I Tell Stories

Samantha lives in Stittsville with her husband, Jon, and their daughter, Mary. Samantha works full-time for the federal government and also enjoys writing part-time, including as a writer for Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine. Feel free to check out her website – samanthaball.ca and follow her on Twitter @I_Tell_Stories

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Jack & Lily Review and Giveaway #KidsGiftGuide ~ CAN/US 07/12

| June 11, 2015 | 48 Comments
Jack & Lily Review and Giveaway #KidsGiftGuide ~ CAN/US 07/12

Jack & Lily was born in British Columbia, Canada in 2005. Brenda Buell, a Mom, saw the market was “lacking unique styling, quality and value” in “footwear for little feet” so she took it into her own hands, and started the brand which now has customers all over the world. Today I will be providing […]

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Montebello 2.0

| March 18, 2015 | 13 Comments
Montebello 2.0

Many of you know that last year we started what will be a tradition for our family – going to Montebello for Family Day weekend with Mary’s cousins. This year, we had a bit of a hiccup since Jon wasn’t feeling well, but overall, the trip was again a complete success. We did a few […]

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Review: Over $50 in KISS and Broadway Nails Products and #Giveaway ~ CAN 07/14

| June 19, 2014 | 42 Comments
Review: Over $50 in KISS and Broadway Nails Products and #Giveaway ~ CAN 07/14

I was very excited to get my package for this review. As a reformed lifelong nail-biter, who spent much of her life hiding her hands, it is only recently that I have become interested in doing anything special with my nails. One thing that I should tell you before you read any further…I’ve never tried […]

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Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks Review and Giveaway ~ Ottawa Area 05/12

| April 17, 2014 | 32 Comments
Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks Review and Giveaway ~ Ottawa Area 05/12

The first thing you notice about these “kids” blocks is that the packaging is really well executed. Rather than a tall and narrow Jenga-like box where it’s difficult to get the blocks in and out (at least for me), this sturdy box opens more like a briefcase and a clear thick plastic cover showcases the […]

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Kids and Structured Activities — How Much is TOO Much?

| March 13, 2014 | 8 Comments
Kids and Structured Activities — How Much is TOO Much?

My daughter Mary participates in more activities than I do. Over her lifespan, she’s completed multiple sessions of Monkey Rock, swimming and gymnastics. She has also benefited from semi-regular attendance of library programs and Brinkeetos. While I was on maternity leave, we both looked forward to weekly playgroup. And I am probably even forgetting a […]

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Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic (REVIEW)

| February 26, 2014 | 13 Comments
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic (REVIEW)

I think that “magic” is the perfect word to describe this show. Having never been to anything like this as a child, I had no expectations, and was blown away by what I saw. The anticipatory buzz was already in the air at the Canadian Tire Centre before anyone took their seats. At 6pm when […]

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Family Day at Montebello!

| February 12, 2014 | 11 Comments
Family Day at Montebello!

I am very excited to say that I am going on a vacation! And by vacation, I mean one day and one night at Le Chateau Montebello in Quebec, but I’ll take it. My husband is not much of a traveler. The only trip we’ve ever taken together was a few days on a road […]

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Still Losing the “Baby Weight”…Sort of

| January 13, 2014 | 7 Comments
Still Losing the “Baby Weight”…Sort of

I have never been a devotee of New Year’s resolutions, but I am finding myself making one this year. I have to lose this baby weight. And by “baby weight” – I mean “lazy weight” in my case. Before I had Mary, I think it would be accurate to say I was a gym rat, […]

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To Thank or Not to Thank…That is the Question

| January 7, 2014 | 12 Comments
To Thank or Not to Thank…That is the Question

My daughter has the fortune (or misfortune depending on perspective) of having her birthday about a week before Christmas. So, she more or less spends the month of December opening birthday and/or Christmas gifts from well-meaning relatives and friends. However, that puts this busy mom in a dilemma. Do I write a thank you card […]

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Watch Where You Step… Toilet Training In Progress

| December 12, 2013 | 5 Comments
Watch Where You Step… Toilet Training In Progress

Watch Where You Step… Toilet Training In Progress My daughter pooed on the carpet at our house this week. That’s right. I said my daughter. Not the family puppy. We don’t have one. It was my kid that needed to be “housebroken”. Watch Where You Step… Toilet Training In Progress at our house!     […]

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Family Traditions – The Halloween Edition!

| October 28, 2013 | 13 Comments
Family Traditions – The Halloween Edition!

Most families who participate in Halloween decide to carve pumpkins and showcase them on October 31st. My husband takes it to the next level – simple jack-o-lantern faces won’t do for him.  Around 2007, he brought up the idea of using stencils (you can find them online or create your own) to do our pumpkins. […]

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Dealing with Job Loss

| October 7, 2013 | 3 Comments
Dealing with Job Loss

It’s been one month since my husband was laid off from his well-paying software engineering job. I happened to be working from home the day he was laid off. It was an interesting sight to see my husband walk into our house at 10 a.m. and silently unload a trunk full of boxes. He had […]

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