Merry Merry Christmas!!!

Well...after a long twenty-four hour drive we finally made it to Florida. We are spending a lovely two weeks with my sister's family for Christmas. Nice to get away from the cold and snow...even if it's only for two weeks. I just wanted to wish all my loyal followers a very Merry Christmas!! Wishing everyone all the best for the holidays and hoping that the new year will bring you much joy and happiness. Health and wealth to us all!!

Winner of the FabulousSavings.ca Give-Away!!!



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Thanks to Pamela from FabulousSavings.ca for choosing a winner! I would love to congratulate Cari of Can I get the Recipe? for being my first ever Give-Away winner!!! Hohoho Merry Christmas!! Please send me your full name and address so we can send out your prize. And you never know...it might even come before Christmas! Wouldn't that be fantastic?!

FABULOUS Give-a-way!!!

I am soooOOooo excited!! I am hosting my first ever give-away!! Whoohooo!

I'm so happy to be able to offer something to my loyal followers. FabulousSavings.ca is a fantastic free online coupon and discount site for Canadians and they will be presenting a $50 Walmart Giftcard to one of my Canadian readers. (My apologies to my international followers.)

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3. Become a follower of Screamin' Mama. Please let me know once you follow me.

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This contest will be open for two weeks. Give-away closes by 12pm Tuesday, December 21, 2009. Good luck and happy holidays!!!

All time low!!

I've been crazy busy the last two weeks. My daughter was sick all last week and I had to plan a huge birthday party for my son and daughter this past weekend. Of course all the hard work paid off and the party was a hit. Just look at my cute cupcakes. Check out Fork in Food for my instructions on how to make them.

However, there is a price to pay for success. It's called laundry. Last night when I went up for my shower I realized that I couldn't find any clean underwear! I was too exhausted to run down to the basement (plus it's also where the boogey man lives so I refuse to go down there after dark) so I rummaged through my drawers and what did I find? A swimsuit bottom. Well it looks like underwear and feels like underwear, doesn't it? So I slipped them on after my shower and no one was the wiser.

In fact, I kinda liked wearing them and since I was still too lazy to go down to the basement in the morning, I wore them all day today. It was sorta like wearing a girdle all day. It really did keep my tummy all sucked in...and there were sexy black. Ok...I know...I know...I'm reaching now...so please don't tell anyone...it really was my all time low...

By the way, if you are reading this tonight...stay tuned because tomorrow I am offering a FABULOUS Give-away!!

Christmas Wreath - 10 minute craft

I can't believe I'm already making Christmas crafts. I have to confess the only reason why I'm putting up my Christmas decorations today was because I felt guilty about leaving my Halloween decorations up until yesterday.


As I was digging out all my holiday decorations I came across some things I bought from Michael's and the dollar store. Materials that I was going to use last year but never got the chance to make.


This wreath literally took ten minutes to make and looks great. I just took a grapevine wreath, sprigs of silver holiday sprays and some blue ornaments. I didn't even need glue!


Just cut up the sprigs into smaller portions and insert into the wreath...securing them in between the tight twines of the wreath. Spread out evenly.

After I just hooked the ornaments on with their original hooks and pinched the end to secure them. Voila!! A pretty, sparkly wreath to put on your door.

Happy Halloween!!

I have to admit Halloween is so much fun. I'm sitting here waiting for the first kids to arrive. My kids left about fifteen minutes ago and now I have some peace and quiet.

It was quite chaotic trying to get them out the door. Where are the hats? Are you warm enough? They think they can just run out in a sweatshirt when it's only 6F outside. Go to the washroom! Bag big enough? Where are your friends?

I have to admit I've been laughing more than usual lately. The boys have been perfecting their nerdy behaviour and they have done a pretty funny job at getting it right.

It's has been pretty exhausting though...

I spent three hours Thursday night making cupcakes for the kids' class parties. It's fun decorating but by the end I didn't have any enthusiasm left...I just wanted to finish the job and go to sleep. I won't even show you what the last ones looked like...

Handcrafted T-shirt Tote

I was browsing the Martha Stewart site tonight and came upon instructions on how to make a t-shirt tote. It looked to be super easy so I immediately searched for a t-shirt. Funny but I had a t-shirt exactly like the one on her site. Here is the finished product. It took me literally two minutes to make and looks fabulous.
The only confusing thing about her instructions was how to place the bowl so I've taken a picture of step 2.
I love reusable bags and this is such a great idea. A great way to recycle old t-shirts or ones that no longer fit. Happy sewing!!

Goodbye Victor?!!

I am still in shock...

My friend just sent me a link to CNN...

Victor Newman is no more...

Can you believe that?!!! I've been watching The Young and the Restless since I was twelve...that's almost 28 years!! The Young and the Restless revolves around Victor Newman...his manipulating ways...his love affair with Nikki...and feud with the Abbotts. Mind you I'm not sure which category he falls into...he's certainly not young and is he really restless?

I will most likely continue watching Y&R more out of habit but it will definitely not be the same without the old guy. I don't even like his character but getting rid of Victor would be like getting rid of Katherine Chancellor. It's just unthinkable!

Boo to Sony Executives!!

Here's the link for those interested in what happened to Eric Braeden.

The Sandwich Generation

I've been so busy lately. Hubby is away this entire week so I've been playing single mom. Keeping up with the kids' schedules and my dad's medical tests has left me this week a wee bit tired. It's funny but I had been looking forward to this school year. My baby is finally in grade one...in school the entire day...but instead of having all this free time I have been busy taking my dad for tests and doctor's appointment and I just found out my mom needs cataract surgery. I'm thankful that I am able to be there for them and not have to worry about the dragging the kids along but it's still stressful. My parents are not considered old by modern standards but things come up as they age.

My sister actually referred to us as the sandwich generation...sandwiched by young kids and aging parents. Now we are the ones worrying about everyone else...safety of our children and the health of our parents. Lately I've had quite a few sleepless nights worrying about my dad. Funny how tables have turned since I'm sure he spent many a night staying up worrying about me. I pray that the tests will show that things aren't as serious as they intially seemed to be. I'm hoping my sandwich will be filled with some healthy sweetness and a lot of meat. Enjoyable and memorable.

What's that stench?!!

For the past three days I've been driven from my home by this terrible stench. It started after lunch on Monday and I thought it was the canned Wedding soup I made the kids. I scrubbed the kitchen and threw out all the garbage but I would still catch a whiff once in awhile. The next day it got a bit worse. I searched around looking for stagnant water in my planters. What the heck could it be?!! It killed me that I couldn't figure it out. Finally as I sniffed around on my hands and knees like a hound dog I narrowed it down to my fridge and freezer area. However it wasn't coming from inside...it was outside. Strange. We didn't have mice in the house but I couldn't rule it out. I made my husband pull out the fridge and freezer but we didn't find anything.

This morning the smell literally drove me screaming from the house. Imagine the worse case of bad breath...rotting meat...dead animal...it literally made me light headed and nauseous. I couldn't even function! I ran to Sears to look for a manual since I misplaced mine but all they could recommend was to call a Sears repairman at $100 minimum. As I always say, poor people have to be resourceful so I ran to the closest book store to try to figure out what the heck could be happening to my fridge. No luck there! Not one book! However the saleslady there recommended an appliance parts store so I ran over there hoping to get some free advice. They were so nice and explained that there was nothing that could give my fridge bad breath.

I forced my hubby to pull everything out again and we finally figured out that it was the stagnant water coming from the drip pan. Can you believe that there is no way you can take that thing out to clean!! Two hours later, a cut finger and my body so sore from contorting myself to get to that darn thing. We did our best...I'm hoping that will be the end of it...but will keep my fingers crossed just in case. I really don't want to call the repairman!

