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7 Tips for Travelling With a Toddler

| August 18, 2015 | 19 Comments
7 Tips for Travelling With a Toddler

With friends and family across Canada and around the world, we are a family that loves to travel. We enjoy jumping on a plane for faraway adventures, but equally love opportunities for a nearby road trip to spend time together and explore: from Ottawa we’ve traveled frequently to Prince Edward County, Montebello (QC), upstate New […]

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Family-Friendly Winter Events in Ottawa

| February 3, 2015 | 9 Comments
Family-Friendly Winter Events in Ottawa

On the bitterest of winter days in Ottawa, nothing beats snuggling up inside and spending quality time with the family. But for those itching to get outside, our great city has plenty of awesome family events and activities to enjoy this winter, like the following: Winterlude Ottawa residents are very lucky to be able to […]

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#Review: Family Cookbook and The Disney Muppets Character Encyclopedia, by DK Canada and #Giveaway ~ CAN 07/14

| June 19, 2014 | 38 Comments
#Review: Family Cookbook and The Disney Muppets Character Encyclopedia, by DK Canada and #Giveaway ~ CAN 07/14

I don’t know any Mom who isn’t always on the search for healthy, well balanced, kid friendly recipes.  Having a 1 year old and a 3.5 year old makes the search complicated, as I am trying to find foods the 1 year old can feed herself that aren’t too fussy or messy, but yet are […]

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Review: 4 Wishes Charity Event

| June 5, 2014 | 2 Comments
Review: 4 Wishes Charity Event

4 wishes is a charity event put on by ‘make a wish’ foundation of eastern Ontario and Tyson’s mission to a million. The premise of the event is to allow children and their families to experience the emotions, excitement and joy that comes from receiving a ‘wish’. The event allowed for the kids to experience […]

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Zipadee-zip and We’re Ready for Bed #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN/US 06/23

| May 29, 2014 | 36 Comments
Zipadee-zip and We’re Ready for Bed #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN/US 06/23

I was a little hesitant to take on the review of the Zipadee Zip.  My baby had long outgrown being swaddled and wasn’t fond of sleep sacks. But, then I read through the various uses for the Zipadee Zip and decided to give it a try. I was especially interested after learning that the baby […]

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Dinnertime Chat with my Girls

| May 14, 2014 | 4 Comments
Dinnertime Chat with my Girls

I know, I know. I’ve been MIA for a while. I promise I’ve been meaning to write but I’ve been busy, and tired, and, and … and nothing.  No excuses. I raced home tonight, prepared dinner, fed the girls and in 15 minutes we will be out the door to head to an evening of […]

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I Attended National We Day in #Ottawa Thanks to Telus

| April 22, 2014 | 4 Comments
I Attended National We Day in #Ottawa Thanks to Telus

As a teacher of Civics and law, I have had many opportunities to talk with students about volunteering for great causes. At one of the schools I used to work at, they had a Free the Children Club who continuously worked hard at raising money, and raising awareness. Although I was familiar with We Day […]

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Getting Ready for National We Day in Ottawa on April 9th

| April 7, 2014 | 2 Comments
Getting Ready for National We Day in Ottawa on April 9th

National We Day 2014 is just around the corner, and I am super excited to take part in this year’s event! National We Day is a youth empowerment and educational event that is going to be held on April 9, 2014 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. The idea is that We Day is […]

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A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

| April 7, 2014 | 4 Comments
A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

It was 2 am and my baby’s breathing was labored.  He was visibly struggling for air, his neck muscles activated trying to pull in air against resistance.   My empathy for him was crippling, and there was a terrible feeling of uncertainty in my chest about how to help him.  Finally, we pulled the trigger…. that’s […]

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Creating Healthy Sleep Habits For Newborns

| April 1, 2014 | 2 Comments
Creating Healthy Sleep Habits For Newborns

The first 3 months of a baby’s life are so special. Those 9 months of waiting for baby’s appearance are behind you and the awe of having this little person beside you is overwhelming. Who knew such big love could come in such a small package. The first few weeks of a baby’s life, baby […]

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The Universe Provides

| March 21, 2014 | 8 Comments
The Universe Provides

  I have always believed that the mysterious powers that be help us along the way in life, but this has never become more apparent to me since my son was born. I’m a young Dad, and life can get really hard. I love the challenges, and I do rather well, but I can’t take […]

