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A Year in the Life of Marsida Salku

Marsida Salku
Marsida Salku

This year has been radically different for everybody, and Marsida Salku knows that best. As a mother of five and an avid adventurer, her blog has become a chronicle of how her family has been making the most of 2020. Marsida took the time to tell us about how she’s kept her family active and moving during the pandemic.

What inspired you to begin sharing your story online?

My photography business had to take a back seat following the birth of my twins. Being a mom of five babies under the age of five was challenging, to say the least! However, I still had a huge love of photography and began taking a lot more pictures of our day-to-day and sharing little by little. I began having conversations with complete strangers who were also in the thick of motherhood. When this all came together, RaisingHowells was born!

How has your family been keeping active during the pandemic?

This year, we love the outdoors more than ever! We spent a lot of time exploring Ontario – camping, hiking, and waterfall chasing. Best of all, it’s always possible to keep your social distance out in nature. 

What’s been your favourite family adventure of 2020?

Mid-June, we decided to pack our rental SUV and drive to the mountains. We had no idea what was open and how far we were going to get, but we gave it a try. We cooked out of the back of the SUV and explored our beautiful country. We hiked hundreds of kilometers, climbed our first Rocky Mountain, dipped our feet into the ocean in Tofino, and celebrated our twins 4th birthday at the beautiful Lake Moraine. Canada is a stunning country, and I am so happy my family got the chance to explore a little bit of it! 

How are you making this holiday season special for your kids?

We are keeping a lot of our normal traditions alive, such as getting our tree at a Christmas tree farm, decorating cookies, making ornaments and Christmas crafts, and of course walking around to look at lights with hot cocoa in hand! The pandemic has absolutely limited our activities, but you can always find things to do outside, even during our cold winters. 

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