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Getting Down To The Bottom Of Food Sensitivites

A few months ago I wrote about how I was trying an elimination diet to treat my son’s eczema. Overall, I did not see much of a difference in my son’s skin. There were still regular flare-ups, even after 4 weeks of this restricted diet. And it was hard. So I wrote about some of my difficulties and challenges. I realized there were more foods than just dairy and gluten

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Keep-The-Kids-Busy Summer Bucket List

School is out for my preschooler, a full two and half weeks before the public school system is out which means many of my mama friends are still enjoying their morning coffees in peace without little people vying for her attention. Let’s be honest, I have a baby at home so I rarely had peaceful coffees to begin with, however he does still give me one and half solid naps

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The Transition From One To Two Kids

I have something to admit. I’m one of those annoying moms who had a perfect baby. The kind who eats, sleeps, plays and travels with ease. Our firstborn could do no wrong. Not because we as his parents had rose colored glasses on when it came to seeing our son, but because he actually was such a happy and well mannered baby. Before having children, I was told time and

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What Is Your Calling? My Divine Experience

On the weekend, I attended a women’s conference at a local church. But don’t assume this is some small beans conference just because it’s situated in a town of 239 people. I’m not even joking. The church is located in the cute little countryside of Bloomingdale, Ontario. I live in the city next to it, which has a surrounding population of approximately 500,000 so I imagine that most people who

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Why I’m Doing A Shopping Ban

As I took part in my annual spring cleaning frenzy earlier this month, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed and flustered after purging the items, rather than relieved and lighter like I usually do. A semi-annual purge where our family gets rid of clothing, toys, housewares, etc. is something that we’ve always done and felt much better about afterwards, but this time as I waded through our things, I realized

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My Completely Honest Review On Laser Eye Surgery

Are you considering getting laser eye surgery? Perhaps you have even gone in for a consultation and found out you are not a suitable candidate. Or you may be undecided on this seemingly small, but life changing surgery. I took the plunge this past December and while most people are thoroughly satisfied with this eye-opening surgery, I have a love-hate relationship with my new set of eyes. Here are some

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First Korean Birthday

Four days after my own birthday, I celebrated my baby’s birthday. However, I had been planning for his big day for months. For many Koreans, the first birthday is a big deal. Historically, if babies survived to their first birthdays, it was a call for joyful celebration since not many made it through that precarious first year. Today, surviving infancy isn’t an issue anymore, but the tradition lives on to

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All Inclusive with Kids

Have you ever been on an all-inclusive holiday before? By all inclusive, I mean food, drinks, pool, live entertainment and accommodation all rolled into one price at one resort. When I was in university, these types of trips were very popular, and I can see why, but I spent much of my teens and twenties traveling Asia and Europe. My parents on the other hand loved their Carribean and Latin American

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My Foster Parenting Story

Some of you know this small piece of my history because you were there for us as part of our support network during one of the most challenging, yet faithful experiences of my life. But I’m sharing this story for those who did not know us and did not have an insider look of what our life was like then – both the joys and sorrows. On August 13th, 2014,

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Having a Baby – A Guide for Dads

Last month, I wrote a post about what new parents can expect when having their first child. This post joins many others in the big world of blogging about becoming a new parent. However most of these posts are written by women for women, primarily. I wanted to put a new spin on this week’s blog post and include my husband as my co-writer to include a very important voice

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