Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

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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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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