Lisa Thornbury: Party Mummy

Mar
07
2017

The Perfect Family Beach Vacation

Cuba... Cheap and Cheerful!

beach in Cuba

Before kids, I traveled a lot. I combed beaches in Thailand, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Kitts, and other exotic locations. I have the sun spots to prove it. I have plenty of destinations left on my sandy bucket list, but as a family of four, they’ll have to wait because exotic costs a lot of clams.

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Jan
23
2017

Things They See And Hear Now

May Stick With Them For Years To Come

scared child

When I was thirteen, I saw the made for TV movie The Day After. My parents clearly had no idea that the anxiety caused by this movie would stick with me FOR DECADES!!! The film was "provocative, apocalyptic, and gut-wrenching."

It says so right on the poster!

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Jan
02
2017

You Don't Make Resolutions? Try This Method for Change Instead

But Maybe You'll Resolve To Give This Method A Try?

New Year Goal Jars

People really get their knickers in a knot about New Year Resolutions. 

“Resolutions set us up to fail!” they cry.
“Don’t shame me into making changes!” they exclaim.
“I refuse to be pressured into announcing silly resolutions that never work anyway.” they state through gritted teeth.

Maybe we need to rethink the word resolutions?

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Dec
21
2016

Travelling with a Child Who Has Special Needs? Here's What You Need to Know

Plan ahead and Be Prepared So You Can Relax and Enjoy your time away

Travelling with a Child Who Has Special Needs? Here's What You Need to Know

Our daughter has developmental delays, Epilepsy and other medical issues, so the thought of flying her to a tropical island rife with germs, and food borne illnesses freaks me out. But worrying about what “could” happen is no longer an option because life is happening right now. Worry has been given its walking papers, and in its place are plane tickets!

I’ve come to believe that it IS possible to have a safe and relaxing family holiday if we do the research and prepare properly.

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Dec
12
2016
Orangetheory Fitness: A Workout for Those Who Make Exercise Excuses

Over the past few years, I lost my mojo and gained 20 pounds in its place. With a family reunion coming up this spring, I want to get back in shape, feel energized, and get my mojo back. I’m still in shape. Well, “a” shape, anyway. Think ‘soft pear.’ My clothes don’t fit and I’m tired all the time. I’m frustrated with myself for letting it get to this point.

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Nov
28
2016
If you have been driven crazy by the sound of 'Thud, thud, ka-conk' you know all about this challenge.

If you’re the parent of a Canadian tween or teen, this is likely the soundtrack of your life right now. 

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Nov
08
2016

Why Fall Is the Perfect Time to Host a Dinner Party

How to Host a Simple Wine-Themed Get-Together

Why Fall Is the Perfect Time to Host a Dinner Party | YMCFood | YummyMummyClub.ca

As temperatures begin to drop and #leafyboots becomes a trending hashtag, our thoughts turn to cozy nights in with friends and family. Fall is the perfect time to host a dinner party. It's the culinary sweet spot nestled quietly between busy summer days and the falalala-frenzy of the holiday season. 

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The Power of Early Intervention and How It Helped My Daughter Walk & Talk | YMCSpecialNeeds | YummyMummyClub.ca

Despite the doctors who told us there was nothing wrong, we knew. Parents always know. We feel it in our gut. Mother’s instinct—it’s real and it’s powerful. 

Though her birth was remarkably unremarkable, when she was a few months old, we started having concerns. Our already tiny baby girl was losing weight and the milestones that mark healthy development were never achieved. 

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Oct
26
2016

This Cancer Could Have Been Mine

It Could Easily Have Been Me

Breast cancer awareness month

This is a personal story about the luck of the draw. Or the shitty dumb-luck of the draw if you happen to pull the cancer straw.

Obviously some cancers are worse than others, but there’s no such thing as a silly, light-hearted, "cute" cancer. If you pull the straw that results in the words, “Your biopsy came back positive,” you and the people who love you are in for shit show. 

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Oct
25
2016

How to Choose a Non-Ridiculous Name for Your Baby So They Won't Hate You

And The Secret I Kept From My Husband For Nine Months

Choosing a name for your baby

I'm always interested in hearing how people choose their baby's names. Did you choose that name because you’ve always loved it? Or maybe you heard it in a song once? Is it a family name, or perhaps it just has a nice ring to it?

