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7 Reasons Why My Toddler Isn’t a Picky Eater

Food is important to our family. We spend a lot of time growing it, preserving it, preparing it and, yes, eating it. When I had my daughter I knew I wanted joie de vivre to be a part of her existence in everything, including food. I want her to grow a strong and healthy body that can take her on all sorts of adventures. As she is a girl, I also know she will eventually face struggles with body image, which is something I want to help prepare her for. Consequently, I knew I didn’t want her to be a picky […]

How we honour the significance of Easter with ethical Easter chocolate.

Our Ethical Easter Chocolate Tradition

When we were married my husband and I realised we had the opportunity to create our own family traditions. We always honoured Easter as significant to our life and faith, and I certainly want to keep the solemness and joy of in the holiday. However, after our daughter joined our family I began to think more seriously about the importance of ethical Easter chocolate traditions. The chocolate industry has notoriously tried to keep its dark secrets. Still, consumers, need to grapple with the fact that chocolate is often grown by slave labour and/or unsustainable practices. Mainstream companies are often the worst offenders. I recommend […]

What should you bring for backpack travel with kids? An experienced traveller and parent breaks down her list as she heads out on a trip with her toddler.

Our List for Travel with Kids

I’m learning that nothing sets off a shopping spree like planning to travel with kids. Mr. M. and I have recently booked a trip overseas with BamBam, who is one and a half. Infants under age two can fly without the purchase of an additional ticket, which is all the excuse we need. While I’ve done plenty of backpacking in the past, this will be my first big trip with a toddler in tow. We’ve put a lot of thought and research into our packing list. These are some of the items that I’m adding in order to succeed at backpack travel with […]

A Gingham Giraffe and The Plaid Peach Shop—A Review and Giveaway

A Gingham Giraffe and The Plaid Peach Shop {+ Giveaway!}

Everyone I know is having babies at the moment. With lots of babies comes lots of baby showers, but I always struggle to find gifts that are both ethical and cute (because as unfortunate as it is, not everyone wants cloth diapers). Needless to say, I was excited to stumble across The Plaid Peach. This Etsy shop sells toys and children’s clothing that are hand crafted in the United States. Ruth, the owner of The Plaid Peach, originally created her first tiny baby vest from from a cherished plaid shirt that had belonged to her grandfather. An idea was born and today she specializes in creating lovable new items from […]

Cloth Diapers for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide | Everything you need to know to get started.

Cloth Diapers for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

When I first found out I was pregnant I knew we would use cloth diapers. My husband and I are keen to save both money and the environment, so being able to do both at once is an automatic win. Plus, I try to avoid chemicals like those in disposables. I’m the oldest of five, all of whom were in cloth, so I didn’t think I was intimidated by it. As I started reading up, however, I quickly realized that modern cloth is a whole other story. From brands to wash routines to all the different types, it was easy to get overwhelmed. […]

How we limit technology for our toddler

Why (and How) We Keep Technology From Our Toddler

We get different reactions to the idea that we don’t allow our one year old to have screen time. Younger people sometimes roll their eyes. Older adults who didn’t have to raise their kids with the added complication of limitless technology often cheer us on. The most thought-provoking response I had was when a single friend simply asked me, “Why?” My response was somewhat rambling. I cited the well-known recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which calls for no entertainment media under age two (the Canadian Pediatric Society suggests the same). However, I didn’t know that even those recommendations changed in 2016. The AAP has decided it […]