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  • Winter Fun! Ice Skating at Como Lake - We had a blast ice skating at Como Lake in Coquitlam today!
  • 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 share a great offer from Image Optometry that puts your eye health front and center,...
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  • Christmas at Flyover Canada: A Visit to the North Pole - My family adores Christmas at Flyover Canada. It has become a lovely family tradition to visit each year and experience the exhilarating flight across Canada and on to the North Pole while helping Santa Claus search for his missing elves. This video gives you a little taste of the magic...
  • 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 unexpectedly diagnosed with pneumonia. You’d think that would have...
  • A Visit to the Enchant Christmas Maze & Market - The Enchant Christmas Maze is a fun, new holiday event in Vancouver for 2016. Our Christmas loving family was invited to attend the media preview on November 24 and headed into Vancouver on a dark, rainy night with excitement in our hearts. We parked in the lot beside the event and almost...

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...

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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...
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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.
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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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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 would learn about both my fertility and infertility.
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Fertility Facts and a Call to Action

Chances are you are someone or know someone who has dealt with infertility. You may be surprised to find out it is such a common problem – that 1 in 6 Canadian couples are dealing with infertility issues. That 36% ...

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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!
Christmas at Flyover Canada: A Visit to the North Pole

Christmas at Flyover Canada: A Visit to the North Pole

My family adores Christmas at Flyover Canada. It has become a lovely family tradition to visit each year and experience the exhilarating flight across...
A Visit to the Enchant Christmas Maze & Market

A Visit to the Enchant Christmas Maze & Market

The Enchant Christmas Maze is a fun, new holiday event in Vancouver for 2016. Our Christmas loving family was invited to attend the media preview...
Explore your Creativity at Place des Arts

Explore your Creativity at Place des Arts

With my new focus on self love and making time for myself, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and sign up for...
Kidsworld 44: Affordable Family Fun in Vancouver

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...

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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....
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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...
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...
Top 10 Mom Tested Potty Training Tips

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...

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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...
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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 ...
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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. 
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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...
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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 put in my family scrapbook and to share with the grandmas, grandpas and other special people in our lives. This ...
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The Write Mama’s Secret for Shopping Black Friday and Cyber...

I love a great deal so I just have to get in on the fun and savings from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There is a great website called Redflagdeals.com which shows the flyers for all kinds of stores in your local area i...

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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

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...