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Review: DisneyLive Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show

| March 20, 2014 | 2 Comments
Review: DisneyLive Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show

I had the great privilege of reviewing  ‘Mickey’s Rockin Roadshow’.  Even more excited then I was, were my two daughters. They are four years old and in love with the whole mickey mouse crew.  They have seen the commercials on Disney Junior for the show and were ecstatic to know that we were going to […]

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Newborn Initiative Not So Premature

| March 19, 2014 | 5 Comments
Newborn Initiative Not So Premature

Less than two weeks ago, Nicole Lyons started the Facebook group “Parents of Preemies – Ottawa” and the response has been amazing! “I was inspired to create the group after an acquaintance posted a preemie question on a moms’ group, and was bombarded with information that she couldn’t use. Fifteen months ago I was in the same […]

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How Is My Child Doing? 5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Child’s Teacher

| March 12, 2014 | 4 Comments
How Is My Child Doing? 5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Child’s Teacher

  How is my child doing? Is about the worst question you can ask a teacher. We hear it all the time. Usually, if there is some kind of issue with your child, or something they are having trouble with, you would have heard about it by now. At least for me, I view teacher […]

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PICKmeUp Napkins #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN 03/31

| March 6, 2014 | 28 Comments
PICKmeUp Napkins #Review and #Giveaway ~ CAN 03/31

Living with a two-year-old can be messy – especially at mealtime. I use lots of paper towels in my household and always feel terrible about it because it contributes to so much waste. So why not use reusable cloth napkins? I had the chance to try PICKmeUp napkins which were created by a mother and […]

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Our Status or Our Soul?

| March 6, 2014 | 3 Comments
Our Status or Our Soul?

A few weeks ago I had an experience at the grocery store that left me in tears. I had three kids, way too may groceries and not a single ounce of mama dignity left. I was carrying a ‘to go’ pizza, pushing a cart with my foot while my 18 month old was throwing a […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Free Spirit

| March 5, 2014 | 6 Comments
Wordless Wednesday: Free Spirit

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“Don’t Mess With An Angry Pregnant Mother!”

| March 5, 2014 | 6 Comments
“Don’t Mess With An Angry Pregnant Mother!”

I bet you are asking yourself what the title of this blog could possibly mean. Well, it will quickly become apparent to you. Most women automatically think that self defense is all about kneeing some bad guy in the groin and watching him fall to the ground. Unfortunately, that is a huge misconception that people […]

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How to Plan an Awesome Baby Shower

| February 25, 2014 | 13 Comments
How to Plan an Awesome Baby Shower

  It’s time to welcome a new baby to the world…and you get to host the baby shower! How do you start? First you daydream, and in that mulling it over stage you decide on a theme for the baby shower. There are so many terrific possibilities! Next, you begin the real planning. Once you […]

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Kids’ Hearts Stop Too: How Can We Save Them?

| February 24, 2014 | 3 Comments
Kids’ Hearts Stop Too: How Can We Save Them?

A heart stops. Yourself, your partner, your parent, or even your child collapses. A person in the crowd administers CPR.  An ambulance is called. If you are lucky, there is an Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) nearby and someone thinks to use it. There is no question that CPR saves lives, but AEDs save more lives […]

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Keeping Happy in the Winter (with kids): Visits to the Library

| February 20, 2014 | 12 Comments
Keeping Happy in the Winter (with kids): Visits to the Library

I can tell it is February, without even looking at a calendar. We are antsy. We have cabin feverish and are craving some summer weather.  My kids and I are running on empty. We are bored with our usual activities and need some winter spice to liven our days. I am constantly looking for local, […]

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Love is…..

| February 19, 2014 | 3 Comments
Wordless Wednesday ~ Love is…..

In honor of the ‘month of love’,

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Natural Ways to Recover Faster During the Post Partum Period

| February 18, 2014 | 5 Comments
Natural Ways to Recover Faster During the Post Partum Period

 Photo Credit: Little Feet Photography http://www.littlefeetphotographytoronto.com/ It seems that today in our society all of the focus is on pregnancy, and the time immediately following the birth of the baby. It is part of our culture to plan baby showers weeks in advance and plan a visit to come see the baby as soon as he […]

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