Some resources about many topics pertaining to parents in can be found through our favourite local blogs below. Valuable tips and real stories are both helpful and entertaining!
The Pampered Baby was born in July, 2013 with the goal to create a place for Moms- ladies- to talk about all aspects of life; the good, the crazy, and everything in between.
It has since evolved into a lifestyle blog touching on all aspects of family life with a special focus on supporting local businesses & leading healthy, natural lifestyles. Named as one of the top 30 blogs by VancouverMom.ca in 2014, TPB is becoming recognized as a go-to resource with a dedicated following. Topics include recipes, DIY projects, fashion posts, events & activities, resources, and more.
Talk Nerdy To Me is written by Louise Chapman who is a wife, mother of three, science teacher and photographer. She loves capturing everyday life in a beautiful way. Louise enjoys learning from others and sharing what she has found along the way. She encourages authenticity and gratitude.
On her blog, you will find many ideas for local family activities, recipes, photography tips, and her weekly Thankful Thursday posts. Check it out!
Moments in Mommyland is where Carolyn Bechard shares the joys and struggles about her life as a stay at home Mother living in the Fraser Valley of Vancouver.
Connecting with other Mothers is her passion, and besides covering various aspects of parenting, she also talks about family travel (with an emphasis on Disneyland Resort), local events, family friendly product reviews and hosts giveaways.
When she's not busy chasing her one and three year old around the house, she can be found snapping photos, watching BBC specials and enjoying a good cup of coffee.
A Jesus-loving, opinionated teacher finds her class size reduced from 25 to 1. To cope, she turns to coffee, online shopping and all forms of social media.
Loquacious Family is her self-described "therapist's chair, soapbox, and padded room," where she writes about her little girl, her faith, and random things centered around her favourite topics: her chatty little daughter, education, cosmetics, and parenting.
Savvy Suburban Mama is all about living a good life in the suburbs.
With a little DIY, decluttering and organizing, reviews, giveaways and thoughts on parenting, homemaking and fun, there is a little bit for every suburban (or urban!) family to enjoy. As a parent of two active young boys, Jackie has lots to share with readers on lovin’ and livin’ life in the ‘burbs.
Update: this site has been updated and changed to Hello Creative Family
Sew Creative is written by Vancouver mom, Crystal Allen. On the site, Crystal writes about living a creative lifestyle with her husband and two kids. Topics include food, recipes, crafts, DIY, sewing and creative play with kids. Crystal's cast iron baking series will have you drooling!
Also check out her tutorials for mounting photos to canvas and transferring photos to wood for a one of a kind family photo wall. If you are looking for a bit of creative inspiration in your own life, pop into Sew Creative, subscribe and ignite your creativity!
In her blog Let ME Out!! Taslim brings together the worlds of creativity, social change, and motherhood. Her motto gives the perfect taste of what you'll see in her blog: "Doing my best to be ME, while raising three children to be THEM". Let ME Out!! focuses on living authentically, creatively, and the ups and downs that come with parenting. Taslim's amazing writing has landed her in magazines, featured on major sites like Huffington Post, interviews, and even into the realm of public speaking.
Join her in her journey of living authentically in order to be a happier, healthier mom and woman and you may discover some things about yourself along the way.
Mom Paradigm ~ the world between naps is a look inside the tired mind of a 40 something mom to a preschooler.
Looking through a child's eyes is not only fantastic and fun, it is tumultous and tough. But in the end, it is the most rewarding job there is.
Life, Love and the Pursuit of Play is a slightly sarcastic, sometimes sentimental parenting and lifestyle blog that chronicles one mother's chase of good food, good finds, good fun, good family, good fashion and good fitness. Roughly translated that means lots of great recipes, the author's indulgence in cake decorating, local events, product reviews, giveaways, her ongoing journey back to healthy and out of mom jeans, and LOTS of pics of the kids!
Post styles span the spectrum from humorous to heartfelt, insightful to instructional and have been featured in numerous online and print forums.
Vancouver mother of two, Tara Cannon, created her family travel website for those parents out there who feel that their days of traveling to far off exotic places should not end simply because they now have a mini me in tow. After logging dozens of flights around the world with her little ones, she discovered that there were so many small things a parent could do to make travel easier.
Through Pint Size Pilot she provides parents with resources, tips, helpful links, travel guides, product reviews and even some humorous anecdotes to not only survive, but actually enjoy family travel.
