There’s a First Time for Everything

 We took Kieran ice-skating for the first time yesterday, and it prompted this memory of my first experience 10 years ago. This post first appeared on Callaloo Soup in 2006. And last night was the first time I went ice skating. Since we’re broke, we planned to have a low key Valentine’s day, especially since […]

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What Are You Reading in 2016? | 53 Suggestions

53 Books to Read in 2016 - Callaloo Soup

How do you choose which books you’re going to read? The New York Times Bestseller List? Book reviews in other publications? Suggestions from friends and family? I definitely use mainly the latter, but over the last several years I have also gotten into the habit of saving reading lists and book challenge lists from around […]

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On Being a Mindful Mama

Building Lego together = On being a Mindful Mama | Callaloo Soup

I recently read an article about a new research study that shows that children whose parents are mindful, experience less stress in life. My first thought was that I wasn’t in the least bit surprised. I’ve been practising mindful parenting for a number of years now, and as I keep saying my son is one […]

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A Slow Start to the New Year

It’s January fifth, and I am still easing into 2016. I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day in a bit of a haze, just pottering around the house enjoying not doing anything in particular. I had (and still have) an impossibly long list of things to tackle to get my year going, […]

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10 Signs It’s Christmas in the West Indies

I grew up on a couple of small islands in the blue Caribbean sea. For us the signs of Christmas didn’t involve snow or frost (although we all did lustily sing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”). There were some very specific things that said Christmas to us […]

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My 5 Intentions for a Meaningful Christmas

After posting about ways to have a slow Christmas last year, this year I am way ahead of the game and not panicking at all. In fact here’s a list of things currently running through my mind: It’s November 24th and I am completely calm about the Christmas season ahead. Looks like working on slowing […]

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