Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

Jan
02
2014

Six Truths About Life

Grocery Store Lineups, Smiling At Strangers, and Lego Pain

Smile!

If you smile at strangers 9 out of 10 will smile back. The 10th will give you a look that says “I think you’re a serial killer” and will avoid eye contact at all costs.

Head Tilt

The degree to which a person tilts his or her head when you’re describing something going on in your life is directly correlated to how f*cked up your life actually is.

Forgot to email your boss a report that was due two hours ago: Slight tilt = Meh, not a big deal

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Dec
30
2013

My One Word For 2014

I Blame You, Buzzfeed!

Every year instead of making a New Year’s resolution, I come up with a word for the year.

In 2012 that word was “Try.”

In 2013 it was “Fortitude” and my slogan was putting the FU in Fortitude, and I'm not gonna lie...I kinda did.

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Dec
20
2013

How to Prepare Your Child for a Food Allergy Challenge

And how you can learn from the mistake I made

How to Prepare Your Child for a Food Allergy Challenge

When Adam was a toddler, he was diagnosed as having severe allergies to all nuts, eggs, shellfish, wheat, dairy, and strawberries. That was the day carrying an EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector), reading food labels, asking about ingredients, and always being vigilant about the food he came into contact with became a part of our lives.

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Dec
20
2013

No Technology or Television: Part 2

The Good, The Bad, And The Holidays

Find out what happens when a family stops using tech

We’re almost two months in to our house rule of “No Technology or Television” Monday to Friday.

The Good

The good is that we are spending more time together as a family. We talk more and I’ve laughed with my kids more in the past two months than previously when we were all hooked into computer screens.

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Dec
18
2013
Christmas mess

No matter how well-intentioned you are when you start out, your last three gifts will look like they were wrapped by a drunken frat boy.

99% of parents want to leave the school Christmas concert as soon as their child has performed.

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Dec
13
2013

Turbo Fast = Turbo Fun

Coming To Netflix December 24th

A Review Of Turbo FAST on Netflix

Netflix is known for its original series. I know I’m not the only one who spent a week glued to her computer watching episode after episode of Orange Is The New Black.

Now, on December 24th, Netflix is launching its first-ever original series for kids, Turbo FAST.

Based on the movie Turbo that was released earlier this year, Turbo FAST centres around Turbo and his snail crew as they go on adventures and take on crazy challengers.

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Dec
08
2013

Ross Petty’s The Little Mermaid

The Show That Will Hook You In

Ahoy, mateys! Are you feeling crabby because winter break is almost here, and you don’t know what to do with the kids for two weeks? It’s time to get schooled in family fun!

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Dec
03
2013

Only You Are In Control Of You

Nobody Has The Power To Make You Feel Less Than

Caroline Eriksen Three Days After Giving Birth

This picture of Caroline Berg Eriksen has apparently sparked outrage in the world because the photo was taken three days after Eriksen gave birth to a baby girl.

There’s been a lot of talk about ‘fat shaming’ on the internet, most recently with Maria ‘What’s Your Excuse’ Kang. Maria was, in my opinion, very antagonistic with her picture because of the way she presented it. Instead of opening up dialogue she put people on the defensive.

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Nov
26
2013

Five Things To Pack For Your Disney Cruise

Essential Items To Make The Most Of Your Trip

You've packed your shorts, sunscreen, and swimwear but don't forget these cruise essentials for a fun-tabulous time!

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Nov
13
2013

2013 TD Grade One Book Giveaway: Boy Soup

Giving the Gift of Reading to Canadian Grade One Students

Encourage Your Kids To Read

Who doesn't like getting something for free? I get excited when I get a free sample in the mail so imagine...IMAGINE...how excited your child would be if one day he went to school and came home with a brand new book that was his to keep.

That's exactly what's going to happen for thousands of grade one kids across Canada thanks to the TD Grade One Book Giveaway.

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Nov
05
2013

The No Technology Or Television Rule

Disconnecting To Help Reconnect

Last week, we put an end to tech at our house. With a few minor exceptions, from Monday to Friday there is no use of iPods, computers, cell phones, or television.

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Oct
31
2013

How Did I Become The Oldest Young Person Alive?

I Have The Social Life Of A Senior Citizen

Woman Reading On Couch

A few weeks ago on the Saturday night of the Blissdom Canada conference I found myself sitting atop a large queen sized bed in my pajamas, drinking wine and eating pizza chatting with a couple of gal pals. Basically, I was in my happy place.

My happy place seems to involve a lot of yoga gear and small groups of people. I feel overwhelmed in large groups, yet also guilty because I didn’t get a chance to speak with everyone in the room, or worse, I didn’t remember someone’s name or that we met before.

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Oct
17
2013

How To Succeed By Being A Quitter

Ridding Yourself Of Bad Habits

Three years ago at the age of 41 I decided to take up the sport of short track speed skating, even though I had only skated three times as an adult.  Eventually this led me to training for and participating in a triathlon earlier this year–I knew it would be awesome!

Once I learned how to swim.

The three year process that brought me to today made me realize two very important things: 

(1) I need to find a sport that doesn’t require me to wear lycra,
(2) You can do anything you set your mind to.

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Oct
16
2013

Apps That Access Your Private Info

Do You Know What You're Allowing?

Candy Crush, Instagram....we've all done it. We give apps access to our Facebook information so we can share pictures, and help friends get to the next level.

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Oct
09
2013

Jennifer Andrews: An Unstoppable Mom

Meet One Of The Winners of The Dove Unstoppable Moms For Unstoppable Girls Contest

Jennifer Andrews: An Unstoppable Mom

What I love most about my job is getting to meet interesting people who do amazing things—people like Jennifer Andrews.

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Oct
09
2013

For my BlissDom talk, I practiced in my kitchen using my microwave timer because the BlissDom gals were adamant that we could speak no more than six minutes. I practiced, because I wanted to be within the timeline and because this is what my trainer taught me. The people who make it look easy, make it look easy because they have worked their asses off.

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Sep
26
2013

How To Find Paid Writing Jobs

Fostering Relationships Will Never Steer You Wrong

BlissDom Canada is just around the corner and the microsessions are filling up fast. It was no surprise to me that “From Blogs To Mags” led by Today’s Parent Senior Editor Tracy Chappell sold out immediately.

Every writer I know wants to be published in a magazine. Hell I love being published in magazines. Seeing my name and words in print makes me feel like a bad ass super-hero writer.

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Sep
20
2013

How I Calmed Back-To-School Shopping Chaos This Year

It's Not Always About The Destination, We Also Need To Enjoy The Trip

How I Calmed Back-To-School Shopping Chaos This Year

Like most kids, mine hate running errands. Case in point: This is a note my son wrote in his journal about running errands with me for our RV vacation.

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Sep
19
2013

Review: Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

The Kitchen Appliance You Thought You Didn’t Need

My older son had been eating toast with butter every morning for breakfast and it was stressing me out. Toast and butter is not a breakfast, it’s what they give you in prison.

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