If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a blog carnival is an opportunity to gather a collection of posts on a particular topic from a variety of thematically similar bloggers. Since I know that many of my readers also have their own blogs, I thought it would be fun and interesting to share a bunch of different viewpoints in one place.

A carnival provides a venue for bloggers to gain more exposure to the larger community, and for existing readers to find new blogs to follow.

My plan is to make this a monthly occurrence, but I’ll start by hosting one and see how it goes. If you have any suggestions for future topics, please feel free to email me!

The carnival will take place on: Friday, March 16th

The topic will be: Parenting against the grain (thanks to Rachel at The Minimalist Mom for planting this seed with one of her recent comments).

When we become parents (or parents-to-be), it seems that our unconventional diet, exercise and lifestyle decisions suddenly become everyone else’s business. Have you ever felt judged for going against “conventional wisdom” with your approach to pregnancy or child rearing? How do (or will) you deal with questions and concerns from curious family, friends and strangers? Do (or will) you actively advocate for the Paleo/Primal/CrossFit lifestyle, or just quietly do your thing and try not to draw attention to yourself? 

You can answer any or all of these questions, in general, or in reference to specific incidents or decisions.

Please forward all submissions to: carli (at) onefitmom (dot) ca

The deadline for submissions is: 23:59 PST Friday, March 9th.


1. The post should be previously unpublished (ideally all new content, but at the very least, a completely revised version of an old post). Recommended length is 500 to 800 words, but you are free to convey your point of view in as few or as many words as you require.

2. The post must be edited and “print-ready” before submission. Please do not submit drafts, and please have someone proof-read your work. Posts that are laden with spelling and grammar errors — or that are irrelevant to the specified topic — will be excluded from the carnival.

3. I reserve the right to exclude posts from the carnival for content that would be deemed by any reasonable human being to be offensive or inappropriate, so please keep the profanity to a minimum and avoid expressing opinions that are racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. (Not that I actually expect to have any problems with this!)

4. Once your post has been accepted to the carnival, do not publish your post before the carnival date. I will email each participant with posting instructions before the day of the carnival.

5. All blog posts remain the property of their authors. If your post is not included in the carnival, you are of course still welcome to publish it on your own blog, without linking to or referencing the carnival.

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