August 17th, 2013
I sometimes torture myself by wondering how I would have parented in the era of my own childhood, complete with a Little House on the Prairies lack of iPads and WiFi. Shudder. Lucky for all of modern parents, we have the interwebs to answer our late night questions on fevers, to quell the 3 p.m. “what’s for dinner” panic, and to provide us with post-bedtime shopping sessions. As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to raising a family, it doesn’t just take a village, it takes access to the whole world. Here are just a few of the sites that I turn to on the regular.
She may have become famous for the dinner diary she’s been keeping since 1998 but Jenny Rosenstrach gives her Dinner, A Love Story readers so much more than that. Funny, warm and helpful, I love stopping by for dinner inspiration or just a good laugh. www.dinneralovestory.com
I ended up making every bit of baby food my kids consumed (I know, I know but it’s way easier than it sounds) but I was super nervous about it to begin with. Wholesome Baby Food was my constant source of recipes, storage tips, and most importantly, introduction schedules. http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com
When I’m stumped for a birthday party (or any kid party) idea, I always check out what Jann Scott is doing on her fantastic site, Family Bites. An event planner turned writer, Jann has amazing ideas that are cute but never cutesy. Can’t wait for the book she’s working on with Julie Van Rosendaal. http://mixingbowlkids.typepad.com
Why do kids always get sick on Fridays at 5:15, just as your pediatrician’s office is closing for the weekend? A click on has more than once saved me from an unnecessary trip to the ER. Is there anything Dr. Sears doesn’t know? www.askdrsears.com
I love knowing that everything I find on Raspberry Kids has been vetted for safety, eco-friendliness and all-around cuteness by the brilliant Sue Sinclair. Pick up clothes, books, toys, body care and their amazing litterless-lunch range. www.raspberrykids.com
Sometimes (okay, a lot of times) I just need a half hour to MacGyver dinner and for buying me that time I’m constantly thankful for Netflix Canada. Their new partnership with Scholastic Media means even more great kids’ content (The Mouse and The Motorcyle, baby!). All without commercials, thank you very much. http://movies.netflix.com/WiHome
Why does reading about a badly behaved child make me feel better about my own? I don’t know, but it just does. If you aren’t reading and following The Honest Toddler, you’re missing out on the internet’s gift to parents. http://thehonesttoddler.com
May 11th, 2013
We secretly think there's only one thing moms want for Mother's Day - more hours in the day. And we would definitely spend part of that time reading these stellar Canadian parenting blogs.
With a tagline like “Not potty trained. Not trying” the Honest Toddler makes our kids look like angels. This Canadian toddler’s reflections on life makes us want to both laugh and cry. “Funny how after 10 p.m. asking for a sip of water is on the same level as attempted murder.” Indeed.
Sweet Potato Chronicles is a blog about family food, created by a pair of ex-FASHION magazine staffers, Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh. Expect healthy recipes that are designed for modern families (read: quick and uncomplicated), information about food trends, and lots of cookbook giveaways.
Mama. Papa. Bubba: It’s a love/hate (OK, envy) thing with “Mama” Jen Kossowan because she seems to have a talent for preparing extraordinarily healthy, fun food and activities for her “bubba” Gracen. We still can't figure out how she manages to get that much kale into her daughter, but we're hooked on the great crafts and recipes.
Regressive Parenting describes itself as a blog about “Detachment parenting in an attachment age” and is one of the most honest parenting sites we’ve found to date. Penned by two mothers who share a love of wine, they remind us about the realities of having kids and dole out real advice like “Stay away from the Babycenter.com message boards.” Sadly, the blog is not updated regularly but you’ll find some gems on Twitter @RegressiveMama: Have you met kids? They are not for everyone.
The Thirties Grind: Melissa Carr is best known for her Absurd Vancouver Properties of the Week, but as a mom, she also covers a lot of parenting issues. Expect some debate in the comments section as she tackles issues like childhood allergies or childcare, and her The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver profiles local women that bear little resemblance to the ones in the show (and have a lot less plastic surgery).
Reasons Mommy Drinks is recently back from a book writing hiatus (expect a launch this fall.) An exploration of the reasons why parents resort to alcohol, this blog not only provides hilarious articles lamenting things like the thousands of dollars we spend on baby carrying devices (carriers, strollers, and car seats) but also provides recipes for cocktails to get us through each day. And we smile at the reminders that all parents make mistakes: “The Park: she forgot to pack your hat, which according to The Unspoken Rules of Parenting is the equivalent of leaving you outside naked in a snowstorm."
Happy Mother's Day from the VitaminDaily.com team!
January 16th, 2013
From the street style bloggers to iconic fashion archives, our editors and bloggers are always first on the scene (with camera in hand). Here's our top 10 blogs of 2012. And remembering, sharing is caring: Support your favourite blogger with a Like on Facebook and hit the Tweet button on any blog post to share it with your followers.
1. Bloggers run the world: The Sartorialist was in town for an event at Secret Location, and sat down for an exclusive interview (click here to read his thoughts on interesting hair cuts).
2. Man Repeller knows how to draw a crowd: the smart and insanely stylish Leandra told her the secret to true man repeller style (think plaid). Read it here.
