Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

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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Sep
04
2013

How To Be A Good Conversationalist

The Art Of Connecting Through Conversation

Integrating yourself into a conversation can be intimidating. On the outside you attempt to appear confident as you approach a group of strangers, inside your inner voice is all, “What if I say something stupid?” or “They all know each other, why would they want to talk to me?”Having a conversation with friends and friends-to-be needn’t be difficult if you follow these tips.

Be Confident

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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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