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And Then She Turned Six

27th September 2012

My sweet baby girl is six today!

She’s given me six years of joy and love, and an endless supply of wet smoochy kisses.

She makes me laugh out loud with her hilarious observations and her snarky attitude.

She is helpful and polite and such a lovely little soul.

She’s everyone’s friend, but don’t mess with her because she won’t put up with it.

She loves to read and sing and shake her little booty constantly. Her joy and fun nature is absolutely contagious.

She adores her brother, her partner in crime, her best friend.

She has the kindest heart, and cares for others with such empathy and innocence.

She is the life of the party.  I could not love her more if I tried.

She is absolute joy. My absolute joy.

Happy Birthday Sunshine. Love you forever.

Happy 38th Baby!

22nd July 2011

Thirty-eight years ago, I was born with a baby scowl on my baby face.

But then, you would be scowly too if you were born as a floating head.

Seriously, don’t I look like the most jaded baby ever?

A small baby I was not. But I worked the one piece knit outfit like nobody’s business.

I was baby #4 , and girl #2, but with 10 years separating myself from my older sister, I was the obvious recipient for all her sewing projects. Oh, and with five kids, my mom was super mom and my dad was the hairdresser. Proof?

It’s the big 38 this year, and by big I mean old. I’m okay with it – mostly because I’m too busy amusing my children to really harp on the number.

But when it’s said and done, I do believe that NOTHING says a birthday post like the old school, double head shot.

Happy Birthday to me, and all the July babies out there!!

Mabel’s Labels Loot Bag Combo – Giveaway

19th January 2011

I have very strong feelings when it comes to what to put in birthday loot bags.

I am definitely not a fan of loot bags that are basically filled with candy and dollar store crap. Hate them.

My thinking is always less is more – I tend to pick one or two items that the kids will actually be able use and enjoy and go from there.

So I’m loving this new idea from Mabel’s Labels, a fabulous Canadian company.

Mabel’s Labels has just introduced a great product to their line that is perfect for any birthday celebration – the Loot Bag Combo.

This practical yet adorable goody bag item was inspired by celebrities who incorporated Mabel’s Labels Sticky Labels and Bag Tags into their children’s birthdays. In the last year alone, Reese Witherspoon, Tori Spelling, Nancy O’Dell, Jason and Naomi Priestley, Ali Landry and Kristy Swanson made Mabel’s Labels a must-have goody bag addition. This affordable and durable sampler pack includes 5 custom Sticky Labels and one Bag Tag, available in 27 designs at $5 a combo (minimum order of 6 combos required). Order a combo today for your kiddos next birthday party!


I’m giving away one LOOT BAG COMBO (for 6 kids) – (6 x 5 Sticky Labels & 1 Bag Tag) to one lucky winner.


Mandatory Entry:

Leave a comment below telling me the worst, weirdest, funniest, or best thing you’ve seen in a kid’s loot bag.

Bonus Entries (not required):

1. Tweet the following and leave a comment below telling me you did:

Enter to win a @Mabelhood Mabel’s Labels Loot Bag Combo on @BOREDMommy’s blog – http://bit.ly/fYpPLN #CDN&US #Giveaway

2. Join Google Friend Connect on my site, and leave me a comment saying that you did (or do).





THE WINNER IS: #52 – LIZ W. – CONGRATS!!! Thanks to all who entered!

Seven on the Seventh

7th December 2010

TODAY is my birthday!

SEVEN on the 7th!!!

You may have heard, but my mother adores me.

It might be my sense of humour – I make her giggle every day.

It might be because I love to read, and she is very proud that I’m such a good reader.

It might be because I’m great at math, and creative and smart and a future author and video game creator.

It might be because I hug my mommy all day long, and kiss her and tell her I love her non-stop.

It might be because she fixes all my new Lego sets, and only complains sometimes.

It might be because she took me to Chuck E. Cheese for my birthday party and survived!

It might be because I promised her that I will always love her, even when I’m a teenager.

But if you ask my mom, she’ll tell you the real reason.

It’s because I’m her baby, her first born, her son.

And after 23 hours of hellish pain (“Mommy, that word is inappwopwiate!”), I was the angel that came into her life and changed everything – forever.

I was born 7 years ago at 12:06 a.m.

It’s MY Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Happy Birthday Baby. xxooxx

Crap. I’m old. My i.d. told me so.

22nd July 2010



It’s that day again. July 22nd.

Another year older.

My i.d. told me so.

I’m old.

When you’re old – weird things happen. Unpreventable weird things.

Bodily functions. And droopiness. And constantly remembering “the good old days”.

Like, remember when you graduated high school and laughed your ass off at the thought of your high school reunion in say 10 years. Or worse – 20 years. Yeah, I remember that – vaguely. I’m old now, my brain is creaky. Must mean my 20 year reunion will be here any day.

By the way, don’t send me an invite to that thing – I would rather swallow a screwdriver than EVER go to that.


Like I said, it is officially another year older on my old age chart.

I am depressingly OLD.

How do I know? What’s my proof? Well, let’s see….

