When was the last time you fantasized about being in a crowded shopping mall, or getting shipwrecked on a deserted island? When was the last time the prospect of a work trip got you all hot and bothered? Well, maybe don’t answer that last one.
I would have posted me doing the happy dance on my social media last week when Ontario announced the kids were going back to school on February 16, but I was too busy.
Too busy being a mom of four, running a business, volunteering, writing a book and launching another season of podcasts. Doing none of them very well, I might add.
Moms are experts at neglecting our friendships, even at the best of times. Between work, PTA meetings, children, family obligations – even in the “before COVID times” we went far too long between a good girls’ night out. Enter a pandemic and a whole new obstacle has entered the scene.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many streaming services? Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Crave – do we really need them all? Isn’t one enough? Why would people pay for this many services? Who actually has the time to watch that much TV anyway?
The winter brings colder days, shorter days and especially in these 2021 days, we’re experiencing cabin fever and COVID fever, or is it just anxiety? Let’s not get started on homeschooling and the copious amounts of time we’ve spent with our families who, as it turns out, are pretty annoying in high doses!
Like most recent celebrations and holidays, Valentine’s Day is going to look very different this year. Usually, at this time, our kiddos are excitedly preparing cards for their friends and working on crafts during art class. Many children are currently doing school online, and all are feeling the pain of getting fewer hugs from grandparents and friends. So, what can parents do to ensure the kids still have a fun and special day? Create some crazy new traditions and do some fun activities My friend Jenn, loves to celebrate everything! One of the traditions she started was to keep her Christmas tree up year around, but she and her family decorate it according to the season. Her Valentine’s tree looks spectacular! Kids love doing crafts and we love kids being busy, so picking up a Valentine’s Day Craft Kit is top of my list. I also discovered a local mom…
If there’s one bullet I’ve dodged as a parent, it’s picky eating. Somehow, by some miracle, both of my kids have eaten really well since day one. They like fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, spicy dishes, sushi, you name it. They’re easy to feed at restaurants and other people’s houses (remember going to other people’s houses?? Haha, sob). Basically, I make food and they consume it, with very few exceptions. I am incredibly lucky; this I know.
It’s that dreaded question.…What’s for dinner tonight?
It could be asked by your spouse over text, it could be a question you silently ask yourself mid-afternoon when you realize you forgot to plan something, or it could be asked by your 10-year-old when he hops out of bed at 7am because he needs to know what the day has in store for him. (Hypothetically speaking, of course…)
To the makers of LEGO,
This isn’t yet another complaint about how much it hurts to step on one of your pointy pieces.
The third Monday in January was coined “Blue Monday” several years ago when it was decided that it represented the saddest day of the year for people.
It gained this reputation was for a few reasons: At this point in January, the weather is a bit glum, the days are a bit dark and people are feeling a little financially strapped after over-spending during the holidays. Having those credit card bills roll in can certainly leave the best of us feeling a little unenthusiastic.