Other people's pleasure....

My challenge for the next twelve months is to live a simplier life. I've been really good at walking to school, cooking and eating at home and not buying unneccessary things for our family. Instead I've put my energy into spending my friends' money. It's my new joy.

I haven't stopped walking around the malls or surfing for deals online. Instead I'm shopping for others. I encourage my friends to buy the things that I can't have. If I can't have it then at least I can watch from afar.

I've was pleasantly shocked today when I got my Visa bill and it was way below what we normally spend. I think almost $500 less!! Woohoo!! I'm patting myself on the back but I know it's been only two weeks since I started this challenge. I haven't really been tempted...although after our camping trip last week I've been wanting a camping trailer so bad!

Camping isn't that bad...

This weekend we went camping with five other families. It was a gorgeous weekend and we all had such a great time that we re-booked our camp trip for next year. It's a nice time to bond with our good friends and family. The kids had a fabulous time burning their marshmallows in the fire. I, myself, cringed every time they ate what I called "cancer on a stick" but they gobbled them down like they were the best thing ever.

Seasoned campers might cringe when they see how we camped but for us camping is a chance for the kids to be out in the fresh air and sleep in the tent. My husband complained every time an electrical appliance had to be squeezed into the van...but isn't that the beauty of car camping at a site that offers electricity and water? In went the coffee maker...butane stovetop...electric griddle...rice cooker. I didn't hear him complain whenever we poured him a cup of coffee or as he devoured the Thai curry chicken or slow cooked beef. Check out the food on my blog Fork in Food.

There were a few things I should have brought...
  • I didn't bring my pillow so I had to rest my head on my duffle bag which felt like a block of wood under my head.
  • I really should have brought along earplugs too because the sounds of nature kept me up most of the night. Crickets, frogs and the wind drove me nuts!
  • And a couple pairs of adult diapers because there was no way I was going to walk 5 minutes to the bathroom at 3am! I was forced to stumble to the back of my tent to weewee as tree branches...or I hope they were tree branches...brushed my butt as I did my business.

WoohooOOoooo! School is back tomorrow!!

Well...we had a wonderful weekend before school starts again tomorrow. The men went camping with the boys and the women hung out with the girls. I have to admit it was nice to hang around the girlfriends for a few days. The best part is that with so many willing and able hands there didn't seem to be so much work to do around the house. Dinner was fabulous and since everyone pitched in it seemed effortless. It didn't even seem like work.

Now I am back at home looking at all the camp and weekend gear sitting in the foyer and thinking about all the back to school stuff that I haven't even prepared. It's making me a bit nervous but I think I will be able to survive the first week of school.

My daughter will be going to grade one this year which means I will have almost 6 hours to myself every week day from now on. I'm excited! There are so many possibilities. I've convinced my husband that it's still too early to go back to work but I have a new commitment for the next twelve months.

I am going to live a SIMPLE life.
  • I will not be buying anything that I do not need. I have way too much of everything.
  • I will be de-cluttering our lives of junk.
  • I will be cooking more at home...healthier meals and it will help save $$$.
  • I will walk the kids to school more often. We need to be more physically active.

This is my goal for just one year. I hope it will change the way we live our lives for the better. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can be strong.

Labor Day?!!!

Labor Day Weekend is approaching...fast and furious...and labor is what I did today!! My goodness! I'm sure this is one of the most stressful days of the year. I think it was even more stressful than packing for the 24 hour drive to Florida.

I don't know what my hubby was thinking when he agreed to a Father/Son camp trip with the men. In fact I was actually shocked when I heard that he said he would take ALL three kids camping. I was a bit apprehensive to say the least. We've convinced my daughter not to go and join the women for the weekend instead.

So he agreed to go camping with the men....but I bet you any money it was the women that packed all the clothes...bought all the groceries...and checked off everything on that darn list! I bet I'll be the one loading the van tomorrow morning too!! Darn him!! I dragged the kids with me the entire day running last minute errands. PMS must be looming it's angry head because I was NOT a happy camper having a brood of kids whining and fighting behind me as I grabbed food for THEIR weekend. Absolutely no appreciation!!!

Then I noticed the lawn needed cutting...well...I was in no mood to hear whining from my hubby too so I mowed it too! Fuming the entire time but that's my fault for not mowing it yesterday.

Boy I can't wait for this weekend to start because once I get to my sister's place...I'm not doing anything!! Just going to hang with my girlfriends!!

(Sorry for the rant but I had to vent a bit before I finish up all the packing and head to bed.I know everyone reading this will understand where I am coming from.)

Back to School Denial

I've got a major case of back-to-school denial. Don't get me wrong...I can't wait for the kids to get back to school. Looking forward to it actually but for some odd reason I've been procrastinating. I'm just not in the mood to buy any school supplies...don't even want to look at new clothes or shoes for the school year...haven't even put the kids back on a reasonable bedtime routine.

This summer was strange. Weather was cold. Kids were quiet. Busy with visitors. Summer seemed too short. I'm a bit sad that it's over. Can't really believe it since I'm usually the first one to be jumping for joy at just the mention of the first day of school. Something must be wrong with me...

Week with the girls...ahhhhhhh....

My sisters and I have been trading kids over the summer. I sent my oldest to Florida for six weeks (hallelujah!!) and then my middle son went to Orillia for a week of camp with my other sister's kids(double hallelujah!!). I have been able to breath a little easier over the summer but it's still been quite busy with out of town friends.

This week I have my sister's daughter over and my middle son went home with her. Can I just tell you what a difference it is to have two little girls at home as opposed to any other combination of children such as one girl/one boy or two boys.

I can honestly say I haven't heard a peep out of them all day. They play together all day without an argument or fist fight! Not completely shocking because my sisters and I played relatively well together when we were young. I wouldn't mind keeping my niece for another week but I don't think my sister would agree since that would mean she would be stuck with the boys. She has already got dibs for the girls for next year. I'm going to catch up on housework and sleep this week and treat the girls to some special activities...to be determined...

It just so happens that my husband has a business trip for two days this week but will I be doing the usual complaining? Nope.

Long Live Chubby!!!

Hooray! I just read some fantastic news today!

A Japanese study declared that "People who are a little overweight at age 40 live six to seven years longer than very thin people, whose average life expectancy was shorter by some five years than that of obese people, the study found".

Hehe...I'm forty...I'm chubby AND now I can be proud of it!! I should print this out and frame it in my kitchen.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they aren't actually comparing chubby people to those that are sickly and ill such as those suffering from anorexia or terminal illnesses 'cause you don't need a study to tell me that I'm going to live longer than them.

Well...gotta go...I'm skipping over to Costco now and scarf down a hotdog and fries...and feel good knowing that I'm going to outlive those skinny, minny skeletal models and super stars. ;0)

By the way, here is the link just in case you don't believe me.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/090619/health/health_japan_lifestyle_weight

Middle Child = Trouble

So...I thought that by getting rid of my oldest son for the summer would bring me some peace. Two kids MUST be easier than three, right? Wrong! Not when you are talking about my kids.

It's been a week and a half since I shipped him off and I can't believe that I've been busier than ever. I have discovered that all the trouble lies on my second son. He's the middle child so he plays, or should I say fights with my oldest son AND my youngest daughter. I haven't had a quiet day yet!

