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  • 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 pool party. My son was being held underwater
  • 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 and HELLP Syndrome followed by a visit to...
  • 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 a Facebook account. The reality? Millions of children in Canada and around the world do – some younger than age 13, Facebook’s minimum age to sign...
  • Saying Goodbye to Daycare and How to Transition to Kindergarten - Last week was a big change for us – saying goodbye to my son’s daycare which he has been going to twice a week for the past 2 years to give this mama a regular sanity break and time to do errands, blogging, chores, and freelance work. With Kindergarten coming...
  • How to find a Good Family Dentist - Yesterday we were off to the dentist for my son’s regular checkup. I am so glad to have found a phenomenal dentist office to take him to – they are so good with kids and I have my whole family going there now as well as some friends.
  • 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 new mom with a baby – decided to meet up with friends at the Earls in North Vancouver. A longtime customer of Earls Restaurants, she was...
  • Top 10 Mom Tested Potty Training Tips - When I started to think about potty training my son, I didn’t read any how to books. Instead, I talked to the moms I know who had lived through the ups and downs of pee pee and potty seats, and listened to their tips. This mom to mom sharing is...
  • 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 baked” observations on motherhood: 1. Expectant mothers have gorgeous hair during pregnancy but then 4 or so months after you have your baby a bunch falls...
  • It’s Potty Time - This morning, as I was chasing the dude around the house after an impromptu tubby, trying to catch up with him to put on his diaper before he peed on a bed or couch, he says to me, out of the blue, “pee on potty, no moere diapy.” I asked...
  • Sleep Baby Sleep - I hear lots of new moms talking about lack of sleep. It takes a toll – I know because at 13 months old, my son still needed to be put on the breast to fall asleep or be driven around in our van. In the middle of the night. By...

On Motherhood[ View All ]

A Mom’s Journey from Anger to Self Love

I’ve spent a lot of time feeling angry this year – with myself, with my husband and at the world in a sense. Because somewhere along the way, I fell into that age old cliche of putting myself last – as ...
Hockey Wives Season 2

Hockey Wives: Put some Pep in your Step as a...

I am addicted to Hockey Wives. It’s Season 2 and I really look forward to pouring a glass of wine on Wednesday evenings and sitting down to find out what Angela Price, MP Morin, Tiffany Parros, Noureen DeWulf and ...

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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Breastfeeding in Public

I breastfed my son until he was 19 month old and he was a hungry little bean who wanted to nurse a lot.  I offered the boob on demand wherever we went – at the mall, at the park, at the festival, in the van, at th...
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The Hardest Thing About Being a Mother

The hardest thing about being a mother is not: the sleepless nights  the banging on the bathroom door when I am trying to pee and take a moment the baby days when I would have given anything, ANYTHING just to get a show...

Infertility[ View All ]

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 have our family. But infertility is so much bigger than just one person’s story ...
IVF Funding

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 All of the people around us to say Can we be that close Just let me state for the record We&#821...

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! It was December 2007. I was preparing for our second round of infertility treatments when I was...

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 and options that are available to families dealing with infertility.
The EEVA Test - Featured on The Write Mama

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 new technologies and options that are available to families dealing with infertilit...

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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 like eye care may easily get overlooked.Today I am delighted to s...

Kidsworld 44: Affordable Family Fun in 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 offer for Metro Vancouver residents with children. For the past year, our family has been a member ...
Kidsworld Program

Kidsworld Program: Affordable Fun for Kids

We have recently joined the Kidsworld program for families for the second year and are looking forward to some big fun this summer and throughout the year. 

Shop on a Budget with Groupon Coupons

I love to save money, often shop online for my family and am always looking for a discount or free shipping whether I am shopping for the holidays, birthdays or everyday. Groupon Coupons is a great new service to check o...

Kids & Money[ View All ]

Allowances for Kids

Setting up an Allowance for your Child in 10 Easy...

