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Fall favourites for toddler girls

Polly’s Fall Favourites By Kristen Thompson. September 22, 2017 It may be scorching out east, but here in the west, it’s crisp and cool, the leaves are turning red, and we’re halfway through our bottle of pumpkin spice Baileys (yes, it’s as good as it sounds). Given how much great feedback we got after Isla’s Fall Favourites blog post, we decided not to leave Polly out. If Isla is my pink-loving, dress-loving city girl, Polly is my rough-and-tumble digger-loving, bug-loving…

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Fall favourites for little girls

Isla’s Fall Favourites By Kristen Thompson … and Isla. September 11, 2017 It’s here! Fall! My favourite time of year. It’s not just the crisp leaves, pumpkin spice mania, and countdown to Hallowe’en that gets me so jazzed about autumn. It’s the cozy clothes. And I’ve fully embraced the joys of dressing vicariously through my little people. As Isla is getting older, she’s also embracing her own sense of style, which is reflective of her personality: a little girly, a…

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Best cups for babies and toddlers

Amazon.ca Widgets   Hands Down, Cups Up: Our Favourite Sippy Cups Amazon.ca Widgets Of all the baby and toddler gear that’s caused me the most stress, it’s sippy cups. I’ve spent a small fortune trying to find the best cup for my kids: the one that doesn’t leak, smash when dropped, disintegrate in the dishwasher and – most importantly – that they like using. At one point we had an entire cupboard devoted to sippy cups. They’d fall from the…

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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 gift guide

 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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