Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Sharing My Writing On Other Sites

It's that time of the month again when I share some of the writing I've been completing for other publications.

Nowadays as my full-time job I write and ghostwrite articles for online publications, organizations and blogs, in addition to providing public relations services.  While I can't really share my ghostwritten articles on this platform, cause then I wouldn't really be a ghostwriter would I, I can share some of the other stuff I have been working on.

Click on the links for the topics that interest you most, and if you enjoy what I wrote please share, like, and follow, and keep parenting and reading on!  If you have any ideas for a story, a playground review, or article on any front, feel free to shout it out!  I'm always looking for new sources of inspiration!


Parenting Fails





13 Posts Moms Made That Got Them Into Serious Trouble

15 Times Mom Didn't Know She Was Breaking The Law



Parenting Like A Boss


Back To School - September Family Resolutions

Pregnancy & Baby Care




25 Of The Girliest Baby Names All Moms Will Love

15 Of The Most Childish Mistakes Parents Make In The First Year

20 Bohemian Baby Names That Are Taking Over The World

15 Pregnancy Milestones Dads Always Miss But Later Regret

Can't Lose The Mommy Pooch?  Here's Why

Entertainment & Celeb Gossip



Stars Who Are Poor Next To Stephen Hawking

Check Out These 15 Game of Thrones Stars In These Other Roles

15 Confessions From Celebrity Doctors



Tuesday, 3 October 2017

There's A Hole In My Bucket - Autumn 2017 Bucket List

The minions really loved knocking items off of bucket lists since we started the project last winter, and we've continued it each season.  I'm happy to report that we keep getting better at knocking things off of our list and actually managed to complete 24 out of 34 items on our summer bucket list, 18 out of 30 items on our spring bucket list (both much better than the 14 we managed on our winter bucket list!   Bucket lists have inspired us to book activities, appreciate what each season has to offer and get out and move, even when we were tempted to just curl up and binge on some Netflix.  Since some of the items are still doable for summer we moved a few from spring over to our summer bucket list that we worked on collectively as a family over the past few days.

This list is designed to get us out there and enjoy everything that fall has to offer; I'm hoping that we keep improving our records and eventually complete all the check marks.

Feel free to steal ideas from our list, and if you have any must see / must do suggestions please let us know so we can keep adding to our own list.  I'll be adding check marks and writing posts as we cross stuff off our list.


One of my fav pictures from a hike looking for leaves last fall


  1. See Ninjago In Theatres
  2. Jump into a pile of leaves
  3. Decorate for Halloween
  4. Design and pick out our Halloween Costumes
  5. Host Thanksgiving
  6. Ride our bikes (learn to ride a bike)
  7. Go on three hikes
  8. Fly our kite
  9. Carve our pumpkins
  10. Create some leaf art
  11. Go Trick or treating
    Two Spidermans at Dollarama

  12. Watch Halloween specials: Garfield, Snoopy & the Nightmare Before Christmas
  13. Bob for apples
  14. Use outdoor fire pit
  15. Visit Pioneer Village
  16. Take pictures of the fall leaves changing colours
  17. Make a list of things we are thankful for
  18. Go to an outdoor flea market, harvest, or craft market
  19. Make a fall soup together
  20. Celebrate Nana and Papa's 50th wedding anniversary
  21. Drink hot apple cider
  22. Walk around in crunchy leaves
  23. Go to a Marlies Hockey game

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

My Kids In 140 Characters (Or Less)

We spend a lot of time with the minions and I'm fortunate enough to record the things that they say and do so I can look back on it and laugh.  Some of it makes the blog and other smaller moments don't.  One of the brilliant things about Twitter is how it's the ultimate parenting "elevator speech", because you have to keep it short. Below are Tweets, conversations, parental musings and things that the minions have done or said over the past month, for your reading pleasure that haven't made it to the blog.

