Posts by Rachel


The first time I traveled to Africa I was 16 years old. I was on a service trip to Tanzania with a group of students and teachers from my school. I loved my time there and when I left I felt like I’d left a piece of my heart buried in the deep red dirt. Fascinated by the rich cultural, political and geographical diversity across Africa, I minored in African Studies in college and found my way to Mali, Ghana and Nigeria before I...

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Interrupting Chicken, (or “The Silly Chicken Book” as my daughter affectionately calls it) by David Ezra Stein is a bedtime favorite in our home. A 2011 Caldecott Honor Book, Interrupting Chicken was praised for its “exuberant artwork” that “shifts media and style” (American Library Association) as the reader follows the little red chicken and her papa as they read bedtime stories together. The catch? The little red chicken (who I’m...

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Growing up both Canadian and American, Robert Munsch – a bestselling Canadian author – was a staple in our household. We probably had at least seven or eight of his books on our shelves because if there’s one thing Canadians are proud of, it’s other Canadians with any level of fame or success (Ryan Gosling? Yeah, he’s ours. So is Celine Dion). While Munsch’s best known book is I’ll Love You Forever, my favorite has always been The...

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“It’s snowing! It’s snowing!” my two-and-a-half year old told me with glee. It was our first real snow of the year and she was ecstatic. I bundled her up from head to toe – sweatpants, sweatshirt, snow pants, snow boots, winter coat, hat, mittens – and we headed out into the winter wonderland outside our door. She was in heaven. She loved stomping through the snow, shouting, “Mama, look! I play snow!” and giggled endlessly as I showed...

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I’ve been a fan of Kelly Clarkson since her American Idol days in 2002. I’ve seen her in concert twice, own all of her CDs and I love her positive body image and her quirky, upbeat attitude. I was excited when I found out our first babies – both girls, mind you – were due just weeks apart. We both had rough first trimesters, too. For some reason there’s nothing quite like knowing a famous celebrity is puking her guts out pregnant...

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