Beautiful two minutes of video for all moms!
We all catch vomit, clean noses, wipe boogers and revel in the joy that are our children!!
She is a mom of one amazing little boy, Matthew 5 ½ months old, he is a sweet and easy child that adds so much worth to our lives. She works full-time as a Real Estate Agent and has continued to work and grow her business from the day he came home from the hospital. We live in Southwest Edmonton and most of our home is over run with toys and gadgets for Matthew.
I help out with the housework and take care of Matthew when she has to work in the evenings and weekends and give her time out with her girlfriends when she needs it. When she needs to meet with clients when I am at work she will sometimes take Matthew along with her or her sister or mom will babysit.
She doesn’t have much time for hobbies but she plays the piano.
Go for walks or have tea with other girlfriends with babies.
Chair of a high risk youth society board
Once a week she goes to j’adore dance and takes an Intellidance Babies class that they sing and dance and move in, and she gets together with friends with young babies to socialize the kids together. We have also done swimming lessons with Matthew and he loves the water.
We take turns sleeping in, so one of us gets up with Matthew and play for the morning, then get things done around the house that we couldn’t throughout the week, do a full house clean, errands, relax as much as possible, go for a walk, and play with the little man!
Megan usually does but I do my share when she is out working and over the weekend.
Megan usually does the grocery shopping during the week when I am at work with Matthew and we sometimes do big trips to Costco on the weekend or I will pick a couple things up on my way home from work.
Almost never…can’t remember the last thing she bought for herself that wasn’t for Matthew to use
She wants to but has a hard time finding the time for it
Italian soda, Decaf Pumpkin Spice Latte’s, Sparkling water with fresh mint and lemon, and Shirley Temples!
Red Nine West pumps that she wore for our wedding.
From toys to trends, from strollers to bedding, Modern Mama’s Hottest Tot Products event features all of the latest “it” baby gear waiting to be sent home with some lucky local moms. This third annual event runs Wednesday, Oct 2 at 7pm at the MKT Beer Market (8101 Gateway
Boulevard Northwest) in Edmonton.
In addition to enjoying cocktails, scrumptious appetizers, girl time, and goodie bags, 40 moms
will walk away at the end of the evening with one of the featured products.
NEW THIS YEAR…
Moms may bring a guest their mom, sister, friend(s), or even hubby to the fabulous new venue at MKT Beer Market! Each mama (except guests) will draw a number, and that is the order in which they hand select their chosen Hottest Tot Product to take home! Space is limited to 75
The Hottest Tot Products event is the single largest giveaway of baby and toddler gear in Canada and is a must attend event for those who want to know of the latest trends for tots.
Interested in tickets?? Get them HERE before they’re sold out!
Modern Mama was founded in Edmonton in 2008 (and now includes branches across Canada) with the goal to get moms out of house. Most events include nanny services so moms can get some metime in while enjoying shopping events, workshops, babysitter speeddates, CPR
courses, art gallery tours, and more. Modern Mama supports Kids Kottage and other charities by collecting pajamas for local children in need.
**Guest Post: This post was originally written by contributor Nicola Doherty for “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” **
“If I did anything like that, my parents would’ve…”
If you’ve never used this expression before, then you’ve definitely heard it. Stories of the mean and unusually cruel punishments that parents placed on children (which they now oddly agree with) for being smart-mouthed or bad-tempered in public. Other versions of this expression include, “Could you imagine if we did that as a kid (insert all types of maiming by parents)?” and “There is no way I’d let my kids get away with that.”
There’s really nothing quite like the one-upping on someone else’s misery with your own version of “house of horror” you grew up in to keep you in line as a kid.
Although, yes, your parents would’ve grounded you for infinity and locked you in the basement with only a bowl of water for your sassy mouth as a kid. But how much do you remember, or do your parents remember, about when you were a toddler or a preschooler?
They don’t. Neither do you.
Why? For a few reasons, first and primarily because your parents have blocked out that period from birth to four and a half years old. Oh sure, they have the odd story of you throwing a tantrum in the grocery store at two and swearing in front of your grandma at age three. That time you screamed, moaned, and complained for 17 hours straight when you were on a road trip (they’ll never hear in their left ear again). Those are the “fun” toddler stories that parents hold onto for prosperity. They store them away thinking, “Wait until your wedding day, child, this story is coming out.”
