Tag - Reviews

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Baking Up Sweet Memories
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The Motherload: Gifts For the Work-At-Home-Mom
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You Have (Santa) Mail
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The Perfect Craft For The Anti-Mess Mom
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How To Shop With Military Precision

Baking Up Sweet Memories

Last week I spent an afternoon baking with my mum. No, the fire department was not summoned. This time. And to set the record straight, the time I set my kitchen on fire, I wasn’t baking. I was stir frying. Anyway, I had expert help this time. My mum knows her way around a mixing bowl. But, if you ever have the chance to cook in my mother’s kitchen, do NOT put food directly on the counter. She’s rather protective of her granite. When I tried to cut on the counter she said (shouted) “No cutting on the granite! And chocolate stains!!” After I carefully backed away from the counter top and hid the knives I said, “I thought that was the benefit of granite–that you could do stuff on it. Like roll pastry.” “Oh Lisa,” she answered. “I don’t roll pastry on my granite. Also, I don’t bake pies, I buy them.” So my mother may not be the “pie baking” kind of grandma, but she makes amazing cookies and bakes the best muffins and loafs around. And she makes me laugh, even when she’s scolding me about her rather eclectic and ample house rules. Last week Kraft Canada sent[…]

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The Motherload: Gifts For the Work-At-Home-Mom

I’m a WAHM. Not of the Careless Whisper variety, but the kind below {the first definition, though I sometimes sing “Stacy’s Mom while I work.} As woman who works at home, I’m in touch with my domestic side. And, as thrilled as I was to receive this present last Christmas *supremely sarcastic eyeroll* I would have much rather received something useful. Useful as in… something to make my office space more functional and comfortable and downright pretty. This is coming from a person who can’t sleep in an unmade bed or cook in a messy kitchen. Disorganized spaces are distracting. When my office is untidy, I don’t work as effectively. Everything needs to have a place. And if that place happens to be labelled, even better! Last week I received a basket of home office supplies from Staples. I’d been ogling several pieces from the Martha Stewart Home Office With Avery line and now I have them in my office! My now well appointed office. My co-workers seem to approve. I have to say, canines make terrific office mates. Until the door bell rings while you’re on the phone. Then I want to shoot elastics at them.   My daughter helped unpack the[…]

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You Have (Santa) Mail

  First the Tooth Fairy’s identity was revealed, then the Easter Bunny’s, and now Santa’s future is precarious at best. My nine year old is questioning the reality of Santa Claus. But, I’m not ready to let the magic go. Not yet. Since it seems this will be our last Christmas having two believers in our midst, we’re going large this year. The jingle metre will be cranked up from medium-ho to maximum-merry! Our Elf On The Shelf is perched and ready and we’re going to sit on Santa’s lap next week. Uh the kids, not me. Unless Nick is a looker this year. Oh dear, does that me a ho-ho-ho? {Just a little cheeky Christmas humour for the adults. We have to laugh or the stress of this “festive” season can be overwhelming. *adds a shot of baileys to her coffee*} Back to our Best Christmas Ever agenda… We’ll watch the Santa tracker on Christmas Eve and make sleigh tracks in the snow {please, please let there be snow} in the morning before the kids get up. Today we wrote letters to Santa and while the kids were doing that, I snuck off to set up their personal email[…]

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The Perfect Craft For The Anti-Mess Mom

This is a typical early morning conversation at my house on any given Saturday…   It’s not that I don’t like painting or working with clay or paper mache. It’s the clean up that gives me hives. We Type-A control freaks are allergic to messes. This is why I love Wikki Stix. They’ve been around forever and for good reason. They are endlessly reusable, non-toxic, not messy AT ALL, and can be used in so many ways. Wikki Stix (on the right) are made of hand-knitting yarn enhanced with a microcrystalline food-grade, non-toxic wax. I’m not sure, but I don’t think the sticks on the left are quite as safe.    Wikki Stix are bendy and sticky and easy to use. You don’t need glue (hallelujah), you just press them down with light fingertip pressure and they adhere to almost any smooth surface, including paper. They are also easy to peel up and reposition so mistakes don’t matter. They don’t break or tear apart, but cut easily with scissors. Admittedly, some portion of my adoration for this colourful craft item stems from their simplicity (my daughter can use them independently which leaves me free to sneak off for more coffee). I[…]

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How To Shop With Military Precision

I recently admitted to being a delusional shopper, prone to lulling myself into a false sense of calm and then having a complete freak out on Christmas Eve day because THAT’S festive, isn’t it? “Come on kids, gather ’round mommy and watch as she has a yule fit-to-be tied melt down under the Christmas tree.” But not this year. I vow not to be the crazy woman running around in search of one last trimming. This year I’m going to treat holiday shopping as a military exercise — stealth and efficient, every manouver carefully plotted in advance. The plan of attack? To get in, get the gifts, and get out with minimal collateral damage. How? It’s all in the planning. This chart will keep track of gift ideas as they come up. It’s the Thornbury Holiday Wish List. We have a chalkboard wall in the kitchen which makes a handy list area. It’s also easy to erase. Notice how there are now only two gift receivers listed? “Somebody” wiped her parents off the board and then scribbled over their wishes. Clearly this child is under the impression that holidays are all about the kids. Here is the revamped list. I put mummy[…]

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