Andrea Traynor
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Andrea Traynor is an internal comms gal by day and a freelance writer (and one of those "mommy bloggers") by night. She’s a passionate shopaholic with a penchant for baby- and kid-gear, makeup and so.many.clothes, and has an insatiable sense of wanderlust. Andrea founded www.mommygearest.com because she was tired of seeing one-sided reviews that failed to provide consumers with both the pros and cons of products, services and travel destinations.

Andrea has two young children who are lovely 89% of the time. The man of the house – even if he doesn’t always wear the pants – is a doting husband who does dishes and understands the importance of diamonds.

Entries by Andrea Traynor

7 Fun Family Ski Spots For March Break 2017

(7) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 11:38 AM

No one could have predicted even two years ago that my family would spend nearly every weekend of our (crazy) Canadian winters on the slopes.

But we do.

Because there's hardly a better way for us to spend time together -- being active and continuing to learn new skills and...

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Top 5 Places To Stay In Tremblant

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2017 | 3:10 AM

O, Canada -- I know it's cold out there.

The key to embracing the winter months is to do something that can only be done when there's a chill in the air and snow on the ground.

After a childhood of tobogganing, I successfully avoided winter sports for...

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How To Buy A Great Suit In 3 Easy Steps

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2016 | 6:42 AM

Although I've never had to buy a man's suit myself -- because, you know, I'm not a man -- I've spent enough time around the suit-buying process with my husband to know that there's a big difference between a good suit and a bad suit.

Make no mistake: You can...

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How To Spend 24 Hours In Madrid

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2016 | 12:01 PM

While Madrid is a city in which you could easily spend a year and not see, do or eat everything, it's also an easily accessible stopover if you're just passing through.

En route to Ibiza last month, I managed to sneak in about 24 hours in Spain's capital...

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You Should Totally Go To Ibiza (In Your 40s)

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 1:33 PM

I was a club kid of the late-'90s in London, when house music had merged into the mainstream and was no longer solely entertaining audiences of the "underground" variety.

Back then, I never made it to the music Mecca that is Ibiza. And I've always regretted it.

Twenty...

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13 Things You Must Eat And Drink In San Diego

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2016 | 9:33 AM

Whenever I'm about to travel to a new destination, I pour myself into research that -- hopefully -- leads me to the most interesting activities, Instagram-worthy points of interest, a better understanding of cultural expectations and the best places to indulge my #FoodPorn obsession.

So let me help...

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11 Books That Will Inspire Your Kid's Wanderlust

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 6:37 PM

Whether your kids have racked up enough points to travel to the moon and back, or don't even have passports yet, introducing them to new destinations can be done even on a shoestring budget -- through books.

I scoured our local bookstore, grocery store and at-home library to bring you...

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Dear Josie Cunningham, Please Stop Sharing Your Twisted Views on Breastfeeding

(8) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:19 PM

When I read about your anti-breastfeeding comments, I thought they'd been reported inaccurately. (We've all heard rumours of what British media can be like, after all.) So off I went to Twitter to look through your feed for myself.

And, wow.

Let's begin with

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The Day My Friend's Baby Was Shot

(137) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:40 PM

They were at a cottage. Just two days ago on a crisp September morning.

My friend sat on a raft with her 19-month-old little boy while her husband went into the lake to swim with their eldest daughter.

They were cuddling and soaking up the sunshine when she heard...

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10 Last Minute To-Dos for Back to School

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 7:35 AM

It's senior kindergarten. My son is five. We don't need calculators or binders. Heck, we don't even need pencils or paper.

So why have I got this feeling in the pit of my stomach that I've forgotten something? Something important that will set my child's second year of school...

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The Nap Paradox, in Rhyme

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 4:55 PM

One nap, two naps, three naps, four;
Why's my newborn such a bore?
Come on, wake up!
It's time to play!
My dear, don't sleep the day away.

I know you're sleeping...
But...
I noticed your bedroom door isn't quite shut.
Just one...

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Today, I Reclaim My Boobs

(8) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 12:23 PM

Two summers ago I developed the rash of all rashes. It masked my face in a Phantom-of-the-Opera shape and covered my body in patches from neck to ankle. It got worse day after day.

There was only one medication the doctors told me would make it go away: prednisone....

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A Letter to My Childless Self

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Dear Andrea, circa 2007:

You decided to wait until your 30s to have children. Good for you! Your 20s were well-travelled and you sowed your oats. But be forewarned -- those kids you nannied when you were 24 are going to get more energy than your own children ever will....

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The Five Reasons I Don't Co-Sleep

(11) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 5:57 PM

When Attached Parents at Work recently added a "Reasons to co-sleep" post to its Facebook page, very much in favour of the practice rooted in attachment parenting, there arose such a clatter that you could actually hear claws emerging from mama bears. Mothers on one side of the...

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My Parenting Resolutions for the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 11:30 AM

I haven't made a New Year's resolution in years, maybe decades. It's not that I don't have lots to work on. I should lose more than a few pounds. I should blog less and date my husband more. I should floss.

But our family life is only...

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Is it Better to Use Cloth or Disposable Diapers?

(9) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 11:03 AM

I used disposable diapers for four years between my two kids.

It's not that I didn't consider cloth diapers with my first baby. But as I wandered up and down the aisles of a baby show back in 2008, pregnant and inching closer to bankruptcy because of all of the...

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Let Them Eat Meat! A Quick-Start Guide to Baby-Led Weaning

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:08 PM

If there's one thing I've learned from parenthood, it's never say "never."

And so it was with baby-led weaning. I was nursing my then eight-month-old who -- until that point -- was an ardent breastfeeder and had been gobbling up baby mush for two months with gusto. Then he started...

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Stop Smoking Around Your Kids -- and Mine

(89) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 5:01 PM

Let me start with this: I believe in personal freedom. I do. I believe that as a responsible, tax-paying, free-thinking adult in this fine country, you have earned your rights.

Too bad smoking around babies and children is legal. It shouldn't be.

When I was pregnant with my first...

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Your Kid's First Day Of School: What New Parents Need To Know

(4) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 7:18 AM

It's August, so inevitably just about everything, at every turn, is back to school-related. But some of us aren't sending our kids back to school -- we're sending them off to school for the first time. My first-born -- my baby boy who's actually four-years-old and no longer resembles a...

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