Baby carrier roundup

Baby Carriers are one of those things that you don’t really think you’ll need as a new mom until you have one. They can become even more handy when you have more kids and fewer hands! But picking a baby carrier can be daunting with all the types and styles and brands. A lot of it is up to your …

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood virus. It is caused by the Coxsackie virus. This virus is common in the summer and early fall. It is highly contagious!!!! Often it will show up 3-7 days after your child has been exposed to it. A child is most infectious during the first week, easily spreading it to other …

Achieving Balance and Motherhood

A few weeks ago, I posted on my Facebook page. “What defines your success?”. I was expecting a lot of numbers. I was expecting people to define success in life as a number beside their name because traditionally, we judge our self worth on our pay cheque. To my surprise, not one single person replied with the key to their …

It takes a Village

We have all heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child and IT REALLY DOES!!! But this Blog is all about an AMAZING organization called ITAV “ It Takes A Village”. It is truly a remarkable story, one I want to share with you!!!    It all started from one Facebook post of a mama wanting to …

3 Effective Ways to Help Your Preschooler Self-Soothe

Preschoolers kiddos have big hearts and vivid imaginations which can test our patience at bedtime when we want our child to sleep. My daughter is a great example of this— everything she worried about comes out around bed time. “Mom, I’m so tired but my eyes just can’t close”. “Mom, let me tell you about this REALLY exciting thing that …

6 Tips for Becoming a Mother-Runner

Before I started running I would have laughed if someone told me I would become a long distance runner after having kids. I was not able to run around the block without feeling winded. Two pregnancies, bedrest, sleep deprivation, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation (did I mention, sleep deprivation?) were all valid reasons why I couldn’t start running. For proof, I have …

Returning to Work and Coping with Separation Anxiety

If someone could create a living example of separation anxiety in a toddler, my little girl would be your case study. Before having my daughter I couldn’t have truly understood how children so young can struggle with such strong fears with seemingly no known cause. Then after learning and growing along beside my daughter, I realized that this can happen. …

How one researcher’s “accidental research project” is creating more support for moms

I met with an incredible woman yesterday and I was often left speechless when hearing her explain the remarkable research that is being done at Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. I just sat, frantically writing everything she said down like she was my new hero. Dr. Catherine Lebel “accidentally” came across correlations from a previous research study involving pregnant moms …

The Solution for Teething

UGHHHHH teething. Every mama wonders and worries about teething and her babe. Babes can’t tell us if it truly is their teeth bothering them, or a host of other potential issues. Children have twenty baby teeth. That’s enough to make a mama cringe. So how do you cope with teething and make your baby comfortable through the process? On average …