Friday, March 27, 2015

Baby Talk Rocks

A light hearted peek into my Friday morning:

My 3yr Old: "I want a**holes for breakfast."

Me: "What!?"

My 3yr Old: "I want a**holes please!"

Me: "Ummm... I don't think..."

My 3yr Old: "A**holes and kiwis please!"

Me: "Oooohhh! WAFFLES!! No problem kiddo."

*laughs* precious.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Enough With The Artificial Sweeteners!

I'm a mom of two toddlers. The last thing I need are "surprises" in what I thought were healthy food purchases. I'm mad.
Del Monte: Sucralose!

So, here's my morning: I cleaned up two poo-splosions, my 1 year old fell off the couch because he's so tall he can climb things he has no clue how to get off of. I dug a shard of plastic out of his mouth (he opened the heat vent and fished it out of the duct), both kids have impressively runny noses, I did an overflowing dishwasher, folded laundry, and answered a bunch of emails. This week my Awesome Husband is working till 8:30pm every night because it's crunch week before his students present their school play. I'm a tad frazzled.

The fridge is looking a bit bare so I grab a can of fruit salad from the cupboard to include in our lunch. I bought a new kind packed in water instead of syrup. I think I've earned Mom Points by finding a low sugar option. Surprise!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How To Build Awesome Forts With Your Kids

It's fort week! I'm posting on social media this week getting fellow moms to build awesome forts with their kids and share the photos. Kids love forts, and what's not to love? A tiny house inside a house! Kid-size! Secret areas where kids can hide. I was crazy for forts when I was a kid and built many an epic blanket-castle along with my 3 siblings when we were growing up. Many times we turned the entire living room into a giant fort. Come to think of it, that must have drove my parents crazy. No matter, as a mom of a 1 and 3 year old, I get to make forts again, which I do almost once a week, especially in the winter when playing outside is less of an option.

Forts don't have to be elaborate or cause a big mess. Here are some simple ideas to get you started with what's around your home.

Friday, March 28, 2014

For Some Women: Breastfeeding Sucks

Somewhere out there, silently drowning in the "breast is best" hype, the mommy shaming, and the pressure to give their child every possible head-start in life, is a segment of new mothers who are utterly struggling in a nightmare of trying to breastfeed. I know because I'm one of them. Often the limit of the support they receive begins and ends at a well meaning but unhelpful suggestion to talk to a lactation consultant or join a support group. The implication being that if they just connected with the right piece of magical advice it would all snap into place. That's not always the case, and the implication that absolutely anyone can breastfeed successfully with the right amount of effort is harmful. Here's my story.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Great Moments In Parenthood: Ball Pit

Parenthood is filled with great moments when we just sit back and laugh at life and our kids. Recently while having a few friends over, my almost two year old son decided to crawl through one of the smaller holes on his inflatable ball pit. He got stuck. What I love so much about this moment (besides the fact that we caught it on video) is how determined he was to figure it out himself. Only after a full minute of trying out different tactics to free himself, did he start to wine for rescue. It's encouraging to see such smiles in the midst of great effort!

What are some of your favourite moments with your kids?

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Stay At Home Mom Decision: Social

Women (and men!) who are facing the decision of whether to return to work or stay at home with their new child agonize over many aspects of this life-altering choice. Can we afford it? Will I be bored? Am I cut out for all day care of a child? What will my days be like? Will I miss my work connections and interests? In this multi-article series I will discuss the many sides of this big decision and help new moms feel good about their choice. Today's subject: the social impact of the stay-at-home mom decision.

Social Impact Of Staying At Home

For many parents, this is a huge, huge worry when deciding whether to stay at home with young children. For others, it's hardly a consideration. Are you a social butterfly? Do you define yourself by your friends, connections and social life? Or, are you more of a homebody, comfortable doing your own thing and checking in with contacts once in a while? Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to become a stay at home mom or dad:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Arranging Meetings With Clients

One of the biggest challenges when working from home is how and where to hold meetings with current and prospective clients. This is compounded when caring for small children who typically and maintain a level of professionalism and organization? Here are some tips that can help.
cannot be informed about the need to stay quiet and out of the way for a little while. How can you meet with clients and give presentations when you're a work-at-home mom