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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 save money with discounted passes...
  • Plan a Getaway with Groupon Coupons - Living in Vancouver (one of the most expensive cities of the world), I am always on the lookout for travel deals and money-saving tips to help us make the most of our budget for a rare family getaway. I recently learned about a great money-saving tip using Groupon Coupons that...
  • Elementary School Vignettes: The Drop-off - You’re 8 years old, this child of mine who is growing up so fast. Stubborn, spirited, happy, moody, determined. It’s Grade 3, and you’ve reached that self conscious stage where you don’t want to be seen with me anymore in the morning. Sigh. Elementary school drop-off at the beginning of...
  • 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 for everyone. Sometimes IVF fails leaving these families emotionally spent and devastated. For a woman who has premature ovarian failure, poor egg quality, or a history...
  • Parent Volunteers, Have you Been Shamed? - Parent volunteers, 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, energy and hearts to create positive experiences for our son and other children. But our experiences,...

On Motherhood: Random Stories[ View All ]

Kids Night Out in Vancouver: Family Fun with a 4 Year Old

Kids Night Out in Vancouver: Family Fun with a 4...

I am feeling a new sense of freedom now that my son has had his fourth birthday. We have been out to two kid-friendly evening...
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...
I Miss Daddy

I Miss Daddy

Oh the drama of being a 3 year old! With my husband away for a few days on business, my boy has been inconsolable....

On Infertility[ View All ]

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...
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...

Parenting[ View All ]

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...
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...
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...

Life in the Tri-Cities[ View All ]

Parent Volunteers, Have you Been Shamed?

Parent Volunteers, Have you Been Shamed?

Parent volunteers, 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....
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...

Reviews & Giveaways[ View All ]

Plan a Getaway with Groupon Coupons

Plan a Getaway with Groupon Coupons

Living in Vancouver (one of the most expensive cities of the world), I am always on the lookout for travel deals and money-saving tips...
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...

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...
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....
Pole Dancing Preschooler

Pole Dancing Preschooler

        I went shopping with my boy the other day at Planet Organic. As we left the store and headed towards...

The Write Mama's Greatest Hits[ 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...
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...
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...