He loves to annoy and bother my daughter who cries and whines at the slightest thing. The other day I was literally at the end of my stick and I threatened them saying if they continued with the drama that "this stick would be their bums' best friend". As soon as that spewed out of my mouth I almost burst out laughing so I turned abruptly and left the room before they noticed the huge grin on my face. It worked for about two hours before they started the theatrics again. I'm running out tomorrow for some earplugs!!

Summer Screamin'

Ok...so the kids have been off school for about a week and a half. God help me!! If I thought I could seriously stop screamin' when I turned forty then I was seriously wrong. If anything I think I am worse! Stuck with each other for about 16 hours a day is going to result in me having a mental breakdown....in fact...a nice padded room with the sound of silence sounds pretty inviting right about now.

Honestly I don't remember fighting or annoying my sisters all day when I was a child. Why do mine feel like they need to torment each other for fun and in turn drive me absolutely mad.

My oldest son will be leaving for Florida for six weeks to "help" his auntie with her three little ones. I'm sure he will have a great time and hopefully there will be some peace while he is gone. I'm hoping that by the time he comes home, he and his sibling will have realized that they actually love and miss having each other around. Miraculously even become best friends.

Um...please don't burst my bubble...I'm going to continue with this fantasy until he actually returns...

End of the "Ten Pound Challenge"

Can you guess I didn't reach my "Ten Pound Challenge"? If you follow Fork in Food you'll know that all I've been doing this month is eat and eat and eat!! Hey you only turn forty once, right? So I milked it for all I had...and more...

The "I'm turning forty" excuse was fabulous!! All I had to do was say that and I could do no wrong! I got to go away for two weekends alone without kids and hubby and that has never happened before. I also got to go out with my friends all month without any complaints. I even bought myself things that I would never have bought but all in the name of FORTY!!

Forty is FABULOUS so far!! Can't wait to see if the next eleven months is as much fun. I have to say that so far this has been the best birthday EVER!!

(By the way, I still managed to lose four pounds even with all that eating. )

They ALL know me so well...

I'm still in celebration mode...there's still one more birthday celebration to go...another group of friends are taking me to Grove City, PA to go outlet shopping. It's about 5 hours away and I'm so excited to have another weekend away without hubby and kids. It's such a nice break and when I come back I feel so refreshed...actually...not really...more likely I will be exhausted from all the shopping and eating.

I was actually surprised that I received gifts from friends and family this year since we have done away with gift giving and just opt to eat our money away instead. I guess since it's such a momentous occasion they wanted to mark it with items that I might use as I stubble over that hill.

There seems to be a theme among the gifts.

Food is the first one. In addition to buying me dinners and lunches at my favourite restaurants I have also gotten a Martha Stewart Cupcakes book. I guess sweet tooth and weakness for pretty cupcakes is quite obvious.


AND I guess because of my love for eating they are also hinting that I am in need for excercise! I received a gift certificate to Lululemon, a very pricey chain catering to yoga wear. I'm a practical person so instead of clothing that might wear out or outgrow (hopefully not) I bought myself a pretty gym bag(I hope)...or more likely a travel bag. Love the pink!

I also got a Fitness Ball kit. Hopefully this will motivate me to excercise more.

I'm not doing so well with my "Ten Pound Challenge". Happy that I haven't gained weight but sad that I haven't lost any. Now that pool season has started I hope that all the swimming and physical work in the garden will help shed some much needed pounds.

Goodbye thirty-something...hello f@$%!!

Haha I couldn't resist posting part of my scrapbook page that I made for my friend's 40th birthday in March. We had so much fun teasing him about his wrinkles and white hair...he doesn't really have any...but now it's finally my turn and ain't not so funny. Today's my last day in the thirties...hitting that dreaded milestone year tomorrow. I'm not too sure I'm ready...but ready or not here I come...

It been a great build up to my birthday so far. My friends and I have been celebrating all month. In fact most of us will be turning f$&% this year too and we are making it a year long celebration. At the end of the month another bunch of us are taking three days to go shopping in Grove City, PA. Can't wait!! Hehehe...eating, shopping and more eating. Isn't that the best?

I still really can't believe I'm going to be forty tomorrow. I'm not expecting much tomorrow since my hubby is away on business. I'm sure it will be just like any other day. The kids even have an 8am dentist appointment so I don't even get to sleep in!

When I was young I remember thinking how forty was so old and now I'm thinking I still feel so young. I'm hoping that this will be a new start. Hmmm....perhaps I should make some " New Decade Resolutions" like:

  • de-clutter and simply my life

  • start eating healthier

  • make an effort to excercise

  • smile/laugh more

  • ensure I get some "me" time once a week

  • stop being such a Screamin' Mama

Hopefully these won't be like New Year's Resolutions which are broken the very next day. I'm going into the next half of my life with tons of experience and hopefully I won't make the same kind of mistakes as I did before. Live life and experience joy! That's my new motto!

Stretched out tummy...

Well...it's been three days since my weekend of eating and shopping and more eating...

Can three days of eating really stretch my tummy out enough to make it so big to make me feel hungry? Can that explain why my mouth feels empty and my tummy grumbling? After having all that good food it's so hard to go back into diet mode. My body is craving cheesecake! My tongue longs for chocolate! My eyes search for something sweet or salty...and my brain is crying because it can't control my hands as it shoves everything bad into my mouth. What is going on!!

I've lost all self control. The weekend is coming and buffet lunches and birthday dinners will be tempting me with all things fatty and delicious. I need some duct tape for my mouth and a blindfold for my eyes. How am I going to win my "Ten Pound Challenge"!! BooOooo hooOoooo!!

Too old to party?

I'm back from a weekend full of shopping and eating. I am totally exhausted!! I could barely function today but it was a birthday celebration that I will never forget. It was the best birthday EVER!!

We left early Saturday morning for Buffalo and didn't get to our hotel until 11pm!! We were so tired but wired from a great dinner and amazing deals. We hit the outlet mall first and spent only four hours there and then rushed to meet the group for dinner at The Cheesecake Factory...after dinner we were keen to hit Target since it closes at 10pm. My girlfriend was looking for some Turkey Spam so we decided to try our luck at Tops which never closes.
We staggered back to the hotel by 11pm but still stayed up until almost 1am chatting and giggling like school girls. We got up early to hit Target and the mall again and then back to the outlet mall. We wanted to be home early but as we approached the border we were shocked at the line up. It would have been at least a two hour wait. We decided to ramp off and have dinner before heading home. Ponderosa was the restaurant of choice...brought back fond memories of my childhood since there are no longer any in Toronto. After dinner we headed to Target to walk off that bloated feeling everyone had and to kill another hour before daring to go back to the border. We didn't get home until 11pm.

It was my first time away from the hubby and kids ever! It was definitely strange not having to worry about anyone else...thinking about what the kids might like to eat...nice to do whatever we wanted without a schedule.

So much fun that we are thinking about making this an annual trip. It's funny when we were in our twenties a great time meant eating out and then dancing 'til the wee hours of the night. Now we get our pleasure from eating and getting the best deals. Whatever makes you happy, right? Well below is what made me so happy for under $200!!!
Five pairs of running shoes for the whole family, pair of jeans, welcome mat, towel rack, two towels, variety of Goldfish crackers, three cans of tennis balls, and a huge bag of soaps and air fresheners from Bath and Body Works.

"Ten Pound Challenge" Challenge

So I'm doing this "Ten Pound Challenge" with my sister this month and I'm really keen to lose the weight...really I am...but I realized that I'm setting myself up for failure!! I didn't realize when making this pact that June is my birthday month...I'm turning 40 this month (I have at least three birthday celebrations planned already)...and there's Father's Day (which we celebrate at least twice for my dad and my father-in-law)...and my nephew's one month party...it's a WHOLE lot of eating!

