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Your Failure to Thrive Baby Doesn’t make you a Failure as a Mother  

| December 10, 2018 | 8 Comments
Your Failure to Thrive Baby Doesn’t make you a Failure as a Mother  

Your Failure to Thrive Baby Doesn’t make you a Failure as a Mother   When most mothers think of challenging events in the first two years of an average child’s life, they might think of vaccinations, fevers, tantrums, and night-waking. What about weighings? Believe it or not, for some mothers, having their babies weighed is […]

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I Am One in Six: My Infertility Struggle (and Solution)

| July 2, 2018 | 4 Comments
I Am One in Six: My Infertility Struggle (and Solution)

I Am One in Six: My Infertility Struggle (and Solution) Nobody ever mentions infertility when you’re younger – sometimes even into early womanhood. It’s a natural assumption that when you’re ready to start a family, it will just happen. At least, that’s what I thought. The news of my infertility came as a devastating shock, […]

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A Simplified Approach to Achieving Your Fitness Goals

| January 15, 2018 | 19 Comments
A Simplified Approach to Achieving Your Fitness Goals

A Simplified Approach to Achieving Your Fitness Goals Here we are, 2013, a brand new year. A time when we reflect on the past year and think about what we want for the year ahead. Some of you may set New Year’s resolutions while others might have given up on that a long time ago. […]

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5 Easy Ways to Sleep Peacefully During Late Pregnancy

| March 27, 2017 | 5 Comments
5 Easy Ways to Sleep Peacefully During Late Pregnancy

 5 Easy Ways to Sleep Peacefully during Late Pregnancy It is the last leg of your pregnancy, you are in your third trimester and coming in fast for the final stretch (pardon the pun). Pretty soon, you will be experiencing the happiness of being a parent first hand. You are so close that you think […]

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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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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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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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Creating Healthy Sleep Habits For Newborns

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

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 […]

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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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“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 | 15 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 | 13 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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10 Natural Ways to Recover Faster During the Postpartum Period

| February 18, 2014 | 5 Comments
10 Natural Ways to Recover Faster During the Postpartum Period

Natural Ways to Recover Faster During the Postpartum Period 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 […]

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REVIEW: ‘No Mess, No Stress’ Parties: Our Precious Princess Party

| February 13, 2014 | 1 Comment
REVIEW: ‘No Mess, No Stress’ Parties: Our Precious Princess Party

This week my daughters, the ladies, turned 4. It was a big birthday. They know that being 4 means they get to go to school soon (which they are very excited about.) To them 4 is a ‘the big number.’ I knew I had to really show them a good time for this special birthday. […]

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Review: Ottawa 67’s Game-Family Fun!

| February 6, 2014 | 2 Comments
Review: Ottawa 67’s Game-Family Fun!

My husband is a huge hockey fan. He loves the sport. TSN and CBC ‘hockey night in Canada’ are regular channels in our house.  He has made a conscious effort to share his love of the game with our three children. We were given the opportunity to review a 67’s game. That is right up […]

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Much Love for Mucho Burrito Restaurant ~ Review and Coupon Offer

| February 3, 2014 | 23 Comments
Much Love for Mucho Burrito Restaurant ~ Review and Coupon Offer

    I love Mexican food. It could be one of my favourite types of food. The avocado, the spices, black beans, cheese – I love it all. So, I was pretty excited when Mucho Burrito opened up in Ottawa several years ago. I would have to say it’s now one of my favourite fast food […]

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Keeping Safe While Driving During Deer Season

| January 31, 2014 | 16 Comments
Keeping Safe While Driving During Deer Season

Keeping Safe While Driving During Deer Season This time of year all across Eastern Ontario, a significant number of deer can be found on the highway. Unfortunately, deer-vehicle collisions have killed or seriously injured people all across the province in great numbers. According to the provincial government, most deer-vehicle accidents occur between dusk and dawn on straight […]

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Home Made Feminine Pads

| January 20, 2014 | 4 Comments
Home Made Feminine Pads

    This year I decided to go as “green” as I could. I am tired of providing big companies with my money and having harmful chemicals added to my body. Have you ever wondered what is in those pads you wear every month? I was shocked to find out that pads are not biodegradable, […]

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