Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

Apr
28
2016
The lemonade stand pledge

My sons have been running summer lemonade stands for years. Their first was on Canada Day 2005 when they were ages four and one. There were no signs, just two very little kids sitting at a green IKEA table, the top scattered with paper cups, a pitcher of over-iced, weak lemonade, and a jar of change on the ground beside the bright blue chairs. It was incredibly hot and for an hour I stood holding an umbrella over their heads. Still, sales weren’t big that day but they did learn a valuable lesson in marketing. 

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Apr
26
2016
townhouse complex bans chalk | YummyMummyClub.ca

Have we lost all of our common sense? Like, every single last little bit of it? 

When I read this article about how chalk has been banned in a townhouse complex in north London, I thought I was reading a satirical story, but nope. It’s a real news, y’all.

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Apr
17
2016

Would You Buy This?

People Have Very Strong Opinions About Rocking Giraffe

rocking giraffe to put your baby to sleep

This video of a baby rocker has been shared over 87,000 times and has over 2,000 comments.

 

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Apr
12
2016
Listen, Our Young Athletes Can't Do It All On Their Own

I remember the exact date - January 6, 2013. I was sitting in a freezing cold car trying to gather up the nerve to go into my very first swimming lesson. I had signed up to race in a triathlon and the swim portion was mandatory. I had taken lessons as a kid but stopped around age 11 and while I could tread water and play around with my kids in a pool, I was definitely more of a floater than a swimmer. That first night, I couldn’t even complete one 25m lap. 

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Apr
01
2016

The Do's & Don'ts of Seducing Your Partner

How To Make Sure You're More Sexy and Less Scary

The Dos and Don'ts of seducing your partner | YummyMummyClub.ca

We all have those times in our relationship where your sex life gets a little stale. Been there, done that. But if you're going to spice things up, these Do's and Don'ts will ensure there is more sexy and less scary going on. Because you don't really want to scar the paper boy, do you?

Don't try to surprise your husband by covering your body from head to toe in baby oil then whipping the door open when you hear him about to enter from a hard day at work.  It may actually be the newspaper boy.

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Mar
24
2016
The Things Nobody Tells You Before You Get a Puppy

You've decided to get a puppy! Or maybe you're on the fence and are still trying to decide. Either way, congratulations! I can't even begin to tell you how much that little bundle of joy is going to change your life for the better. If everyone greeted you the way a dog greets you, we'd be living in an incredible world. 

However, it's best to go in with your eyes wide open because there are a few things NOBODY TOLD ME before we got our puppy. Know what? I would have liked to have known because life is better when you're prepared. 

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Mar
15
2016
Why Moms Can Never Have A Hot Cup Of Coffee | YummyMummyClub.ca

I grab my coffee to sit on the front porch and bask in the sun. It’s been too many months since my white legs have seen sunlight. I grab sunglasses to reduce the glare. 

This brief reprieve from the cold weather means even my sleep-until-noon-teen is outside. In a hammock, mind you, but outside nonetheless.

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Mar
11
2016
Dear Parents of Small Children | YummyMummyClub.ca

We see you struggling with your toddler in the store. She’s having a meltdown in the candy aisle and you’re on the cusp of tears. 

You look over and there we are with our lanky teens, mature tweens, and school-aged kids who actually help us push the cart and you think how lucky we are to be past this tantruming stage. 

And in a way we are but there is some truth to the old adage “Bigger kids, bigger problems.”

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Mar
10
2016

I’m Okay With My Kids Hitting a Schoolyard Bully

My boys are 100% allowed to defend themselves and they will not get in any trouble

I'm Okay With My Kids Hitting A Schoolyard Bully

There’s an article making the rounds about why a psychologist is actually in favour of kids fighting back against a schoolyard bully.

It’s a position that has people divided, including our own group of writers at YMC.

So I’m going to put myself out on a limb and say straight out, I’m completely fine if my kids fight back against a schoolyard bully. 

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Jan
18
2016
Don't Worry About What Order You Feed Your Baby Solid Foods

I just finished reading an article on how parents are supposed to introduce solid foods to their baby and it was quite ADAMANT that there is a certain order and if you don’t follow this certain order, you will be messing up your baby’s palate FOREVER. 

