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Stop Blaming Kids For Their Downfalls

Written by Elizabeth MacDonald

Children are generally, to an extent, a product of their environment. Study after study has shown how detrimental it is to have a positive, supportive relationship between a parent and child. And while no parent, child, or relationship is perfect, there needs to be a conscious effort made by the adult to set the ground work for a strong and confident child.

There seems to be a natural swing of the pendulum throughout the generations of parenthood. There was a society once made of extreme discipline, followed by one relaxed and laid-back, followed by another of helicopter parenting, with several variations along the way. The pendulum seems to be hovering in between two drastically different parenting styles right now. So many families throughout this society have realized just how important their time, effort, and relationship is with their children, while others are still strong believers in ‘Do What I Say, Not What I Do” parenting. This typically includes quite a bit of preaching with very little teaching.

While many parents are opening their arms to their children’s differences, accepting them as who they truly are, there are still so many who believe a child is choosing these differences – and that they can be changed. These parents, some teachers, even grandparents are blaming the children for what they have labeled “downfalls.” It has become apparent that placing blame is not only wrong, but can impact children in lifelong negative ways.

It’s safe to say that most parents belittling their children may not even know they are doing it. In fact, there are those who do so without caring, and those who would never imagine that they are harming their children. For the sake of sanity, this article will focus on the parents and adults who are working to better their ways and striving toward a healthy relationship with their children.

Stop Blaming Kids For Their Downfalls

The following are several ways in which a parent may be unknowingly placing blame on their child. After reading them, it is easy to realize just how common these moments are, but one thing that children are is forgiving, so fear not; there is time to change.

These three phrases are spoken all too often, at home and in public:

“Why would you….?”

“How could you….?”

“I don’t understand why…”

In a frustrated tone, a parent bites her lip and speaks harshly, placing blame. Speaking to a child using words such as, “I don’t understand why you would do this!” set a parent apart from the child instead of bringing them closer together. It’s a moment of anger because the parent truly doesn’t understand, but the truth is that the child probably doesn’t understand either. Most children are acting out in age-appropriate ways, and the others are acting out for attention-seeking reasons they cannot describe. Using intense, almost threatening statements like these cause a child to shut down and withdraw from the parent.

Yelling

The voice begins to rise, the child begins to cower. A parent believes a lesson has been learned, but all that has occurred is utilizing a fear tactic to end a situation. A child feels guilty for his faults and believes it is his own downfalls that cause problems.

Overpowering

When a parent overpowers a child by standing taller, pointing a finger, and belittling a child while a certain behavior or action takes place, the child will again feel as if it is his fault. He may begin to shut down and hide his true feelings from his parent in fear of being wrong.

Not Allowing a Child to Speak

Silencing a child forces emotions to be swallowed and guilt to surface. It can be worsened when a child is then sent to be alone. A child’s voice should not be weakened; by denying the child a chance to speak, it is telling the child that he is not worthy of explanation. It is showing him that no matter what he thinks, he is wrong.

Being a Silent Parent

Many parents rely on ‘The Look’ to control their children. Without saying a word, a parent can scare their child or show just how disappointed they are in him. No words are even needed for the child to feel guilty and alone.

 

Remember that children absorb so much, and that guilt can weigh heavy on the mind – and heart – over a lifetime. By speaking with kindness and understanding, a parent can bond with their child instead of push them away. Talking openly and honestly with a child goes a long way.

Instead of struggling with the above harmful tactics, consider the following as options:

  • Take a deep breath or walk away until a sense of calm has returned
  • Sit or kneel while talking with the child
  • Understand that a child will make mistakes
  • A downfall is nothing more than a part of a child that will change or remain over time, but should be acknowledged and addressed in a supportive environment.

 

About the Author

Elizabeth is a researcher, author, and content writer for My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear – one of the best online stores for unique pregnancy gifts. She spends her days as the ringleader of a never-tiring circus; one full of tightrope walkers, nerf gun shooters, mess makers, and danger-seekers. Elizabeth is currently expecting baby #5 and homeschooling the rest of her tribe. She exists on toddler kisses, caffeine, and tears of (panic) happiness. Read Elizabeth’s pregnancy blog to find out the dos and don’ts and other important things about pregnancy.

