Episode 41: Jess Holt

jessholtMeet Jess Holt, the wry wit and graphic designer by trade who offers a raw, insightful look at life as the mother of twins on Grace & Champ.

Jess started the blog as a way to connect with adults after emerging from the first-year fog of somewhat unexpected parenthood, multiplied by 2. “I didn’t want it to be just about parenting, but it turns out that’s all I do,” she says.

You don’t get tips from Jess, nor do you get a candy-coated celebration of the joys of motherhood. You get candour, which brings with it reassurance that raising kids is stressful and crazy-making, and all you can do is your best, which is good enough.

We talk about shutting down unsolicited advice, the heebie-jeebieness of the term “mommy blogger,” and the feeling of being outnumbered, among other things. Have a listen:

You can also get it in iTunes, on SoundCloud or on Stitcher.

Jess recommended these local blogs and podcasts:

  • Raising Edmonton, Lori Godin’s compendium of things to do with your kids;
  • The Momoirs, Hannah Hamilton’s unvarnished truth about parenting;
  • The Undad, Trent Wilkie’s blog about raising one (and soon two) kids;
  • I Have Some Notes, the new podcast from Colin MacIntyre and Gregg Beever on how to fix a bad movie.

You can follow Grace and Champ on Twitter and on Facebook.


eek logo - 640x480_3This week’s Seen and Heard in Edmonton is brought to you by Eek Fest, the pop culture fair at Servus Place in St. Albert on June 4 and 5.

You’ll find five halls of fun, featuring Lego, comics, collectibles, video games, zombies, Nerf guns, live improv, cosplay and more.

Family passes are $39.99; adult weekend passes are $19.99 and kids get in for $8 (plus fees). Get your tickets today!


Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.


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