Today I have been doing a lot of reflecting. Thinking back about how my life has been unfolding from before I became a spouse and mom. A time before when I was niave and honestly woke up some days thinking I had it all figured out. I didn't then and I still don't now.

Seven years ago today my life changed in ways I had never imagined it would. I met my best friend who became my lover, partner and realized soulmate.

I didn't know love could be both so wonderful and strong but difficult at the same time. In seven years no matter what hell we've been through we have made it together.

I didn't know a man could love me as much as he does. He shows it every single day, always has and I believe he always will.

I didn't know seeing your baby for the first time born would make me cry because of how much love I have for her.

I didn't know how easy it was for a friend to betray but have my man by my side, no matter what.

I didn't know we would be scared after having our son born emergency c-section, premature with months of worry. Having him home was the best feeling ever.

I didn't know this would last 7 years and I'm glad it has...

What I didn't know then, I'm glad I know now. I can't wait to learn more.

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life...let's see what I didn't know when we hit 10 years!

Until next time...



September 30th, 2010 marks seven years that hubs and I have been together.  In seven years we have been through a lot of stuff most people would probably call it quits on. It has been a journey and some but we've done it all together. No giving up. That's what love is about, and that is how you keep a family a family. I have always promised myself not to let my family see the fate my parents did. I'm happy we are an "us" and that no matter what, he supports me. He encourages me and always has while everyone around me is telling me what I can't do, he's cheering me on saying "screw them and listen to your heart". I wouldn't have made it this far without him. We may not be married but honestly, you don't need the extravagant wedding and a piece of paper to commit yourself to another (although being a bride just once would be nice..).

This year we are planning on celebrating a few days late, of course we will have a nice dinner and spend some "one on one" time together on the actual day but on October 7th we are going to the screening of the movie "Buried" starring Ryan Reynolds. Hubs won tickets a couple of weeks ago :) Perfect timing, now lets hope this doesn't become another episode like "the switch" where I couldn't find a sitter. I let that pass, but this is our anniversary "date". I'm looking forward to it and I think we both deserve it.

I wonder what the next seven years will throw at us ;)


It's fall fundraising time at school!

Again this year the Terry Fox Foundation is having its annual Terry Fox National School Run and my daughters school is participating. We received the letter after school and I asked her if she wanted to participate in it, she immediately said "Of course!", well that was a proud moment. Last year she was a little too young to participate so the JK and SK classes weren't included in the national school run. This year, she's a big girl happy to do her part to help and it is an excellent way for kids to discover that they too can make a difference, give something without expecting anything in return except maybe a smile.

Terry Fox is a Canadian Hero who ran cross-country in the early 1980's for cancer, suffering from bone cancer himself. He ran thousands of miles with one leg amputated. His incredible story has touched the hearts and lives of people not only in Canada but world-wide and my daughter learning about his history and participating in an amazing event is a proud thing for me. I remember learning about him in school as well.

Aside from asking friends and family for pledges and because the school prefers we not canvas door to door, I set up a pledge page on behalf of my daughter for her pledge raising for St. Michael Catholic elementary here in Ottawa.  As you all know cancer affects the lives of thousands of people every day, in fact this cause hits close to home as we have lost loved ones to this deadly disease. Anything can help toward the research for a cure. Can you help?

Click here to pledge as little (or as much) as you would like...my daughter will be walking for Terry on September 30th 2010.


Fall and I have a kind of love/hate relationship this year. I love the change in season, back to school, the leaves changing colours and all that but what I hate about fall? Everything you can catch and it seems this year we have caught some pretty good ones.

Within the first week of school K brought home a cold which infected the entire house except me who was busy and exhausted taking care of everyone while trying to keep the house as disinfected as I could. Runny noses and bad tempers seemed to diminish half way through last week and by the weekend whatever this sickness is came back full force as a flu. D was lucky, he only has a stuffy nose which causes him to be really difficult sometimes but hubby got it the worst. He caught a terrible case of the  flu.

On top of that we had another type of scare. Through a letter K brought home about lice in the class, the same letter we get every year. This time they thought K may or may not have had nits so we took every precaution, treatment and all. We can proudly say that this house is clear! What a scare and a disgusting one at that (double ew!).

This has been quite the beginning to what looks like a long fall. Hopefully things will start looking a little healthier for us before Thanks giving and Halloween roll around.