1. J: Mommy ur name rhymes with butt Me: No it doesn't J: Then why do I use it so often when I'm writing songs about you? #parenting

2. J: What would happen if daddy & his boss threw poop at each other?  Me: They'd both get fired? J: Hmmm I thought so #ToddlerLife


Image Courtesy of Giphy


3. When you're sorta proud of your 6 yr old showing his displeasure towards u via #onomatopoeia #parenting

4. J: can you smell my new weapon? It's two fully loaded fart arms. #parenting

5. J: Why won't you let me watch the new Venom movie? Me: You're 6. J: So? Me: You're afraid of noisy hand dryers, you can't handle Venom

6.  Me (wearing eyeliner for the first time in months) M: you look so pretty mommy. You look just like a girl clown #parenting

Image Courtesy of Giphy

7. J: If u don't buy me an Incredible Hulk mini fig I'm going 2 turn into a demon Me: This is you being good? I call ur bluff demon #parenting

8. M: Is your purse a boy or a girl? Me: Neither. M: It needs a name. J: Let's call it Silky
M: Yeah, Silky Dawn #parenting #fashion

9. Cause #SillyPuddy removal from sheets is exactly what I had on the agenda today #parenting 


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Brave - Fighting Back Against Cancer

Cancer doesn't care. Cancer could care less if you're rich, poor, kind, mean, young, thin, fat, fit, old, or famous. There is no logic or compassion to cancer. It just is.  That doesn't make it any less deadly,  terrible, or  terrifying.  Cancer is lonely.  Cancer is stressful.  Cancer impacts all of us and the people that we love.  But that doesn't mean that we are helpless..

Last November my mother-in-law (and the minions grandmother) was diagnosed with an aggressive form of uterine cancer. As a loved one of someone who is going through treatment I've seen firsthand the emotional toll it can take, and as much support as a family can provide there's something to be said about other resources that go beyond family. My mother-in-law was lucky enough to find Wellspring, a network of community-based support centres offering programs and services that meet the emotional, social, practical and restorative needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them. My mother-in-law has been using their services in Oakville as she goes through her treatment and it’s really helped her to maintain a positive attitude.  She's attended sleep workshops, healthy cooking classes, and yoga classes, and has made a number of friends who understand what she's going through.
Grandma Joy and the Minions

I don't usually use my blog as a platform for fundraising, but this is such an important cause that I couldn't ignore the opportunity to write about it.

On October 15th my husband's band, When We Was Young, is hosting an amazing evening of music and comedy at the Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton Street Near College) with all proceeds going towards raising money for Wellspring.  In addition to hosting a show, there is also an awesome silent auction with some fantastic donations to bid on! (Including donations from: House of Anansi Press, Pinot's Pallette (sip and paint events), Mama Earth Organics (produce delivery baskets), DateNight Babysitting, Junction City Brewery, Hive & Hawk Salon, Bright Shadows Jewelry, Shawn Nolan Photography, Visuphoria Photography, and much, much more.


Toddler Cuddles


For anyone local who would like to find out more and purchase tickets to the show click here


Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door (if not at capacity) with all proceeds going to Wellspring to help others cope with a cancer diagnosis.


Tax Receipt Donations

Aren't local or can’t make the show but still want to contribute?  We’ve also set up a page specifically for DONATIONS here (tax receipts are available for any contributions donated over $20)

For those of you on Facebook, we would appreciate if you would share the Event https://www.facebook.com/events/111193299559602/


Although we have lost people in our lives to cancer, I have also known a lot of survivors.  People who are thankfully still with us today!

We’re so excited to be raising funds for such a valuable resource!



Monday, 18 September 2017

Happy Birthday To Me

Yesterday was my 39th birthday.  Hardly a milestone birthday, but a birthday none the less.  With this year, I have people asking me quite a bit about the looming big 40 - and how I feel about it.  So far, my anxiety level about those two numbers is quite low.  In my friend group some people have already launched into their 40's, some with more stress about the mid-life marker than others.

