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I put my kids before my heart and thought I was going to die

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I put my kids before my heart and thought I was going to die It’s been a year since the day I thought I was going to die. Mother’s Day 2017 started like any other day… well not really. I got tea in bed and handmade gifts and whatnot. There was family brunch and a walk on the beach. Then I put my kids before my heart health, and things went terrbily wrong. We’d been on the same family walk countless times, but this is the only one I remember. The sky was blue, the air was cool, but not…

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Forward – The Word for 2018

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The Word for 2018 This last year has been interesting. Ups and downs, highs and lows. This time last year, the word that set the intention was Less. I was looking forward to less stuff – clearing clutter and simplifying our day-to-day. I pledged to focus my time on things that really matter to me, and say no to obligations that pulled me away from the things I both wanted and needed to do or be a part of. Life, of course, had other plans. As I longed for less, more and more was piled on. From losing family, to…

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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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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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Five Tips: Buying gifts for littles with exceptional needs

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It’s that time of year. Make your list. Check it twice. Except, when one of the kids on your list has a developmental disability or other special needs. Choosing special needs gifts or gifts for kids with disability can seem like a challenge. Here are a few tips. It’s our 3rd Christmas with Allie, and each one has been a bit of a struggle. I don’t really know what she’d like. Certainly no one else knows what she’d like. Shopping for kids with exceptionalities isn’t easy. Every child comes with a unique set of likes and watch outs – many of…

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Mommydo Review: The Honest Company at well.ca and GIVEAWAY

The Honest Company Review I’m very choosy about what I use on the kids, especially since Alma. But, sometimes wading through all the choices can be daunting. I have to admit I clapped my hands and squealed the first time I came across The Honest Company. I greedily read everything about how it started, their mission and what they offered Moms like me, who are looking for new, progressive options their families. I love planet friendly, human friendly, CUTE products with sharp design. Sadly, shipping them to Canada was expensive. Sigh. The Honest Company at Well.ca. When I heard the Honest Company was coming…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: 140 Characters CAN Change the World

I recently wrote about the NYT best-selling novel that I stopped reading because the author had used the r-word (retarded) in the book, published this year. I had a big long rant on my own little blog and when I published the post felt very pleased with myself. After a few days I realized I was still mad. It’s like when someone says something that you disagree with and instead of speaking up, you walk away and think about all the things you wish you had said out loud. So I decided to tweet the author and let her know that I…

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Back-to-School Hannas Haul I do love this time of year. It’s so ripe with potential. New school year. New beginnings. New clothes… This year I was totally wooed by Hanna Andersson. I try not to order from the States – duty, exchange etc, but I didn’t see any point in spending less here on clothes that don’t stand up to everything my kids put them through. So I bit the bullet and splurged. In my defense, I did load my cart then wait and wait for a good sale to come along. And, i got an extra discount when I…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: 1 in 20,000 is the lonliest number

Yeah, I know, I’ve missed a few Wednesdays. I totally had ‘that thing’ happen. The one where you have something on your mind and you really want to say it – but it’s such a big friggin’ downer for you and everyone else that you don’t say it. And then, as it’s all you want to say, you can’t think of anything else to say, so you just say nothing. Yep. I’ve said nothing these past weeks because I don’t want to actually commit these words to print “it’s just not the same”. There, it’s out there now. I have…

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