The Challenges of Dining Out With a Toddler (And Why We Love Ripe Tomato Pizza!)

The Challenges of Dining Out With a Toddler (And Why We Love Ripe Tomato Pizza!)

Remember when you were childless, and going out for dinner meant sitting at a romantic table for two, gazing lovingly into the eyes of your partner as you leisurely sipped at your wine and let the hours stretch out before you as you indulged in deep and meaningful conversation over appetizers and entrees? Remember when [...]

26 Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Baby Entertained on Maternity Leave

26 Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Baby Entertained on Maternity Leave

At first, I named this post, "26 Ways to Keep Busy on Maternity Leave", but I quickly changed that title because I realized that keeping busy on leave isn't really all that hard. There are always tons of chores to do around the house, and having a baby means you are always on the go. I wasn't [...]

How to Support Someone Experiencing Infertility (And How Not To)

How to Support Someone Experiencing Infertility (And How Not To)

When one of my friends who has recently experienced the physical, emotional and financial rollercoaster of infertility told me that she was thinking of writing about her experience, I jumped at the chance to ask her if she would let me publish it on my blog. I felt that it was fitting that she wanted to keep [...]

7 Ways to Spice Up Your Family Gathering (Holiday or Otherwise)

7 Ways to Spice Up Your Family Gathering (Holiday or Otherwise)

Anyone who knows me is well aware that Christmas is my favourite time of year. As soon as November 12th hits, my Christmas tree goes up and our lights go on. There's nothing cuter to me than watching Beckett cautiously approach the decorations while exclaiming, "Pretty!" I have always loved going home for the holidays, and bringing our [...]

The Dos and Don’ts of Parent-Teacher Conferences

The Dos and Don’ts of Parent-Teacher Conferences

I am a teacher. I am also a parent. Because my son is only one, I have yet to attend a parent-teacher conference from the other side of the desk, but I know that in about 4 years, they will become a thrice-annual part of my life. Because I'm a teacher, I've begun to stockpile advice for my future self to be mindful of when attending these thrilling events, and I thought it would only be right to share these little tidbits with all three of you reading this post. So here you go.

Apparently, Not Every Mother Knows Best

Apparently, Not Every Mother Knows Best

I have to admit, I've been incredibly fortunate as a new mom. All of the advice I've gotten from others up to this point has been very much solicited by me. As far as I know, as a mom, I haven't been the object of many judgemental stares, and I have yet to find myself on the wrong end of a pointed finger. Actually, come to think of it, neither end of a pointed finger is really the good one to be on. Sure, nobody likes to be lectured on the finer points of parenting, but I don't know how much pride can really be held in being the one doing the lecturing either.

I Dropped My Baby off at Daycare and Went on Dates for a Week

I Dropped My Baby off at Daycare and Went on Dates for a Week

When you live in a city without retired parents to help take care of your kids, daycare is a lifesaver. When you have time off of work, and want to squeeze in a few day dates with your husband, daycare is also a lifesaver. I didn't always understand this, but I do now. Back when [...]

What Do I Have to be Thankful For? A Lot. A Lot. A Lot.

What Do I Have to be Thankful For? A Lot. A Lot. A Lot.

This past year has given me so much to be thankful for. I'm so thankful that I want to shout it from the top of a mountain. But I don't have a mountain. I have a blog page and the Internet. I write blogs. That's what I do. And today's top story, in Kayla Young's world, reads something like this: (You'll have to click to find out 😉 )

The Ten Commandments of Adulthood

The Ten Commandments of Adulthood

Last week, I turned 29 years old. I am starting to realize that I no longer really fit into the category of "Young Adult" and have officially graduated into the territory of "Regular Adult", which is sometimes just referred to as "Adult". This is kind of terrifying to me, because I have recently learned that, [...]

Happy Birthday, Wild One

Happy Birthday, Wild One

I followed every piece of advice I could find on Pinterest to make sure that we were ready to start our new family the right way, but no amount of cooking, cleaning, or nesting could have prepared me for you.