Will My Kids Ever Stop Fighting?

Written by René Brooks

So, it’s Summertime. Exciting, right? Wrong. You have children who are bored to death and full of energy. That means one thing: fighting.

That’s right, from dusk until dawn, they are bickering as though their very lives depended on it. Wait, did they take a break? Nope, they were just pausing to eat you out of house and home, then return to fighting.

I know you’re on the verge of tearing out your hair, but the question still remains: will my kids EVER stop fighting? There are a couple reasons why you’re being subjected to this racket from dawn until dusk.

Siblings

Let’s face it: siblings are going to be siblings. Since Cain and Abel, siblings haven’t seen eye to eye from time to time, and there has been (hopefully less drastic than the aforementioned) evidence of that playing out in real time in your living room. There are toys that they want to play with that someone else has. A special plate that everyone wants to use, but only one can each off of. There is a TV remote at stake here. Siblings squabble over turf, and it is just a fact of life.

They want attention

A child who wants attention, either from you or from their sibling, goes about it in different ways. One of those ways is finding a child who is happily playing, and pushing him off of the couch. Got her attention, didn’t it? The only problem is, now the once-peaceful child has a sore butt and a disrupted whatever she was doing. Hence, screaming, fighting and hair pulling.

It can also demand your attention as the cries of injustice are certain to pull you from wherever in the house you were to find out what exactly was going on. More attention. See, children don’t always care if it is positive or negative, they want what they want, and that’s that. Grin and bear it, mom. Sometimes they just want the undivided attention of EVERYONE and the best way to do that is to be the squeaky wheel.

Stress Reliever

Surprisingly, children also argue because they are just a little bit stressed out. According to this article from The Washington Parent, children sometimes fight with their siblings because they feel safer. After all, your friends and neighbors aren’t obligated to be nice to you, but you know who is? Your big brother. If not, Mom might come and lay down the law. When you have backup, it is a lot easier to express your displeasure over someone using the pink blanket when they know you prefer that one.

Solutions

Here’s the part you’ve been waiting for: what do I do? Well, according to the experts, nothing. That’s right. Let them fight it out. According to this article by Psychology Today, it is best to stay calm, relax, and let them sort it out themselves. Allowing children to fight it out allows them to develop problem solving skills, manage tricky emotions, and prepares them for the real world conflict they will one day face away from your home. AKA, unless they are getting out of control, you get to stay out of it. I bet you’d spend your whole summer as a referee, huh?

In short, siblings fighting is not only normal, it is a healthy part of their development. You might be sick of hearing them shriek and torment each other, but they’re learning life skills. That’s what it is really all about, right? Now grab some noise canceling headphones, and enjoy the rest of summer break without worrying.

Will My Kids Ever Stop Fighting? amotherworld.com

 

The Ta-Ta Towel Gives Your Boobs Sweat-Free Freedom

How well-endowed are you? If you’re a busty woman, then you must know that having a nice cleavage isn’t all cracked up it appears to be. Large-chested women often have trouble dealing with strap marks, back pains, and during summer, excessive sweating.

The worst sweat a woman can have in heat wave is sweat underneath boobs. It’s uncomfortable, and feels just gross. Now imagine if they could be help up – without wearing a bra?

Someone took that idea and turned it into reality.

A new beauty product called the “Ta-Ta Towel” is now available for pre-order. Yes, the ta-ta towel holds your ta-tas in place so your girls can be supported and stay dry when you’re lounging around the house. So you take a shower, wrap a towel in your hair, and one around your boobs. Genius!

Ta-Ta Towel founder, Erin Robertson, says the idea for the invention came to her while she was getting ready for a date in a sweltering apartment.

“I couldn’t be the only person to have boob-sweat issues while getting ready,” she writes on the Ta-Ta Towel site. “There had to be something on the market to fix this. So, I went home and got online, looking for an answer. But all I could find were maxi-pad-looking things that you stick in your bra. I didn’t want to wear a bra while I was getting ready or just lounging around the house.”

Then, the Ta-Ta Towel actually happened. People on social media seem to love it.

 

Would you wear the Ta Ta Towel?

How to Work from Home in Summer with Kids

We are half-way through the summer school break! The kids have been off school for a while now, but you’re still working from home! How to work from home in summer with kids? It seems impossible!

