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Adoption in New Brunswick: Guest Post with Courtney Pringle Carver and Colin Kennedy Robichaud


I have learned to trust, which was hard for me. Jeff and Yves have been very patient, kind, and loving with me which has allowed me to trust them. In the past it was difficult for me to trust adults. I feel and know where I belong now, I never used to have that feeling. I am thankful and blessed to have my forever family.

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Why I’m thankful for the Ronald McDonald House Room in Moncton


I honestly don’t know what we would have done for meals without the kindness of strangers who keep the fridge at the Ronald McDonald Room filled with home-cooked goodness – or those few quiet moments to talk without the beeping of hospital machines filtering through.

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Over the Over-the-Top Holidays


I’m not saying we shouldn’t have fun celebrating occasions. Bake a leprechaun trap. Build a gingerbread city. Buy your family gifts when you want to. But let’s make sure we’re doing these things because they bring us joy, and create family memories, and match up with our values. Not because we feel pressured to perform. Let’s also keep that in mind when we share our stories. Not everyone can afford the same gifts or create the same experiences. Let’s post photos of smiling faces and the people we’re spending time with, not the things that surround us. You can be proud of providing for your family without broadcasting it to the world.

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Raising a Child with Down Syndrome: Guest Post by Ben Vuillemot


I find myself struggling everyday trying not to over protect him. I have to remind myself that he is fully capable of doing things on his own. I remind myself that I have to push him, not letting him take advantage of that protectiveness. He is smart and will take advantage of anyone willing to do something for him.

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Being Proud To Be In This Place


We need the diverse values and interests that shape the Greater Moncton Area to be reflected back at us in everything from kids’ books to TEDxMoncton talks to trailers before movies. Honestly, consider the question: why do you live here? If the only answer you have is because it’s where you were born, that’s frankly not enough. We all deserve to be passionate about the place we call home.

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Mom Jeans For Everyone!


Everyone is talking about Topshop’s Clear Knee Mom Jeans – but what if the plastic panels aren’t your thing? No worries, the fashion house has many more Mom styles to choose from! Which one is…

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5 Tips for Parents of Anxious Kids: Guest Post by Moncton’s Anxiety Counselor


As a mom, one of my top goals is to provide my kids with enough age-appropriate information and support to help them understand and accept their emotions. These days, I worry my anxiety over issues…

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PROMO CODE ALERT Work of Heart Discount


The event is billed as a chance to “recharge and resent … [a] day long retreat packed full of inspiration and motivation to get you back on track.” For me, it’s about connecting and building community. These are some of Moncton’s most interesting, intriguing, and inspiring individuals … and they’re ready to bare their souls in front of all of us. That’s the type of courage that creates a strong community, and one that I want to feel deeply connected with.

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15 of My Favourite Posts


I was recently asked to pick three of my favourite posts from Pickle Planet. I had a heck of a time deciding! I think I narrowed my list down to my Top 15. I’d love…

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Community Corner: Q&A with the youngest cast member in Oliver! & her mom


I’ve been thinking a lot about these parents as I watch them endlessly dropping off, picking up, delivering materials, helping their kids learn their parts, balancing work, school and home, promoting them like a well paid agent, and on and on and on. Why do they do it? More appropriately, how do they do it? It never ceases to amaze me how much a parent will give for their child.

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