1. My bowels come up in everyday conversation.

2. I found a greyish hair in the last year. Somewhere. On my old body.

3. I can’t recognize half the crap on the radio anymore. Yes I’m that person.

4. I have little kids who want to do things, and move around all the time. Their annoying youthfulness remind me that I’m older than dinosaurs. On a daily basis.

5. I’m too old to have babies now – evidently, I’m ripe for cats though.

6. I know what probiotics are. See #1.

7. Products that squeeze, tighten and suck it in are my best friends. They call to me. Problem is, I may be too old to answer.

8. I care about things. Things old people care about.

9. I get ma’am’d. On a regular basis. And I HATE it.

10. I say things old people say like, “where did the time go?” and “let’s play pinochle” and “damn you sciatica!”.

11. I can’t wear daisy dukes now. Or leg warmers. Or tube tops. How will I get through the rest of my days without tube tops?

I could go on, but in my old age, it’s best not to disturb this animal.

The ugly cry is even uglier – when you’re old.

True story.

Happy Birthday Baby

7th December 2009

I can’t believe my baby is 6 today. He’s the love of my life. My forever baby.

I would do anything for him, and before he was born, I truly didn’t understand that statement. But now, I am fierce in my protection of him (and his sister).

He makes me laugh every day  with his funny statements, his “Bwooklyn” accent, and his infectious giggles. I love that he loves and needs my love and hugs and kisses, as much as I do from him.

My little six year old man, who changed me forever, and still challenges me on a daily basis.

My “bunny” who filled my house with Star Wars and Lego and Pokemon Cards, and whose favorite saying is, “Wanna play with me?”

I love you my baby.

Happy Birthday.

Old Lady Birthday Wish List

20th July 2009

Warning: This soon-to-be Birthday Girl is HALLUCINATING

My birthday is coming up this week, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s going to be the first one I celebrate after reaching my scary age last year (35), and yes, I use the term “celebrate” lightly. If I don’t make my own cake I don’t get one, and my little people find the cake aspect of a birthday, the most thrilling. Hence, the cake is IN! I usually have big plans in my head, but in the end it ends up being a dinner out and/or a movie with the dude. In my pre-baby days, we would go away on my birthday – theatre in Toronto, shopping in Syracuse, museums in Ottawa. But these days, dragging the little people out-of-town just for my birthday, takes too much effort; so home it is. But just think of it this way, I tell myself, closer to home means more money for some fabulous gifts for myself (yes this is where the hallucinating begins). And so without further ado – I give you my 2009 Birthday List.

Mini Starbucks Card with Keychain:starbucks

Starbucks is a weakness of mine – I go often (daily). There are 5 locations in town, and they all know my drink the minute they see me. In fact, often its already made for me before I get to the front of the line to pay for it. I saw this at the store a couple of days ago and thought it was so cute – Starbucks gift card in Barbie size – YES please!

Marley & Me DVD:

I saw this movie in the theatre, and wasn’t too sure what to expect, because I had not read the book. However, I loved this movie – thought it was great. I laughed, I cried, I was generally moved. Delightfully crazy dog. Yes, I could watch it again, so here he is on my list.

Flip Ultra Video:flip

I’m all about compact products these days – with all the stuff already taking up every corner of my home, its a necessity. I want one of these because I’m always missing the action. By the time I lug my huge video camera out (it takes tapes people), the moment is lost. This beauty I can carry in my handbag, and delight in its pretty colors and usefulness. Hope the man is taking notes.

Cuisinart Waffle Maker:

We used to have a waffle maker. It was this clunky one that we got for a wedding present from a very generous (read: CHEAP) wedding guest. It was impossible to clean, and made a terrible waffle, and being fed up with it one day, I threw it in the garbage (I’m NOTHING if not dramatic!) So a wafflemaker is on the list. I really want it so that I can make my little people some delightful waffles that don’t require a toaster.

Clarisonic Skin Care Brush:clarisonic

Babies and the subsequent crazy hormone issues I now have, have not been kind to this old lady’s skin, so I really want one of these beauties. I saw it on Oprah on one of her Christmas shows (you know the one – you want to be there, but you can’t be, so you hate everyone who is, and you cry at all the crap you will never have your hands on.) Familiar? No? OK then. Anywho, my pores need this brush.


As you may know by now, I need to get my body back to pre-baby form, and its going to take nothing short of a miracle (Translation: proper diet and exercise). So, I would love a little help with that and BODYBUGG is the answer for me. It’s that little gadget that is seen on all those contestants on The Biggest Loser. It will tell me how many calories I’m burning while I sit on my butt and Twitter. This is a DEFINITE necessity.

COACH MAGGIE Handbag:maggie

I’m a stay-at-home mom – don’t I deserve pretty accessories?? I think so too, so I am putting this lovely on my list because I know no matter what I say or do, I will not actually get this for my birthday. My husband doesn’t understand the importance of a hot handbag. But every time I stare at it, I will be reminded of the gift I would have received had I married into the Coach family. Does the Coach family have some cute, maybe GREEK heirs? Does anyone in the Coach family need their cars washed? I’m sure I could hire someone to get that done for you, Coach people.