In the meantime, check out my latest review for a spooky cook book called "A Zombie Ate My Cupcake" by Lily Vanilli and grab your chance to win a copy!

Until next time...@AMotherhoodBlog


Twitter is one of the most useful social media tools for bloggers and businesses alike to use to connect with others, share ideas and network among other things. I joined twitter over a year ago and have made many connections both on a personal and professional level. Today one of those connections brought me the opportunity to have my ideas published as a special guest portion of a post about money-saving tips for the frugal family.

A couple of days ago I was going about my daily twitter check when I came across a conversation about an article about how expensive it is to raise children, in particular speaking about how a baby from 0-1 year can cost up to if not more than 10,000$. I of course voiced my opinion about that particular subject stating it is possible to raise a baby from age 0-1 on a budget less than 10,000$. Before I know it I was in a conversation with @mel_coulson about how exactly we save on some of the costs of raising our kids and she asked me if I would participate in a post she was publishing to her blog "Adventures of a working mom" on the Ottawa citizen website.

Of course I accepted the offer, living in Ottawa, this is a great honour having my input published on such a reputable website like the Ottawa citizen! This afternoon certainly made up for the events of this morning.

It's my first guest post and I was actually expecting an email back after sending it saying something was wrong with it, that's the pessimistic critic inside me. I need to trade her in for a positive thinking critic! All joking aside, it was fun participating in this and working with Miss Coulson. An opportunity I couldn't pass up helping out a fellow blogger and giving moms everywhere great money-saving tips!

Without further adieu here is the post itself, please feel free to leave any feedback (please, be nice.) or money-saving tips of your own!

Until next time...keep dreaming always...


*This is not a paid or sponsored post and I was not in any way compensated. Thank you to @mel_coulson for giving me the opportunity to have my opinion published in your blog!*
It's bad enough I hate getting up early but worse having to get up early and everybody is disorganized. As much as I try to stay organized lately it just feels like things are in a tornado all the time, nothing goes the way I plan it.

I make lunches the night before, I make sure the house is tidy and all important things like clothes etc placed in view for the next day so nobody is frustrated trying to find their things in a mess.

This morning hubby had to leave early and I was in charge of taking the two kids to K's bus stop for 8:50am. No problem, whats one extra kid to bring along?  I had everything organized jackets on, lunch in bag, keys in hand and we leave. We made it to the bus stop with minutes to spare and just as the bus is turning the corner she says it "Mom! I left my bag at home!"

Several emotions ran through me as I tried to think of a quick fix as the bus was coming down the street. Panic, I looked at the house, then over to D sitting in his stroller pointing that the "buck" was coming. Theres no way I could run with a stroller in time to get her bag, even though the house is only feet away from the stop. Frustration, as I see the bus making its stop "How could you forget your bag!". Guilt and love, K was starting to worry, she had the "Oh no!" deer caught in headlights look but then I told K not to worry, that mommy would walk to the school and leave her bag at the office for her. And that I did. After we put K on the bus D and I ran back home, grabbed the bag and jetted it to the school. 

As much as I really did not want to walk all the way to her school pushing my dinky umbrella stroller at 8:00am this morning, I did it. I sucked it up and did what any mom would've done. I couldn't leave her looking like she didn't do her homework and with no lunch on a Friday. Funny enough when I dropped off the bag at the office and said "My daughter forgot her bag at home" the secretary said "Let me guess, Kylie?" Wow. I guess she's already known on this forgetful friday! I can just imagine now how many times I'm going to have to cover for this girl as she grows up and you know what? I'll do it every time, as long as I can.

Until next time...keep dreaming always,



Tonight I had a pleasant surprise waiting for me in my email inbox. I received a "One Lovely Blog Award" from Elle at This is Mommyhood!

There are rules to accepting such an award and they are:

  1. Accept the award and post it on your blog along with the name and blog link of the person granting you this award.

  2. Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers you have recently discovered.

  3. Contact the bloggers and let them know they've been chosen.

I'm breaking rule #2 and giving you a few of my favorites with the promise to add more as I find them! Feel free to leave a comment and add your faves too:

 Thank you very much :)

Until next time, keep dreaming always.


Today there are so many food allergies it's unbelievable how careful you need to be when packing your kids lunch this school year. Often schools main concern is peanut/nut allergies and because so many young children have this allergy, many schools have become completely nut free including my kid’s school.

