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Melissa Carr

TheThirtiesGrind.com

Melissa Carr is the founder and author of the The Thirties Grind, a popular lifestyle blog about the chaos, struggles and joy that family life in your thirties brings. It is also home to the popular Absurd Vancouver Property of the Week and the REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver series.

When not writing, she can be found working full time, raising her kids, paying her bills, enjoying a glass of wine and trying to keep her head screwed on straight! Follow her on Twitter @meliss604.
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Absurd Vancouver Property Of The Week

Last week we had a look at properties in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This week we move on to New Brunswick, where $1.1 million can buy you a country estate, located on over one square kilometre of untouched land, including a seven-acre spring-fed lake. What will it buy you in Vancouver?
05/01/2013 12:14 EDT
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We're Done Having Kids: Knowing When To Stop Making Babies

My daughter keeps asking for a little sister. At first it was cute...then it started to evolve into a daily request, which became harder and harder to address. I can relate. I also wanted a sister growing up. But now, I can't deny the fact that after 4.5 years postpartum, I finally feeling like I have my body "back." I am quite certain that I don't want to go down the pregnancy path again.
04/27/2013 02:39 EDT
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Is Vancouver Overrated?

In his recent Huffington Post piece, 10 Terribly Overrated Destinations (And Where To Travel Instead), David Landsel singles out places that everyone is told to travel to but, in his opinion, are not worth the airfare. Vancouver was among his victims.
04/21/2013 04:48 EDT
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The Metaphor Of A Marathon

Running a marathon is an epic feat. It is a journey of body, mind and spirit. It is about pushing yourself farther than you ever thought possible...and then, even farther still. The community of people who participate in these incredible races are extraordinary. They are determined, encouraging and brave. Ironically, these are exactly the kind of people you want around during a crisis. The kind of people who, no matter what is on the road ahead of them, keep moving forward.
04/18/2013 12:33 EDT
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Mortgage Free? In Your Dreams.

The average age at which Canadian homeowners with a mortgage believe they will be mortgage free is 57, compared to age 55 in a similar CIBC poll one year ago. And, surprise: residents of B.C. had among the longest repayment expectations in Canada at age 59
04/10/2013 02:37 EDT
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Why New Pink Kinder Surprise Pisses Me Off

For years and years, Kinder eggs were gender neutral. I'm not sure if there was a dip in sales or if Kinder decided that they desperately needed more girl clientele, but the way they were packaged before neither said "girl" nor "boy" to me. The new package states "Toys for Girls."
03/17/2013 01:36 EDT

Give Me Drugs! The Great Epidural Debate

Getting an epidural is a very individual decision and probably one of the first ones that we, as mothers, feel conflicted about. I wonder if this is due to our actual expectations around our child's birth or if it is how we think we will be perceived if we opt in (or out) of using drugs to manage labour.
03/08/2013 02:41 EST
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Bucket List For Kids: Are You F*#king Kidding Me?

This time last year, I read an article about a bucket list for kids. Are we, as parents, really so buttoned up, paranoid and regimented that our kids are really no longer just "going outside to play?" Not the case for my kids. My mom has a saying, "a dirty child is a happy child." I love this rule of thumb and it is so true.
02/26/2013 02:09 EST
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B.C. Daycare Costs Are Crippling Families

B.C. Premier Christy Clark's sentiment is that the burden of daycare is a "temporary" one for families. I disagree. Many families cannot afford to purchase a home because of it. Many women (and men) take themselves out of the workforce because of it. Many families go into debt because of it. Many couples decide not to have children (or more than one child) because of it.
02/14/2013 01:09 EST

Why Is It So Hard To Meet Friends (And Lovers) In Vancouver?

I've listened to many, many complaints from out-of-town visitors and immigrants that although Vancouver is far from lacking in things to do and see, it is next to impossible to find someone to do them with. People stay very isolated to their own little groups, making it difficult for newcomers to find a place to fit in.
02/04/2013 02:13 EST
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Why I'm Saying Yes To (Mom) Bangs

One of the reason I just got "mom bangs": There is a deep wrinkle above one of my eyebrows that drives me crazy. To anyone else it's nothing, but to me it's a crease I would rather not see every day.
01/31/2013 04:16 EST