Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#NoMoreBullies {Wordless Wednesday and iPPP}

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BConnected Conference

As you all know, I spent last weekend at the BConnected Conference. While I work on getting my thoughts together on my experience, I thought I'd share a bit about the #NoMoreBullies campaign we learned about.

#NoMoreBullies was started by Stuntman Stu here in Ottawa and it's growing and growing. Stu and his colleagues go to schools in town giving a presentation on bullying in hopes that even one less kid experiences it.

You can visit Stu's blog to learn more and watch a video. Go take a peek. He's in a unique position with his job at the radio station to meet a lot celebrities. Having celebrity support allows him to reach more and more people.

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I think it's safe to say that everyone has experienced bullying in some form, to some degree. I know I have and I know a lot of my friends did too. Unfortunately bullying doesn't stop when we leave school, but talking to our kids about bullying and how to deal with it is so important. We've been dealing with some issues with Little J and he's only in junior kindergarten. We're learning how to deal with these situations.

I would encourage you to learn more about the #NoMoreBullies campaign, watch the video, and like their Facebook page to show your support.


{I'm linking up with Greta from GFunkified , Angela from Jumping with my fingers crossed, and Angela from Angela Amman for #iPPP.}

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book 16/50: A Doula's Journey

I'm still decompressing from my conference this past week so today I'm sharing a quick review of a doula book I read. I know birth work isn't for everyone, but this novel was interesting.

A Doula's Journey by Hazel Tree was the first novel I'd read about doulas. It's the story of Joy and her path to becoming a doula. Like a lot of doulas, she feels called to it, a pull she cannot ignore. The novel, written as journal entries, also deals with her personal life and the transformation she undergoes as she delves into her past.

Joy's journey is maybe not like every doula's journey but it's beautiful. Her learning, transformation, and insights along the way were aha moments just like mine. Having the book written as journal entries appealed to my sense of order (in that it was chronological).

I'd recommend this book to anyone thinking of becoming a doula and those already doing it. I'm always looking for new books to read so tell me what you're reading these days! Oh! I also found a book club and can't wait to talk about our first book, A Rosie Project. Book clubs aren't just for old people.

Up next: Your Logo Is Irrelevant by Michael R. Drew

Monday, April 14, 2014

Home office - keeping it real

Happy Monday, friends! I spent all weekend at the BConnected Conference here in town and learned so much. But it was so busy and now I feel behind. While I catch up, I wanted to share with you my office spaces... yes, I have two! Staples Canada is having a fun contest right now. Read on!

I work from home and we have two office areas in our house. Neither is a big space, nor in a room of its own, and neither is doing a good job. Enter the Staples #MakeMoreHappen Contest where you can win $1000 to upgrade your space. Wouldn't that be fun?!

I like to keep things real so I went and took a picture of both spaces to share with you. First is the office in the basement. This is where our desktop, all of our camera stuff, and all of our files live. All crammed in to a tiny space between the wall and the couch in the back of our rec room. We're lacking space and storage and light and any sort of decorating. Sad really.

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Our "office".

To make this space work better, I think there's just enough room to the left of the desk for a bookcase that would be used for storage, books, and probably some DVDs and, let's be honest, toys would end up there.


And I like the look of these Martha Stewart organizers to put on the bookcase.

(Martha Stewart organizers)

And what about this cute owl print for above the desk?
(Owl Always Love You)

The second space is a corner of our bedroom that I use primarily for my doula business. We were given an older Apple computer and I bought a printer. My files are all in a cabinet that doesn't fit between the desk and the door. I have shelves on the wall but no desk chair and let me tell you that sitting on the ottoman, which is great for storage, doesn't feel good for any length of time. What's missing is a good chair and more storage.

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My wishlist includes a desk chair and a chair mat because of the carpet.

(Staples Mesh Task Chair)

(Low-pile Chairmat)

And two of these bright guys for garbage and paper recycling.

(Honey Can Do trash can)

And after looking through most of the site, I'm still not sure how to make my filing cabinet situation any better. There's just not enough space. If I won, I would run through the store and grab all sorts of supplies like paper and pens and markers and post-its. It would be like Christmas!

Even if you don't work from home, everyone deals with paperwork and bills and has some sort of computer/laptop. So tell me what you would do to revamp your home office space? Any tips for my filing needs?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Little K at 3

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February was birthday month for my little girl. She turned three and rocked a Peso penguin party. So I'm a little late posting this, but here is a snapshot of Little K at 3. She's an affectionate little girl and loves her brother and Sandy. She misses her brother when he's at school. She loves babies and big cheeks and has the best laugh. She took off her teething necklace and asks for nail polish but then wants it taken off the next day. She loves to read and colour and draw. She's shy with pretty much everyone.

The new things in the past half a year (since her 2.5 year old post) are that she's fully potty trained, in a big girl bed, and has all her teeth. Her hair has definitely grown and is now mullet-ish, she has a few freckles here and there, and gets scared during movies (hello Frozen monster) and books. She goes up the stairs with one foot per stair and is good at flossing and brushing but bad at spitting.

Potty training was hit and miss but she finally got it just before her birthday. We still put her in a diaper overnight just in case. Changing sheets in the middle of the night is no fun.

Little K is still adventurous with food but doesn't eat all that much. At dinner she always eats the meat first while Little J eats the carbs first. She ate only the icing on her birthday cake. She doesn't drink milk except chocolate milk if we go out and likes juice. She drinks a lot of water and nurses before bed and in the morning.