Back in January I began running again.  This is something that I hadn't done since when I was placed on modified bed rest when I was pregnant with the minions and I genuinely missed it.  The difference between beginning a running program in my late 30's compared with my late 20's is that my focus was on running without giving myself an injury, whereas before I'd be completely results focused. So far, so good.  Slowly, I built up my stamina and now I run three to four times a week usually as a midday break from sitting at my laptop working on freelance assignments.

As spring approached I started debating signing myself up for a run.  A lot of the dates in the spring and early summer conflicted with vacation and other family events.  So when I found out that there was a craft beer 5KM run on my birthday I asked Chris if he wanted to join me.  Chris wanted some added motivation for stepping onto the treadmill, and it was my birthday wish so he agreed.

A refreshing sampler in the shade


The run was a non-competitive event, on a really hot day, and I'll admit that I was worried I'd perform much worse than I have done on recent solo runs - even though the only person I was competing against was myself.  I didn't break any records or anything - but I managed to complete the run in the goal time I had set, and Chris jogged by my side, cause it was my birthday after all.

Following the run, we ate a bagel and banana each, drank some water and then we enjoyed our four beer samplers and the summer weather.  It didn't take long before I was itching to get back home to spend the rest of my birthday with the minions.  When I returned home we played, we cuddled, I took a nap, and then we had a bbq together, and red velvet cupcakes (made by Chris and the kids).  After dinner we watched some of my favourite classic Looney Tunes together, before we tucked in for a story and bed.

As Molly was getting ready for bed, she ran up to me and apologized for not remembering to ask me about my run.  She then asked, "Did you win mamma?"  I confirmed that I had.  She gave me a high five and a hug.  What a simple, but great way to ring in 39.

While I don't plan on signing up for a half marathon any time soon, I think I am going to be checking out some more runs to complete in my 39th year, particularly if there is beer at the finish line.

I am so thankful for this birthday and can't wait to see what changes and memories this year brings me and my family.


The last sips before heading home


Cheers to 39!

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Wonderwall - Our Trip To Canada's Wonderland

Sometimes a splurge is worth it.  This was the case for our day at Canada's Wonderland - Only we didn't know the return on our investment until after the day was over!

There's a couple more weeks left until summer is officially over, so we're still knocking the items off of our summer bucket list.  We had received coupons with their report cards for $12 off admission and I thought that would make things a lot more affordable (little did I know that this discount only applied to adults and parking alone would cost $22).

We still had some money left over from Nana and Papa for the minions birthdays, so thankfully we could use that towards a really great day, with a really hefty price-tag. With our discounts adult admission was still $58 and $45.50 for each child.  So when you include a pizza lunch (because there is no outside food allowed within the park gates), two drinks which we all shared and the promised funnel cake they'd try, a day for a family of four costs close to $275.00 (YOWZA!)  If you want to save a bit of cash you can bring a picnic, you just need to leave the park to enjoy it.

I now totally understand why people pay a little bit more to secure a season's pass, because it is worth it, but at this point we didn't know how the kids would fare at Wonderland, so it wasn't worth the gamble.  But for anyone interested in going, they currently have a deal going on where you can purchase a 2018 season pass and get one entry for this fall.

The kids were so excited to ride the red baron
Jack decided it would be fun to zip up his hoodie and pretend to be Dr. Scorpion for many of his ride experiences at the park. Which was pretty amusing for us to watch.



Flying high on the Great Pumpkin
Dr. Scorpion rides again
Chilling with Peppermint Patty


Checking out the iconic waterfall with Aunt S.

The trip was great, and the kids had a blast.  We really got to explore some roller coasters with them, and both kids love rides.  Favourites included the Ghoster-Coaster, and The Fly.  Both liked taking Thunder Run through the mountain, however there was some hesitation about going into the dark and seeing the dragon.

I'm on the fence as to whether or not this goes on our bucket list for next year, although both kids have said this was the most amazing day ever, so odds are we'll get a little more organized and make another visit next September, pay a few more bucks, and end up with 2019 season passes for our little thrill seekers.  Or I'll be keeping an eye out for a killer Groupon deal.