My birthday celebration is actually starting tomorrow. I'm so excited! My birthday is June 18th but ten of my closest friends are taking me to Buffalo for the weekend so that we can eat at The Cheesecake Factory. It's my favourite. It's funny because we never get a chance to eat the cheesecake because we are so full after our entrees. However, I will definitely have to force myself to have a slice of that creamy, rich cheesecake with the heavenly whipped cream this time since it's for my birthday.

It's also the first time in twelve years that I've vacationed without my husband or kids. I'm almost giddy just thinking about it. Most of my friends are those I've known since University so it'll be like old times...hanging out...shopping...and eating...I'm so glad I'm surrounded by such wonderful friends! Love them so much and I can't wait to spend some quality time with them.

Back to my challenge, I know I am setting myself up for disappointment at the end of the month when I step on that horrid scale but I promise to eat healthier and watch my calories when I'm not out celebrating. Keeping my fingers crossed that I will lose some weight rather than gain.

Snap Crackle Pop!

Snap, crackle, pop!! Those are the sounds of my body as I try to whip myself into shape during my Ten Pound Challenge. Gosh golly gee I'm not THAT old am I? Almost 40? My muscles are feeling like old elastic bands...just about ready to snap and my joints are making these weird clicking noises as I try to shape and tone my arms. How embarrassing! I don't know what's worse...that or my bra strap snapping every time I do an arm lift.

My goodness I don't know how my body became so darn old and tired. My problem was that I thought my housewife shuffle plus all the other physical labour around the house like carrying laundry up three flights of stairs, mowing the lawn or wiping down the floors was enough to keep me in shape. Why not!! Doesn't pushing that darn lawn mower make me sweat like a hog? Or pulling the weeds cause my thighs burn? Why does it have to be so hard...

Day 2 Ten Pound Challenge

I've been trying to be strong today and resist any kind of junk food. It was easy because the boys were in school all day and my daughter had a playdate. I have to admit that I had a big breakfast with my girlfriend but I figured I have all day to burn it off. Greek salad for lunch and half a cup of yogurt with organic cereal. I was surprised that it was quite filling and pretty satisfying.

Dinner is always a challenge especially if I am low carbing. The kids and hubby NEED some kind of carb such as rice or pasta to go with their protein. That's the problem with the Chinese culture...you need to eat rice! When I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes which needed to be controlled with diet. I was only allowed one cup of rice per meal...that's like telling an Italian girl to only have one cup of spaghetti with her pasta sauce. It's soooOOooo hard!


I also started using my magic bullet today. I ground some flaxseed and then threw in some frozen blueberries, mango, pineapple, and vanilla soy milk. It's yummy and a healthy filling snack.

Ten Pound Challenge!!!

I'm baaaAAaack!! I've been so busy since my grandmother's passing and not really in the mood to blog but I thought I would just jump right back into things.

It's been a rough couple of weeks. As I've mentioned before I'm a BIG crybaby so it's been an emotional rollercoaster this last week or so. My problem is that when I am sad like that I tend to seek out sweet things to take away the saltiness of the tears. What does that mean? Well...I stepped on the scale on the weekend and was horrified that I gained another five pounds. My uncle passed away last month and I had gained five pounds so now I am ten pounds heavier. Summer is right around the corner and pool season is less than a month away. Yikes!!!

So my sister and I have decided to have our very own "Ten Pound Challenge". We are going to try to lose five to ten pounds by the end of June. I know it's probably not too healthy to lose so much weight in such a short amount of time but it's worth a try. I know I won't be able to function doing those fad diets so I'm just going to try to eat healthier and cut out all the junk food. Low carbing for dinner usually works for me and since the weather is warming up I can walk the kids to school in the mornings.

I'm going to try to incorporate some excercises into my day and I'm going to call it the "Housewife Workout".
  • Every time I run up the stairs I will do ten push up off the stairs before going up.
  • While brushing my teeth or standing at the sink I will do standing crunches...I got that from watching a commercial for Hip Hop Abs.
  • Anytime I am standing idly by I can do some butt crunches.
  • While watching tv I will do leg lifts or arm excercises.

I'm going to try to drink more water and eat more fibre. Fibre is a great way to get all that food moving through your body.

Keeping my fingers crossed that I will have the self control to do this. The incentive is that if we can lose this extra weight then we will treat ourselves out for a day without the kids. Just the thought of that is making me feel like going for a jog or doing some extra tummy crunches!

Tribute to my beloved Grandmother

Wonderful Mother,
Grandmother,
Great Grandmother.
She was so loved.

Happy,
Strong,
Independant.
She will be remembered.

Loved,
Cared,
Respected.
She was surrounded.

Grateful,
Thankful,
Fortunate.
She is missed.

Full of life we will remember her and thankful that she had such a peaceful passing without pain or suffering.

Are You serious?!!

Someone up there has one cruel sense of humour! This year has been a year of colds, flus and everything in between AND they all seem to happen whenever my husband has a business trip. This week was supposed to be quiet...nothing too much planned and then my husband sprang the news that he had to go to Ottawa today and tomorrow. He told us on Monday and then lo and behold...Andrew, son #1, gets the flu on Tuesday. What the heck!!

It must be payback for admitting in one of my previous posts that I actually enjoy the time when he's away. I don't have to stress about dinner 'cause grilled cheese sandwiches would be a quick and easy dinner for me and the kids...and I can usually get the kids in their rooms and asleep by 9:30 (when he's home for some reason or other they don't seem to get upstairs until 10pm!).

Now Andrew is a nightmare when he's sick...he likes to over dramatize everything...he cries because he feels dizzy...imagines that he's got some deadly disease...moans and groans with every little ache. I guess he's learning early...isn't that how every man reacts as soon as he gets the sniffles? My husband is the same way! I love how he can take a day off from work and then really work it at home...staying in bed all day...sleeping...moaning "Can you make me some soup?", "Can you get me some Advil?" Can you wipe my a**? Sorry I couldn't help but add that! But isn't it true? Big babies!!

When we get sick can we lie in bed all day? My hubby just says "Awww....hope you feel better" as he rushes out the door. I have to throw a bottle of Advil in my bag as I run around getting the kids ready for school, drive them to school and carry on with my day. I remember once when I had a wicked case of Strep throat...I lay on the couch for three days and threw Cheerios at the kids all day until hubby got home. Wouldn't it be nice if we were able to lie in bed... recuperate...rest...and recharge? I can't imagine!

2009 Mother of the Year!!!

Imagine my surprise when I found out that I had won 2009 Mother of the Year!! I didn't even realize that I received this award until my beloved cousin sent me this link:

2009 Mother of the Year Award!!!

Check it out!!

It's just so nice to be recognized and appreciated! I want to thank all my fans who have nominated me for this award. It's nice to know that others see the hard work that goes with the "Mom" title. I feel like I've been a mommy forever...almost a quarter of my life...so it's just wonderful that I've been given such an astounding award. I want to thank all the little people that have made this award possible. Andrew, Evan and Keira. If it weren't for them I wouldn't even be a mom. I would love to share this with all my fellow mommies out there and I hope they have had an amazing day too!

Calgon...take me away...

When I was little there was a commercial of a very frazzled woman...probably a mother and housewife.... who shouts in a moment of exasperation "Calgon take me away!!"

Next scene...she's lying in her tub with a look of peace and joy.

