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A Sick Day for Amos McGee
A Sick Day for Amos McGee

A Sick Day for Amos McGee is about the life of Amos, a zookeeper and his friends—the elephant, the turtle, the penguin, the owl and the rhinoceros.  Everyday Amos sets aside quality time benefiting each of them as individuals until the day he gets a cold.  Feeling distressed during Amos’ absence his friends pile on […]

Kefir
Kefir

The information for this blog was taken from an article by an anonymous poster. Kefir: Kefir is a cultured dairy product, not unlike drinking-style yogurt, but more tart and refreshing and has more therapeutic value than yogurt. Kefir is made from grains, or “starter” (which can be purchased from health food stores), and milk: cow, […]

Ecoholic
Ecoholic

Ecoholic [When you’re addicted to the planet] Some facts about food for thought from a book I am reading by Adria Vasil called Ecoholic. The top 10 reasons to eat organic: 1-You don’t need to worry about biting into chemicals with every mouthful. 2- Organic food doesn’t include poisoning wildlife, workers and waterways. 3- There […]

That’s How I See things
That's How I See things

The lead character in “That’s How I see things” Sienna Baba is a wonderful artist with a different way of seeing the world.  People say his paintings look like nothing they have ever seen, but that doesn’t bother him.  Featuring unique creatures such as the Pea-pig, the Blue-jion and the Monk-upine, children will love being a […]

Adventures in Parenting!
Adventures in Parenting!

Often, people are curious and ask me what it’s really like to be a mom.  This is such a tricky question to answer without saying something offensive, cliché or both.  In my experience parents feel compelled to lie about the full spectrum of having children.  In this post, I will attempt to answer the question […]

Nike+GPS
Nike+GPS

Recently, I’ve started training for the upcoming Vancouver Marathon, it’s going moderately well.  In the midst of getting started, Shane insisted I download the new Nike+GPS app to my I phone to track my progress.  This app lets you track your run, has athlete and celebrity shout outs and saves your workout information.  As well […]

The xx – Crystalised
The xx - Crystalised

The xx are an indie rock band that I am currently listening to and enjoying.  The band from London, England, United Kingdom was formed in 2005. Check out the official website here after checking out their single “Crystalised” below.

Belly Love – Dedicated to the lovely Meliss’
Belly Love – Dedicated to the lovely Meliss’

For most women, as soon as that pink line is a reality, maternal instincts set in.  Thus begins the most thrilling and worrisome time of your life. It is at that very moment that the life long journey of trying not to fuck up your kid begins! The following are a list of the top […]

Automoblox
Automoblox

Automoblox put your little car/truck lovers in the designer seat!  Not only are they fast and fun on any surface but they encourage creative thinking and building through play.  There are several different models, all with interchangeable parts. Have the best gift at the birthday party, they are a must see and a must buy […]

Squash Rings
Squash Rings

If your toddler is anything like ours, meal time can be a daily struggle.  It’s a constant challenge serving up healthy eats, we work at it everyday.  Below is a recipe I found perusing the internet at the following site- One hungry Mama.  I have slightly altered it for our little man.   Life is getting […]

Waiting for Mommy – Lesson Learned
Waiting for Mommy - Lesson Learned

I came across this story “Waiting for Mommy” at the Vancouver Public Library.  It was written in 1938 by Tae-Jun Lee, the illustrations are by Dong-Sung Kim. I sat Dryden on my knee and began to read. The story follows a young boy waiting at a tram stop for his mother.  Trams come and go […]

Mukka Madness
Mukka Madness

If your anything like me, a good cappuccino is a must morning AND afternoon. This could be a little pricey and a bit tricky seeing as I am a coffee snob and sadly, a quality espresso machine is not in the budget. Recently my partner purchased a Mukka Express and it has become an avid part of […]

To Sleep or Not to Sleep?
To Sleep or Not to Sleep?

To sleep or not to sleep? Surely this was the most challenging question at the Wolfgang residence and quite frankly,  I’m still recovering from our decision. After reading several controversial articles  against the “Cry it out Method” and having children sleep in their own cribs, I could not bring myself to leave Dryden alone for […]

Piano Fever
Piano Fever

Years ago I was relatively new to Patrick Watson (pianist/Canadian singer-songwriter) and was fortunate to see him play at an old church venue here in Vancouver.   Long story short, I was smitten within seconds.  I had a serious crush, not nearly serious enough to break the Wolfgang bond but serious none the less. Recently, I […]

Potty Training (Gross Warning)
Potty Training (Gross Warning)

I thought briefly of making my first confession a way back play back, but reconsidered and have decided to start on a light hearted note.  We’ll go back in time some other day. So, Shane’s mom claims he and his sister were potty trained at one years old.  I’m starting to think this is why […]

Face Painting Diaries
Face Painting Diaries

Figment Faces – check out the website, story coming soon!

Vegan Cheese Cake
Vegan Cheese Cake

This healthy and delicious recipe was given to me by a neighbor and dear friend.   I make this one for Dryden’s birthday every year!  Whether you are living gluten free, vegan, or simply lactose intolerant,  you will want to have this one on file.  Happy Food Processing! for the crust; 2 cups cashews 1/2 […]

Looking Back
Looking Back

My first figurative painting with the guidance of incredibly talented figurative artist Adrian Fuerth. There are very few photos of my art work, soon to be many.  I will post more to the gallery soon! Looking Back (2008) – Oil on wood

How to Catch a Star
How to Catch a Star

This story follows a young stargazer who decides he wants to catch a star.  A brilliant and imaginative little story that has gone into the top rotation at the Wolfgang residence.  Since this little gem by Oliver Jeffers, Dryden catches stars (imaginary ones), throws stars, eats stars and puts them in his pocket to take to […]

Singer Song Writer Alela Diane.
Singer Song Writer Alela Diane.

Folk-acoustic sounds from this unique female vocalist are sublime.  Click here for a listen to Alela Diane’s – The Pirate’s Gospel .

Jay
Jay

Classic photo of Dryden by Jay Richards.  Check out his portfolio here.

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