Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Recently I did a list of my top ten favourite films. How fun would it be though to do the exact opposite and list the Top Ten Worst Movies, in my humble opinion. Now it may be that it might just be a great film but that I didn't like it or it may just well and truly have been a bomb.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
They also have their own e-book that they are selling for $9.95 which is chock full of phone numbers and addresses of companies that offer coupons and free products. They also give you a quick tutorial of how you can get free diapers or at the very least, pay less for diapers. Lots of information to be gained. So check it out at:
Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Founder & Director – Parent Education Resource Centre
When I was offered this book to review I was actually very excited at the prospect. I am not one to normally read anything but escapist literature but this appealed to me. As some of you may know I have been struggling for some time with how to ensure that I am passing on those core values to my children.
The whole premise of this book is that our children need to develop important character attributes like honesty, integrity and fairness, that they need to be taught this not only in schools but at home. To do this, these character attributes must be modeled intentionally and taught by their parents.
On reading the list of top character values and examples, I was relieved to see that I did, in fact, model many of the essentials. I show responsibility every day by getting everyone up and getting them to school each day on time. I am honest. If someone gives me too much change, I pipe up right away. Perseverance, I sit and help E learn her abc’s every day. Things like that. Phew, okay that was a relief.
Then I started looking at the particular behaviours of each of my children and started to realize how much they sounded like me and not in a good way. I have long been afraid of some of the negative behaviour that goes on around home and wondered what damaging effect it may be having on my children. My husband and I have very stressful lives at the moment and this does not always translate well to patience with the children. It’s something that I have been having a tough time to get the better of.
I could not have been more ready for this book. What is great about it is that each chapter is not long, it gives plenty of examples to learn from and there is even a summary at the end of each chapter, so if your husband is not a reader you can just give him the highlights. I can tell you that my husband is gleaning a lot from this book just by my telling him a few key points and examples. This way he doesn’t get bogged down by reading buts gets the sense of it.
The book starts with getting you to identify and list your core values and beliefs, giving you some examples and points to discuss. Once that you have done that you can start looking at how to start modeling those beliefs, how to change even poor examples into teachable moments and start to focus on not just the moment but how to keep tomorrow in mind, not doing just what’s easier today.
The next stage of the books is outlining how to you and the family working together as a team, how to achieve more time together as a family, how to effectively conduct family meetings and setting out a family plan.
We have not worked our way all the way through this book yet but already I can see myself making a more conscious decision on how I am going to react to various situations throughout the day. I barely got through the first chapter and already I felt a surge of encouragement and renewed sense of purpose. That I can do this! I can model better behaviour and that with time I can make changes in how my children behave.
I got my best praise tonight from my husband when after having had to go and settle a dispute with all three of the children, my husband said to me.. “you handled that very well, honey”. I looked at him in surprise thinking it was no big deal. And he said to me no, that I had handled it amazingly well and certainly not with the words he would have gone in with. Wow. I was inordinately pleased by his simple observation.
So if you are struggling with how to teach your children strong character values, this book is definitely well worth a read. It’s simple and it makes sense.
A - advocate for: children and those tiny little green men that live at the end of the rainbow.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
It is House of Night Series by mother daughter team of P.C. and Kristin Cast. There are five books: Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed and Hunted in all with the Sixth book Tempted being released October 27th.
The series is about a 16-year-old girl named Zoey Redbird, who gets "marked" by a vampyre tracker causing her to undergo the Change into a real vampyre. So of course they had me at "vampyre".
What's more it's said that this New York Times best selling mother-daughter writing team has become a major force in teen fiction. There over 3 million copies of their books in print, a film option has been well publicized along with a regularly updated interactive website. I have checked it out and can well see how it appeals to the teens. Apparently their fanbase is growing daily and they are now embarking on their first national book tour.
I was further intrigued when I watched the promotional clip on you tube. Either click the video below or the link here to check it out. House of Night clip
So I for one am looking forward to checking out this series. I love hearing of anything new like this. I just can't believe I hadn't heard of it before.
Can't wait? Listen to the first chapter of Tempted on audio: Chapter One
And of course, you can always become a fan on Facebook at the Official House of Night Page.
It didn't help that O has now become sick. You know when your usually rambunctious 2 1/2 year old son tells you that he is tired and you turn around to find him asleep on the couch. When he subsequently wakes up crying so much that no matter how much you hustle in your sick exhausted state to get him a bottle to soothe him he promptly throws up from said excessive crying. When my son gets sick and mucousy, it makes him gag and then he throws up really easy.
Add to this that you had told the realtor yes you will show the house on the morrow because at the time your one sick child was recovering and you felt reasonably better at that moment. Only to find yourself feverish and child #2 starts to complain of a headache and child 3, well as I said he spewed, not once, not twice but three times. All before daddy came home. yeah.
