The road to a toddler tower

I had a sense of the existence of these things called toddler towers when Kiddo was a young toddler but it never connected with me. I’ve also long since known that there is an Ikea hack whereby you nail down an inverted side table to a footstool that is no longer available in Canadian Ikea…

Back to Modo (car-sharing)

Not too long ago, I blogged about our new normal for 2021, and now we have a small change. Ever since NPY decided to bring Baby to his parents once a week – because it was just getting untenable with her around two days of the week and he would work from home even if…

The birthday perks

Last year, my birthday was shortly before the city shut down – two weeks before everything shut down, one week before panic-buying and the beginning of a ghost town. Kiddo wasn’t in daycare so I met up with SIL and her toddler at Denny’s for my first time redeeming free birthday Grand Slam breakfast. Five…

Supporting local businesses for Lunar New Year and February 2021

Updated February 18 with a photo of most of the haul! ******** I can feel the increased hum and buzz with Lunar New Year falling on February 12 and the subsequent two weeks traditionally people will celebrate, and Valentine’s Day occurring two days later. On top of that, the annual month-long Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival…

Home “reno”: working from home

I have another post about our new normal that started with the new year but the easier one to post is how I created a workspace for myself because there will be times – often enough – where NPY and I are both working from home. We never considered sharing a workspace and switching off…

In 2020, we organize (Part I)

There was an IKEA table lurking in Kiddo’s closet that has been serving as a shelf for several years. It has served before as a dining table and I’ve been thinking for a while to create a workstation in our living/dining room to corral our laptops, mail, administrative/paperwork/paper-based junk stuff. On NPY’s last day of…

Vancouver-based cleaning and personal care refills at Greenworks

I have in the past Googled Greenworks Building Supply to see if it has anything to do with the Green Works brand I see in theĀ  London Drugs aisles all of the time, as I walk by the Greenworks building all of the time. Recently, I noticed this sandwich board being displayed outside. And it…

Carry her carrier

I like to think I did a super job of putting kiddo into the carrier, that is, that I use it more often and longer than average. Because I’m looking for validation anywhere. I bought a gray Ergobaby carrier when it was slightly discounted, going with the brand based on reports it provided best support…

Duchess-inspired workout

The more I follow British royalty news, the more headlong I fall into avidly devouring any news items about the “senior royals”. Unfortunately, my thought processes do support the lopsided and anti-feminist articles that report on what the duchesses are wearing and their physiques, fixated on their appearances rather as much or more than the…