They’re Not Real Diamonds, and I’m Okay With That

My son made me a necklace

They often say it’s the simplest things that make us truly happy…

By: Sara Hodge

Forgive me if I’m out in left field on this one.

I realize I’m in the minority by saying I’ve never really been one to care much about jewellery. An irony that isn’t lost on my disappointed girlfriends, all apparently annoyed by the fact that my birthstone is a diamond.

My wedding / engagement ring combination has often been described as “dainty”, which always secretly amuses me, and to be honest I had nothing to do with picking it out, nor did I want to. My husband is a generous man, but he respected my preferences and found the perfect one.

Gold and diamonds just didn’t do anything for me.

That is, until now.

Because now, “diamonds” are Froot Loops. And I couldn’t be more proud to wear them.

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!