10/30/10

My son is only 2 1/2 years old and has celebrated the last two halloweens unknowingly being as it was he was just too young to actually enjoy it.

His first one he stayed home with hubby & I brought K out, she was snow white! His second we dressed him up & he fell asleep in his stroller while K trick or treated as an evil princess.

This year he is walking/running, talking a bit more - pretty much ready for his first real halloween trick or treating. Of course we'll bring the umbrella stroller, he can't walk as far as his sister can. But I'm happy, kind of excited it being the first Halloween both my kids can actually enjoy it!

D understands Halloween as monsters and ghouls, he calls anything Halloween related "scary" and laughs when he does.

I can't wait to see them all dressed up and his reaction to all the other kids dressed up in spooky costumes!

This should be a fun Halloween!


10/29/10




Halloween 2010 is in just one more day! Falling on a sunday this year it makes for a whole weekend of fun!

For those too old to trick or treat but never too old for a good Halloween party, have a safe & happy Halloween! Remember to drink responsibly!

For those like me taking the little goblins out for trick or treating, remember to dress warm, it's supposed to be a chilly one!

Make sure to also keep it safe by having your little ones wearing a reflective sticker, carry a flashlight and always only trick or treat in a trusted neighborhood. You never know where the real ghouls lie.


As always check little ones candy stash before they dig in, incase of allergies or other mysterious unwrapped candy and sorts you may not want them eating.

Overall have fun, be safe and enjoy Halloween 2910 everyone!

10/22/10

As you may or may not know, a few months ago I signed up to be a BZZ Agent over at www.bzzagent.com. A fun place to share the Bzz about the latest products and gain bzz points while doing it. The latest Bzz campaign is all about Burt's Bees Natural Anti-Blemish Solutions!

I have heard and read a lot about Burt's Bees all natural products ranging from baby care, face, hair and men's skin care so I was quite pleased when I received my Anti-Blemish Purifying Gel Cleanser and Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment to try out for myself. Even as adults we can get the worst blemishes, nice to know there is an all natural product to get rid of them!
"Burt's Bees Natural Anti-Blemish Solutions™ - Skip the synthetics and go to the natural source! Formulated with Salicylic Acid, derived from Willow Bark, it is the first and only truly natural anti-blemish solution proven to prevent and reduce blemishes for clear, smooth and healthy-looking skin. Dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic."

Anti-Blemish purifying gel cleanser: I don't typically have really bad blemish pronne skin however I do get breakouts and I am the type that likes a quick fix, something to get rid of it asap. I have used other washes by other brands and they seem to leave my skin feeling dry, irritated or red blotches appear. When I used the Burt's Bees it left my skin feeling clean and soft, no residue and you can really tell the difference if you have any break outs and such.

Anti-Blemish targeted spot treatment: Again I have in the past used other brands versions of spot treatments which claim to instantly reduce redness etc in breakouts when in fact the chemicals in the product make them worse, redness, burning, itching etc. Sounds terrible but that's what happens when you have sensitive skin! Trying out the Burt's Bees was different. The treatment almost feels like a rubbing alcohol but then soothes the affected area. Redness disappears almost instantly and the appearance of break outs is reduced by a lot.

Overall I would say I would most likely buy Burt's Bees products in the future after my great experience with the Anti-Blemish Solutions. Go check out the Burt's Bees website for the entire Anti-Blemish and all the other great products they offer!

*This post was written in participation with the Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Solutions campaign over at www.bzzagent.com. I received complimentary bottles of the mentioned products for review purposes. All opinions in this review are honest and my own*

10/20/10

Maybe it's because I was really tired when I went to bed that night or maybe it was something else all together but last night was one strange night. 

We were all sleeping soundly in our beds, as every night when suddenly the dog starts pacing around the bed. Back and forth, back and forth to the point it woke up hubby and I out of our sleep. I looked at my phone (it sits on the bedside table) 4:45am, merely a couple of hours until my alarm was to go off for wake-up time. We both told the dog to "go lay down" which would be in his designated area on the dog bed. Instead of listening like he usually does to hubby, Zeus decided to give a growl and show off his pearly whites. We really have no idea why he did and this is not typical behaviour for him at all, never has he acted like that before. He was then kicked out of the bedroom he's lucky because it almost lead to him sleeping outside but we aren't that mean. He was not allowed in the bedroom after his temper tantrum. Shortly after the dog acted weird our daughter woke up all upset from a nightmare, she said we were all vampires trying to eat her and did not want to go back to sleep without the hall light on. I figure her strange dreams about vampires and werewolves come from all the Halloween stuff shes been seeing at the stores, school and on tv.

After coaxing her back to bed and assuring her we were not vampires nor wanted to eat her and that she can safely go back to bed, her brother wakes up crying from the other room.  Perhaps he heard his sister, maybe it was something else he's too young to tell us why he woke up. He was changed and given a quick drink.  Finally around 5:30 we got everybody back to bed, just in time to get in another hour before the alarm went off and it was time to get up to the daily schedule.

This was really a bizarre night, I can't explain why everyone would be waking up around the same time like that including the pets. Maybe there was something there that we just couldn't see and nobody can explain...Could be the beginning of our Halloween!!! ;-)

spook ya later!

@AMotherhoodBlog

10/18/10

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What a busy weekend we just had! Nothing to complain about, it was lots of fun but man am I pooped today! Coffee is my ultimate BFF!

