My family and I just spent a week at Clevelands House, making it our eighth summer kicking off the summer at this Muskoka family resort. Here are a few family photos that capture the laid-back fun we had.
If you've seen this "Thank You, Mom" ad—produced by P&G—and haven't wept, your heart is made of stone. Watching these moms, from all around the world, sacrifice their time and energy to help their children excel and live their dreams to compete at the Olympics, resonates with any exhausted mother who has schlepped her kids to any number of programs, sports, dance recitals, auditions, etc.
It's weird running a website for moms. Unsolicited packages from PR companies show up on my doorstep daily even though I'm not in the habit of doing product reviews. Occassionally one grabs my attention.
Here are a few products I had time to make, taste, test or wear.
I'm putting together the final touches on my son's busy summer. Of all the things he's going to be doing, he's most excited about attending the Take Action Academy, a week-long sleep over camp for like-minded kids who are passionate about fundraising and philanthropy to learn how to inspire others.
I'm not in the habit of doing nude photo shoots. Especially at "my age'. When my mompreneur friend Karyn Climans, helmet safety advocate and owner of Tail Wags, invited me to take it all off in support of Mothers Against Naked Riding, I agreed. I'm not an exhibitionist, especially as my once fit body is beginning to sag like an old fence. But, the underlying messages are so important I sucked it up and took it off.
There are a couple of airlines I adore—WestJet and Porter. So, if I experience bad customer service from either one of these airlines, not only is it frustrating, it's disappointing. There is no excuse on the planet for bad customer service. It should be part of the company's corporate culture on how they deal with their customers. For the record, WestJet continues to exceed my expectations by doing things like this for their customers.
I'm amazed how the two day conference Mom 2.0 Summit had such a profound effect on me in such a compressed period of time. The combination of being in close proximity to 300 inspired digital women mixed in with the elegance and stress-free vibe of the Ritz Carlton was a catalyst for a ton of new ideas.
For the last eight years, my family has spent a memorable week at Clevelands house, a fantastic family resort in Muskoka, Ontario. We always go the same week, as do a bunch of other families, so we've made friends with a ton of families who are also Cleve's regulars. It's our summer family tradition.
By now, you must know that I'm a self-professed rewards junkie. I'm all about getting more bang for my buck when shopping using loyalty programs. I've been a card-carrying Air Miles member since 1998 and have been upgraded to a Gold Card. I don't just collect my miles—I use them! Over the last decade I've been able to to buy gift cards, an air conditioner, flights, a television and movie tickets using my miles.
I'm not going to be coy or modest. Of all the samples of snacks, diapers, ointments and gadgets new moms at the Baby Time Show in Toronto were lining up for, I must say the best swag was given out by YummyMummyClub.ca
While not the most valuable monetarily, what YMC handed out to all the new moms who visited our booth and signed up to be part of the club, was a simple, colourful postcard with wise words for exhausted moms to live by.
After reading this blog about Shoe Porn, I was inspired to share my own. I'm kind of weird about shoes. As much as I love high heels, I just can't walk in them. I've bought a bunch of seemingly comfortable heels throughout the years, but after half an hour I'm hobbling. I call that shoe torture.
It was the biggest Life Class audience for Oprah yet and it was here in Toronto. Over 8,500 women of all ages, shapes and colours waited in line for hours to be part of the audience for Oprah's travelling Life Class television series on the OWN Network. And me. Joining Oprah onstage was her spiritual swat team: Bishop Jackes, Iyanla Vanzant, Deepak Chopra, and Tony Robbins. The room was electric with passion—it was like a revival meeting to pray at the alter of Oprah. I have to admit, I felt a little disconnected.
I dedicate this post to all of you who choose your battles wisely when it comes to your kids eating well.
I'm not a morning person. I like to sleep in, start slow, drink my coffee and ease into the day. A parental reality check makes this scenario impossible. Instead, it's a race to get the kids up, dressed, fed, organized and out the door on time. What makes matters worse, no matter how grumpy I am in the morning, I am extremely aware of how important a healthy breakfast is for my family.
How appropriate is the Hunger Games movie for kids? Is there too much onscreen violence for tweens? Parents want to know!
Having a tween with a voracious appetite for reading is useful when the Hunger Game books he's devouring happen to be the hottest topic in pop culture. My son read all three books in the Hunger Games series, and then read them all again to relive the story from beginning to end. He's been counting the days till it hits the big screen, and has begged us to see the film this opening weekend.
My son is eleven years old, so I figured it was time for him to start learning a career. So rather than sending him to some camp to fool around, he spent five days at Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp, which puts kids who love animals to work and trains potential junior zookeepers. And if the life of caring for exotic animals doesn't pan out, he can always try his hand as a journalist.
Yesterday I decided to bite the bullet and have a booth at The Original Baby Soiree. If you have ever tried to promote your business at a trade show, you understand that to say it's hard work is an understatement. The days are long, there is a ton of standing, you usually lose your voice from all the chatting—plus it's a day away from your family.