The Best Of: April 2017

April showers bring May flowers! Baby showers, to be exact, and those little flowers are due any day now. I hosted two baby showers and attended one, so that’s what I’m nick-naming April: baby shower month.

I helped to organize one for my good friend Emily. I left the kids at home and headed out to spend some much needed time with friends – eating food and giving semi-legit parenting advice, sprinkled with hilarious and embarrassing stories about my kids.  Continue reading

Lower Base Shearwater Playground

2 Harvard Drive, Shearwater Nova Scotia.

In my opinion, one of the best playgrounds in HRM. And yet, I can’t seem to find anything about it on Google! Finished sometime in 2016 (based on a 2016 Google map view of it still in construction), this playground has most of the things on my ‘Dream Playground’ list. Multiple heights of slides, different levels of climbing aparati for various ages and abilities,  a teeter-totter, swings (and even an cage-swing that children of every ability can enjoy). Not to mention a rubber landing pad which makes it SO EASY for me to bring my stroller on. It also has a number of tables around the play area, perfect for caregivers to sit, and for kids to come back for a snack.  Continue reading

A Week Without Dad

Josh has been gone for 5 days, and we have survived. Actually, I might even say that we have thrived. A few rough patches, but the kids have been pretty wonderful. I’ve been getting to sleep earlier, and the early morning wake ups haven’t really been that bad. I’ve even managed to shower every day this week. Haha!

Monday we headed out to a playgroup run by one of my best friends. Have I ever mentioned how much I love playgroups? I love them so much. Snacks, toys, and other grown ups. I mostly love how little supervision I need to give Joe. He is pretty free to do whatever he wants, and I think it is so good for him.  Continue reading

Recipe #4: Tikka Masala | The Brisson Family Cookbook

Tikka Masala. Spiced chicken thighs cooking in butter. Onions added to soak up all that butter. Creamy coconut milk. All on top of a bed of basmati rice. Yum!

I find myself, on quite a regular basis, craving some deliciously spicy (but not too spicy) Indian Paired with some lovely rice, this incredibly fragrant food always gets me excited.
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All that education…

Last week, I was pretty devastated to learn that I didn’t get into Dalhousie’s School of Nursing. They have changed their program to be either a three-year or two-year stream. The two-year stream caters to people who have university experience and who have some of the courses nursing students take in the first year. I have a kinesiology background, and I was excited to learn that I had all of them! Josh and I talked about it, and we thought that it would be a great idea for me to go back to school for nursing. But I got the unfortunate news that some of my courses would hit the 10-year expiration date (um, excuse me? I took anatomy and physiology 10 YEARS AGO?!). Unfortunately, I was not accepted admission. Apparently, the three-year stream is reserved exclusively for high school graduates. So, I’d have to redo those courses on my own, without the guarantee that I will get in next year. That’s just too big of a risk to take right now! Continue reading


We visited my Papa over the weekend, and I came back home with a pretty big gift. A window into my childhood. A video of a fishing trip I took with him when I was three. At dinner at his house, we started chatting about where his roots began, in the Goldboro area of Nova Scotia. It is fascinating to me, to hear about the childhood of my parents and grandparents. In an age where constant documentation didn’t happen, to hear them recount based on sparse memories is something to be savoured. Upon talking about his upbringing, he remembered that he had taken a couple of home videos in the early 90’s, when he and my grandmother travelled here to Nova Scotia. My family met up with them in the Goldboro area, where a couple of my Papa’s sisters still lived. My Papa, and his sister Carrie took me out on a fishing trip, and he captured it on video! Of course! I knew my Papa took lots of pictures and videos when he was able to visit with us, but I have never seen those videos! I was so excited and asked if I could borrow some of his VHS. He told me to go downstairs, and I grabbed the one labeled “Fishing Trip”. Continue reading