Meaning, of course you can't send your little one off with a peanut butter sandwich anymore. I don't blame anyone for this rule; if it was your child that had the allergy wouldn't you feel more secure knowing the school banned the one food that could be fatal? My children don't have these allergies (thank goodness!) but I know someone who does and I think of the ones who might. I always try to make sure to make the smart choice and make sure the foods I am buying are really nut-free.

Even though stores carry "nut-free" products it doesn't mean that they are truly free of nuts. Being nut free doesn’t only mean that the food contains no nuts or nut products but also that it are produced in a nut free environment. To some the slightest taste or even smell can cause the sometimes fatal allergy to flare up.

One of my favorite grocery stores has a complete line of nut-free products and displays it proudly with the nut-free symbol: Loblaws now offer a great selection of nut-free foods to send off to school for low prices with Presidents choice and no name brands!

We had the opportunity to try out a few different types of snacks like Presidents Choice Mini Bars dipped & chewy chocolate chip, wheat bran bites in banana bread flavor, mini chefs lunchbox packs honey crunchy cubs and no name brands zoo animals fruit snacks, crispy rice marshmallow squares, jelly beans and jujubes! Our kids aren't picky when it comes to brand and non brand names for food. As long as it tastes good, is nut free and sells at a reasonable price we're all happy! So check out Loblaws next time you're wondering where you can find these nut-free snacks and others for your little ones lunches!

Here is a message on behalf of Loblaw about being nut-free aware when buying foods for school lunches:
It’s important to Loblaw Companies Ltd. to provide peanut-free choices for kids and parents alike, and this year it’s easier for parents to shop their local grocery aisles for options. All President’s Choice® and no name® peanut-free products include prominent on-package logos and Loblaw banner stores across the country have displays marked with peanut-free signage.

The President’s Choice and no name brands would also like to offer parents some simple tips to help going back to school as simple as possible, since a peanut allergy is everyone’s concern:

  • Read labels and ingredient lists and teach your kids how to read them, too – every single time

  • Understand what “peanut-free” means: that the product or food-in-question doesn’t contain peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil, traces or any derivative of peanut at all! Note that it does not necessarily mean it’s “tree-nut” free – so parents need to read ingredient lists to be sure

  • Empower kids to ask questions about food origins – kids with peanut sensitivities shouldn’t eat foods if they don’t know where, how or with what they were made

  • Parents and kids should be aware of the dangers of cross-contamination – using a knife to spread jam on a piece of bread that might have been used earlier in a peanut butter jar (even if there isn’t any peanut butter in sight) means that the knife has been cross-contaminated and may elicit an allergic reaction

  • When shopping for school lunches and snacks, avoid buying from bulk food bins – even if there’s an ingredient list available, you’ll have no idea if it’s been in contact with a peanut product since scoops inevitably get moved from bin to bin

  • The best store-bought "baked" snacks for a peanut-free environment are cookies, crackers and cereals that are properly labelled and pre-packaged; in a traditional bakery setting, cross-contamination is very possible

  • Don’t forget that in addition to all of the delicious President’s Choice- and no name brand peanut-free products available, there are many other snack choices that are nutritious, kid-friendly and don’t contain peanuts, including:

    • Any fruit or vegetable, such as grapes, celery, apples, carrots, oranges, bananas and raisins – don’t forget about applesauce!

    • Dairy products like cottage cheese, string cheese and yogurt.

Have a happy, healthy school year!

*Information on this post provided by Hill & Knowlton Canada on behalf of Loblaw Ltd. This post was written for informational purposes. I received a package of PC and No name brand nut free snacks for my family to enjoy.*


Most kids dread homework, it means spending more time learning and less time playing or watching tv. Last year she had homework in SK and hated it. Her words exactly, she hated it. Imagine that, she hated homework and she was only in SK!

Tonight when I checked her bag like I do every night, I found a new homework book with two sheets of spelling-writing homework from her teacher.

I read over the homework sheets where it said she was to write out the letters according to sound (eg. Telephone, T, "Tuh"). The last time we did homework together, she needed a lot of help. Not this time and she even said so herself! The only part I had to really do with her was the snap test at the end which is I dictate the letters at random and she writes them using sound. I think this method is great considering my little girl is actually writing and understanding what she's writing! I'm so proud of her for making progress so soon into the school year!

