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On Making Nova Scotia Home

Yesterday I did what I’ve wanted to do ever since moving to Halifax and the best beaches around. I fell asleep on the beach, covered by a big quilt, with my littlest daughter snuggled in and lightly snoring in cadence with the waves. It was all kinds of glorious.

The waves were as soothing as one would hope for an oceanside nap, the sun was out and warm (as evidenced by the slight burn I got on my neck) and the sand was somewhat soft.

We’ve found our favourite beaches, the ones with soft,white sand and shades of blue water that evokes images of the tropics until you step in the water and it resembles glacier water. We drive along the water on Saturday afternoons, sipping drinks and singing loudly to the radio.

On Making Nova Scotia Home || this vintage moment

When we moved here two and half years ago, I had no idea what Nova Scotia was like. I knew lobsters, the Atlantic Coast and that it was close to Prince Edward Island aka Anne’s land. I didn’t know that the province was small enough to drive around in a couple of days, I didn’t know that the landscape was so diverse from ocean beaches to pastoral farmland to ski mountains. I didn’t know that Cape Breton was so diverse, so beautiful and that it’s still part of Nova Scotia even though it’s an island.

We arrived here early one August morning, bleary-eyed from flying through the night (our girls slept, we sort of did), found coffee and made our way to the Halifax harbour front. We wandered along with the crowds and I kept reminding myself that we weren’t tourists here, we just moved here and it was going to be home.

We came here for school, a story I’ve been recounting a lot lately. My husband went back to school to pursue his music degree and I dug into making this new province home. School didn’t end the way it should have (it’s a long story and one I won’t be sharing here), we thought we would finish the degree, win a job with a symphony orchestra in a big city and call it good. We’re still living here with not intention of moving from the province, music is still a huge part of our life but it’s not what pays the bills.

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I honestly didn’t think we’d be living here for that long. I embraced it for the adventure it was, making day trips to the beaches and points of interest.

But here we are, coming up on three years of living in Nova Scotia, surrounded by a close community of friends. Friends who have become our family, since our family lives across the country with a 3 hour time difference in our days. We have seasonal routines, we know where to go to pick strawberries and our favourite coffee shops. I can make recommendations where to go and where to stay and what is worth doing when I’m asked. We have a standing list of places to take friends and family when they come visit.

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Nova Scotia has become home, something I never thought I would say in all of my wildest daydreams. It’s hard being far from the grandparents and cousins, it’s not been all lobster rolls and beach picnics. I actually haven’t had a lobster roll yet or even cooked a lobster (this is happening soon!) so maybe I still have one more step in calling this place home. But we’ve made memories here, we’ve dug deep into life and somehow even the heart-wrenching experiences make it more home.

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Life looks different then it did on that August morning, we’re a little less naive about a cross-country adventure, we know a little more about digging into an area and how to make it home. But I’m still just as enamoured by the harbour and the water, I think that part will always stay the same.

Tell me about how you’ve made your home, home. What helps you to dig in deep to community where you live?

P.S. Here’s what I wrote after living here for a year. 


5 Ways to a Great Stay-Cation

I’m a big fan of travel. I get giddy at the thought of flying somewhere new and love that my passport is nearly filled with exotic stamps. Jared and I love to travel together, it was our very first big thing we did after we married. Literally. Three days after we said our vows, we hopped on a plane and didn’t touch North American soil for another seven months. It was the best thing we have ever done.

Fast forward to now, two small children and a need to live a little more of a settled life. We still travel, last year we were on the road for 3 months across the US and parts of Canada, but for the most part we go to the airport to pick up guests, not fly out to exciting destinations.

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But just because we’re not flying places doesn’t mean no vacation and a boring life, oh no. We have decided to make stay-cations our thing. They are the perfect answer to this season when travel sometimes means more headache then fun and tickets for four aren’t always cheap.

Our first stay-cation was equal parts boring and fun, our last one in March was just all fun. Here’s what we’ve learned along the way.

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1. Plan and plan and plan.

I’m a scheduler and planner by nature, I love to anticipate things and to know that I’m maximizing our time well. My husband is very good balance for me. We plan one big event for each day, have a general meal plan (right down to what meals we’ll eat out) and then plan nothing for certain days. It means that our money is well-spent, our time is well-spent and it’s relaxing for all of us.

