Jeni Marinucci: Panic Button Years

Dec
03
2016

Put Ross Petty’s "Sleeping Beauty" at the Top of Your Holiday To-Do List

I'm Giving Family Fun Time to my Kids this Season; Not "Stuff"

Ross Petty Pantomime Sleeping Beauty 2016

Every year as the holidays approach, the inevitable panic sets in. As sure as my neighbour's 37 light-up inflatable snow globes will be shining in my bedroom window at midnight, I'll also find myself frozen in fear at the thought out "getting it all done." And surely "getting it all done" is not the spirit or point of the season, no matter which holiday you enjoy/endure with your family.  

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TD Financial Literacy for Kids

There are several universal truths amongst parents, and I'm no different from you when I say I love my children more than anything. I want them near me always, but not necessarily with me always. That is because another parenting truth (albeit, relatively unspoken universal parenting truth) is that one day, we'll want the space they occupy back. I have big plans for the two bedrooms my kids currently use.

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Oct
27
2016

How Halloween Really Rocked in the 80s

Razor Blades & Popcorn: Why I Miss Halloween of My Youth

Was Halloween Better in the 80s? | YummyMummyClub.ca

Only a few more sleeps until Halloween, and if you blink, it's going to suddenly be October 30 and you’re standing in the department store with a sobbing child forced to choose between “Ugly Troll with Wart” or “Super Ugly Troll with Multiples Warts” costumes. This is a busy time of year in Canada and while many of us still have leftover cranberry sauce in the fridge after Thanksgiving, there are now also pumpkins to be carved and candy treats to be bought/hidden/consumed and bought again.
 

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Oct
05
2016

Canadian Thanksgiving: Better Pie & Less Wacky Marshmallow Ideas

For two close countries, we can be very different at celebrating

How Canadian and American Thanksgiving are different

Canadians and Americans have many common interests and traditions - Thanksgiving amongst them. However, we are two completely different countries with our own ideas of how things should be done ....cough cough ...Donald Trump... cough cough... so it's no surprise that the same holiday is experienced in unique ways in each nation. 

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League of Rock | YummyMummyClub.ca

Who doesn't love music? I know I've never met anyone who thought "Music? Nope." except maybe that jerk dad in Footloose, and frankly, he was sort of an asshole.  It's a universal language and humans respond to it on a primal level like no other stimuli. Even before babies are born they respond to music. Children learn effectively from it (hello, Schoolhouse Rock); teenagers lie to their parents and board trains headed for large cities to hear it (Ozzy; CNE Grandstands, 1987; good times), and then...and then? What about the adults?

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Sep
23
2016

Adventures in Tech: Teaching Tweens Tweeting to Guiding Grandma at Google

Lessons and advice for tweens, seniors, and everyone in-between, on internet safety

Adventures in Tech: Teaching Tweens Tweeting to Guiding Grandma at Google | YMCTech | YummyMummyClub.ca

Can you imagine being born into a world before television existed or having a car wasn't common for the average family? And then living to experience all the technological advancements the modern digital world affords? Seventy years is not a big segment of time, historically speaking, and yet many seniors — like my own Grandmother — have lived across these two parallels. Contrast that with people born in the last two decades, and this is the only world they know.

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Sep
20
2016

15 Kick Ass Rock n' Roll Names for Your Awesome Baby

ROCK N' ROLL AIN'T NO RIDDLE... THESE BABY NAMES MAKE GOOD GOOD SENSE

Rock n' Roll Baby Names

Finding a suitable name for your baby can be an overwhelming task, and one that may come in second only to "push human infant from soft parts" in the pain factor. Everyone wants to weigh in, and you may even have pressure from family members to choose a traditional family favourite, like Ralph or Bumstead. (Sorry; NOPE.) Instead, why not start your new baby out with some edge — there are no pablum-flavoured names here in this list.

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Sep
02
2016

There are many things common convention tells us under the guise of keeping us safe and happy; things like “stay away from a Mama Bear with her cubs,” or “avoid small patterns if you’re pear-shaped,” or “Jeni, for the love of God, please do not wear that crocheted beer-can hat to my parents' anniversary party.

I bet you’ve even told your kids such things. We’ve all told a child to watch their fingers in the car door, lest they be chopped off, but we know that never happens.

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Sep
02
2016
Do You Own One of These BBQ Brushes? Get Rid of It Now, Surgeons Say

How do you like your steak or burger? Medium rare, well-done, or with a sharp jabby death spike hidden in the centre? 

