My eye…my eye

My eye…my eye


Woke up Wednesday with a small bump under my eye

“Put a warm rag on it” my husband said barely looking at it…so I did 

Thursday it was a bit bigger 

“Put a warm rag on it” my husband said barely looking at it…so I did 

Today I look psychotic with this huge thing under my eye. 

My husband looks at me in horror and says…”is it contagious?”

“Yes it is and I was sleeping on your pillow last night”…I said



Hey! Just got word that for some reason my last blog post isn’t accessible! Thank you to ramblingsfromamum for letting me know! So I’m going to try it again…bare with me since I haven’t had coffee yet!

Here we gooo…….

I hate this time of year, when cold and flu season is upon us. No matter how much you try to safeguard your children with healthy foods and vitamins, dressing as warm as possible and making sure they wash their hands. It is almost inevitable that they will pick up some kind of bug before winter is over. But when they do, you try your best to comfort them and ease their misery.

When Baby girl wakes up at 3am coughing and comes into my room for hugs, I make room on the bed; make sure tissues are within reach and rub her down with vapor rub or one of my mother’s famous concoctions that promises to cure whatever ails you.

As you sleep with one ear and one eye open all night to make sure they’re breathing alright and rub their back as they gulp in a congested breath; you think to yourself; please let them get better soon and…

I better stock up on my vitamin C!



Have you ever tried to get a five year old to eat? Sigh…

Anyone would think I was trying to torture my child! I can’t believe this is the same girl who as a baby could eat anything you put in front of her. Let me take this moment to mention that she was sooo chunky! She was so cute you just wanted to squeeze her!

As I was saying…

We actually would have to wrestle the chicken drumstick from her pudgy little fingers as she ate every last morsel of the bone and attempted to devour the bone itself. She was only two at the time!

Oh, but now she is a sophisticated five year old with discerning tastes, that can take one look at her dinner plate and know through some children’s intuition that everything on her plate is “disgusting”.

I have been reduced to the typical “Do you know how many children are starving in the world?!”

Yup…I said it.

She just looked at me like I was crazy. I’m starting to think I am anyway…only crazy people try to reason with their children!

My mother thinks it’s some kind of Karma. When I was her age I refused to eat too. When my mother used the “starving children in Africa…” line on me…I told her she could mail my dinner to them since I didn’t want it.

Yup…I said it.

See how the ‘wheel of life’ turns???




Losing weight after giving birth is hard!

At least for me it has been. After Diva girl, it wasn’t that bad. According to a friend of mine, all I had to do was breastfeed and I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. This is pretty accurate. But it also may have been my downfall. The breastfeeding helped after Baby girl was born, but somehow my pre-pregnancy weight didn’t seem that great anymore, and everything just seemed to fall the wrong way. Know what I mean?

So after a year of being miserable in my own skin, I followed the suggestion of a friend of mine and decided to join a boot camp (


Those classes are B-R-U-T-A-L!

No, I’m not exaggerating. They are hard, and you sweat at least ¼ of your body weight in that torturous hour. I’m not an athletic person and I have the upper body strength of a newborn kitten and cardio is my nemesis. Most of the time, I am the person struggling, last back from a run, last to finish 20 burpees or the first to give up on the plank position that is supposed to last for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Believe me; it’s not as short as it sounds. My instructor is cool; she doesn’t yell at you, scream in your ear or insult you if you slow down or take a break. She is a very nice woman…..who introduces you to muscles you never knew you had until they scream out in pain! Her mild manner somehow gets you to do the work all the while swearing that you will never return. I lift weights heavier than I thought I could bear; jump more ‘jacks’ and squat more times than I would ever care to and try not to notice that everyone else is practically done their rounds while I gasp for air and pray that I don’t pass out.  Humiliating.

The next day as I drag my tired and sore body out of bed and try to smile through the pain as I get myself and the girls ready for a new day, I think ‘why do I do this to myself?’ Then I pull out a pair of pants that are in single digits and get ready to suck in and pull tightly, when I realize that they went on without a struggle…

Humiliation??? BRING IT ON!




Yes, the tooth is out! Diva girl has lost her first tooth at the age of 5 and her adult tooth is already making a strong appearance. Geez, that girl moves fast! It was pretty much hanging by a thread last night and she was afraid she would swallow it. Luckily it stayed in place overnight, because as much as I love my daughter I was not going to extract that thing from anything coming out the other end the following day…and you know what I mean! She was so excited, I decided to write the teacher a note and put a little Ziploc bag in her backpack to save it if it fell out at school.

That’s exactly what happened! Did I call that or what? She was eating her pita and she spit it out thinking it was “a dry piece of cheese” (Hello? Like I would give her dried up cheese???) . She didn’t even notice it was her tooth until she started feeling for it with her tongue. Don’t you remember doing that as a kid when your baby teeth were falling out? You tried to push it as far as you could. It became your favourite pastime until the tooth finally fell out. Anyway, her teacher put it in the bag for her so she could bring it home. After bath time she put it under her pillow and she is now fast asleep waiting for the Tooth Fairy. She didn’t even want to lie on the pillow because she thought she would crush it and then the Tooth Fairy wouldn’t find it. She did this thing where her head was on her hands and her bum was in the air until I explained (without laughing…almost) that the Tooth Fairy could get under the pillow and find her tooth no matter what.