2. Know yourselves.

What makes it feel like a vacation to me is not having to look after all the meals, all the time. We plan a few meals out, stock up on fun, easy food (cold cereal, pre-prepped foods) and then eat normally for the rest of the time. Our girls are at an easy age where they love to do the same things all the time- swimming, visiting new playgrounds and staying in hotels are their highlights of travel. We’ve over-planned with too many museums and new places and that just exhausts all of us.

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3. Explore your area.

This is kind of the point of a stay-cation- to play tourist in your own area and it’s something we’ve gotten good at in all our moves around the country. Nova Scotia is a very big tourist destination for many obvious reasons, the season starts in June and goes to September. We get out before the season and snag deals on hotels and other attractions. One night away can feel like a lot longer – we love to find a good deal on hotel, go swimming, order pizza. It’s so simple but it creates the best sort of memories and it means that all four of us are satisfied.

4. Enjoy the flexibility of being at home.

Sometimes we’ll tackle big house projects because we’re both home all day and can finally get some of the nagging tasks done around the house. Sometimes we’ll book our regular babysitter and go out for a night, catching a late night movie because there’s no work calling the next day. Sometimes we’ll leave the girls with our very good friends and get away for a night, just the two of us. Sometimes we’ll have green smoothies and naps because we need to reset our bodies.

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5. Remember why you’re doing it.

Are you trying to save money? Are you wanting to explore your area? Do you have big house projects you want to accomplish? How do you want to feel when your stay-cation is over?


What are your tips for making a memorable stay-cation?


Weekend Links and {my} Vintage Moment

Last night was an inaugural meeting of a book club in my home and today we’ve got plans for a supper picnic after a family day at Kilmeny’s Forest School. And we’ll plan something away from the crowds on Monday to celebrate Victoria Day, I love our British heritage. It’s a busy weekend, filled with friends and quiet moments, just the way I like the weekends. What lovely things have you got planned?

A few favourite reads from around the web:

A fancy, fun & fizzy Popsicle Drink || Nesting Place :: this is the perfect drink for any and every summer gathering especially if it involves children like mine who love ‘fancy’ drinks, just like their mama.

“Have you ever felt like being a mother has ruined you?” || Carrots for Michaelmas :: Honest, real talk about motherhood and the journey that it is.

Stop trying to make everything educational || Happiness is Here :: “Wonder with them. Encourage them. Provide resources if they ask. Take them to the library to learn more. Just have fun. Trust them, and trust that the learning is happening all the time. There is no rush. Let them be little.”

From the blog this week:

How We Homeschool {a peek into our daily life} :: I was nervous to hit publish on this one but I’m so glad I did, its freeing to admit you don’t have it all together but what you do have, you know is good.

Quick Lit for May 2015:: what I’ve been reading lately, decent novels and one very good book.

My favourite Vintage Moment from this week:

“Sisters work together” a little motto we use all the time to remind the girls that they have each other’s backs and are to be for each other not against each other. They use themselves and it is the sweetest thing.

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I’d love for you to share a favourite moment from your week, link up your instagram in the comments or share a photo on the Facebook page. 


Have a beautiful weekend, friends!


Quick Lit for May 2015 {what I’ve been reading lately}

Joining in with Modern Mrs. Darcy where we share short descriptions of what’s been on our nightstand, in our purses and keeping us up at night with just one chapter. This month’s list of titles is shorter then my usual but I’m okay with that because much of my reading was spent outside, cheering on little bike riders and revelling in the sunshine.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

This was a fun read if you like family history, the South, the power of flowers and slightly predictable      story lines. Claire is the sister who stayed in the town she grew up in and started a successful catering company. Mostly successful because of how she uses the flower ingredients to shape people’s lives- this flower for forgetting, that flower for falling in love, this flower for remembering. Her sister comes back to town with a hidden story of where she ran away too and what happened to her and her little girl. The sisters reunite over time and over good food. It’s a delightful read especially leading up to summer and I may have been influenced to plant a few more edible flowers in my garden after reading it.


