Meet Racheal: our fun-loving (and funny) mom blogger


There’s an old proverb that says God could not be everywhere and that’s why he made mothers.

Being a mom in this millennium is an odd, conflicting and wonderfully challenging thing.  And while there are days when I feel like taking an extended alcoholiday, mostly it’s a great adventure filled with a lot of humour.

I’m an average mom
So why am I writing this blog?  Sure, I’ve photographed Harry Potter, hung out with our Prime Minister and gotten make-up tips from Kim Cattrall and Tori Spelling, but really it’s because I’m just an average mom.

I’ve been happily married for over 14 years.  To the same guy.  We have two great kids who we occasionally threaten to sell to the gypsies.

Meet the kids
Darling Daughter is 9 and wants to be a writer, a mother, a doctor and a princess.  In that order.  Baby Boy is 6 and totally into baseball, soccer and entomology, though I do catch him singing the soundtrack for Legally Blonde: The Musical from time to time. He’s got a great voice…

Though we’ve lived in eastern Ontario, on a cruise ship and in Miami, we currently split our time between the big city of T.O. and a small town in Elgin County.

What I do for work
I work as a photojournalist, and am also on the board of two arts charities. This allows me to work mostly from home so I can take care of my family.  In my spare time I write award-winning musicals, which might help explain why the soundtrack to Legally Blonde: The Musical got into a 6 year old’s head in the first place.

I’ve been a part of the Canadian Living family since 2009, but they’ve been part of my family for as long as I can remember. From standing on a stool in the kitchen helping my mom stir ingredients from the latest recipe, to appearing in the mag when I was 14, to learning how to cook a casserole in my 20′s, CL’s always been a staple.

What I do for play
I run so I can eat Big Macs, I’m addicted to Top Model, I’m an avid reader with wide spread tastes and I love redeeming my Shoppers points.

I blog while I’m baking, I text while I’m toilet-scrubbing, and occasionally do the school run in heels.  I feel like a juggling act on a very thin high wire most of the time, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Some of us might have different oars, but we are all in the same boat, rowing in the same water.  And I’m just like you: a Canadian mom.

  • Helen Racanelli

    Great proverb. Isn’t it the truth?! Ha!