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I’ve been trying to clean up my act: my stress levels, wellness routines, eating habits and beauty products. Some things have worked well and some haven’t (still haven’t found a natural deodorant that works with my hyperhidrosis, so leave me a comment below with suggestions). I’ve long been a fan of Beautycounter products and when […]

My top clean(er) beauty and skincare products.

LIFE

Top 10 Clean(er) Skincare Products

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I originally started Comms Mom back in the winter of 2020 to reach other moms working in communications who loved their careers, their family and travel. Little did I know that just a couple of months later, my dreams of blogging about my business travel tips and our worldwide family adventures would come to a […]

Solgaard's Check-In Closet suitcase.

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Top 5 Gifts for Traveling Moms

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I originally had this info in another post, but it ended up being long enough for a post of its own. Last year, after a TON of research, I decided to apply for an American Express Platinum card. I knew that once it was safe to travel again, I would start looking for deals and […]

LIFE

Why I Love AMEX Platinum

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This weekend, it’s my dad’s birthday. His health has rapidly deteriorated since the beginning of the pandemic and my heart breaks every single day that I can’t be there to help my mom, dad, brother and sister-in-law.   Why can’t I be there? Well, I am a dual citizen–a Canadian living in the U.S.–and the […]

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What It’s Like as a Canadian-American During the COVID Border Closure

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I know so many of you are travelers like me. As we headed into 2021, I was hoping that I could soon begin traveling again. But, knowing a lot of the countries I’d like to visit are still shut down, I am now looking ahead to 2022. That being said, what I’ve realized is that […]

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Wistfully Travel Planning: Japan

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If you read my previous post, you’ll recall my daughters and I did a mandatory 14-day quarantine when we went home to Canada to see my family. Overall, I did a pretty good job of preparing and packing (minus forgetting my older daughter’s laptop charger), but I thought I’d share a few things I wish […]

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What I Wish I Had Brought Into Quarantine

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If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I was born and raised in Canada. I’ve lived all over the U.S., but settled in Michigan in 2005, so I could be within an hour’s drive of my family across the border. In normal times, we’d see my parents every week or every other […]

Quarantining with kids

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Prepping For Quarantine in a Different Country

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I’m not sure what led to my desire to see the world. Perhaps it was because I was fascinated with my paternal grandparents’ stories of where they grew up (Ukraine and Poland). Maybe it was because my hometown was very diverse with many of my friends being first- or second-generation Canadians. Regardless, although my family […]

WORK

How Studying Abroad Shaped My Career

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I don’t think most people could have imagined just how far-reaching the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak would be. Perhaps, medical professionals and scientists, but I doubt the average person gave it much thought unless they were either in a directly affected area or someone they loved was. Unfortunately, with so much conflicting information floating around (“Don’t […]

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Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19 and Trip Cancellations

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Is anyone else a tote hoarder? Are you always searching for the perfect ONE, the one bag that can do it all: look good for work, traveled well and can carry around a laptop, chargers, makeup, snacks, a water bottle, a change of clothes for the kiddos and books you never get to read? Yeah, […]

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