Category: Mommy confession

It’s always scarier at night

It's always scarier at night {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s always scarier at night. This is what I try to remind myself when my anxiety is spiraling out of control in the middle of the night because one of the kids is really sick. Throwing up is awful, but not worrying because I…

Kids and junk food

I admit it — my husband and I are junk food junkies. We have been long before we got together in Grade 11, and our earliest dates centered around McDonald’s. (This was back in the “good old days” when a $5 bill covered one…

When your kids learn chess … and you can’t

When your kids learn chess ... and you can’t {Heather's Handmade Life}

When our six-year-old neighbour came over last week with a chessboard under his arm, I was gobsmacked. “You … you know how to play chess?!” I asked, incredulously. “Our kids know how to play checkers,” I thought. “He must be using the set to…

Knock knock me over

I’m done with this week. Or really, I should say “this week is done with me.” It won. It beat me. I give up. Someone I love passed away, far too young, and we say good-bye to her on Tuesday. It was only the…

Riding in cars (with swears)

One of the nicest things about living in small-town Nova Scotia is that it takes us less than five minutes to drive just about anywhere we need to go. The only “traffic” is twice a day at a handful of especially-busy intersections where you…

March Break? March Broken.

Happy March Break! This is a truly magical time of year when absolutely nothing lives up to anyone’s expectations for nine whole days. You think you know how you’d like to spend it, and somewhere around Wednesday — possibly as early as Tuesday —…

Let’s talk about (postpartum) sex, baby!

Let’s talk about (postpartum) sex {Heather's Handmade Life}

Looking back, my biggest #pregnancyfail — other than the time I stupidly microwaved hardboiled eggs and they exploded all over the kitchen — was that I didn’t think enough about how my life was going to change. It’s not that I didn’t think about…

#MomConfession: I made a Minecraft mistake

#MomConfession: I made a Minecraft mistake

Want to hear a parenting lesson I never expected to learn? It’s to research a video game before you agree to let your child buy it. I’m not talking about anything that’s clearly inappropriate, like Grand Theft Auto where they’re stealing cars and beating…

Let’s get rid of ALL THE STUFF

Every year when I’m taking down the Christmas tree and packing away the decorations, it feels like a treat to get the house back to normal. “This is MY Christmas!” I’ll caption a photo of my clean, clutter-free living room when all of those…

The 12 days of Christmas vacation

The 12 days of Christmas vacation {Heather's Handmade Life}

On the twelfth day of Christmas vacation, my family sent to me Twelve snacks served daily Eleven whiny demands Ten wicked tantrums Nine loads of laundry Eight spills a-spilling Seven rowdy neighbours Six frantic deadlines Five Mommy meltdowns Four broken Wii remotes Three Advil…

The mom who hated Christmas

The mom who hated Christmas ... and how she fixed that. {Heather's Handmade Life}

Every mom in the neighbourhood liked Christmas a lot . . . But one mom — the one with the scowl — she did NOT! This mom disliked Christmas! The whole Christmas season! (Perhaps therapy would one day uncover the reason). It could be…

The trouble with school pictures

The trouble with school pictures {Heather's Handmade Life}

Photographers who take school pictures, why do you hate us? Parents, I mean. I understand taking school pictures probably isn’t easy — and that you have a lot of sticky children to usher through your lineup, probably on a tight timeline in between lunch…