I love this stuff!

Well, she will be very excited when she wakes up tomorrow. A nice chunk of change and a note from the Tooth Fairy will make her Friday. My mother made sure to tell me that a quarter just won’t cut it these days. What the heck? This is only tooth number one! I’m gonna need a 2nd job after they’re all out. Oh well, that’s life.


The Tooth Fairy (aka No Super Mom)



Kids are so different aren’t they? Some kids like to create and build. Some like to dig and invent. Some kids like to be the center of attention, while some are quite happy to exist outside of the limelight and just be still. Some kids are active and good at all kinds of sports. Some kids are pretty laid back and don’t like to do as much as their parents might like….and then there’s my daughter.

Meet Diva girl; a 5 year old dynamo. She runs and talks a mile a minute. She runs to sit down, she runs to lay down; she runs EVERYWHERE! She can ask you the same question 5 times before you’ve even had the chance to formulate an answer. Her energy knows no bounds.

But I should have known that this was who she would be….since the day she was born.

It’s all in the delivery my friends.

Here are the facts: my labour was 4 ½ hours, by the time we got to the hospital the lovely nurses who were just humouring a new mother to be ended up almost knocking their selves unconscious while trying to get me to the delivery room. Fifteen minutes after I got to the hospital, we first met the Diva! At 2 months, I took her to get her pictures done and lying on her tummy, she held her head up and smiled right into the camera. Needless to say the photographer was very impressed. Even learning to walk was like trying to grab the wind! She was determined to move past the normal development milestones to get where she was going. At 18 months, people kept asking how old she was, because she could have a conversation with you as if she was 3. I could go on…

But basically, Diva girl has been in a hurry to get somewhere ever since she was a baby. It is commonplace to hear someone in our house yelling ‘WALK!’ at least 10 times a day. When she started Jr. Kindergarten she was in a combined class (JK/SK) so most of her friends were older than her. So when they started losing their teeth she was quite upset to see her perfect white teeth still holding strong and refusing to let go. “Mommy, it’s not fair that Shauna’s tooth came out and mine didn’t!” Well…one day while helping her to brush what do I see? A TOOTH! Yes, even her teeth are in a rush, her baby teeth were still intact but there are 2 of her permanent teeth already waiting to take their rightful place as residents in her mouth. It’s so funny to see her with 2 rows, but it doesn’t surprise me. I tell her to slow down but she just rolls her eyes…

She was probably doing that in my tummy too.

Yup, the delivery says it all. We haven’t even talked about Baby girl…..





So, here I am trying to be conscious of what I feed my kids as well as what I put on their skin. Baby girl has had eczema since birth and I just found out a month ago that Diva girl has apparently developed a mild case. Geez! So, because of this I have been searching for an affordable but natural sunscreen. I say affordable, because when you have 2 kids in 2 different daycare rooms, you need 2 tubes of sunscreen and at $20 -$30 a tube, the natural stuff can really drain your wallet.

I’m just sayin…

I did my research and found a few brands that sounded great. The first problem was finding a retailer and not having to order online. Which I don’t normally mind, but I was under a time crunch since it is required as soon as it starts to get warm (for daycare, I mean). Imagine my surprise when I walked into my local HomeSense and found a natural brand for less than $10! Unfortunately, there was only 1 bottle left, but anyone who has shopped in HomeSense or Winners, knows that when you find something, you better get it right away, because it won’t be there for long. So I bought it! How proud of myself, I was to know that I had procured at least one bottle of a natural sunscreen for the girls! Heiko Sunscreen for Kids (reg. $30 online)! I marched into that daycare feeling very GREEN. Baby girl would not only be protected from the damage the sun could do to her skin, but also from the evil chemicals that the other companies layered into their products! I AM MOTHER, HEAR ME ROAR!

Can someone tell me why my child came home looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost?!

There was a layer of white cream dried into a halo shape around the perimeter of her face and both arms were caked with this natural sunscreen. Why? Why? Why? I asked the teachers. Well, because the darn thing doesn’t rub in, of course! Duh! Apparently when you remove all the garbage that comes in some of the other brands it no longer absorbs into your skin.

Now, I must admit…the first time I saw her, I laughed my head off. She looked as if she’d dunked her head into a bowl of baking flour! Okay, stop laughing! This is my kid we’re talking about here! Yes, I’m smiling, but I’m her mother!!!

Well, luckily the sunscreen I found for Diva girl (couldn’t find any more of the Heiko) was Alba Botanica for Kids and it apparently is a good natural choice too. So far it has rubbed in well and now I’m on the hunt to find another tube, since I did only pay $9!

During my search I have discovered other natural brands, so I’m learning a lot. The Alba Botanica allows the girls to retain their natural complexion, so I think I’ll stick with it for now. If anyone knows of anything that may be better then I will gladly try it out. Let me know!  As long as it doesn’t require my kids to say “BOO!” then I’m happy!