Hi! My name is Kristy and I'm a 30-something Project Manager turned Proud Mama from Ontario, Canada. I began this blog in September 2010 when I was 7 months pregnant with our first child, as a way to document my pregnancy and our subsequent adventures in parenthood. My main motivation back then was to have a memento of this special time in our lives, to enjoy later and share with our little one(s). I also thought it would be a good way to hone my writing skills while off on my year of mat leave. Little did I know it would provide satisfaction in other ways, from helping friends with diapering challenges to connecting with dozens of other amazing bloggin' mommies to learning and writing about great products and hosting giveaways for all my wonderful readers! Those closest to me know that when I develop a penchant for something, I dive into it with gusto and become borderline obsessive. Blogging has definitely fallen into that category for me! :) View more about what motivates me to blog here.

A few more tidbits about this "Manager to Mom":
  • I would consider myself moderately crunchy. Aside from the aforementioned cloth diapering, I believe in natural, unmedicated birth, I compost and recycle, I clean with Norwex and natural substances like vinegar and I'm into buying and selling used items
  • I LOATHE clutter. So is it, then, understandable or ironic that I love the show Hoarders? (Update: now that we have a toddler, I've had no choice but to learn tolerance for toy clutter! Random paper clutter strewn across the island, however? It's in the recycling bin, stat!)
  • I was one of the picked on kids when I was little, due to being skinny and having buck teeth. Kids are cruel, and cruelty really does develop deep roots. I still struggle with social self esteem issues from time to time to this day. 
  • I LOOOOOVE food. Almost all food, especially international cuisine. I could eat har gow, bibimbap or extra spicy chicken vindaloo any day! When I'm feeling particularly inspired, I blog recipes I love
  • I'm somewhat perfectionistic. This can be both a boon and a hindrance. It served me well as a Project Manager (for the most part) and sets me up for success when it comes to important goals, but it also slows me down when it comes to non-crucial tasks. For example, sometimes I stress a little too much about achieving that perfect flow and wording in my blog posts!

This is m'hubs, Chris. He is my best friend and soulmate, through good times and bad! We met in the summer of 2006 online (yes, there are some success stories!) and right away knew that there was great potential here, unlike the other ho-hum to downright scary dates we'd both been on! We've been through many adventures together, from world travel (Thailand, Costa Rica and Amsterdam) to winning our Friday night curling social league, to conceiving and beginning to raise a child - the greatest adventure yet!
Chris has taught me sarcasm, the importance of cleaning up puddles of water on the counter and how to create art out of random articles of clothing. He is the perfect balance of fun and responsibility, and the only person I know who'd have a decent shot at evading Mantracker.

Chris and I tied the knot on September 19th, 2009 at the beautiful Elora Mill Inn (now owned by the Landmark Group). As of this writing, it is closed for renovations - boooo! It really is a terrific spot so we hope to see it back open in all its glory very soon!

And here are the true stars of this blog - our daughter "S" (born in November, 2010) and our son "CJ" (born in December, 2012). Both of their births were amazing experiences - you can read about them here and here!

It is so true that children grow and change so fast. The way they look, the new skills that they learn, their amazing and unique little personalities. If there was ever a reason to heed the yogic wisdom of living in the present, it's having a child. As the average day tends to be somewhat chaotic and not without its frustrations, I have to regularly remind myself to SLOW DOWN, forget (momentarily) about all the stuff that has to get done and enjoy a special moment or two!

If you've managed to read this far, I applaud your dedication and I hope you enjoy my blog! I love to connect with my readers and, of course, welcome PR pitches so feel free to give me a shout!