But you can make it happen without pulling your hair out. It takes some organization and strategy – here’s how to do it.

Reading

Set aside reading time every day, even just a half hour. If you have a reluctant reader like I do, let them choose one or two books to read before the end of summer, and have them write up a book report afterwards.

Writing

While they’re writing their book reports, have them also write in a summer journal. Ask them to share their thoughts about their day, or vacation, or write a creative story about anything!

Create a craft bin

If you don’t already have a craft bin or creative/art area, go to the dollar store stat. Have supplies at the ready including construction paper, paints, markers, playdough, coloured pencils, and other kid-friendly art supplies so they can create and “work” right alongside you.

Workbooks and Colouring Pages

Most kids enjoy colouring workbooks and coloring pages as well. Have a variety available so you can pull out a different activity each day.

Create an outdoor play area

For younger kids, make sure to have some space in the backyard where your kids can play and explore while you work (and while you can watch them). A backyard playground, sand box, water table, lawn bowling, can provide hours of fun.

My kids are old enough to ride their bicycles and scooters outside on their own, and go to the park, and play basketball at our school across the street.

Look for activities

If you’re working from home, it might not make sense to enroll your children into full-day summer camps. Check with your town for half-day activities; some local businesses such as gyms and dance studios may offer lessons a few hours a day. Also check with your local community centre for half-day activities as tennis, golf, or swimming. My kids have done a morning basketball camp, and a two-hour hockey clinic during the summer break.

Playdates

If you need a couple hours of totally uninterrupted work outside of naptime, consider creating a sort of babysitting swap with other moms. You each take a turn scheduling a play date with all the kids, and use that time to run errands or do something fun alone.

Take breaks to play with them

I find blocking time into hourly increments helps to keep productivity up, and kids busy. Say you block an hour or two in the morning, and warn the kids that that is mom’s working time; when you’re done, then you can do something fun together. They can then manage to find something to do during that time frame too, knowing that mom will be free soon.

Screen time

Television or screens in small doses is okay, as long as they’re not watching movies or shows all day long. Putting on a movie or allowing your kids to watch a couple episodes of their favourite cartoon doesn’t make you a neglectful parent. Don’t feel guilty about some screen time, just as long as they have equal active time too. They’ll be entertained and you’ll be able to get things done.

Hopefully these tips will help you juggle working from home and taking care of the kids this summer! And if your kids utter the words, “I’m Bored!”, you can point them in the direction of cleaning their rooms or better yet, the toilets!

 

More fun ideas: 50 Fun Things for Kids to Do Outside

How to Work from Home in Summer with Kids | amotherworld

Building Healthy Relationship Skills Now – For Life!

 

Parents and caregivers know from experience that healthy relationships are key to a happy, healthy life.  Be it with self, family, friends or romantic partners, learning relationship skills need to start at a young age. And just like other skills children develop, like playing soccer, math or reading, healthy relationship skills need to be learned one step at a time.

Parents and caregivers are important role models when it comes to healthy relationships. But schools also have a part to play —after all, kids spend almost 200 days a year at school! Ophea and White Ribbon have programs and resources for teachers, students, and parents to develop healthy relationship skills in children and youth.

Ideas on where to start

It’s important to encourage children to ask for help when things don’t feel respectful or safe. Help children and youth recognize the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships: honesty, trust, good communication, caring, respect, equality, and feeling safe, versus feeling pressure, control, humiliation, abuse, and violence. The foundations of healthy relationships can be taught at home and at school and include:

  • Knowing and setting personal boundaries
  • Asking for permission before touching another person
  • Respecting the boundaries of others

Developing the ability to become aware and communicate a wide range emotions.

Supports for your schools & communities

This past school year Ophea, a not-for-profit that champions healthy, active living in schools and communities, launched Campaign Messengers: Taking a Stand! This project trained over 100 students and teachers from across Ontario to lead activities related to the promotion of healthy relationships, consent, respect, and equality in their school communities.

Funded by the Government of Ontario, this project empowers students to lead conversations on these important topics with their peers so that they can make informed decisions about their safety, health and well‑being. The project will extend this fall to 40 new elementary schools through a free training event for teachers in October 2017. Campaign Messengers is delivered in partnership with White Ribbon, the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, and Egale Canada.

