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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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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Almost 2 years now…

| December 16, 2013 | 4 Comments
Almost 2 years now…

As a mother, and I don’t know where the time went. But I think I said that at the one year mark as well. I was lucky enough to stay home with Mary for about 13 months. It was a fun time of outings to the library, weekly playgroup with friends, and reading. We enjoyed […]

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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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Halloween Costume Score!

| October 30, 2013 | 2 Comments
Halloween Costume Score!

If you saw my post about pumpkin carving Halloween traditions, you know that my husband and I are big Halloween fans. We are also creative people. But not creative enough in some areas. I dream about designing and sewing my daughter a fabulous Halloween costume. But alas, my sewing machine sits in a closet gathering […]

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Family Traditions – The Halloween Edition!

| October 28, 2013 | 12 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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September, Kids, and Giving Back

| September 26, 2013 | 1 Comment
September, Kids, and Giving Back

  Photo courtesy of Samantha Ball The month of September has obvious connotations for people – school bags, learning, new school clothes and supplies. For me, it reminds me of September 2010, when I had a completely magical experience volunteering with several friends in Kenya. After having fundraised together for several years, we raised enough […]

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