Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop

Jul
30
2012

I thought it would be easy choosing just one person for the Dove Celebrate Mom Contest, but I am in the lucky position, or in this case, difficult position, to be surrounded by women who are amazing mothers and role models.  

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Jul
18
2012

Change Is Coming

You think they don't notice but they do

I'm supposed to be working right now but I can't stop thinking of yesterday.

Paul, the boys and I met up with my sister-in-law and niece and went to Canada's Wonderland for the day. 

I made the purposeful decision to leave my phone at home. There was no email checking, sending quick texts or taking pictures to tweet out to show everyone what a wonderful day I was having. It was our family having fun for us. It was me being focused and paying attention to my kids. 

And they noticed.

I feel big changes afoot.

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Jul
16
2012

The Math of Ice Time

We spend a lot of time at arenas

With one son who plays hockey, one son who speed skates plus my own newfound love of speed skating, I’m at an arena a minimum of five times a week. Minimum because those five times are the mandatory ‘you need to show up for a practice or game’ times. I am a huge advocate of families being active together. For us, skating is the perfect opportunity for our family to have fun at a sport we all enjoy, so on top of those five times, we go to a public skate at least once a week.

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Jul
16
2012

Community Sharing

There Is No Right Or Wrong

I love hearing about the reasons why someone started blogging. What was her inspiration? Why does he continue to blog? Is there something you want to get out of it? Do you have a goal? There is no right or wrong answer and the answers themselves are always as unique and individual as the person who's sharing and yet sometimes there is also a commonality.

So tell me, why do you blog?

 

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Jul
11
2012

How To Choose The Perfect Watermelon

Follow These Four Steps For Fruity Goodness

No matter how hard I try, I can’t pick a good watermelon. I’ve knocked more melons than a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and still end up with light pink, tasteless mush.

So after cutting into yet another dud watermelon this morning only to find more rind than red, I decided to research how to choose the perfect watermelon.

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Jul
10
2012

You Will Never Sleep Again 
I know it hurts you to read it. It hurt me to write it. I don't enjoy taking away your hope. You may not even believe me but you need to trust me on this—I wouldn't lie to you. Not like all those mothers who lied to me.

You WILL sleep through the night again because eventually, all children do. But it will never be on a consistent basis.

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Jul
09
2012

Summers From Our Childhood

What Were My Parents Thinking?

Gone are the summers of my childhood, a time when summers were about playing with friends for hours on end……..unsupervised. My parents didn’t hover over us like stealth helicopters swooping in when fights broke out or dangerous activities like hanging upside down on the monkey bars or riding our banana bikes with no hands occurred.

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Jul
01
2012

Birthday Party Alternative

Instead Spend Time With Your Family

I make no bones about the fact that I am completely against loot bags filled with crap but I'm also against how birthday parties have become a competitive sport. I got caught up in the birthday party mayhem when my boys were younger—movie parties, parties at indoor playgrounds, face painters—all for little kids who could easily be entertained with a box.

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This is the picture that woke me up to the sad state of affairs in my chest region.

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Jun
11
2012

Take The Mom Photo Pledge

Because Moms Deserve To Be In Pictures Too

I went away on the May long weekend with my family—it was four days of frolicking and fun. Over 150 pictures were taken and there are photos of my kids, photos of my husband, photos of scenery, but there are no photos of me and my kids together.

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Jun
06
2012

I read a story about a 12-year-old boy, Joel Morales, who had been taunted and bullied by classmates and, despite moving schools, the bullying continued. Last week he hung himself in his family's apartment.

My older son is not too far away from twelve. I can't imagine what Joel's family is going through—what this boy went through that brought him to the point he felt he had no other choice but to kill himself. 

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Jun
05
2012

I spend a lot of time on StumbleUpon. A lot. I like to think of it as research. My husband likes to think of it as a way for me to avoid housework. But he is oh so wrong.

I use YouTube as a way to avoid housework.

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Jun
01
2012

I get it, I really do. You see someone tweet out how they were invited to an awesome event and you think, "Well, why wasn't I invited?" Or someone was given a new wardrobe and you're all, "What the hell? I shop there ALL THE TIME. Why am I not getting new clothes?"

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May
25
2012

Even though I’m part of a book club that’s been running for eight years, this past winter I got into a reading rut. I wanted to read smart books—the books everyone recommends and are at the top of the best seller lists. The ones you read and are all “Now I totally get why everyone loves it.” 

The ones Oprah reads. 

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May
17
2012

The Sounds Of Summer

I did not set out to reclaim these memories of my childhood

It was not a conscious act on my part, I did not set out to reclaim these memories of my childhood. It was a gift.

It was a typically typical trip to the park. They were off—running, laughing, pretending, fighting, making up—and then off and running again. I was on the bench reading, occasionally glancing up to watch their antics or when they wanted my attention “Mummy, look at me! Did you see that? Are you watching? Look what I can do.”

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May
14
2012

I Am A Brush Whore

How Does Something Like This Even Happen?

I was going to write about my awesome Mother's Day but how it's a weird day for me in general because on the one hand it's Mother's Day and I get completely spoiled yet on the other hand I think of my own mom who is no longer here and then there's the fact that it's also the four year anniversary of the day our family got into a head on collision with a drunk driver.

I know, my life is awesome, is it not?

I was going to write about all of that but then I realized I'm a brush whore.

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May
11
2012

Motherhood

If I were on the cover of Time touting motherhood, this is what I'd look like.

I attachment parent.

I also dictate.

My children have slept in my bed.

Sometimes I snuck out to sleep in theirs.

I wanted natural child birth.

I begged for drugs.

In my mind I was cloth diapers.

In reality, the disposables called out to me.

I breast fed.

Until I couldn't.

I have spoken to them with a quiet, hushed voice.

I have yelled.

I have answered their every need.

Sometimes my needs trumped theirs.

I don't chew their food.

But I still cut their grapes in half.

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May
08
2012

The Magic of Family Fun Night

They're Wired, You're Tired

Since last June, every Friday night in our house has been Crazy Night. Son No. 1 and Son No. 2 alternate weeks and, essentially, are allowed to choose whatever they want for dinner. 

Anything.

I know. I alternate between thinking I'm the best mom ever and thinking I'm completely insane.

When I first told the boys they were ecstatic, yet unbelieving. What was the catch?

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May
07
2012

For My Children

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

One of my biggest regrets in life is that I never got to know my mother as a person. 

She was more than my mom, she was a person who had hopes and dreams, she had moments of frustration and faced disappointments, she had a whole entire life before I was born. But I had only ever viewed her as my Mother. I think as a child it's difficult to see beyond that. It wasn't until I became a mother myself that I viewed her in a different light, but by then it was too late.

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Apr
30
2012

What Would Sharon Do?

Or What You Probably Shouldn't Do

Back in 2009 I used to write a What Would Sharon Do column whereby you, the reader, would send in your questions and I would answer.

This was a win/win scenario as it allowed me to write drunk and gave you advice at the same time.

Okay, so maybe it was just a win for me.

I'm bringing it back, baby.

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