What are your favourite annual traditions with your kid?  What are their favourite theme parks?  I'm always looking for suggestions!

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Sharing My Writing On Other Sites

It's that time of the month again when I share some of the writing I've been completing for other publications.

My favourite articles to work on this month were sharing our story about giving up our master bedroom to the minions and my reflection on enjoying your children.  With the minions entering grade one in just a few days it was easy to get nostalgic (they're also still one of the best things to write about in my opinion).

Nowadays as my full-time job I write and ghostwrite articles for online publications, organizations and blogs, in addition to providing public relations services.  While I can't really share my ghostwritten articles on this platform, cause then I wouldn't really be a ghostwriter would I, I can share some of the other stuff I have been working on.

Click on the links for the topics that interest you most, and if you enjoy what I wrote please share, like, and follow, and keep parenting and reading on!  If you have any ideas for a story, a playground review, or article on any front, feel free to share it with me!  I'm always looking for new sources of inspiration!

Parenting Advice

Image courtesy of Giphy


Giving Up The Master Bedroom To Your Kids


A Parent's Guide to Enjoying Your Children, One Day At A Time


Teaching Kids With Non-Authoritarian Parenting

Pregnancy & Childbirth 

Image courtesy of Tenor


15 Childbirth Questions Every Mom Is Too Scared To Ask


20 Uncommon Baby Names That Are Strikingly Beautiful

Celeb Parenting Gossip

There have been a lot of jokes about how good this Home Alone star has been looking lately


14 Reasons Why These Celeb Kids Went Crazy AF


15 Celebrity Moms Who Love To Show Off Their Bods


15 Celebs Who Got Cheated On While Pregnant

Celeb Scandal 

Believe it or not, this is a photo of Katy Perry...that Russell Brand thought it would be 'fun' to share with the world


15 Shameless Photos of Usually Steamy Celebs


15 Hollywood Feminists Who Are Total Hypocrites


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Schooldays - A Note For All JK Parents

Dear Parents of JK Children or Kids entering school for the first time - This blog entry is for you.

Two years ago I optimistically approached my children's entry into Junior Kindergarten with open arms and an ear to ear grin.  They were going to meet new friends, they were going to learn awesome thing, and our daycare fees were going to diminish significantly. Everything was coming up unicorns, sparkles, and puppy dogs, until it wasn't.

In about a week a number of people I know are going to have their children entering school for the first time, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your kid is probably going to be a disaster for a little while, but that's completely normal.  Take a deep breath, by the time September is over all of this is going to be a new routine and you'll have earned a new parenting badge - Bravo!

What I learned During The First Month Of School



Jack fast asleep before dinner in the early days of JK


  • Even if your child has been in daycare since they were three months old, this is not the same as school, it will take your kiddo a while to adapt.  Think about it like you're starting a new job, they're four years old and don't have nearly the number of coping skills you do as an adult.  
  • Your kid might cry, freak out about drop off, and regress to some serious toddler behaviour but odds are they aren't going to be the most out of sort kid in the class...and even if they are I'm betting their teacher has seen much, much worse at one time or another.
  • Contact your child's teacher when you need to about their special snowflakeness, but don't overdo it. Remember your kid's kindergarten teacher also has 29 other eager beaver parents telling them in great detail about the minutia of little Bobby's bowel movements.  Don't be that parent.
  • You know how your kid hasn't napped for you in what feels like years?  Odds are they'll fall asleep at school in the first couple of weeks of class at least once. (Don't worry most teachers think it's kinda cute).
  • Your potty trained child is totally going to pee their pants (put spare clothes in their backpack just in case).  Even if they don't pee their pants they'll do something ridiculous at the water table that will require a change of clothes.
  • The number one way to make an enemy with your kid's teacher is to refer to kindergarten as "free daycare" - seriously some parents actually do this, which teachers naturally LOVE!
  • This new adjustment is going to turn your child into a total a$$h01e most evenings for the first few weeks of school.  Don't worry, odds are they're being great for their teacher and saving it all up for you, the parent!
  • Even the most beautiful bento boxed lunches will go uneaten, leaving you with a ravenous child twenty minutes after their bed time.  Good luck with that.
  • Most of those cute backpacks in the shape of animals aren't big enough to store your kids stuff and they're totally going to break.  The first year of school I skimped on backpacks and we busted three per child with wear and tear and poor sizing over the school year.  Packs that are designed to meet the ergonomic needs of kids aged 4-6 (think wider instead of taller, with a front clip to keep it from sliding off their shoulders works best).
  • In a year or two this will all be a memory tinted with rose coloured glasses.
As we approach grade one, my spidey senses are tingling.  Change is afoot!  

