Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

Aug
19
2013

The Ten Commandments For Back-To-School

This Is The Year I Get Stuff Done

Every year it’s the same thing. I promise myself when the kids are back in school I SHALL GET SO MUCH DONE! Seven hours to myself. If I can get everything done in the summer when they’re home I can practically take over the world with seven full hours a day, five days a week, no?

Uh, no.

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Aug
15
2013

Our summer vacation took a bit of a detour when the resort we normally go to went bankrupt. Thankfully, we got our money back but instead of booking something similar we decided to forgo our summer vacay and booked a winter trip on a Disney Cruise instead.

This led me with the conundrum of trying to figure out how to entertain two boys for two months while I still fit in work. Essentially we’ve been doing lots of day trips.

Yesterday my husband and I took our boys canoeing and it was by far one of my most favourite excursions to date.

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Aug
12
2013

Do Not Do This Oreo Cookie Prank

Toothpaste Poisoning Is Not A Good Thing

I am about to stop you from making the grievous error I made, so pay close attention to what you are about to read.

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Aug
02
2013

Bowling Milk Cartons

A Fun Indoor or Outdoor Activity

Skill: Throw

Suggested age: 3-12 years

Requirements: Large hard surface such as driveway, sidewalk, garage, or basement room, large round ball such as basketball or soccer ball, old milk cartons or plastic drink bottles, small amount of sand or soil

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Aug
02
2013

Giant Tic Tac Toss

Toss Your Way To Fun and Laughter

giant tic tac toss kid activity

Giant Tic Tac Toss
Bring Tic Tac Toe to life with this version with frisbees and beanbags. Help children learn how to 'read' distances and play this new take on a classic game.

Skill: Toss

Suggested age: 6-10 years old

Requirements: Large sheet or tarp, duct tape, eight beanbags or frisbees—need four of each of two colours

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Aug
02
2013

Bucket Toss Golf

A Simple Way To Get Your Kids Active

bucket toss golf game

I love reading/writing about ways to get active so when I received an email from Lara over at NKPR inviting me to an obstacle course event for kids, I was gungho to go! Unfortunately, it coincided with something else with my calendar but I persuaded her to send over fun ways you can get your kids moving courtesy of Active For Life

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Jul
25
2013

Make It A Happy Birthday Indeed

Skip Store-Bought Cards And Make This Instead

If you're looking for a way to make your little ones—or anyone in your life—feel extra-special on their birthday, skip store-bought cards and make them a personalized poster instead.

It doesn't have to be fancy just be sure to include all the reasons why that person is special. It's a gift they'll treasure.

Ta da!

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Jul
24
2013

An Unscheduled Go RVing Canada Adventure

The Magic That Happens When You Take Away Schedules

An Unscheduled Adventure With Go RVing Canada

My kids have been bugging me since early winter to go camping this summer and even though I have great childhood memories of camping, I had no interest in taking them—because I am 43 years old and like to sleep in a bed.

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Jul
15
2013

Painting rocks is a perfect outdoor activity for days when it's too hot to be running around but you don't want to be stuck inside. Kids from toddler to tween can participate and the pieces of rock art can be proudly displayed in your garden.

Craft Level: Easy
Craft Clean Up: Easy
Age Level: Toddler To Tween

Items Needed:

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Jul
12
2013

Why My Children May Never Eat Eggs Again

And Why You Should Always Trust Your Instincts

When we were away on vacation last week my youngest son found, what we would later realize was a giant goose egg, buried under the sand in the lake.

At first we kind of thought it was an egg but because it was so smooth, plastic-like, and large, we went against our instincts and decided it was more likely some sort of plastic ball or toy.

In the words of Vivian Ward...

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Jun
25
2013

Three Must-Have Products To Simplify Your Life

Get Rid Of The Clutter and Have Peace Of Mind

While back-to-school is the time of year when people think about getting organized I’ve been on a mission to clean up my life and clear the clutter from my head–now.

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Jun
18
2013

Things They Don't Tell You About Aging

This Can't Be Just Me, Right? Right?

Errrrr…..can we talk about this aging thing just for a minute?

This is not a woe-is-me post. I’m proud to be 43. My 40s have, so far, been good to me. I’m in kick-ass shape and have better cardio capability than I did in my 20s. There is a freedom in 40 that I didn’t have in my younger years. A what-the-hell-I-might-as-well-try-who-cares-if-I-look-stupid attitude that makes life more fun.

But there are also things people never told me about getting older. Things that are quite shocking to say the least.

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Jun
10
2013

How Much Is Alcohol Aging You?

Find Out With The Drinking Mirror App

It's no secret that many moms drink. We settle down after the kids go to bed and enjoy a glass of wine (or two) or we go out with our girlfriends or enjoy a drink with dinner. We joke on Twitter and Facebook asking if it's wine o'clock. We ask if it's cocktail hour. I get it. I love my glass of wine in the evenings.

But this? Holy Hannah. I don't know how I stumbled across it but stumble I did.

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Jun
07
2013

“Which teachers do I give an end-of-year gift to?” is the nightmare parent equivalent of “Who do I tip at a salon?”

My older son has a class teacher, a music teacher, an art teacher, a french teacher, and an educational assistant who helps out in the class. My younger son has his class teacher, a student teacher, and a gym teacher.

Let us not forget the crossing guards who help them get across the streets safely.

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Jun
04
2013

Dear Son,

I knew this would come up sooner or later in your life. You've reached a point where friendships are based on so much more than a love of lego or because your parents set up a playdate based on who they like. So, this is in answer to your question about what makes a good friend.

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May
26
2013

Five Free Ways To Celebrate Father’s Day

The Real Gift Is The Memories You’ll Create

You don’t have to spend money to create a memorable Father’s Day. Here are five free ways your kids can let dad know how much he means without spending a cent.

Make a Dad Date
Have the kids and dad sit down with a calendar on Father's Day morning to choose a special day each month where they can spend a few hours of one-on-one together.  With the dates set and marked, the countdown is on for fun!

Give Him Some Homework

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May
25
2013

Two Wheels to Freedom

Build A Bike For A Child In Ghana

It never fails. The first warm weekend of spring and my children chomp at the bit to have their bikes brought out from the garage. What also never fails is that I can never get the bikes down off their hooks and we all have to wait for my husband to get home to lift them down to the ground.

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May
20
2013

Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Kit

Does The At Home Gel Manicure Stand Up To The Salon?

I am a bit of a product junkie as proven by my addiction to brushes, white t-shirts, and the number of “As Seen On TV” products strewn about my home. This addiction also applies to my nails.

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May
15
2013

Flower Power
Make a trip to your local garden centre so you can create a cascade of rainbows in your yard by planting colourful flowers.

The Thrill Of The Grill
Throw some burgers on the barbie, haul out the paper plates, and enjoy the company of good friends and good food because food always tastes better when you eat it outdoors.

Kaboom!

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May
09
2013

Three Things I Learned This Week

Trimming, Untangling, and Tough

How To Trim A Bird’s Beak

In what is known around our house as an “of course you did, Sharon” moment, it turns out I have bought a lazy bird. My cute little Skittles who keeps me company during the day is supposed trim his beak by rubbing it on rough surfaces to prevent overgrowth. But there are some birds that aren’t the best at personal hygiene so they don’t do this. Skittles lacks personal hygiene.

Yes, people. I bought a dirty bird.

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