Hobbies and Books

Who doesn’t love reading? Here are our favourite books in the form of lists, reviews, and everything else a book lover wants in their life.

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Spring Bucket List Ideas

The spring season is upon us, and with it a fresh spirit. For most people (including me), spring brings renewed motivation to get out and explore, especially after a long winter. Here's a great collection of spring bucket list ideas for kids, families, and couples...

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Tips for Taking Kids to the Ballet

I feel pretty fortunate to live in an area where we have a world-renowned ballet that's not only close by, but also accessible in terms of pricing. That means that it's possible for me to take my 5 kids to the ballet and I've done it, lived to tell the tale, and am...

My 2023 Reading List

My 2023 Reading List

I do one of these every year - an ambitious reading list of my top upcoming picks and some books I've been meaning to read. For 2023, I decided to skip my usual theme of choosing one book per year and instead share my full reading list. To get these books read, I...

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How to Choose Books for Newborn Babies

Reading to babies of all ages is super important. But what kinds of books do you read to newborn babies who are still young to fully engage with a story? After raising 5 babies, I know a thing or two about what newborns like. Here's some picks that have either made...

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How to Read More Books

If you're trying to figure out how to fit more reading time into your schedule, you're not alone. Whether it's trying to finally tick everything off your "to read" list or you just want to create better habits - these tips to read more books can help. This...

My 2022 Reading List

My 2022 Reading List

Well, it's that time of year again - time for me to share my 2022 reading list. I did this last year and let me tell you, I definitely didn't read everything on the list. That hasn't stopped me from adding on for 2022! If you want to see what I did (and didn't)...

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All the Light We Cannot See Book Review

All the Light We Cannot See is an award winning book by Anthony Doerr. Although I'm late to the party with this review (the book came out in 2017) but if you're wanting to read the book before you check out the upcoming Netflix series, now's a great time. When Will...

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How to Build LEGO Sets With Lost Instructions

My kids and I have been on a LEGO kick recently and we've been trying to rebuild some of my old LEGO sets that I had as a kid. Unfortunately, some of them are missing some pieces, and all of them are missing instructions. That hasn't stopped us! Here's how to build...

Books About Diversity For Kids

Books About Diversity For Kids

Picture books are a really great way to introduce new ideas to young kids. They start conversations, and can help explain things in an age-appropriate way. Whether that’s learning what animals live on a farm or books about diversity for kids, choosing books that...

The Witch Boy Book Review

The Witch Boy Book Review

June is Pride month! For the month of June I'm going to be checking out some popular and not-so-popular LGBTQ+ themed or inspired books. As a queer person I want to explore not just the quality of these books but also how the represent our community as well. The...