31 Oct

Who are you?

DD has been a challenge since the moment she was conceived – let me rephrase that… she has been a challenge to even conceive!  4 years of trying, morning all day sickness for 7 months, heart burn, acid reflux.. these were all just a precursor of things to come.  Colic, acid reflux (for her this time), sleeplessness, extremely demanding and emotional, you name it, we’ve had it with our little bundle of “joy”.  My hair is gray, I have wrinkles, black circles under my eyes and these are just the physical deteriorations. I would have never guessed that 1 single human, standing less than 3 feet tall had the ability to completely take out an adult.  But yes, my Little DD has been successful, for the long 3 years of her life, it has been her daily enjoyment to see how she can take down her Mom – and she has been successful.

Life has been extremely hard, DD is a “Handful and a Half” as I call it.  We got along like an oil fire and water.  I cried – a lot (never rarely in front of her).  It was nearly to the point where I thought a 3 year old child was purposely trying to push every single button I had, and then continued to push and push and push even harder.

When I was pregnant, I had imagined the most amazing mother/daughter experiences, shopping, days at the spa, rocking, singing, playing at the park!  Everything was just perfect.  Ok, don’t get me wrong, I knew there would be hard days, but I also thought there would be at least SOME good days!

Up until just a short few weeks ago, there were very few good days.  And then like a switch on a toy, everything changed. My Little DD has been the most delightful, loving, respectful, and complete angel any mother could dream of.  I am in shock – who is this girl and what you have done with DD?  Why the change? What is going on?

Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled.  I am finally getting some of those amazing things I imagined – Special mother/daughter time and we are enjoying life together, having lots of fun.

I have heard kids will go through many phases, I am hoping this extremely delightful phase will last just as long (if not longer) than the last dreadful phases – if so, by my calculations we have at least 8 years of good times (trying to conceive + pregnancy + 3 years of pure hell = 8 years).  Which brings us to age 11, in which I should expect hard times once again with a tween.  And, unfortunately, this will probably bring even more grief than I have already experienced.

So for now, I will enjoy every waking minute with my new girl!  Sure there may be a few ups and downs, but I am really starting to enjoy the finer things of being a mother.  Before, I was very happy and proud to be a mother, but the daily life was almost too much to handle with very little rewards.

So for those of you who have suffered similar fate (the kind of fate that has you questioning why you wanted children). There is hope! I wish I could offer advice as to what made the change happen.  It could be time, it could be the endless tough love, it could just be that she is growing up.  But I do want you all to know there is hope for better times!

30 Oct

Rock For Dimes – 75 Empire Theater tickets to Give Away (#Halifax)

Halifax is known for it’s strong music scene.  Music is something we have in our souls, whether it’s rock ‘n roll or the good ol’ fiddle, East Coast music is booming.  On November 18th, a fun rocking contest called “Rock For Dimes” is coming, and it’s an event you wont want to miss.

This is a rocking evening which is also a fundraiser for March of Dimes – one of Canada’s largest community based service providers for people with physical disabilities, such as:

  • cerebral palsy
  • spina bifida
  • muscular dystrophy
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • stroke
  • postpolio syndrome
  • medically fragile

Funds can also be used for services to help families and caregivers of persons with physical disabilities and of course research.

Event Details: Rock for Dimes

Date: November 18, 2011

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Location: World Trade Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St, Halifax

Cost: General: $30, Students $15 at the door only

A limited number of reserved tables are available($300 per table, seats 10 persons)

How to purchase: At the event, or Call:1-800-263-34

 

To get the word out, I have 75 Empire Theaters Tickets to give away – yes 75 – from now until the 18th!

 

So, this week here’s the way to get in on the Empire Theater Tickets (you can enter every day to increase your chances of winning… if you enter on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday… your name is thrown back in the draw for the rest of the week so keep coming back to get more entries).  I’ll be picking winners everyday.