Little K is a great little talker but still struggles with some words. She is always saying "I love you, mama" which melts my heart every time. Some funny things she says:
- Ecause for because
- That's adoramous!

Her sleep habits haven't changed much in the past 6 months. She still nurses to sleep around 8pm (though she doesn't HAVE to and I have missed a few bedtimes) and wakes up around 7am. She naps 1-2 times a week, and functions fine most days without it. 

Little K weighed in at 28 pounds and just over 3 feet tall. That puts her in the 50th percentile for height and between the 10th and 25th for weight. She wears mostly 3T clothing, but some of her 2T stuff still fits. She wears a size 8 shoe and boot and size 5 diapers. 

Little K at 2.5

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Life lessons learned at Kidsfest

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The GIANT pile of Lego.
Kidsfest is a huge show put on by Capital Parent Newspaper and combines play for kids, information for families, and the ability to sign up for about a million different newsletters and enter just as many draws. I had never been but I was lucky this year to be given two free passes. I quickly bought another 2 so all four of us could go. We told the kids and got them all excited. Maybe too excited.

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Pipe cleaner craft.

They were playing with the tickets the day before Kidsfest and lost them. You know how kids are, they put things IN things and you don't find them until much later. We were able to find Little K's ticket in her coat pocket but could not find Little J's ticket. Without a ticket, he couldn't come. He was really upset and J and I were heartbroken but stood our ground. The boys stayed home while Little K and I headed out.

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Little Ray with a cayman.

My girl and I had a good time. We got there in time for the Little Ray's Reptiles show and got to see a cayman and a big snapping turtle. We checked out an enormous pile of Lego and then the PlasmaCars. We have two PlasmaCars, both red (so we call them the red cars) and Little K is quite familiar with them and was ripping around the little concrete area. She got asked twice to slow down, but I just smiled. For once my shy girl was being told to slow down.

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A purple red car.

After not too long it was time for Mike the Knight and Little K wasn't enthralled. Instead she wanted to climb the rock climbing wall (Altitude Climbing Gym). She's a little small but they had a harness specifically for the littlest climbers and she patiently waited her turn, got strapped in, and proceeded to go about 12 feet off the ground. She had a very serious face the whole time and didn't even smile at the girl who unhooked her. I was quite proud of my little girl but thought she'd scared herself.

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He jumped on the chair and scared Little K.
After walking around a bit Little K spied the anti-gravity thing from Funatorium. the sign said the minimum height was 2'11" and I'm not sure she's that tall but she insisted she wanted to try. I figured at the very least she could try and be told she was too short. The line was long but again Little K was determined and so she waited patiently. When we got to the front of the line, the woman motioned for her to come up and told me that she'd let her stand in it. Well, Little K was able to swing back and forth, again with the serious face.

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Around and around and around.

She loved it so much she waited in line to do it again. I tried to convince her it was time to go, or to go look for a balloon... no, she wanted to go again. So we waited. And she went a second time and loved it just as much. While we were standing in line, I told her over and over that after this turn it was time to go and she agreed. Well, when her turn was done she wouldn't hold my hand and instead marched over to where a man was making balloon animals and insisted she wanted one. The line for balloon animals (by Birthday Party Magic) was just as long but she was a trooper, a very determined toddler, and we waited.

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Bowie the ladybug.
Unfortunately her bladder couldn't wait but a very nice guy in line behind us saved our place while we ran to the bathroom. We got back and got a ladybug balloon animal made and finally were able to leave.  

We were there for about 4 hours and had a great time. It's not often that I get to do things with just Little K, other than little trips in the afternoons while Little J is at school (often just to the grocery store or library) so this was especially nice. And she proved to me how determined she is, and how patient she can be, and how serious she looks even when she's really enjoying something. And she proved to all of us that even though she's pretty much given up on naps, she still gets exhausted.

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Conked out.

Our Kidsfest adventure definitely taught us some hard lessons, but it was a great adventure.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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When I applied to review Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder I thought I was getting some green tea tea bags to try out. I like the idea of green tea and I'd like to move away from drinking black tea, which I put sugar in. Well fair readers, Matcha is not the same as the green tea that I've tried in the past. In fact, this product is a fine powder green tea meant to be put in lattes, baking, and smoothies.

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As I read more about Matcha I was a little scared to try it. Turns out it is very powerful and has many benefits: a calorie burner, an energy booster, a memory booster. But it can also affect your body depending on your overall health and the toxins present in your body. I decided to play it safe and added only a 1/4 teaspoon to my smoothie. The recommended daily dose is 1/2 - 1 teaspoon. My pink-coloured strawberry-banana smoothie turned a little green and I could just taste the Matcha.

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I'll keep adding Matcha to my smoothies and to my baking too. You can order it from for $29 and start reaping the benefits yourself.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Feature #19: Keep It Beautiful

I met Alicia from Keep It Beautiful at a social media conference almost two years ago and since then I've watched her blog grow and grow. She writes about renovating her Ottawa house, design ideas, her family and more. She's such a sweet girl who really knows her stuff.

Alicia's blog is a great spot for DIY tips and ideas, pictures of her gorgeous kids, and some fun contests and giveaways thrown in. You can follow Alicia on Twitter (@keepitbeautfu1) and like her on Facebook (Keep It Beautiful Designs)

Friday Feature is a way for me to share some of my favourite Canadian bloggers. Why am I focusing on Canadian bloggers? Well, some of my favourite blogs are Canadian and I think we have a lot to offer. I hope you'll check them out and tell them I sent you!

If you'd like your blog featured or know of an awesome Canadian blog please leave a comment.