So I Don’t Forget

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I must have the worst memory in the world. Sometimes my husband will say things like, "remember that restaurant we went to years ago, when we travelled to ...". And, I have no clue what he's talking about. Most of my memories are sporadic and broad, the fine details mostly non-existent. It's something that has bothered me for years, even prompting many discussions with my doctor - because of course, this has to mean ... read more

How to Organize a Garage Sale

How to Organize a Garage Sale

Knowing how to organize your garage sale will mean the difference between making a little money - and a lot of money! A garage sale is a perfect way to add some extra resources to your vacation fund, clothing fund, summer activities, or extra cash to go toward usual expenses. Garage sales are a great way for the family to clean out the clutter, make a little extra money, and have fun together.   How To ... read more

Month In Photos: June 2015

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  June 2015 marked the official start of summer vacation. My oldest daughter completed Grade 5, which means she's now off to {*gulp*} middle school. Actually, I still call it Junior High, which I'm told isn't said anymore. That's probably for the best, since the 'Degrassi Junior High' theme song runs through my head every time I say it. And we all know what those kids were up to!! {for the record I'm talking ... read more

5 Reasons To Give Kids An Allowance

5 Reasons To Give Your Kids An Allowance

As a parent you want to teach your children to be financially responsible. Knowing the value of money and the responsibility that comes with it, are key lessons for adulthood.  One of the best ways to tech children about finances, is to give them an allowance.    5 Reasons To Give Kids An Allowance   Teaches them how to budget. One of the best things about giving your children an ... read more

Bike Safety for Kids


After a long winter, one of the many things we've been looking forward to - is riding bikes.  It's a great feeling to trade those boots for sandals and the sleds for bikes. Not only is biking a great form of exercise, but it's also a wonderful way for families to bind and spend some time together. That being said, one must also remember that bike-related injures can happen and steps need to be taken for ... read more

Parenting and The Wishing of Time


I was half-asleep warming bottles while two tiny voices cried for hunger in the stillness of night. Soon calm rested in their tummies and all you could hear was slurping. The small smiles overflowing with the purest of love, they gaze up at me with admiration. Did that loving moment go unnoticed while I picked some sleep from the corners of my eye, while desperately wishing time would pass to a future ... read more

Let it Go, Let it Go

donation value village

Recently I tore through our house in a mad fury, making piles marked “toss,” “donate” and “keep.” I wish I could say my actions stemmed from some of that refreshing springtime energy, but, in fact, it all stemmed from frustration. This latest heavy purge was the result of being buried by an avalanche of boxes, bins and bags when I tried to get at the summer gear from our storage room. Going in for that one quick item ... read more

Month In Photos: May 2015

May 2015 month in photos myorganizedchaos

May 2015 was a month of 'Mexico'. Technically we were only there for a week, but looking at the photos I took over the course of May - Mexico was the biggest highlight for sure. So, when putting together my Month In Photos for May 2015, I loved the idea of dedicating a collage just of our trip with Velas Resorts, the beautiful hues compliment each other so much. From palm trees, sandy bottoms, baby turtles, much ... read more

Budgeting Tips for the Wedding Party

Budgeting Tips for the Wedding Party

With wedding season coming near, those that are in wedding parties might be hit with more expenses than imagined. A recent TD survey found that almost 40 per cent of Millennial and Gen X Canadians who have been in a wedding party say they felt pressured to spend more than they could afford. The fact is, celebrating a friend or relative's wedding as a bridesmaid or groomsman is a huge honour, but it can also be quite a ... read more

Month In Photos: April 2015

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April 2015 - The snow melted and the outdoors were enjoyed! We're finally seeing the signs of spring, which makes me deliriously happy {and not just 'case the kids can run off energy while not a few feet away from me ... ok that too}. You all know I'm a sun worshiper so April is always one month that I always look forward to. In April 2015 Isabelle ended her 2nd year of Cheerleading, it was a fantastic year for my ... read more

Tips and Tricks for Using a Telephoto Zoom Lens

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Once upon a time I thought all camera lens were created equal. I was happy with my standard lens that came with the body, and snapped away thinking that some of the not-so-great photos which resulted - were my fault. 'If only I were a professional' I often wished. Then, as my skills and knowledge grew, I was introduced to the different lenses on the market and developed my own lens wish-list with some ... read more

Photographing a Cheer and Dance Competition #CanonL

taking pictures ata cheer competition

By now you should know that I have a passion for photography and capturing all those precious memories that fill our days. This is why I started my Month in Photos series, in which I make an easy photo collage of my favourite photos for each month. The goal was to stop leaving precious photos in files and on drives - and to actually 'do' more with my photos. To collect and have something tangible to share. In ... read more