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Rewarding Yourself #HealthyFamilies

29th August 2012

As the stay-at-home mom/laundress/cleaning lady/cook of the house, (yes, I am looking for a sister wife), I don’t really get a day off. There is always something to do around the house.

Especially this time of year, with the spring cleaning and getting ready for back to school, it’s non-stop.

However, the best thing about working hard and getting things done is the reward.

I have certain things that make little old me happy and relaxed.

Magazines: I’m a bit of a magazine addict – I like them a lot, they can be found in every room of the house, and I can’t get enough of them.

Books: Books are another addiction that I enjoy in my downtime, although we’ve officially run out of space if I’m totally honest. Although I do like to make the bookshelves pretty, but I’ve moved to reading more e-books lately and I really enjoy reading on my iPad.

TV:

The only time I get to watch television is late at night when the kiddies are asleep. I put on the flannel pjs, lie on the couch and watch a great documentary or a tv series.. I actually just watched the first five seasons of Mad Men – so so good.

Of course, these all get better when I add a touch of caffeine.

What do you do to reward yourself??

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Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.”

I Have Something To Confess…..

11th February 2011

(Oh look, even my dollie wants to confess)

I have something to confess……

  • I hate winter. I hate it enough to boycott the idea of wearing a winter coat. Instead, I wear a cardigan. With a scarf. Every day. True Story.
  • I just discovered Fresca. Hello, refreshing.
  • I think celery needs to be banned as a vegetable. Also, it should be kept in the utensil drawer and alternatively used to stir soup.
  • I’m changing my name to Liz Lemon. Or Leslie Knope. Or Lizlie Knemon.
  • I sleep with my iPhone. It does not snore. It does not take all the covers. It does not smell like man. Win, Win, WIN.
  • I like to impersonate my mom, speak in a thick Greek accent, and stop only when the telemarketer starts to cry.
  • Cookbooks are like crack to me. As are magazines. And Iced Lattes.
  • You know that satiny material that shows every bump, every stretch mark, every mole? It should be illegal.
  • My Colin Firth is guaranteed to make the lady parts tingle in the most inappropriate ways. (More a statement than confession, but still a very valid point).
  • If I didn’t have to cook for them, I would have 14 babies. And then, I would challenge the Duggars to a duel.

This post was inspired by Scary Mommy’s confessional – it’s completely addictive, and yes all the really weird confessions are mine. Maybe.

Starbucks Tears

28th November 2010

Yesterday, I almost cried in the Starbucks bathroom.

I know it sounds odd.

But I experienced a moment – one of those that come at you out of nowhere, where you realize just how precious life is.

I was with my four year old, who needed to do some business. As we were coming out of the stall, the larger stall door opened with an elderly woman in a wheelchair, pushed by two women, who I assume were her daughters.

I couldn’t help but watch their reflection in the mirror – they were so loving and gentle with her. They pushed her up to the sink, and pulled up her sleeves, just as I did the same with my daughter.  Almost simultaneously, we helped them with the soap and used our hands to wash theirs. My eyes briefly met her daughters’ eyes in the mirror and we shared a moment – for me, a moment of realization that what they were doing for their mom, and I for my daughter, was all that life is – all that matters.

What I was sharing with my daughter, was a moment that mom must have shared many years before with hers, and now their roles had reversed. Instantly, I saw myself in that mother and her daughters – and it was a very humbling, emotional moment.

In the bathroom.

At Starbucks.

Motherhood can be such an unexpected ride sometimes.

What To Take In Case of a Emergency

18th August 2010

Do you ever ask yourself what you would take with you in case of an Armageddon/Apocalypse/holy shit someone just blew up the Starbucks kind of emergency?

Too dramatic?

Okay, well let’s say you had to leave your house real quick because of a you’re-avoiding-the-in-laws kind of emergency (yes to some, this equals the apocalypse). What would you take with you in case of  a fake emergency?

While you ponder, let me tell you what I would take.

First, let’s set aside the obvious take-withs:

  • Kids – legally required to do so – also they are too cute to leave behind.
  • Husband – full-time chauffeur – also legally obligated.
  • Handbag – contains cash and 400 lip glosses that I can’t live without.
  • Cell – because the urge to tweet is STRONG.

Obvious stuff now in hand, what about those other can’t-live-without items?

In case of emergency, I won’t forget:

  • A lamp – in case I need to see something in the dark.
  • Bacon – because protein is always important when running from aliens (and in-laws).
  • Bandaids – to help in reattaching that limb lost when running from that meteor (or in-law).
  • Perfume – because smelling like a daisy is always a lovely thing.
  • A pen and paper – to make a list of things I probably should have brought in case of that emergency, that just happens to be happening while I’m making said list.
  • Workout dvd – for those need-to-tone-your-thigh moments.
  • Lego – in case I need something painful to step on when I happen to be barefoot.
  • Starbucks card – because if I don’t have access to my daily latte, it might as well be the apocalypse.
  • Photos of my loved ones – VERY important – DO NOT leave behind.
  • Tape – to tape said beloved photos to the ceiling (for. safe. keeping)

I am so prepared now.

