Meet the Bloggers
Mike is an Ottawa born-and-raised husband and father of two. He’s obsessed with making sure his daughters says ‘daddy and mommy’ and not ‘mommy and daddy’ and with ensuring his daughters know they’re both one-of-a-kind. He also blogs about the trials and tribulations of raising two girls after growing up in a house full of boys. Visit his web site.
Lara is mom to three kids under 6 (including a set of 3 year old twins), is a social media consultant and runs a blog called Kids in the Capital. When she isn’t running after one of her kids, she can usually be found online.
Mom to 2 wonderful boys (5 yrs and 9 months old). In my spare time you can find me blogging about anything. Visit my blog at noliesplace.com.
Mom to two imaginative, active, never get tired, amazing kids. Wife to Majic 100 morning show host and Ottawa Senators PA announcer, Stuntman Stu. In between the ‘mom and wife’ roles I juggle working at Majic 100 in Ottawa, music blogger for the Yummy Mummy Club, fashion blogger for Bernardi Beauty Blog and regular contributor to OttawaTonite.com and OurVinyl.com
I love music, dresses, shoes, Nutella, Billy Miller, Donnie Wahlberg and Ryan Gosling. Paula Abdul blocked me on Twitter and James Struthers (a Canadian singer/songwriter) wrote a song about me. I love being a mom and every single day it’s a challenge balancing all my roles…but at least it keeps interesting. It’s never a dull moment and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Chris Read is father to two wonderful children, ages 2 & 4. His lovely wife runs an excellent home daycare, so he is well versed in the arts of dodging toys and catching runaway Plasma Cars. You can catch him writing in many places, including the Life of Dad and with the PTPA Blogaholics but his real passion is his personal site, Canadian Dad. His blog provides a look into the mind of the today’s modern father and shares his journey through the world of parenthood.
Andrea is a writer and communicator focusing on health communications. Currently, she is taking a break from work to spend time with two sons, baby Felix and two-year-old Aidan. Worried about food security and safety issues, Andrea is an advocate of eating wholly and locally and a devotee to farmers markets. In her limited downtime, she avidly reads Canadian fiction and often fails to properly reproduce crafts found on Pinterest. When struck by sudden inspiration, she writes atthereformedyuppie.wordpress.com and can be found regularly tweeting about the awe-inspiring trouble her toddler gets into.
I’m a thirty something stay at home mom of two with another one on the way. My three year old daughter was diagnosed a Type 1 Diabetic in April of 2012 at CHEO. When she arrived she had the highest blood glucose number they had ever seen by over 100%. Without CHEO I don’t know where we’d be today. With our mutual love of baking the diagnosis almost broke my heart as I thought we’d never be able to do those things again. Through trial and mostly error we’ve begun to find a new and diabetic friendly way to do what we love! Join us on our journey to discover new tasty treats for everyone!
Rebecca is a stay at home mom of two (aged 5 and 3). When she isn’t at the playground or baking with the kids, Rebecca is the owner of A Little Bit of Momsense, a canadian website (with a lot of local Ottawa content) about parenting, travel, activities, recipes and more. In addition, she writes online content for others and works one-on-one with businesses to improve their social media presence. She has a strong love for all things coffee, chocolate and HBO.
Trevor is a single father of two children a 4 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. His son was diagnosed as mild to moderate on the Autism Spectrum at 2 and a half year’s old but with a lot of hard work and determination by both parents was reassessed as PDD-NOS in 2009. He brings a different perspective than most parents as a single father co-parenting with their mother and as a parent of a child that some would classify as different. Check out is blog.
Vanessa, a prairie girl at heart, is a proud mom who is happy to be raising a family here in the Nation’s Capital. She works as a reporter for CTV and is always trying to find a way to balance her professional life with her family life. Both Vanessa and her husband come from strong, loving families, which has helped her immensely with the stresses of being a first-time parent. Vanessa loves to eat, hates to cook, loves to shop, hates to pay full price, and loves to laugh with her two year old daughter who is growing up way too fast.
Isabelle fancies herself a wordsmith and works at CHEO as a Communications Specialist. She’s ‘maman’ to a cool 7 year old boy and a hamster. In between helping out at kiddo’s hockey practices, the school’s book club and beavers meetings she likes to renovate houses, belt out tunes in the car, and help kids get their nature and literacy fix. Oh, and her hubby would add: “She thinks she’s sooo funny!” And he’s right – must be a blue moon.
My name is Ashley, I am an Ottawa born and raised, 30 something woman, wife and mother of 2 rambunctious boys. You can find me blogging about life with my crazy boys a talesofmommyhood.com.
I am a “born and raised” Ottawa valley girl who is now raising my family in the same area I grew up in. The intention was never that we would stay in our hometown, but parenthood changed all our so called “life plans” in a hurry. I am a mother of two children (aged 11 and 6). For us the journey of parenthood has not went as expected our oldest child Courtney was born very sick and that has led us down a road full of twists, turns and bumps, but we are surviving to tell the story…and hopefully ultimately help others. I am also a dedicated employee of CHEO (going on 13 yrs now), which I will be forever grateful for, as CHEO has truly become a lifeline for our family in so many ways. I am new to blogging so bear with me as I try to get into words this amazing journey we have been on.