If you are using one of these bristle style BBQ cleaners to clean your grill, BBQ, or smoker, it's a very real possibility your next patio party will wrap up in an operating room, and no wine pairs well with that. 

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Gene Wilder Dead at 83 | YummyMummyClub.ca

Gene Wilder has died.  Wilder - the man who unequivocally was the Willie Wonka (I'm not even sorry, Johnny Depp) - was 83 years-old. 

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The Rio Olympics may not go down as the best or most thrilling in history, but at least now they don't need to be remembered as "Funky Water shit-a-thon" or as the stage for Ryan Lochte's blatant fibbery about his "robbery," and it's all thanks to a Polish athlete you p

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Aug
22
2016

Without the Internet I Would be a Zombie Mom

Because of all the things I do online, I can't imagine living without it

Digital Health Initiatives | YummyMummyClub.ca

Parenting in the modern age presents many challenges (hello, Pokemon GO), but we often forget to think about all the great and new ways it makes our job as parents easier. People are, as a rule, generally glass half-empty thinkers, and it's hard to shake; after all, that's the thinking that kept us alive when large animals roamed the earth looking for snacks. And heaven forbid if your child lost a finger to a wooly mammoth's chomper, there was no doctor in sight, let alone one who accepted after hours email or did cave-calls. 

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League of Rock | YummyMummyClub.ca

I sing in the shower. 

I also sing in the car, at the grocery store, in line at the passport office, and while I am walking my dog. I sing in the school carpool, at my friends' houses, and in the stirrups at the doctor's office. It seems I sing everywhere but where one might normally sing, but it makes me happy and I have never been told to stop - yet. 

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Aug
10
2016
10 Gifs That Perfectly Demonstrate Life with a Toddler

Babies are cute and cuddly for a reason - and it's biological. Nature makes them adorable so we want to care for them; it's an aspect of our species survival and it's what makes it impossible to ignore chubby baby cheeks on a human, yet be able to walk straight past a newborn rat or brand-new puddle of wasp larvae. 

However, once said babies are toddlers, those stinging wasps may make better company. If you have, had, or know toddlers, some of these experiences are going to look familiar. 

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Aug
08
2016

I'm at Battle with Asshole Fruit Flies But I WILL Emerge the Victor

I don't give a f*ck if I have to move, I WILL WIN this fight

Fruit Flies: Asshole of the Insect World

I have spent the last three days engaged in a battle which has left me limp and broken.

My house has not seen the remains of war like this since the great "Shit, the Internet is Down" meltdown of ’13. It’s bad here, but I am hell-bent on winning. My enemy is a worthy opponent; small but steady. I’m taking them down quickly, but they have the advantage of a rapid reproductive system whereas I have two kids, a broken dishwasher, and I am tired

My opponent? 

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Aug
05
2016
6 Pains Parents Can Relate To | YummyMummyClub.ca

Anyone who has been a parent longer than "sperm meets egg," knows there are certain job hazards which accompany the role. From the literal pains of labour and delivery to the pinching feel in your wallet when buying an infant car seat, parenting can be pretty painful. (Why are car seats like, $500 now? Is this thing rated for space travel? How is something not designed to actually drive itself, so expensive? Sorry, Junior, University is no longer an option; you had a car seat.")

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Buffalo Wing Cauliflower Recipe | YummyMummyClub.ca

I like vegetables and all, but let's face it: the more they taste like meat, the better. 

And when it comes to chicken wings it is the hand-to-heaven truth that they are basically just a vehicle for delicious hot sauce and blue cheese to make it into your belly. 

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Jul
09
2016

Moms, Unite! We Are Smart as Hell and Canada Needs to Know it

So Why Aren't We Trying Out for "Canada's Smartest Person" in Droves?

Canada's Smartest Person CBC | YummyMummyClub.ca

I happen to think moms are f*&!ing brilliant. 

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Jul
06
2016

"Hooters" Helps Cub Scouts Create Fun Camp Memories. Parents? Notsomuch

Hooters sends in some volunteers and people are pissed

Hooters Girls Help out at Cub Scout camp |YummyMummyClub.ca

Summer camp forms great memories for many kids. Oh, did I say "memories?" I meant mammories. 

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Jun
30
2016
44 Things Kids Should Know How to Do Before they Leave Home | YummyMummyClub.ca

Kids learn a lot growing up; from birth until their early 20s their brains are literally information-seeking sponges. And while a lot of what they need to know to prepare for "the real world" after they leave home is taught in school during the course of the school year, there are so many other skills to learn — skills just as or even MORE valuable, I would argue — than plain old reading and math. 

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