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Tell us about you, your children and where you live
Dawn Beronilla, I am from Halifax Nova Scotia originally, but moved to Edmonton about 12 years ago. I am the proud Mama of two beautiful boys who are 5 months and 27 months old, and the proud StepMama of a beautiful 6 year old boy.
What do you do?
I am a Jill of all trades, I guess! While pregnant I was involved in two photo shoots for a local maternity store [Can we do shameless plugs here? Yay Love Your Bump Maternity and Blackbird Photography!] and I got to see my ads in this fine magazine and on a billboard! What a rush that was! Aside from that I have been in and out of the auto industry for years, and will probably go back to work when we move into our new dealership. I don’t think I will wait the whole year to go back. As much as I love my children, I feel like I need to have that part of my life back. I need to escape and be near grown-ups, to not talk about poop, and maybe even potty with the door closed even if it’s just a few hours a week. I admire the full time stay at home moms, you ladies are my heroes!
Do you have help? (incl childcare, housework, personal assistant)
I do have help, and lots of it! My husband is amazing. We also share a house with my wonderful in-laws, who have the apartment downstairs while we took over the main floor with the kids. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, you read that right! No typo here! We all live together and yes, they are still wonderful.
Since having children and being home more often than not, I have taken to baking. I love writing also!
Extracurricular activities for you?
Shopping! Who ever said they don’t make cute clothes for boys needs to set up a shopping date with me!
Extracurricular activities for your babe/children?
We are debating getting Xander into gymnastics, but we hardly have any down time as we fill our days up with museums and day trips and tons of fun and busy things. Edmonton has a lot to offer families!
What does a typical family day look like to you (Saturday/Sunday)?
We always do swimming, some meals out, and it’s safe to say that we will need to do a grocery run somewhere along the way. We love making and building things as a family, and love to spend hours playing together and making crafts. Sundays are visiting days, and we spend every Sunday having supper with my husband’s 102 year old grandfather. I think it’s very important for our children to learn the value of family and how precious our elders are.
Who cooks dinner?
That would be me! Unless of course we want take out, in which case my sweet husband makes the call.
How does the grocery shopping get done, by whom, with the kids, and do you use coupons?
Again, having my in-laws so close is wonderful! They love having the kids with them, which leaves us time to get the shopping done kid free! (Don’t hate me!) I’m not really a couponer, but I have a crazy ability to tell you what is on sale at what store for what price every week! Crazy, I know. It’s a gift!
How often do you buy something for yourself?
Ha! Not very often, unless we can count Tylenol and wine. Kidding! I was actually just treated to some new post-partum clothes thanks to my wonderful husband. It’s great to wear pants with a button again.
Do you exercise and if so, how/when do you fit the time in to do that?
Like every Mom to a toddler, my kids ARE my exercise. Now that the weather is getting nicer and the snow is starting to melt I would like to try running. My husband said that he will watch the kids while I do, but I have to promise to come back.
That has got to be the documentary “Babies”. It is so so so great! It’s also a favorite of my kids!
Favourite nookie song?
Haha, well now. Since the baby’s crib is still in our room, there is no music. Unless we can count the “white noise” setting of the sound machine as music? Sweet, sweet romance.
Favourite beverage special coffee, cocktail?
Coffee. Just coffee. I have a baby and a toddler full time, I have no time to shower or sleep let alone time for a frilly drink! (Although once upon a time I used to always have a Venti no water Tazo Chai in hand.)
Favourite pair of shoes?
In theory I love the way heels make my body look. In reality, I have actually left the house in slippers (and once without pants, but I was in labor and don’t think it counts.). So somewhere in between those is where I normally end up. I have sunken to Mom-shoe status, but no Mom-jeans yet!
‘Cannot leave home without it’ item?
I would have to say a picture of my kids! For all of my light hearted joking I do, these little people are my heart and soul. All three of them.
Thank you for sharing with all of us Dawn! Thanks for being an Urban Infant reader!