Category: The Mom Scene

Homework nagging hack

Now that our kids are in Grade 1 and Grade 3, I’ve noticed this year feels a little different. They’re older students and with that comes more responsibilities at home. Our daughter, who’s in Grade 1, needs to read at least one book every…

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…

The after-school freak-out

The after-school freak-out {Heather's Handmade Life}

As happy as I am that the kids are back in school, there’s one really annoying part I’d forgotten about: the after-school freak-out.  It happens almost every day, immediately after our daughter gets off the bus. She’s smiling, she’s running toward me, she’s hugging me…

When kids have wedding jitters

When kids have wedding jitters {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our whole family was thrilled when my sister got engaged last August. She asked me to be her matron of honour — yay! — and she wanted our eight-year-old son — her only nephew — to be the ring bearer. He immediately declined, explaining,…

He’s with the band

He's with the band {Heather's Handmade Life}

I was never what you’d call musically talented and I’m almost certainly tone deaf, but I still really enjoyed my three years of junior high band. Well, everything except the itchy, royal blue and yellow polyester band sweaters that I can still feel on my…

A day well spent at the Ex

Since our family spends one full day at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition every single summer, it’s something we all remember fondly throughout the year. It’s also become a way to notice how very, very quickly time is passing. This year at the Ex…

Better late than never

Better late than never: a perfect belated birthday party for our son {Heather's Handmade Life}

It wasn’t that we forgot our son’s eighth birthday in early June. Not at all! We celebrated it in style, during our Ontario vacation, by spending the afternoon playing video games and arcade games at Chuck E. Cheese’s. It was clearly one of the…

Are you an early school-prepper?

Even before the calendar flipped to August — and by “flipped” I mean metaphorically, of course, because we’re a digital household — it seemed like everybody was talking about back-to-school shopping. One neighbour came home with new backpacks, water bottles and plastic lunch containers….

Summer brain melt is a real thing

Summer brain melt is a real thing {Heather's Handmade Life}

The humidity has been out of control for weeks — maybe a month, who even knows anymore. My hair is twice its normal size, and I have big hair so that’s really saying something. Everyone’s hot and sticky all the time. Our house doesn’t…

My first blood donation

My first blood donation {Heather's Handmade Life}

When you’re a parent, you’re always coming up with little teachable moments in which you show your children ways they can be good human beings. It’s why we have discussions about homelessness when we pass the shelter in our town. It’s why I make…

Checking out Chuck E. Cheese’s

Checking out Chuck E. Cheese's {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our son turned eight earlier this summer and his birthday fell during our family’s vacation to Ontario to see my dad and stepmother. We’d toyed with the idea of taking the kids to Canada’s Wonderland for the day but it felt too expensive —…

Our summer of Harry Potter

Our summer of Harry Potter {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was funny to admit that, at 34, I had never even attempted to read one of the Harry Potter books. It’s sort of like how I’ve only ever seen one of the Star Wars movies. (I call it “Star Wars” but people tell…