December 2008

Hypocrite, thy name is mother

17 December 2008 Mothering without a licence

From downstairs, the sound of bickering, then howls of indignation. I stomp down the stairs and into the fray. “What?” I demand, giving them both my best stink-eye. “He hit me!” wails the assaulted. “He was teasing me!” counters the other. “In this household, we do not hit,” I lecture. They’ve heard it before. “It […]

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Brain, Child winner!

16 December 2008 Reviews, promotions and giveaways

Congratulations to Karen of Virtually There, winner of the one year subscription to Brain, Child magazine! Karen was chosen completely at random with the assistance of a sleepy Tristan, who picked the number six because “I’m almost not six anymore.” There’s still a couple of days left to enter the contest for an iTunes Canada […]

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Another gift for you!!

15 December 2008 Consumer culture

Who loves ya, baby? I do!! And, as my mother always says, “If you love me, buy me things!” Well, in this case, I’ll give you things. The nice people at iTunes Canada would like you to know that you can now buy iTunes gift cards at Sobeys, Mac’s, A&P, Safeway, Save-on Foods and Coop. […]

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Kids, books, and a love of reading: Part Two of two

14 December 2008 Books

In part one of this mini-series on helping your kids to fall in love with books, I talked about a new website full of book suggestions. This post is about a great set of new books that I was offered for review in mid-November. Not just any books, but graphic novels comic books for beginning […]

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Kids, books and a love reading: Part One of two

11 December 2008 Books

I’d originally planned this as one post, but time and my own loquaciousness have deemed that they be separated into parts one and two of a theme: I love reading and by all things holy, my kids shall love to read as well. Lucky for us, I’ve got two great new tools to help with […]

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Best Santa-social media mash-up EVER!

10 December 2008 Happy holidays

A colleague of mine (Hi Dawna!) tipped me off to this at a Christmas party the other day. If you are Canadian and have kids who still believe in the wonder of Santa, you *must* visit the Portable North Pole. You answer a few questions like how old is your child, first name, gender, province […]

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My Christmas gift to you

9 December 2008 Reviews, promotions and giveaways

Hooray, more free stuff! A while ago, I got an e-mail from Stephanie of Brain, Child magazine. She asked me if I’d be interested in getting to know Brain, Child a little better with a back issue, and would I like to give away a one-year subscription to one of my readers. Hell yes!! I’d […]

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Santa Quest 2008

8 December 2008 Ah, me boys

It seemed like a simple enough idea at the time. (Doesn’t it always?) Pictures with Santa. We do it every year, and I love my little collection of photos of Santa and the boys through the years. We usually just zip over to our local Loblaws, who just happens to have the most authentic Santa […]

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Holy crap, I actually did it!

3 December 2008 Me, only better

Remember Plan B? The plan to lose 20 lbs in 20 weeks, to drop back down from 192 pounds to my pre-pregnancy weight before January of 2009? I did it!! Yay me, I did it!! I lost 23.5 lbs in 15 weeks, and now I’m a couple of pounds under 170. From a tight size […]

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He’s a goer

1 December 2008 Baby days

Uh oh. Cue REM’s “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” The baby? He’s mobile. We are so farked. He’s not quite crawling yet, but he knows how to lean over from a sitting position and stretch himself prone. It’s only a matter of days before he pops up on his hands […]

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