I have some questions for you. Always with the questions. Enquiring minds…

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Zombee Halloween Costume

If the idea of pulling together a creative costume makes your skin crawl, have no fear. Creating a unique costume is like a dance and I'll show you the steps. Your hilarious Monster Mash-Up costume will be the talk of the town!

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Sep
26
2016

Charlsea: When a Doll Is More Than Just a Toy

MY GIRL HAS MADE A FAITHFUL MAPLELEA FRIEND FOR LIFE

My daughter's speech and cognitive delays make it difficult to communicate with girls her age but thanks to Charlie, she is never alone. Why her doll is more than just a toy  | YMCKids | YMCShopping | YummyMummyClub.ca

You gotta have friends. It’s the way we humans roll. Kids, especially, need somebody to talk to, a friend to snuggle up with when they're not feeling well, a friend to whisper secrets to in the dark...someone to just be there. Having a friend and confidante, whether it’s the family pet or a favourite doll, can help boost a child’s confidence when they need it most. 

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How to be the Mustard that Holds the Tech Sandwich Generation Together

As a social media manager and writer with many years of online experience — dog years, of course, because everyone knows one internet year equals seven in real life — I’m well equipped to ensure that my son begins creating his digital footprint safely. At thirteen, he’s already legit next level obvi (teen speak) tech-savvy, so it's only a matter of time before he's showing me what to do. But for now, I’m teaching him to surf safely like it’s my job. Because it is. 

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Aug
29
2016

The Time My Daughter's Friends Lied To Her

White Lies And A Lesson About Friendship

White Lies And A Lesson About Friendship | YummyMummyClub.ca

My daughter doesn't get invited to many parties.

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Aug
22
2016
The shoe store lady was looking at me like I was some kind of shifty shoe snatcher. | BTS | YummyMummyClub.ca

I spent countless hours this week searching for back-to-school shoes—indoor, outdoor, ballet, basketball, white soled gym shoes, cross country runners, and even special shoelaces for a child of mine who still finds lace tying trying. 

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Jul
14
2016
Female friendship | YummyMummyClub.ca

One day you're as thick as thieves. She can always make you laugh. You share a similar outlook on life and your relationship is the "I'll always have your back" kind. And then she starts dating...him. You really like him at first. He's funny and charming. Incredibly charming. But as you get to know him, there's just something off, but you can't quite put your finger on it.

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The Grass Wars | YummyMummyClub.ca

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Actually this depends on which side of the Grass Wars you're on. Yes, I'm talking lawns. You thought the Mommy Wars were ridiculous? Lawn brawls are equally ludicrous. 

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Jun
16
2016
How to Host a Very Special, Confidence Boosting, Girls-Night-In Party

My daughter was born with special needs that make her uniquely unique. She has more self-confidence in her little finger than most of us have from head to toe. She isn’t afraid to be herself. Partly because of her chromosome deletion disorder, and partly because she has the heart of a lion. My daughter doesn't worry or judge or hate. She only loves—herself and the people in her life. How wonderful to live like that.

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Jun
08
2016

Now THIS Is How You End the School Year

Host an End of School Wine Party!

Now THIS Is How You End the School Year

As the school year comes to a close, I want to mingle and party but...I'm tired. So my neighbours and I take turns hosting easy "Wine-d Down Parties." It's simple and casual and the perfect way to head into summer. 

When school officially ends, my school-mom-sistahs and I go our separate ways—road trips, family vacations, and camping. Summer is... "in-tents." Pun intended. So this party is pretty much our only opportunity for quality time together before we all scatter into the summer winds.

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Jun
03
2016

I'm Too Old to be This Awkward

Seven Social Situations That Made Me Cringe

Adulthood awkward moments | YummyMummyClub.ca

At the majority of social events I attend or even at ones I host, I'm usually the root cause of at least one awkward moment. 

Here are seven social situations to illustrate my point. Maybe you'll see yourself in some of these examples? I can't be the only one. Please tell me I'm not the only one. 

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