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  • To work or not to work?

    Posted on October 12, 2017

    In the days leading up to my return to work, I had a friend make a joke that really resonated with me.  We were messaging back and forth about how I would make it through my first day and how my family would adjust to the change and then she wrote: “When was it that women fought for the right to work?” I laughed but the thought has really stuck

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  • 5 Tips for successful hiking with small kids

    Posted on October 4, 2017

    Hiking together is something that Super Dad and I have enjoyed doing since the very start of our relationship.  We often talked about how we would continue hiking and having an active lifestyle even with small kids.  Now three years into that time in our lives, we have learned a few key things to make for a successful outing for everyone. In no particular order… Pack endless snacks and water:

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  • Meet the [blogger]: The Yellow Canoe

    Posted on August 2, 2017

    I don’t know about you, but I always wanted to be the kind of parent who’s stories were often met with a, “that’s crazy”or a stunned silence. Before having children, my husband and I were both avid travellers, and active in our recreational time. He grew up practicing kickboxing, I played rugby. He did a biking tour of Europe solo and I rode on my University Equestrian team. We both

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  • Meet the [blogger] launch + zucchini pancakes!

    Posted on July 27, 2017

    We are home…for one week! Last week, we split our time away between our favourite cottage at Pigeon Lake Resort and with of our favourite families in my childhood hometown, Whitby.  We got home Sunday afternoon in time for me to race over to my baseball game and for Super Dad to go skydiving with friends.  Never a dull moment for an O’Rourke! The madness continues as we spend this week

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  • Flashback to Vancouver as a family of three!

    Posted on July 12, 2017

    We have so much to celebrate in my family this week. First up, my big boy is three today!  I feel like I should be saying that I can’t believe it but I really can and I’m so excited for three. This is a picture of my Clyde in all his glory – covered in dirt, face painted like Spiderman, the remnants of marshmallow on his lips, and all alongside

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  • 9 months in, 9 months out: life with two!

    Posted on June 28, 2017

    A few weeks ago, my Mom came over to help me recreate the pictures that we took on the day that my youngest was born.  In the first set of pictures, I was in the early stages of labour on the afternoon of Jude’s due date and he was born at 1:19am the next morning at home. In the next set of pictures, now 9 months old, I held Jude

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  • the Saturday Sprint

    Posted on April 15, 2017

    Hello and Happy Easter from Barrie! We took a road trip yesterday morning to spend the long weekend with Adam’s family.  Our plan is always to wake up, load the car and hit the road so when the kids woke up at 5am, we decided to make lemonade and hustle out the door.  Being on the road by 7am got us here in time for a late lunch and a

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  • Mama’s Half Marathon – Training eats + Why we don’t feed our kids dessert

    Posted on April 12, 2017

    Training update: This week I logged 15km of running with one longer run of 9km.  I had one attempted run with both kids in the stroller and it went terribly because Clyde kept trying to climb out – you win some you lose some!  We’ll see what this week brings. Alongside modelling an active lifestyle for the boys, we also want to eat well as a family and do our

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  • Mama’s half marathon – 9 weeks until race day

    Posted on March 29, 2017

    Well folks, we did it.  Adam and I have just registered for the 2017 Ottawa Race Weekend half marathon.  Yikes! …I mean, yahoo!   We have been talking about doing it for a few weeks and even pulled up the website to look at the registration form but hadn’t yet filled in the information and clicked submit.  For Adam, it was a matter of paying the registration fee x 2

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  • iCloud: Our Modern Day Baby Book

    Posted on March 22, 2017

    I know, I know…what even is the Cloud?  If you have even one Apple device, stick with me.  It’s really not that complicated and the end result is an amazing modern day baby book. On the day Clyde was born, Adam set up an iCloud photo album titled “Clyde Martin O’Rourke” and loaded the first few pictures after his arrival.  This was the first picture that went up less than two hours

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