The Pre-Teen and the Quest to the Doctor’s Office

Ladies and gentleman I have been dealing with what I thought was a hormonal pre-teen in my midst. She stopped listening, was rude when she finally did answer and seemed very reserved and wanting to be alone. I was at the end of the rope, emotionally and physically, because calling someone a dozen times before they answer can do that to you. Can make you almost break. This past month we have been tackling the little victories as parents–eye doctor visits, buying glasses for the oldest, and finally a doctor’s check-up for the whole family. Do you know what it…

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A Story of Inclusion: This is Ella

On World Down Syndrome Day I want to share a story about inclusion, not just for those who have Down Syndrome but those who find themselves different. I want to talk about “This is Ella”. ‘This is Ella’ is a book written by a Canadian mom Krista Ewert from ‘One Beautiful Life‘. Krista herself is a sweet, soft-spoken woman who is also a strong, mama bear advocating ferociously for her daughter Ella to get the same opportunities as other children. When it was time for Ella to go to kindergarten Krista opted to put her into a large French Immersion…

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Road Trips, Motion Sickness, and the Quest to Not Hurt

March Break is the point in the school year where I am reminded that we are almost done. It not only gives me a chance to get a crash course on how Summer will be with the kids all home but it’s a great time for us to do some of the day trips closer to home while we have time together. When we were a family of four we used to take these on-a-whim road trips that meant strapping the kids into the car and driving to Montreal for the weekend. We would rent off-season cottages by Mont Tremblent…

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An Un”Bee”lievable Reason to Bring Back the Bees

I never knew that when I had kids I would become such an advocate for the planet. Before kids all I cared for was the moment I was in–now I want to ensure my little people have the chance to enjoy the planet long enough to have kids (and grandkids) and to do so with tummies that are full of good food. Cheerio’s have always been a staple in our home. It was the perfect first finger food when my kids were learning to eat and they are still one of the few things I can put on the counter…

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today I celebrate International Women’s Day along with the world. I celebrate a future where women will get equal pay, equal rights, equal everything. Because we are equal to our male counterparts. But we are not viewed as equals just yet. I still see women posting on social media that men should get paid more, because they do HARDER work. Give me a break ladies. If I am doing the same job as a man and getting paid just 73.5 cents for every dollar men make, I am not okay with it and neither should you be.  This is 2017…

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