Resolutions are A-Okay

Many people “poo-poo” resolutions, because statistically, they’re broken within a few short weeks of New Year’s Day. That’s fine. Resolutions or goals are not everybody’s jam, and I respect that. However, I like to set goals at the beginning of the year. This year is no different. Goals must be incredibly specific and measurable. Vague […]

2016 – Magically Suck-ish

The past year was challenging on many fronts. In Alberta, we faced an unprecedented economic downturn, and many Albertans lost their jobs. Financial hardship became more commonplace, as disposable incomes shrank, and we tightened our belts and wallets. Even my fiancé lost billable hours, which was stressful for this momma-to-be. My older friends faced their own […]

Six Lessons in Six Months

Our little one, the Wee Slav, is six months old. Whoa. Where did the time go? In the past six months, I’ve learned a lot. It’s been quite the adventure – both challenging and rewarding. It’s been amazing, distressing, frightening, joyous, and everything in between. Below are the six biggest things I’ve learned as a […]

Citing Monsanto is Lazy and Ignorant

I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m pro-GMO. I laud genetic engineering across my social media platforms. I subscribe to the Genetic Literacy Project, and I have a major girl crushes on SciBabe and Kavin Senapathy. I think genetic engineering and gene editing have tremendous potential in food production, whether it’s to combat diseases […]

Chickens Eating Bugs Eating Garbage

Sustainability is a word and concept bandied about with little concern about its actual meaning. My education in agriculture and livestock production taught me that sustainable food production considered a variety of factors – environmental and human impacts, whether that’s related to conservation or maintaining the livelihood of a nation’s farmers whilst feeding the world. […]

Battle of the Breast (Feeding)

When I was pregnant, I was asked, “Are you going to breastfeed?” My answer was a resounding, “Yes.” Science supports the mantra that “breast is best,” and breastfeeding is cheap and convenient. It seemed like a no-brainer, and the purported benefits of breastfeeding on a baby’s immune system and brain development were solid sticking points.  […]

Oh. Hi, Baby! (An Ode to Modern Medicine)

My original thoughts focused on the brilliant experience of delivering our first baby, but recently, people in my social networks (and, offline networks) have made comments about the insidiousness of modern medicine. Specifically, they’re skeptical about our health care system, doctors, hospitals, medical interventions, pharmaceuticals, and so on. This isn’t news, of course. People have […]

Our Kid Won’t Be Online

With our weeble’s due date quickly approaching, I’ve had friends and online peers tell me, quite excitedly, that they can’t wait to see photos of our little one. As I’m quite active on social media, primarily Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (really, that Snapchat thing still confuses me), it seems expected that my child will share […]

Four Weeks to Go

It’s hard to believe that, in approximately one month, there will be a screaming infant in our home. Until now, the dog’s incessant barking (at shadows, leaves, other dogs, and everything in between) has been enough noise, but not even his vocalizations can prepare me for midnight feedings and crying – so much crying. But, […]

That Body Shaming Thing…

I’m one of the lucky ones. For most of my existence, I’ve been tall and thin. Standing at 5’9″ (or, 175 centimetres) and sporting an approximate size 6, whether I was following a strict physical regimen or chowing down on bacon cheeseburgers, I’ve not been exposed to body shaming. It has felt like winning the physique lottery, […]