Kayla

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An Open Letter To My Post-Baby Bod

Dear Post-Baby Bod,<p>This is neither a letter of celebration, nor regret. This is simply an acknowledgement of your presence; a simple note to say …

The BBC Broadcast Dad (and Mom) are All of Us

By now, you, your grandma, and your long-dead pet hamster have all seen the video of the BBC News broadcast where a professor’s cover gets blown and …

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 …

I Went on a Vacation Without My Toddler and We Both Survived

Every three years, teachers in my district are given funding to take a trip to attend Professional Development sessions in other cities. In 2014, my …

THE ASPIRING SOMETHING

I have to imagine that one of the greatest struggles of maternity leave has got to be finding the will and strength to leave the house. Actually, I …

Living and Cooking Abroad, Enchiladas Verdes: A Guest Post by Monica Romero

<i>I met Monica this September as we both started our PhD careers. She has ended up being one of the very best people I’ve met so far on this journey.</i> …

Zucchini Breads

Are you looking for something delicious to do with an abundance of zucchini? This week on Guliash Girl I’m sharing two online recipes that I tested …

Not My Grandma's Cabbage Rolls

Preheat the oven to 350 F<p>Cut out the stem of your cabbage as best you can.<p>Boil a large pot of water with salt<p>Put the whole head of cabbage into the …

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 …

I Hope I Don’t Forget

For 2017, the main resolution that I want to keep for myself is being more present and mindful. Life goes by so incredibly fast, and each moment that …

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 …

The Perks of Being a Dad-Flower

<i>Moms – have you ever wished that you could spend one day in the life of a dad, just to see what it’s like to do the things you never get to do? You</i> …

The 7 Best Things About Being an Auntie

While I was on maternity leave, I was incredibly lucky to have one of my oldest and best friends come to stay with us for a week-long stay not once, …

15 Tips I Wish I Would Have Found When I Was Pregnant

If you are pregnant or have had a baby, you have scoured the Internet for all of the tips and tricks that will help you to survive pregnancy/choose …

The Aspring Sleeper: My Failed Attempts at Getting a Full 8 Hours

Last night, I slept like a baby.<p>Please let me be clear about what I mean by that. I am not referring to the sweet sleep of a newborn who can snooze …

Popcorn Time

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 …

Comfort Food

Attending a Baby Shower Vs. Attending a Shower With Your Baby

Once upon a time I had a delusion that bringing my baby into the shower with me would be a great time-saving alternative to giving him his nightly …

Baby Showers

Why Babies Should Never Travel on Airplanes

Before Stu and I had Beckett, we traveled quite a bit. I collected new destinations like coins in my pocket; I carried the memories of each one …

Parenting

How to Make the Most of Your Dwindling Maternity Leave in 7 Easy Steps

Back in March, I remember sitting in the dark of B’s room during one of our many late night rendezvous, counting how many months I had left of my …

Maternity

An Open Letter to the Person Who Decided to do a Burnout Right Outside my Window at 3 AM Two Nights in a Row

Two weeks ago, Stu and I took Beckett to the Calgary Stampede with some friends of ours and their one month old baby. We ate expensive fried food, …

Calgary Stampede

6 Things I’ve Learned Since Becoming a Working Mom (3 Days Ago)

Since I have mentioned it approximately 17 000 times, you are probably well aware of the fact that my maternity leave recently ended and I have …

Parenting

Why My One Year Old Still Has 0-3 Month Old Clothes in His Closet

There are a lot of chores around the house that I hate to do. Some of them are smelly (like scooping kitty cat poops or taking out the garbage), …

Clothing

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

Since many people celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend, I thought I would be incredibly original and do something that no one else has …

Parenting

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

<i>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</i> …

Parenting

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 …

Parenting

How to Make a Social Media-Worthy Journey Through Your First Year of Parenthood in 8 Easy Steps

Finding out you’re pregnant is a<p>terrifyingemotional and wonderful experience. Although there are few things as nerve-wracking as trying to shoot pee …

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 …

Teaching

The Prettiest Sugar Cookies (Dough and Icing Recipe)

The only thing better than baking and decorating Christmas sugar cookies is doing it with your best friend who has come to visit from across the …

Dessert