Where the heck can I get me some of that!! I don't know if it's PMS...menopause...or caffeine withdrawl...but I have this bubbling feeling of frustration all day...I'm annoyed at everything! I feel like I'm going to explode at any moment.

Now even if I knew where to get me some of that Calgon stuff I know that peace and quiet would be impossible in this household. If I even try to walk into the bathroom and internal alarm must go off inside all my kids. As soon as my tushie hits my porcelain throne someone is pounding on the door. Seriously I have not been able to p** in peace in over 10 years! If I try to take a longer shower than my allotted two minutes the kids are screaming for me to hurry up! I won't even dream about taking a bath because once they discover that I'm in the tub someone will be trying to climb in with me. I wonder if anyone has ever built a soundproof bathroom...I would hide in there and seek refuge...

Now if only I could just bottle that feeling of peace and joy like Calgon promotes...and I don't mean using drugs or alcohol...I would be a millionaire! Take a whiff and peace washes over you...dab some behind your ear and you are good to go for the rest of the day.

No More Tears...

I wrote the following post for "Reclaiming the Woman Within" and wanted to share this with my followers too.

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I watched "17 Again" last weekend with the kids and actually thought it was quite amusing. It made me cry so it moved me at least...but that's my problem...I cry at the drop of a hat.

Last year I watched The Bucket List and bawled for another ten minutes into my pillow. Grey's Anatomy makes me cry every single week! Tell me a sad story from your youth and I'll tear up. I just can't control my emotions! I wear my heart on my sleeve. If I'm happy, sad, mad...you can see it on my face and hear it my voice.

My mother on the other hand does not cry. Her brother passed away two weeks ago and I didn't see her shed a single tear. Me on the other hand was sobbing uncontrollably. I asked her a week after the funeral how she was able to maintain her composure. She told me that she felt sad but there were no tears. She then opened up to me about the time when her mother left China to come to Canada. My mother is a very private person...she rarely tells us about her childhood or about her mother.

She started to tell me about that day when she was at the airport saying goodbye to her mother. She wasn't able to come to Canada because she was 24 and too old to be sponsored. She didn't know when the next time she would see her mother again. She had never been separated from her mother before. They had slept together every night as long as she could remember. She described how they went to the roof of the airport to watch the plane take-off. It was when the engines started that the flood gates opened and she sobbed and sobbed so hard that there were no cries. I'm crying by now because I know what happens next...her mother's plane crashed that night into Mt. Fuji and she never saw her mother again until she arrived in Canada for the funeral. From my aunt I had heard that she didn't cry at the funeral. My mother says she has no more tears...they are all gone...she feels very sad but there are no tears.

I used to wish that I could control my emotions and not cry so much but now after hearing this story from my mother I pray that I will never have to experience anything close to what she has experienced. No one should. I'm lucky that in my almost 40 years I've never had to endure any kind of hardship that I can remember. I was badly scalded when I was two but I have no memory of that. I admire the strength of all those that have lived through these kind of tragic circumstances because even after reading this excerpt over and over I still cry.

She's a big girl now!

I've been a very very bad mommy...I've let our daughter sleep with us from the very first day home from the hospital. Being an exhausted mommy of three it was just so much easier to have her next to me...that way I didn't have to get out of my warm bed to get her in the middle of night. In the end I breastfed her the longest...over two years...more of a convenience to me than a benefit for her.

Last night as she lay in our bed she exclaimed to her daddy that she wanted him to take her to her own bed. I was surprised because she has never asked and I've never insisted. We would occasionally bring her to her own bed once she was asleep but she has never willingly lay in her own bed and fallen asleep by herself. I was shocked. I guess my little baby is growing up....sniff...sniff...

I'm going to miss snuggling with her but I guess it's time to let go. She is FIVE after all...she's no longer mommy's baby...she's a big girl now.

Springtime Surprise!


I've been so wrapped up with family things the last two weeks that I didn't even notice what was going on around me. I was so surprised when I walked around the house and found so many tulips had bloomed. It certainly cheered up my afternoon. The tulips were inherited from the previous homeowner and they were avid gardeners. I mistakenly pulled everything out of the garden the first spring after we moved in. I bet I pulled out hundreds of dollars of perennials. Booo hooOoooo! My neighbours used to say how our home USED to be the best landscaped house in the neighbourhood...um...until we moved in....
Can't wait to get my hands dirty and start my gardening. It's a great way to escape and just concentrate on turning the dirt and watching new life start. I can't say what my garden will look like in the summer but it's the most beautiful in the spring.

Paying Tribute

We lost one of my favourite uncles yesterday after a brief fight with cancer. I wasn't sure how I would honour his memory...but I thought I might write a few words to tell the world how much he meant to me.

Fourth Uncle was a gentle and kind soul. He cherished family and even though I was a part of his extended family, he always made me feel included. Never would he hesitate to invite me to stay for dinner or to join their family gatherings. I could see how he loved to be surrounded by his family....his eyes would light up when we brought the babies around to say hello and he always insisted on carrying them.

A generous man who could never say no if asked. Thoughtful that he never forgot to send a laysee (red pocket with money) for our birthdays or Christmas. My earliest memories of him was when we were little we would visit him at his store and he would march us to the front and buy us this little box of rice candy that included a toy (similar to a Kindersurprise). We didn't have much when we were growing up and this was a big treat. We really cherished those little toys and this Uncle that made us feel so special.

Most of all I will always remember his smile and how he made me feel special whenever I came to say hello. He always called me by my name and asked me how I was doing. And even on my last visit, when he was so weak he still managed to look at my sister and I and smile and acknowledge our presence.

He really will be missed. I am so thankful that he was a part of my life.

Happy Easter!

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Easter. We've been non-stop eating this weekend. We went to a friend's house for dinner yesterday and I made these cute cupcakes for the kids. I've posted a quick tutorial on how to make them on Fork in Food. They are so easy!

Gotta go now! We are off for a quick lunch with my in-laws! More eating....

Reclaiming the Woman Within

Sorry for the lack of love...but I'm still stuffing my face with my girlfriend from Florida. Yesterday she had five meals...the last one with me when we ran out at 9:30pm to hunt down a large red bean slush. We hit three different places before we could satisfy her craving. I'm still documenting our meals at Fork in Food.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand...I received an email yesterday from The Obnoxious SAHM asking me to contribute to her newest blog, Reclaiming the Woman Within. I'm so happy that she thinks I'm worthy of this honour.

I gave it a lot of thought and flashed her the thumbs up. It's a BIG year for me, turning 40 and all, so I thought it would be appropriate to contribute to this blog and share my journey to find the woman that I am.

Moms on Oprah

I am watching Oprah right now...as I am typing...and today she has different moms around the country confessing their dirty mothering secrets...like making their kids an entire lunch out of snacks from their car or the mother that didn't want to wake her kids during a long drive and pulled out a diaper and peed into it. I think that is so funny!

I've never gotten to that point THANK GOODNESS but I admit that I, myself, feel inadequate most of the time. There just isn't enough time in the day to do everything and stay sane. I need some time to myself! I remember when the kids were babies I didn't have time to take care of myself...my house looked like a tornado hit it...and some days it still does.

Thank goodness this blogging thing has really been a lifesaver. I've met other moms that are in the same boat and it makes me feel like I'm ok. Last week my daughter asked "Who do you love more? Your laptop or your kids?" I said "Ummmmm....you guys of course...." but what I didn't say was "but my laptop doesn't whine, cry or scream...it listens to me...doesn't talk back...does what I tell it to...and so on..."