Also look to White Ribbon, whose mission is to inspire men and boys to embrace the positive role they can play to promote healthy relationships and end violence against women end violence against women and girls. Their male role modeling initiative It Starts with You. It Stays with Him. inspires men to promote healthy, equal relationships with the boys in their lives.

Check out the Government of Ontario-funded White Ribbon Draw the Line campaign which encourages conversations about the topics of healthy relationships, consent, and sexual violence prevention. It empowers youth to play a positive role and promote consent and healthy relationships with their peers.

Let’s work together to give kids the crucial relationship skills they need now and for life.

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization that champions healthy, active living in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships and advocacy.

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls and to promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

 

Kids (and Parents) will Love Boss Baby

There are family movies that are sweet and fun for little ones to watch… but don’t keep parents’ interest piqued. Then there are other family movies that are fun for both kids AND parents.

When the jokes in a movie are intended for parents, I’m all over it – like The Boss Baby which was released on Blu-ray DVD on July 25th. Parents might have even more fun than their kids with this one!

Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin (Boss Baby), Toby McGuire (Adult Tim/narrator), Lisa Kudrow (Mom), Jimmy Kimmel (Dad), The Boss Baby is a hilarious family friendly movie that jam packed with laughs and adventure.

Seven-year-old Tim Templeton suddenly finds his share of parental love plummeting when his new baby brother arrives—wearing a suit and toting a briefcase—and makes it clear to everyone that he’s in charge. When Tim discovers that Boss Baby is on a secret mission, he reluctantly agrees to team up with his pint-sized sibling for an epic adventure that might just change the world!

The animated comedy has a premise and characters so absurdly hilarious that it is pretty much impossible not to laugh! You will also notice some clever easter eggs, hidden details, movie references in Boss Baby! Of course the kids LOVED the physical comedy, and the toilet humour – who doesn’t love a cute baby bottom?! We also loved seeing Tim’s fantasies play out as he has a vivid imagination.

We adored Alec Baldwin’s Boss Baby, and we couldn’t help be reminded of another character the actor portrays in the media right now…  Steve Buscemi was appropriately cast as Francis E. Francis, the vindictive CEO of Puppy Co., the main target of Boss Baby’s mission.

The movie’s plot takes sibling rivalry to the extreme! My two boys could relate as they are very competitive with one another. Particularly for them, it was nice to see that brotherly love won in the end and sent a positive message about family.

The Boss Baby Special Edition Blu-ray includes many bonus features including:

  • New Mini Adventure, a 3-minute action-packed journey through time featuring Boss Baby and Tim
  • Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • And More!

The Boss Baby is available on Blu-ray DVD NOW!

The Boss Baby now on DVD Bluray

This post is brought to you by The Boss Baby Blu-Ray but the images and opinions are my own.

 

Celebrating Costco Grand Openings and a Twitter Party

When a huge retail store like Costco Wholesale opens in a new town, everybody knows about it! And when you multiply that by two openings in one week, people are understandably excited!

That’s what happened in Orillia and Vaughan when the giant box store officially opened its doors this week on July 25 in Orillia and July 26 in Vaughan.

People were lined up outside with Costco memberships in hand, ready to do some serious retail damage. In Orillia in Simcoe County, people were lined up around each side of the building!

I had the pleasure of attending preview parties at both locations as well as their official Grand Openings. You could feel the excitement brewing at the private parties, up until the minute the ribbon was cut.

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Costco Grand Opening

I made sure to stock up on our must-have P&G household products like Tide detergent, Bounty paper towels, Charmin bathroom tissue. Both locations were handing out full-size samples of their popular Tide Pods with Downy!

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Costco Grand Opening

Take advantage of your membership online and shop 24/7 on Costco.ca, where you’ll find thousands of items not available in warehouses. Make sure to peruse the website; there are many larger items such furniture for sale that you can’t find in store!

Don’t forget there are weekly savings available starting Mondays. They can be viewed online here. There are some wonderful deals for the grand opening, including Birkenstocks for only $59.99, designer handbags for a limited time only, Charmin Ultra Soft 30 roll for $14.99, $3 off chicken in the meat department, $5 (regular $10) for various cheese, and so much more.

