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  • The Elementary Years: First Day of School - There were a few nerves today on the first day of Grade 4, but not too many. We’ve done this before after all, starting with that first day of Kindergarten not so very long ago. Today we picked up a friend of my son’s on the way to school. The kids...
  • How Winter Came for a Soccer Mom -   With my son’s new soccer season set to start this week, I have been experiencing flashbacks to last year’s season as a Soccer Mom. You may remember my epic Story of a Soccer Mom in SoccerVille from last spring but I never imagined that winter would bring an even stranger...
  • Life as a Work-at-Home Mom in the Summer - Today is a typical day as a work-at-home mom during the summer. My school aged son is at soccer camp while I am working at a coffee shop nearby. I’ve got 3 hours give or take to check in the on the PR needs of my clients, work on my...
  • Review: New Secret Agent Spy Games for Kids! - Calling all secret agent spy kids who love games! Today on the blog, we are reviewing two brand new games for kids – Safe Breaker and Break Free – that will test your kids’ spy skills and keep them guessing – in a fun way!     Safe Breaker, Age 6+...
  • Best Spray Parks in the Tri-Cities - There’s nothing like taking the kids to cool off and have some fun at a spray park on those hot sunny days! Fortunately, we have some of the best playgrounds and best spray parks in the Tri-Cities! These are The Write Mama’s picks for best spray parks in the Port Moody/Coquitlam area...

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Life as a Work-at-Home Mom in the Summer

Life as a Work-at-Home Mom in the Summer

Today is a typical day as a work-at-home mom during the summer. My school aged son is at soccer camp while I am working...
Why we Chose Embryo Donation: Hoping for Something Wonderful

Why we Chose Embryo Donation: Hoping for Something Wonderful

We were lucky enough to have extra embryos in storage after we became pregnant through in vitro fertilization in 2007. Last year, my husband and...
The Journey to Here

The Journey to Here

For me, becoming a mother was a trial by fire. My husband and I went through a very painful period of infertility that took...

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Infertility Treatment Options: Using an Egg Donor

Infertility Treatment Options: Using an Egg Donor

I have blogged a lot about infertility over the years, and while IVF it is a viable option for many couples, it doesn’t work...
How Infertility is Affecting BC Families

How Infertility is Affecting BC Families

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

IVF Funding Matters because Families Matter

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...

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12 Ways for Families to Save Money at the PNE

Visiting the PNE in Vancouver is one of those classic summer activities, but it can be very expensive to pay for a family. The 2017 Fair at the PNE opens on August 19 and if you are in the know, there are many ways to sa...

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games for kids

Review: New Secret Agent Spy Games for Kids!

Calling all secret agent spy kids who love games! Today on the blog, we are reviewing two brand new games for kids – Safe Breaker and Break Free – that will test your kids’ spy skills and keep them gue...

Life in the Tri-Cities[ View All ]

Best Spray Parks in the Tri-Cities

There’s nothing like taking the kids to cool off and have some fun at a spray park on those hot sunny days! Fortunately, we have some of the best playgrounds and best spray parks in the Tri-Cities! These are The ...

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...

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 friends and neighbours when you go out and about in the community. With tha...

Parenting[ View All ]

Parents – Have you Been Shamed While Volunteering?

Parents, have you been shamed while volunteering? My husband and I volunteer extensively for the organized sports my son participates in (many) and at his school. As a family, we are committed to giving our time, ener...

Danger in the Pool

It was the most heartbreaking, frightening thing I have ever witnessed. I looked over at the pool from my patio chair to check in on my 7 year old – who swims like a fish – to see how he was doing at the poo...

I will Always be the Mother of a Premie

As the mother of a premature baby, my birth story for my son is different than most. My memories of the day my son was born are underlined by the fear and stress that came along with a sudden diagnosis of pre-eclampsia a...

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On Motherhood

On Motherhood

I’ve learned a few things about being a mama in the last few years, and for fun I thought I’d pass on some “half...
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...
Boys and Bathrooms

Boys and Bathrooms

I just sat down in a puddle of pee on the toilet seat at home, courtesy of my aim challenged almost 4-year-old. Boys are...

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.

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10 Reasons Why My 4 Year Old is the Greatest

10 Reasons Why My 4 Year Old is the Greatest

1. I love millions of kisses and family hugs. 2. I wake up mama and daddy with a smile everyday. 3. I am so...
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...
Boys and Bathrooms

Boys and Bathrooms

I just sat down in a puddle of pee on the toilet seat at home, courtesy of my aim challenged almost 4-year-old. Boys are...