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What color are you?

oriental throw pillows on bed“Red can have many meanings”, my granddaughter informed me as we drove to the skating rink. “It can stand for love and tell people that you are happy and excited or even passionate. But red can also mean anger.” Her younger sister joined the conversation, “It can also mean danger as in fire engines or stop signs.”

The conversation continued all the way to the arena while we discussed how blue is associated with sad but if you wear turquoise or cobalt blue (like their grandmother) that it can make you feel and look happy. And of course green makes us think of spring and new beginnings.  I don’t remember what triggered our conversation but it was interesting to see how quickly a five and an eleven year old could engage in the meanings associated with color – on both an emotional and physical level.

But children aren’t the only ones to be affected by color. Continue reading What color are you?

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Free Kids’ Art Workshops (Montreal)

Do you need to keep the kids busy for a few hours on the weekend? Did you want the time to be educational as well as fun?

A family outing to the Musee des Beaux-Arts / Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a great way to spend time together while discovering cultural diversity. In addition to popular art workshops, they also offer musical activities, films and other surprises.

Every Saturday and Sunday, you can take advantage of free activities – yes, free – and have a memorable experience for the whole family!

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Unexpected Outcome

“Most people who have used Feng Shui have experienced changes in their circumstances. These often correspond to the actual energy around a relationship or situation rather than our desires. The results will ultimately serve our best interests, but the outcome is often unexpected.”

Remember this statement from a previous blog. It could not have been truer this week. My feng shui journey took an unexpected turn. And chaos erupted in my life – once again. Continue reading Unexpected Outcome

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YI Love Making Bread

What do you love most about bread? Taste, smell, texture, shape, or what you can do between two slices of it?

I must admit, I love all of these. But the smell is my favorite – that sweet, yeasty aroma. And that is only one of the reasons that I love making my own bread. The other major reason is that I can put what I want in the bread and I know that the ingredients are good for me.

I certainly love eating fresh home-made bread – with butter and jam, toasted or as sandwiches.

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Giving Children Independence

Children learn how to make decisions and develop their own good judgement when you give them the freedom and independence to do so. Letting go of the reins to let them do this while keeping them in a safe environment is always a challenge for parents and grandparents.

We want them to learn about the world on their own and to handle awkward or challenging situations. We also want them to be safe and to feel protected. How do we balance these two needs?

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