Nadia Carriere is a mom to two girls and a baby boy, a writer and the publisher of Child Mode. As a lover of style and fashion, Nadia found her ‘niche’ and love of children’s clothing while searching for quality items for her family.

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There are two main things I look for in a vehicle – fuel efficiency and space. The Honda Odyssey has both in spades. Over the past two weeks, we’ve been testing out the 2014 Odyssey SE, in fact we took it on a trip to Mackinac Island just to test out the gas mileage and see how it fared. This vehicle comes equipped with a V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. It offers 8-passenger seating,HandsFreeLink™-bilingual Bluetooth wireless mobile phone interface with a text message. There is plenty of space in the back and the seats have Lower Anchors and Tethers […] Continue reading →

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Oeuf recall alert! Yesterday, Oeuf issued a recall including four models of their Sparrow cribs. The cribs were sold in the colors birch, grey, walnut and white. The recalled cribs were manufactured between July 2007 and January 2014 and have one of the following model numbers: 1SPCR, 2SPCR, 4SPCR or 5SPCR. The manufacture date, in the MM-YYYY format, and the model number are located on the warning label attached to the crib’s mattress support. Oeuf has received four reports of the slats/spindles and the top rail detaching from the crib. No injuries were reported. The cribs were sold in specialty stores […] Continue reading →

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My girls have been hounding me for the past two months for mermaid tails. Real mermaid tails that they can wear to transform them into magical mermaids. And then of course, there are the merman (yes they do exist and I happen to have one). After the 1,038,489th request, I decided to hit up Etsy and search for some fun ideas. I found a few solutions for boys, girls and babies. This solid tail comes in several different colour options and a matching butterfly top. The tail is made with jewel, hologram or foil spandex tricot and comes open at […] Continue reading →

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As you know, we are a big fan of Carnival’s new ships. The Carnival Sunshine isn’t technically “new” although you would never guess it when onboard. Previously the Carnival Destiny,  the Carnival Sunshine holds 3,002 passengers and features everything from an onboard waterpark, a SkyCourse, an incredible amount of restaurants and activities onboard.  Last November we were invited onboard this new ship and took part in the Christening festivities. During the dockside ceremony in New Orleans, Lin Arison, the widow of Ted Arison (founder of Carnival Cruise Lines) christened the ship. Carnival also made a donation of $25,000 to the YoungArts […] Continue reading →

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There’s something about a good, hearty pasta dish that fills up more than just your belly. This dish is comfort food at its best. The sausage gives it that extra substance, and the bright flavors of asparagus, basil and lemon bring it to life. Whenever I make a big pot of this pasta, everyone wants seconds. It’s a summertime staple for us since it comes together in just twenty minutes and doesn’t require turning on the […] Continue reading →

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Want to win some of the awesome stuff you see at Babypalooza? All you need to do is: Open your Instagram account and follow your party hosts: http://instagram.com/desmiller http://instagram.com/childmode Then, follow each brand offering a giveaway: http://www.instagram.com/joovy http://www.instagram.com/britax http://www.instagram.com/DeltaChildren http://instagram.com/booninc http://instagram.com/jjcoleusa Now, as you visit each booth, post on Instagram and tweet out a photo from each brand using our hashtag #BTBBaby to showcase which product you like best in each booth.  Remember to tag the account that matches the prize you want to win!  And, if you have a bite of sweetness from Sprinkles or get a mani from […] Continue reading →

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My husband bought me a ring, a couple of years after we first met. It wasn’t fancy, or overly expensive, but it meant the world to me. The sterling silver band had intricate markings all around and there was a light blue gemstone in the middle, to represent my birthstone. I wore it every day, along with a gold anklet that he bought for me as a birthday present. The only time I ever took those pieces off was if I was working with my hands or wearing socks. During one of those rare days, I placed them both in […] Continue reading →

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