About Me

So you’ve read a blog post or two (or hopefully more) and now you want to know who I am, the woman who writes about ignorant parents and inappropriate Mother’s Day gifts along side posts about the (not so) joys of toilet training and fears of my children loosing their childhood.

Not too much to tell really. No really, that’s not me being modest but rather me being honest. I moved to the big city to start my career in advertising. Life was good, met my now husband, bought our first house, had our first child, bought our second house, had two more kids. But you’d be surprised how working in advertising and raising a young family don’t really work. So I left.

Now I work from home while raising my kids and taking care of the house (barely). It seems working from home and raising a young family don’t work that much better than working in advertising. The hours are longer the pay is less and there are no benefits. Scratch that. There are standard office type benefits, but the ability to walk my kids to school, help with homework, make dinner that doesn’t come from the freezer (usually) is a bigger benefit than I imaged and out weights the other stuff, most times. Unless I’ve been up late and my youngest decided she wants to get up early and my son and oldest daughter decide a battle over Lego is the best idea for the day….then not so much.

So this blog is sort of an outlet; a place to share my frustration, my inadequacies, my laughter over the crazy antics my kids get into. I also keep another blog, and another thought, over on EverythingMom.com

Write a Review Wednesday

I also have an interest, no passion, for children’s books. I hope to one day write my own. I know, you’ve heard that before. But I do have dreams and I do have ideas and I do continue to write. And perhaps one day…But in the mean time I review books written by some amazing authors and illustrators. Each Wednesday you can find a new post on my blog as part of Write a Review Wednesday.

The first Saturday of each month I write a book review over on No Time for Flashcards, more for the preschool and early reader set and every two-weeks I write a review on Best Tools for School‘s blog.

If you have a book you are interested in me reviewing, send me an email at cabadov[at]hotmail[dot]com. I’m always looking for great books to share with my own kids and my readers.

EverythingMom.com

And if that wasn’t enough, I am also the Managing Editor over at EverythingMom, one of Canada’s largest online social networking sites. If you haven’t visited, you really should. There are great articles, contests, menu plans, personal blogs and so much more. Be sure to drop me a note while you’re over there and say ‘hi’.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Carrie-Anne … wow! moving after 20 years. Having lived in a big city for just about that long, we moved when our daughter was three, looking for that “something” too. It’s been 3 years since now, and we don’t regret a single moment!

    Our 5th winner for Horrid Henry never replied … you are our new winnter. Just send me an email with the elementary school you want to have the book! Congratulations.

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  2. thank you so much for that generous review of ok go!
    it makes me happy that your kids are already so tuned in to taking care of the environment. bravo for them! i think children come equipped with a strong moral compass, so it’s great to plant the environmental seed early.

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  3. Hi – just called in from NTFFC Fb site and thought you might like to go to http://www.fablevision.com and see the fabulous ways they encourage creativity – and also go the the Blue Bunny Bookshop for the newsletters for book ideas.

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  4. Thank you SO much for the great review on EVERYTHING MOM. I really appreciate it!!
    IAN

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  5. The Monsterologist has asked me to thank you for your insightful review of his memoir.As you know, I’ve been channeling him for many years. Although I doubt that Julie Andrews will approve,I’m especially pleased that you sang “My Favorite Things.” I think that kids of all ages love rhyme, but it’s grown-ups who most delight in the humor.
    Best wishes for the success of your writing for children. Living with kids is such an inspiration for new work. It’s difficult to place manuscripts during this economic melt down. Many very widely known authors are getting rejections, but with three kids I’m sure you’re constantly getting re-fueled. Hang in there!
    Bobbi Katz re THE MONSTEROLOGIST:A MEMOIR IN RHYME

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  6. Hi! Just saw your comment on my post (toothless grins 🙂
    Thanks and great to see you there!!

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  7. Hello, I am also a stay at home mommy who gave up my lucrative real estate career to raise my boys and their is no greater joy then to be with them even when it consists of poopy diapers, messy rooms and or crying fest. No money in the world can take me away from my boys. I commend and respect your decision. I too found an outlet on a blog after my sister suggested it. I love sharing my funny, learning and moving moments. I look foward to reading your posts.

    blessings,
    Raquel

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  8. Posted by Nancy Gow on March 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Thank you very much for the lovely review of Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose. And I want to encourage you to go for your dream of writing for children. The most important element is a love of children’s books — so keep on writing!

    Nancy Gow

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