Part 6 – 13 Months of Unemployment almost Broke Me; 10 Life Lessons to Share; We’re not the Rich

Part 6 – 13 Months of Unemployment almost Broke Me; 10 Life Lessons to Share; We’re not the Rich

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 2015

Part 5 – Our Canadian Family’s Journey Through Unemployment in 2015

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 own. It has...
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Part 4 – Should We Stay in Metro Vancouver or Should We Go?

Part 4 – Should We Stay in Metro Vancouver or Should We Go?

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 stay in...
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Part 3 – Sweating the Small Stuff in Job Loss

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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Part 2 – Sharing the News

Part 2 – Sharing the News

It’s not easy to tell family and friends about a layoff.
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Part 1 – Job Loss

Part 1 – Job Loss

January 2015 hit our family like a truck when my husband was told he was about to be laid off from his job. After 20+ years of working for Big Blue, the employee, employer relationship was over just like that.  And now we...
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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 would learn about both my fertility and infertility.
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Pink Shirt Day 2015: We’re Going to End Bullying

Pink Shirt Day 2015: We’re Going to End Bullying

As the mother of a 6 year old boy, I am deeply grateful for Pink Shirt Day and the way it raises awareness and helps to prevent bullying.
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Review: Heinz Little Kids Cereal Bars

Review: Heinz Little Kids Cereal Bars

This is a tiny bit embarrassing to admit but for a couple of years, my son ate a Heinz Little Kids Cereal Bar for breakfast every day. He loved them and I felt good about the fact that these cereal...
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Happy Anniversary Honey

Happy Anniversary Honey

Nine years ago today, these two crazy kids committed to loving each other forever. We’ve made it through the good and bad, and ups and downs of married life with a family and are still committed to each other. That’s...
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Fertility Facts and a Call to Action

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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Jessica’s Story: Why Donor Breast Milk Matters, and How you can Donate

Jessica’s Story: Why Donor Breast Milk Matters, and How you can Donate

Jessica’s story is much like mine. She delivered a premature baby and luckily was able to breastfeed her baby but that isn’t always the case. While still breastfeeding, Jessica became a human milk donor to help other premature babies. Here...
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Dare to Dream: Taryn and Tyler’s Infertility Story

Dare to Dream: Taryn and Tyler’s Infertility Story

What would you do if you didn’t have a uterus and wanted a family more than anything? If you knew your only option for having a child was surrogacy – yet another infertility treatment involving IVF that costs thousands of...
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Shannon’s IVF Story & BC Government to Consider Funding IVF

Shannon’s IVF Story & BC Government to Consider Funding IVF

Shannon Berger is joining The Write Mama today to share her family’s journey through infertility and in vitro fertilization. Shannon is a proud new mom to twins but says getting to this point was something she wouldn’t wish on her...
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Bullying Awareness Week: Facebook Changes for Teens and New Cyberbullying Legislation on the Way

Bullying Awareness Week: Facebook Changes for Teens and New Cyberbullying Legislation on the Way

Teens and Facebook; online privacy and safety; child exploitation; and cyberbullying legislation – that’s what is on my mind during this Bullying Awareness Week. I recently received word from Facebook that there have been some key changes to the i...
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Something to be Thankful For

Something to be Thankful For

As I give thanks for the many blessings in my life this Thanksgiving week, I can’t help but think back to the time that we were preparing for in vitro fertilization after learning that both my husband and I had...
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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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Kindergarten Vignettes: The 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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Getting Organized for Kindergarten

Getting Organized for Kindergarten

Kindergarten starts tomorrow and I have been in a whirlwind of activity for the past week or two to get my family and house organized for back to school. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
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Put Vaccinations at the Top of your Child’s Back to School List

Put Vaccinations at the Top of your Child’s Back to School List

As September looms and parents prepare to send their kids back to school, it is important for all children entering kindergarten to get their vaccinations up to date.
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Photo Album: Love in the Okanagan

Photo Album: Love in the Okanagan

A peek at a certain old married couple of 8 years on our recent visit to the Okanagan…
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