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REVIEW: Wild Ophelia Barbecue Potato Chip

Wild Ophelia has some pretty out there flavours. I first ran into this brand, part of the Vosges Haut-Chocolat company, on vacation in South Carolina a few years ago and neglected to buy anything because I thought I could come back later and get it. And then they stopped carrying the bars in any easy-to-find locations on the east coast, and I was SOL.

When I was in Toronto I saw a stack of chocolate bars, including Wild Ophelia, at the checkout in Blue Banana and grabbed the first one I saw (I wish I had taken more time and grabbed a few more but I was kind of going crazy with chocolate purchases at the time).

Reverb15: Alchemy & Serendipity

While alchemy is the active process of creating something of value, serendipity is the passive path to finding an unexpected treasure. Looking back through 2015, what did you diligently try to create? What great thing did you just happen to find?

This year I tried to create a full, happy life. I think that’s the goal of every year — this year was no different. Some of the things I tried at, failed, while others succeeded. I tried to create good, healthy meals for my family; I tried to create warm and welcoming spaces;

Room to Grow

Last year I tentatively set out with a few seedlings and a handful of garden tools, lots of hopes and dreams, and very little knowledge of how to make things thrive and grow. I was a novice gardener, and a novice parent, and between the two, I was doing my best to make something beautiful.

I grew my plants, and I grew my kid, and I made a lot of mistakes along the way but now, in both regards, I have a better handle on things. The fact that M helped us dig out this new garden bed is proof of that,

Easter = “SNACKS!”

Last year, M got socks for Easter. It was a busy weekend and she was so little that she had no idea what was going on. This year, the concept of the Easter bunny was still a stretch (and honestly, isn’t a giant candy-gifting rabbit sort of a stretch no matter how old you are?) but we upgraded her basket.

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She mostly had non-candy things — a pair of shoes, more socks (yes!), blocks, a toy boat with sand toys, four rubber ducks with whom she is now obsessed, and some stuffed animals.

#WomensLives: It’s What I Do

This #WomensLives post made my fingers fly to the keyboard! Be still, my heart.

She’s seen warfare. Been kidnapped. Interviewed victims of rape and helped an Afghan woman in labor get to a hospital. Photographed a dying boy with her own son growing inside her womb. She tells the stories behind these photographs.

War photojournalist Lynsey Addario is doing vital, amazing work. There are not many people out there who have the courage and ability to handle war photography and even fewer women taking on that particular role. Addario just released her memoir, It’s What I Do,

2014 in Photos

In 2014, in The Year of Our Overlord Forest Tent Caterpillars (ugh), we grew things. We grew plants and flowers and vegetables and a daughter.

I took photos – lots of them featured me sitting on the couch trapped underneath a baby – and drank coffee and travelled and learned to cook better food for our family. We ate Persians for the first time. We hosted family members, and parties. We battled endless piles of snow, relished the warm sun when it finally arrived, went to a wedding, started Friday Night Meatballs, visited the lactation consultant roughly 1000 times,