“Oh I can’t wear that Momma,” Chunky said as he wiped his wet nose on the bath towel that was wrapped around his 5 year old frame. I sighed loudly as I opened the bathroom door and waved him through, “Après vous.”
There used to be a time when I could pick out something for my son to wear and he’d wear it without question then he turned 4 and started to have an opinion.
I can’t deny his inner cool just so long as his “cool” is picked out before 8:20am.
This school year, I’m rolling with it. I’m going to let him take part in choosing his outfits this year at Sears. I remember my mom taking all five of us kids there before school had started. God bless her heart. I now know why she subjected herself to five bored kids with tempers and the mastered art of vicious arm pinches. Sears carried and still does carry a variety of top quality brands at reasonable prices – and carries all the styles your kids love!
She left with five happy faces.
This year, throughout the month of August, Sears Canada (The Kids Room) will be, and has been, helping families with school-aged children get ready for back-to-school so they can Rock the Halls! Across Canada, Sears will be, and have been, surprising shoppers by providing their purchases to them for FREE. Check out their Surprise And Delight video below.
As well, Sears Canada will be rewarding their Facebook fans by surprising them throughout the month of August with opportunities to win a $100 Sears gift card.
Not only will Sears Canada Surprise And Delight consumers, Sears Canada and Converse will be providing the Boys and Girls Club across Canada (BGCC) with $10,000 worth of BTS Apparel.
Sears Canada have been a proud supporter for over 40 years of Boys and Girls Club across Canada (BGCC), Canada’s leading provider of quality after school programs that support the healthy physical, educational, social and mental development of Canadian children and youth. Sears shares Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s philosophy that providing all Canadian children and youth with access to opportunity is essential to helping them achieve their full potential and create a better future.
There is nothing better than finding your style at reasonable prices and all the while helping the community and little minds grow.
So where will you be shopping for your children’s clothes this year?
Would you like to try Sears Canada with a $100 Sears Canada Gift Card?
I thought so.
Here are the rules:
Contest starts August 22, 2014 and ends on August 27, 2014. You must be 18 years old and LIVE IN CANADA. You may enter to win across multiple blogs, but can only win on one. Expect to receive their prize 4-6 weeks after the contest closes.
Shawn and I could hear the rain pounding on the roof of the department store and rubber soled shoes squeaking down aisles. Puddles on the floors led to patrons soaked from head to toe and we were thankful that we had made it in before the storm had blown in. A woman standing in front of the dairy fridge was shaking and you could almost see the goose bumps on her arms. “It’s gross out there,” she said after she caught us looking.
Even though we were done shopping, we remained in the store trying to wait out the storm. It would be an hour later when we decided to just make a run for it. The sliding doors opened and we were met with at least a foot of water and heavy rains.
“I’ll drive the truck up,” Shawn sighed as he adjusted his flip flop for maximum grip.
We drove in silence taking in the mass destruction and watching the small coupe cars trying their damndest to push through the flooded streets. Sewers acted like geysers, spewing out filth from below.
“This is one hell of a summer,” I said.
It is a “hot-then-cold-then-mild-then-rainy-then sunny-then-hot-sunny-then-sunny-but-really-cold” kind of a summer. It is bizarre to say the least but despite that, we are having a good summer. We are making do.
In the aftermath of the storm, our yard was flooded and the parks were a hot mess of mud and someone’s missing socks. Chunky and I stayed in doors and well, sometimes being cooped up with a six year old can me a tad maddening. Since we had been in the final phases of moving our kitchen back upstairs, we had a lot of moving boxes stacked in random corners.
“Hey, want to build something?” I asked.
“Yeah!” Chunky gleamed.
And so we did:
Getting outdoors isn’t always possible but there are so many things you can do with your kids, like building that *insert your imagination*. Some rainy days, we will have an afternoon movie date complete with popcorn and licorice that I had hidden…because selfish.
Netflix has added a host of new movies that will make you jealous that you’re not outside.
You have to make the best of a “hot-then-cold-then-mild-then-rainy-then sunny-then-hot-sunny-then-sunny-but-really-cold” kind of summer because the big dreaded “w” word is going to come soon.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and received a one-year subscription to Netflix and a Roku media streaming device in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews, however, all opinions are my own.
