Inspiration

Conqueror By Estelle Life is like a big merry-go-round You’re up and then down Going in circles tryin’ to get to where you are Everybody’s been cutting you out But where are they now? Sitting in the same old place Just faces in the crowd We all make mistakes You might fall on your face…

Mud Mountain Explorers

How could you not want to go to Mud Mountain?  With elementary aged boys this had all the elements necessary for a great outing: mud, mountain, and a dam guarded by the army.  Technically Mud Mountain is managed by the US Army Corp of Engineers, but there was no explaining that to my two. Would…

Sensory Processing What?

We had a busy, busy summer being introduced into the world of childhood development experts.  For my family that had never been to anything more than an annual pediatrician appointment, with a side of naturopathy to tackle a food intolerance this was a whole new world.  We started down this path, when we were looking…

Amazon Fresh vs CSA?

Updating this post — now that we have had a chance to trial a couple of services. First — I love, love, love Amazon Fresh: Service is great — drivers courteous, always on time, super neat It’s beyond convenient — I can order from my phone or PC; arrange for groceries to be delivered while…

Review | Low Carb, High Protein Bars

Without a doubt, my favorite bars are “The Simply Bar“.  They have a 1:1 ration of protein to carbs, they range from 150-160 caloires.  Perfect for a snack mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Becuase i’m based in the west coast, I have to order them online and have to pay for shipping ($14…ouch!).  This means I have to be…

Seattle Tourist

Alki Beach:  West Seattle; Flat surface for biking, walking, roller blading, Pegasus Pizza is reputedly worth a visit Newport Beach:  Sandy beach for kids with safe water access, shade for parents to sit; on the east side Olympia:  1.5 hrs drive; state capital, nice buildings and landscaped parks

Ok… so it’s freezing here

Officially, Bytown Mom is not quite so Bytown anymore.  We moved to Seatle, Washington about a month ago.  I figured this would be a good time to get back and running with the blog.  Not becuase I don’t have enough to do with the new job, new house, move, etc, but rather becuase there have…

Family Dinners?

Do you have them? Do you have them every day? Every week? Here’s an episode of The Current on the topic from last week. The interviewee is Laurie David (Larry David’s wife) and she’s a huge advocate of family dinners and how to get your family back to the table, and why you should want…

More moments of peace

As part of the big paper cleanup of my desk the other day, I found a coupon Starbucks sent me for a free drink on my birthday.  My vanilla latte is very much appreciated on this cold wintry morning.

A moment’s peace

These moments don’t come often, but I love itwhen the boys get along, cooperate and do something adorable. Posted from WordPress for Windows Phone

Planning for 2011

And here I thought maybe my blogging days were over. When I went back to work after mat-leave there was quite a hiatus from my wonderings and ponderings. But I’m still an Ottawa based mom who’s trying to raise her family of boys to be healthy, happy, well-adjusted boys and eventually men. A friend sent…

Eco Energy Audit – Part 2

We finally have our second ecoenergy report.  This is the report that lets us know whether all the work we’ve been doing over the past two years is paying off from an environmental  point of view.   We had an environmental score of 57 (out of 100) and have moved up to 74.  Typical houses of…