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  • Celebrate Canada 150 in the Tri-Cities! - Celebrating Canada Day is always fun, but I was super excited to check out the plans for Canada 150 in the Tri-Cities and beyond! Here’s the low down on what’s happening in Coquitlam, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster and a couple of surprise events from Vancouver and North...
  • Best Playgrounds in the Tri-Cities - We love the beautiful trees, lakes, oceans and parks in the Tri-Cities, and my 8 year old has tried out many of the playgrounds at these special places over the years. We have our favourites, and today we are sharing our list of kid approved, best playgrounds in the Tri-Cities including...
  • Part 7 – Unemployment: The Aftermath; What we Learned; and the Light at the End of the Tunnel - It’s been just over a year since my husband returned to work after 13 months of unemployment. His getting back to work is a huge blessing for our family, but we are still dealing with the fallout. Hubs is working on contract for a large Vancouver company. His first contract...

On Motherhood[ View All ]

HELLP

HELLP

Pre-eclampsia. HELLP Syndrome. An emergency C-Section. A premature baby. This is what happened to me at 32 weeks into my pregnancy a mere 2 years ago....
Half Baked Banana Bread

Half Baked Banana Bread

Cooking and baking is not my forte. But every now and then, I do like to make a batch of low fat banana bread...
The Babysitter

The Babysitter

Date night! On Friday night, my husband and I attended our friends’ fabulous anniversary bash – 25 years married and in still in love,...

On Infertility[ View All ]

Join the Fight for IVF Funding in BC #IVF4BC

Join the Fight for IVF Funding in BC #IVF4BC

Infertility was one of the biggest challenges in my life – a personal and difficult journey my husband and I had to overcome to...
IVF Funding Matters because Families Matter #IVF4BC

IVF Funding Matters because Families Matter #IVF4BC

Everyone can see we’re together As we walk on by And we fly just like birds of a feather I’m not telling no lie...
Why I’m Advocating for IVF Funding in BC #IVF4BC

Why I’m Advocating for IVF Funding in BC #IVF4BC

Today I am sharing my infertility story to shine a light on the lack of IVF Funding in BC. BC families deserve this funding!...
Exploring Infertility Treatment Options: the Augment Treatment

Exploring Infertility Treatment Options: the Augment Treatment

Today’s blog post – talking about the Augment Treatment – is the second installment in a series I am working on to explore new technologies...
Exploring Infertility Treatment Options: The EEVA Test

Exploring Infertility Treatment Options: The EEVA Test

Today’s blog post – talking about The EEVA Test for IVF – is the beginning of a new series I am working on to explore...
You’re not Alone: Don’t Wait to Seek Help for Infertility

You’re not Alone: Don’t Wait to Seek Help for Infertility

When my husband and I decided to start trying to conceive early in 2006,  it was the beginning of a long journey where I...

Life in the Tri-Cities[ View All ]

Celebrate Canada 150 in the Tri-Cities!

Celebrate Canada 150 in the Tri-Cities!

Celebrating Canada Day is always fun, but I was super excited to check out the plans for Canada 150 in the Tri-Cities and beyond!...
Best Playgrounds in the Tri-Cities

Best Playgrounds in the Tri-Cities

We love the beautiful trees, lakes, oceans and parks in the Tri-Cities, and my 8 year old has tried out many of the playgrounds...
Eggciting Easter Events in the Tri-Cities

Eggciting Easter Events in the Tri-Cities

Living in the Tri-Cities, we love exploring the wonderful local family events and the Easter holiday is no exception. It’s fun to run into...

Reviews & Giveaways[ View All ]

Kids Birthday Party & Giveaway at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Kids Birthday Party & Giveaway at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Little chefs and foodies will adore a kids birthday party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread in Vancouver. My son and I were invited to one of...
Celebrate the Season with Image Optometry

Celebrate the Season with Image Optometry

With all the stress of the holidays – the busyness, the expenses, travel, parties, crazy family dynamics and all that stuff – important topics...
Kidsworld 44: Affordable Family Fun in Metro Vancouver

Kidsworld 44: Affordable Family Fun in Metro Vancouver

Are you on a budget? Do you wish you could take your family to more fun and  educational events? Kidsworld has a lot to...

Reality Check[ View All ]

unemployment

Part 7 – Unemployment: The Aftermath; What we Learned; and...

It’s been just over a year since my husband returned to work after 13 months of unemployment. His getting back to work is a huge blessing for our family, but we are still dealing with the fallout. Hubs is working o...
Unemployed Canada

Part 6 – 13 Months of Unemployment almost Broke Me;...

My husband’s 13 months of jobs loss almost broke me. The stakes are high when you have a family and a Vancouver-sized mortgage that is still much too close to half a million dollars after 8 years of home ownership....
Vancouver Mom Blogger The Write Mama Job Loss Holidays

Part 5 – Our Canadian Family’s Journey Through Unemployment in...

It’s been a tough year for our middle-class Canadian family. In January 2015, my husband received his notice from Big Blue that his job as an IT management professional was being eliminated through no fault of his ...
unemployment in Vancouver

Part 4 – Should We Stay in Metro Vancouver or...

We’ve been living with job loss in Vancouver for 7 months now. Luckily the severance package is seeing us through, but in addition to job hunting, my husband and I are considering the question of whether we should ...

Part 3 – Sweating the Small Stuff in Job Loss

Job loss comes with a lot of paperwork and decision making; we were definitely sweating over the details or the “small stuff” for a couple of months.

That's Funny[ View All ]

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Out of the Mouths of Babes

One afternoon, my son pointed to a picture of me on my dresser. This photo shows me seven months pregnant with the dude, and...
Redneck Grandpa: Farmin’

Redneck Grandpa: Farmin’

My Dad is a bit gruff around the edges but has been building a nice bond with my three-year-old. It’s pretty adorable to see....
Top 10 Chick Flicks

Top 10 Chick Flicks

This is it – my list of the top 10 chick flicks. Enjoy! 1. Jerry McGuire – because Renee Zellweger had me at hello....

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My Daddy Rocks: The Dude

My Daddy Rocks: The Dude

Today’s My Daddy Rocks interview is with my son in honour of Father’s Day. I don’t use my son’s name on this blog to protect...
Out of the Mouths of Babes

Out of the Mouths of Babes

One afternoon, my son pointed to a picture of me on my dresser. This photo shows me seven months pregnant with the dude, and...
I put on my Party Panties for Oprah in Vancouver

I put on my Party Panties for Oprah in Vancouver

On Thursday afternoon, this mama went into a whirlwind of activity in preparation for Oprah. That’s O-prah. You really have to sing it a...

Parenting[ View All ]

How to Save on Santa Photos

How to Save on Santa Photos

Each year, I take my son to Santaland so he can experience the magic of Santa  and so I can get a photo to...
Bring Your Own High Chair: The Earls Restaurant Debacle

Bring Your Own High Chair: The Earls Restaurant Debacle

Guess what Earls Restaurant? Families living in Metro Vancouver are happy to take our business elsewhere. The debate all started when Michelle – a...
Being Safe Online and Protecting your Teen’s Privacy on FaceBook

Being Safe Online and Protecting your Teen’s Privacy on FaceBook

Amanda Todd. Rehtaeh Parsons. Cyberbullying. Facebook. My knee jerk reaction is questioning whether my child (currently 5-years-old) or any other child should ever have...