Moody Monday


I can't believe it's been almost a week since my last post. It's been crazy around here! Look at the weather today!! It was ugly this morning!! Wet snow and wind. Who knew that this could happen in April.
I've been so busy getting ready for my girlfriend's visit. She is here from Florida and we have been on an eating binge since her arrival. You can see where we've been and eaten so far on Fork in Food.

The kids have also been home since Friday and they are home "sick" today. It's probably from the late night on Saturday when my friends came over for potluck poker but it ended up as just eating...eating...and more eating... The kids were up way past midnight and then up early on Sunday. I am also feeling pretty tired so it wasn't a tough decision to let the kids stay home today....although...as the noise level rises the more inclined I am to send them back to school in the afternoon.

Wordless Wednesday - When the kids get your camera

Today's post was inspired by one of my favourite blogs, FaithChick. She takes part in Wordless Wednesday and today she posted pictures taken by her kids. It reminded me of a photo my eldest son took last year.

Here is the background information about his picture. It was my 2nd son's 8th and my daughter's 5th birthday party. I made a castle for the cake and to make it more boyish I took some of my son's toy soldiers and placed them around the princess...protecting her.

Well...while I was busy preparing for the party son #1 must have grabbed my camera and took some photos. It wasn't until I downloaded the pictures after the party that I came across his photo.

A picture says a thousand words....I was speechless...



Happy 2nd Birthday Savannah!

It was my niece's 2nd birthday yesterday and she specifically asked if I could make doggy cupcakes. She's a pretty bright little girl and can say so many words already. How could I refuse!
My sister lives out of town so I volunteered my house for the party. The food was great and the cupcakes were a hit. I'm pretty exhausted today...it must be that bug from last week...still haven't shaken it yet.

p.s there's a tutorial on how to make these cupcakes if you are interested on Fork in Food.

Coupons Coupons COUPONS!!!


I am a major bargoon hunter! I love coupons!! I look forward to the Saturday newspaper so I can go through all the flyers and clip coupons. Today I needed to run to the grocery store to pick up a few things and I thought I better check my coupons and redeem before they expire.

Here is what I got for FREE! Two Glade Plug-Ins Scented Oil air fresheners, two Pledge Multi Surface Spray, two Yoplait Yoptimal Yogourts and one Wisp Flameless Candle.

Whew!! WELL...I managed to get $44.67 after taxes worth of stuff for FREE!! They weren't buy one get one for free or gift with purchase...they were "get this thing completely free". I was practically skipping out of the store.

Sick and tired...

Sorry...I haven't been blogging the past couple of days here...I've literally been sick AND tired. I think the lack of sleep from the overconsumption of caffeine over the weekend killed me this week.

Monday was brutal since it was the first day back from March Break. Late nights and lack of parental responsibility meant that Monday morning was a huge rush to get homework that hadn't been done all week finished and forcefeeding sleepy heads that didn't want to eat their breakfast. On top of that I had "crazy monkeys eating my brain" (borrowed that phrase from one of my favourite bloggers Andy) ALL DAY LONG. I could barely keep my eyes open all day and had to pop Advils every four hours just function.

Tuesday was much of the same. I literally could not keep my eyes open and had to convince my daughter to take an afternoon nap with me. Didn't make things better and woke up with a worse headache than before. Luckily I still had leftovers from the party and didn't have to cook.

Did I mention that my husband is away again this week? Figures that sickness always coincides with his trips. Feeling better today. Thought about doing "Wordless Wednesday" but felt guilty that it was becoming a "Wordless Week".

Honey I WRECKED the Kids


I was shopping this afternoon and came upon this book. The title alone made me stop and take a second look. "Honey I WRECKED the kids...When yelling, screaming, threats, bribes, time-outs, sticker charts and removing privileges all don't work." I felt like it was directed right at me. I'm going to snuggle into bed and start reading this tonight. If the author, Alyson Schafer, has some cure for me..."Screamin' Mama"...then I'm going to at least try it.

I have met Alyson Schafer before...we had been on a home reno/family therapy show and they asked her to come and give us some tips on getting my daughter to sleep in her own bed. I loved her...she was so funny and had some great tips. I have a feeling this book is going to be full of humour and amazing ways to fix my kids and me.

Family Birthday Party

So...my son turned 10 this week. I usually throw a family dinner/lunch when my kids have a birthday. I think there were about 27 of us for dinner...and the kids outnumber the adults. I love entertaining but it usually leaves me so exhausted. I've been non-stop today...shopping, cooking, cleaning...I could barely walk by the time everyone left. I forced myself to put away all the food and now I'm sitting in bed chatting with you.

It takes some planning but I usually have a main meat dish and then a ton of side dishes. The star of the evening was the prime rib roast. It's the rave...my dad makes the best gravy. I couldn't decide what kind of cake to make since turning 10 means no more power rangers or army men decorations. I decided at the last minute to make faces on my cupcakes. It's not my best work but I think pretty good for last minute.

My son said it was the best birthday ever! I'm glad. It makes all the work worth it.


Another Award!!

I'm so happy that Tanielle gave me this awesome Kreativ Award. Thanks. I'm so grateful that people enjoy reading my blog. Tanielle's blog is The Polka Dot Daisy and she makes the cutest crafts. Check her out!!
The rules of this award are to tell seven things I love and pass it on to seven bloggers I love.

Here goes...

1. I ♥ eating out.
2. I ♥ my computer.
3. I ♥ potluck poker nights.
4. I ♥ The Young and the Restless.
5. I ♥ craft books.
6. I ♥ a bargoon.
7. I ♥ my family and friends.


Now to pass it on...


1. Anna at Spoon it On
2. Cate at Cate's Plate
3. Veronica Lee at Of Mice and RaMen
4. The Obnoxious SAHM
5. Mother Mayhem
6. Simoney at Great Fun 4 Kids


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I love all my bloggy friends and it was so hard to pick just seven. I promise to share more love next time.

Earrings - Giveaway


Hi everyone!


A friend of a friend of mine is having a give-away on her Etsy site. I thought I would share it with all of my friends here in the blogosphere.

Here are the details of the give-away on her site... http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5592866

It's about that time of year where I'm trying to think of a fun way to celebrate my 1 year Etsy-versary. So the first thing I've come up with is a giveaway contest!! Who doesn't like (practically) free stuff?

Here is what is up for grabs:

in monotone earrings:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_1&listing_id=18256265

OR cate earrings:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18295886

WHAT you need to do:

Come up with a commentary of the earrings that you'd like to win. Don't be shy! Convo me with it OR if you're not an Etsy member yet (you really should join though! it's fast and easy)email me at supervonbon [!at] hotmail.com and the winning entry will be picked by me and their story used as my new description for that item! The earrings will be packaged and sent to you for your creative efforts!

Please send your entries by: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th.

Good luck everyone!!

First born hits 10!!


I can't believe I'm the mother of a 10 year old! In fact I can't believe I'm the mother of 3...or the slave to 4...chef, gardener, chauffeur, or toilet scrubber. Who am I? How the heck did I get here! It wasn't long ago when I could do whatever I wanted...whenever I wanted...answered to no one...

Well...today is a milestone...I told the grocery clerk that it was my son's 10th birthday today. She asked me "What was it like 10 years ago?" I told her I was alot free-er. Hahaha...she said she meant what was the weather like 10 years ago. Then my sister piped in and said "She was in alot of pain 10 years ago" Har har har...yeah...the pain started 10 years ago alright...and it hasn't stopped yet!!