When our son turned five-years-old this summer, we knew it was time to start teaching him about money by starting an allowance – but where on earth would we start? Fortunately, a local financial planner Paul Lermi...
How to Set up a Bank Account for Your Kids

How to Set up a Bank Account for your Kids

Setting up a savings account is an important step in teaching your child financial responsibility.We broached the topic after deciding to set up an allowance system for our child

Parenting[ View All ]

Danger in the Pool

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...
I will Always be the Mother of a Premie

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...
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...
Saying Goodbye to Daycare and How to Transition to Kindergarten

Saying Goodbye to Daycare and How to Transition to Kindergarten

Last week was a big change for us – saying goodbye to my son’s daycare which he has been going to twice a week...
How to find a Good Family Dentist

How to find a Good Family Dentist

Yesterday we were off to the dentist for my son’s regular checkup. I am so glad to have found a phenomenal dentist office to take...
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...

Life[ View All ]

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.

Part 2 – Sharing the News

It’s not easy to tell family and friends about a layoff.

Events[ View All ]

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...
18 Rainy Day Activities for Kids in the Tri-Cities

18 Rainy Day Activities for Kids in the Tri-Cities

During the long rainy days on the west coast, it’s easy to feel cooped up and stir crazy when you are home with your...
Healthy Family Expo: Healthy Choices, Healthy Family

Healthy Family Expo: Healthy Choices, Healthy Family

Trying to promote healthy choices for an active family isn’t always easy. There are the times when we’ve been so busy getting ready for...
Family Day in the Tri-Cities

Family Day in the Tri-Cities

With Family Day weekend sneaking up on us after yet another snowfall, I was wondering what the heck is happening this weekend and did...
Winter Fun! Ice Skating at Como Lake

Winter Fun! Ice Skating at Como Lake

We had a blast ice skating at Como Lake in Coquitlam today!

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Redneck Grandpa: Butt Cracks and Cookie Dusters

I hail from small town British Columbia where the main industry is logging, beer is king and the culture varies from redneck conservative to hippy liberal. My father is a throwback who marches to the beat of his own drum...
First Day of Kindergarten

Kindergarten Vignettes: The First Day of Kindergarten

Well we did it – the first day of Kindergarten has come and gone.
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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 his privacy so we’ll call him the dude which we use a lot in rea...
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10 Things I Love about My Son

  I put together a list of things you don’t know about my little monkey as a follow up to last week’s 5 things about moi post. Of course, I think my son is amazing so here’s my chance to show him o...

Demystifying Infertility: The Best and the Worst of IVF, and...

I’ve talked a lot about the impact infertility has had on my family here on my blog. It’s been over 4 years since we had our son through IVF, and I am still passionate about sharing my story and helping others who ar...

A Good Mother: The Mother I Strive to Be

As the 40-something mother of an active four-year-old boy, I have an ongoing struggle to make it through each week of activities, play dates, snack time, story time, bath time, bedtime, meal planning, groceries, cooking,...

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Soccer Mom

The Story of a Soccer Mom in SoccerVille

After a year as the team manager of my son’s soccer team there are really no words to describe the strange world I had started to inhabit… Once upon a time there was a 5 year old boy – we’ll call...
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I’m 40-Something and I Just Don’t Get It

I’m just gonna put this out there: I am a 40-something woman and mother living in Metro Vancouver.  I’ve heard that 40 is the new 30 and  most people think I look much younger than I am, but I am starting t...

Mama’s Confession: Why I am wearing a Thong (It’s not...

I hate thongs – the one I am wearing is riding up my butt. I am wearing this thong because I have no choice – I desperately need to do laundry. I have two thongs left in my drawer so I can suffer for two more...
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. 2. Hunger Games – Jennifer Lawrence, the girl on fire. Can’t wait til the next m...

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 just so gross. I’m in a snit so I’m just going to let all it all hang out and rant a li...

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 baked” observations on motherhood: 1. Expectant mothers have gorgeous hair during p...