Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

Feb
07
2013

The Art Of Asking For A Favour

It Doesn't Have To Be Difficult

While many people dread asking for favours it doesn't need to be difficult. Here's how you can make asking for favours a favourable experience.
 

Fill Your Favour Basket

Asking for favours is a bit like having a bank account. You can’t take anything out if you’ve never put anything in. Before you start asking for favours make sure that you have made a habit of helping out people in the past. Be open to helping others in any way you can.
 

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Feb
02
2013

Ways Thieves Can Steal Your Credit Card Info

And The Credit Card Doesn't Even Have To Leave Your Purse

I just got off the phone with my credit card company. Apparently, earlier this week someone tried to use my credit card to purchase over $500 worth of beer. Thankfully my credit card company flagged it and didn't let the purchase go through. They immediately put a block on my card and called me, but I had missed the call. It wasn't until I tried to pay for our Friday night pizza and the transaction wouldn't go through that I realized something was amiss.

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Jan
28
2013

Last year, for the first time, our family celebrated Chinese New Year. A certain Miss Party Mummy inspired me to give it a go and I'm so glad I did. The kids had a blast. They loved learning about a new culture and eating food they don't typically eat. Best of all it didn't take a lot of effort on my part. 

Here's how you can throw a simple Chinese New Year's celebration for your family.

THE FACTS:

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Jan
25
2013

Make A Date With Your Partner

A Simple Way To Reconnect

With Valentine's Day approaching people are starting to think about romantic gestures for their loved ones. While I love to make gifts for my kids like these t-shirts that make them feel special all year round, my husband and I aren't really into the romantic hype.

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Do you know what that picture is?

No?

Well, I'll tell you what it is.

It's about an inch of body cream at the bottom of the container that I can't use because the pump doesn't reach down to the very bottom. All those swirly markings in the cream are because I'm trying to scrape up the cream with the bottom of the pump. Do I even have to explain to you how annoying this is?

Because I will.

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Jan
10
2013

Take a minute to watch this video by Jimmel Kimmel Live that shows Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets sent to them.

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Jan
06
2013

Humans, for the most part, are a very egocentric group. Granted, it’s a Darwinian thing. Being self-centred has kept us alive for millions of years. When one has to outrun a sabre-tooth tiger you learn quite quickly to take care of yourself.

For the record, you don’t have to run faster than a sabre-tooth tiger, you only have to run faster than your slowest hunting partner.

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Jan
02
2013

This Is The Year I Remember

The Simple Pleasures That Make Life Good

This is the year I remember

To hand surf out my car window on a breezy summer day.
To wear warm clothes taken directly from the dryer.
It is not where I drink the coffee it is who I drink the coffee with.
Sometimes doing nothing is doing something.

This is the year I remember

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Dec
21
2012

Multicolor Engine

Welcome To My New Addiction

It's no secret I love StumbleUpon but every once in awhile I come across a gem that I bookmark, this was one of them. It's MulticolorEngine. What is it exactly? In their words,"We extracted the colors from 10 million Creative Commons images on Flickr. Search this collection by color. Addictive and very likely the best color search engine in the world*!"

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Dec
19
2012

Writing About My Children

Telling Stories That Are No Longer My Own

Lately I’ve been struggling with writing about my boys. When I first started blogging they were young, a toddler and baby. The stories I told may have been about them but they also were mine. When they didn’t sleep through the night, it was also about my own sleep deprivation. When they fought, it included my frustration.

Now they are older, boys with opinions and experiences all their own and those stories no longer belong to me–they belong to them.

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Dec
14
2012

Personalized iPod Case

A Perfect Fit For A Stocking

You're probably close to being done your Christmas shopping, right? 

Ya, me either.

But I've got some of the major stuff including an iPod for Son No. 2, and yes, I struggled with that one because I really don't believe kids need as much tech as they have access to, but I digress.

Last year when I dropped my phone I learned you want to purchase a cover for any techy hand-held devices, especially when tiny hands and expensive gifts are involved. 

Ta da!

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Like many of you with kids, my boys have been getting Santa photos since they were babies. I love the pictures but they would be put on display at Christmas and when the holidays were over they'd would be packed up in a box or album never to be seen again. This year I decided to use them as part of our Christmas decor.

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We were decorating our Christmas tree on Saturday when it happened.

I have these ornaments that are special to me. They're from my childhood and when my mom passed away my sister and I divided them between us. They always sit front and centre on our tree reminding me of my mom and memories from Christmases past. Unfortunately, the ornaments are also quite delicate and through the years some have broken—there are only four left that are whole.

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Dec
08
2012

Dumb Ways To Die

I Apologize In Advance That You Won't Be Able To Get This Song Out Of Your Head

In case you live in a cave, this is the newest internet video to go viral. It's a public service announcement campaign by Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia and ever since my kids showed it to me I can't get the catchy little song out of my head so now I'm going to pass that favour on to you.

You're welcome.

 

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Dec
06
2012

Ontario Teachers' Strike

What Are Your Thoughts

We received an email update from my sons' school informing us that the teachers will be in position to participate in strike action on December 13th. As someone who works from home, I'm lucky in the sense that this will not affect me to the point it will be disruptive. While it's not ideal to try to work with two active boys racing around in my office space, I don't need to take time off work nor will I have to arrange for childcare. But I know it will affect many parents out there. So I'm wondering...

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Nov
23
2012

I have fond memories of making magazine Christmas trees as a child using the Sears catalogue. In retrospect I realize how smart my mom was to give us such a big magazine to make these cute crafts. This is a fun project for kids of any age and I'm happy to report my two boys had an absolute blast making them.

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Nov
19
2012

Fun Kid Stuff Over The Holidays

Phineas and Ferb, Wreck It Ralph, and Meet Santa

The holidays are coming up which means kids are home from school and lots of time to create fun memories (or keep from going completely insane). While we do a lot of old-school stuff like sledding, skating, and gingerbread house making, here are a few ideas—some new, some tried, tested and true—to help you over the holiday hump.

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Nov
15
2012

Teaching Children How To Cross The Street Safely

Why The Rules Of The Road Override Being Nice

Dear Drivers,

I get that you’re being polite and nice. And typically I love polite and nice. I’m the mom who leans over her kids nudging them with an elbow when they're given a treat, toy, or money, and gently remind them “What are you supposed to say?”

“Thank you,” they sing-song back in unison.

I make them write thank-you notes, hold doors open for the people behind us, keep the elevator door from closing when someone is running towards it, and apologize when they've wronged a friend.

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