March is National Engineering and Geoscience Month

Every year in Canada, Engineering and Geoscience are celebrated throughout the month of March. This year is no exception and each province and territory are hosting events. geo-english-2color-rgb

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Board games for couples: Lost Cities

Our board games for couples reviews would hardly be complete if we overlooked the Kosmos series of 2 player games. This time around, we explore Lost Cities, an “oldie but goodie” from renowned designer Reiner Knizia. There’s a board game now, but we’ve only ever played the card game.


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Reading together

As part of Family Literacy Day, I had a chance to read to my daughter in her classroom this morning, which was a nice treat. For us, reading is a nice go-to family activity that we all enjoy.

We’ve been through a lot of picture books. Below are some of our favourites.


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Becoming a carless family

Within a year of moving to Vancouver, it became evident that our car was spending most of its days parked and completely unused. My 13 km (each way) work commute turned out to be faster by my bike most of the time, and a lot less stressful. Lacey walked or biked the 3 km to City Hall. We were mostly using the car on weekends and for the occasional out-0f-town vacation. Without knowing the term, we were living “car-lite”.

Our goal over the next few posts is to document our family’s carless journey. This post will serve as background and we’ll followup with lots of actual data and analysis.

Our first car-free trip to Bowen Island


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Bedroom closet transformation

A couple of months ago I decided enough was enough. The closet in our girls’ bedroom just was not working for them (or us for that matter). After pointing out the problem to our girls, they seemed quite happy to help make an improvement. Again, this closet transformation is not a “pat us on the back” post, but encouragement to those DIY-selfers.

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