Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

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
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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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Other People's Kids

I was talking to a friend the other day and she was saying how her parents 'hover' over her children when they are at the playground.

I quickly hopped to their defense because I totally get it. I would hover too. Not over my own kids– I know their abilities –but I am a hoverer of other kids.

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Apr
26
2013

Day Three: Juice Feasting Cleanse (juice only):

Juice 1: Sunflower sprouts, celery, cucumber, kale, dandelion greens, lemon, ginger, pea sprout, parsley, cilantro, and apple
Juice 2: Beet, carrot, celery, cucumber, fennel, parsley
Juice 3: Wheatgrass, apple
Juice 4: Cabbage, celery, lemon, apple
Juice 5: Coconut water, pineapple
Juice 6: Aloe vera
Juice 7: Beet, carrot, celery, cucumber, fennel, parsley

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Day Two: Juice Feasting Cleanse (juices only):

Juice 1: Celery, cucumber, fennel, romaine, parsley, lemon, apple, kale, spinach
Juice 2: Beet, celery, lemon, apple
Juice 3: Wheatgrass, orange
Juice 4: Celery, cucumber, romaine, swiss chard, parsley, cilantro, apple, lemon
Juice 5: Orange, grapefruit, ginger
Juice 6: Aloe vera
Juice 7: Beet, celery, lemon, apple
Juice 8: Lemon, filtered water, cayenne pepper, raw coconut nectar

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Apr
26
2013

Raw Juice Guru Cleanse: Day 1

The Raw Food Cleanse and Juice Feasting Cleanse

Apr
16
2013

Find A Clinic Near You To Donate Blood

Donating Blood Can Make A Real Difference

Many of us are still reeling after hearing the news about two bombs going off at Boston Marathon finish line yesterday.

I know I can’t stop thinking about it, especially the little eight-year-old boy who died. My children come to my races to cheer me on as I pass the finish line. Sometimes they even run with me. My mind almost can not comprehend that this little boy who had been there to cheer on his father is gone.

Our hearts go out to the people who were killed, the people who were injured, and all of the families affected, yet we feel helpless.

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Apr
15
2013

I’m just going to put it out there—lately my life is ruled by my hair. Or more specifically, the washing of my hair. When it comes to washing, I dread locks.

It's not just about the shampooing and conditioning, it’s the blow drying and styling afterwards. These things take time, time that I don’t have.

And please don’t suggest letting my hair dry on its own because I end up looking like a cross between a Nick Nolte mug shot and an Alpaca.

So now there is a system in place whereby I ask myself simple questions.

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Apr
13
2013

PSY: Gentleman

Maybe He's Not Just A One-Hit Wonder

PSY is back with a new song 'Gentleman' and while I hate to admit it, it's pretty damn catchy.

There may be a lot of dancing while holding your chin in the near future.

What do you think of his latest single?

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Apr
02
2013

How To Behave On The Internet

Teaching Our Children There Are People Behind The Screens

Over the past few weeks I’ve had to grow a thicker skin. I’m in a few PC commercials that I’m super proud to be a part of and for the most part, the feedback I have received has been great. And I'm completely good with people who don't like the commercials because I wouldn't expect everyone to like them. But there have been a few comments about me personally that have been less than ... errrrr ... kind.

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Mar
25
2013

Adding Machine Activities

Fun Doesn't Have To Come In A Brightly Coloured Toy

Last weekend my youngest son came home from his grandparent's house with an adding machine thanks to a visit to the local Value Village. 

Not be outdone by his brother, my older son counted his money and off we went to Walmart so he could buy an adding machine as well.

What, you may wonder, could two kids do with an adding machine?

Well, they:

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Mar
19
2013

Ten Ways To Celebrate Spring

Whether There's Snow On The Ground Or Not

Start Your Seeds
With snow on the ground you’re probably not thinking of your garden just yet but now is the perfect time to start seeds. Typically you want to start your seeds 6 to 8 weeks before the expected last frost date in your area. The dates vary from province to province and city to city so use this chart to find the last expected frost date for where you live.

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Mar
11
2013

Kapla Gets This Mom's Seal Of Approval

Run, Don’t Walk To Buy This Toy

I’m always on the lookout for unique toys that inspire imagination and yesterday I found it in Kapla.

I saw Kapla blocks on display at our local Mastermind store and was immediately intrigued by the structures you can build with it. I bought a pack of 200 on the spot and my boys spent the next five hours building with it. So it just made sense that I went back and bought them another pack so they could build even more, right?

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Mar
06
2013

Why I Think There Should Be Scores In Sports

Teaching Our Kids Fundamental Life Skills

They aren’t going to keep track of winning and losing in soccer anymore.

I wasn’t going to tackle this topic because, well, what could I say that hadn’t already been said on both sides of the issue. But then life goes and dips into the irony bin of manure and throws it smack dab in my face.

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Feb
20
2013

Include Your Kids in Your Daily Exercise

Working Out Doesn't Always Mean Running On A Treadmill

Just a little over two years ago my life changed when I took up the sport of speed skating. It also made me realize how out of shape I was. The once a week classes literally left me breathless. Three laps around the track and my legs were burning, five and I couldn’t catch my breath. I couldn’t even finish a 13 ½ lap race—by lap 9 or 10 I’d have to slowly make my way to the centre of the ice and watch the others finish.

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Feb
20
2013

Yesterday I brushed my teeth with a toothbrush that had been soaked in lemon juice. This morning at 5:00 a.m. I was woken up by a very loud alarm clock that had been hidden under my bed.

It seems my two little rambunctious boys have discovered the world of pranks and practical jokes. But they are also about to discover their mother doesn’t like jumping out of bed while it’s still dark and stumbling around half asleep trying to find an alarm clock hidden in her room.

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Feb
17
2013

Snow Plow Parenting

The New Parenting Label Du Jour

First it was Helicopter Parenting. Then to negate the hovering, Free-Range Parenting became the new term du jour. Let us not forget the Tiger Mom.

Yesterday as I was driving home from a speed skating meet a news story came on about Snow Plow Parenting. A snow plow parent pushes life’s obstacles out of a child’s way in an effort to ensure he or she succeeds.

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Feb
08
2013

Like many moms out there I struggle with what to feed my family. Ultimately I want food that's healthy, is simple to make, and that both my kids will eat. Finding recipes that fit these needs isn't always easy, especially the 'both my kids will eat' criteria. Typically one will like a new dish and the other won't. It can be a bit disheartening to spend time on a new recipe only to have it declared a don't.

I've tried many of the recipes on YMC and these are the Top Ten (some with a few modifications) that have been a huge hit at our house.

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