Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

Dec
23
2014

Do You Have the Balls for this New Year’s Resolution?

Switching From An Office Chair To An Exercise Ball

Switching From An Office Chair To An Exercise Ball

I’m an active person who exercises five to six days a week. I irritate my kids by parking at the furthest parking spot when we go shopping, and we often work out together as a family. Yet I still spend about five hours a day in front of a computer screen.

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Dec
15
2014

Grief, Loss, and the Holidays: Heartfelt Advice to Help You

How you can get through the holiday season after losing a loved one

dealing with loss and grief during holidays

My mom passed away less than a month before Mother’s Day making that Mother's Day the second worst day of my life. That first year with my mom gone was like a punch to the stomach on every holiday and celebration she missed. But there are a few things I learned and I hope it helps those of you who are grieving this holiday season.

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Dec
08
2014
Festivus Feats Of Strength For The Whole Family

                                 I got a lot of problems with you people!
                                                   Frank Costanza

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Nov
26
2014

5 Hot Gifts For Cold Arena Moms (Plus A Bonus)

Nothing Says Cushie Like A Heated Tushie

arena mom gifts

I have been going to arenas to watch my boys participate in cold sports for seven years and for the past two years I’ve spent, on average, approximately eight hours a week in a cold arena. This makes me somewhat of an expert on how to stay warm and comfortable in the cold harsh climate known as the Canadian arena.

If you have an arena mom in your life, skip the jewelry and spa gift certificates this year* these are the gifts she’s going to want this holiday season.

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Nov
25
2014

6 Amazing Things You Can Do With Just One Finger

The Pointer Finger Is The Most Useful Finger You Own

Six Things You Can Do With One Finger

The other day I was cursing not having an extra index finger as I struggled to tie a bow on a birthday present. While the bow ended up looking like a 3-year-old’s first attempt at tying a shoe, it got me thinking about this amazing digit and all it can do.  Also known as the pointer finger, this leader of the hand is, dare I say, the most amazing finger you own.  Nope, this finger is not a one-hit wonder like its aggressive, road-ragey neighbor.

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Nov
11
2014
child angry about change

There is an infamous story in our house about an epic meltdown by my youngest son because I made him walk home from school in a snow storm. In all fairness, it was an unusually bad storm with the snow two-feet deep by the time school ended for the day. And to be fair, the snow was more like ice pellet shots to the face than gentle flakes. Plus, he was little –in Senior Kindergarten at the time – which made it hard to walk in all his snow gear; sort of like a miniature Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, minus the smiling face but with all the anger and destruction.

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Oct
24
2014

Social Media Overload: My Amish Rant Part 2

Say Hello To A Real Life Social Platform

I swear this will be my last social media rant for a very long time.

If you’re online as much as I am, you’ve probably heard about Ello, the NEW MUST-HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM IF YOU’RE NOT ON IT YOU’RE MISSING OUT ZOMG.

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Oct
16
2014

What To Do With Your Race Medals?

How Your Medal Can Make A Difference

I believe there should be scores in soccer and that every kid shouldn’t get a medal for just showing up.

For the record, I’m cool with participation ribbons.

So it’s ironic that I’m left wondering what to do with the medals from all the races I take part in, medals I don't even want.

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Oct
09
2014

Why Social Media Makes Me Want To Churn Butter In The Woods

I'm Becoming More And More Low Tech As I get Older

I am becoming more and more low tech as I get older. In about two years you will find me churning butter in a cabin in the woods. Feel free to join me because, butter.

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It was the annual Fall Fair in our community. The boys and I have been going for ten years and this small fair is anticipated with as much excitement as Christmas morning.

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Ways To Reduce Soreness From Being Active

I’m a pretty active person and I’m not saying it in a braggy way. It’s more of an I-need-to-be-active-or-I-will become-an-eating-potato-chips-while-on-the-couch World Champion.

By the way, that should totally be an event.

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Sep
16
2014

Stop With The Sport Snack Insanity

Snacks Shouldn't Be Expected After A Sport

I have friends who are athletes. They participate in marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, and duathlons. While training and on the actual race day, they carry gel packs or some other form of nutrition to give them energy because when you’re exerting your body for two to four hours without stopping, you need the calories to keep you going. Fueling your body is an important part of endurance sports.

