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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It’s Okay to Give Books as Gifts

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

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 […]

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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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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

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 […]

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

| February 27, 2014 | 35 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

Some Fun Books for Ages 2-4 We go to the library often – once every week or two – and come home with some great fun 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? […]

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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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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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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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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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Book Review: Everybody has Everything by Katrina Onstad

| June 20, 2013 | 4 Comments
Book Review: Everybody has Everything by Katrina Onstad

Struggling with infertility is not easy. Coming to terms with the fact that you will never have your own biological child is devastating. But what if, when settling into your child-less life, you are suddenly given a toddler? That’s exactly what happens to Ana and James in the novel Everybody has Everything. After a car […]

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared ~ Thursday Book Review

| May 2, 2013 | 1 Comment
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared ~ Thursday Book Review

I was reading a book that wasn’t incredibly interesting so when I was a the library I took a peek at the express collection, a selection of popular books that you can take out for a week. On the shelf was a happy orange novel called The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared. […]

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I Stink! and Other Fun Book Titles ~ Thursday Reviews

| April 18, 2013 | 5 Comments
I Stink! and Other Fun Book Titles ~ Thursday Reviews

My two kids, ages 2 and 3, just love the book I Stink! by Kate McMullan, as well as the other books she’s written. The books each focus on a character who stinks or is fast or big, and explain a bit about them. I Stink! is all about what a garbage truck does while […]

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Book Review: Gold by Chris Cleave

| March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
Book Review: Gold by Chris Cleave

  Gold is a story of two women, Kate and Zoe, working towards competing at the 2012 Olympics for cycling. They’ve been racing each other for over a decade and have a twisted friendship. Kate is training while trying to raise a daughter who has leukemia. She and her husband trade off parenting and training […]

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Kindergarten

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Kindergarten

It’s mid winter and I’m dreaming of warm weather and sand between my toes. In reality I’m lugging the kids to playgroup and the library trying to keep my sanity during the long, cold days. On one such outing I drove past an elementary school. In front was a sign that advertised kindergarten registration. In […]

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Book Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

| February 4, 2013 | 4 Comments
Book Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I recently read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  This novel came out in 2003 and quickly became a best seller and was made into a movie in 2007.  It’s the story of Amir, an Afghan boy, who grows up privileged, and his best friend Hassan, who does not.  It follows Amir from boyhood through […]

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