Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

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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Nov
08
2012

Parenting a Child Who is Different

What To Do With Negative Attention

Usually, I like to write about the funny in my family’s life. Son No. 1 provides lots of fodder for my blog with his love of magic, knitting, sewing, writing books, DJing…the list goes on and on. He is a brilliant, engaging old soul who dares to be different without batting so much as an eyelash.

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Nov
03
2012

Best Answer To A Math Question Ever

I Hope His Teacher Laughed As Hard As I Did

Nov
01
2012

Dear Mommy Blogger

I Apologize In Advance For What I'm About To Say.

It happens all the time—PR agencies sending out bulk emails beginning with Dear Mommy Blogger. A few weeks ago an email was sent out to the masses that was clearly supposed to be a mail merge but someone forgot to actually do the merge part and the email was sent out addressed to: Dear [First Name] [Last Name]. Oh the tweets about that one!

I've read the rants time and time again—bloggers complaining about PR people being 'lazy' and 'I'm not just a mom blogger' and 'that term is so insulting.'

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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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