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

If you read one book from this list, read this one. I am a geek about habits and routines and minimizing daily decision fatigue but even if you are not like me, you need this book in your life. It examines why we do what do, how habits are formed and how to start new good habits. I read it through the lens of a mother and wanting to reform some of my parenting habits. Once you understand the cycle of cue -routine- reward you can change any habit you want too. And as everybody knows, one good habit leads to another and another.



  Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

I am a big fan of Liane Moriarty’s later books (What Alice Forgot, The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies are all good ones to start with) and after reading all her latest books, I’ve started reading some of her earlier works. One of my favourite lines from her biography is that she lives in Sydney with two small, noisy children. This book is her second book and as a mother of two small noisy children as well, I’m impressed that she not only wrote one book but went on to write quite a few. If you like Liane’s books, you’ll appreciate how she has grown as an author throughout her books. This one is not of her better ones, the storyline is choppy and I found the constant dialogue between characters confusing at times. But you can see how she is working out her style and in her later books, it shines. This story follows a set of triplets starting at their 34th birthday and all the events that worked together to bring them to that place. I am one of three sisters and so I loved the sister aspect, being all the same yet different.
 The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley

Flavia is back and with one of the greatest mysteries of her life- how and why did her mother die? She is an almost twelve year old girl with a penchant for chemistry and finding out why, before anyone else does. She doesn’t remember her mother who died when she was two but her mother’s body has been recovered and brought back to England under government escort. Her sisters mourn and Flavia asks questions and solves the mystery of how her mother died. A fabulous story for anyone who loves England, old estates, mysteries and indomitable girls.



What have you been reading lately? Any good books keeping you up late at night? Check out the round up at Modern Mrs Darcy for many more titles! 


How We Homeschool {a peek into our daily life}

I love getting glimpses into other peoples’ lives whether it’s by visiting them in their home or reading about how they manage their home or taking a virtual tour of their houses. For me, there’s something so encouraging about seeing mess and stacks of books and a couple cups leftover from last night’s tea. It’s a ‘me too’ experience and it’s helpful to share the journey.

Today I’m going to draw back the curtain a little on our life and talk about how we’re homeschooling this year and what’s working for us. And really, it should be called how we do life because for us, this year especially, life and homeschool are so entwined it’s hard to tell where one ends and one begins.

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Our main focus with our five year old is teaching her to read. To me, that’s one of the foundations of education. It’s a door to a whole wide world and a lifelong adventure. We’re using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and I absolutely love it. I got it from our library first to see if it was a good fit for Kilmeny and I. After multiple renewals I ordered our own copy and look forward to using it with Khaira when she’s ready to start.

Kilmeny and I do a reading lesson in the morning right after she has a violin lesson with Jared. Both lessons are under 30 minutes and perfect for her attention span and focus.

In addition to teaching Kilmeny to read, I read aloud to both girls a lot. We’re working through the Little House books with occasional breaks for other books like The Betsy-Tacy Treasury or The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe. We read a lot of library books, lately we’ve been on book flights like this one of plucky girls . My goal for this year is to read aloud every single day and so far, this is one habit that we’ve been able to keep much to everyone’s enjoyment. We read chapter books in the morning for an hour or so and then read the library picture books before bed or in moments throughout the day.

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Both girls love to colour and draw, sometimes this is a Mum-directed activity where we focus on certain letters or colours and other times it’s free play. Sometimes handwriting practice happens with a pencil and a notebook, sometimes it happens by copying words with sidewalk chalk outside. We’ve set up an invitation to create table with colouring books, blank sheets of paper, jars of pencil crayons or wax crayons and the girls love having full access to the art supplies.   I’m not focusing too much on math or writing from books this year, but rather laying foundations to always be exploring and learning.

We have frequent conversations about everything from the weather to counting random objects to discussing where animals live and what makes a mammal. My main focus this year is to teach reading and a love of learning and exploring the world around us to my girls. This is hard to quantify and sometimes it feels like it would be easier to have a book filled with up with work but at the end of the day, I’m satisfied with our conversations and discoveries.

how we homeschool {a day in the life} || this vintage moment

Both girls have taken part in a weekly group activity since January to practise and learn social skills such as learning in a group, waiting their turn and listening to other authorities. They’ve done ballet and are both currently taking swimming lessons. Khaira, my three year old did 10 weeks of play school which was a huge accomplishment for her. Kilmeny is currently in Forest School which is fantastic for her- 3 hours of directed play in the woods, learning about animals, trees and forest safety.

