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Author Archive: Beyond Seeing with Courtney

A number of years ago I went blind, and as a result found out I had Multiple Sclerosis. After my diagnosis, I attended a new high school for the visually impaired. That is where I met the love of my life, my husband Dylan. Dylan helped me get through becoming blind and find joy in life again. Shortly after graduating, we moved to Ottawa together and in December of 2011, we were married. A year later we welcomed our beautiful son Marshall to the world. In 2015, after two miscarriages we welcomed our beautiful rainbow baby Charlotte into the world. It hasn't been easy adjusting to being blind and living with M.S on a daily basis , and being a mom of two on top of everything. Life has been... lets say challenging! But oh so worth it!

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A Family Pleasing Pizza Pot Pie Recipe

A Family Pleasing Pizza Pot Pie Recipe

  SO lets face it, sometimes cooking is a giant pain in the butt! Really, why can’t we all just be filthy Rich and have personal chefs? Stop dreaming Courtney, let’s be real. Coming up with new and exciting meals will have anyones head spinning( maybe just mine) It’s hard  finding anything lately that my threenager […]

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A Special Cookie for Dad! Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

A Special Cookie for Dad! Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Fathers day is coming up soon, so we decided to try something special for my husband. Things have been a bit hectic in our family lately, so getting back to some good old-fashioned basics sounded like a great idea. My little “helpers” requested we make some chocolate chip cookies, some good old-fashioned ways to show you […]

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TAKE THAT! Hidden Veggies in the Butternut Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe

TAKE THAT!  Hidden Veggies in the Butternut Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe

  So if your children are anything like mine, the minute they even remotely see anything that resembles a vegetable, or something that is actually good for them, it’s gotta go!  Marshall do you like broccoli? I see on Facebook all the time, all these post about  people’s children munching on kale for snacks and what […]

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Introducing Miss Charlotte!

| September 30, 2015 | 9 Comments
Introducing Miss Charlotte!

So this is two months overdue, my apologies! These last two months have been a whirl wind! As you know (and in case you didn’t), I was placed on bedrest for the majority of my third trimester. My daughter decided she’d try to make her debut at week 28/29 and we disagreed! After a successful (all […]

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Surviving Bed Rest!

So, a few weeks ago, we had a little scare… It was Mother’s Day, to be exact, and I started having contractions. They were coming every 6-8 minutes and were pretty intense, but I couldn’t tell if these were normal Braxton hicks or something to actually worry about. I said to my husband, “lets just […]

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Loving the Bumbini Best Bottoms Cloth Diapers! ~ Review and $50 GC Giveaway~ CAN 03/31

Loving the Bumbini Best Bottoms Cloth Diapers! ~ Review and $50 GC Giveaway~ CAN 03/31

So, if you have been reading along, you will know that we have had a hard time finding good diapers for my son Marshall. He has to be the biggest peer of life! We have tried every diaper, doubling diapers, diaper liners, waterproof pants, everything but cloth diapering. So, naturally, when I got the chance I […]

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Left-Over Turkey Soup #Recipe

Left-Over Turkey Soup #Recipe

  Well, Thanksgiving has past and Christmas is COMING! Get ready for MORE LEFTOVERS AND FOOD COMAS! If  you’re anything like me you get sick of the same thing after about three days, so I figured why not stick with the current theme of cooking and make something new out of it. Leftover turkey soup. […]

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Healthier Version of Mom’s Famous Chilli! #Recipe

Healthier Version of Mom’s Famous Chilli! #Recipe

So lately I’ve been on a cooking spree, I think I caught a cooking bug or something. Hey it’s been working out great and tasting even better, so I’ll just keep sharing! Don’t forget to let me know what you think! For this recipe, I thought I’d make up a giant pot of chilli. Who […]

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Imagination Movers! – A Review on their Recent Ottawa Concert!

Imagination Movers! – A Review on their Recent Ottawa Concert!