Then you get to clean house. More yeahs. Can you feel the sarcasm? My husband assured me he would help. Which he did but not as much as I would have liked him too. He spent more time playing with the kids, which was good cause they needed some attention, but still. He kind of tuckered out by 9:30 and that was it while I was dragging my wheezing arse around picking up toys. yeah.
So the yard never got picked up. Boo. I'm sure the inlaws were thrilled but I don't care. We left early cause O started to cry after having passed out on the couch again for an hour this a.m. Again, not normal behaviour for him. So I had to get him out quick before he starting spewing again. It was too late to cancel the showing. So I got him to stop crying with the promise of going to get donuts. Yes I occasionally bribe my children. It worked. He didn't really want to eat the donuts once he got them but it worked to get him out of the house peacefully. I tried to drop J off at preschool but I couldn't do my normal routine of going in with her cause I was sick and O was sick in the van. She wouldn't take her shoes off for the teacher or anything so I ended up coming back and taking her home again. I realized later that it wasn't fair to push her into doing it a different way when we had established routines that she was comfortably (she's an exceptionally shy child). She had already cried when Nana dropped her off the day before apparently cause it wasn't me taking her. I asked her if she just wanted to drive around and eat donuts with us. She liked that idea.
So we went to the beach and parked. I got 15 blissfully quiet moments to drink my coffee and eat a donut (although I didn't really want them myself) while my children were enthralled by this giant lime green parachute kite being flown in the field by the beach. My daughter thought it looked like a giant green caterpillar. My children must have looked like eager dogs panting to get out of their cages as they stood in front of the half down side window with their little fingers leaving sticky donut prints all over the glass while they gleefully watched the kite soar. They especially liked it when it crashed down and then would go up again.
It perked them up so much we went for a walk on the beach and we did that old favourite standby of tossing rocks into the ocean. Tomorrow they have all but gotten me to promise I'd take them back to the big park. sigh. ;)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wouldn't it be nice if when we were sick we could just take time out and slow down the whole world until we were feeling better? The kids would be entertained, fed, clothed and bathed. Mom would lounge around in bed resting for as long as she wanted, laptop would be at the reach of her fingertips loaded with her favourite chick films. Tea, hot soup and nibblies would magically appear by her side.
Monday, October 12, 2009
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I love my blackberry. It has been a thing of joy since the day I got it. Okay, there have been a few frustrations with not getting things to load right, discovering that most of the useful apps are not free and I have had a few odd glitches that were only resolved with removing the battery and reinstalling it. But all in all, I love my little Blackberry and would be somewhat lost now without it.
Monday, October 5, 2009
We've all been sick on and off with colds for the past two weeks. After my initial first week of exhaustion like symptoms I bounced back pretty quickly. Only to find myself starting with a cough last Thursday. Others in our house have not fared so well. O has persisted with a runny nose for the entire two weeks and developed a chest cold last week. J and E have bounced back somewhat slower but are pretty much over it by today.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Oh and I had to fix Kathy's link... I had the wrong one there. It's fixed now.
This week's Top Ten Thursday inspiration is thanks to LZ at My Messy Paradise. This is a particularly difficult choice this week as not only have I read a great many blogs these days but it's also hard to remember them all. So if I follow you and you are not mentioned in this list, please don't think I haven't read anything worth mentioning on your site, it's just that I can't remember it all.
1. Elasta Mom's Excerpts - Definition of a Brother
2. Faemom - The Penis Rules Okay so this is probably not her best post.. but it makes me chuckle every time when I read it. It relates to raising boys. She also has a great craft page for preschoolers and toddlers.
3. Helene - Memo to the Bosses
4. Blue Cotton Momma - What A Shame
5. LZ - My Name is LZ and I'm an Internetaholic
6. Kathy B - Does This Stuff Happen to Anyone Else - it's a classic. ;)
7. Super Ninja Mommy - Apian Karma Just don't mess with the Bees!
8. Bad Mommy Moments - Mom Code Cause it's so true. I do it all the time.
9. Mommy Bloopers - Supermommy Takes a Shower
10. Jennifer - A Letter to New Moms
One thing I did realize doing this is that I am way behind on reading what used to be my some of favourite blogs. I am amazingly out of touch.
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So unfortunately I am not going to be able to oblige you all with my own Top Ten list. Today's Top Ten Thursday list is being hosted by Lz at My Messy Paradise. It relates to her top favourite blog posts in the bloggy world. Please check it out. It's well worth the read.
I love reading your blogs. You know a post is really funny when you truly laugh out loud…alone. Or some are just so well-written that you have a bit of blog envy. Others? They make you wish you wrote those exact same lines, since you completely agree and wouldn’t change a word. I couldn’t possibly name every post I love, but want to share 10 posts that I like for all the above reasons. You may have seen them before. If not, enjoy!
The Bloggess, I’m not Pregnant
Pajamas and Coffee, And the Douche Bag Awards Go to…
Stiletto Chicken, Paris, Day 2