All posts filed under: Parenting

Salute to Pregnant Working Ladies Out there

Originally posted on MiddleMe:
As I waddle my way into the third trimester, I really wish I can give each and every pregnant career woman a huge hug! Not that if you are pregnant and not working, you are not as important but I’m amazed how someone can be miraculously creating a baby inside her, wakes up at 6 or 7am in the morning, be immaculately dressed and dolled up, be in office on time, participants endless boring meetings and still make it home in one piece after an hour commute in the subway, under the jostling of tired folks in suits. That is one amazing feat! Not to mention if she has more than one child, she still has to juggle another hyperactive toddler while trying to put dinner together and clean up last night’s dinner. I wake up every day at 8am, sorry to correct that, I rolled off the bed at 8am in the morning to prep for breakfast for my family otherwise, I’ll get hell (of meows) from my cats. Then…

Disneyland! Paris!

Originally posted on HilaryStyle:
I love Disneyland! I really do and I’m not embarrassed to admit it! There’s a reason they call it the Happiest Place On Earth! Lucky for me, we’ve often (okay too many times to count) had the good fortune to visit the parks in Southern California as well as a one time visit to Walt Disney World, but I’d always wondered what it would be like to visit an international Disney park. A few years ago during a trip to Paris my wish came true! Not only did we get to visit Disneyland Paris, but it happened to be the Park’s 20th anniversary while we were there, so that was an added bonus! Getting There: Disneyland Paris is located about 20 miles?from?Paris and is easily accessible from the city by train, car, shuttle bus and express train. All of these options are listed on the Disneyland Paris website. Impressions: Considering we had only one incredibly rainy day to spend at the park?I was surprised at how much we were able to…

Ten Words That Sound Like Celebrity Baby Names

Originally posted on Cookies + Sangria:
A universe without absurd celebrity baby names would be like a universe without circus peanuts. Some people adore them, some people abhor them, but the world would be a little less sweet — yet fully operational — without them. I have compiled a list of words that sound like celebrity baby names, because that’s just the kind of lady I am. Note that all of these were chosen based on sound and spelling, not meaning. Update: As of June 2013, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their baby North West. Obviously, they’ve taken the “words that sound like celebrity baby names” thing to heart. Rayon (Boy. It will go on to widespread use among commoners. After a few years, a celeb will use it on a girl to be “edgy.” The Internet will be divided about that.) [Ed. note: A not-so-secret secret here at C+S is that we write/queue our posts up to a month in advance. A few weeks after I wrote this, this post appeared: a (non-celeb) Rayon…

The Realities of Staying Home: My First Day as a Stay-At-Home Mom

Originally posted on The Farm on the Hill:
Wreath courtesy of angiemakes.com. Well, here it is.  My first day as a stay-at-home mom.  I’m sure you all are now flipping back in your mind to all of my previous posts about staying home already, so let me explain.  I started maternity leave in February with J and had planned on staying home the rest of the school year with him.  I turned in my resignation in May.  Then came what would have been summer vacation anyway.  But today all of my colleagues head back to school for the first teacher day and I don’t.  I got my last paycheck on Friday and today I am officially at home as a stay-at-home mom.   I’m not going to lie, I have a mixture of emotions going on right now.  Part of me is sad.  I’ve been seeing all of the posts about teachers and going back to school, and I still completely relate.  I still feel like a teacher at heart.  Teaching is a calling not…

Staring At Menus

Originally posted on A Couple Talks:
On Saturday, Emily and I did the dishes four times that day. We also took out the trash four times. Laundry is also never-ending. As soon as we fold up and put away a clean batch of clothes, there’s another batch that needs to be washed. The piles are meshing together. It’s only a matter of time until I put on a dirty pair of boxers by mistake. Dishes. Trash. Laundry. All day, everyday. I love Del Taco. Apparently, this fast food chain only resides in certain states. It’s the better version of Taco Bell. As much as I love this place, I do encounter a problem with it from time to time. I see the menu and there’s so many damn options. I imagine a hot chick has a similar problem: she has so many suitors that she ends up staying single. I don’t know what to order sometimes, and it bugs the shit out of me. There is clearly a problem with abundance. Why does the world hate America so much? Because…

How to Survive the Drive-In, and a video

Originally posted on HappyHealthyHouseholds:
Four adults, three kids, one baby and a drive-in. The odyssey. So we live a lovely 40 minute drive from the Star Light Drive-In movie theatre here in the fantastic Okanagan, and last night the double feature was Minions and Jurassic World! Gates open at 7:00 pm and the first movie begins at dusk (which was about 10 after 9:00pm). The thing is, you need to get there before the gates open if you want any chance of getting your top pick of a parking spot. We opted for 6:30, which in retrospect should have been even earlier as it was opening night for Minions… and a friday. Needless to say we DID NOT get the coveted “balcony” parking, which is up on the hill where no one can park directly in front of you AND you are also parked beside the outdoor speakers, making for prime outside sitting. No biggey though, we got in the second row back from the screen, meaning only cars could park in front of us…

Originally posted on Millennial Type: Seven weeks into fatherhood, and I’ve already learned quite a bit. If you missed my first installmentof Breaking Dad, my intention is to share with you little things I want to teach my kids someday that still apply to all of us. Over these past few weeks, I’ve been reminded of something I took for granted: make time for play. Besides working full time, changing diapers, running a blog, running a podcast, cooking dinner,launching an eCourse, and sleep, there isn’t much time left in the day for playing. I know we can all relate in some way, even if you don’t have kids. Life happens, responsibilities pile up, so making time for fun is pushed to the end of our to-do list. Now I’m all for productivity, but sometimes taking time to play (with our spouse, friends, pets or children) leads to more productivity later. Here are just a few proven benefits of play: Read more…