Julie Drury is on leave from the federal government to be at home with her 2 children, and to care for her 5 year old daughter who is a regular patient at CHEO. Her background in exercise science, health and policy may have given her a ‘leg up’ as a CHEO parent when it comes to understanding her daughter’s complicated diagnosis of a rare form of mitochondrial disease. In addition to complex medical conditions, Julie’s daughter is profoundly deaf and has developmental delays. Julie is chair of communications for MitoCanada, the only Canadian charity dedicated to mitochondrial disease, she is also vice-chair of CHEO’s Family Forum Advisory Committee. Julie is an avid runner and triathlete, and organizes Team MitoCanada Ottawa – athletes running for those who can’t. Julie recently started a blog called Searching for Solid Footing, where she writes about the redirection her life has taken since her daughter’s illness. Find her online at searchingforsolidfooting.com.
Loukia is the busy mom of two little boys and has been blogging since 2007 at loulousviews.com. She loves spending time with her children and when she’s not playing at the park, reading to her boys, or eating Goldfish crackers off the floor, she is usually shopping, travelling, or reading. A self-declared shopaholic, Loukia is also the shopping blogger for http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/blogs/loukia-zigoumis-shop-mummy. Loukia was selected as one of Ottawa’s Top Three Fashion Bloggers by Ottawa Magazine, and one of Top Six Fashion Bloggers with The Ottawa Citizen and has co-hosted and emceed several events in Ottawa and Toronto, including the Cosmetics Gala at The Bay, and the Grand Opening of Lilac Lingerie and terra20. Loukia covers fashion, shopping and entertainment events in Ottawa, Toronto, and New York City like Ottawa Fashion Week, TIFF, the Tommee Tippee launch in NYC, and the ShopWise event in Toronto. Loukia used to work in television and radio as a news writer and on-air reporter, and completed internships at CBS TV in Washington D.C. and Entertainment Tonight in Hollywood, California.
Samantha lives in Stittsville with her husband, Jon, and their daughter, Mary. Samantha works full-time for the federal government and also enjoys writing part-time. She is a contributing writer for Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine and Ottawa West End Living. Feel free to check out her literary website – samanthaball.ca and follow her on Twitter.
I am a 34 year old queer Mom of a 10 year old boy who struggles with anxiety. I work full time in a health care related field doing administrative support. I am a voracious reader and hope to one day be a story teller. I was born and raised in Ottawa and am passionate about Children’s Mental Health. I love being a Mom.
Erin is a work-at-home mom who shares her life with her husband Steve, who is a stay-at-home dad, and her daughter Willow, who is almost two. Erin is the co-founder of OttawaValleyMoms.com and writes on the site about her experience as a parent, a woman and a busy entrepreneur and the fine art of juggling it all while maintaining sanity (which, unbeknownst to some, does not come easily!) When she isn’t writing about her life experiences, she can be found video blogging on her YouTube channel, supporting business owners with her new media consulting business and spending as much time snuggling her daughter as possible. You can find Ottawa Valley Moms on Facebook or their web site.
Crystal is a stay-at-home-mom to two beautiful little children and a wife to one great husband! Together with her family, Crystal resides just outside of the nation’s capital in the Ottawa Valley. Not that Mom’s get a lot of spare time, but when she does, Crystal is busy as a co-founder of Ottawa Valley Moms and you can find her corresponding daily with their followers via social media outlets. In her ‘free time’ she enjoys reading, catching up on movies and spending time with her friends! Never a dull moment doing the most important job there is – raising your family! Visit Ottawa Valley Moms and check out their Facebook page.
Single Mom of two crafty daughters who insist they are not girlie girls. Thank God because I missed the knack gene for fashion, hair and make up. They inspire me with their passion for the arts, filling our home each day with beautiful music lovingly shared on the piano, guitar strings or vocal chords. Recorders are banned. I also get to chatter on the radio with Majic 100 and blog for the Ottawa Mommy Club. I love spreading the word about uplifting people, places and events in the Nation’s Capital. This transplanted Maritimer has been calling Ottawa home since 1993 and will forever love the work of dedicated staff at CHEO who helped make a painful transition for my family much easier. My daughters Sydney and Grace are both patients in CHEO’s Cardiology department, and diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome. Sydney is also a patient in CHEO’s respirolgy clinic and they’ve both been referred to CHEO’s dental clinic. Overall, the warm, welcoming and supportive environment at CHEO have helped keep our experiences positive.
Dr. Ritchie is a psychologist at CHEO who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, urgent care, disaster response and helping parents build resilient teens.
Dr. Hazen Gandy
Dr. Hazen Gandy is a psychiatrist at CHEO as well as the Chair of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Michael Cheng
Dr. Cheng is a psychiatrist at CHEO and an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, who is passionate about child and youth mental health. His interests range from resiliency factors like strong parent-child attachments to mental health literacy (through projects such as eMentalHealth.ca.
Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput
Dr. Chaput is a researcher with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at CHEO. He is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa.
Brad Stewart is a dad and stepdad to 4 kids: Maya, Marty, Sophia and stepdaughter, Nairy. He’s also a media columnist, local entrepreneur and founder of adjoy, a local film production company. Brad co-founded Boxathon, an annual fundraising event for CHEO.
Erin is a mom of two; a 4 year old ninja and a 6 year old princess. When she is not working at CHEO in Safety and Emergency Preparedness, she can usually be found hanging out with her kiddos, camera in hand. Erin is a new blogger, writing about her perspective on parenting as a mom who works outside the home. You can find her and a few other awesome moms over at 3 Scoops.