Motivation Monday: Gratitude is the best Attitude

Thank you for posing with me for a cheesy photo in Mexico City.
Muchas Gracias to Mexico’s national guard.

Thanks. Merci. Haaw’a. Gracias. Enkosi Kakhulu. Baie Dankie, Thank you.

Since late last October, after an amazing trip that was totally worth being thankful for, I started saying thank you every day. Meaning I wrote, rather texted, what I was thankful for every day and fired it off to my stepmom. In December, I looped another person into my social experiment, asking one of my best friends to join my everyday ‘Thank you’ ritual. Read more

Pack your Ps and Qs: Bloggers share their mom’s travel advice

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Every time I’ve travelled everywhere my mom says the same two things: pack your Ps and Qs (pleases and thank-yous) and pack your common sense. Good manners and old fashioned common sense have helped me enjoy trips around the United Kingdom, Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa relatively incident free. Thanks mom! The last spot mumsy and I trekked to was the ultra-luxe Azuridge and where we hung out with my toddler, were served by butlers and gazed upon the Rocky Mountains. I can honestly say my mom is one of my favourite travel mates – I’m so thankful she’s nurtured my wanderlust and adaptability all these years. Thanks mom!

To celebrate Mother’s Day (in Canada) a bit early, I thought I would survey some of my blogger buds’ for their pearls of mom travel advice wisdom. There are some really sweet nuggets of advice after the jump. Happy Mother’s Day reading fellow travellers.  Read more

Travel, Motherhood and A Mad Maids Giveaway

The struggle is REAL: travel, parenthood and a house cleaning giveaway. Photo credit: Pam Loves Pie | Flickr | CC
The struggle is REAL: travel, parenthood and a #YEG house cleaning giveaway. Photo credit: Pam Loves Pie | Flickr | CC

When I used to travel a LOT for work and play, I had a simple rule of thumb: thy shalt not leave a messy house to returnth home to. My house used to be sort of spotless before I trudged away to Fort St. John for work or cavorted away to Mexico City for culture and food.

This little pre-blast off routine helped me avoid trip-ending-comedown – returning to a tidy home was a tiny consolation of saying Hasta Luego to those colourful, mini-umbrella drinks or sweltering safari adventures. Sometimes, I wished I had a cleaning service that could help me out. A company like Alberta-based Mad Maids, who have easy-to-choose pricing that go by house size and type of cleaning (routine, deep or move out).

Now that I’m a mom the work and leisure trips are a bit more dispersed as is the clean-the-house-before-departing routine. Now we’re luck if we can remember to pack our toothbrushes and lock the door on the way out.

Motherhood and the eternal war that is attempting to keep your house clean is a much easier battle thanks to Mad Maids. I love my kid, but these days, the struggle to maintain a clean home is REAL people. He loves to share (throw) everything with gusto on the floor,  ‘clean’ (smear) all glass surfaces with his grubby mitts and drink (spit) his watery juice out of his big boy glass like a wasted college freshmen.  Read more

Weekend Anthology ~ March 2016

New nightly view
The new view

Well hello there dear online friends. It’s been a bit longer than a blink, hasn’t it? I’m writing this from our new home, after settling into a new job in a place about 1600 kilometres west of our dear Edmonton to the moist, green shores of Haida Gwaii.

We live near the ocean on a set of islands we’ve both road tripped to and our little dude ABSOLUTELY loves his new ocean, mountain and rainforest life. People here on Haida Gwaii as are sweet as I remember them and the towns as small, distinct and curious.

This is probably the first time I’ve had: A) steady internet, B) a quiet moment and C) the time to revel in all things amazing on the internet (a long story that involves a cancelled flight, a missed wedding of a dear friend and staying up late organizing Easter treats). Life’s duties aside, here are some of the things I’ve loved in the last month.

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