Good luck parents!  Enjoy kindergarten, cause before you know it, it will be a memory!


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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Road To Nowhere - 10 Tips For A Great Road Trip

We just got back from our first ever road trip as a family.  In just 11 days we travelled through four provinces and covered over 3200 KMs (not including day trips).  We weren't sure how the kids would cope with spending so much time in a car, the most they'd ever spent in a row in the past was four hours, and we knew we'd have a handful of days with upwards of nine hours in the car.

While we made a concerted effort to make the trip about the journey as well as the destination there was no getting around the amount of time we were going to be in a car.  It's still fresh in my mind, so before I share more about our trip (which was amazing), I thought I'd share some tips and tricks that totally helped us get through with minimal 'Are We There Yet?' questions.


Exploring Botanical Gardens Together


Here Are 10 Road Trip Tips For Families Travelling With Kids

  1. Figure out the time of the day when you'll be able to log the most mileage with limited complaints and hassle (this goes for drivers and navigators as well) and take advantage of those "Power Hours".  For us it's always morning.
  2. Make sure you have a full tank of gas each night before you park, that way when it's time to go in the AM there won't be a delay.
  3. Multiple "surprise" treats on days with a lot of driving give the kids something to look forward to on the road (for us the dollar store for colouring books, mini dolls, figurines, and Amazon for cheap mini figurines was some of the best money we could have ever spent).



    Our First Stop On The Trip Was At The Big Apple In Cramhae Ontario

  4. Research Road side attractions for fun stops that aren't too out of the way to help make the trip about the journey as well as the destination.  Things like museums, botanical gardens, hikes, or giant novelty statues can make for really fun breaks from endless hours on the road.
  5. Fill up water bottles every night and put them in a cooler/fridge so you have them handy on the road.  This will save you money, keep you well hydrated and force everyone to take much needed bathroom breaks to stretch their legs.
  6. Pack healthy portable foods for snacks.  Our favourites include baby carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, squeezable Apple sauce tubes, yogurt drinks, and cut carrots and celery.
  7. Plan some games for the road.  We had an ongoing license plate game looking to find as many states and provinces we could for the entire trip (you can get printable ones online). We also played a game where we looked for all the letters in the alphabet and numbers (from A-Z with no repeats on the same license plate) until we were done. We spent six hours looking for the letter U one day, but everyone was excited when we found it.
  8. Never underestimate the power of a pool.  Promises of accommodations with pools at the end of particularly long driving days let everyone blow off a little steam, and energy.
  9. Understand that your kids sleeping hours are going to be wonky since they'll nap so much in the car.  Some nights the minions were up to 11PM because they'd gotten so much rest on the road, and that was okay.
  10. Know your driving limits and that plans will need to change sometimes.  Our "down days" when we stayed two nights somewhere were always our best ones cause we could really relax with less of a clock to punch.



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Thursday, 17 August 2017

My Kids in 140 Characters (Or Less)

We spend a lot of time with the minions and I'm fortunate enough to record the things that they say and do so I can look back on it and laugh. Some of it makes the blog and other smaller moments don't. One of the brilliant things about Twitter is how it's the ultimate parenting "elevator speech", because you have to keep it short. Below are Tweets, conversations, parental musings and things that the minions have done or said over the past month, for your reading pleasure that haven't made it to the blog.

