No One Wins the iPad: Are We Selling Out Our Kids in the Name of Fundraising?

He poured off the school bus and loped toward us with a goofy grin. He already had one hand in his backpack and was pulling out a folded up flyer. Oh no, I thought. Here it comes....more
I DESPISE the fundraisers.  DESPISE!!  I am a single mom and I typically just buy fifty bucks ...more

The Lifecycle of a Blogger

1. Why not become a blogger, right? Why not?! I have stories to tell. I have opinions. I have important things to tell the world. I know I’m not going to become the next Dooce or anything (but maybe I’ll be the next Amalah?). This is going to be good. I’ll start with a 2500-word introduction to my life story, just the self-involved parts. ...more
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The Price of Free Toothpaste: Mom Blogging and Brand Ambassador Programs

What happens when a giant, multinational corporation decides to pay brand ambassadors in free product and “fun opportunities”? A case study.The back story: I received an email a couple months ago inviting me to spend a day at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto learning about various Proctor and Gamble brands. Joining this “blogger ambassador” program would involve displaying a P&Gmom badge on my blog, writing and tweeting about the event and the products and regularly sharing news about new products and promotions and hosting giveaways....more

Calling Bullshit on Walk To School Day

It's Walk To School Day and I call bullshit on the whole thing....more

The Beaches

Sometimes in the summer the kids and I will pick up Ed from work and then drive right across town to the east-end Beaches for dinner and a stroll on the boardwalk. We do it when it’s easier than facing the throng of late rush hour traffic heading west. I do it when I just can’t face going home quite yet. We never plan ahead; we just go....more

A Day in This Life

First it’s bodies hovering and leaping and flopping all around. “Don’t jump over the baby. Don’t jump over the baby. Don’t jump over the baby.” Then it’s nurse the baby, change the baby, cajole the kids into getting dressed. It’s the trial and error process of discovering which of her two or more dozen shirts is the one that Irene will deign to wear today. It’s trying to convince Colum that sitting still and concentrating is actually faster than flinging your body across your bed super hero-style....more
Oh honey, just throw the roast and all the veggies in a crockpot and be done with it. lol I ...more

Best-Laid Birth Plans

I am Canadian. New York magazine, therefore, hits my news stands three weeks late and I have only just read “Extreme Birth,” Andrew Goldman’s article about NYC home-birth midwife Cara Muhlhahn and home births in general. I have been wanting a good lead-in to a home birth discussion for a long time, so even though this article prompted much ...more

Easter Means ...

Easter means, Winter’s last snow, more times than not, and coughs and colds and sniffles. New running shoes and spring jackets and rolling up my sleeves for a good spring clean. Fish and chips on Good Friday. Lots and lots of chocolate. Bunnies. Spring chicks and ducklings, too, but mostly bunnies. ...more

Don't Quit Your Day Job

This is a post on how frustrating (impossible?) it is to work from home while caring for your children. The fates must be smiling on me because they so aptly illustrated that point by having my children pull me away from the post I was composing. I left my computer with such haste that I failed to save my work. My browser then crashed and all is lost. ...more

A Drop of Golden Sun

So the verdict is in and it looks like we should all be hoovering up the vitamin D supplements on a daily basis. Especially breastfed babies. New studies are heralding this standard vitamin as the panacea prevention against everything from cancer to osteoporosis. ...more