Author: Hilary Potosnak

2017 Summer Playground Playgroups

  I appreciate the park. It is so much more than just another place to take your kid. It is a connection to your city, a connection to your community, and as I’ve found in Victoria, a great place to watch your kid play while you enjoy a cup of coffee. When I first moved to Victoria I joined a group that met weekly at different playgrounds around the city. It was a small group but it had two benefits: it gave me some much needed introductions to life in Victoria and the surrounding area, and it made me...

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My Fears Awakened: Dealing with Workers When I am Home Alone with Children

I used to live in New York city. I lived there for 10 years and had two of my children there. It was in New York I had some of my first adult experiences in my life. I don’t mean adult in the “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” way but in the “let’s make sure we have enough money left over at the end of the month to pay for heat” way. A part of all that adulting I was doing was home ownership. And along with home ownership came dealing with people coming to our apartment to fix things,...

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Saving Dinner :: Traybakes {plus a recipe!}

In our mother’s day it was the casserole. The working mothers little friend; a can of this, a can of that, maybe some frozen vegetables thrown in. Top with bread crumbs and bake in the oven for about half an hour and voila: dinner was served all in one neat, tidy little package. Today we eat differently. Convenience remains important but healthy, fresh, and interesting also come into play when we plan our dinners. Sure those cans of cream of something soup do come out every once in a while but the home cook is working on another level...

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Saving Dinner: Easy Christmas Menu

Christmas Dinner. For any cook it can be a daunting task. Especially if undertaken solo. There is so much that can go wrong. Timing, skill, luck… it all comes into play. This year why not try something easier? An easier main dish that requires almost no babysitting. Allow yourself one or two complicated sides and leave the rest simple and delicious. Your Christmas dinner menu will come together beautifully. My only advice? Ask someone else to bring dessert or buy it at your favorite bakery. My husband’s favorite food is ham. Happiness for him is walking into a house...

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Leading by Example :: The Power of Empathy

Empathy. We like to think as mothers that we have it in spades. We are the ones picking our little ones up off the ground after they fall. We are the ones who feel that body stretch in stiffness during a tantrum due to tiredness. We feel their pain keenly when they come home from school and tell you that nobody would play with them. And we are the ones whose own heart aches when they tell us “that he doesn’t want to go out with me anymore.” We understand their pain because their pain is our pain. But...

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