But what about the five gajillion other times you threw a fit in the store? The time you bit a kid at preschool. When you threw your cup at your mom because it was the wrong color? Your refusal to sleep because “I don’t know how to close my eyes, Mama.” Those memories are thrown away, forever. If we were to remember every time a toddler misbehaved (cute or not) you certainly wouldn’t have siblings.
Toddlers and preschoolers act out for many different reasons — whether it’s because they’re tired, hungry, or can’t get their point across with grunting and pointing (why don’t you understaaand), or because those rotten TV execs don’t realize that they want Toopy and Binoo all damn day, not Caillou (why don’t they know that?).
It’s hard being a toddler. You want to try things, but it’s often too hard, or too high, or too tiring. There’s potty training, walking, gymnastics class, and play dates. There are so many rules to remember and different people, smells, sounds. You have many goals as a toddler or preschooler — just keep learning, and napping, and when it gets too much, take all your frustrations out in the middle of Safeway (the audience there is always so receptive).
The wily two-year-old fighting about getting into the shopping cart is not a modern day phenomenon. I’m sure Neanderthal toddlers were just as tenacious and stubborn and cute and funny as they are now. Getting through toddlerhood isn’t easy — it’s exhausting, maddening, hilarious, and heart warming all at the same time. Toddlers bring us to the brink of our sanity but they’re the making of us as parents. Did you know you could take so much abuse on a daily basis and forget it all just for that adorable hug at the end of the night when they hug so tight and want to snuggle “just a widdle bit longer, Daddy.”
Next time you feel the words “I’d never let my kids…” form in your mouth, despite your utter dismay of the toddlers and preschoolers of this generation, just don’t. Your brain, for the sake of the continuance of the human race, has erased the day to day of life of when your child was a 20-month-old bundle of joy.
If you’re feeling particularly brave, look into the eyes of the defeated parent who’s spent the day trying to survive with the constant barrage of demands and personality highs and lows of a three-year-old. That parent with the toddler on the run has read the same book about farm animals 50 times in the past hour. They haven’t heard what’s happening in the world outside of Elmo’s World for six months!
You will remember, even if it’s only for a quick second, what it’s like. The memories will come flooding back and the nostalgia will take you away and for some strange reason you’ll miss it. You’ll miss the flying sippy cups and the chubby cheeks, but you won’t miss the exhaustion and exasperation of why the banana they asked (demanded) for and you graciously provided is now being turned down and there’s now screaming despite the fact you did as you were told.
You’ll turn to look at your eight-year-old and wonder how he got so big so fast and are thankful — and you’ll smile at that poor, exhausted parent and thank goodness it isn’t you.
The Buzz on BB Creams
It seems that every year there is a new product that hits the shelves that we have to have. This year it is the BB cream. It was a product that was created in Germany but gained fame in Korea as a Blemish Balm or Blemish Base. I call it a beauty basic because it is a product that does it all. BB cream is an all-in-one facial cosmetic product that has serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sun-block.
You may find BB creams that have other properties like illuminators, anti wrinkle, antioxidants, or oil free. It seems that the choices are endless when it comes to choosing one of these. Decide what you need the product to do. Also note that since this will act like a tinted moisturizer not all will fit your skin tone. You may have to test out a few shades to get something that will match your skin.
Here is a breakdown of some of the BB Creams out there.
It gives a dewy finish for youthful looking skin. Not too much coverage.
Balances the skin, corrects the complexion, and protects for youthful appearance. Available in only one shade so it will look too dark on pale skin tones.
Olay calls this product a CC cream, the “color correction”-focused sequel to BB Cream. It has a very light coverage, luminous glow and great for those that have light skin.
This formula has five shades so it maybe the best at matching your skin tone. It is really smooth so blending is easy. Ideal for Normal skin. Oil free
Dark tinted moisturizer that comes in 3 shades It is able to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Also it uses snake venom as its secret ingredient.
Best Matte Finish. Not to heavy or too light. Available in four shades.
This BB cream is colorless until you blend it into skin. It goes on grainy but turns into a smooth, matte finish.
Dr Jart +:
This cream counteracts redness. It is ideal for fair complexions with pinkish undertones. Smoothes skin with a cooling effect and leaves a dewy finish. Oil free.
Silky-smooth texture that provides 5 benefits. Available in 3 shades and light sun block coverage.
Covers dark spots and evens out skin tone with medium coverage. Great for sensitive skin.
There are lots of BB creams and CC creams on the market. You can expect to pay around $12.99 to $45 depending on the brand. Treat BB creams like a hybrid tinted moisturizer. If you have combination skin you may need to add extra moisturizer in some areas. Also if the sun block is too light you may want to put additional sun block. You can use it alone or under regular makeup. Apply it with a makeup brush for even coverage.
