. Those who can find it in their heart to make the planet a better place for the children can provide aid in more ways than one. Here is a list of suggestions to help you get started. Volunteer at your local school [...]

Hazelaid Baltic amber necklace Giveaway

Hazelaid Baltic amber necklace Giveaway

I can’t help but laugh at the comments people have left on this post, the mamanaturale post with the highest amount of hits. I didn’t write it to create controversy. I kind of wanted to know if my mom was just being paranoid. Despite the comments, my conclusion is yes, she was. Cultures all around [...]

Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park, British Columbia

Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park, British Columbia

There was one thing my older sister was set on doing during our trip to British Columbia this Christmas: BIG TREES! This was my third time visiting Cathedral Grove, and it was every bit amazing today as it was last time and the time before. The trees at “Big Trees” are mostly Douglas Fir and [...]

The Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre

The Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre

Today we went into the picturesque town of Courtenay. Even though there’s been a downpour since we arrived on the island, and an active boil water advisory because of recent floods, visiting this town really made me want to move to BC again! Courtenay is the perfect little town, main streets lined with the things [...]

Gramps' gluten-free wonton soup

Gramps’ gluten-free wonton soup

We’re visiting my parents in Comox, British Columbia and there are more than enough gluten and dairy free options in the fridge here. When cooking for all nine of us, they’ve been making a special gluten, dairy-free recipe for Bug and me. For example, Gramps’ Gluten-free wonton soup. Warning: unlike most of the recipes on [...]