Downtown Ottawa is full of pubs and patios…and playdates? That describes Karie’s urban lifestyle to a tee. When her daughter was born a few years ago, she decided to resist the urge to move to the suburbs and stick it out in the core, and her blog, Pub Patio Playdate, talks openly about all the good, the bad, and the definitely unusual that living downtown can bring.
Turns out, there’s a ton of great stuff going on in centretown. Through Karie’s enthusiastic reviews, links, and lists, you’ll find tons of great ideas, places, and activities to lure you into braving the downtown parking situation. She’s constantly out and about with her daughter, be it to traditionally adult spaces like pubs or “nice” restaurants, to parks, museums, and markets. There’s no better place on the web to really get a feel for what it means to be right in the heart of Ottawa – it’ll make you proud to live here, and eager to get out there and explore all this great city has to offer.
There are challenges too, but Karie’s always up to facing them with an array of original and unique ideas. Living in a small space – a downtown requirement – has led to lots of great posts on how to make rooms do double duty, how to live with the toy crunch when you’re short on storage, and even how to manage street parking when the street is already maxed out. There’s not much in the way of a big lawn when you’re living urban, but you’d be surprised at the range of green spaces she’s been able to discover – and share with the world. It’s a treasure trove of lifestyle ideas that can work for any family, anywhere.
What secrets does this downtown parent have this year? Come and find out at Blog Out Loud 2014.