Spring Break - Day 3


It's day 3 of March Break. It was a rough start getting out of the house this morning to get to my sister's place. We are staying overnight so we rushed to finish our packing this morning but of course as we headed out the door it was the usual chaos..."Where's the charger for my DS?", "I forgot my book", "I need a driiiiiink!" After much screaming I was able to get the kids into the car and off we went for our mini vacation.
It was a gorgeous day and as you can see from the pictures warm enough for the kids to run around in their t-shirts on top of the mountain of snow in front of the house. They had a great time pretending to mine for diamonds as they chipped away at the "mountain".

March Break...Day 2

March Break day 2 was pretty much uneventful. There were five kids instead of the usual three because I promised my friend that I would watch her kids while she was at school. It's actually nice because they keep each other company and I don't see them for most of the day except to pour drinks and serve food.

Food is the most stressful part of my day. It's hard enough catering to the food preferences of three kids...try five...I made sure I had plenty of snacks just in case my main meal was a flop. Well...all I can say is that I ended up inventing a delicious new dish today completely be accident. I screwed up the frozen pizza!! You may wonder how I did that...read my food blog Fork in Food to get all the details.

My first blogging award!

Friday I picked up a penny hoping that all that day I would have good luck. The Super 7 draw for $15M was that night...was very disappointed that I didn't win...boo hoo.

But then on Sunday, The Obnoxious SAHM, featured me in her Sunday Spotlight and I was on cloud nine all day. I really felt the love!!

And then today one of my favourite blogs, OF MICE AND raMEN, presented me with her "I heart your blog" award. Check her out! She has some of the cutest, funniest, strangest pictures I've ever seen. I heart her too!!

Spring Break Madness

It's Monday morning...kids are still home...it's Spring Break...help! I haven't made any plans this year. Recessionary times means watching our pennies so we are going to relax and hang out at home. We will be visiting my sister for two days...without hubby...so they can play with the cousins. I'm hoping that I will be able to keep my sanity after all this is over.

This is the expression I got when I told my friend that I had nothing planned with the kids for Spring Break except hanging out at home...EXACTLY!!

BTW, thank you to The Obnoxious SAHM and to everyone who came by yesterday. I received a lot of love and can't wait to get to know some of my new friends.



Spring Break Pain Relief


I went to Costco this morning to do some returns and all I left with was this king-sized bottle of Ibuprofen. Spring Break is next week...including this weekend it will be 9 whole days with the kids. 24/7. I know that with all the fighting, screaming, crying, whining and shouting I will be popping these babies like they are candy.
Hmmm...on second thought maybe I should have picked up the Extra Strength instead.

Sunday Spotlight is on me!!!

I can't believe someone actually reads my blog! I just started a month ago and thought I was just "talking" to myself. I was so surprised and touched that "The Obnoxious SAHM" gave me her Sunday Spotlight. Thank you so much. You've made me feel so validated. I know I'm not the only one out there that's struggling to be the perfect mother, wife, sister, and friend. Together we can support each other in the most important job in our lives.

I've posted my Sunday Spotlight Award over to the right. You can click on that to check out "The Obnoxious SAHM". She makes me laugh and that's why I love her!

Watch out Paris Hilton!!


My daughter came up behind me last night and she was all decked out in her bling and designer Kitty bag. I couldn't help but laugh. It was so cute. Cute for her age. She's only five. BUT if she likes all those things now will it only get worse? I hope not...my wallet isn't big enough. Right now she doesn't mind wearing hand-me downs from her big "sisters" but I dread the day when she starts dictating what she wears or will not wear .

AND look how comfortable she is on the phone!! We'll be fighting for time soon! I'm not looking forward to that either!

What a cluttered life we lead...

I am so sick of the mess that we live in!! Today my son was sick which meant that I was stuck at home. I've been meaning to de-clutter so I thought I would tackle our family room. I emptied just TWO of their many toyboxes and this is what it looked like. My problem is that I don't know where to begin. There are millions of game pieces of games long lost. What I cannot seem to do is to throw these pieces away. I feel bad that I will be filling our garbage dump with so much plastic and I can't give them to Goodwill because there isn't a complete set of anything. I have collected all these little pieces and hope that I can make something crafty with them one day. Stay tuned and hopefully I will come up with something....

Turning F%@#

Alright...the season has started...the year has begun...a milestone year. I really can't believe it myself but it is true. I'm turning FORTY this year!! Most of my friends will be turning forty too and last night was the first and certainly not last of the parties.


Forty is almost like the ultimate f-word. It's the beginning of the end. Is this the turning of the tides? At twenty your whole life is ahead of you...now at forty it's the beginning of the end. We look back at our lives and think about what we've accomplished...where we've been and kick ourselves about the regrets.


I used to think forty was old. When I looked at my parents and thought about how old they were...at forty. Oprah says that fifty is the new forty. I would like to think that too NOW that I am forty. I don't feel old...not until those stray white hairs come peeking through...or when I'm yawning at 10pm...or walking up the stairs makes me reach for my puffers...or when I look at the mirror and see all the wrinkles around my eyes. Can someone shoot me now?


I'm kidding...as I turn forty, not for another couple months, I'm going to go into this with a brave and optimistic attitude...'cause I really don't feel forty...honestly I don't. I am not going to act forty. And I am certainly not going to let people treat me like I'm forty...whatever that means.


Anyway, I worked on a scrapbook for my dear friend of twenty years and I've posted some of the more humorous pages about turning the big 4-0.

25 Random things about me....

I was tagged by Tanielle this afternoon about confessions...but I thought this might give a better insight into me. If you decide to do this please comment back so I can read yours too!

1. I’m easily addicted to things.
2. I love all things FREE.
3. I spend most of my day on the computer and tv. We have 6 Tvs and 4 computers.
4. If I’m home ,I can watch Y&R three times a day.
5. I have a very bad temper.
6. I love all techie gadgets.
7. I can’t resist buying craft books but never have time to make anything.
8. I download music but I don’t really listen to it.
9. I love eating out because I’m not a very good cook.
10. It’s so hard to throw anything out or give anything away.
11. I like having an afternoon nap.
12. Officially, I’ve only worked full-time three years in my entire life in Canada.
13. I have frying pans for big toes.
14. I’m afraid of the dark.
15. I think I’m turning Guyanese.
16. I’m superstitious.
17. Family is very important to me.
18. I’ve abused the Shoppers Optimum Program.
19. Love coupons. Bought $350 worth of stuff for only $30 in Florida one Christmas but had to make almost 20 CVS runs to get that.
20. Misses life in HK.
21. I like to eat when I’m happy, sad, depressed or bored.
22. Can’t stand the smell of beer.
23. Haven’t worn a watch in almost 10 years.
24. I’m available at a moment’s notice.
25. I enjoy hanging out with my 71 year old friend.

Confessions


I was tagged this afternoon by another blogger, Tanielle, and thought I would join the fun.


Here are the rules: Copy and paste the whole questionnaire and replace my answers with yours. You have to state and create a link for the blogger who tagged you. Pass to 4 other bloggers. Remember to inform them by commenting on their recent post. Display the logo anywhere on your blog. Last, answer each question with truth and nothing but the truth since this is a confession tag. Have Fun!

