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Having said that, I love to hear from people who read this blog, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or to e-mail me at hello (at) danigirl (dot) ca.

You can stalk me across the Interwebs:
Twitter: @DaniGirl
Facebook: Blog
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Flickr: Dani_Girl
Instagram: Dani_Girl
Portraits: Mothership Photography
Commercial photography: Getty Images
LinkedIn: Danielle Donders

You can find out more about me and the blog on the – surprise! – about me page.

A special note to advertisers, marketers and PR firms:

This site is a labour of love and the purpose of the blog is connection and community, not profit. I do accept some advertising and I do a limited number of giveaways and sponsored posts. I do not accept guest posts, paid or otherwise. Please contact me for more information.

Marketing and PR folks, I don’t mind reading your pitches – sometimes, they’re quite entertaining! – but I’ll save us both some time if you’ll read this ‘pitch policy’:

Although not legally bound by the FTC’s disclosure guidelines, I will always clearly state whether I’ve been compensated in any way (including freebies) for writing about a product or service.

I strongly value the trust that my readers have invested in this blog and my opinion, so I only blog about product that I can personally endorse. If you’d like to see the kinds of products and services I’ve reviewed in the past, take a look at my Reviews, Promotions and Giveaways category.

I love to give stuff away to my readers, but I still have to believe in your product or service.

I’m located in Ottawa, Canada, so I’m only interested in products or services that are easily accessible to Canadians.

Here are some of the things I’m passionate about (you’re much more likely to catch my attention if your product or service works itself into one of these categories):

– family-related events and activities in Ottawa/Gatineau
– photography
– life with three little boys
– balancing work and home life
– accessible and universal child care
– road trips and traveling with kids
– books
– Canadian culture
– healthy living
– parenting philosophies
– social media
– infertility and reproductive technologies

A link has as much value as a recommendation, so I don’t usually participate in link exchanges unless I feel your site will be of particular interest to my readers. I don’t accept unsolicited guest posts.

Unfortunately, I simply don’t have the time to respond to every e-mail I receive. I do read them all eventually, but sometimes it takes me a few days to catch up!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Milan July 24, 2009 at 10:50 am

I saw on another site that you were another quasi-official photographer at the Blog Out Loud event yesterday, so I thought I would have a look at your site.

I notice we are both using the Thesis theme, but yours has been nicely customized. Did you do that yourself, or did you hire a web designer? I like thesis a lot, but would like to make my site look a bit more distinctive.



2 Erin Oltmanns August 19, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Rebecca Delight contacted you about contributing to a 9/11 piece on, I have the text, but I still need to get a photo of your to accompany your article. Would you mind sending me one? It needs to be at least 200×200.

Thank you!

3 Laura October 8, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Hello! I really love your beautiful photographs and was wondering if you are planning a photo for 350 – Oct 24th? I would love to see Ottawa represented but have no idea on how to take a good/interesting group photo with my little automatic camera. Anyway, I thought of you. Happy Long weekend! Laura

4 gina May 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm

My husband came home from work and told me he heard something on the radio about the government giving funds to help people with infertility!! I was so excited and i had to go online and research it! I have PCOS and We have been trying for a long time and we have been to a private fertility clinic for years now and with no success and spending what ever money we had on trying!! Its so hard, and I was always so angry because i knew that all that was standing in the way of me ever having a child was about $7000. i knew I would never be able to get that money, it was just impossible. I am so happy to hear of this, and i hope it all follows through! We want nothing more then to have a child of our own!! Thankyou for posting this information! god bless

5 Bonita July 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Hi Dani,

How are you enjoying your photography course at SPAO? I’m thinking about taking the same course this fall and so I’m wondering if you are learning what you were hoping to learn.


6 Lee-Ann Sleegers November 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Hey Dani,

After several attempts Richard has gotten me to look at your site and it looks like it is going to take me a fair bit of time to work my way through it. I asked him if he participates in your discussion and he said no because he isn’t a Mommy. So look for me hanging out here on occasion and adding my two cents to some of your topics.


7 Julie November 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Hi Dani,

I wanted to comment on your 365 project – your pictures are amazing! The creativity of the baby pictures is outstanding. Love the soda glass and the baby with the drainer (and your reflection in there)!


8 Annette October 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Hello! I built my fist ttv camera contraption today out of a cracker box! I do on think it is quite tall enough though? I am having trouble getting my camera to focus. Any help would be appreciated!

9 Patricia March 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Hi,One of my friends recognized Marika in your blog as she’s been reading it for a few years, so I thought I’d come by and have a peak. Great site and great pic of Marika and the cupcake. Would you mind sending me that pic? It’s so funny and so her!!!!

10 Plumbers Ottawa April 13, 2016 at 7:24 am

Hi, Dani! I love your blog, it is so realistik and fulled of life experience. Your photos are wonderful. Thank you for your creativity!

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