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The beauty of fingerprint necklaces

• Scroll to the bottom of this post for a chance to win $150 toward your own piece of custom jewelry • I often have this worry that I’m not doing enough to capture my daughters’ fleeting childhoods. I don’t just mean taking photos or logging milestones in baby books (which reminds me, I need to log milestones in baby books). I mean keeping trimmings from first hair cuts, hand prints from daycare art projects, the baby hat they wore…

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I Love You Day

Valentine’s Day the family way Here are some tips on how best to spread the love and include children in the fun Original story published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 14, 2017 Valentine’s Day has become notably less romantic in my household these past few years. A fancy home-cooked meal would be passionately rejected by the kids, and wine gets knocked over so often that we have to drink it out of sippy cups. And hiring a babysitter to…

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Potato Stamp Valentine’s cards

I remember making potato stamp Valentine’s Day cards with my mother when I was in elementary school. We would sit around the kitchen table the night before our class party, dipping our potatoes into poster paint and making cards for all our classmates. I loved that my contribution to each of their Valentine’s Day mailboxes was hand-made. And I loved that each card was unique. So with Isla in playschool this week, and all the kids being encouraged to bring…

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Mother’s Day

 What new moms really want on their special day Original story and gift guide published in Metro on May 5, 2016   I barely remember my first Mother’s Day. I was four weeks into my new gig as a mom, walking around in a fog, exhausted and overwhelmed. Then one little ribbon-wrapped box from my husband turned that all around. Inside was a silver necklace with a circle pendant. On one side was my daughter’s name, on the other side…

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Gift guides & Roundups

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…

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Restaurant bag for tiny diners

Have you ever gone out for dinner with your kid and regretted it the second you sat down? Maybe the restaurant didn’t have a kids’ menu or colouring book. Maybe the food took forever and your squirmy starving child lost her mind waiting for her fries and saltines. Maybe she finished her meal in four seconds, and you had to devour your much-longed for cheeseburger in four bites so you could pay the bill and peace out. Well, having a…

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The gift of giving

Christmas gifts for the people who help keep your life together Originally published in The Toronto Star, Dec. 8 2015. Read the online version here. They hem our pants, scrub our stovetops, walk our dogs and yell, I mean 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, and because the point of the holidays is…

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Best gifts for new moms

Baby shower gifts – the do’s and the don’ts Trying to come up with something to buy a friend, family member or co-worker as a baby gift can be daunting. As someone who’s given gifts and received them, here are my top pics for baby shower or baptism gifts, whether you know the person intimately, or just barely:   The Top 10 baby gifts I was most stoked to get:   Anything off my registry Seems boring and predictable, right?…

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