Date Night at the Aquarium? Yes, Please!

What wine would you pair with octopus? Are you in the mood for a sauvignon blanc? Have about a merlot? How does that sound with eight tentacles and two beady black eyes? What would you pair with a shark? Something strong and flavourful like a dark ale? Have a beverage that you would enjoy with jellyfish? Wait, what?! Jellyfish?! Are we eating the jellyfish? No. We are not. We are not eating the shark or octopus either. Where am I going with this? On the second Friday of every month, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in…

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No, the Second Kid Isn’t Easier than the First

You’ve seen the memes and advertisements. With the first kid, the mom is fussy and uncertain; by the second, they’re confident and together. But watching those advertisements or reading those little quips makes me want to throw something. My version would be the opposite—confident with a young toddler alone, ripping my hair out with both. I have definitely found having a second kid is much harder at times than the first one, at least in the beginning. There’s a bunch of shit you never really learned with the first kid Sure,…

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5 Reasons to Take a Break from Reality

I know. I know. You are convinced that your life does not afford for you to have the ability to get away from the rest of the world. Your life tells you that it would be selfish if you left your family for a couple days to do something for YOU, right? Sure.  Of course it does. But you don’t have to listen. You CAN make the time for you to find you!  I am the first to admit when I get away from my family too much.  I am…

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7 Ways to Be More Positive About Your Marriage Right Now

I rolled my eyes, bent over and snatched the terrycloth heap off the floor. His robe lay on the floor beside the bed exactly where he’d dropped it the night before. And there it would’ve stayed unless I picked it up. He’d already gone to work. “In addition to changing diapers, taking care of kids, and cooking the meals,” I thought, “he expects me to pick up after him, too?” Sound familiar? We (my husband and I) were weathering a stormy season in our marriage. We had young children; he…

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Patton Oswalt: Love Never Has to Die

I just saw an article online that Patton Oswalt has found love again and is engaged. My first thought was, “YES! He’s keeping the love going–awesome!” Then I read the comments… My next thought was, “Humans can really suck. Like really, truly SUCK.” So many people were shaming him because he hadn’t “waited long enough.” “This is just too soon. It won’t last.” “Rebound. How sad that he just forgets his first wife and moves on so quickly.” “I hope if I ever die my husband doesn’t replace me so…

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