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Mom’s Unplugged Invades Kingston

Girls Weekend When you are a parent working your ass off to keep your sanity in check, your kids alive, and your world moving along you tend to need to force the issue of chilling out. It's important to get away and breathe different air around different people once in a while. Recently a few friends and I decided to get away from our kids. We needed a little help justifying it so we called it work and are spreading the word about some amazing adventures you can take with your pals. Follow along with us at #MomsUnpluggedCa beginning with a trip…

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Cha-cha-cha-changes and the Green Acres Inn

I have been writing a series about my son living at university in another town. I like to explore his temporary home whenever we go to visit him either for pick ups or drop offs. It is a town our family has grown to love. The series is called #QueensUmum and it is about our adventures in Kingston, Ontario.  I would never have found this lovely place if not for the fact that my son is attending Queen's University. It's limestone buildings are rich with the history of Britain and Canada.  We've stayed in many fine hotels since the summer of 2015. Recently, my…

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The Return of Thing 1

I drove Thing 1 back to School today. It wasn't a very dramatic farewell as it has been every other time. I'd heard that Thanksgiving was when: Stress from everything either makes them crash or it all starts to make sense; They feel more comfortable in their dorms, and know where everything is on campus; The kids come back to school with colds ( he's predictably got the sniffles ); He's definitely fitting in now and is more comfortable.  A certain calmness has descended.  This weekend marks the first visit home from Thing 1 - the first time since he's left to go to…

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Moving in day…AKA the BIG LEAP

(Here is an audio version I recorded of this blog. Feel free to listen as you read through although I have to warn you - I get a bit emotional!) Listen: [audio m4a="http://www.eclecticsoapbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Moving-In-Day.m4a"] or, Read: This was the day I had been dreading for months. The day my first born - Thing 1, moved out of our home to go to school for four years. Guess what? I survived. But it has taken me two weeks to sit down and write about it. The first week I still felt too fragile. Nothing was right when I woke up in the…

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5 Fun Family Things to do in Burlington Part 2

More Family Fun in Burlington! Day 2 After a great sleep at the Waterfront Hotel our friendly driver Don picked us up and drove to Beach Life Forever. He was the person who got us everywhere we needed to go on our first day on this adventure too. I love having someone drive me to the airport - I will definitely call Airways Transit the next time we take a trip. Don was a great driver. Friendly and knowledgeable about the area. 3. Burlington Beach Rentals - Yoga Here are some of the other fine bloggers I was on the tour with. There…

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How to Survive Your Child Leaving Home

People keep telling me that he'll be fine, he needs to grow into the adult he will be, he has to make his own mistakes now. I know that. And I know I've done my job and he will be fine. Plus, it'll only be temporary, I hope. Long ago, I lived in residence and I think I remember a few things that will help him feel at home and prepared. Here are some of my ideas: Getting ready to go We aren't going to leave this until the day before. Not while I'm still in charge haha. We've been looking at lists on…

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Free Money for School

I can't believe how much paperwork is involved with sending your child to University. Some papers you must fill in over a year in advance. Some you can't fill in until graduation. In between there are more forms than I could keep track of. In Canada, there are many places to find free money including companies you or your family works for, places you do business with, (i.e. banks,) your high school, civic organizations and the college or university you are considering. As well: Scholarships Canada University Study Yconic Government of Canada Youth Financial Consumer Agency of Canada CanLearn OSAP Here's…

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Time to Slam into a Brick Wall – Again

Time Have you ever looked at your crying, runny nosed, unrelenting, needing 'who knows what' baby and felt like time was standing still? Like you were stuck in an unending merry-go-round of feeding, changing, cleaning, carrying, repeat? I felt that way many times 18 years ago. Some days I thought I’d never get through it. I was miserable and my new son was an uncommunicative alien who was unreasonable and sucking the life out of me.  I’d been on the fast track with my career in a very powerful, rapidly expanding National communications company as purchasing manager. The money, benefits and four weeks vacation…

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Preparing for the Big Leap

As many of you may know, Thing 1 is heading off to Queen’s University this fall. #noTears! The Big Leap In order to help get him ready, we’ve decided to take a few trips to Kingston to check out the new "hood". The transition from high school to university will be shocking enough without having to worry about getting around campus, buying groceries, a shirt or finding some decent fries. I can’t do much to help once school starts - especially being as far away as we’ll be. But I can do something now to assist him in preparing for "the big leap".…

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5 Fun Family Things to do in Burlington Day 1

5 Fun Family Things to do in Burlington Day 1 Recently I was invited to participate in a tour of Burlington, Ontario. While not paid to write this review, I was able to sample services and products from the area. It was a most enjoyable trip. Waterfront Hotel guest services notions I stayed in the Waterfront Hotel at the end of Brant Street. The view from my room was spectacular. I could see the lake right out my window. The staff was friendly and the room clean and nicely appointed. There were big fluffy pillows to sink into at the…

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Eclectic Adventures in Orono

"Main Thru Church" Antique Mall If you are looking for someplace intriguing to hang out in for a few hours, Orono may have you losing all track of time. There are so many different things to do there from parks and shops to explore to gastronomical treats that will make you want to come back again and again. On this day I checked out some really nice places including one of their antique stores. Here are some cool finds from the Main Thru Church Antique Mall: Come have a look in Orono to see what else is in stock. Many different vendors are…

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Think, Blink and Get the Heck Outta Here!

If I could somehow be transported to a place anywhere within the blink of an eye, where would I go? My first instinct is to think of one of the many lovely beaches I remember, perhaps in the Haliburtons. Because it is very cold right now though I’d rather go to the southern end of the continent and in Florida to the beach I visited two years ago called Clearwater. It was a lovely beach with soft sand like baby powder. I couldn't stop picking the sand up and letting it run through my fingers. So soft.  The obligatory palm trees…

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Our Trip to the Future

We awoke to the alarm blaring at 4am Friday morning. It was dark - really dark. I went and woke Thing 1 up then jumped in the shower. After drying and dressing I went to wake Thing 1 up again. He likes to sleep. Breakfast, ready and out the door to Ottawa. Thing 1 went to sleep. We were accompanied by two other high school students who had already decided on Carleton and another mother. It was snowy, pretty quiet and did I mention dark? After much driving, a quick stop at Timmies and Ottawa's morning rush hour, we arrived…

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