Cheo moms and dads

by Lara Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

As parents in Ottawa I don't think many of us don't have a lot appreciation for CHEO.  The staff is amazing, caring and the way they deal with my children when we have to go in always amazes me.


When CHEO approached me to be a contributor on their new parenting blog I was thrilled to be a part of it.  Creating community online is one of my passions.  Creating a space where parents can talk about parenting connected to our children's hospital - win!

My first post is up today.  Go and check it out and say hello to some of the other new bloggers.

And if you're visiting from the CHEO blog - welcome! Have a look around, we talk about everything from activities for kids, to food to crafts to parenting tips and we're happy to have you!



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Blogging out loud

by LynnBlog Out Loud - July 7, 2011

Ottawa has one of the most vibrant, active, and friendly social media scenes that I know. The online version of this city is a place where everyone is welcomed, where so many people have amazing things to say. There's twitter, there's facebook, and of course, there's an amazing community of bloggers. Kids in the Capital itself is a great example of how a blog can be a gathering place for people with similar interests, all of whom live in this great town of ours.

Blog Out Loud is an annual event for Ottawa-area bloggers - and, just as importantly, their readers - to gather and share. It's a chance to meet those people whose voices you've only heard online, to finally put sound behind the words. It's a fun evening and a great way to really feel a part of something. And as an added bonus, 21 Ottawa-area bloggers will be reading out loud their favourite post from the past year, a personal retelling of funny, moving, powerful stories; meanwhile, a dozen Ottawa-area photographers will be displaying their beautiful artwork.

I am amazed at how many people are coming forward this year to say that last year's event sparked their desire to start their own blog. That hearing the bloggers speak, and meeting so many great people, inspired them to add their own voices to the mix. And a few bloggers who started their own blogs after attending BOLO are even taking a turn at the microphone this year, reading their own story.

You could be one of those people, too.

This year's event is this coming Thursday, July 7, 2011. It starts at 7 p.m. and runs until around 10. It's free, although we will be asking for donations at the door to help cover costs (suggested donation of $2). It's at The Prescott (379 Preston Street), and we'll be down in the basement reception room, with our own private bar.

So expect things to get LOUD.

You're all invited, so hope to see you all there!

Lynn is the planning mastermind behind BOLO and she also has a personal blog over at Turtlehead.

Kids in the Capital Blog Hop

Okay, we are trying this again. Sorry if you had tried to link through earlier this week. We had some problems with the link. But! We are trying this again.  There are some great bloggers in Ottawa. Blog Out Loud was a testiment to that. We have tech bloggers, food bloggers, photo bloggers, craft blogger and, our favorite, parenting bloggers!

A peek at the list of parenting bloggers that have contributed to Kids in the Capital since we started in April of this year will give you just a glimpse of some of the many, many Ottawa parenting bloggers. There are so many in fact, and we discover more all the time, that we thought it was time for us to all get together!

If you live in Ottawa and want to connect with other parent bloggers then welcome to our first Kids in the Capital Blog Hop! Make sure you add you name and blog link to the link up below. Then lock yourself in the bathroom (without the kids) and go discover some new blogs.  Don't forget to leave the blogger some comment love!

We can't wait to come and visit you all!

(Click on the Mister Linky to add your blog or see the list of contributed blogs)

Brie is the mom of a 3.5 year old daughter “the girl” and eighteen month old son “the boy”. You can read her blog at Capital Mom.

Lara is mom to 3.5 year old Kiernan and 11 month old twins Quinn and Juliette. You can read her blog at Gliding Through Motherhood.

Share the love

We happen to think that Kids in the Capital is the best kept secret in Ottawa. Of course, we could be biased. We also think that should change! If you love Kids in the Capital please help spread the word!

For the bloggers out there, feel free to grab one of our buttons to add to your blog.

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I Read

I Blog at

I Read

For all our readers that want to let their neighbours know about Kids in the Capital, feel free to print off our poster and put it up in your park, on your street, in your kid's school. Wherever!

And in the spirit of sharing the love, if you have some great blog posts you want to write for Kids in the Capital make sure you email us at We can't wait to hear from you!

Thank you to the wonderful Lynn (of Turtlehead) for the buttons and poster!