I have stressed and stewed over education and all the many different options and methods. I have read a lot of books and articles now we’re just jumping in and seeing what actually works for us. It’s freeing and both frightening to be the one who gets to open the doors of education. But mostly it’s thrilling to see the understanding and the lights come on when my 5 year old reads a short story by herself or when my 3 year old identifies shapes and concepts.

Next year will be a whole other adventure and I’m excited to keep on this journey of learning.

Tell me how you nurture your children’s education both in homeschool and in day school. What have been the surprising rewards for you?






Weekend Links and {my} Vintage Moment

I hope this weekend finds you outside and soaking up the glorious weather or staying cozy with a good book and cup of tea. Mostly mother-themed links this week because I am one and it’s Mother’s Day this weekend, if you hadn’t been told enough times. Even if you don’t get the perfect day or breakfast in bed or there’s a dull ache that just won’t go away (this isn’t the easiest holiday, I know), know that you are mighty because you mother. And by mother, I mean love unconditionally and unselfishly, even if you have never given birth. I hope your coffee stays hot and you have a few moments to linger over these words.

A few favourite reads from around the web:

This one is for the mothers || Chatting at the Sky :: “I think these sounds mixed with the arrival of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge have me thinking back kindly on the early days of having a new baby. But I’m no fool. Motherhood is both miracle and madness.” Such a beautiful toast to all the mothers.

to the mama who feels like she never gets enough done (my productivity secret)|| Steady Mom :: “Run your own race…this minute, this second. Be you unapologetically. Only do what’s yours to do right now, and watch how your family, yourself, and even the world is changed because of it.” I needed these words this week, clear focus for this season.

My mother’s mother and loving to end of our days || Simple Kids ::  “And I think that is because somewhere, deep within, down in my roots, there is strength and there is love and there are all the mothers all lined up behind me, showing me how to twist and reach and grow and love right up to the end of my days, however they may be numbered.” This one had me wanting to weep in the coffee shop, both intensely grateful for the woman in my history and ruing the day when I have to say goodbye.

From the blog this week:

What are your go-to weekly lunches? :: I share some of what has worked for us in the past and invite you to share your favourites, especially portable lunch ideas for those days when its just too nice to be inside.

Embracing my lovely limitations :: “I don’t know how long we’ll be here but I don’t want to spend my days wishing I were somewhere else. I want to know that we’ve lived well within our lovely limitations and enjoyed the simplicity of these days.”

My favourite Vintage Moment from this week:

I don’t want this stage of princess dresses and books all day long to end. It’s priceless.


I’d love for you to share a favourite moment from your week, link up your instagram in the comments or share a photo on the Facebook page. 


Have a lovely weekend, friends! XO


Embracing my lovely limitations

It’s yet another gorgeous day with blue skies and a few wispy clouds. I fill water bottles and snack containers and rally the girls for an afternoon outside. After the long, hard winter, we can’t stay inside on a day like this.

I bring my notebook and write or plan menus or read while the girls bike and play on the playground. It’s been beautiful weather all week so every day has found us seeking out new places and old favourites to explore.

Embracing our lovely limitations || this vintage moment

This is our first year in this home and so every season brings new experiences and understanding how this place works. I’ve started referring to it as my lovely limitation as inspired by the Nester.  A lovely limitation is something that forces you to take an action step by limiting your choices and honing your focus. For me, my limitation is that we currently live in an apartment. There is no fenced backyard or quiet street for my girls to ride up and down on their bikes.

Some days it feels like a very unlovely limitation and I think how nice it would be to just send the girls into the backyard and we could work on outdoor projects together. But wishing for that doesn’t change my current circumstances and so I find ways to embrace them.

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This is what I’ve learned by understand my lovely limitation.