  1. J: Why did Magneto kill his son? Me: Cause he didn't clean up his , even after he was reminded 3 times
  2. J: The doughnut kicked the jelly out of his home. Where's he going to live mommy, where?
    Mr. Donut Image Courtesy of Tumblr

  3. M: Do you think if you ate a she would taste mostly like fish and only a little like human? Future ?
  4. Ur proud of the unstructured play u give ur kids. Until they start talking about digging up the pets buried in ur yard
  5. J: my heart is happy but my brain is nervous.
  6. M: I need to go to the splash pad because I'm melting, I'm melting (becomes puddle) The penchant for drama is strong with this one
  7. Fashion forward moment: when your son wants to wear a bike helmet to camp because it matches his shoes (we walked there)
    Image Courtesy of Giphy

  8. M: There's this type of wrestling called tuna ...Me: You mean ? M: Let's check both out & see which we like better
  9. If u told me 10 years ago I'd be running around a playground yelling about being Dr. Octopus I wouldn't have believed it
  10. M: I have some news about plums I still don't like how they taste but I enjoy when they look like little purple butts


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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

I Don't Want To Grow Up: Reflections On Turning Six

Each year I've written a little bit about Molly and Jack on their birthdays. I started this tradition on their third birthday, when they were old enough to answer some questions themselves, so I started asking.  Along with their annual "night before birthday" photo, I've added this annual list of questions to the many traditions we want to enjoy with the minions.  Here is what they had to say this year.  I can't believe they turn six tomorrow!


What happens when you ask your children to pose nicely


Molly Age 6


What is your favourite colour?
Pink

What is your favourite toy?
My favourite toys are Barbies.  I love my Ariel Barbie and the two Barbies I got with daddy at the garage sales this spring.

What is your favourite food?
Mashed potatoes and Caesar salad.

What is your favourite song?
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Each time I hear it I feel proud and kind.

Molly was so proud to walk Lola all by herself this spring


What is your favourite movie?
Tangled

What is your favourite animal?
Bunnies because they are so cute.

What is your favourite book?
The Princess In Black Series and Captain Underpants Series

What is your favourite drink?
Milk

What do you sleep with at night?
Blankie and my stuffed donkey from the Donkey Sanctuary

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A delivery girl for food and toys like Lego for children.


Jack Age 6


What is your favourite colour?
Green

What is your favourite toy?
Lego Scorpion

What is your favourite food?
Chocolate Ice Cream and spaghetti with spaghetti sauce and pizza, cheese


Daddy and Jack enjoying a moment at an Outdoor July Talk Concert Last weekend


What is your favourite song?
The metal version of the wheels on the bus (we've been watching this YouTube video daily since he discovered it - to check it out click here)

What is your favourite movie?
Star Wars

What is your favourite animal?
Jupiter (a corn snake that Jack 'met' at his visit to Reptilia Zoo)

What is your favourite book?
Captain Underpants, basically anything by Dav Pilkey

What is your favourite drink?
Fruit punch

What do you sleep with at night?
BB8 the big one and books so I can read when I'm not tired.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a space man



To read their answers from age three to see how much has changed click here

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Symbol In My Driveway: The Emoji Movie Review

We wanted to take the kids to the Drive In this summer. In fact, it was on our summer bucket list, so despite the abysmal reviews on Rotten Tomatoes we decided to give it a go and check out The Emoji Movie. We went to the Drive In on 5 in Oakville and were all able to see the film for under $28 for the entire family, and added in $10 worth of slushies from the concession to share.

Image Courtesy of YouTube


The Emoji Movie


What's in it for the Kids?
A story about characters that have been marketed to kids since they were capable of understanding ads.  Meh has one job, to be Meh, only he's full of a bunch of emotions. Poop Emoji, Romeo Love Emoji and plenty of jokes to match. If your kids enjoyed Inside Out they'll probably also like this movie which has the feel of a lesser, recycled app ad adaptation of Inside Out (try saying that three times fast).