The Amazon Kindle – the most delightful creation of our time (in my own head – but yes it is). I want this thing so bad that I am willing to do anything to get it. Well, if anything means saying pretty please a few times, and jumping up and down like a crazy person, then yes I will do THAT! I will shine your shoes, and make you a lovely bean salad, and clean my kitchen for a Kindle. I will babysit your dog, and sweep up the hail and eat some celery for a KINDLE. I will even consider, but cannot guarantee, that I would attempt to kill the next centipede I ran into, if I got a KINDLE (yeah, no guarantees on this one). kindleI’m not one to ask for things, the thought of it kind of embarrasses me, but I am willing to go to my shameful self if that meant I would get a KINDLE. Is this working yet? Am I too old to ask my dad to buy it for me? That’s sad right? The funny thing is – he would totally buy it for me. I sound like I’m twelve. I miss being twelve. The hardest thing about being twelve was which lollipop to lick first. Boo. Birthdays suck. Holy Crap I am freakin’ old.

Leave your convincing arguments in my comments – work with me people! I need your help. I also really like to read your comments, so feel free to indulge me. It is my birthday after all.


15th July 2009


Here is part two of my HOLY CRAP Birthday Giveaway. This is exciting because I had raved about Stila cosmetics and how much I adore them in an earlier post. @StilaCosmetics was gracious enough to read my post and even comment on it. Yay! After much smooth talking, they graciously decided to give me some goodies for the giveaway and I so appreciate it – Thanks so much STILA!! You can check them out at www.stilacosmetics.com.

There will be 3 prize packs to be won, each containing 4 products from their current line, valued at $97. They are:

#20 Double-Sided Eye Enchancer Brush:


Kajal Eye Liner in Onyx:


Lip Glaze in Apricot:


Convertible Color in Gerbera:


I have used most of these products (except the brush), and I can happily report that they are FABULOUS. You will love this prize, and if I wasn’t feeling so giving I would keep one for myself.

I also received some prizes from another great company that I happen to LOVE as well – ROOTS CANADA!! You can find them on Twitter at @RootsCanada. They too have been gracious enough to give me 3 Roots Genuine Leather Pouches, which can be used as a makeup bag or a wristlet, valued at $48 each. They are made in Canada with 100% premium Italian leather, and these products are not available online or in-store. I also have this product (what can I tell you – I shop too much) and it is made of the softest leather – totally divine.


These pouches come in a variety of colors, so if you win one of these, please be prepared to be surprised with which color you receive.

OK, so now for the bad news (for some of you). You will have to forgive me on this one – this is only my second giveaway, and only my first where I didn’t purchase the prize myself. I’m still learning, hence why this mommy should have asked the companies to hold onto their product and ship directly to the winner. I didn’t do this, and with shipping and the border being so brutal, I’m sorry to say that this part of the giveaway will only be open to Canadian Residents. Don’t hate me!! I promise you however, the next time I do a giveaway, I will include my friends of the U.S.A. Forgive me?? Let’s Hug It OUT!!

For your first entry, go check out my earlier post about makeup and tell me about your FAVORITE makeup product that isn’t on my list! (Yes this entry is purely selfish but it’s my birthday, so sue me)

For extra entries – do any or all of the following if you like (leave a separate comment for each):

  1. Follow me on Twitter (or let me know if you already do).
  2. Tweet once about this giveaway: Check out @BOREDmommy & her BDAY GIVEAWAY – prizes from @PunkyJane @Stilacosmetics and @RootsCanada http://mommymaria.wordpress.com/
  3. Subscribe to my blog (or let me know that you already do).

Open to Canadian residents only.

(Did I mention how sorry I am about that yet?)

This giveaway will run from July 15th – July 21st, 2009. I will pick the winners, using Random.org, on the day my husband gifts me with a new handbag (telepathic message sent to hubby now!) – also known as July 22nd, 2009. To spread the wealth, you will only be eligible to win one prize, so there will be 6 happy people on my birthday (and one unhappy one – MOI). Good Luck!


15th July 2009

It’s here. On July 22nd of this year, I will officially surpass my scary age – the age I always considered being REALLY OLD back in the day when I was just a pup. So, in honour of this rather-depressing-but-I’ll-fake-being-happy-about-it day, I’ve decided to do a giveaway with some pretty great prizes! Here’s part one of the giveaway:



After purchasing a necklace from @PunkyJane and loving it, I spoke with Sandy of Punky Jane, and she generously donated a $30 Gift Certificate in honour of my birthday giveaway. Here’s how to enter!!

For your contest entry, please check out my blog and tell me which 1 of the 5o little tidbits I’ve written about myself so far you can relate to the most. You can see post #1 here and post #2 here.

BONUS ENTRY: Check out @PunkyJane’s ETSY SHOP and tell me towards which item you would use the gift certificate!

That’s it!!

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

This giveaway will run from July 15th – July 21st, 2009. I will pick a winner, using Random.org, on the day of my rather thrilling birth, July 22nd, 2009. Good Luck!

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