 

Monday, October 31st:

  • To Enter: Visit the Rock for Dimes Website and make a comment below about 3 bands that are playing
  • Bonus Entry: Tweet about Rock For Dimes coming to Halifax with the #Tag -#RockforDimes and the URL http://bit.ly/svDA1u (please make another comment below including your tweet link)
  • Bonus Entry: Buy tickets for the Rock for Dimes show (please make another comment below)
  • Bonus Entry: Email a few friends about the event  with a CC to info@myweeview.com (please make another comment below saying you have done this)


Tuesday, November 1st:

  • To Enter: Visit the Rock for Dimes Website and make a comment below about something special you saw on their website
  • Bonus Entry: Tweet about  the Empire Theater tickets Giveaway @Myweeview include the #Tag -#RockforDimes # Halifax and the URLhttp://bit.ly/tiuBEb (please make another comment below including your tweet link)
  • Bonus Entry: Buy tickets for the Rock for Dimes show (please make another comment below)
  • Bonus Entry: Email a few friends about the event with a CC to info@myweeview.com (please make another comment below saying you have done this)


Wednesday, November 2nd:

  • To Enter: Visit the Rock for Dimes Website and make a comment below about who the sponsors are
  • Bonus Entry: Tweet about  the Empire Theater tickets Giveaway @Myweeview include the #Tag -#RockforDimes # Halifax and the URLhttp://bit.ly/tiuBEb (please make another comment below including your tweet link)
  • Bonus Entry: Buy tickets for the Rock for Dimes show (please make another comment below)
  • Bonus Entry: Email a few friends about the event with a CC to info@myweeview.com (please make another comment below saying you have done this)

 

Thursday, November 3rd:

  • To Enter: Visit the Rock for Dimes Website and make a comment below about your favourite band name
  • Bonus Entry: Tweet about  the Empire Theater tickets Giveaway @Myweeview include the #Tag -#RockforDimes # Halifax and the URLhttp://bit.ly/tiuBEb (please make another comment below including your tweet link)
  • Bonus Entry: Buy tickets for the Rock for Dimes show (please make another comment below)
  • Bonus Entry: Email a few friends about the event with a CC to info@myweeview.com (please make another comment below saying you have done this)

 

Friday, November 4th:

  • To Enter: Visit the Rock for Dimes Website and make a comment below about how you can donate money to Rock for Dimes
  • Bonus Enter: Tweet about  the Empire Theater tickets Giveaway @Myweeview include the #Tag -#RockforDimes # Halifax and the URLhttp://bit.ly/tiuBEb (please make another comment below including your tweet link)
  • Bonus Entry: Buy tickets for the Rock for Dimes show (please make another comment below)
  • Bonus Entry: Email a few friends about the event with a CC to info@myweeview.com (please make another comment below saying you have done this)

 

Giveaway is open to local Halifax, Nova Scotia Residence.  Any Questions, send me an email to info@myweeview.com

 

**Disclosure: I am participating in the promotion of Rock for Dimes, March of Dimes event in Halifax.  This is also in participation with GiveGet.com. Please see full terms of use.

30 Oct

What to do with Pumpkin Goo?

We spent today craving pumpkins!   While many people may just throw out all the pumpkin innards, we have a family tradition that is very easy to do – roasting pumpkin seeds.  They are really easy to make and everyone in the family enjoys the salty treat.

My husband has said pumpkin seeds are his favourite part of Halloween.  Although I like them too, pumpkin seeds come in at a close second – behind the unlimited chocolate with only minor guilt.

Here’s how to make the pumpkin seeds:

  • pick the seeds out of the pumpkin goo and rinse them off
  • lay on a baking sheet
  • sprinkle with salt (we like kosher)
  • bake in the oven at 325 till they are golden brown (About 25 mins total) – you can flip them over 1/2 way between baking as well
  • eat (you don’t even have to shuck them)

Enjoy,

27 Oct

I Can Be – Parenting Girls

While pregnant, I was convinced I was having a boy. For the past nearly 80 years only boys have been born on my husband’s fathers side of the family, so continuing in the family tradition, I too was having a boy. Despite my “motherly” instincts, we did go to UC-Baby to get a glimpse of our bundle of sleepless nights joy. It was at this point we were floored to hear we were having a girl. We, and the rest of the family were beyond thrilled – finally a baby girl born into the family! I remember my husbands first words “Oh no, this brings on a whole new set of worries”. Bringing up a daughter is much different than bring up a son.

As parents we want our daughters to be confident – but not TOO obnoxiously confident, we want them to be smart, but not “nerdy”, we want them to be “pretty” but not slutty (gasp – first time I used that word on my site), we want them to be happy, loving girls that feel good about their decisions, bodies and what they have to offer this world – themselves! And we went them to be the best selves they can be!