You know what? That article made me mad. 

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How Not To Screw Up Your Kids

Time gives you perspective and that holds true (times one million) when it comes to parenting. 

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When Kids Don't Believe In Santa | YummyMummyClub.ca

A few years ago I messed up completely – it was me who ruined the Santa Claus story for my oldest child.

I began Christmas shopping early so I’d be ahead of the schedule and hid $250 worth of gift cards in a book that was also a Christmas present so I wouldn’t lose them. By the time it came to wrap the gifts I had completely forgotten they were in the book. For two weeks I tore the house apart looking for those damn gift cards, everyone in the family knew they were gone – including the kids. 

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Dec
10
2015

Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Ross Petty's Peter Pan

You Don't Want To Miss Seeing Ross Petty On Stage...because you never know what's going to happen

Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Ross Petty's Peter Pan

One of my favourite childhood memories is watching the "Carol Burnett Show" with my family. It was the ultimate variety show/sketch comedy and I looked forward to it every week. Now, as an adult, I realize many of the jokes went over my head but the best part for me was the anticipation – waiting to see if this would be the week where Carol, Tim, Harvey, or Vicki couldn’t contain the laughter. 

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Dec
07
2015

New Allergies at Age 45: Here’s How I’m Fighting It

An Easy 3-Step Plan to Improve the Air In Your Home

New Allergies at Age 45: Here’s How I’m Fighting It

We live in the suburbs across the street from a beautiful grassy park filled with maple trees. It’s absolutely idyllic...unless you are someone who is allergic to grass and maple trees. 

This, unfortunately, is the case for my son who was diagnosed with allergies to grass, maple trees, and cats at 18 months. Did I also mention that we have two cats? 

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Oct
15
2015
post puppy depression

First, let me just say I love my new puppy Ella more than I could ever imagine possible. My favouritest things to do in the whole wide world are now: 

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Sep
22
2015
Dads get a bad rap

I’m just going to come out and say it: 

Dads get a bad rap. And I’m not talking about that sandwich-thing I once bought from a street vendor during a heat wave.

Proper food temperature is important, people.  

On television and in movies, dads are often portrayed as buffoons incapable of taking care of their kids. The response to families where the dad is the main caregiver who stays home is often one of surprise. 

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Sep
03
2015
Nicki Minaj Corset Trend

Nicki Minaj posted the above photo on her Instagram account last week and commented: 

“love my waist trainer by@nowaistclique nowaistclique.com ~ I warmed up everyday on tour wearing this to stay in shape.”

So is this what we’re wearing to the gym now? A corset? 

To which I say…. WHO THE HELL CARES.

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Aug
26
2015

A Letter to the Husband of Every Mother of Young Children

My Kids Are Now Older But I Haven't Forgotten

A Letter to the Husband of Every Mother of Young Children

I was going through some bins the other day and came across this letter I wrote to my husband when my boys were ages 6 and 3. And as I read it, it came back to me how hard it was to manage everything - working, taking care of the kids, keeping the house clean.

My boys are now older, but moms of young kids? I haven't forgotten.  

This letter is for you. 

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Dear Husband,

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11 + 1 Parenting Hacks That Will Get Your Kids Moving

Listen, I get it. I'm the parent of two boys. It was much easier to ensure they were active when they were younger because they had no choice. But as we all know, kids get older and aren't always into doing what we want them to do because there are computer games, Cookie Clicker, text messages and WILL YOU GET OFF THE SOFA BEFORE YOU BECOME A PART OF IT?

So before you get to the screaming stage, here are some easy ideas to make getting active fun so your kids - who are currently connected to the couch and technology - become connected with activities. 

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Aug
04
2015

5 Words That Made a Race an Unforgettable Experience

The race that gave me so much more than a medal

word that changed a race
When I participate in a race, I don’t ever have any expectations except to cross the finish line, preferably in one piece with no injuries. Everything else is just icing on my sweaty-red-I-feel-like-I-may-have-a-heart-attack face.
 
But what happened at this race was so much more than icing. It was one of those moments you never forget, and I never will. 
 
It’s June 21st - Father’s Day -  and I’m Team Member No. 3 in a triathlon relay at the Toronto Triathlon Festival.

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