At Food & Whine, Megan shares easy and healthy recipes, reviewed by her family of picky eaters. Her goal is to help others find joy in preparing food for the ones they love, and to find humour in the fact that our loved ones might not always like the food we make – and that’s okay!
This blog proves that cooking wholesome food doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult, it can actually be fun and delicious. There are recipes here for everyone, ranging from simple daily meals to recipes with special dietary considerations such as gluten-free, low-carb, or vegan.
Vancouver family photographer Jenn Di Spirito writes regularly on the importance of displaying family photographs in your home. In her business she helps mamas look and feel beautiful in their family photographs. On her blog Jenn talks about the psychology behind displaying those photographs on your walls and how it can improve the levels of self-esteem and belonging in our children.
In addition to educating readers on the ‘why’ of displaying photographs, she has fun with the how, providing tips and inspiration to create your own wall gallery at home.
Sexplainer is a website and blog dedicated to helping parents (and other adults) raise sexually intelligent kids. It starts with an understanding and belief that sex and sexuality are great things. Marnie shares ideas and ways to talk to our kids that recognize sexuality as requiring personal values and substantial knowledge in order to be happy, healthy, smart and safe.
Sexplainer will appeal to parents of very young kids as they begin to have age-appropriate conversations about bodies, autonomy, and respect. The website will continue to support parents to have many conversations with their kids, tweens and teens to ensure young people are equipped with thoughtful perspectives and thorough information.
Elastipantcity is a cultural curation of the life of Michelle Gadd. Michelle is an urban dwelling Vancouver housewife and mother of three boys. Educated at Simon Fraser University with a B.A. in Psychology, Michelle initially planned to pursue a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling. Instead first came love, then came marriage, then came the baby in the baby carriage.
Michelle created Elasticpantcity as an outlet to write about life, from parenting to city living, fashion to frugality, food to faith, no subject is off the table. Michelle invites her readers to take a glimpse inside her life and be inspired by the beauty of art in the every day.
Janette Shearer is a Lifestyle/Parent blogger at Ava To Zoe, a play on her two young daughters’ names, as she blogs everything in their lives A to Z. She also runs Shop Ava to Zoe where she makes custom leather goods. As if she wasn't busy enough, she is also the social media photographer behind the PLN Instagram account and her new photostyling business Captured in Squares.
Janette says "When you join the Ava to Zoe community, you can look forward to honest product reviews and kind, uplifting business features from companies that serve parents in a way that I love. We host fun giveaways, swap real-life stories, and share delicious recipes from meals that we ACTUALLY eat. You get the real deal, friends (from A to Z, and everything in between.)"
Meet Jessica, the founder and the primary contributor behind NorthShoreMama. She has two very active little girls, who keep her on her toes. She loves connecting with other parents and found that she was able to reach mamas through writing and sharing stories which has fuelled her love of this site.
When she is not writing, she is drinking tea (with extra milk), catching up with friends, and exploring all that our great city has to offer.
Ashley Perry found herself pregnant and single. That tiny blastocyst quickly grew into an energetic and insightful little boy named Taran. When he was 10-months-old Perry went back to school to complete her professional communications degree, and soon after, met her witty and sarcastic husband Brandon. They have since welcomed their daughter Sascha, and the four live with their farm cat Raffi.
Perry recently published her first children’s book, Love Is What You Are Made Of, and is working on a novel. She has been a guest on CFax 1070’s Real Parenting show as well. Pax on the Island sews together stories of parenting, personal growth, reflection, womanhood, motherhood, friendship, and humanness in what Perry hopes is a raw and honest way.
Discovering Parenthood is where Tamara, a mommy blogger, writes all about life as she knows it since becoming a parent. She loves sharing about what her little family gets up to, which includes the many adventures of her feisty, and independent daughter. She is also busy with having recently returned back to work as an educational assistant. Discovering Parenthood is filled with posts about what they are up to as a family, as well as reviews that are focused on products and places that they love. You can also discover some wonderful giveaways.
Renata Wurster is the creative force behind Keeping the Me in Mommy. A teacher, wife, and mother, she also loves to write, paint, and craft – both personally and with her children. However, now with two little ones underfoot, finding time for artistic endeavours has posed more of a challenge. Overcoming that challenge, she has adapted and found ways to fit crafting into short stints.
Her blog is her attempt at sharing her artistic adventures and a tool for keeping herself accountable to creativity. Hailing from Port Coquitlam, she aspires to inspire people to join her in living creative lives.
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