Jeni Marinucci: Panic Button Years

There's no cosmic "get your shit together" message stronger than an inch of water in your basement. 

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Aug
29
2017

Parenting is hard, and as I’m finding sixteen years in, it only gets harder. If you’re a new parent, may I say “Congratulations!” But I am sorry to tell you that being up all night for feedings will soon seem like Super-Duper Supremeo Fun World Extravaganza Good Time Park compared to teenager problems. I’ll give it to you straight — you will love that baby always, but you won’t always like them.

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Aug
28
2017

Get Your Sh*t Together: The Power of 10 Minute Cleaning Sprints

You won't believe what you can accomplish in 10 minutes

You won't meet many people who don't want or like a clean home. Though not a necessity, clean homes are conducive to more pleasure in your life: you're more likely to have friends over, more apt to enjoy time with your children, and you'll be more into climbing your partner if you're not so concerned about climbing a laundry mountain in the basement. 

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Parenting a child is a daunting task. No matter whether you give birth, adopt, find one in some reeds somewhere, or otherwise legally procure a infant human being, taking on the responsibility of parenthood is not for the weak. Not only are you responsible for raising a person who other persons can tolerate, but you are also in charge of giving this person their first identity marker: their name. 

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Jul
03
2017
This is Why I'm Not Going to the Gym | YummyMummyClub.ca

In January 2016 I joined a gym. 

I joined the exodus of stuffed-full holiday revelers, awash with grand illusions of a newer, leaner me, and stood at the the gates of hell to pay for the privilege. 

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Jun
02
2017

We all have emotional baggage we carry with us throughout our lives. Some of us are lucky enough to cart our feelings around in Louis Vuitton, others have department store duffles or plastic bags from Longos. My luggage is a blue plastic basket, and lately it has become too emotionally weighted to lug around any longer. It doesn’t hold broken dreams, or lost loves, or resentment for my parents, but rather a huge tangled pile of mismatched, odd socks.

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May
05
2017

When You're Estranged From Mom on Mother's Day

How Can You Miss What You Never Had?

Mother’s Day is coming, and greeting card aisles marked “For Mom” are crowded and picked clean. Finding the right card was always a challenge for me, because my relationship with my mother was unconventional and cordial at best. When she and my father separated in 1978, I was five and although divorce wasn’t rare, that my mother left (and left us with) my father was.

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There is no lack of writing fodder when you have a teenager, and no lack of things that will drive you crazy. It's hard to tell ahead of time what is going to irk you, and even those amongst us with patience to rival the saints will straight up lose their shit at the 27th apple core pulled from under a bed. Hey, at least they're eating fruit, I guess.

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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 and 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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