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Sep
10
2014

Calling All Cyclists: Did You Know CAA Does This?

The Bike Assist App That Can Save Your Butt

CAA Bike Assist Program

On an early Saturday morning this past August I found myself at the Brampton Farmer’s Market watching a bicycle being put together.

My kids have always had bikes and cycling is something we enjoy doing together as a family. We are extremely lucky because my father-in-law is a handy man. He visits garage sales, buys old bikes, fixes them up, and gives them to my boys.

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Things My Kids Did Because They Were Bored

When my kids come to me and tell me they’re bored, my response is nothing. Like, literally. I just stare at them. Usually with one eyebrow raised to convey my disbelief.

I used to try to come up with ideas.

“Make a fort. Go for a bike ride. Go to the park!” shouted out with unbridled enthusiasm.

My suggestions were inevitably met with, “Meh. Don’t really feel like it. Nyah.”

Followed again by...”Mom, I’m so bored. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO.”

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Aug
22
2014

Lessons Learned From Working Out That Will Help You Succeed

Become Better No Matter What It Is You’re Doing

Work Out With Someone Better Than You

There are some pretty kick-ass people in my boot camp, and I always partner up with them even though I know it’s going to hurt like hell and I might not be able to keep up. Why? Because surrounding yourself with people who are above your skill level makes you push yourself harder. You may not be able to achieve what they do, but it will make you better. And who knows? You may even surprise yourself in the process.

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Aug
18
2014

5 Fun Ways To Keep Hockey-Playing Kids Active In The Summer

Hockey Parents: Here's How To Turn 'Not Game' Into 'Got Game'

how to keep your hockey playing kid active in the summer

Winters are busy for me. My hockey-playing son is at the arena twice a week while my speed-skating guy is on the ice three days a week. If you include my own speed skating and on-ice coaching, I spent approximately 12 hours a week at an arena this past winter not including driving to and from the arena, and the amount of time I spend in the changerooms helping my kids get in and out of equipment.

Then the end of March arrives and *record needle across an album* SCREECH… everything comes to a complete halt.

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Aug
14
2014

Will You Make One Promise That Could Save Many Lives?

It Takes Only A Few Seconds To Ruin Your Life

this-is-what-happens-when-you-drive-distracted

A few days ago my husband took my son to the skateboard park. When they got home, my youngest said to me, “When dad and I were coming back from the skate park some guy was texting and driving and almost ran into us.”

Driver distraction is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year.

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Aug
11
2014

Why I Stopped Making My Kids Do Their Homework

And No, It Didn't Screw Up Their Entire Education

why I stopped making my kids do homework

My son got more homework in grade one than he did in grade seven.

He, in fact, got so much homework in grade one that it made him hate school. For seven months we would sit together and do math, spelling, writing, and whatever else was sent home. Sometimes those "ten minutes" of assigned homework translated into sitting at the kitchen table for HOURS. Oftentimes there were tears—mostly mine. It's all a bit of a blur as I took a liking to absinthe that year.

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Jul
28
2014

Dear Parents: It's Just All About Having Common Sense

Labels Are Only Good When You Don’t Want To Confuse Sugar And Salt

Dear Parents: Just Use Common Sense

It seems there’s been a lot of chatter on YMC about Free-Range parenting.

Hailey wants to be a free-range parent but can’t let go.

Jen Warman is leaning towards the free-range-ish side.

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Jul
15
2014
Words To Stop You From Acting Like An Ass

People are always writing letters to their 60-year-old self, or things they would tell their 16-year-old self. But you know what? 60-year-old me would be very pissed off that she had to wait 16 years for information she could utilize in her life right now. 60-year-old me doesn’t need that many regrets, 46-year-old me already knows about regret and it involves a bottle of wine, a forehead pimple, scissors, and a new set of bangs. And quite frankly, 16-year-old me is never coming back, nor is her purple eyeliner.

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Jul
08
2014

Dear New Parents: Stop Stressing About Sleep

There's No Feet Nibbling When Your Kid Is A Teen

Now that my kids are older, I have the ability to look back and realize there are a few things I completely stressed out about when they were younger that, in retrospect, I probably shouldn't have. These are the things that pretty much every new parent stresses about. Things that you may be stressing about right this very second. 

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