Recently my family and I got the chance to go see the all amazing Imagination Movers. My son Marshall is in love with them, and when I saw the chance to get to their show, I jumped on it! (Literally, I was laying in bed and I saw the opportunity to go and I jumped out […]

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Thai Coconut and Sweet Potato Soup #Recipe

Thai Coconut and Sweet Potato Soup #Recipe

Recently a couple we know had a baby. A bunch of us from church made up some meals for their family, one less thing they have to worry about, because let’s face it newborns are a lot of work. Especially on top of two other kids! We pooled together and made up a bunch of meals. […]

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How to “Move On” After a Miscarriage

| September 30, 2014 | 5 Comments
How to “Move On” After a Miscarriage

Well, let’s just get this out-of-the-way already. There really is no getting over a miscarriage. Especially after you’ve had multiple ones, but it does get better. Let’s start at the beginning. Back in April I had my first miscarriage. We had JUST started trying at the start of march, and one day I had some […]

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How to Make a Construction Cake

| September 26, 2014 | 11 Comments
How to Make a Construction Cake

So my little man turned two on September 8th. I can’t believe how fast he’s growing up! One of his favourite things now a days, are construction trucks. Basically anything on wheels he’s obsessed with! So what better way to celebrate his second birthday then to make him a construction cake! Here’s the how to!  […]

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Life Hacks, That Actually Work ~ How to Peel Potatoes Really Fast!

Life Hacks, That Actually Work ~ How to Peel Potatoes Really Fast!

So I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new things to try that will help save time. Lately I’ve been seeing this post on Facebook, on how to peel potatoes really fast. If you’re anything like me, you find that task extremely annoying. I don’t know if it’s because of my vision or […]

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What The Heck Just Happened?

What The Heck Just Happened?

Have you ever been in one of those situations, where you just stand there with your mouth hanging open asking god or whoever “what the heck just happened?” Well that’s what happened to me this week! It was a perfectly normal day, untill my guide dog Gailanne started vomiting. I was a little worried, like […]

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Something Sweet! Banana Recipes!

Something Sweet! Banana Recipes!

So  instead of a “normal” blog , I think I’ll chat about something else for this post. The other day I got the baking bug, and decided to do up a whack load of banana  muffins. Super tasty and surprisingly healthy, also good for the colon (which is a plus sometimes). So while in the […]

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Hand , Foot and Mouth

Hand , Foot and Mouth

No, this is not the beginning to some sort of song like “Head and shoulders, Knees and toes”, though I sure wish it was… So I’ve always been asked the question: “How will you know when something is wrong with your child?” “You can’t just look at him and see it right away right?” No […]

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Why My One Year Old Has a Job

Why My One Year Old Has a Job

So I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up we learnt a thing called responsibility and respect. I think today’s world could use a little more of it. I think it’s important to teach children responsibility and to do things for themselves. That’s why I’m starting to teach Marshall to do practical […]

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The Terrible 19 Months…That’s a Thing Right?

The Terrible 19 Months…That’s a Thing Right?

Ok, so this post is a little frustration rant. I feel like I’m going slightly insane! I don’t know what’s gotten into Marshall, but it was like overnight he’s grown up into a mini teenager! Holy cow talk about attitude! We have been doing so great lately. He’s learning so much! Putting away his toys, […]

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Spring Brings New Beginnings

Spring Brings New Beginnings

So  now that the lovely weather has FINALLY arrived, I’ve found myself wondering outdoors and even gardening! Well more like overhauling my backyard and finding flowers! The other day, I introduced Marshall to the new park down our street.  Since all the snow is gone I figured, “hey let’s get some exercise and walk!!” Plus […]

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My Endless Cycle of Baby Carriers

My Endless Cycle of Baby Carriers

SO for this post I think I’ll talk about my experiences with baby carriers! Oh man have I had a hell of a time finding a good baby carrier. Now as you know I am visually impaired. I work with my guide dog Gailanne, so I only have one free arm, and am not so confident […]

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To Tech or Not to Tech?

To Tech or Not to Tech?

So as parents I’m sure we have all come across this issue at some point in time: Whether or not babies and children should be introduced to technology or not. *** Just let me say that in this post, this is strictly my view on the subject, and in no way shape or form do […]

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Disney Frozen Movie Review

| February 13, 2014
Disney Frozen Movie Review

OK, so I’m going to do something a little different in this post. I’m going to review the latest Disney movie Frozen. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it hard to find shows or movies for the family that don’t make me want to pull my hair out. Now, I’m a die-hard […]

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Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze

I don’t know about you, but I am sick of this freezing cold weather! It surly has put a damper on my activities with the munchkin! Not that we really are crazy active, but we were getting into a very nice routine going to the gym, and Marshall would have lovely little play dates with his […]

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Johnson Family Christmas

Johnson Family Christmas

So after a rough few weeks, Christmas has finally come to the Johnson house. I thought what would be a good way to bring in the holiday cheer?… With a trip go see Santa Claus! Last year Marshall was too small to really even understand who Santa even was, but this year was going to be […]

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