Have you tried a BB cream and loved it? Let us know so we can share it with our readers.
Nadia is the owner of Sacha Cosmetics Alberta. A company that caters to women looking to find makeup to fit their skin colour. She loves making women feel beautiful and inspired about themselves through herFacebook page. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and two kids.
I remember Erica Ehm from my teens as the first female VJ on Much Music, but more recently, since having my own children, I know Erica from her website Yummy Mummy Club, a website for all things “mom” in Canada.
Erica was recently in Edmonton at Kingsway Mall to talk about “Balance,” a word that has been bounced around modern day moms and how we can find it, embrace it and achieve all that we can while having kids.
It was an inspiring night of laughter and letting go of the unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves as moms and women.
Here are some of Erica’s key points.
Think of all those times when you got the kids ready to leave the house. You had everything ready. Diaper bag was packed. Kids had their shoes and coats on, you’re ready to get out into the car and….someone needs to go to the toilet. Or baby pukes. Or in your eagerness to get everyone ready, you realized that you hadn’t gotten dressed. How you react to those curve balls is what is going to give you more balance.
Take a deep breath and breeeeeath. This isn’t the first time and certainly won’t be the last time this will happen. Roll with those punches and make it work.
Erica used her example of trying to make zucchini muffins for her children. They were terrible and didn’t work out at all. Do you fret about the muffins and how your children will not eat Pinterest perfect muffins? Nope, because what you lack in one area (baking) you are enthusiastic for in another (helping with math homework).
Ask you family, ask your spouse, as your teachers neighbours or doctors. Prioritize what needs to get done and by whom. This includes involving your spouse! Don’t be a “mommy martyr” and think that you’re the only one that can change a diaper or give the baby a bottle. It doesn’t matter if the way your husband changes the babies diaper exactly how you would do it, just be grateful it’s not you changing that poo explosion.
ASK. And then delegate. Don’t try and do it all yourself.
Lastly, celebrate your successes. Remember point number one: parenting is hard. It’s 24/7, night and day, 18 years (plus) of worrying and laughing, crying and frustration. When your child takes their first steps or uses their manners, when you finally got them to pee on the potty celebrate that! Celebrate that you are trying the best you can, and remember to be perfectly imperfect.
Thank you Erica for giving us all the permission to not stress over every last detail, to admit that yes, kids can be very frustrating, and no, I personally, am not going to stress about my total lack of baking skills.
If you took an “extended” maternity leave (mine is going on 8 years), you might find it hard to get back into the work world, or into a similar position you held before you had children.
Use these resume boosting tips to help you get back into the work force:
It’s not paid employment (in a monetary point of view), but volunteering on a (such as a pre-school, school or community league board) will not only get your brains cells moving out of “mommy mode” again, it’ll give you the confidence of being able to accomplish something other than being a parent. Volunteering is great for the community as well as for your resume.
Make sure you add your accomplishments while volunteering to your resume and the things that you were responsible for…in detail.
Technology changes so much in a year, as well as many other aspects that pertained to your previous job. My career before children was in Human Resources and the HR industry has changed since my last foray at reading resumes.
Legislation, technology, terminology and common practices evolve over time. Taking a refresher course through a local college or through a local organization, will bring you up to speed on what’s changed over the years.
There are many organizations specific to your industry, whether it be the IABC (for communications), CGA/CMA or the Law Society for example, keep in contact with them for networking opportunities and events that are happening that you can attend and get your feet wet again.
Meet up with old colleagues and see where the industry is at and what news is happening. Is it in a downturn? Is there need for people with past experience?
There are always aspects, even of our dream job that we didn’t like. As well, you’re not the same person as when you left your career to start your maternity leave. What didn’t you like about your old job? What did you like about it? Is there another job you’ve always been interested in trying but didn’t pursue? This is your time to search out different options. Do some soul searching and see what it would take for a career change.
Entrepreneurship isn’t a quick trip to getting paid, but it can be rewarding working for yourself. Do your research and see if you’re able to start your own business in your field. Are you able to contract your skills out? Do you have a talent that you’ve always wanted to pursue? Whether you’re contracting yourself out as an expert in criminal activity, graphic design or starting a quilting business, research is key. Make sure that your dream is a viable job and you will be paid for your efforts.
Good luck in your efforts! Always remember that you were hired once for your skills and will be again.