1)What is your blogger name? Screamin' Mama
2) When is your birthday? June 18
3) How long have you been blogging? the mid February 2009
4) Who tagged you? Tanielle
5 ) Tell me your 5 most favorite body part. I seriously don't have one...here are the ones I hate...my nose, my big toe, fat arms, wrinkles under my eyes, and my alligator skin.
6) What do you wish most for your birthday? To be 20 years younger
7) What color are your nails now? Just natural...haven't had time for polish lately.
8) Any depressing thoughts lately? That my daughter will be going to Gr. 1 in September and I will have to look for a job.
9) What's your next 1 month's plan? To finally get everything into a place of it's own and get rid of the clutter.
10) At what age did you have your 1st crush? I think it was in Gr. 4...when I was 9.
11) Did you attend any school reunion after you graduated till now? No but I'm planning one this summer with my high school crowd.
12) Have you ever passed gas in public and pretended you didn't smell anything? I'm going to have plead the 5th on this one.
13) Are you a clean freak? Not really. I would rather do anything other than clean.
14) Which era do you wish you were born into? I'm a huge fan of Star Trek...I would love to live in the future.
15) Are you a vegetarian? Not at all!
16) How many pillows do you sleep with at night? One
17) Are you a light sleeper or an I-don't-care-if -there's-a-bomb-here sleeper? I'm a deep sleeper...probably 'cause I'm so exhausteed by the end of the day.
18) Do you secretly wear comfortable granny panties when your man is not around? I prefer bikinis myself.
19) What is your ultimate dream job? To work at Michaels...the craft store.
20) What is it your hubby does that annoys you the most? He likes to tap his fingers on the counter...in the car...ets.
21) What is your dream car? I would like a luxury car like a Lexus.
22) Do you easily wake up in the morning? No...I have to force myself out from under those warm covers.
23) Do you like hairy men? Not at all!
24) How about goateed men? Hate any kind of facial hair!
25) Which one would you prefer, 2 hour spa, 2 hour Thai Massage, or a two hour foot massage? I would love a 2 hour Thai Massage.
26) Have you ever wished you had a different name other than your real name? What name is that? I hate my name...I think I would like something like Serena.
27) What is the most extreme sport you have ever done? Skiing...I'm a chicken.
28) Do you prefer traveling in Europe or Asia? I worked in Hong Kong for 2 years and would love another opportunity to go there.
29) What is your favorite food? I love Thai or Indian.

Finally,30) What is the most embarrassing moment when you were out on a date? Before going out on my first date I drank a big bowl of soup and then at the movies I drank a large Coke. By the middle of the movie I had to go to the bathroom like 4 different times. He must have thought I was so nervous!

Now I tag...

"No thank you" to peanuts button.

I received my button from Cunning and Crafty today. It's really cute. I think I will try to put this on him whenever he goes for a playdate or a birthday party as a reminder that he is allergic to peanuts. It's hard not to be overly protective but this allergy is life threatening and it's better to be safe than sorry.

Bad tempered sweets?


I don't know where hubby got this but when he came home today he gave this to son #2. Well...he immediately brought it to me and said "Daddy says this is for you" Har har har!
Oh...so you think this is funny, eh? Well...I said to son #2 "Why do you think mommy has a bad temper, huh?" He had no comment. EXACTLY!!

I loOOooove a bargooon!!


My morning started out ugly but ended oh so sweet! If I haven't mentioned before I will tell everyone now that I LOVE A BARGOOOON!! Now this morning I did not have any intentions of buying anything for myself. I swear I didn't...really. I had some errands to run in the mall and then I planned to come home and clean. However, my friend mentioned that she wanted to check out some boots that she saw on sale so off we went to the shoe store.

Well...I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the sign that said 50% off sale items. I had to look twice when I saw these funky sneakers for only $5! $5!! You can't go wrong for $5. Even if I only wear them once or twice I already got my money's worth, right? I was so excited! So my friend got her boots and I got my shoes and off we went back to the car...or so I thought.

Let's just stop and look in Aeropostale. Ok...my magic number in that store is $10. I won't buy anything more than $10 from that store. Well...imagine my surprise when I saw flip flops on the counter for $0.99! In my size! I bought two pairs. Did I need them? No...but $0.99! I'll need some sooner or later...

So I'm skipping out of the mall with three pairs of summer shoes for only $7.50! That's tax included!

Goodnight

So hubby has been gone three days now and I've been able to get all three kids in bed by 10:00pm every night. Some may say it's a little late but they are night owls and usually won't go down any earlier. My daughter used to stay up until 11:30pm every night and I would have to drag her out of bed at 8am every morning for school.

I might have figured out the secret. Bring my laptop up to bed and surf and watch tv while they fall asleep. They like to have someone upstairs to keep them company so I guess I've found a compromise.

The funny thing is that when my husband is home we can't seem to even make it upstairs until 9:30 or later and then they still need to take a bath and brush their teeth. You would think that with two extra hands we would be able to do things twice as fast but that just isn't the case.

Really the only reason why we are upstairs so "early" is that it makes me nervous to work downstairs by myself when my husband isn't home. I won't even go back downstairs again until morning...and I let the kids sleep in my bed. Safety in numbers, I guess. I'm hoping though that we are starting a good habit and getting to bed earlier. It's good for them and even better for me.

Bitten by the cold and flu bug

Darn, sickness is in the house AGAIN and hubby has disappeared for four days! A bad cough has been making its rounds among our family. I, myself, feel a bit achy but I'm hoping that Cold F/X and expired prenatal vitamins will keep whatever it is at bay. Hubby has gone north for business this week, lucky him, so I will be home alone to nurse these sick pups back to health.

I CANNOT GET SICK. I have to keep saying that to myself because who will take care of me if I'm knocked down with something? The kids still have to be fed...homework has to get done...laundry need to be washed...doesn't it just figures that the kids get sick when hubby goes away?

Cunning & Crafty - Cutest buttons ever!!

I was visiting my favourite website Etsy for all things homemade and I found the cutest button/magnets ever!

Cunning & Crafty has paired these cute handcrafted buttons together with funny titles like "hearts and farts" and "veg out". I really love her "No peanuts please" button since son #2 has peanut allergies. This is a great button for when he goes to a party or friends house as a reminder that he's allergic to peanuts. This is one that I will definitely be ordering.


Now you really have to see them to understand what I'm talking about and since they are handcrafted they are one of a kind buttons. I've added a banner on my sidebar since I'm loving her stuff so much!

Screamin' Saturday

It was one hell of a Saturday today. I stayed up last night making my niece's birthday cake. Check out Fork in Food to see the results. Well...I have to admit...I was done before midnight but ended up stuffing my face and chatting with a friend on the phone until 1:00am. Of course stuffing my face resulted in a sugar rush which resulted in insomnia. Then my son crawled into bed with hubby, me, and my daughter (OK...so she's 5 and she still sleeps with us...kill me now) complaining that his knee was hurting. I think it's growing pains. Anyhow, going on five hours of sleep we had to get up early and get to the birthday party.

Half an hour of listening to the kids whining and fighting all the way downtown, lack of sleep and no caffeine really put me on edge. By the time we got to the rock climbing gym I was snapping at everyone. I managed to pull myself together by the time everyone else arrived and was able to be sociable while screaming at my kids to stop fooling around and listen to their instructor.

Then it was off to McD's for lunch. I should have ordered my coffee then but I didn't...I was starting to get tired and sleepy. Lunch seemed long...and of course, since the kids are picky eaters, their orders got mixed up and the other kids ended up eating my kids' burgers. Now, they had to wait while they re-made their burgers. McD's on a Saturday is crazy!! And at lunch time it's even crazier! In the end, I'm just happy the cake was a hit.

The ride home was quieter but there's still the teasing and whining. By the time we got home I could barely keep my eyes open...walked in the door and straight to bed. I slept three hours and then it was time for dinner with the in-laws.

I won't bore everyone with the rest but there was alot more stress and screaming before everyone got to bed. Let's just say it was hair cutting night after dinner...hope I will get to bed at a decent hour...the three hour nap probably won't help.