Get Outside: Swedish Parenting Style [GIVEAWAY]

there's no such thing as bad weather

I grew up thinking that the expression “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” was a Canadian turn of phrase. Oh how wrong I was! Now that my eldest has reached public school age, I am learning more and more how wrong I was, but also how very lucky I was to have […]

Cross-Country Skiing Near Calgary: My favourite place, my dog’s, too

After a wicked good week of cross-country skiing Calgary, we headed to the edge of the mountains near the hamlet of Bragg Creek and had another glorious ski. The conditions are impeccable everywhere, in spite of the warmer afternoons that we have consistently had all week long. West Bragg was no exception. This is my […]

Cross Country Skiing Calgary: The Triple Crown

Life in Calgary is all about seizing the moment; or, at least that’s what this Calgary-transplant has learned and is now truly embracing! When there is snow and it is not toddler-tantrum-inducing cold out, you go cross country skiing in Calgary. Every. Single. Day. The Triple Crown Thus, without further adieu, I bring you the […]

Family Riding: The Ultimate Bakfiets

Cross-posted: Originally posted on This Mom Bikes. December 3, 2017. Since we have n+1 cargo bikes, I often get asked this question: Which one is your favourite? And, well, it is a really hard question to answer. I think that there are three variables which influence my answer: Do you ride year round? Do you […]

Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: 2017 Family Biking Edition

family biking gift guide giveaways

Holiday gift guides abound at this time of year and it is tricky finding the good ones. Since you are reading OHAW, chances are you are fairly active and like to get outside, so I’ll help you out a bit by sharing my ideas on great gear for families that like to be out on […]

Winter Ride: Special Equipment

There are five bits of specialized winter equipment that help keep this cargo biking mom rolling year-round. While I have several years of experience commuting daily in damp and wet Vancouver winters, this is my first season of (multiple) daily commutes in snowy winter – the past few winters I have gained my confidence and […]

Winter Ride: But Why?

Winter is subjective in Calgary. Snow can fall from the sky any month of the year (seriously). And, there is always at least one real snowfall before Hallowe’en, without fail. Mother Nature usually waits until October, but sometimes it even happens in September! One such storm was so epic it was dubbed “Snowtember”. Never fear, […]

Book Review: Sky Sweeper by Phillis Gershator

We received this lovely book from a friend when our eldest daughter was born. While it was a few years before it snuck into the bedtime routine, this book is now a solid family favourite, loved by all four of us. There is something immensely calming about this book and it is a great final […]

Book Review: Natural World by Amanda Wood & Mike Jolley

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A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature: Natural World written by Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley, illustrated by Owen Davey is a masterpiece. Absolutely stunning and a total must-have for your budding biologist. In a nutshell, my six year-old loves pouring over this book, taking in the useful and fascinating facts while appreciated the scintillating […]

Book Review: Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel

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In this book, Métis author-illustrator Danielle Daniel shares the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals with children and it is stunning. And simple. And, oh so useful. I was in a local bookstore with my eldest and she saw the cover and immediately said, “I love this book! We read it in Nature Kindergarten last year. It […]