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Author Archive: Kamerine Gardam

Kamerine has been blogging for 10 years, the past four and a half as a mom. She has a 4.5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter who was born at home with only her husband there to help. Completely transformed by that experience Kamerine is now working as a birth doula. She will be writing about her experiences parenting two young children, books her and her children love, and things to do in the city.

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Destiny: The Tale of Sonali and Amir #Review

| February 25, 2016 | 1 Comment
Destiny: The Tale of Sonali and Amir #Review

  Destiny: The Tale of Sonali and Amir   Two young women have taken it upon themselves to write the fairy tale they wished had been available to them as kids: one where equality and diversity are highlighted. One where the prince and princess work together. So they wrote Destiny. There’s a new fairy tale […]

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The Body Shop Colour Crush ~ #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN 11/23

| October 30, 2014 | 71 Comments
The Body Shop Colour Crush ~ #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN 11/23

 Top, from left to right: The Body Shop Green, Deeply In Love, Minty Amour, Got The Blues, Hemp Over Heals Bottom, from left to right: A Grape Affair, Relish The Moment, Rosy Cheeks, Big Smoke, Frosting Fancy I’m not the girliest of girls, but I really love having polish on my nails. Over the years I’ve amassed quite the collection of nail polish. […]

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It’s Okay to Give Books as Gifts

| October 22, 2014 | 8 Comments
It’s Okay to Give Books as Gifts

I have two young children, ages 3 and 5, a girl and a boy, and I love it when they get books as gifts. Why? Because books can be shared, aren’t gender-specific, don’t go bad, and grow with my kids. Books are the perfect gift.. unless you’re going for the big reaction from the kid, […]

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Back to School with DK Canada and Books #Giveaway ~ CAN 10/31

| October 7, 2014 | 51 Comments
Back to School with DK Canada and Books #Giveaway ~ CAN 10/31

My kids are 3 and 5 and love to read. I feed their love by having a ton of books around and letting them see me read during the day. We go to the library often, but there’s something so nice about owing books. Being able to pull them out again and again, reading them […]

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Transitions

| September 17, 2014 | 10 Comments
Transitions

September is definitely a month of transitions – transitioning from summer to fall, from vacation to school, from lazy days to routines. No matter how old your kids are, and whether you’ve done this school thing for years, each year brings a new challenge. My challenge this year, the year that my son starts senior […]

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DK Canada Eyewitness Book Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 09/08

| August 14, 2014 | 50 Comments
DK Canada Eyewitness Book Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 09/08

Reading is such a big part of my life – I even made a goal to read 50 books this year! – and I want it to be a big part of my kids’ lives too. My husband and I read with them daily and I take the to the library almost every week. Reading […]

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Boo Bamboo Skin Care and Hair Products for Mom and Baby #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN 08/25

| July 29, 2014 | 58 Comments
Boo Bamboo Skin Care and Hair Products for Mom and Baby #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN 08/25

  I’ve been using the products I got from Boo Bamboo for about a week now. I wanted to give them a good trial so I could give you a solid review. And let me tell you, I love them! Boo Bamboo is a Canadian company specializing in hair and skin products made with organic […]

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Bedtime Books for Kids

| June 12, 2014 | 17 Comments
Bedtime Books for Kids

We all know that reading books with our kids is important. Even if it’s just a book before bed, that’s something. In our family we read throughout the day and always before bed. I gathered together all the bedtime books we have. Some we like more than others, and some we liked more when the […]

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Summer Bucket Lists

| June 2, 2014 | 14 Comments
Summer Bucket Lists

It’s warming up in Ottawa and school will be out before we know it. My son is in junior kindergarten so this will be our first summer break. I’m looking forward to no more school, no more bus runs and packed lunches and lost library books. I’m looking forward to having time again to head […]

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Celebrate World Doula Week March 22-28

| March 24, 2014 | 5 Comments
Celebrate World Doula Week March 22-28

Ottawa is a great city to have a baby. We have respected obstetricians and talented midwives, a number of hospitals, and now a birth centre. A great addition to your birth team is a doula. Doulas are professional labour support and have been proven to reduce the need for pain medication and lower the chances for cesarean […]

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Picture Keeper PK 16 #Review and #Giveaway CAN/US 03/23

| February 27, 2014 | 34 Comments
Picture Keeper PK 16 #Review and #Giveaway CAN/US 03/23

     I take a lot of pictures. I love to capture the big events and the small moments, the milestones and the every day. I love looking back at the pictures and so do my kids. The difference today is that most of my pictures are on the computer whereas when I was growing […]

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Book Review: The Cube People and Cube Squared

| January 30, 2014 | 5 Comments
Book Review: The Cube People and Cube Squared

The Cube People and Cube Squared are two books by Ottawa author Christian McPherson. The books follow main character Colin MacDonald as he navigates working for the Federal Government in Ottawa, relationships, and the deep desire to be an author. These books are well-written and a must-read for anyone working in the government or in […]