A brand new website Be The Voice is actually part of a new Barbie campaign called I Can Be. This website includes parenting tips from Canadian Parenting Coach Terry Carson, each month a new theme and parenting tips will be shared to help your little princesses as they grow up.

As mothers we have a huge impact on our daughters. I want my daughter to grow up to be all that she can be. At 3, I can already see her very strong personality. As a parent, it’s a daily challenge to steer her in the right direction, while correcting her without killing her incredibly vibrant spirit. She is full of life, full of vigor and full of energy – she makes me exhausted – but I love her to pieces.

Today, October 27th, is National “I Can Be Day” participating schools will be encouraging Moms come in to speak about their careers.

**DISCLOSURE: I am participating in the Barbie I Can Be campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Mattel Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own. PLEASE SEE THE FULL TERMS OF USE.


26 Oct

Gord the Jack-o-lantern

My husband saw this adorable little Gourd on the Internet somewhere, and so we had to try it for ourselves!

Simply cut out a rectangle for a mouth add vampire teeth and then add some sewing pins for eyes (add beads if you want to make them bigger), and there you have it – a Gourd Jack-0-Lantern!

We then had lots of fun with the glow in the dark teeth!

Have fun making your own,

26 Oct

Costume Discounters – Halloween Costumes

I have rarely bought costumes for myself for Halloween, generally I use my imagination and make my own.  I spend hours racking my brain trying to come up with the perfect costume and accessories so I look just right!  To be honest, I’m not sure why I have done this to myself, it really has just caused me hours of painful and unnecessary stress.  This year, I  bought my costume online and although it came just in the nick of time, it was less stressful than having the pressure of making my own costume.

This year, I was an Egyptian, and had the opportunity to wear my costume while at BlissDom Canada thanks to Costume Discounters.  The reason I usually make my own costume is because I have hard time finding anything to fit in the bosom area.  Despite my hesitations, I went ahead and ordered a size Medium.  The costume fit perfectly and even had all the needed accessories including a head piece and gold arm bands (which I had to get rid of throughout the night as they were a bit restrictive for dancing).

My only concern with the costume was the shipping time.  I was anxiously waiting for my costume arrive so I could bring it to Toronto with me.  Thankfully on the same day I hopped on the plane, my costume arrived in my mail box.  Charles promised my package would arrive on time, and sure enough it did – just under the wire.

I love how well put together my costume looked and how great I felt wearing it at the costume party!  Oh, And don’t forget how fun it was to get a picture with Jordan Knight while we are both “Walking Like an Egyptian”.

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25 Oct

Winnie the Pooh on Blu-Ray & DVD Giveaway – Closed

Winnie the Pooh is based on one of Canada’s own bears and has become an icon around the world today.  The latest Winnie the Pooh movie arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD today – October 25th!

Here’s a Synopsis:

Disney returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo – and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Disney’s all-new “Winnie the Pooh” movie is inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art.

I remember reading and watching Winnie the Pooh as a child, right up into my adult years.  There is something about this kind soft hearted bear and his friends that brings me a strong sense of calmness and a true picture as to what friendship is really all about.

I eagerly anticipated watching this movie with my family.  As we sat down and put the movie on, I quickly reverted back to the days when I watched the show on Saturday mornings.  Just like the tv show, the movie is read with a narrator as he flips through the pages of the book during the movie.

There are plenty of catchy tunes and the movie truly shows children what friendship is all about when they all come together to find Eeyore a tail and then try to capture the “Backson”.  There is a slightest chance the kids might be a touch scared with the introduction of the “Backson” (a mythical creature that Owl misinterprets for the words “Back Soon”.  However, like most Pooh movies, it is very mild – even Piglet isn’t overly scared.

While watching the movie, it became very apparent to me DD doesn’t  know the classic Winnie the Pooh I once enjoyed.  We were able to watch about 1/2 the movie before she wanted to turn it off and move onto the next show.   I was a touch disappointed,  Winnie the Pooh has been entertaining children for 85 years now, and my daughter wasn’t overly engaged with this classic bear.

I love Winnie the Pooh, I have plenty of  Pooh related toys and items around my house which I received as gifts as a young adult.  I’m hoping as time goes on, DD will come to appreciate Christopher Robin and his friends.

To celebrate the release of Winnie the Pooh, here are some fun activities you and your family can work on – I’m going to get DD started so she can get to know Winnie, Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and all the Pooh characters a little bit better.

Download Printable Games and Activities!

 

Giveaway:

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