What will you take?

Happy 1st BLOGOVERSARY to ME! Happy Giveaways to YOU! – CLOSED

15th June 2010

It has officially been 1 year since I started my little blog here, and I cannot believe it. Is it just me or does time fly when you are OLD (YES, says this here OLD person). Blogging has been great fun for the most part – its helped me get to know some other fantastic bloggers and their blogs, and though I’ve learned a lot, I still have a lot to learn. As I go into year two, I hope to tweak BORED Mommy and decide what I want my blog to really be about. With a new blog design and move to WordPress.org in the works, I hope that it will only get better from here.

So, I just want to thank everyone who has ever stopped by, and read any of my posts and/or commented – I appreciate it very much, and hope you will come back for more as I tweak my bloggity blog for the better. A wet kiss to each and every one of you.

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And to make this a little more fun, I thought it would be great to get some prizes together to CELEBRATE this rather momentous (not really, but kind of special in a teeny tiny kind of way) occasion. Several fabulous people, whom I happen to adore and totally dig on Twitter, were lovely enough to help me out by sponsoring something for this almighty celebration. You are all awesome – two wet kisses to each of you – you are so very welcome.

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Here is a list of all the fabulous prizes available to be won:

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Boutique Karma (@BoutiqueKarma) is giving away a coffee sleeve – your choice of design!

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Bored Mommy (yours truly) is giving you a $10 gift card to Starbucks to help you use that coffee sleeve!

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cow & the moon paper co. (@cowandthemoonco) is giving away a Thank You prize pack!

(It includes: 1 pack of bubbles thank you cards, one pack of birdie thank you cards, one pack each of little dude & little princess thank you notes, and a small handful of itty bitties.)

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Grace Announcements (@GraceAnnounce) is giving away 100 custom designed CALL ME cards!

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Colourful Essentials Combo

Mabel’s Labels (@Mabelhood) is giving away an LOL Essentials Combo!

(Includes 30 Sticky Labels, 12 Shoe Labels, 2 Teeny Tags & 40 Iron Ons (or) 70 Tag Mates)

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ClearSpaceOnline.com

Clear Space Online (@MeditatingMummy) is offering a 1 Year Subscription to her site!

  • It’s like a magazine subscription, a book club and a gym membership for your body, mind and soul

(This includes unlimited access to their podcast library, articles, and interview series)

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The LOVELY Kathy Buckworth (@KathyBuckworth) is giving away copies of two of her books – The BlackBerry Diaries and Shut Up & Eat!

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Scholastic Canada (@Scholasticcda) is giving away a prize pack including three children’s board books!

(Grumpy Bird, Read Me A Book and Welcome Summer!)



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Deb Bosilevac Photography (@dorthybitestoto) is giving away a beautiful 8 x 10 print (one of a series of 15)

(Winner will receive 3/200)



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And finally, I will also be giving away one of Jillian Michaels’ workout dvds, because I should not be the only one swearing at the television on a nightly basis. Join me in my misery.

I chose this one, because it hurts the most – enjoy!



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I just entered the @BOREDmommy 1st Blogoversary Giveaway! http://bit.ly/daXjUS #giveaway

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This giveaway is open to both Canadian & U.S. residents!!

It will run from June 15th until June 22nd, 2010, at 9p.m. est.

Winners will be announced June 23rd, 2010

Winners will be chosen using random.orgplease make sure you leave a valid email address and/or your Twitter handle so that I can find you if you win a prize!

Sponsors will be shipping prizes directly to the winners once the contest has ended.

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Again, a thank you to all the lovely people who donated to my blogoversary giveaway:

Mabel’s Labels, Grace Announcements, Boutique Karma, Clear Space Online, cow and the moon co., Scholastic Canada, Kathy Buckworth and Deb Bosilevac Photography.

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CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS!!!

1. Boutique Karma coffee sleeve & $10 Starbucks card – @mommywords

2. Cow & the Moon paper co. prize pack – @unemployed_mom

3. Grace Announcements – 100 Call Me Cards – @sf_frugalista

4. Mabel’s Labels prize pack – @elainea

5. Clear Space Online – 1 yr membership – @MyMessyParadise

6. KathyBuckworth books – @BoutiqueKarma

7. Scholastic Books – @sandyel

8. Deb Bosilevac Photo print – @CoffeesCommutes

9. Jillian Michaels dvd – Shawna Greyling (not on Twitter)

You are so going to love me – the threequel?