It forces me to have supper prepped or at least planned by 3 pm. We generally have quiet time after lunch and then go on an outdoor adventure if the weather is fine. Knowing supper is taken care of means we can maximize our time outdoors.

I’m re-evaluating my home routine, keeping cleaning and home management tasks to a minimum and using my hours at home well. Do you know how long it takes to clean a bathroom, fold a load of laundry and vacuum two rugs? Not long. Especially when I have two little helpers. Do you know how good it feels to see your children play, explore and come home tired with rosy cheeks? It’s a very good feeling.

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We keep the bikes and helmets in the trunk of the car, ready for any adventure.

I keep our pantry stocked with snacks and bought new little snack containers to make the process an easier one. I fill water bottles, bring sunscreen and sweaters. In a few weeks, I’ll bring out our beach bag and make sure it’s always ready to go.

Embracing our lovely limitations || this vintage moment

I don’t know how long we’ll be here but I don’t want to spend my days wishing I were somewhere else. I want to know that we’ve lived well within our lovely limitations and enjoyed the simplicity of these days.

Tell me about your lovely limitations and how you embrace outdoor adventures. 


P.S. I wrote more about small house living here.


What are your go-to weekly lunches?

It’s that time of year again when I can’t rely on a big pot of soup to carry us through for weekday lunches. The outdoors beckons us through the bright sunlight and the breeze coming through the open windows. The girls ask for picnics and not the indoor kind. They bustle about eager to get us ready and out the door. I want to embrace this season of sunshine and independence. And I love saying yes so I want to make sure that I’m ready for lunchtime offerings wherever we eat them.

I slice some cheese, grab some crackers and inspect the fruit bowl to see what offerings we have left. The apples are done until September but there’s a few clementines handy.

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I’m trying to remember old favourites and go-tos and I’m not having much creativity in the lunch planning department. My girls adore snacky plates and I want to get back into my salad routine. Sometimes we eat separately- I feed them and prep supper and then eat my own food in semi-quiet with a book. I like to eat all together and use that time for reading or conversation games but sometimes one needs a little peace.

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We’ve done quesadillas, we’ve done hummus and veggies (and chips), we’ve done lots and lots of leftovers and the occasional box of Annie’s mac and cheese.

What are your go-to lunches? Do you eat separately from your little ones or all together? What about picky eaters, you know if I’m not the only one with those?

Please share some of your go-to lunch ideas, portable picnic food and maybe some of that special food that you save for during nap time (or quiet time, in my case). 


P.S. I got the idea for this post from this post, so if you need some weekly go-to dinners check it out! Lots of good ideas.


Weekend links and {my} Vintage Moment

Happy weekend, friends! We have plans for some outdoor hikes and doughnut recipe testing (we’re all about balance!) and plenty of down time with some good books and colouring for the little people. Here’s some good reads to enjoy along with a second cup of coffee, if you’re anything like me!

A few favourite reads from around the web:

Savoury Steel-Cut Oats with Ramps, Parmesan and Tamari || Simple Bites :: Oatmeal is our usual weekday breakfast and I want to try this savoury take on our usual hot cereal.

What My Newborn Taught Me About Time || Practising Simplicity :: I love the sweet and slow pace of this story and the reminder that sometimes it’s sweet to just be without any device.

A Walk to Ballet || Coffee and Crumbs :: Because ballet class seems to be a clarion call for bravery both for the little ones and their mums. (my take on ballet and bravery is here)

A New Look for Modern Mrs Darcy || Modern Mrs Darcy :: One of my favourite blogs got a facelift this week and it is so fun to look around and see all the new and updated features. This is the blog behind my monthly book post, head there for all kinds of bookish (and so much more!) inspiration.

From the blog this week:

Read Aloud Books for Plucky Girls  :: I shared some of our current favourite read alouds from picture books to chapter books, all the inspiration and encouragement for my girls who tend to be on the spunky side.

(this is one is for the mothers) :: “But if I were giving love gifts to all the fabulous mothers I know this Mother’s Day, my list would be filled with items that last beyond the bouquets. They would be filled with love, just not the sticky faced kisses kind. They could be worn (or used)everyday, because everyday is extraordinary and is worthy of celebration of notice.” A short summary of some of my favourite gifts for Mother’s day or really any day.

