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Dear Teacher

You could hear my son’s nervousness by the way he walked; tiny, short, hesitant steps.

Grade one.

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School is getting real.

The school broke down the senior kindergarten class into three separate classes. I scanned the class lists and found that only one friend was assigned with him. Thankfully though, he was his best friend. My stomach turned watching him enter the school making sure his friend was attached to his hip. The door closed and the feeling of dread washed over me. He doesn’t do well with change.

At pick up time, I saw his busy hat on the top of his head that was sky high and his genuine smile. His backpack bounced as he ran towards me and he said, “Momma, this is the best day for all the days ever! I like school!” His teacher, a tall slender blonde with a gentle face, waved in my direction. I smiled back. “Momma, my teacher is so nice. She makes me laugh and stuff.”

Well done grade one teacher. Well done.

I went in his backpack that night and found a large agenda book. “You have to sign it for all of the days so you know I’m learning.” I flipped to September 2nd and she had listed questions that I had to answer. I thought it was wonderful that all of the questions revolved around his learning style, what he excels at, what he likes, what can she do to help him improve in any areas, etc.

Under his strengths I wrote:

“He knows a lot of sight words and over the summer, he read his first book front to back with little prompting. He is a very athletic child and runs like the wind. With that said I must warn you, he’s broken two bones in JK, used up the school’s supply of bandages in SK, bloody noses, skinned elbows, bumps to the head…in other words, you’re going to need some bubble wrap…. ” 

I continued to write in the blank comment box:

“I picked him up and he had a smile on his face. He said that you were really nice and I consider that a “first day” win. We look forward to watching him grow this year.”

When the agenda book was returned the next day, she squeezed a small note under my writing, “LOL! You’re hilarious! I’m so glad to have him in my class this year.” I almost needed a magnifying glass.

That woman needs stationary!

Did you know that Minted sells stationary for teachers? They come in a variety of designs that can be personalized and that suits not only female teachers but male ones too.

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You can customize these unique and modernized stationaries with a variety of colour options and different types of paper such as their signature paper and even 100% recycled paper. They are also delivered in an embossed white gift box.

They also carry other high quality back to school items for your child such as:

Personalized Day Planner/Notebook/Address Book

Personalized Day Planner/Notebook/Address Book

School Calendars

School Calendars

Mommy Calling Cards (which I think is awesome considering my son is in a new class and I will be meeting new mom friends)

Mommy Calling Cards (which I think is awesome considering my son is in a new class and I will be meeting new mom friends)

And there are so much more including wall prints to spruce up a classroom or dorm room and photo gifts.

I highly recommend checking out Minted, the market for independent design by exceptional artists from all over the world. Weddings, Baby and Kids, Seasonal, Paperie, Gifts, Party Decor, there is something for everyone.

Send your child back to school with awesome personalized items that will get them excited.

And don’t forget about the person who will be shaping their minds this year!

 

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.

Thirty Something Something

There is really nothing special about turning 34 years old except for the birthday cards that will tell me how much my tits have sagged in one year and that I will need a fire extinguisher when I blow out my birthday candles. How original. I once bought my girlfriend a “Happy Bar Mitzvah” for her birthday and then there was that time I bought a “Congratulations On Your New Baby” when friends of ours got a new home.

The bottom line is that it’s the thought that counts and people love you.

I stopped having trashy birthday parties, the ones in which your booze consumption surpasses your stomach’s tolerance and you end up showing everyone your cooter as a stranger holds your hair back when you start puking.

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I’m not a fan of attention which is odd since I am a blogger and whore my life out to anyone who wants to read it. So I do not mind the low key celebrating, this year however, four of my new mom friends who are also celebrating their birthdays this month, have insisted that we party like we didn’t have crows feet. I was a little hesitant but when I spent twenty minutes in the shower crying over nothing because that is what depression makes me do, I realized that a trashy party is what the doctor never orders for emotional healing.

...unless it's a pregnancy.

…unless it’s a pregnancy.

 

I know that a lot of people reflect on their past year and get a tad down as they begin to highlight where they went wrong in failing to achieve their goals. Kind of like New Years Eve when you realize that instead of losing 45 pounds, you gained 10 and you still have no idea how to properly cook bacon.

And that is why I never make resolutions.

In my 33rd year of life, I realized that boxes were meant to contain things and not people.

Unless you’re dead.

I am a boundless adult that can do great things and experience great things when I put my fear aside.

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34 sounds like a scary age and a lot like more cellulite.

It also signifies that I’m one more candle closer to burning the house down…

and three book publications.

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Cheers.

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It's only a problem when you drink alone.

 

“Hey! That’s Mine!” | Win A Lovable Labels Daycare Pack

When I returned to work, we were very fortunate that my son was able to attend “Papa and Nana” daycare. It saved us a great deal of money and a lot of stress. However, this summer, our son attends a daycare camp once a week to keep in touch with his friends…

…and give me time to breathe.

Kidding.

Maybe.

Daycare is a mad house; parents dropping off and picking up their kids at various times. I watched as each child carelessly fling their backpacks into a massive pile of other children’s personal belongings and then running towards their friends. To the left of the sign in sheet, there was a big white plastic box with the words “Lost And Found” written in bold red print.

It was completely full.

When I picked him up at the end of the day, my son had all of his things, sunscreen, extra shoes, extra clothes, lunch bag, all of it, crammed into his backpack. I was amazed.

I have Lovable Labels to thank.

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I’ve been using Lovable Labels ever since my son started school. The only thing that he lost was a set of gloves that we found in our dog’s stomach (among other things).

Loveable Labels are personalized durable labels and tags that are waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe, washer and dryer safe, sun safe, bleach safe, sunscreen safe, and temperature safe. I’ve put them on his coats, sweaters, hockey equipment, t-ball helmet, backpack, lunch containers and so on. They are truly durable.

This year, Lovable Labels have introduced a new line of label packs: Daycare Packs

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The Daycare Packs has over 150 labels that you can personalize. It includes:

  • 15 sticker labels
  • 16 Match It Shoe Labels (the shapes are cut in half so kids can match their shoes easily like in the picture below of my son’s shoes)

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  • 10 Fun Stickies (fun shaped stickers)
  • 60 Mini DOTS (for use on clothing like my son’s shirt below. These bad boys last forever, even in numerous washes)
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My photo taking skills are rad…not so much…

  • 8 Snack Labels (re-writable labels for snacks, baby bottles, etc. We use these labels for snack containers)

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This pack is not only limited to children in Daycare, it can be used for any child who is in school.

Let’s keep our kids things out of the Lost and Found bin with Lovable Labels!!! You can purchase Lovable Labels on their website: http://www.lovablelabels.ca/

Giveaway:

Lovable Labels is giving one lucky reader a Daycare Pack (contents listed above). Contest starts August 24, 2014 and ends on August 28, 2014. This contest is open to Canadian residents only.

Good Luck!

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*Disclaimer: I am part of Lovable Labels Love Bug Program. I received Daycare Pack in exchange for this sale advertisement. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Rock The Halls In Style With Sears Canada, Plus $100 Gift Card

“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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

Good luck!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away | Netflix August Adventures #StreamTeam

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:

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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.

Movies such as:

August Netflix

The Adventures of Tintin
 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
 Tad: The Lost Explorer
 The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure
 National Treasure
 Labou and the Quest for the Lost Treasure

And for the little ones:

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Dora The Explorer

Wild Animal Baby Explorers

Tree Fu Tom

Rubbadubbers: Tubb’s Pirate Treasure

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures

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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.

Burrrrr…

 

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.

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