Why I don’t feel guilty that my kids spent their early years in daycare.

Erin and Stu's daycare photo.

When I look at the differences between Mark and I and the result of our fairly isolated childhoods, and the active, happy and social childhoods of Erin and Stu thanks to their being in a great daycare, it is understandable why I don’t feel guilty that my kids spent their early years in daycare.   …

Heatwave myths: The tips and tricks that help you keep your cool | BBC Newsbeat

Tips for handling the heat.

Train tracks are buckling, dogs are being kept out of cars and shops have sold out of fans. The heatwave is here.   The Met Office says today (Wednesday) is the hottest day on record with 36.7C recorded so far at Heathrow. We know the common advice for coping with the warm weather – stay …

Canada Day treats!

Girls in bikinis in the snow. Only in Canada.

For a Canada Day treat, here’s a panoramic photo our daughter Erin took of the Bow River in Calgary – the city she has come to love so much.   I’m still waiting for pictures from Stuart of his new house. He must be working hard as he hasn’t managed to take any yet. Erin …

I was phished: and I almost fell for it ‘hook, line and sinker.’

Scam emails

I’m not a novice at these things. I’m well aware of the dangers of online commerce and what to look out for, but this phishing attempt using PayPal.com was the slickest I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t believe it. I was phished and I almost fell for it hook, line and sinker.   However, it would …

Japanese boy band “World Order” throws an amazing first pitch.

Japanese boy band World Order.

Mark and I are sitting here today happy as clams, watching the Canada Day game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox. Don Cherry is just coming out to throw the first pitch and I ask Mark, “Did you ever see that Japanese group throwing the first pitch at a baseball game …

This may be the ‘second best’ labor free lawn mowing solution!

Lawn mowing help.

What is the ‘first best’ labor free lawn mowing solution you ask?   Just take a look above – yup! Sheep!   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at our ever-growing grass and wished I could get a couple of sheep or goats and set them loose in our yard. This is …

This artist makes beautiful paintings out of real food. | Someecards

This artist makes beautiful paintings out of real food. | Food

Lauren Purnell is a self-described Food Artist and her work speaks for itself. It’s easy to get blissfully lost while perusing her popular blog Culinary Canvass, where she makes food look far too beautiful to eat. They feature lots of fruits and veggies, so even though they’d be super healthy, I’d never want to consume …