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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: 5 lessons from #WSA2016

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I had the wonderful privilege of attending the WSA Williams Syndrome Convention in Columbus Ohio last week. As the ambassador for Canadian families, I connected with friends made in years’ past and made new friendships with fellow Canadians and with parents and individuals with Williams Syndrome from all over the US. Attending a big gathering of Williams Syndrome families is exceptionally rewarding. The information presented is invaluable, even if it is a little overwhelming. And the tactics, strategies and trial and error shared by other parents give a real, honest, uplifting and sometimes heartbreaking look into the lives of those…

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#WSHappywalk The Happiest Twitter Party Around

mommydo.com | #WSHappyWalk Twitter Party for Williams Syndrome

Yes, I said Happy Party. And yes, #WSHappyWalk is about a rare syndrome called Williams Syndrome. A rare syndrome you’ve likely never heard of, unless you’ve ever spent any time in a room with me, and then you’ve probably heard more than you care to about it. At some point in that conversation you probably thought, “wow, I’m glad that’s not me.” And you likely had to stop yourself from making the pity face. And I get it. Having a child with a rare syndrome that comes with the potential for countless medical challenges – cardio, kidney, gastro, hearing, sight and…

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Thrive5 in celebration of Thrive Summit Workshops

I’m excited to be attending The Thrive Summit on Monday. When I first made the decision attend this session to learn and share how I #ThriveinMyLife,  I was mentally planning my February #ThriveTop5 post early in March. I had an amazing month (don’t worry, I’ll still get the post up there) with all kinds of great #thrive2016 moments. I was excited about the interactive session, networking and unconference sessions too. Then life did one of those things life does. My 6-month plan to change my work situation changed for me and I was suddenly there – six months too soon. I wasn’t…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: An Open Letter To Justin Trudeau

An inclusive school system would see my children as equal  Dear Mr. Trudeau, I just watched a video in which you spoke of the tremendous value of the diversity in our public school system. I, too, value the ethnic diversity in my son’s public school in our neighbourhood. Sadly, without an inclusive school environment, my daughter won’t get to experience it. While we have worked tirelessly to include those of every race/ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, social class, and sexual orientation in our schools, kids with disabilities don’t always make the cut…at least not always in the school closest to home. Kids like my…

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Helping New-To-Canada Syrian Girls Thrive

Helping New-to-Canada Syrian Girls Thrive You know Thrive is a big theme here this year. I just heard about an amazing initiative from Glen Bernard Camp, just west of Algonquin Park that has been created to offer the summer camp experience to help 24  who have recently arrived from Syria. When you think of summer in Canada, the cottage, trailer, tent camping and summer camp are such an integral part of our summer culture. I spent every summer with my dad at our cottage (we called it camp up North) fishing, swimming, canoeing and sailing. Those are some of my…

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#Thrive2016: Thrive5 January

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Thrive 5 January So I said at the beginning of 2016 that this is My Year To Thrive. Which was a pretty big statement for me, considering how far on the back burner I’d put all the things that matter to my own well-being. I realized early in January that there was simply no way that I could put my Thrive ahead of everything else going on. But I did find that I could make opportunities to thrive and seize opportunities when they presented themselves, too. I thought it would be nice to keep track of some of the highlights for times…

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5 Faves Friday – Winter Style Edition

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  Winter has finally landed in Toronto so it’s time to grab your favourite winter garb and enjoy the season. There’s nothing better than a turtleneck sweater for chilly Sunday afternoons. This one, from Eileen Fisher is on my wish list. With the new retail location opening soon, it might be in my closet in no time. These amazing fleecy hats are made just around the corner from my home and are available in baby, toddler and adults sizes. You can find MiniEm on Etsy. This Lululemon jacket has been on my wish list since last year. I’ve been saving up my nickels…

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5 Faves Friday: Can’t buy love but…

    So I know Valentines Day is just a couple of days away, but I thought I’d list off a few things that have been making my heart beat a little faster. This beautiful white quartz pendant from Mason Birks. Even the photo version makes my heart go pitter patter. It’s simple and stylish, and while it is pricy, it’s not astronomical. I love Starbucks. I’m not sure if words can even express how much I love to get a hot tea from Starbucks. And as a tea is less than $3, this one can suit any budget. I often get…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: See the Hope

See the hope We’re about to deliver something very precious to you, and without your support, it won’t make it. We’re entrusting our sweet little girl to you, but that’s not what I’m talking about. When we drop her off to you, we’re delivering our hope. Take good care of it. We hope that she will be challenged but not left behind. We hope that she will be included, but also be seen as an individual that needs more. She will need more to learn. More to succeed. And more to thrive. She will need therapists, friends, caregivers, nurturers, protectors,…

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Mommydo How-To: Maple Bacon Sriracha Popcorn

Super Bowl Sunday Maple Bacon Sriracha Popcorn It’s Superbowl Sunday which means it’s time for some super snacks. Popcorn has been my favourite snack for pretty much my whole life. And I’m always looking for ways to kick it up a notch. What better way than adding a maple bacon twist? I brought the sweet, spicy and salty together in this easy, yummy, maple bacon filled, forget-about-your-diet take on popcorn. It’s surprisingly simple to make. You need bacon, popcorn kernels, maple syrup, Sriracha sauce and a little coarse salt. Have a look! [wpvideo QjPSqQtb]   melanie

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