Costco Grand Opening

Costco Grand Opening

TWITTER PARTY

To celebrate the Grand Openings, I’m hosting a Twitter party on Wednesday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. There will be prizes to be won, including P&G prize packs and Costco memberships!

Hosts:  @amotherworld

Moderators:  @ParentClub, @HomeWithAneta, and @inRdream

Sponsors: @CostcoCanada and @PGEverydayCA

Time: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST

Hashtag: #CostcoGrandOpening

Be sure to RSVP below to participate and make sure you’re following all of our Twitter Party team!  To RSVP, put your twitter handle (@mytwittername) in the “Your Response” box and the link to your twitter profile in the “Link” box.

Celebrating Costco Grand Openings and a Twitter Party

Twitter Party Rules

  1. You must be a resident of Canada, excluding Quebec residents, age 18 or older in order to participate in the contest.
  2. In order to enter into the contest, you must correctly answer (on Twitter) at least one question posed during the Twitter Party using the hashtag #CostcoGrandOpening
  3. In order to enter the contest you must follow @amotherworld, @homewithaneta, @parentclub and @inRdream so that you can receive direct messages in the event that you win.
  4. Winners will be chosen during the Twitter Party based on participation, engagement and/or awesome tweets! #CostcoGrandOpening
  5. Winners will be announced via Twitter. Only 1 prize per participant. Winners will have to answer a skill-testing question to claim their prize.
  6. Employees or representatives of Costco and P&G and persons with whom they are domiciled may not enter the contest.

Please RSVP here:



 

OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

  1. SPONSOR: The sponsors of this Contest and prizing is P&G Canada (hereafter referred to as the “Contest Sponsors”) .
  2. CONTEST PERIOD: The Costco Canada #CostcoGrandOpening Twitter Party Contest (the “Contest”) begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Savings Time (EST) on August 2, 2017 and ends at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Savings Time (EST) on August 2, 2017 (the “Contest Period”). Six (6) to Seven (7) questions will be tweeted throughout the Contest Period in approximate 10 (10) minute intervals commencing at 9:05 p.m. Eastern Savings Time (EST). You will receive one (1) entry per draw for each Response to an Initiating Tweet that is available to the Contest Sponsors through Twitter at the beginning of each Draw Period (as defined below).
  3. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), who have reached the age of majority in their province of residence at the time of entry may enter, except employees or contingent staff of Costco Canada and P&G Canada. (“Costco”, the contest administrator) and their respective affiliates and their advertising and promotional agencies, prize suppliers and other representatives and the immediate family of such employees and persons with whom such employees are domiciled, “Immediate family” is defined as parents, siblings, children or spouse. In addition, Costco and P&G Canada is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible to participate.
  4. TO PLAY: You must be a registered user on Twitter (a third party Web site) to participate. If you do not have a Twitter account, follow the onscreen instructions to register for a free Twitter account at www.twitter.com. You will be asked to provide your first and last name and email address and to set up a username and password. You may also be asked to answer optional questions; however, they need not be answered in order to be eligible for the Game. You must also RSVP for the contest at the provided link by adding your Twitter username and link to your Twitter profile. YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE ABOVE REGISTRATION METHOD TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST.

During the Contest Period, the Contest Sponsor Hosts will tweet questions relating to the Costco Grand Opening (the “Initiating Tweets”), participants do not need to reply to any of the hosts or sponsor but MUST tweet with the hashtag #CostcoGrandOpening and share with the community (a “Response”). Six (6) to Seven (7) questions will be tweeted throughout the Contest Period. You will receive one (1) entry per draw for each Response to an Initiating Tweet through Twitter before the end of each Draw Period (approximately five minutes after Initiating Tweets). Each Response must include the #CostcoGrandOpening hashtag and Question Number in the following format: Q1, Q2, etc. and must be a relevant response to the question in the Initiating Tweet, as determined at the sole discretion of the Contest Sponsors Host. In order to enter the contest you must follow @amotherworld, @parentclub, @inrdream and @homewithaneta so that you can receive direct messages in the event that you win.

Contest Sponsors are not responsible for late, lost, incomplete, misdirected, unintelligible or lost Responses. Contest Sponsors’ time clock is the official clock for this Contest.

