Dawn Rebel

Aug
26
2017

A Flight Attendant’s Tips for Flying With a Toddler

Preparing for a "baby-on-board" flight experience

I hate flying.

Hate is the wrong word. I have what a psychotherapist once called “anxiety sensitivity” about flying, meaning I’m so afraid of it that I am even afraid of being afraid.

Obviously, I combat this problem like every other life hurdle: by over-planning, researching, and discussing until no one around me can stand it anymore. Control and information are my friends.

My parents always taught me that if something is hard, it means you should — no MUST — do it.

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Nov
17
2016

The Must-Give Hostess Gift You Should Bring to Every Kid-Friendly Party

Plus, tips for attending and hosting your own get-togethers

The Must-Give Hostess Gift You Should Bring to Every Kid-Friendly Party | YMCShopping | YMCKids | YummyMummyClub.ca

Supervision. SUPERvision! SuperVISION?

Supervision is a real letdown of a word. Super + Vision sounds like something that Wonder Woman has, and not something parents are required to do with their pre-schoolers, 24/7. Parents know that supervision is important - especially the supervision of preschoolers doing art. I learned this the hard way, recently.

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Aug
02
2016
Lack of sleep was killing us, so we made a major investment in sleep. Putting our money where our heads lay actually DID buy happiness. | YummyMummyClub.ca

In the quiet nights before our first daughter was born, I remember my husband asking “What are you most afraid of when the baby is born?”

I thought about the question, seriously.

Not knowing how to soothe a baby with colic? Being a good role model for my child? Raising a compassionate girl into a brave woman, who still has the lightness of spirit to laugh recklessly?

“I’m afraid of sleep deprivation,” he said, matter-of-factly, and rolled over to fall sleep. Soundly. With snoring. Those were the days…

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Jun
28
2016

Yes, You Absolutely Should Put "Parenting" on Your Resume

“Taking a Break” To Raise Your Kids Just Isn’t a Thing

“Taking a break” to raise your kids isn't just a thing. | Money | Parenting | YummyMummyClub.ca

I’m a manager, with a team of two. My job is challenging, and requires that I plan in advance and roll with the punches. There are some excellent networking opportunities, if I select the right settings, and introduce myself to like-minded managers. The highs are exhilarating, but the lows can be crushing. Like many difficult jobs, it’s worth the grind.

My role includes, but is not limited to, the following knowledge and skills:

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Sep
14
2015

5 Simple Ways to Make Voting Easy

Plus: How to Raise a Voter!

Get out and vote

It's election time! If you hadn't yet noticed the television advertisements, attack ads, candidate interviews, lawn signs, buttons, polls, protests, and voting cards you are not alone.

"Huh? There’s an election?" 

Voter turnout in the 2011 Canadian election was a dismal 61.1%.  Bluntly: nearly half of this country didn’t decide who runs this place, and how.

“Voting is just a big hassle, because…"

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Jun
22
2015
rocks balanced on top of one another

I’ve spent the last three years searching for a book, article, celebrity, guru, or Buzz Feed tips-sheet to tell me how I can have it all: fulfilling career, financial success, happy family, healthy parents, contact with friends, thriving kids and time just for me.

Oh, and also a unicorn. Obviously.

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May
28
2015

7 Ways You Can Fight Post Partum Depression

What does it look like for a mom to take care of herself?

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Post partum depression is complicated, painful, and – most importantly – an experience unique to its suffering host. For some, it is an incapacitating weight. For me it was a swirling of self-criticism, negativity, anger, doubt, fear, discomfort, and anxiety.  I felt like I had “lost the plot” in my own life. I didn’t recognize what was unfolding before me. More than that, I hated the main character of this story (yeah, that’s me).

I needed some serious help.

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Jan
28
2015

How to Take Your Kitchen Cupboards from Frat to Fab

Make the transition from sloppy to organized and efficient

How to Take Your Kitchen Cupboards from Frat to Fab

Remember dorm life? The newfound freedom, the exciting nightlife, the friendships, the ramen noodles. Remember the sticky floors and hallways that smelled like bad cabbage and B.O. and beer soup? Yeah. Dorm life is gross. The post-high school years meant figuring out how to live on your own. I did some pretty messy and domestically shameful things when I moved out of my parent's home, including (but not limited to):

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Jan
27
2015

Pregnant? Curious? This is What a Placenta Looks Like

Graphic Images Make for a Fearless Birth

WARNING: ACTUAL PHOTOS OF MY PLACENTA IMMEDIATELY POST-BIRTH APPEAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

Q: Will this be a picture of a fake placenta? A drawing, perhaps?