What's in it for the Adults?
Not much.  There are some familiar adult voices in the film, but it's mostly geared towards kids. Voices you will recognize include Ana Faris, T.J. Miller, James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Patrick Stewart, and Stifler's Mom (Jennifer Coolidge).


Image Courtesy of The Emoji Movie


Best Parts of the Movie
This movie was pretty formulaic, boring and forgettable. You could see where it was going from the opening credits, but just the same my kids liked it.  There is a 'like who you are message' which is something?


Worst Parts of the Movie
T.J. Miller is an excellent sidekick or foil, but he's no leading man (love him in Deadpool and Silicon Valley).  Hearing him even attempt to voice vulnerable (granted in a pretty meh script that we can't blame him for) is grating.  For a movie about emotion, there are no characters here to really care about - basically they picked the most annoying possible traits for each specific emoji and run with it for an hour and a half.

Overall Rating
I would rate this movie 2/5, it wasn't leave the theatre bad, but I have no interest in ever watching it again.  Molly and Jack say they liked it, but couldn't point out anything specific they enjoyed, and I'm guessing more of that had to do with the novelty of being at the Drive In and seeing a movie than anything remotely to do with the film.

To Read My review of Despicable Me 3 click here

To read my review of Captain Underpants click here

To read my review of Boss Baby click here

To read my review of the Lego Batman movie click here



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Monday, 31 July 2017

Santa Baby: Our Trip To Santa's Village

Along with their report cards the minions got little coupon books, as did all Ontario children, to help them enjoy some summer attractions at a discount.  One of the coupons in the booklet was for Muskoka attraction, Santa's Village in Bracebridge Ontario.  Since I'd been to Santa's Village as a kid, as had Chris, we decided it was high time for Molly and Jack to visit Santa in his "Summer Home".

This park is a great place for kids age three to ten to dip their toes into the water to theme park attractions. We ended up spending a good five to six hours there (including a stop for lunch) and there were only tears once (Jack's) when I wouldn't carry him back from a ride - it got a little brutal with the time outs but we made it through.  Just like regular Christmas, admission to Santa's Village comes with a fairly hefty cost. General admission is $34.95 per person, so even with our $5 per person coupon, admission alone was $120 for a family of four (special thanks to grandma and grandpa for covering the cost of a ticket to help us with this rather pricey day).



Santa's Splash Pad

While the grown-ups were a little nervous, the kids had so much fun on the Christmas Balls Ferris Wheel



Growing up I remember riding on the swans with my parents, so I really enjoyed my "girl time" with Molly on the swan

Molly loved that the swans looked as if they were about to kiss

While we paddled around on the swan, Jack, Dad, Grandma & Grandpa paddled this boat around the pond 

An introduction to kiddy coasters was a success

Riding Santa's Summer Sleigh (a boat) on the river, complete with great tunes and donuts was one of the highlights of our day!



Santa's Village was fun enough to go back to again, but pricey enough that it won't be on our "every year" summer bucket list.  The favourite ride of the day from the kids perspective was Santa's Sleigh roller coaster which was led by Rudolph. I regret not being better prepared with snacks for the kids since food lines were lengthy, but the price for lunch at the park wasn't that bad.  It was great to travel back to memory lane from our own childhoods, and watch Molly stress about not knowing what she wanted for Christmas when meeting Santa.  At Grandpa's suggestion we simply encouraged her to thank him for last year's Christmas gifts.

Kids get complimentary elf hats when they meet Santa, who routinely walks around the park for photo opportunities and high fives.

We were happy to cross this off the summer bucket list and enjoy a balmy day in the early 20's at Santa's Village.

To read about a previous summer trip to Storybook Gardens click here.


