I’ve heard a lot of talk recently about the exact date people give up on their new year’s resolutions. It’s sometime between January 12th and the 18th. Already?! It hasn’t even been a month. Why do we make these grand plans to change and yet we can’t even carry through for a couple weeks? I … Continue reading Our Habits and Simple Living
Stephanie Ouellette loves thought provoking design, cooking for people with allergies or food aversions. She lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and two busy little boys. She is a photographer and Made Collective’s creative visionary. What started you on a simple and thoughtful journey? My journey started at a very young age and was … Continue reading The Collective Series: Stephanie Ouellette
Travelling long distances with toddlers can be torture especially when we refuse to stick a screen in front of them so they don’t miss learning the importance of boredom, but we try to plan our long trips accordingly. Sarnia is a three hour drive to Toronto and an hour to downtown Detroit. So when we … Continue reading Detroit Day Trip Ideas with Kids
My daughters each had a friend sleepover last Saturday night. It was a last minute decision, so there weren’t any grand plans. I bought snacks, inflated air mattresses and then left four girls, ages eleven to thirteen, to their own devices. For over an hour I heard chatting, giggling, and squealing before knocking my eldest … Continue reading Sleepover
Controlling the toys and stuff that accumulates in our home is a never ending process. I wish I could say this wasn't a problem, yet here I am complaining about having too much stuff yet again! Yesterday I was watching the boys play and asked them if they had enough cars. They responded with "yes" … Continue reading Are we Robbing our Children of the Simple Joys of Childhood?
When Steph and I talk about seasonal living, we focus on spring, summer, fall, and winter, and how we can embrace each season thoughtfully. We also want to pay attention to the seasons of life which are much broader and varied. These can include seasons of busyness, quiet, illness, conflict, newness, sadness, loss, and so … Continue reading Embracing the Seasons of Life