  1. HOW TO WIN: Draws will be held during the Contest Period.

At the end of each Draw Period, Winners will be chosen during the Twitter Party based on participation, engagement and/or awesome tweets! #CostcoGrandOpening (a third party service) will be held from among all eligible entries received (see Rule 2 above) to select an entrant eligible to win the Prize associated with each Draw Period. Entrants eligible to win will be requested to fill out a form to obtain shipping address and phone number for prize delivery and will be required to agree to the official Contest Rules and successfully answer a mathematical skill-testing question in order to be declared a winner. All winners will be contacted within 2 hours of the Contest Period (see Rule 2 above).

  1. PRIZE DETAILS/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES/ODDS:  FIVE (5) Executive Memberships to Costco with an arv CDN $110 each with FIVE (5) P&G Prize Packs with an arv CDN $30 each. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received during each Draw Period. Limit one (1) prize per person, per Twitter account, and per household. Winner must accept the prize as stated. Prize cannot be substituted, transferred or exchanged or surrendered for cash, except at the sole and absolute discretion of the Contest Sponsors, who reserve the right, at their sole and absolute discretion and for any reason, to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value, including without limitation, a cash award. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded. Allow up to 6 weeks to receive prize.
  2. GENERAL: Entrants eligible to win may be required to complete and sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release and, where legal, a Publicity Release, within fourteen (14) days of attempted notification and delivery of documents. Failure to comply with this condition, correctly answer the mathematical skill-testing question, comply with the Contest Rules, or return of prize documents as undeliverable will result in disqualification and forfeiture of prize, without compensation. By participating, entrants who win a Prize consent to the use of their Twitter account name, first and last name, and likeness for advertising, promotion, and publicity purposes related to the Contest without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. The Contest Sponsors reserve the right at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the Contest or any related electronic system. In the event of an identity dispute, the entry will be considered made by the individual who can respond to a Direct Message on Twitter. By participating in the Contest, entrants release and agree to hold harmless the Contest Sponsors and their respective parent companies, affiliates or related companies, directors, employees, officers and agents, including without limitation, her advertising/promotion agencies from any and all liability, injury, loss, or damage of any kind, including but not limited to personal injury or death, arising from or in connection with participation in the Contest, or the awarding, receipt, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or with respect to participation in any prize-related activity. Entrants agree to abide by these Official Contest Rules, and decisions of the Contest Sponsors, whose decisions are final in all matters relating to this Contest. The Contest Sponsors and their agencies are not responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications-line failure, theft, or destruction or unauthorized access of the Web site; or downloading materials from or use of the Web site. If, in the Contest Sponsors’ opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of tampering with any portion of the Contest, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Contest, the Contest Sponsors reserves the right to disqualify suspected entrants and/or modify or terminate the Contest in a manner deemed reasonable by the Contest Sponsors, in their sole discretion. Standard text messaging rates apply if you opt-in to receive Tweets via a cellular phone.

 

 

Disclosure: This post is proudly sponsored by Costco Canada and Procter & Gamble Canada. As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Costco is Opening in Vaughan and Orillia

When you say “one-stop shop”, what store comes to mind? Or a store where you never leave without spending at least a couple of hundred dollars?

Yes, that’s Costco Wholesale!

Costco is that store where you can never just visit and stick to a list; there is always something else to catch your eye and end up in your shopping cart! Costco is our go-to for particular brands and items that I can’t find anywhere else, such as the imported Greek olive oil and feta cheese, and Kirkland brand of almonds, walnuts and pecans. People love the food samples as you peruse each giant aisle, and who can blame them? There are so many delicious offerings including tasty snacks for work and school.

I make sure to stock up on our must-have P&G household products like Tide detergent, Dawn dish soap, Bounty paper towels, Charmin bathroom tissue, and Cascade dishwasher detergent. I also peruse the personal beauty aisles to pick up some Crest toothpaste, and Gillette razors!  I also visit the pharmacy to purchase vitamins and protein powder at amazing prices.

Where else can you buy snowsuits in July?!  Of course a trip to Costco wouldn’t be the same without stopping off to eat a hot dog and French fries!

