Tag: kids

Whatever Makes You Happy

This is a re-post from a couple of years ago - I thought it was a good time to remind people of this. Remember to find some time to relax this week. :)  I read a fantastic post a couple of years ago by Jennifer Powell about celebrating something when YOU want to - not when the calendar says you HAVE to. (Moveable Feast) I really feel like I can do this now without feeling guilty. Happy  My husband and I have rescheduled celebrations in the past because we haven't had a choice and always felt it was a let down to people. Not to mention…

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gifting basics

Building A Better Wish List

Do you ever feel like Christmas gift giving is going over the top? For me it got to the point where I felt like I was buying and buying and buying but it was not satisfying. It felt hollow to just pile on another present that is nice but not really necessary.  Plus, how many gifts do your kids really use after they open them anyway? My son has a bunch of things in a bag from 2 years ago that he hasn't even gone through since he unwrapped them and took them up to his room.  It makes me sad thinking about…

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Temporary Empty Nest Syndrome

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your house back to yourself again? To be free of the accumulation that builds up whenever there are kids around regardless of their ages? Or at least to put it all away for a little while? time We are about to have the opportunity to find out about this.  This school year my son will be going back to his 3rd year of computer studies at university and my daughter will be starting in medical sciences at college. Both will be living away from home. Even though they won't…

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The Summer Drive Hack

Have you heard the great news? (This is something I would have loved when my kids were little.) Netflix has teamed up with Rogers to give you free "Download Zones" on some major routes for every long weekend this summer - until September 1st! This is a great idea to kill time on the long drives up or if any 'overtired' incidents occur on the way back, stop off for a quick download on the way home. If your kids are anything like mine were, after a day of rabble rousing with the cousins or at an awesome park, they'd either…

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Is French Immersion Worth it?

My French Immersion Experience I have been asked many times in the past 15 years if having my kids in French immersion was a good idea. Here are some of my thoughts:  Both my kids went full immersion, my daughter from senior kindergarten at age 5–6 and my son a bit later halfway through grade 1. We were told that by grade 3 they would be equal with English main stream students in terms of having caught up with lessons.  We decided to enter this program because my son was hugely exceeding expectations for grade 1 in English only school.…

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Fairy Dust

It's true that with teens in this house there isn't as big an audience for this amazing craft as there used to be. Now I have to count on nieces, nephews and littles who visit to appreciate these tricks. I don't mind since I consider it part of staying in shape for future grandkids - this kind of craft will blow away their little imaginative minds and they'll be so enthralled!  First you have to realize that it's the simple things that have the most impact on littles. I've always believed that less is more with young kids and if you…

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Toonies4Tummies

I've just had the pleasure of watching an auditorium full of high school kids turn into Agents of Change. These future leaders came together with their teachers and school administration to donate a couple of dollars each for the pleasure of watching a movie together. Each kid in that audience learned that there are more than 36,000 kids in their region who rely on nutrition programs to eat at school or in community centres daily. toonies4tummies In this post I'm going to give you the chance to donate to this program online three times. This is the first time - click…

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Protected Not Infected – the HPV Vaccine

If I could give my kids a vaccine for all the cancers out there I would. Our family has been impacted too many times from this hideous disease and 7 years ago when my son was twelve, we knew that getting him vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) was the right thing to do. He was old enough to understand from the discussions we had with our doctor that he was doing something important to protect not only himself but his future partners as well. Our daughter was vaccinated in grade 8, 4 years ago. I overheard her telling a classmate as they…

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Packing Challenge

Today is another bittersweet day at our house. My son is up in his room contemplating packing for his second year at university where he will be living in a rental house with a bunch of friends. Last year we had many trips to the stores to stock up with everything he needs but this year, the challenge is getting him to pack. Being more independent now he doesn't want help. The thing is he hasn't started this process yet. Tomorrow is the day we fill up the van for the early morning move the next day into a rental house two hours…

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Home of the Boovs

We just watched a delightful move called Home. It's a Dreamworks Animation film on Netflix and sure it's a "kid's" film but my 17 year old and I loved it. It kind of reminded me of shows like the Flintstones where the humour can be appreciated by kids and adults. With the voice talents of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Nick Fletcher how could it not be awesome?  In brief, it's about a misfit alien named 'Oh' whose species conquers Earth, befriends an adventurous teen girl named 'Tip' and together they save the world. I also love how this show has a strong female…

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Not the End of the World

Bedwetting is not the end of the world but when you are dealing with it in the deepest, darkest hours of the night you tend to think it is. Sometimes things are tough to cope with at that time. We have "a person" in our family who isn't quite ready to talk about this issue. They accept what happened and why but they don't wish to share the details just yet. They need to put a few more decades in between. And that's fine. I'm going to discuss how this affected me as a mother. How I spent over a…

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The Horrors of a Learner’s Permit

Sometimes... I feel like it will give me a heart attack. This is the year we have had two G1 drivers in the house. In case you don't know what that means, it's a level of driver's license that means a fully licensed driver must be in the car at all times. Sober. It's a learner's permit basically - stage two. horrors If the student has attended a driving school they will be allowed to apply for their G2 in 8 months. Otherwise they must wait a whole year before attempting it. They can drive everywhere except federal highways. ( The…

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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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Reflections of a Grumpalump

Reflections of a Grumpalump... Can I say it now? I have been, amongst other things, treated like dirt, hijacked in the middle of what I thought was a neutral conversation, not thanked, vomited on, and taken for granted for a long time. Sure, sure kids it's ok to vent, feel safe and loved no matter what you dish out. You guessed it - I am a mum. It's awesome to have mini versions of hubs and I who know it all and exist solely to correct me in my old feebleness. Thank dogs they can tell me "it’s not the seventies" anymore -…

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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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