3. Ombre, reverse ombre and the magic of twist dry are all part of our chat with hair stylist extraordinaire Mark McLeod. Read it here.
4. Canada takes Manhattan! Well, Joe Fresh at least. The Canadian brand made us proud with its store opening on 5th Avenue (we were there rubbing elbows with supermodels and the NYC literati). Read it here.
5. Does the camera make my bag look fat? Canadian trailblazer Tommy Ton collaborated with Club Monaco on a bag fit for the busiest on-the-town women. Read it here.
6. We spent the day with American Idol alum Adam Lambert just as his album hit #1 in Canada. He's as sweet as he is famous - read more here.
7. We talked freckles and Celine Dion with chart-topping Canadian songstress Kay. Read it here.
8. Ain't no mountain high enough… for us to scale. We hit the top of Whistler mountain on a rugged and adrenaline-inducing climb. Read it here.
9. We love to support a local industry - especially when it's the wine industry. Check in with our boozy Okanagan weekend here.
10. We swooned over street style in Paris - and caught a glimbse of a very famous designer seated next to us at a cafe. See our candid photos here.
May 5th, 2012
The women on aspirational mommy blog, The Glow make it look sickeningly easy, but in reality, balancing babies and business can make you sweat.
In their new book Mom Inc., Meg Mateo Ilasco and Cat Seto offer sound advice to enterprising moms on everything from writing a business plan, to launching a website to staying sane and focused at home.
The writers are serial entrepreneurs–Seto juggles motherhood and a successful custom stationary line while fellow mom, Mateo Ilasco is an artist, crafter and DIY-er par excellence – so the advice comes first hand.
Mom Inc. isn’t the most original title, (it’s one of many) but this is a smart little book, regardless. —Athena Tsavliris
From $15.16 at Chapters Indigo.
September 20th, 2011
The only reason we look forward to fall is the return of our winter wardrobe (hello cashmere, old friend!).
This year, we turned to fashion blogger, sometimes stylist, and always stylish Lisa Kisber of LKisStyle to edit our fall closet. Here are her tips for your must-haves for Fall 2011.
1. Skinny is over! Lisa recommends a fuller silhouette featuring wide-legged pants and maxi length skirt for a '70s style vibe.
2. Mix up textures with sequins, lace, feathers and fur (feel free to go faux).
3. Channel your inner ice princess with cool neutrals like nude, peach and white.
4. Little black dress? Boring. Stand out from the cocktail crowd in a little blue dress instead.
5. Accent with accessories in vibrant jewel tones fit for a queen, like rich purple, blazing red, royal blue and emerald green.
Check out how Lisa styled me on her blog: www.lkisstyle.blogspot.com
March 8th, 2011
There are just some articles of clothing that men do not understand, like capris, clogs and the worst offender, harem pants. Of course, if men had their druthers, they’d have us all wandering around like the supporting cast in a ZZ Top video.
Taking the art of dressing for oneself to a higher level is Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller. With recent posts demonstrating the art of the bolo bow tie, the science of mixing prints, and the steps to go from man-getter to man-repeller, this stylish blog will ensure that you have your weekends to yourself.
Unless you find a cool guy who can appreciate your personal style. And who doesn’t have a foot-long beard.
January 12th, 2011
With so many websites devoted to Very Serious Topics like fashion, celeb gossip and food, sometimes we just want to click on a laugh or two to lighten our workday.
When our daily grind calls for a giggle we turn to Hyperbole and a Half by blogger/illustrator Allie Brosh. We completely identified with her tale of how Kenny Loggins ruined Christmas and can no longer say “a lot” without thinking about the Alot. But her scientific comparison of the merits of cake vs. pie had us rolling in the aisles (which pleased our boss to no end, we’re sure).
NSFW? Not Sane For Work.
December 30th, 2008
We’ve spent plenty of time reading and sharing our favourite blogs. All in the name of research, of course.
Sarah Bancroft, Editor-in-chief
The tag line of this beautifully executed Paris street fashion blog is “a girl like me.” We wish!
B.C. model Coco Rocha reveals her new flaming red ‘do (courtesy of Vogue) and the contents of her bathroom counter on her brand new blog, Oh So Coco. Love the innocent narcissism of young models (Oh So Adorable!).
Elsa, Montreal editor, French edition
For underground info on art, fashion, design and style, I head to www.coolhunting.com
Marianne, Montreal editor
When procrastinating, I get my jollies at British footwear site www.office.co.uk. I can kill hours scrolling through the gorgeous pumps and boots. It's so fab I call it shoe porn!
Tonya, Western Sales Manager
Rock star angst and oh-so-edgy musings are, like, so deep, ok? Reader beware, there is some cursing. Kids these days.
November 29th, 2007
We may be tad jealous that our jet-set publisher Tara Parker Tait is traipsing through Asia right now, but she’s been kind enough to fill us in our her adventures via our new Editors’ Diary. Complete with candid pictures, insider Tokyo shopping tips and Hong Kong foodie favourites, you’ll be dialing your travel agent before lunch.
And while Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray got Lost in Translation at the famed Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel, Tara seems to be adjusting to the luxe life just fine.
Read the Editors’ Diary at http://vitaminv.ca/editors-blog