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Some Fun Books for Ages 2-4

| January 23, 2014 | 7 Comments
Some Fun Books for Ages 2-4

We go to the library often – once every week or two – and come home with some great books and some books I’d rather not see again. Doesn’t every parent have a book that they just can’t stand? And isn’t it always the one our kid loves? Moving on! This last trip to the […]

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Naked Nursing Tank #Review and #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide ~ CAN 12/22

| December 9, 2013 | 19 Comments
Naked Nursing Tank #Review and #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide ~ CAN 12/22

The Naked Nursing Tank is a wonderful product made in Canada and designed by two Canadian moms. It’s a special tank top that allows full coverage of your tummy and back while nursing your little one. It fits like a regular tank top but doesn’t cover your chest. It isn’t a shirt you can wear […]

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Disney Princess Frozen 2-in-1 Castle Playset #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN 12/22

| December 4, 2013 | 75 Comments
Disney Princess Frozen 2-in-1 Castle Playset #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN 12/22

I’m sure you’ve heard of Disney’s new movie Frozen. It came out recently and tells the story of two sisters, Anna and Elsa, trying to save their kingdom from eternal winter. We haven’t seen it but that didn’t stop my kids from getting really excited about the Disney Princess Frozen 2-in-1 Castle Playset we received […]

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Barefoot Books Review and Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide~ CAN 12/08

| November 13, 2013 | 31 Comments
Barefoot Books Review and Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide~ CAN 12/08

As an independent publisher, Barefoot Books focuses on books, puppets, puzzles, games and more! Barefoot Books really wants children to learn and explore and imagine. Their books shy away from the commercialization of today’s society and focus instead on make believe and world diversity. This is obvious from the selection of books Michelle sent for […]

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Remote Control 3 Pack Wax Pillars Flameless Candles by Candle Impressions #Review and #HolidayGiveaway #2013HolidayGiftGuide ~ CAN/US 12/08

| November 7, 2013 | 48 Comments
Remote Control 3 Pack Wax Pillars Flameless Candles by Candle Impressions #Review and #HolidayGiveaway #2013HolidayGiftGuide ~ CAN/US 12/08

Candle Impressions makes flameless candles. These candles look and feel and even smell like real candles. So much so that I’ve found myself time and time again jumping to stop my kids from getting too close to the flame before remembering that it’s just an LED bulb flickering away. These candles are made from real […]

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Book Review: Eleanor and Park

| October 17, 2013 | 6 Comments
Book Review: Eleanor and Park

This is a novel about two characters, you’ll never guess… Eleanor and Park, and follows them for about a year. The story starts just as they meet and documents the fledgling, cringe-worthy teenage relationship. A relationship that started by accident on the school bus, and grows on the bus and within the walls of the school, and finally […]

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Frogs – A Chorus of Colours Exhibit ~ Review

| October 7, 2013 | 13 Comments
Frogs – A Chorus of Colours Exhibit ~ Review

I had a chance to preview the new Frogs exhibit at the Museum of Nature and can tell you that it is amazing! It’s on display at the Museum of Nature until May 2014 so go check it out. There are 11 species of frogs on display, from the teeny tiny to the big big. […]

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Book Review: Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD

| October 3, 2013 | 6 Comments
Book Review: Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD

I had heard of Wheat Belly so I grabbed it from the Express Reads section of the library. I have a lot of gluten-free people around me so I’m familiar with the diet and what happens when they eat gluten, but I didn’t know about the science behind gluten-intolerance and celiac disease. Wheat Belly did […]

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The Fault in Our Stars – Book Review

| August 8, 2013 | 5 Comments
The Fault in Our Stars – Book Review

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a young adult novel that I had heard about and couldn’t wait to get from the library. It was a long wait because it’s such a popular book and now that I’ve read it I can see why. It’s the story of a girl named Hazel […]

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Starting Kindergarten

| August 5, 2013 | 12 Comments
Starting Kindergarten

My little guy is starting junior kindergarten this September. We have some things to do to get him ready. I stay at home with my two kids – my almost-4 year old and my 2.5 year old – so we don’t have to transition my son out of daycare or look for before- and after-school […]

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Library Summer Reading Program

| July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
Library Summer Reading Program

  Did you know that the Ottawa Public Library has a summer reading program for kids? It’s a great program to encourage kids to read during the summer months. My kids are young – 2 and 3 – so they are in the toddler program which is a little different than the regular program. In […]

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Summer Reading: Why Not Check Out Emily Giffin?

| July 3, 2013 | 4 Comments
Summer Reading: Why Not Check Out Emily Giffin?

I am always looking for new books to read. I don’t research this myself though, I depend on a variety of sources for my next book. I’ll ask friends for recommendations, or read a glowing review on a blog, or see a flashy cover in the express reads section at the library. I read a […]

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