Mummy Buzz

May
05
2016
Forest Fire in Fort McMurray | YummyMummyClub.ca

I've been imagining, as I listen to news about the fires ravaging Alberta right now, about the families. And that perennial question: when you are told to flee, what do you take with you? What gets left behind, forsaken?

Beyond your people, beyond your pets, I mean, what do you reach for when you have to go - RIGHT NOW - and the future of your home hangs in the balance, unknown? Will you have a home to go back to...?

As questions go, this one is a fresh mosquito bite that in spite of yourself, even though you know better, you can't stop scratching.

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May
04
2016

Did Spa Discriminate Against Mom and Baby?

A spa is not a childcare facility

Newsflash: moms need to get a life, too. And as paying customers, don't we deserve to be served like everyone else? A New Brunswick mom is fighting for her right to a spa treatment, after she was turned away for bringing her baby with her.

Sacha DeWolfe called a human rights failure when staff at Fredericton's Avalon Spa refused to serve her with her infant in tow.

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May
03
2016

Is Wine an Inappropriate Gift for Teachers?

"Our child might be the reason you drink..."

Buying Alcohol for Teachers Gifts: Yay or Nay | YummyMummyClub.ca

There's no downplaying the mammoth role teachers play in our kids'  lives. So how do you show gratitude to the person you entrust not only with your child's education, but with their wellbeing every single day?

If you're Stacy Dutton, you buy them a nice bottle of vino. 

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May
02
2016
Me-time Maternity Leave

The corporate world is a funny one. At a certain age, one by one female colleagues drop off to make babies. If you're a childfree professional who's "left picking up the slack," the idea of maternity leave can breed envy and resentment.

For 38 year-old Meghann Foye, watching coworkers enjoy a paid "break" seemed blatantly unfair and unjust.

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Apr
29
2016

What NOT to Say to Any Dad Ever

Today's Fathers are not cameo performers

Dads Don't Babysit | YummyMummyClub.ca

One of the biggest pet peeves of dads (and moms) is the assumption that he's somehow just a filler or a stand-in - rather than an equal player - when it comes to parenting.

This stereotypical sentiment is perfectly summed up by this image of a T-shirt posted on Reddit: “Dads don’t babysit. (It’s called ‘parenting’)”

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Apr
29
2016

Mom Defends Letting 7-Year-Old Girl Ride Motorcycle

"I love my daughter and she loves to ride"

Children as passengers on motorcycles | YummyMummyClub.ca

What's your initial reaction when you see this photo of a young girl on the back of the motorbike? Do you think: Wow, that girl sure loves to ride, or Wow, that girl probably should not ride?

Mom Mallory Torres has heard from both camps after the photo of her seven-year-old daughter was shared on a motorcycle club's Facebook page. 

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Latch Pacifier Recall | YummyMummyClub.ca

Health Canada has recalled four styles of Munchkin Latch Lightweight Pacifier and Clips as follows:

Product Name | Item Number | UPC

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Apr
27
2016

Boy With Autism has Emotional Reaction During Coldplay Concert

All kids deserve to experience life to the fullest

What does music mean to you? Have you ever been brought to tears by a simple song? For a young boy with autism seeing his favourite band Coldplay in concert was just too much. 

His dad, Luis Vazquez, caught the emotional moment on camera during a gig at Mexico City's Foro Sol stadium.

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Apr
26
2016

Woman With Chronic Pain has Therapy Raccoon

"It's like having an extremely hyper toddler"

Raccoon as Therapy Pet? | YummyMummyClub.ca

You've heard of therapy dogs, but what about therapy raccoons? A British woman who suffers from chronic illnesses claims her pet raccoon helps her deal.

Kasey Valentine has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (aka chronic fatigue) and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder that causes her considerable joint pain.

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Apr
21
2016

RIP Prince: The Artist Dead at 57

I only want to see you in the purple rain 

Prince dead at 57 | YummyMummyClub.ca

You know how everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news that John Lennon or Princess Diana died? Well, for my generation that day is today, and that artist is Prince.

Prince was only 57, and while details surrounding the circumstances of his death trickle in, everyone can agree it was untimely and devastating. 

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Couples request for babysitter | YummyMummyClub.ca

Finding the perfect babysitter isn't easy. After all, you're charging another human (often one you don't know from Adam) with the job of caring for your impressionable babes while you aren't there. Terrifying.

No one wants to invite a potential axe murderer into their home, so how you can ensure that your sitter's worldview aligns with your own? The answer is, you can't. Aside from interviewing prospective sitters and checking references, you have to wing it and trust your gut. 

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Costco Berry Recall | YummyMummyClub.ca

Following the recall of Nature's Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend on Saturday due to contamination, Costco is now offering affected consumers Hepatitis A vaccinations.  

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recalled the frozen berry mix sold exclusively at Costco locations in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. 

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Chris Hemsworth | YummyMummyClub.ca

Tongues are wagging over a sweet video of Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth in which he recounts to Ellen a conversation he had with his four-year-old daughter. 

Since she is growing up with twin two-year-old brothers, it's no surprise that she wants to be just like them. 

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Apr
19
2016

Instagram Beauty Hack is Smelly Pantry Staple

At least it will keep the vampires away

Instagram Beauty Hack | YummyMummyClub.ca

So you've got a big presentation or a special date ahead of you, and you wake up with a big fat whitehead in the middle of your face. Of course. Because our bodies always pick the absolute worst times to betray us.

Beauty fads come and go, some kookier than others. Some of the best don't require you to buy expensive creams, but to simply reach deep into your pantry.

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Amber alerts on Facebook | YummyMummyClub.ca

When I signed in to Facebook this morning, the first thing I saw wasn't the latest celebrity gossip or grumpy cat meme - it was this Amber Alert for a missing five year-old girl:

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Apr
14
2016

Public Library Tells Patrons to Take a Shower

"Persistent, Noticeable Odour from Your person..."

Library patrons asked to leave for odour |YummyMummyClub.ca

Libraries have long been veneered for providing free access to all. It's one of the last remaining public spaces in which users can drop in and read or use a computer, no questions asked. 

But a library in Newmarket, Ont. fears it's being confused - even abused - as a facility for its homeless population. Some of whom may also suffer from drug addiction or mental illness. 

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Apr
14
2016
Baseball stadium Yankees | YummyMummyClub.ca

Don't assume. It makes an *ss of you and me, so the saying goes. And that idiom couldn't be truer than for an unsuspecting guy who met his match in Twitter user Megan Brown.

The dude was so stunned to hear that Brown liked baseball (because girl and baseball...) that he challenged her to name some teams in the National League East. 

She delivered - and then some: 

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Apr
13
2016

Finally, The Truth About Favouritism

Of course you have a favourite child

Sibling favoritism and birth order | YummyMummyClub.ca

Think you don't pick favourites among your children? Think again.

A study about birth order led by sociologist Katherine Conger found that the vast majority of us (74 percent of moms, and 70 percent of dads) admit to treating our kids differently, yet few would come right out and admit they favoured one over another.

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Apr
12
2016

Woman Shares Selfie Before and After Panic Attack

battling a monster inside my head every single day

Facebook Selfie showcases anxiety | YummyMummyClub.ca

Appearances can be deceiving, especially on social media, as Amber Smith well knows.

The British woman posted selfies before and after suffering from a panic attack, along with a very frank post about the stigma of living with anxiety and depression.

And Smith clearly struck a nerve. The post was shared more than 17,000 times.

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