My favourite Vintage Moment from this week: 

We took tea, snacks and our current read aloud outside and it was glorious, until the wind came. We’ll be doing this as often as we can.

I’d love for you to share a favourite moment from your week, link up your instagram in the comments or share a photo on the Facebook page. 


 Make it a beautiful one, friends! 


Read Aloud Books for Plucky Girls

We were in a hurry to the elevators, it had been a lovely morning out at the library but we needed to get home. It wasn’t our normal home library where we have a routine for getting books and I do it without thinking about it, the beauty of a good habit.

But this was our new library and we have very few routines established there for getting books. We mostly just go there for the fabulous play area and I get a coffee and some reading time.

I grabbed a book bag on a whim and called it good. The girls and I would explore it at home and see if it was a good thing or not. The concept is smart- ten books selected on a particular theme and bagged, making it easy for parents like myself who are in a hurry to grab a bunch of books on one theme. We’ve chosen one bag of books on superheros and another on the ocean. We’ve discovered some fun titles this way and I love the grouping idea. Sometimes it happens accidentally to me, sometimes I cultivate it on purpose.

Lately I’ve been noticing a theme in our read-alouds, they tend to feature girls and spunky, adventurous girls. Just like my girls.

My girls don’t tend to be sitting still girls unless they are watching a movie or listening to a story or asleep. If I were putting together a book bag of read alouds for peppy and plucky girls, here’s what would be included.

Olivia by Ian Falconer

This little pig gets into mischief after mischief, mess after mess. At the end of the day, her mother tells her that even though she wears her out, she loves her so much. If it’s possible to identify with a mother in a board book, I identified heavily with Olivia’s mother when my oldest was two and three.  There’s a few sequels but make sure to get the original written and illustrated by Ian Falconer. The original is a board book and it makes a great baby gift!



Stella, Star of the Sea by Marie Louise Gay

 Stella is a spunky redhead with a big imagination and she tells stories of how the sea life  came to be to her little brother, Sam, who is not so sure he wants to explore the sea. There’s a whole list of titles about Stella and Sam and they are both of my girls’ most requested picture books. They love the engaging stories and whimsical illustrations, I love the big imagination and free play of the children.                  


Sprout Helps Out by Rosie Winstead 

This book has delightful illustrations with whimsical details that are caught on the third or fourth time through. Sprout is a big sister and is eager to help her mother out. If you’ve ever had a little one help out with the dishes or washing the floor or entertaining her little sister, you know that sometimes this goes very well and other times, it goes very bad. The mother in this story has a great sense of humour and patience and it’s a testament to mothers everywhere who have received bouquets with roots still attached.


Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren 

We all know Pippi with her wild red braids and mismatched stockings and incredible feats of strength. She has a heart of gold and if my girls could be like Pippi in her confident fearlessness of life, I would be happy. But I will bathe them and make sure there’s no holes in their socks, I can’t guarantee they will always be matching socks.




On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

From meeting a badger to fighting prairie fires to learning how to swim by dunking to taking care of the mean girl by setting leeches on her, this book is full of Laura’s spunk. She makes decision on the spur of the moment which sometimes means the cows runs over the roof of their dugout but it also means that she’s alert and fills their house with wood when blizzards come up so they stay warm. She’s loveable and isn’t afraid of trying anything new.



The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mary Lennox does not come to mind when one thinks of plucky heroines, one wants to both snuggle her and slap in the first couple chapters. But she’s a gutsy one- moving across the world and finding her own way after huge upheaval. She makes friends first with herself and then with unlikely characters. My favourite part of this book is the difference that outside play and a few well-directed suggestions make in her life.


read alouds for spunky girls || this vintage moment Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy is a brown-haired girl with a big imagination, Tacy is her red-headed cohort in every adventure and Tib is their golden-haired dancer friend who joins in on their escapades. These girls pretend to be birds, set up circus shows, create secret clubs and so much more. They play and experience life with abandon. This book is on repeat for girls’ quiet time and it has inspired many new playtimes for them.





I know there’s many more titles that we haven’t read yet and many that I can’t wait to introduce to them, what are your favourite books featuring plucky heroines?