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Jan
19
2015

8 Strategies for Jump Starting Your Cleanup Routines

How to handle a mess that's gone too far...

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Holidays, illness, visitors, acts of nature, bouts of malaise, Netflix binges: there are endless ways to let your life, goals, and housekeeping get off track.  After the recent holiday with two sick kids, my own list of to-dos got a little loco. Everywhere I looked there were boxes, blocks, barf pails, and baskets of laundry to do battle with. Just surveying the post-holiday carnage was exhausting, and enough to make me want to throw in the (dish) towel.

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Dec
29
2014

5 Things New Moms REALLY Wanted for Christmas

How to spoil your partner rotten NEXT year

time alone after baby

In the wake of Christmas insanity – after all the wrapping and boxes have been cleared away, the guests have packed it up, and the street sweepers have moved in to deal with the messy present fallout – a feeling of blueness can settle in.

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Dec
15
2014

You'll Never Mop Your Floor Again

How Jamie Lee Curtis Is teaching us all to be (Domestic) SuperStars

never mop your floor again | YummyMummyClub.ca

Here's a dirty little secret: I don't own a mop and bucket. I never have and I never will. 

You shouldn't own them, either, and Jamie Lee Curtis would back me up on that. The actress has been profiled in magazines and on television as a modern domestic diva, who has meticulous organizing routines that include a flat-frozen soup filing system.

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Dec
02
2014
hiding present behind your back

There’s been a lot of talk about how to handle the big, fat, jolly issue of Santa’s existence in our house. My eldest daughter is two, and suddenly aware of the folklore that accompanies Christmas.

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Nov
13
2014

Buying Toys That Will Last: How to Choose Toys with Mileage

Babies, Big Sisters, and Toys That Will Last Through Multiple Kids

Buying Toys Built To Last: How To Choose Toys With Mileage

We recently welcomed our second precious daughter into our family. It’s a girls’ world here now, and my heart is bursting full.

Welcome to the world, Little Sister.

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Nov
12
2014

Six Tips For Staying Sane With A Colicky Baby

It's Gonna Be Rough For a While, So be prepared

surviving colic, crying babies, nighttime crying

We’ve sent humans to the moon. We’ve cured diseases. We’ve mapped the human genome. We've even put the lime in the coconut, and shook it all up.

Why can’t we cure colic?

When the doctor in the emergency room gave “colic” as the diagnosis for my first daughter’s ceaseless screaming, I wanted to scream right along with her. Why can’t there be a magic pill, or special blanket, or a tribal chant - anything - to sooth my baby? And what about my anxiety ravaged nerves?

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Oct
12
2014
pregnant lady holding belly

I’ve been five centimeters dilated for five days.

That sounds terrible. But I'm still smiling.

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Oct
09
2014

Do You Suffer From “Costanza Wallet?”

Wallet hacks to your purge your portly pocketbook

George Costanza and his giant wallet.

We all know someone whose wallet looks like this:

The coupons, the immunization records, the defunct grocery lists, the Blockbuster cards. Their entire life, stuffed into a bulging slip of leather that’s begging for a merciful death. If you want to see how well this wallet worked out for George Costanza, read to the bottom of this post.

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Oct
02
2014

Take the Stress out of Giving: Create a Gift Cupboard

Your secret weapon for last-minute gifting

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Can a person be anti-hoarding and pro-stockpiling?

Absolutely. Stockpiling is strategic. When it comes to successful stockpiling, there are three rules:

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Sep
23
2014

10 Ways To Harness Your Nesting Hormones

Is your nesting instinct turning you into a birdbrain?

pregnant woman with laundry

You and me, baby, ain’t nothing but mammals.

Some pregnant mammals prepare for their newborn by seeking the lowest spot of shelter. Others pace, hoard, or literally build nests. We humans clean, purge, scrub, alphabetize, and label.

It’s a powerful instinct, driven by hormonal forces deep in our primordial brains.

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