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I love writing, and I love journalism. I’ve worked for 11 incredible years in this  industry, sticking my elbows out to get the best shot at crammed press conferences, interviewing amazing people (like Romeo Dallaire), and sweating through tight deadlines in high energy newsrooms.

But in 2015 I made the decision to take my career down a different path, saying goodbye to the newsroom so I could freelance and blog, while being home with my children.

Stick around to check out some of my recent stories that feature gift guides, lists and roundups.

Interested in connecting about freelance work? Drop me a line at kristen.thom@gmail.com.


Special Report February 14, 2017Valentine’s Day the Family Way (Toronto Star)

Having kids doesn’t mean parents need to give up on Valentine’s Day altogether. It just means we need to tweak how we recognize it, by including the kids and making it a day to celebrate the whole family. Read more


How to survive Vancouver’s annual polar bear swim (Metro Vancouver)

Thousands will welcome the New Year by taking part in the annual plunge into the chilly waters of English Bay. We laid out the do’s and don’ts of this epic Vancouver tradition. Read here


Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 2.27.49 PMHow hashtag activism brought out the best us  (Metro)

Social media isn’t without its flaws. It can sometimes seem like nothing more than a meeting place for narcissists and trolls. But it can also bring out the best in people, providing them with a platform to campaign for important causes that might otherwise go unnoticed, and giving them an almost limitless audience. Read more


Why 2016 sucked (Metro)

If you feel like 2016 was a bit of a disaster, you’re not alone. From back-to-back celebrity deaths, to a U.S. election that will put Donald Trump in the White House, 2016 blindsided many of us with an endless loop of shocking and crappy news. Grab a box of tissues, and let’s recap the absurd hot mess that was this past year. Read more


How to survive Vancouver’s annual polar bear swim (Metro Vancouver)

Thousands will welcome the New Year by taking part in the annual plunge into the chilly waters of English Bay. We laid out the do’s and don’ts of this epic Vancouver tradition. Read here


Why I won’t Xmas shop online (Toronto Star)

I’ve gone retro with my Christmas shopping this year, and I’m not talking about the types of gifts I’ve bought. I mean I shopped in-person, exchanging cash for gifts-in-hand. We stood awestruck in the presence of Santa, and actually had fun. In fact, it was so refreshing to go offline that I think I’ll do it again next year. Read more


9 gift ideas for kids who have everything (Today’s Parent)

Grandma and Grandpa want a list of what your kid wants for the holidays—but the last thing you need is more toys to fill up your already-crammed playroom. Try these ideas instead. Read more


What new moms really want for Mother’s Day (Metro)

A gift guide for new mothers and moms-to-be. Hint: they really just want to hear “thank you”, and to get a nice long break. Read more

 


imagesGifts for the people who help keep your life together (Toronto Star)

They hem our pants, scrub our stovetops, walk our dogs and = encourage us to do that one last horrible sit up. They are the people who help run our lives, and most of us would be lost without them. Because they work so hard, they should be on our Christmas shopping lists. Read more

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