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Five Things That Bring Me Comfort

15th November 2012

These are the five things (ironically, they all start with C) that bring me comfort

1. CHILDREN (mine, of course)

Yes, I do bribe them to sit pretty in the pictures. Worth every penny.


It’s a pricey, yet necessary comfort for Mommy.


Cookbooks are glorious and  you can never have too many. Seriously, if someone could convince my husband of this, I would so appreciate it.


Isn’t my husband handsome?


I mean laughter and the funny stuff, but chuckles started with the letter C so I went with it. Nothing is better than laughter and funny stuff and laughing so hard you can’t breathe, and that always brings me comfort.

This makes me laugh:

So does this:

And everything that comes out of this guy’s mouth is perfection:

UPDATED: I had to edit my post to add a sixth – CARDIGANS!! How could I forget CARDIGANS??? Also, coincidentally cardigans starts with a C, if you hadn’t noticed.

Thanks to the lovely MamaKat for inspiring this little post.

The New LeapPad and My Very Famous Seven Year Old

3rd August 2011

Last month, we were invited to go to a LeapFrog event in Toronto, for the launch of their newest product, the LeapPad. It’s basically a tablet for children, and it’s really impressive.

My kids loved it.

While we were there, my seven year old had a chance to talk to Kris Abel with CTV News, and he was VERY excited to find out that he was going to be on t.v. He wants you all to know that he will be happy to share his autograph with all of you.

Yes, he’s serious.

And I quote, “Mommy, I think I’m going to be so famous now, that I’m going to need my own computer now.”

Hardy Har, my son.

Here’s the video below – The LeapPad segment is at 8:10 and Nicholas’ part starts at 10:03.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post in any way.

The Happy Police

17th February 2011

Being a mom isn’t just about being a mom.

It’s about being a teacher.

It’s about being a cook.

It’s about being a nurse.

It’s about being a hugger.

It’s about being an example.

It’s also about being the happy police.

Happiness is something we all want for our kids. The lovely bonus is that when they’re happy, it emanates, and you as their parent, feel happy, and happy for them.

And yet, it’s not always a simple thing, for them to be happy, at least not all the time.

It’s a goal nevertheless.

In my attempt to procure those toothy grins of self-esteem, there are things I say to my kids every day. Things like I love you no matter what, I’m so proud of you, you are a good person – the list goes on and on.

I also like to read this children’s board book to them that I absolute adore, by Monica Sheehan called Be Happy: A Little Book For A Happy You. Every page has a simple, yet important message, including:

Don’t compare yourself with others.


Be curious!

Be brave!

Be thankful for all the people and things you love!

Be happy about being you!

Mommy – a.k.a. The Happy Police

No pressure.

Book Review – Adopted Ed

30th November 2010

In celebration of National Adoption Month, I recently received a copy of the children’s book Adopted Ed by Darren Maddern (illustrations by Erin Fusco) to review.

Adopted Ed is the story of a little boy named Eddie, who is adopted, and because he’s “different”, he experiences bullying at school. With the support of his parents, he’s able to get through it, and when he gets older and feels a void from not knowing his birth parents, his adoptive parents help him through that too.

I chose to review this book, because adoption is close to my heart as my husband was actually adopted as a baby. I thought this book would be a great story to share with my children, as a way to better understand adoption and what it means to a child, and their dad.

I thought this book was a really sweet story. From the illustrations (which were simple but perfectly coupled to the story), to the rhyming and overall message of the book, it is sure to be enjoyed by anyone who reads it.

My kids really enjoyed it, as did I, and there were some sections that really stood out for me. Personally, I loved when he confronted his bully, who was picking on him because he was adopted and “different”, by saying, “MY PARENTS CHOSE ME, YOURS  WERE STUCK WITH YOU.”

I also really loved the pages (to the left) that read, “So whether you’re Chinese, African or even from Spain, an adopted child is a gift just the same.”

At the end of the story, the author includes a section about famous people who are adopted, including everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Nelson Mandela. I thought it was a great way to end the book, and underline the message that being different can make the person that much more special. Being different is ok and wonderful, and not something to be embarassed or sad about. Being different is something to be celebrated, as Eddie says in the end, So puff out your chest, and say it out loud, “I’m Adopted, I’m Special!” and stand very proud.

I think this would be a perfect book to share with children and families that have experiences with adoption, while also a lovely story with adorable illustrations, entertaining and empowering for children of any age.

You can find Adopted Ed on Amazon – please check it out and support Darren Maddern, a first-time author!!

You can also find Adopted Ed at AdoptedEd.comTwitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book to review from One2One Network – my review in my own.

She Loves a Good Accessory

13th October 2010

My four year old loves clothes and I pretty much oblige her (yes I spoil in fashion). She can be such a girly girl and loves dressing up – and she appreciates a good accessory.

One of her birthday presents from me was a hat – a fedora to be exact, and she LOVES it. I love it too – how could you not after seeing how cute she is in it.

Fedoras should me mandatory for all four year olds – if only for the photo op.

Love Notes

25th November 2009

My 5 year old son goes to school everyday with his Star Wars Lunch Box (we call it his “snack pack”) filled with a little snack and his drink (he comes home for lunch). I have started putting a little love note in his pack as a little surprise every day, so that he remembers that Mommy is thinking about him the entire time he’s at school. On Monday, I put this note in his pack (and yes, I know I am no artist, but kids don’t care about that stuff – its the message that matters):

When he got home, and I emptied his backpack and opened his snack pack, I found this:

Can you say, cue the tears? In fact every time I look at this, it makes me weepy. A little piece of paper I’ll cherish forever. My heart is full.

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