After we were all done she said to me "Mom, I wish I had more homework. It's so awesome!". It's awesome that she has had such a turn around about her attitude toward school and learning.  I wonder if she's going to think the same thing when she gets to highschool, college and university.

Until next time...keep dreaming always...



image1008400393.jpgLast year we celebrated the end of summer right across the street at the Overbrook community centre with the annual Overbrook Community Day. Music, games, draws and lots more.

This year I thought they weren't having the party because the centre has been under construction for several months now. Today I received a community flyer announcing the party is still on - rain or shine!

Here are the details:

Overbrook community day

-BBQ and Corn Roast
-Soccer baseball games
-Games for kids of all ages
-Giant inflatable castle
-Free draws and much more!

When: Saturday, September 18th from 12:00-4:00pm

Where: Ottawa Stadium, Coventry Road (next to Canadian tire/Hampton Inn)

If you live or happen to be in the area, come on out for some family fun!

Until next time...Keep dreaming always...



 Movie Review: ALPHA & OMEGA 3D

I've always been a fan of animated films, especially when they began making computer animated and now 3D films. Luckily yesterday was a beautiful day because we had planned a very special event for our little girl. She was going to see her very first movie in theatre. We attended a movie screening on behalf of Maple Pictures Corp of Alpha & Omega 3D!  

Even though some people we invited couldn't make it, it was still a wonderful day! Everyone had a great time but what matters most is that is was for the kids!



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We dedicated the entire day to the kids, inviting friends of ours along with their daughters for the event. Everyone got here promptly by 9:15am and the adults chit-chatted over coffee for a bit while the kids played before heading off to the Silver City Cinema here in Ottawa.  The men stayed home with the little guys who were a little too active to sit still for an entire movie so, it was mommy-daughter movie day! The girls were so excited because each of them was about to experience their first movie in theater. It was a wonderful experience! We left the house with smiles and came back with even bigger ones. When we returned from the movie the kids played and coloured while the adults socialized enjoying a lunch of hotdogs afterward.  Nice of everyone to join us who could, thank you again!    

Alpha & Omega is an animated 3D adventure starring Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Justin Long and Dennis Hopper. Its directed by Ben Gluck and Anthony Bell with music by David Fullmer. Kate and Humphrey are two wolves from two different ends of the pack. Kate is an Alpha wolf, the trained disciplined leader on top of her game, while Humphrey is a laid-back fun-loving jokester hanging around with his just as fun-loving Omega's at the bottom of the barrel. When Kate finds out she is to marry a rival Alpha male to unite the two sides but Kate, along with Humphrey end up in a wild adventure when they become captured and relocated in a wildlife park together and have to do what it takes to get back home where there is trouble between the two rival wolf packs. Throughout the adventure of hitchhiking, hungry bears, cliff hanging and sliding on logs they learn that when it comes down to it, differences sometimes don't matter.      

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This was our first 3D movie and I have to say it was really fun. The animation was excellent, especially with the 3D effect that kept the girls engaged throughout the movie. It had comedy and romance which was nice to see in the storyline. The music was great, there was a particular howling scene the girls found amazing and the action was non-stop. The movie is about wolves so there might be some parts that younger children might find a bit scary but the girls really enjoyed it and couldn't stop smiling when we left the theater.  As a parent I can say this is a great family movie, it's got comedy, action and a little romance too. We all enjoyed it very much and recommend taking your kids to see it when it finally hits theaters on September 17th!        


*We would like to thank Maple Pictures Corp for the opportunity to see the screening as well as those who were able to join us on this special occasion. Also, a special thanks to my loving hubby for getting the tickets for us*           

I enjoy trying out new products and I also like giving my input here on my blog about certain products that I've tried so that other moms like me can get the info before buying. After all, word of blog is often better than just relying on advertisements.

While doing my weekly freebie hunt via google, I found out that Glow Magazine is looking for product testers/reviewers!  I signed up because you never know. I didn't think I would really get it but after a couple of weeks I got my first email saying that I would be receiving a product sample in the mail for review for their "You Tried It" section of the November issue.

This time I will be reviewing ROC Multi-Correxion Anti-Age eye cream. I thought this would be quite interesting to try seeing I don't usually use eye creams but I noticed lately I wake up with  puffy looking eyes that make me look tired.  Plus, ROC products sell at Wal-Mart which is affordable for me so perhaps I might buy more in the future.

ROC Multi-Correxion Anti-Age eye cream reduces the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles and bags while providing an immediate more radiant look.