21st July 2009

Who would have thought that the demand to know more about me would bring about the need for a three-peat. Well, it has, and who am I if not the most delightful person you will never probably even meet. And so with this twinkle in my orbs, I give you 25 treats of knowledge – please do yourselves the favour and stare at the list and soak it all in. I happily share my oddities with that part of your brain which craves such deliciousness.

1. I LOVE to do crosswords. I love those Dell crossword books like nobody’s business. Oh, and I kick Sudoku’s ass. cross

2. If you want to treat me to Starbucks, you should order an Iced Quad Venti Non-Fat Latte (light ice).

3. I love the look of a man in a turtleneck (don’t ask me why!). I also love a vest on a man – HOT!

4. I used to collect things with Goofy on them. I have no idea why, and have no idea what started that, but its all still in my crawl space somewhere. I can’t get rid of it.

5. I would never leave my husband because it would take FOREVER to cut his face out of every picture he’s in. Who has that kind of time?

6. I am in DESPERATE need of a facial. A good one from someone who has a clue.

7. If my mother is looking straight at me, it is IMPOSSIBLE to lie to her. She makes me crack everytime.

8. I think those mothers who love EVERY MINUTE of being a mother are smoking something very delicious. I would like some please.

9. I love getting things in the mail: my mags, letters, cards, packages – you name it, I love it.

10. I really wanted this Panini press a couple years ago for Christmas, and yay I got it. Two years later, and she still sits all shiny and new in the box, because I have no idea what to make with it.

11. I hate when people drop by unannounced  these days. And if you do? Well, then let me introduce you to my lovely(hideous) penguin pyjamas (try hard not to dream about me).

12. I don’t have any surviving grandparents, and had only ever met two of the four. I miss my pappou (grandpa) the most. We wrote letters to each other for years, and he loved that I did that for him. I loved it too.

13. I like watching my older brother discussing politics, on television shows like MSNBC, CNBC, and Keith Olbermann because I can read his every mannerism. At the same time, it is just weird seeing your brother on television.

14. I wish I was a runner.

15. I have no talent that will ever make me rich or famous, other than being able to whistle and hum at the same time.dl Did you hear that David Letterman’s Stupid People Tricks segment producer?

16. I want the opportunity to kick Jon Gosselin square in the box.

17. I would kill to be in The Oprah Show audience, no matter what the topic.

18. My favorite junk foods: Doritos, Oreos and Black & White cookies. And white cake with white icing – yum.

19. Before babies, I used to sleep on my stomach, now I prefer to sleep on my back with one pillow under my head, and one covering my face. Heaven.

20. I’ve seen Madonna, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, The Barenaked Ladies, Jann Arden and others in concert – and if you’re wondering, Neil Diamond KILLED it. I only wish I could have been in the front row to get one of the wet ones he was passing out.

21. My absolute favorite show is The Office – adore it. I discovered it late (Season Four) – then went out, picked up all the DVD sets, and stayed up late after the kids slept to watch the entire thing. Its hard not to like – THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!!

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22. I sometimes pretend like I don’t see someone I know, that I haven’t seen in a long time, not because I’m snubbing them, but because I’m afraid they will snub me.

23. I love to assemble my son’s new LEGO sets and Playmobil sets – seriously, enjoy it. However, if he dares to take them apart, it drives me crazy. Just ask yourself what the odds are that a 5 year old boy won’t take Lego apart – and you will understand why I just LOOK AWAY, AVOID and GRIT TEETH around any and all LEGO in my house.

24. When I was in NYC in 2005, after dinner one night, we ran into GUNTHER from “FRIENDS”. I went up to him and told him that he was way cuter in person. We ended up walking and talking with him for a good 20 minutes, before we went in opposite directions. He was the NICEST guy. No I didn’t have my damn camera. You see Rachel, GUNTHER was the good guy – they should go back and re-shoot that entire series with Rachel and Gunther totally hooking up, getting married and having their albino babies.

25. I dream about hiring someone full-time who would be responsible for the following: dusting, vacuuming, LAUNDRY, ironing, plucking my eyebrows, making dinner, Starbucks delivery, walking my imaginary dog, organizing my pens, toilet duty, making Giada dinners and flossing. I still hold out hope that this may happen.

Did you enjoy my three-peat? Who knows, you may get lucky, there may be a fourth installment. Would love to hear what you think! I love your comments, so feel free to share your little nuggets of information about yourself with me too!!


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.

BODYBUGG:

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.

AND FINALLY, THE ONE THING THAT I HAVE WANTED FROM THE MOMENT I LAID MY EYES ON IT. (No, no that MACBOOK I also want but who’s kidding who) – ITS THE:

AMAZON KINDLE:

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.

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