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Whenever I go travelling I try to get into what the locals are into, you know, “When in Rome” and all that so now that we are on a family trip to the U, S and A to visit my parents, I figured I could introduce you to some of America’s gifts to children’s literature. [...]

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I’ve just come out of a week-long fog caused by a nasty flu bug that has been circulating and am just beginning to feel (somewhat) normal. Being saddled with the flu is like spending weeks planning for a party only to have that annoying neighbourhood kid show up and ruin everything. He wrecks all the [...]

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When my Miss Mouse was young and I would rather tear off my left arm than be apart from my little girl. I often wondered how I might deal with the returning to work and leaving her for extended periods of time (it was horrid thanks for asking!) and made myself sick just thinking about [...]

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The day before last I finally completed the 2011 Census and I think it was the short form for all of those who remember the hoopla of the long versus short form. Anyway it’s really easy and you can do it online. Right after I was asked to participate in another voluntary household survey and [...]

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As a parent I often have this insatiable urge to shield my daughter from the unpleasant things in life. Whether in song verse (you’d be amazed at how negative, macabre and downright scary some popular children’s songs are if you really listened to them. I mean “down will come baby cradle and all” isn’t the [...]

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I am slowly realizing that having child(ren) means that things get done in fits and spurts including blogging. In my defence, I did have a rather busy week including caring for a very sick toddler while desperately trying to convince myself that I am not in fact sick as well (who has the time right?!)  [...]

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Today we presented a fellow pregnant colleague with a baby gift as tomorrow is her last day in the office (this is the second one to go this year –I swear there is something in our water!) I just love baby showers. I think I love the shopping for them most of all (I offered [...]

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Yesterday, as we were in the chaotic rush known as weekday mornings at my house, I scooped up my ever growing daughter and exclaimed “wow you are getting heavy!” Our little pint-sized parrot immediately said “Heavy Emme” and pointed to herself. Being somewhat neurotic and paranoid about perpetuating negative body-image things to my daughter I [...]

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I have never been a girly girl. I’ve never been into frilly things, unicorns or becoming a princess when I was little (at least as far as I remember it). Hair bows, sweet dresses, doll houses, flowery patterns, make-up and nail polish just didn’t interest me as much as other things did.  I was more [...]

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Maybe it’s because I am a woman and pregnant (initially I was going to write pregnant and a woman but then I thought about that sentence…) but lately I have been thinking quite a bit about the strength and power of women. Having gone through pregnancy and birth, nursing, parenting and surviving on little sleep [...]

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