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The Teeter Totter of Life – The New Paradigm to “Work/Life Balance”

| August 9, 2016 | 2 Comments
The Teeter Totter of Life – The New Paradigm to “Work/Life Balance”

Do you ever feel the pressure to “do it all?” Like you should be in two places at one time – be with your kids and be at the office? Hang out with your friends or take a yoga class? Trying to balance work and life can create tremendous amounts of stress, anxiety and pressure […]

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Sharing Cherished Memories with Soufeel Jewelry- Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 10/15

| September 10, 2015 | 47 Comments
Sharing Cherished Memories with Soufeel Jewelry- Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 10/15

For me, jewellery lets others see a bit of your personality and uniqueness. Charm bracelets are fun pieces to own because thy let display your interests and your personality without you having to say a word. My family is everything to me, and I wanted to have a piece of jewelry that showed them off […]

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Closet Door Slams and Donkey Slams

Closet Door Slams and Donkey Slams

So we spent Friday at the emergency department at CHEO. Little Bro had his finger slammed in a closet door, and there was much bleeding and freaking out. Long story short, he needed stitches, and the finger is fractured. His big brother did it, but it might not be what you think. Big Bro was […]

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Sentimental

Sentimental

Three years ago, I wrote this sappy post about Big Bro turning one year old.  If you do the math, that means my big boy is about to turn four. In my post of 2012, I mentioned the feelings of sentimentality mixed with looking forward to and enjoying what each new age has to offer. […]

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Playdates: Just Call Them What They Are…

| March 25, 2015 | 3 Comments
Playdates: Just Call Them What They Are…

…“Fight Club”[1] This week, after an early volleyball game, my team and I went to a local pub to hang out and extend the festivities. We hit upon an interesting topic. Playdates. It was actually a very interesting topic to be having late into a weeknight considering only about fifty percent of the table were […]

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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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The Netflix Date Night Hangover

| August 26, 2014 | 8 Comments
The Netflix Date Night Hangover

Sorry I haven’t been posting as often lately. I’d say it’s because I’m so busy with the kids (which is true), but truth be told, it’s more because we finally got … dun dun dun… Netflix. I’d be there at the computer after the tykes were in bed, about to get my cartoon on, only […]

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Family and Friendship

| June 20, 2014 | 6 Comments
Family and Friendship

The older I get, the more I notice my relationships with my family members morphing into something different. Maybe others have noticed this with parents and siblings. For example, a trend I see frequently among friends is a change in bitter sibling rivalry in childhood to friendship and mutual respect as siblings in adulthood. One […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Lifelong Friends

| May 7, 2014 | 4 Comments
Wordless Wednesday: Lifelong Friends

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My Last Year in a Nutshell.. a MANIC MESS of a Broken Wrist

| April 25, 2014 | 6 Comments
My Last Year in a Nutshell.. a MANIC MESS of a Broken Wrist

Most of you may not know, though I am quite open about it. I am bipolar. I have been on medication for many years, and this past years “year of hell” certainly did not help things. January of last year I was hurt on the job. I was walking out of a customers house and […]

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International Women’s Day Celebration and Fundraiser in Ottawa

| March 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
International Women’s Day Celebration and Fundraiser in Ottawa

As another International Women’s Day passes, I am feeling very blessed to know so many talented and beautiful women who inspire others to live with courage and truth. I was honoured to share my journey with almost 200 of them, and a tiny cast of supporting men, at a networking luncheon for Ottawa Soul Sista’s […]

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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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Why you need to be choose-y with your divorce lawyer

| January 9, 2014 | 1 Comment
Why you need to be choose-y with your divorce lawyer

Sometimes I can hardly believe I’m getting a divorce, but I am. Or at least, I’ve taken some of the steps towards it. My husband and I have been separated for two years. Two years is a long time. I haven’t seen him in a year. He also hasn’t seen our son in a year. […]

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Brain Fog

| December 30, 2013 | 9 Comments
Brain Fog

I have been what it feels like, in limbo these past few weeks. No motivation to do anything, just barely hanging on to the Christmas spirit. Over the last few weeks, we have had a rough time. We lost my husbands step mother to cancer, and a friend’s sister as well. It just sort of […]

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“Rah, Rah, Sis Boom Bah! Now pass her the ball!”

| December 9, 2013 | 6 Comments
“Rah, Rah, Sis Boom Bah! Now pass her the ball!”

