I'm Kim and I write stories about my life here. I started this blog in 2007 a few months before my first son was born.
I was born in Bangladesh but was adopted by Canadians when I was seven. I live in London, Ontario but lived in Tucson Arizona for a few years when I was a tween. I had my kids after I turned 35 but I always knew I wanted to be someone's mom. I love fashion, red wine, reading, Netflix, weekends, Bruce Springsteen (except when I'm running), watching the previews, thrifting and my husband's cooking.
I can't stand oatmeal, am terrified of caterpillars, and the thought of starving or abused kids makes me very very sad. Oh and I hate bad tippers even though I haven't waited tables for over a decade now.
My husband is Shaune. We met in the restaurant business and he stayed in it until he started selling cars. He sold them for a long time (Acuras) but then decided to go to teacher's college. Now he takes temporary teaching gigs (until he can find a fulltime one) instructing high schoolers in the culinary arts.
He also does all the cooking around here. And last spring after school was out, he took our floors from this:
Pretty handy, right?
These two goofballs are Deaglan and Naveen. Deaglan pronounced Declan. And Naveen rhymes with ravine.
Naveen is on the left and he's two and a half. He tripped over a pile of logs in the yard at his daycare- if you're wondering why he has a mustache. I'm still wondering why there was a pile of logs in the yard.
Deaglan is on the right and he either squinches his eyes shut and shows every single one of his teeth when we ask him to smile for the camera, or he refuses to cooperate like in this picture.
I write about them alot. I can't help it - they're a goldmine of blogging material.
We really need to get an updated family photo. I'm mostly against hiring a professional to take our pictures. We have a fancy camera which is my way of saying I don't know what it's called - a digital DSL Canon EOS something or other.
Here are some questions I get asked often but if there's something else you want to know, please email me directly. I'd love to hear from you! kimmcnamara71 (at) hotmail (dot) com.
What do you do for a living?
I work full time in the marketing department of a large financial services company. I've been there going on ten years. I don't write about my work life.
Are you writing a book?
Has your writing been published anywhere else?
Do you give parenting advice here?
Not really. I try to write about how motherhood has been for me.
How did you lose your pregnancy weight - I heard you gained 60 pounds with the first and just as much with the second?
I have no magic formula to offer. I wish I could tell you that I kept right on eating chocolate and poutine and the weight just flew off from running after my two knuckleheads. I run 5-10K about three times a week, weight train the other three. I eat mostly protein and vegetables. Which is to say I suffer a great deal to stay a healthy weight. I do have a therapeutic glass of red wine every night however.
Any advice on what to keep in mind when blogging?
I'm certainly no expert but I think you have to write about what you know. Focus on good writing,
and include pictures if you can. A blog is not an encyclopedia entry, it should be about you and your life.
Will you advertise or do product reviews?
Yes. If I think the product fits in with my content we can discuss it.
Can I write a guest post if I have an idea I think you might like?
I get this question a lot. I don't allow guest posts other than my husband.
I wrote a mean comment, why did you delete it?
You do have a right to your opinion but if I think your comment is hurtful or insensitive, I will delete it. Life's too short for you to get all up in my face. Don't you think?
Why don't you comment on my blog?
I try, I really do. I have so many wonderful blogging friends (see Friends and Inspirations tab underneath my header) faithful, kind readers who for whatever reason come back again and again. Everyday I'm trying to strike the balance between working full time, raising two small boys and finding time to write.