Weekly Peek: Happy Grandpa Day!

For whatever reason, it’s taken my girls a long time to feel comfortable around my dad. They don’t see him as often as they see their grandma on hubby’s side, but infrequent visits never seemed to stop them from playing with their Uncle Adam or snuggling with Aunty Kristy. For the longest time they were shy around him, especially Tee. They were reluctant to talk to him directly and didn’t want to give him hugs or kisses. I never forced them – I believe that everyone, even children, have the right to say who they will and will not kiss – but he was always disappointed when they refused. They’re his only grandkids, and he wanted to be closer to them.

I’m happy to say they seem to have gotten over their shyness the last few times they’ve seen him. They happily hug and kiss Grandpa goodbye, clamour to sit on his lap to be hung upside down, and on his last visit Tee read a story to him. We went for dim sum a couple of days ago (kind of a belated Father’s Day and a graduation celebration for Tee all in one) and that’s where I snapped this pic. See that Happy Grandpa Day card in front of him? I think you can see his contentment here.

We love Grandpa

BBQ Turkey Club with Spicy Mayo {And a $75 Visa Card Giveaway} #FreshIdea

Summer is officially here, and it’s a great time to think about fresh meal ideas – like cooking with Canadian turkey! If you think turkey is only for the holidays, you’re missing out! Turkey is so much more than that. It’s light and lean, perfect for hot summer days, and you can sub it in for pretty much any protein in your favourite recipe. I love to grill up some turkey breasts slathered in my Blueberry Barbecue Sauce, and my kids’ most favourite meal ever is tacos made with seasoned ground turkey.

Who says turkey sandwiches are only for after Christmas? Here’s one way to update that classic turkey leftovers sandwich: this BBQ Turkey Club with Spicy Mayo! Grilled turkey, bacon, cheese, avocado, tomato, and spicy mayo all on grilled gluten-free sourdough bread. Drool!

BBQ Turkey Club with Spicy Mayo pin

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Made in Canada Baby 2016 Giveaway: 6 Prize Packs for Mom, Kids, and Baby! RV$2000 (US/CAN)

Made in Canada Baby 2016 - 6 huge prize packs for mom, kids, & baby worth over $2000

Welcome to the 5th Annual Made in Canada Baby Event! Originally established by Celeste at Thinking About Cloth Diapers in 2011, Lindsay at Maman Loup’s Den and Olivia at This West Coast Mommy are your fabulous hosts for the year’s largest online event in the Canadian eco-friendly baby, natural parenting, and cloth diapering world.

We’re proud to bring you our biggest year yet with over $2000 in prizes and six huge prize packs showcasing 43 of the best Canadian cloth diaper, clothing, and baby gear manufacturers and family-owned retailers our wonderful country has to offer! Put on your tuque and break out your maple syrup, it’s Made in Canada, Baby!

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Limeapple Summer Sales: Swimwear & Dresses 40% Off {Plus a Giveaway!}

The kids have just finished their last day of school. The days are long, our socks and shoes have been ditched for sandals and flip flops, and the beach is calling our names. We’re looking forward to long, lazy days filled with water fun at the pool and neighbourhood splashpad, picnics at the park, and melting ice cream cones… Summer is here!


Limeapple specializes in fun, colourful, age-appropriate clothes and swimwear for girls in sizes 12 months to 14, and they’re celebrating the summer season with two huge sales!

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Souris Verte Review: Organic Herbal Remedies for Baby

My five-month-old, Riley, is currently sick with her first cold. She’s still full of smiles even with a stuffy nose and cough, but there’s such a feeling of helplessness when your kids are sick or hurt and you’re not sure how to help comfort them and alleviate their symptoms. When it comes to ouchies and illnesses for young kids, there are very few safe and natural products available from my local drugstores to help.

Souris Verte—or Greenie Mouse for my non-French speakers—is a natural health and hygiene company for babies and families developed by Quebec parents, Jean-Pierre and Marceline. All their products are proudly made in Canada without dyes, synthetic preservatives, perfume, or petroleum derivatives. They asked me to review some of their items, many of which help little ones battle the common cold. Talk about perfect timing!

Souris Verte natural baby products
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Weekly Peek: What a Difference A School Year Makes

Every year, I take a picture of my kids on their first day of school, and a picture on their last day. These photos bookend their school year, and I love seeing the difference those ten months make. Over the course of that year, they mature and learn and grow so much. Of course most of these changes are invisible to the naked eye, but seeing the physical changes is a really obvious measure of their growth.

Here are Tee’s before kindergarten and after kindergarten photo. (Next year I’m going to try to get her to stand in the same spot to get a better comparison of her height.)

Tee's first day & last day of school

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Reduce Your Baby’s Footprint with the New Bummis {Plus TAMPA Print Reveal and AIO Giveaway!}

Summer Cloth Diaper HopWelcome to the 5th annual Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy’s Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other participating blogs and see what they have to offer! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner.

Be sure to enter for the Summer Cloth Diaper Grand Prize too!

When I first got pregnant, I spent what seemed like forever researching all the cloth diapering options out there. The result of all that work was two sets of infant-size Bummis prefolds and a handful of Super Brites and Super Whisper Wraps – the first diaper system we ever bought. The very first cloth diaper we ever put on Tee’s tiny little tushie was a Bummis organic cotton prefold and a Whisper Wrap.

Newborn Tee

That same set of prefolds continued to be my go-to diaper when my second baby came along. And then when my babies outgrew them, those prefolds turned into the most absorbent inserts I ever used in my pocket diapers and covers. They lasted through two kids and five and a half years.

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Theatre Under the Stars Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and West Side Story {Win Tickets!} #TUTS2016

Theatre Under the Stars is a summer tradition here in Vancouver. Since the 1940s, Theatre Under the Stars, fondly known as TUTS, has brought soaring works of musical theatre to Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl.

Last summer, my BFF and I attended both Oliver, the Musical and Hairspray. We had two wonderful girls’ nights hanging out in beautiful Stanley Park, dining on some grilled salmon from the Garden Cafe, and watching talented local actors work their magic on stage.

Enjoying the show at Theatre Under the Stars

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An Open Letter to the LGBTQ Community and Their Allies

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this letter was originally published on Facebook. Samantha kindly agreed to  republish it here.

My dear friends of the LGBTQ community and their allies,

I’ve had a weight on my heart that has been growing for years now, and it’s become obvious to me that a formal confession and apology are necessary. The way I see the world and the other human beings who share it—human beings that are different from myself—has completely changed. And as tempting as it is to just blend into this new tribe of lovely, compassionate, and inclusive people and act like I’ve been here the whole time, the fact is I haven’t. To pretend so feels selfish and unfair to you.

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