Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

No, You Won't Ruin Your Kids By Feeding Them a Frozen Dinner. It's time to get rid of mom guilt. | YummyMummyClub.ca

Back-to-school for our family means back to busy. I have two boys going to different schools, both with two very different schedules. Add in my older son who trains in a specialized sport four days a week, my younger son who does an extracurricular activity twice a week, and, you know, that whole pesky business of my husband and I having to work. Most nights are a bit of a gong show.

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Sep
20
2016

7 'Let's Get Real About This' Reasons to Love Autumn

Enough with the beautiful colours and all things pumpkin spice

dogs in halloween costumes

Oh, I know. There’s thousands of articles ruminating why autumn is the best season ever. The beautiful colours, crisp mornings, all things pumpkin spice…but let’s get real. There are WAY better reasons than apple picking and scarves. 

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Couple Married for 62 Years Forced to Live Apart

While driving my son home from his speed skating training a few days ago he asked me if I heard about the couple who have been married for 62 years and were now forced to live apart against their will because they have been put into separate care facilities. 

I almost lost my ever loving sh*t and went on a five minute rant about how wrong this is on so many levels, but most of all a human level. You don’t separate a couple who've been married 62 years. You don’t separate a couple who want to be together, period. 

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Aug
29
2016

Your Back-to-School Mood

Not Everyone Is Happy, Not Everyone Is Sad

Going Back To School Mixed Emotions | YummyMummyClub.ca

I make no bones about the fact that I’m sad when my kids go back to school.  Even when they were younger I was the mom who was hiding her tears as she dropped them off at school once again. Yes, they have moment when they drive me crazy and I threaten to sell them to the circus but for the most part, I really enjoy hanging out with my boys.

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I was tagged in a photo on Instagram recently. The photo was of a mom with her new baby and she wrote about how a “real” mom’s body looks after giving birth. The person who tagged me said in the message that I keep it real Every. Single. Day. 

She meant it as a compliment and that’s the way I took it because I know exactly what she meant. But I don’t support the meaning behind the message of the “real” mom’s body.  

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Jun
27
2016

Make-it -in-Less-Than-Two-Minutes Blender Salsa

This is the easiest salsa you'll ever make.

Easy Blender Salsa | YummyMummyClub.ca

I love me a good fresh salsa and can eat it by the spoonful. This is good for my health (tomatoes have lycopene which can help prevent certain cancers) but not good for my pocketbook because buying fresh salsa is expensive.

And who the heck wants to spend all their time chopping up tomatoes, onions, garlic, and cilantro to make your own? Not to mention the hell that is forgetting you just cut up jalapeno peppers and rubbing your eyes.  

Thus my “Takes Less Than Two Minutes” Blender Salsa was born. 

Ingredients 

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Jun
17
2016
Should Kids Play In Competitive Sports? | YummyMummyClub.ca

I read a comment on the internet the other day that said no kids should ever be allowed to play high level competitive sports until they are older. The gist of it was kids should only play house league when they are young.

I am in the (maybe not so) unique position of being the mom to one son who is an elite athlete and one who loves to dabble in a whole bunch of different sports.

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Jun
16
2016

Should Your Child Play In a High Level Competitive Sport

The question parents need to ask themselves

I read a comment on the internet the other day that said no kids should ever be allowed to play high level competitive sports until they are older. The gist of it was kids should only play house league when they are young.

I am in the (maybe not so) unique position of being the mom to one son who is an elite athlete and one who loves to dabble in a whole bunch of different sports.

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Jun
07
2016
Why You Should Always Empty Your Lunch Containers | YummyMummyClub.ca

In the "Who would have ever thought this could happen" file, let me just start this by saying I’m about 90% cool with the fact that my kids often forget to empty lunch containers from their backpacks. 

Meh. (Shrugs shoulders.)

They’re kids and kids forget things. I once forgot to feed my gerbil for three days when I was nine years-old. 

The other 10% is when I lose my shit is simply because I’ve walked into one of their bedrooms, tried to use their bathroom, or I’m PMSing. 

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Jun
02
2016
Life Lessons: The Courtesy Flush

On the surface this may seem like a superficial lesson, but it’s not because in a way it’s asking our children to think about others. Others who may be forced to one day be in a confined room with no windows where people who haven’t learned this lesson were just moments before.

In fact those lesson-less people may even be in this windowless room RIGHT NOW waiting for another unsuspecting victim to come along.

And, as we all know, one can only hold one’s breath for so long.

Let us discuss the courtesy flush.

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May
30
2016
A letter to our kids about social media | YummyMummyClub.ca

Note: This is a letter I wrote to my sons but it can apply to many of our kids. 

Dear Sons,

It’s easy, isn’t it? You share a post on Facebook, RT a link, make a comment on a photo, support a cause by “liking” it.

Like
Like
Like
LOL!
Nice picture!
Like
RT this if you hate cancer
Like this if you want to support #MentalHealth

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May
20
2016
Don't stick your fingers in here | YummyMummyClub.ca

Like many parents I experienced a Cheerio up the nose moment when our oldest son was a toddler. This is a rite of passage for parents, is it not? Whether it’s a Cheerio, a raisin, a pebble, or in the case of my very unlucky friend, a hearing-aid battery which caused a trip the emergency room. 

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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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