The included instructions booklet says that it might take some people a couple of weeks before they see results but I saw results within a few uses (I've used it 4 times, every other day). Less puffiness, less darkness under my eyes. I haven't had a chance to take any before and after shots but so far so good. I'm looking forward to seeing more results! Keep in mind that certain products have different results for different skin-types, some may or may not agree with my final review.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining the testing panel over at Glow, sign up here. Good luck and don't forget to check out the november issue of Glow, my input could be there!



*This is not a paid/sponsored post. This post is for information purposes and to let you all know about the testing panel over at www.glow.ca and about the product I received for my input. All opinions are honest and my own.*
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The first week of school is finally over and let me tell you it has been a busy one, we are looking at busy over the next several weeks in fact. 

We began the school routine as of Tuesday morning, getting up at 6am but making sure everything was ready the night before so we weren't running around crazy. Unfortunately her first morning back did not go as we had planned (see post on that). Despite the ugly first morning, DD had a great first week at school. We even got a note from the teacher saying she's off to a good start. This puts a lot of my mommy-anxiety to rest knowing that this year, things are looking alright compared to last year. If anyone remembers we had a really  hard time with discipline when she was in SK. Notes from the teacher and even phone calls not even a month into school, doesn't make a mom or child feel very good either. 

Needless to say I'm proud of how things are looking as far as school goes, even a slight progress is still progress! Now, lets see how the rest of the year will go!


Today was back to school - Day 1. From my point of view the day had begun alright. I was capable of getting up with my six A.M. alarm,taking the chihuahua out, taking a shower and starting the coffee before DD was awake and ready to go for her first day of school.

Soon after the rest of the family started waking up, including Zeus, our big dog. I let him outside to do his business, it was still raining out too.  When Zeus came in I immediately told him to STAY because he needed his feet wiped of mud (or what we thought was mud). As I'm getting an old cloth to clean his feet dh comes half asleep walking down the stairs and Zeus sees him. He dashed across the kitchen, livingroom and part of the stairs spreading not only mud but POOP all over the floor. Less than 20 minutes to get DD to her bus and THIS happens NOW?!? This was not a very good morning, so dh goes to bring dd to her bus stop. What do you know, the bus drives RIGHT by them without stopping. Dh had to walk her to school, on her first day in the rain. This was not a good morning!

According to DH when he arrived at the office with dd they seemed completely unorganized and confused. Let me guess, another year dealing with a school staff who are disorganized?  Dh even told them we never got a letter and the response "You didn't? Thats odd" WOW. Anyway there was more mix up when dh was told to bring dd to the gym where her class was. Nobody at the gym. Finally the secretary told another student to show dd to her class and off she went. The poor girl!

What upsets me is that we actually TRIED our best to be as organized as we could with the little resources and little help we received from that school. I sent dd off with the basics: Bag, lunch, extra shoes, pencil-case with 2 pencils and a sharpener, extra clothes etc. I really hope her day is better than the morning was. I'll have to update once she's home. Let's hope she doesn't get forgotten again!

Update: Dh picked up dd from the bus stop and spoke to the bus driver who is also the morning driver. We had the right stop, bus but the schedule time was 10 minutes later than the actual time she runs the route. So now everyones schedules are set up properly.  DD said that school is awesome, she enjoys being there full days. She said she likes her teacher and she likes to be able to go play in the big kid yard in school. I'm happy shes enjoying the first two days, lets hope this positive thinking continues when the homework begins next week!

Until next time, keep dreaming always!



Five days left until dd is back to school on her first day of grade 1. I wrote a post about this a week ago, I'm feeling a little anxious about how she will adapt to full day real school. Not so much now, I think she'll be okay. I'm more nervous than she is!

Now I'm feeling even more anxious about back to school because we haven't received any letters, lists or anything regarding school. Last year they waited until the last-minute. Two days before school began we got the bus schedule which was messed up I may add, and on the first day of school the teachers sent home lists and letters with the kids.

I'm not sure if they are going to do the same so my best bet is to call tomorrow morning since I haven't received anything today, and tomorrow is Friday.  This too shall pass and we'll figure it out, but it doesn't mean it doesn't rack my brain thinking about it!

This week has been really busy and quite an interesting Wednesday morning I'll tell you about that in another post ;)

Until Next time...Keep Dreaming Always!