Saturday my mother (aka Grandma) came to visit during which both kids were insanely energetic. Visits from Grandma don't happen often lately so when she does come, all those months of not seeing her burst out at once. Kept us very busy, nice time though just (again my fave word); busy. 

After our visitors left, the kids settled down with a movie in our bedroom and we caught the hockey game downstairs. We all needed to rest and relax! 

Yesterday we spent as a family and brought the kids to see Toopy and Binoo live (for the 4th time) - they did change up the songs a bit this time but always an enjoyable show for the kids. They love Toopy and Binoo! 

Adults, not so much. Nothing wrong with the show, I love Toopy and Binoo myself but the people who attend. Good lord. Pushy, blocking kids views & just rude all to watch a free 25 minute show. I'm not one for crowds of people so it was a little insane but we did it for the kids. Luckily we weren't there for shopping!

I know moments like taking them to little mall shows won't last forever and we always love the smiles on their faces when their favourite mouse and cat duo come out to play. 

We hope you had a great weekend too! :) 

10/14/10

Every week I get them, little yellow post-it notes in K's homework book. Little notes from the teacher. Some good but lately they almost seem like little yellow nags!

Don't get me wrong, I like the fact that the teacher is keeping in touch via the homework folder and such but why are most of the notes petty? Things that really shouldn't matter yet the bigger things aren't mentioned by the teacher but by my kid or worse via a letter!

Today the teacher sent a post-it stating to conserve paper because K skipped a couple of lines on her worksheet and wrote on a fresh one. I understand the teachers do things a certain way but is it really necessary to send little notes about little things like a few skipped lines?

Save the post-it's for serious matters like if she's having difficulties or times like when K came home with a mark on her arm & said a girl in class did it.

Seriously it's insulting when you spend time doing homework with your child to help them yet the teacher complains. I do it for my kids, nobody else

Imagine it's only October, I can see the post-it's piling up.

10/13/10

Hi everyone! It looks like we are still having some technical difficulties as far as the blog goes :-( On my end when I'm on the home page, instead of my nice sidebar I just see a big block of colour from the theme I chose. I have NO idea how this happened or why but I have contacted technical support on wordpress to help me out. This is the first time I've had any issues but also I'm new to the whole widgets thing so maybe it was something I did.

Either way I tried for the past two hours troubleshooting and following the directions in the help section here on the wordpress website but no, nothing. Tried asking on twitter but no dice there either. I'm disappointed that this happened now. Yesterday was such a rotten day and now this has to happen in my online world. Like my real life world wasn't having enough bad luck!
Thought I would update you all if you are wondering why the main homepage looks a little funny! I hope Wordpress is fast at responding to my request for HELP!!!

Until Next Time....

@AMotherhoodBlog

10/11/10

Thanksgiving is the time we celebrate and give thanks to all, sharing dinner, desert & good company...most of us.

Growing up we always celebrated thanksgiving at my grandmothers. She would prepare everything from the Turkey and fixings down to the deserts. Of course my mom & aunt would always bring extras for everyone. It was nice and felt like what thanksgiving should feel like.

Seven years later everything has changed. There is no turkey, fixings, deserts or the like shared with our family. There is no annual thanksgiving get together as everyone's lives have pushed everyone away from eachother. It's almost as if it was grandmas bond keeping it all together and now, she's no longer here. Everything is different.

It's sad really, I miss it. We are still celebrating thanksgiving but just the four of us. Hubby, myself & the two kids. I'll be whipping up a roast dinner, not all the trimmings but it'll work.

I'm thankful for those I celebrated with in the past, being able to have those memories is priceless. And I'm thankful to have what I do and who I have today.

For those celebrating in any way, big or small, Happy ThanksGiving Canada!!!

10/8/10

Last night hubby and I went out on a date. Something we don't get to do often without the kids. My cousin came over to visit and watch the kids while we went on a date we had been planning since a couple of weeks ago when we won tickets via Maple Pictures Facebook page to see the movie Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds.

I won't ruin it for those who haven't seen it but the movie is about an American truck driver who is abducted and wakes up buried alive in a wooden box with only a cellphone and a lighter. This isn't your typical hostage-situation movie, it's suspense from the beginning with a shocking twist to the end. Ryan Reynolds puts on a great performance, he's typically known for his comedy work in movies like "Van Wilder" and "Just Friends" so it was refreshing to see him in something with a darker feel to it. Directed by Rodrigo Cortes, this movie truly would have made Hitchcock proud.

I enjoyed the movie as much as I enjoyed the time out together with my hubby. It also got my cousin and I together, we hadn't seen each other in a while.

Thanks Maple Pictures for hosting awesome giveaways on Facebook, we had an awesome night!

10/6/10

image1846909504.jpgA couple of weeks ago K's grade 1 class was introduced to the school library and being big kids now are allowed to take out a book of their choice.

She's learning about responsibility having to take care of a library book for a whole week and return it on time.

Last week K took out a book called "Once upon a cool motorcycle dude" - A story about a brother & sister telling a not so typical Once-upon-a-time story together realizing sometimes two heads are better than one. Cute book, easy to read and kept her attention. K liked it a lot.

This week K has brought home "Thumbelina" by Hans Christian Andersen. Always a beloved tale of the thumb sized little girl who is born in a flower, taken by frogs, has a great adventure and finally finds her handsome thumb sized prince. K and I have been taking several nights to read this one, it's a little longer and detailed than the last book she chose but the story to her is always magical.

I love reading to my kids, it's fun and gives us that special moment right before bed. Moments we'll both cherish for a long time.