Ever since I transitioned from a nurse to a stay-at-home-mom with a nursing degree, I find it completely unnecessary to apply make-up because cleaning toilets that are continuously violated by one boy and one man is not glamorous at all. Most of my days, my “Kimberly Canvas” reflects the greasy skin of a teenager and a serious case of Mom bags (A.K.A dark circles under the eyes courtesy of a six year old who wakes up before the roosters crow in the morning). When I turned thirty, I realized that somewhere in between dinners that apparently taste like poison and sweeping up dog hair, I have neglected pampering myself like I used to.
OK…not quite like this…
More like this…
When I do go out on dinner dates or with the husband, etc., my make-up consists of products that are easy and quick to apply. I pretty much rock the same look.
I want change and with the help of Shoppers Drug Mart, I’m going to put the saucy back into saucy minx.
From now until September 14th 2014, Shoppers Drug Mart is celebrating its 4th annual 30 Days Of Beauty; the biggest national beauty event of the year. Throughout the month, Shoppers Drug Mart will be bringing out your beauty each day. These 30 Fabulous Looks will be showcased through visuals, instructional “How-To’s” in-store and online, and behind the scenes videos available on youtube.ca.
Not only will you be introduced to the newest and hottest make-up trends, in-store Shoppers Drug Mart is offering exciting 1-day only offers as well as campaign offers on all of your favourite beauty brands. And while you’re enjoying the wide selection of make-up products, why not book a 5-minute make-over session and get helpful tips to apply your favourite 30 Days Of Beauty look?
You can also visit 30daysofbeauty.ca where they are revealing a one day only offer and “How-To’s” on how to achieve the 30 – 30 Days Of Beauty looks.
From August 23rd to August 29th 2014, Shoppers Drug Mart will be giving you an exclusive gift consisting of a beautiful pouch filled with over 25 beauty and fragrance samples when you spend $75 or more on Cosmetics, Skin Care, or Fragrance. Isn’t that awesome?
I am really excited to take part in this campaign and bring out the saucy minx in me that sort of got lost with every pair of sock we own.
Hey, mismatched socks are the new thing.
They are not.
I’m coming back
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Shoppers Drug Mart.
As I unpacked the clothes, I could still smell the campfire smoke that had seemingly woven itself into the threads of our sweaters and bug spray containing so much DEET that even the mosquitos increased their risk of getting cancer . Sand and beach stones fell out of tiny pockets and even in the much larger pockets that swore to keep the “awesome finds” safe. Shawn chose a new camp ground this year and I was leery since the great “Nipple Necrosis” of 2013. It was so cold at Lake Superior that my brother in law’s mustache will never look the same. I felt bad for Shawn because we all hated him for the seven days we were there.
We are all friends now.
Our holiday looked promising as we drove into the entrance and parked at the registration office right in front of a warning sign that pointed to various areas of the bush.
The campground newsletter had an entire page devoted to those bastardly “leaves of three” just in case you were wondering where that herpetic looking rash (not that I’d know what that looks like) came from. It was a good thing that we could retreat to this place every day.
Who needs Mexico? Not this Sandman. Na na na na na na na na na na Sandman.
People shudder when we say that we are trying our all at playing survivor for an entire week; pioneering the shit out of life. We laugh because we have a traveling kitchen and beer. Know those bears from the toilet paper commercials that wipe their asses with delicate cashmere? Well, they don’t know luxury because they have to poop outside. We had actual running toilets and showers that were sand blasted at least three times a day.
This is where I baked cookies from a 200 year old recipe. Actually, we visited Fort Erie during our holiday and we really did eat cookies from a 200 year old recipe. They baked it exactly like they did way back then and it gave us all stomach aches.
Camping morphs us into people that got lost amongst the constant whirring of responsibilities. We become seemingly weightless even while sunken deeply into a lawn chair.
There are no inhibitions when you’re camping.
Don’t be such a bitch. Get on that.
I always gravitate to the teeter tauter; brings out the kid in me.
Despite the thunderstorms that helpfully pointed out the places where our camper leaked, it was a good holiday and Shawn was able to breathe a little bit easier this year.
We sort of loved him a little more this time around.
Nothing says good parenting like beer
Ten Things of Thankful:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10:
No poison ivy rashes
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