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With the rising cost of living, we are working hard to keep costs down this year. If you’re also staying close to home, but don’t want to sacrifice fun, here are nine cheap family fun activities. Ice Skating Skating is cheap family fun at its finest. We often forget to check out the public skate […]

9 Cheap Family Fun Activities in the Fraser Valley

water mania in richmond offers cheap family fun activites

Lifestyle, Motherhood

Curious Living, Lifestyle

Iyla Coughlin sits on top of a Hello Fresh food delivery box on the front door step with a big smile on her face

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Have you ever wondered if Hello Fresh is worth the cost? As a family that’s used Hello Fresh meal delivery services on and off for years, we get asked this question all the time. The short answer for us is yes. We believe that Hello Fresh is worth the cost because it has helped us […]

Is Hello Fresh Worth the Cost? A Very Honest Review.

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Do the cost of groceries have you feeling like you can’t ever get ahead? I have a hack to get you $130 worth of free groceries! We’ve been using Hello Fresh for years since Iyla was a newborn, so they let me offer you up to $130 in free groceries. With no catch! 🎉 Sound […]

Get $130 Worth of Free Groceries- Mom Hack

Christine Coughlin leaning against her kitchen island smiling at the camera, fresh veggies sit on the counter.

Lifestyle, Motherhood


pink heart shaped cookies with red and pink sprinkles

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If you want to be the mom who makes homemade cookies but doesn’t have hours to spend in the kitchen, these are the Valentine’s Cookies of your dreams. You can bake and decorate these cookies in an hour flat, cash in on all ooooh’s and awes, and get back to the business of running everyone’s […]

Quick and Easy Valentines Cookies

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In May 2020, my privilege as a middle-class white woman suddenly became crystal clear. I am embarrassed that I had been asleep to the issues surrounding racialized communities my entire life. At that moment, I promised to do better and start my education on raising an anti-racist family. You can read my initial realization, Am […]

How to Raise An Anti-Racist Family


Curious Living

Christine Coughlin and her three children standing on the porch wearing black shirts for black shirt day in 2021

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If you’re like me, you may be confused why the schools are suddenly celebrating Black Excellence Day and wondering why the name changed from Black Shirt Day. After digging, I discovered Black Shirt Day and Black Excellence Day are two different movements with the same anti-racism goal. Learn the origin story of Black Shirt Day […]

What is Black Shirt Day vs. Black Excellence Day?

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The perfect big fluffy cream tea scone recipe for the next time the queen comes to tea. If you want maximum lift-off when baking your scones, you’ll love this easy and tasty scone recipe. Scones are best served fresh; this recipe takes about 30 minutes to make. If you want your pre-party hours to be […]

Big Fluffy Cream Tea Scone Recipe

Big fluffy cream tea scones



Soft gingerbread men cookies decorated with white icing and green and red smartie buttons

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This has been my go-to Gingerbread cookie recipe for years. We love that they are soft and chewy and full of flavour. I love iced soft gingerbread, so I cut half of the recipe into squares or snowflakes and dip them in a glaze. I cut the other half into small soft gingerbread people for […]

Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe & Glaze Recipe

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Tatum Blize is a woman with big dreams, a fearless style, and a magnetic personality. In this interview, she shares how she navigates motherhood, fulfillment, career and her dream of becoming a Vancouver Fashion Stylist. Tatum Blize, Beyond the Surface Tatum and I met the way many connections are made these days… on Instagram. After […]

Tatum Blize of Styled by Tatum

Tatum Blize Vancouver Personal Stylist

Ladies To Know


Christine Coughlin smiling at the camera near a river

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It’s all about the perspective, they say. If you practice gratitude, you can decrease your anxiety… well, I call bull shit.  Do you know what happened to me when the world constantly tells us if you were just more grateful your anxiety wouldn’t be an issue?  I felt shameful about being so negative. I began […]

Why I Started Anti-Anxiety Medication