Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

Oct
22
2012

Blissdom Canada: Lucky

Amazing Moments From Amazing Women

Every year I leave Blissdom feeling inspired but this year I left feeling lucky.

Lucky that I work with such a talented, diverse, fun group of people.

Lucky that so many of the women I admire are now also my friends.

Lucky that Twitter has allowed me to connect with people I would never have met otherwise.

Lucky that I've been offered amazing opportunites I will never take for granted.

Lucky that I know learning never ends and there are no stupid questions so we need to continue to ask.

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Oct
19
2012

What The (Bird) Flock?

What's Happening With The Birds

The birds in my neck of the woods have been acting a bit cuckoo lately. There's been large flocks flying around in swarms and it's kind of ruffling my feathers because I don't know why. Thankfully, I was a lucky duck and able to catch a bit of it on video.  Can someone tell me....is it Armageddon? Or simply natural behaviour?

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Oct
15
2012

Ombre Grey Nails For Fall

50 Shades Of Grey Nails

If you know me, you know I love doing my nails. I've had denim nails and used nail polish that changes colour with your mood. 

One of the hottest nail colours of Fall 2012 is grey (thank you Anastasia and Christian) so when I went grocery shopping this past weekend I couldn't help but scoop up four bottles to try out an ombre look. 

Spill it! What do you think - Yay or nay to Ombre Grey Nails?

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Oct
14
2012

A long time ago I wrote about how to pitch a story idea to a website/magazine. The most frequently asked questions I received after writing it were, "How do I build a relationship?" and "How do I get my foot in the door with an editor?"

Blissdom is coming up and there is much talk about relationships.

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Oct
10
2012

Hormonal Hell

Is There Anything We Can Do

Forget about hell having no fury like a woman scorned, that fury has nothing, NOTHING, on me when I'm PMSing.

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Oct
09
2012

Tired of stuffed animals scattered about your kid's room? Here's a simple and inexpensive way to organize them using rope, a hook and binder clips.

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Oct
03
2012

Halloween Safety Tips

Because The Laws Of Physics Still Apply On Halloween

Gone are the trick-or-treating days of our youth when parents would send kids out at 5:00 with instructions not to come home until the pillowcase was full. Kids wouldn't wait to have parents check the candy before they started to eat. They'd stuff their faces while roving the streets–but not the apples because of the hidden razors and pins. Also, because apples suck.

So in keeping with the Halloween theme, here are some tips to help keep your kids safe while trick or treating.
 

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Sep
27
2012

What Would You Have For Your Last Meal?

In The End, It's Not About The Food

I imagine if I were to have a last meal, my very last meal on earth, I wouldn’t choose.

I would start off with an antipasto platter strewn with marinated olives, sun-dried tomatoes, parmigiano reggiano, spicy pickled vegetables, grilled eggplant, prosciutto, and salami.  
 

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Sep
25
2012

Essential Tips For Hockey Moms

Rational Rules For The Rink

I've been a hockey mom for about five years now. First with my older son who then moved over to speed skating and now with my younger son. Between their two schedules, I'm at a rink a minimum of five times a week. Through the years I've learned a thing or two about how to be an efficient, organized hockey mom and how to stay warm and well fed while doing it.

Here are ten rational rules for the rink to help you make it through hockey season.

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Sep
17
2012

Fall Stress

Sorry Fall, But You Are A Complete Bitch

I just looked at my calendar for the next two months and am now completely stressed out because we are booked solid. This isn't even extra stuff. This is every day school/activities/me trying to have a life stuff and I only have TWO KIDS with each only participating in one activity. I didn't even sign them up for swimming because I'm trying to keep it low key. But now there is us being out five days a week for kids' activities, a weekend away at a skating meet, a weekend away at a conference, writing deadlines, work and meetings.

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Sep
13
2012

If this doesn't make you cry, you've got a harder heart than Simon Cowell—he sheds a tear around the 8:15 second mark.

Grab a tissue and get ready to be inspired by this girl who sings one of the most moving auditions you will ever see.

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My kids find apples appealing but since Son No. 2 is currently missing a few front teeth, it make eating them whole difficult. Only, if you send sliced apples to school they become brown and yucky. I had tried the lemon juice trick in the past but the boys didn't like the taste so I came up with this technique to send apple slices to school without having them brown.

Step One:  Go out and buy yourself one of these apple slicer/corer thingys. I got mine at IKEA but I’m pretty sure you can get them at any kitchen supply place.

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Aug
29
2012

You know when you go into a store in the middle of summer and they've already got their Halloween stuff out and you get super annoyed because it's summer and, for heaven's sakes, why can't they just let us enjoy one season at a time?

I'm about to annoy you.

My boys love SpongeBob Squarepants. For years, it's been one of the shows they can watch together without fighting/whining/complaining because they both enjoy it. Without fail, I will hear them giggling uncontrollably at some point during the show. Usually at Patrick.

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Aug
27
2012

A Mom Goes On Vacation Without Her Baby!

OMG! It's HORRIBLE! *Looks for sarcastic font*

Rebecca Eckler wrote a post on Mommyish about how she's going away on vacation for six days and leaving her 10-week-old baby behind. When I last checked, there were 210 comments, some defending her, most berating her.

People are up in arms! She's leaving! Her baby! OMG and WTF. THIS POOR BABY.

Blurgh.

I'm not even going to state an opinion on the article because, really? Who cares?

WHO CARES??

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Aug
20
2012

The Mom Strike

Why I Went On Strike From Being A Mother

I have two amazing boys. They are bright, funny, caring, unique, creative...and so many other positive adjectives that I could bore you to death for hours with descriptions.

They are also the ultimate score keepers.  

“Why do I have to do it? I did it last time.”
“How come you bought something for him and not me?”
“You went to more of his practices than mine.”
“Why does he get a new backpack?”

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Aug
17
2012

Can You Keep a Secret?

We're Giving Away A Secret Vacation

People fall into two categories—those who can keep a secret and those who can’t.

The first category—those who can—can also be divided into two categories. Those who can keep a secret at all costs and those who can be bribed. There is also the third, smaller group of those who can keep a secret so long as they tell just one other person.

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Aug
17
2012

We leave our children with teachers for a large portion of the day but more goes on in the classroom than you know—sensitive issues crop up in classrooms all the time. I found one teacher who was willing to spill the beans on what some teachers really want you to know, as long as he or she remained anonymous.

Keep Your Kids Clean

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Aug
13
2012

Once upon a time there was a mom whose favourite present in the whole world was a gift card to a book store. Birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, her eyes would light up with excitement when she opened the credit-card-sized-card. She would spend hours at the book store perusing the shelves trying to decide which stories she would bring home.

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Aug
04
2012

How To Make Sharpie Tie Dye T-Shirts

Add Some Retro Colour To Your Life

I love to tie dye t-shirts with my kids but the truth is, it's quite messy so when I StumbledUpon Sharpie tie dye t-shirts, I was quite excited. The only problem in all of the tutorials I came across you would wrap a portion of the t-shirt around a plastic cup, make a design, wrap another portion around a cup, make a design, and so on.

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Aug
02
2012

Vanilla Ice Cream Ingredients: Cream, Modified Milk Ingredients, Sugar, Glucose, Mono and Diglycerides, Locust Bean Gum, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Natural and Artificial Flavour

Those are the ingredients listed in a container of vanilla ice cream in my freezer right now. Sounds yummy, doesn't it? Pass me some more of those diglycerides please!

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