I have been gob smacked. So much so that this is actually the first time ever that I have used the term. Simply, utterly GOB SMACKED! Last week my seven-year-old daughter casually mentioned that she wanted to play football at recess time, but ‘the boys’ told her she couldn’t. Huh? Not that shocking necessarily. Disappointing […]

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The Surprise of a Lifetime!

The Surprise of a Lifetime!

My day started pretty typical of every other day. Get up, grab the munckin, feed him, clean him, and watch some Mickey Mouse Club House. Then it was time for lunch, and eventually dinner. We sat down around the table to eat our dinner. Honestly, I can’t even remember what we had, because what was […]

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Baby, Meet my, um… baby

| November 22, 2013 | 11 Comments
Baby, Meet my, um… baby

There’s a long list of things I don’t want to hear my toddler say in the middle of the night. They’re things like “Mommy, I think I had an accident!” and “Mommy, I threw up!” But they pale in comparison to this zinger: Mommy, what’s that guy’s name? Le sigh. Dating as a single parent […]

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My Struggles With Birth

| November 18, 2013 | 5 Comments
My Struggles With Birth

In my 29th year, I got pregnant in August. This meant I was due to give birth in may the following year. Nine months flew by very quickly without any complications. On May 10,1989, I awoke to labour pains. My husband and I drove the twenty miles to the hospital. As we got closer, I […]

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A Walk In The Sunshine

| November 6, 2013 | 3 Comments
A Walk In The Sunshine

A Walk In The Sunshine  when I am near you my heart still flutters like the wings of a butterfly  when I am near you I feel warm and fuzzy like the warm fur of my cat  when I am near you I feel safe and secure like having your dog with you on a walk through the […]

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Beyond the Baby Shower: Honouring Mothers in Pregnancy

| October 10, 2013 | 6 Comments
Beyond the Baby Shower:  Honouring Mothers in Pregnancy

We have, likely, all been to a baby shower.  Everything decorated in pink or blue balloons and streamers.  We play games like, guess the melted chocolate bar in the diaper or how big mama’s belly is. Often, the conversation turns to the challenges of childbirth and how hard life is with a new baby.  All in […]

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Absence Explained: When Relationships Don’t Work Out

| August 28, 2013 | 8 Comments
Absence Explained: When Relationships Don’t Work Out

When my husband and I split up, I felt especially fortunate that my son was really too young to notice. It was especially easy because my husband worked away from home, and F wasn’t used to him being there full time. For a few months, I left our photos up. I guess I was hoping […]

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Fresh Starts and Cold Coffee

| August 21, 2013 | 1 Comment
Fresh Starts and Cold Coffee

I found out just how fast my car drives last weekend. My life has done a complete 180 in the last week, and I’m not sure if my head has stopped spinning. After finally making the decision to move with my boyfriend to Ottawa, we broke up. At the time it seemed really unexpected and […]

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Ottawa’s I Am Possible Mother Daughter Conference ~ Nov 3, 2013

| August 19, 2013 | 2 Comments
Ottawa’s I Am Possible Mother Daughter Conference ~ Nov 3, 2013

When I first became a single Mother in 2002, I was terrified. Growing up, I was surrounded with messages of how incapable I was of supporting myself and a family. At least, that is how my growing mind interpreted statements such as, “I hope you marry someone rich someday, you’ll need him to pay for […]

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“I won’t be your friend!” *insert raspberry here*

| June 18, 2013 | 4 Comments
“I won’t be your friend!” *insert raspberry here*

The playground is a funny place.  A place where we first start to see the division of the masses into leaders, monitors, peacemakers, instigators, negotiators… We start to learn social cues, and we seek out the place we feel most comfortable. Our first friendships, independent of family, are forged.  I do not over exaggerate when […]

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