Category: Technology

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Adrian on CBC TV, a Podcast and YouTube

Apologies for the extended absence. It was a busy summer, as parents the world over understand. We managed to do some car-free camping on Saltspring Island and the kids attended three different summer camps concurrently, walking and aqua-busing their own…

How My Kids Learned To Cook Dinner

The demise of a long term relationship is always a great time to take stock of how you’re embracing life. Even notwithstanding that, I was long overdue for a hard look at how I was living versus how I wanted to…

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How Friction Saved Me 14 Hours A Week

I’m an incredibly lazy person. Only if something is right in front of me will I do it. But if it takes even slightly more effort, I probably won’t. In my day job, we use terms like “user friction” or…

The lower bunk on the girls' bed converts to a table and bench combo during the day.

10 Purchases to Make Condo Kid Life Easy

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a bit of a minimalist. It’s this sense of minimalism that might make you think I’ve been robbed if you come over and check out my place. But despite my minimalism, I…

A boy and his hound: Oliver with Friday, the Basset, the dog we found from Part Time Pooch.

Part 3: Using Tech to Save Money on Pets

No Pets? No Problem This is the third in a series on saving money by turning technology to your advantage. In Part 1, I talked about getting the cable companies’ hands out of your pockets. In Part 2, that old…

This is a 2015 Kia minivan, part of the Modo carshare. It costs just $8/hour to rent!

Part 2: Using Tech to Save Money on Cars

Say Goodbye to the Money Toilet This is the second in a three-part series on how to use technology to your (financial) advantage. Even if you’re not a programmer, or your six-year-old knows more about your computer than you do…

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Part 1: Using Tech to Save Money on TV

Say goodbye to traditional TV Canada is one of the most expensive countries in the world in terms of technology. The prices we pay for cell phone and data plans, for example, fall just short of highway robbery. And if…

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How To Rent a Family Friendly Condo

I’m always eager to help people find a new place to live, in part because I’ve done it so often myself that I feel compelled to re-use this expertise somehow. So in the midst of doing my latest impression of…

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“Where Are Your Kids’ Toys?”

One question I get asked a lot is, “Where are all your kids’ toys?” When we first moved into our condo, for a long time we had a couple giant tupperware bins in the corner of the living room that…