Brianna Bell


Brianna Bell is a Guelph-based journalist and mother of three young daughters. Brianna has written for The Globe & Mail, the Guelph Mercury and

I Know First-Hand the Effects of Childhood Trauma on Adults

By Brianna Bell / March 2, 2023

Childhood trauma affects all aspects of one’s health in adulthood, and can even lead to an earlier and untimely death.

6 Ways to Save Money on Halloween Costumes for Kids

By Brianna Bell / September 20, 2019

Halloween costumes can get pricey, especially if you buy them brand new and fully packaged. But there are plenty of ways around spending an arm and a leg on a scream-worthy costume.

Best Apple-Picking Orchards in the GTA

By Brianna Bell / September 3, 2019

Always a favourite family activity, apple picking is the perfect fall tradition. Here’s a list of some of the best apple orchards near Toronto, many with plenty of fun activities happening, too.

The Top Natural Playgrounds to Visit in Ontario

By Brianna Bell / July 17, 2019

There’s been a rise in natural playgrounds in Ontario, and it’s no wonder. They’re fun and unique, and a recent study shows that incorporating natural elements into children’s play areas can actually help lessen depressive moods in young kids. Here are some of the best natural playgrounds in Ontario.

Kids’ Books That Teach Self-Control & Self-Regulation

By Brianna Bell / March 6, 2019

Having your kids understand and practice self-regulation can feel like a lofty goal when children are young and impulsive. But it’s a skill that can and should be taught. Here’s a list of books that can help preschoolers and early learners.

This Is Not a Drill: A Harry Potter-Themed Restaurant is Opening Up in Ontario

By Brianna Bell / March 4, 2019

Lumos and Nox is opening soon in Guelph and promises to be a hot destination for all fans of Harry Potter.

10 Great Experiences Kids Will Love Getting as Gifts

By Brianna Bell / December 7, 2018

There are plenty of things that kids can receive in lieu of a tangible gift, but here are ten we know kids will love.

Vulnerability Might Be a New Trend, But Should We Really Share As Much As We Do?

By Brianna Bell / September 26, 2018

Over the years I’ve debated what parts of my story to share, and where to hold back. I’ve considered my children and what they’ll one day read, and also others that would be impacted by my truth-telling crusade.

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5 Easy Things to Do with Babies & Toddlers When Your Older Kids Go Back to School

By Brianna Bell / September 13, 2018

For some of us, the transition to school leaves our children divided. My four-year-old and six-year-old have gone off to full-day school, leaving my one-year-old at home, where she will remain for the next three years.

I’m Not a Pinterest Mom. And I’m Finally Okay With It.

By Brianna Bell / September 10, 2018

It took me a lot of effort and discarded organizational books to realize that we aren’t all meant to be the same.