So it’s exciting to share that Costco is opening two new stores in Vaughan and Orillia! The doors officially open on July 25 and 26 with the ribbon cutting ceremony and I’ll be there to celebrate the official warehouse openings of both locations.

Costco Orillia – 625 University Avenue
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Costco Vaughan – 55 New Huntington Road
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

 

I had the opportunity to enjoy a private tour of the Orillia store, and let me give you a hint – there will be some products on display for the grand opening that will WOW customers, including a giant paddleboard and sailboat!

Costco is Opening in Vaughan and Orillia!

I’ll also get a sneak peek the evening before, so make sure you’re following me on Instagram stories and Twitter where I’ll be sharing it all to help you navigate your shopping at the grand opening and the days that follow!

If you’re not already a Costco member, you can sign up before the official opening to beat the rush. Already a Costco member? Great! Just bring a friend to sign-up and you can each receive a $10 Costco Cash Card!

Don’t forget there are weekly savings available starting Mondays. They can be viewed online here. 

Take advantage of your membership online and shop 24/7 on Costco.ca, where you’ll find thousands of items not available in warehouses. Make sure to peruse the website; there are many larger items such furniture for sale that you can’t find in store!

There will be special items only available at the Orillia and Vaughan locations for the grand opening. But get there early! Doors open on July 25, 2017 at 8 a.m. in Orillia and July 26 at 8 a.m. in Vaughan.

See you there!

Costco is Opening in Vaughan and Orillia

Disclosure: This post is proudly sponsored by Costco Canada and Procter & Gamble Canada. As always, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Don’t Let People Kiss Your Baby

Parents from Iowa are warning others, don’t let people kiss your baby!

When you had your baby, were you paranoid about germs? I remember being extra careful about people watching their hands before touching my babies. Infants are extremely susceptible to germs as their immune system hasn’t had an opportunity to fully develop  Anyone who is ill should not come in contact with an infant whatsoever, let alone touch or even kiss a baby!

Nicole and Shane Sifrit became welcomed their daughter, Mariana about a month ago. A week after their baby girl was born, the couple were married.  Just hours after saying their vows, the couple rushed their week-old daughter to hospital.

Little Mariana had stopped eating, and wasn’t waking up when the couple tried to get her to respond. The medical staff prepared them for the worst.

“It immediately went downhill from there. Within two hours she had quit breathing and all of her organs just started to fail”, Shane said.

Mariana was  diagnosed with Meningitis HSV1, a life-threatening virus carried by someone with the cold sore virus but not necessarily with an open sore. Doctors said it’s likely Mariana contracted it from a kiss, but both parents tested negative for the virus.

The Iowa couple don’t know how their healthy baby contracted the virus, but she could have contracted it from something as simple as a family member or friend kissing her. Without a fully-developed immune system, Mariana would’ve been highly susceptible to infection.

Within hours of being at the University of Iowa hospital, Mariana stopped breathing and her organs started to fail. The baby girl was in intensive care fighting for her life, but her health was quickly “declining” and she “now has no brain activity”.

After being on life support, Nicole announced on her Facebook page that her baby girl passed away.

Nicole Siftrit
Facebook/ Nicole Sifrit

“Keep your babies isolated”, Nicole told WHO TV.

“Don’t let just anyone come visit them. Make sure they are constantly washing their hands. Don’t let people kiss your baby and make sure they ask before they pick up your baby.”

 

 

Hockey Isn’t Just a Sport – It’s Our Life!

Hockey isn’t just a sport for us – it’s a way of life! Both of my boys play competitive hockey, and while our schedules are insane during the school season, we wouldn’t change it for anything.

Hockey has taught my kids about teamwork, discipline, setting and achieving goals, working hard, and striving to excel.  Hockey builds confidence, resilience and inner strength. School and hockey go hand in hand – when kids excel in school, they also do well in hockey and vice versa.

Our hockey journey has been an amazing one so far. My son’s team made it to the provincial finals, and also won the International Silver Stick in their division, which is like the Stanley Cup for minor hockey!

They’ve met Walter Gretzky who came ready with a pen in hand to sign their jerseys. They had a rare opportunity to meet Mike Kitchen and snap pics with the Stanley Cup. My son and I had the privilege of attending a World Cup of Hockey game and meeting superstar Connor McDavid!

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