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Monday, 24 July 2017

Funky Donkey - Our Visit To The Donkey Sanctuary

Since I first met my husband he and his entire family have been talking about The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada as a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours.  Since Chris and I met in 2003, it's even more surprising that I'd never visited this wonderful place until this summer when the family decided to go out for an overdue visit.

Molly Brushing


So What's The Donkey Sanctuary?


Located near Guelph, The Donkey Sanctuary opened their doors in 1992 as a refuge for donkeys, mules and hinnies who were abused, neglected, or had owners who could no longer take care of them. At the sanctuary these donkeys are cared for, which can often save their lives, and can enjoy the rest of their lives in peace.  There are nearly 100 acres of space and 100 donkeys currently called The Donkey Sanctuary their home.

When Can I Go?

Visitors can stop by The Donkey Sanctuary on Sundays from 10AM-3PM in May to October, as well as Wednesdays 10AM-3PM in July and August.  It was about a 45-60 minute drive from Toronto for us




Donkeys Can Be Quite Social Animals & A Number of Them Even Have Best Friends


How Much Does It Cost?

Suggested donations are $10 per person.  All donations go towards caring for the donkeys.  Donations over $25 qualify for charitable tax receipts.

What Can I Do There?

After a donkey safety and etiquette lesson at the gate you can go and visit the donkeys, hinnies and mules and learn more about them and their story.  For those inclined, you can watch a donkey care demonstration or attend on of the two 'Donkey Talks' at 11AM and 1PM.  There are some light hiking trails and a picnic area nearby so you can enjoy a bite to eat (just don't eat near the donkeys).  Bring your own food, there is none for sale at the sanctuary.


A Donkey Playing By Rolling In The Dirt

The White Hinny is Molly, beside her BFF Miss J who is a Mule (Father a Donkey, Mother A Horse)


What The Kids Loved

Molly was much more into the experience than Jack who was more fascinated by the turtle shells on display by the barn.  Molly had a blast visiting Molly the Hinny (an animal with a horse for a father and a donkey for a mother) and brushing a number of donkeys.  Molly even bought a stuffed donkey from the store with some of her summer vacation money and has slept with it nearly every night since our visit.

More Brushing and Donkey Care


How Much Time Will I Spend Here?

Budget for an hour and a half to two hours, depending on the attention span of your children, and whether or not you'll want to attend a 'Donkey Talk" or have a picnic by the pond.


Will We Go Back?

Totally!  I can see this becoming something we regularly do every two or three summers!  This visit also let us cross 'Visit a farm' off of our Summer Bucket List.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

My Kids in 140 Characters (or Less)


We spend a lot of time with the minions and I'm fortunate enough to record the things that they say and do so I can look back on it and laugh. Some of it makes the blog and other smaller moments don't. One of the brilliant things about Twitter is how it's the ultimate parenting "elevator speech", because you have to keep it short. Below are Tweets, conversations, parental musings and things that the minions have done or said over the past month, for your reading pleasure that haven't made it to the blog.


taco tuesday
Image Courtesy of College Humor



  1. J: My taco is 2 spicy..I'm going 2 need u 2 blow into my mouth 2 cool it down (opens up taco filled mouth)

  2. M: I have an important question to ask you (dramatic pause). How do mermaids brush their teeth?

  3. M: Mom were u alive at the same time as ? Me: How old do you think I am? M: Like 30-something?

  4. Me: Dad can you put your cell phone away? J: Daddy Magneto is so disappointed in you right now


  5. M: I'm never going to be silly ever again! 5 minutes later: Mommy help! I got by bum stuck in a bucket of

  6. Me: Why r u putting ketchup on a soda cracker? J: U won't let me eat it right out of the packet Me: touché


    milhouse
    Image Courtesy of Tenor


  7. My twins at park: both sit on one end of different see-saws & then complain no one will see-saw with them

  8. M: Mommy did you know that your boobs look like a giant bum on your chest? Me: Thanks?

  9. J: Mommy can you turn off the radio? I am so sick of hearing about

  10. M: I sure hope dad doesn't forget to wear pants to work today.





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