Can paradise ever be paradise when you have a toddler?

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Can paradise ever be paradise when you have a toddler? We’re in Grand Cayman, the weather is amazing, just hot enough with a cooling breeze. Flowers are in bloom, roosters crow with delight. We’re away from the crowds as we visit a lovely lady who was my mom’s roommate back

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Being a mom. The exhaustion, the transformation, the joy

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As I sit to write, my daughter is 1 year 1 month and 8 days old. She’ll likely be much older by the time this post makes it to the world’s eyes because … being a mom. I’m a writer, and so all along, even when she was nothing but

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The complexity of mother’s day and a mother’s love.

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In just a few days families everywhere will be celebrating one of the most important people in their lives. Mother’s Day is a complex holiday. For some it’s joyous, for others painful, and for many it’s both. So it’s always difficult to know what to write. For years, Mother’s Day

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Book Chat: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Book Chat: Women Talking by Miriam Toews   Check out Women Talking A revolutionary tale based on the aftermath of true and horrific events. Women Talking is a contemplative read that begs the reader to step out of her own life and experience and consider a life where you can’t read, you

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The Night A Thief Invaded My Kitchen

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A few nights ago my eyes were bigger than my stomach, and so that last piece of chocolate bark I’d had with my tea ended up staying on the plate. Our house is pretty chilly and, in the almost two years we’ve lived here, I’ve never even seen a bug

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My baby slept through the night AND the time a guitar-playing prisoner made me cry

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Last week we moved my 11-month-old into her own room. The first night went amazing. She put herself back to sleep every time she woke in three minutes or less – without my help. Twelve hours and thirty-eight sweet sweet minutes. The following nights … Let’s just say it’s been a rough week.

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1 in 6. Infertility – Nothing to be ashamed about.

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Despite what society, tradition, and even loved ones have told me over the years, I’m of the firm belief that being a woman and being a mother do not need to go hand in hand. Another way of saying that? Being childless doesn’t make any female less of a woman;

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Exploring and expressing love of beauty and the beauty of love

Right out of university, Dominique Hurley landed a government, nine to five job as a visual art representative and cultural programmer. It was her dream job. After a few years, however, she realized the dream job wasn’t so dreamy. She felt stuck and found herself mired in the Sunday night

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A lifetime of helping, one cup at a time

Helping people see their potential is Cheryl Barrett’s greatest joy. So much so, that when she sits down to reflect on her life and why she’s here on earth, one main answer comes to mind: to help. “Somehow, in some shape or form, to help everybody around me,” says Cheryl.

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Being present in the kitchen and in life

Jennifer Wellsman of Thyme to Dine on being present

Tunes blasting. Flavours mingling. A place to think. A place to relax. A place to get lost. Jennifer Wellsman’s kitchen is her happy place. She loves to cook, and the hours she spends in her kitchen may be solitary, but she never feels alone. “I have conversations with me, myself,

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