Czech This Out – Traveling with a Toddler

Travel provides a tremendous learning opportunity. It’s amazing to be able to hop into an airplane and travel to a completely different part of the world. You become immersed in foreign architecture, new people and places, a different culture with unfamiliar customs and laws. And, if you don’t speak the language, the entire experience can […]

Becoming a Mindful Consumer

For the past couple of years, I lacked inspiration for this blog. I made every excuse to push it to the side – work, motherhood, exhaustion. Nothing spoke to me and said, “THIS. WRITE ABOUT THIS.” The last year was rife with opportunities for personal development. I returned to work and reignited the passion I […]

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 […]

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, […]

Preparing For Baby

As I’ve revealed in the past, we’re expecting our first child (25 weeks and counting). Exciting! And, even more exciting is the sheer “cute” factor of baby gear. I was excited about the prospect of buying a whole slough of adorable onesies, a trendy travel system, and other essentials, because I wanted to be hip. […]