School Mom Confessions

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I am coming clean! Yes, I am actually admitting to a few inapropriate mom school activties.

1. Phoned school saying son had an appointment when he was actually going skiing with me, playing as a goalie for my hockey team or sleeping in when too tired. It was an appointment with the ski hill, arena and bed. It is all in how you look at it. But why do you ask???

2. Did not take son to doctor when teacher and principal suggested. Hello, he fell off his bike of course it is going to hurt. Nothing a little tylenol and clean clothes can not fix.

3. Signed the home reading paper, that he did not read.

4.Actually told him to forge my name on his agenda, apparently I should have told him to practise it first.

5. Put food back in the lunch kit that was not eaten the day before.

6.Told him “seriously they do not know what they are talking about” in regards to school rules

7. Let him take a bat to school, to play ball. I still do not think that is wrong. How do you play ball without one.

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Being Grateful

We purchased a new van, a Honda Odyssey!! Very exciting. It smells great and has some cool things. I wanted heated seats and a DVD player for the long trips.

But the thing I like best is the blind spot indicator. It is a little light that comes on when someone is in your blind spot.

So thank you to the Honda employee who thought of that. Such a great gadget.

Life Is Great!

Enjoy it!

Not A Housewife Of Orange County

Kitchenaid- Late Night Baking

Kitchenaid- Late Night Baking (Photo credit: Mattastic!)

In a world where there is advertising everywhere it is easy to be caught up in a world of purchasing and consumerism. If you pay attention to the advertising, you will notice that you actually need a new car, new house, new toys, new stuff and a new life. I personally think you only need a few things; like milk, toilet papers and tampons. The problem is I actually want some stuff. Which is okay, but as you must know my goal is too not be like the housewives of Orange County. And that is a dilemma.

It actually started with a good drive. I went golfing with my good friend Carrie who had the most amazing driver, a Burner bubble http://www.taylormadegolf.com , and I hit that ball so far. Oh yeah!  So of course I started  to covet it, sorry  God. Now I wanted to go and buy it but the only person who actually benefitted was me, so I needed to come up with a plan.

My plan was simple, if I completed enough selfless or good deeds, then as a reward I could purchase the club. I felt then it would be even/steven. I started checking with people what I could do that would qualify. There was a few crazy ideas, like making Megan’s kids lunches for a week or walking her dog  and picking up his poop. Really? No, not good enough.

Well it so happened that Carrie, the instigator of the golf purchase was trying to get her parents home ready to sell. That meant cleaning baseboards, washing windows and walls  and generally playing Molly Maid. Perfect, it was actually for her parents, who happened to be seniors and several people would benefit. Mr Bill and his  wife, Carrie and her family and myself. That was deed # 1. We actually had a super great time, visiting washing and ripping up carpet., and the place looked great.

For Deed #2, I e-mailed everyone I knew, well at least my hockey team, my curling teams and the running group and requested  a book drive for a school that my friend worked at. The grade one class had very few books, which if you did not know makes reading a little tough. It was actually a very easy deed. I contacted several people, picked books up and stored them until delivery. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy

For Deed #3.The local community center was having a pancake breakfast as a pre-stampede celebration, you know for the big one, http://www.calgarystampede.com. Great. I made a phone call and was serving coffee, one of my favourite things to the neighbors. This deed probably barely made the grade, even though it was 3 hours long.

The crazy thing is that none of this felt like work, it felt good. So it was good for the world and good for me.

Then I was off to Golf Town, hello golf club.

And now I would like to buy a Kitchen Aid  mix master, I saw a red one check it out at http://www.kitchenaid.com  that was saying Hello, Baby!! Good Deeds here I come.

Being Grateful

To-day I am grateful for being outside in the fall. My niece and I went running and we kicked up the leaves with our Nikes. Perfect temperature, perfect season and perfect company.!!!

Life is often so good, that you forget to love it.

Keeping Back to school Green

Juicy Couture Straw Tote

Juicy Couture Straw Tote (Photo credit: ralph and jenny)

As September rolls around and school looms around the corner parents begin the BIG purchasing event. Yes, as parents we know the shopping list gets huge at this time. In this environmentally aware time, we need to find ways to keep back to school green.

The School Supply List: This can be a tough one, the is often paper,duo-tangs, pencils, crayons and backpacks that need to be brought to school. One way to lessen the waste is to buy in bulk and let your children divide it, that way there is less packaging (Packaging is a pet peeve of mine, aaahhhh). Many of the items can be recycled from the previous year, if so that is the perfect solution. Or you can recycle some of last years supplies and purchase a few new ones as a compromise. Some schools are registered with School Start. www.schoolstart.com. If so you can order your supplies required by your school directly and they are delivered to the school for the first day. Backpacks need to carry a lot of weight and are treated roughly, so a quality one is worth it. L.L.Bean www.llbean.com carries one that will actually last the school term. A Canadian company that carries great backpacks is http://www.kangabags.ca ; it is located in Summerland, B.C.

 School Clothes: Your children will need some new duds. They often want everything new; an alternate plan is to buy one new outfit and the rest from a great on-line consignment store like www.catchingfairiesclothing.com. This Calgary company offers gently used brand name clothing. They carry items from newborn to 12 years plus, some  are Gap, Gymboree and Juicy Couture. There are also brand jeans for Mom, 7 for All Mankind, Citizens for Humanity and Paige. As the website says Get the Look Without The Price. There is no store front so it carries a very low carbon foot print.

 Lunches: To stop the lunches from being wrapped in plastic and tossed in the land fill, an alternative is to purchase  kangsac  bags from www.huckleberrybabyshop.com. They are water-resistant and have a zippered closure and are made in Canada. Also be sure to get a gret thermos and stainless steel water bottle at www.mec.ca, they have approx 40 on-line. A lunch bag can also be made from recycled kool-aid containers, instructions found at www.mommyknows.com

Transportation: Walk. All of the studies say children are not getting enough exercise so for those months when it is nice, either walk or bike ride, or hire an older neighborhood child to accompany them. Carpool. 

Laundry: It is a necessary evil so let’s do it right. Check out www.norwex.ca, they offer bio-degradable detergent with no fillers, great window cloths and those amazing dryer balls that reduce drying time and static cling. They also have anitbac travel paks that include 3 micro-fibre cloths, which clean with only water. This is a good item for your car rides or to put in your kid’s backpack.

Electronics: This is a very important item for the tween and teenage crowd. If needing to purchase a cell phone, it is possible to obtain a re-conditioned one from your phone company, www.telus.net  Other electronics can be picked up for a great price at www.cashconverters.ca, they have stores in most major cities and have a very large selection of items. 

It is tough getting everything ready for a new year and new class, so let’s keep our costs down and our world green.