Since the beginning, this website was positioned to examine the transition of outdoor adventurers to parenthood, the emphasis being on transition. But a transition implies there is an end point or a new phase – like reaching a summit – and so far in parenthood, I feel like I’m on a neverending climb. Just when I think I have reached the top, when I think perhaps I have made that ‘transition’, I realize I have so much farther to go.
I can’t put my finger on the exact moment I first heard the phrase, but it stuck with me. I think I was pregnant and probably soaking up all the best advice I could get on being a positive influence on my child. In my mind, my own attitude played an important role in raising a happy, healthy, and confident little girl in a world that often praises good achievements and performances. The words came to mind again today during a routine trip to the playground…
I can’t shake this part of myself – this yearning desire, this need, for a personal connection with the outdoors. And as my little one grows up, I feel opportunity returning. Which is why it’s so hard when things fall through.
The terrain was getting steeper, blockier and trickier to navigate – the kind of terrain I thrive in. I like to use my hands. I like to solve problems. I […]
Travel with a toddler can create enough stresses on its own. We found our last trip was made easier by adjusting our travel style and bringing along items that alleviated the draining effects of caring for a busy little toddler while away from home. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it definitely highlights our favourite items.
Hello dear readers! I’m sorry I disappeared for a little while. Life with a toddler is busier than I have ever experienced before. Busier than a full course load and 30+ rehearsal hours a week when I was studying theatre at Queen’s University. Busier than when I was working three jobs at the same time so that I could afford my rent here in Banff. Busier, much busier, than life with a newborn.
What’s on the menu today? I’ve been thinking again about the logistics involved in being a part-time working and outdoorsy mama. I first wrote about it in The Transition to Parenthood: 5 Things I Didn’t Consider. And as we’ve entered toddlerhood, I have discovered more things I didn’t consider. People seemed to have appreciated the first post in this series, so why not a second? Here we go.
It may not be Thanksgiving here in Canada, but we sure have plenty to be thankful for. To celebrate this lead-up to the holidays, I have joined forces with nearly […]
The holiday season is fast approaching, and with that comes my annual tradition of providing you with some gift ideas! This year I thought I’d do toddler-specific gift ideas, since that’s the phase we’re in (and “children’s toys” are often unsuitable for little ones!) Here are some of my picks this year:
My criteria for great clothing is quite straightforward: it needs to be 1) comfortable (no cutting in anywhere) 2) durable (I have a busy, toddler-messy lifestyle) 3) good-looking but not too glamorous (it simply isn’t my style, if I had one!). Thankfully, this Fall I was introduced to Aventura Clothing when they asked me to come on board as one of their Canadian ambassadors. Based in the Sierra Nevadas, this lifestyle apparel brand has started to win me over, mainly because it fulfills my three criteria and because I like to support companies that are making efforts to product eco-friendly clothing.